Jboard Ambassadors

Van Andel Institute was built on a foundation of collaboration, innovation and inspiration — a place where scientists, educators and staff share a passion to improve health and enhance the lives of future generations. Their work is part of a network that extends far beyond West Michigan, connecting donors, business partners, supporters, volunteers, and community members across the globe, all in the name of supporting cancer and Parkinson’s disease research.

Early and mid-career professionals like yourself are a key part of this network, bringing modern perspectives and an ardent drive to improve the world around them. By donating $25 a month — or $300 a year — you’ll have exclusive access to the latest discoveries in Van Andel Institute’s biomedical research and science education initiatives. You’ll play a key role in expanding the Institute’s knowledge base by sharing your experience with other early and mid-career professionals at special events throughout the year. These unique experiences will give you the opportunity to expand your network and elevate your knowledge, all while supporting the next generation of research.

JBoard Membership is $300 a year for single members or $500 a year for a couple. For more information about the JBoard, please contact Allie Griffith at [email protected].

Your membership includes the following perks:

  • Connect with a diverse network of West Michigan early and mid-career professionals
  • Access to groundbreaking biomedical research from Institute scientists, giving you the opportunity to learn directly from those shaping our future
  • Meet the next generation of scientists at Van Andel Institute Graduate School
  • Get a sneak peek at the future of K–12 education from Van Andel Institute for Education
  • Be recognized on the Institute’s website and annual report


  • Receive exclusive invitations to health-science forums, luncheons and events throughout the year

Current Jboard Members

Co-chairs: Blake Crabb & Rachel Mraz

Rueben Antonio

Brad and Holly Cook

Blake Crabb

Jordan Custer

Aaron and Afton DeVos

Ben Eastburg

Evan Frick

James Frieling

Meghan Gartman

Nate and Nichole Gillespie

Erik and Victoria Hansen

Nate Harris

Mike Hemmingsen

Matt Hoffman

Jason and Brandi Huyser

Matt and Sarah Jones

Andrew Kapanowski

Margaret Kennedy

Michael and Andrea Leestma

Rob and Kati Missman

Mike and Rachel Mraz

Thomas Murray

Jon and Elle Oberdick

John O'Neill

Greg Paplawsky

Lee and Alexandra Perez

Justin Pinto

Patrick and Jenna Riley

Sara Ross

Olivia Shute

Allison Sleight

Dr. Josh and Mollie Smith

Mark Stuit

Aaron and Hailey Van Andel

Chris Van Andel

Jesse and Heather Van Andel

Kyle Van Andel

Sarah Vander Baan

Tripp and Katie VanderWal

Samuel and Sydney Vucelich

Cameron Young

Megan Zubrickas