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.

Young 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 young 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.

Join the JBoard Now

Your membership includes the following perks:

  • Connect with a diverse network of West Michigan young 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
  • Receive exclusive invitations to health-science forums, luncheons and events throughout the year
  • Be recognized on the Institute’s website and annual report

In addition, JBoard Ambassadors receive exclusive invitations to the following events:

  • Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner and Award Presentation
    • Receive an exclusive invite to this prestigious evening, celebrating individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Institute’s mission through volunteer service and philanthropy
  • Behind the Scenes
    • Experience unique spotlights into the inner workings of the Institute at this invite-only event
  • Around the World
    • Grand Rapid’s official kick off to summer, featuring a tasting menu, wine selections from artisan wineries, live entertainment, and exclusive networking opportunities
  • JBoard Member Mixer
    • Network with other young professionals at this JBoard-only event
  • Public Lecture Series
    • Learn about the Institute’s ongoing research efforts from the scientists that are making it happen
  • Purple Community Volunteering Events
    • Volunteer at grassroots community efforts, leveraging the power of local communities to elevate biomedical research.

For more information about the JBoard, please contact Allie Griffith at [email protected].

Current Jboard Members

Co-chairs: Blake Crabb & Rachel Mraz

Rueben Antonio

Blake Crabb

Jordan Custer

Aaron and Afton DeVos

Sam DeVries

Ben Eastburg

Jennifer Fischer

Evan Frick

James Frieling

Meghan Gartman

Erik and Victoria Hansen

Nate Harris

Mike Hemmingsen

Jason and Brandi Huyser

Nate Johnson

Matt and Sarah Jones

Trey Kailunas

Margaret Kennedy

Michael and Andrea Leestma

Rob and Kati Missman

Mike and Rachel Mraz

Thomas Murray

Nathan and Erin Nartker

Jon and Elle Oberdick

John O'Neill

Kendra Osowski

Greg Paplawsky

Lee and Alexandra Perez

Justin Pinto

Alexandra Price

Patrick and Jenna Riley

Sara Ross

Allison Sleight

Dr. Josh and Mollie Smith

Timothy Streit

Mark Stuit

Aaron and Hailey Van Andel

Chris Van Andel

Jesse and Heather Van Andel

Kyle Van Andel

Dan VandenBosch

Tripp and Katie VanderWal

Samuel and Sydney Vucelich

Cameron Young

Megan Zubrickas