Jboard Ambassadors

About the JBoard

Are you a young professional that’s interested in supporting cancer and Parkinson’s disease research in a fun and exciting way? Join our JBoard!

By donating $25 a month — or $300 a year — you’ll have access to the latest discoveries in Van Andel Institute’s biomedical research and science education initiatives. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with a vibrant group of young professionals at special events throughout the year while supporting a good cause. You can sign-up for a single membership for $300 or $500 for a couple (JBoard membership is tax deductible).

Help to improve the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations by signing up today!

Join the JBoard Now

JBoard Perks

  • Connect with the best of West Michigan’s young professionals.
  • Learn firsthand from Institute scientists about the cutting-edge biomedical research that is being done in the areas of cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, depression, osteoporosis and more. Plus, hear updates from the educators at Van Andel Institute for Education and Van Andel Invstitute Graduate School.
  • Receive invitations to annual health-science forums and luncheons throughout the year.
  • Recognition on VAI’s website and in the Institute’s annual report.

JBoard Events

  • Connection Breakfast Networking and Research Updates
  • Public Lecture Series
  • Annual Summer JBoard Member Mixer
  • Around the World®, the annual JBoard wine-tasting fundraising event
  • The Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner and Award Presentation

For more information about the JBoard, please contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or [email protected].

Current Jboard Members

Co-chairs: Blake Crabb & Rachel Mraz

Rueben Antonio

Blake Crabb

Aaron and Afton DeVos

Sam DeVries

Ben Eastburg

Jennifer Fischer

Evan Frick

James Frieling

Meghan Gartman

Nate Harris

Mike Hemmingsen

Jordan Hoyer

Jason and Brandi Huyser

Matt and Sarah Jones

Trey Kailunas

Margaret Kennedy

Kaleb Kimble

Michael and Andrea Leestma

Kimberly Livingston

Diana Longstreet

Kathleen Martin

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

Cody Pletcher

Alexandra Price

Patrick and Jenna Riley

Nicole Rodammer

Sara Ross

Allison Sleight

Riley 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