Board of Directors

Executive Board Committee

Mike Verhulst, Rockford Construction
Chairperson Elect:
Joan Budden, Priority Health
Immediate Past Chairperson:
Steve Heacock, Spectrum Health
Vice Chairperson, Budget/Finance:
Nelson Sanchez, RoMan Manufacturing, Inc.
Vice Chairperson, Governance:
Beth O’Shaughnessy, Steelcase Inc.
Vice Chairperson, Public Policy:
Johnny Brann, Kitchen 67, Brann’s Café
Vice Chairperson, At Large:
Mary Tuuk, Meijer, Inc.
Vice Chairperson, At Large:
Doug Young, Behler-Young Company
President & CEO:
Rick Baker, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Board Members

Lynn Afendoulis
Universal Forest Products, Inc.

Johnny Brann, Jr.
Kitchen 67

Meredith Bronk
Open Systems Technologies (OST)

Joan Budden
Priority Health

James Byl
Multi-Automatic Tool & Supply Co.

Tom Bylenga
Star Truck Rentals, Inc.

Lew Chamberlin
West Michigan Whitecaps

Jeff Connolly
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Jennifer Crowley
Highland Group

Jim Green
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.

Steve Heacock
Spectrum Health

John Irwin
Huntington Bank

Joe Jones
Grand Rapids Urban League, Inc.

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Matthew Sernau
Grand Rapids Jaycees

Birgit M. Klohs
The Right Place, Inc.

Stephanie Leonardos


Michael Nelson
Amway Corporation


Javier Olvera
Supermercado Mexico, Inc.

Beth O’Shaughnessy
Steelcase Inc.

Nelson Sanchez
RoMan Manufacturing, Inc.

Mary Tuuk
Meijer, Inc.

Ted Vaughn
Tolman’s Wholesale Meats

Michael B. Verhulst
Rockford Construction

Doug Young
Behler-Young Company

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Rick Baker
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce