Board of Directors

The NKC Board of Directors and committees are comprised of individuals living and/or working in Belmont, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Rockford and Sparta. They represent various Christian denominations including Baptist, Christian Reformed, Episcopalian, Methodist, Non-Denominational and Roman Catholic. Every board and committee member offers unique skills, talents and life experiences, making North Kent Connect a stronger organization.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Kristin E. Britt (President) – Attorney, Britt Law Group
  • Steve Trudell (Vice President) – President, Courtland Consulting
  • Larry Hulst (Secretary) – Owner, LH Consulting, LLC
  • Ken Syrba (Treasurer) – Director of Finance, Supply Chain, Wolverine Worldwide
  • Nurya Love Parish – (Clergy Representative) Pastor, Holy Spirit Episcopal Church; Exec. Director, Plainsong Farm & Ministry

FINANCE COMMITTEE

  • Chairperson: Ken Syrba Director of Finance – Supply Chain, Wolverine Worldwide
  • Drinan Gorney – Risk, Compliance, Technical Services & IP Manager, Byrne
  • Adriane Schrauben – Shareholder, Hungerford Nichols
  • Keith Scott – Chief Financial Officer, Auto-Wares Group
  • Julius Suchy – Village Manager, Village of Sparta
  • Dean Whittaker – Corporate Treasury Manager, Spectrum Health
  • Inge Whittemore – Pastor at East Nelson United Methodist Church

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

  • Chairperson: James Ward – Vice President, International Human Resources, Daymon Worldwide
  • Kim DeLong – Pastor at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church
  • Jeff DeRyke – Pastor at Bridgeway Community Church
  • Kelsey Dipirro – Therapist, Arbor Circle Outpatient Services
  • Mike Edwardson – Farm Manager, Plainsong Farm
  • Ken Ford – Program Manager, Flat River Outreach Ministry
  • Phil Friedrick – Pastor at Sparta United Methodist Church
  • Heather Hughesian – 2-1-1 Information and Referral Specialist, Heart of West Michigan United Way
  • Nurya Love Parish – Pastor at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church; Exec. Director, Plainsong Farm & Ministry
  • Jill Myer – Program Supervisor, Kent County Health Department
  • Kim Norman – Transition Coordinator, Region 1 Special Education
  • Steve Tigchelaar – Community Outreach Advocate, Mel Trotter Ministries
  • Jodi West – Lead Community School Coordinator, KSSN, Cedar Springs

RETAIL STEERING COMMITTEE

  • Chairperson: Michael Bohnsack – President Bohnsack & Associates
  • Dave Bonney – Construction Project Manager, Wolverine Worldwide
  • Jackie DeBruler – Community volunteer
  • Kim Norman – Transition Coordinator, Region 1 Special Education
  • Dean Whittaker – Corporate Treasury Manager, Spectrum Health

MAJOR GIFT COMMITTEE

  • Chairperson: Jim Tefft – Business Development Manager, Crystal Flash
  • Thom Arends – Owner, Thom’s Hair Design
  • Dianne Bennett – Accounting Analyst, Amway, retired
  • Neil Blakeslee – Attorney, Blakeslee and Rop, retired
  • Nancy Hager – Community Volunteer
  • Chantel Hopping – Community Volunteer
  • Paul Krupp – Owner, Krupp Farms
  • Carol Muth – Community Volunteer

ASSOCIATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Chairperson: Katie Hop – Marketing and Public Relations Manager, North Kent Connect
  • Jen Bellamy – VP Commerial Lending, ChoiceOne Bank
  • Bailey Hanrahan – Commercial Account Manager, White Insurance Agency
  • Sarah Jehnzen – Account Manager, Postcard GR
  • Keith Remelts – Owner, City Sniffer Treats
  • Kelli Rose – Vice President, Community Banking, Independent Bank
  • Erik Schoof – Owner, Postcard GR
  • Kristin Wynalda – Community Volunteer

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

  • Chairperson: Michael Bohnsack – President Bohnsack & Associates
  • Kristin E. Britt – Attorney, Britt Law Group
  • Larry Hulst – Owner, LH Consulting, LLC
  • Keith Scott – Chief Financial Officer, Auto-Wares Group
  • Steve Trudell – President, Courtland Consulting

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

  • Chairperson: Steve Trudell – President, Courtland Consulting
  • Gerry Brom – Chairman, Grand Rapids Transport, retired
  • Jason Parker – AVP/Commercial Loan Officer, ChoiceOne Bank
  • Linda Southwick – President and CEO, Grand Rapids Controls, Inc., retired
  • Laurie TenHave-Chapman – Pastor at First Congregational Church of Rockford, U.C.C.

BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE

  • Chairperson: Larry Hulst – PE Owner, LH Consulting, LLC
  • Michael Birkmeier – Chief Operations Officer, Harlo Corp.
  • John Decker – President, John Decker Chevrolet, retired
  • Bob Langerak – Maintenance Supervisor, Forest Hills Schools, retired
  • Cheryl Scales – PE Principal, Progressive AE
  • Rick Schroder – Director of Commercial Construction, Nugent Builders, retired
  • Dave Schuiling – President, Precision Jig & Fixture