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NKC Board of Directors and Committees

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

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North Kent Connect

10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, MI 49341 Map
Phone: 616-866-3478

Client Services Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

North Kent Connect Store Client-Only Hours:
Monday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

North Kent Connect Store Public Hours:
Tuesday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

West Michigan Works! Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed 12:00-1:00 p.m. for lunch

Hablamos español:
Para servicios en español por favor contacte
Nicole Rodriguez, Administrada de Casos
616-866-3478 ext. 343 o Erin Niece,
Especialista Administrativo 616-866-3478 ext. 346