Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science, Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College)
  • Recipient of the HJ Kuiper Founder’s Award, Distinguished Alumnus 2005
  • Recipient of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan’s Fair Housing Advocate of the Year 2007
  • Recipient of Lighthouse Communities’ Visionary of the Year Award 2008
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education Member 2002-2009
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education President 2003-2004
  • Grand Rapids Public School Finance Committee Chair 2005
  • Elder at Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church
  • Former Board Member Alternatives in Motion
  • Current Treasurer of the Michigan Association of Land Bank Board of Directors
  • Certified Michigan State Housing and Development Association Technical Assistance Trainer 2002-2010
  • Member of the Governor’s Urban Advisory Committee 2011
  • From 2000-2008 as Executive Director of Lighthouse Communities, Inc facilitated the redevelopment of approximately 500 homes resulting in $15,000,000 in economic development.
  • As Executive Director of the Kent County Land Bank, facilitated the acquisition, resale, and redevelopment of approximately 350 properties in Grand Rapids resulting in $38,419,615 in economic development.

From 2000-2015:

  • 850 Properties redeveloped
  • $53,419,615 in economic development