About Us

Board of Directors

The business and community leaders of Greater Grand Rapids currently serving on The Right Place, Inc. Board of Directors

Freese Decker Tina

Tina Freese Decker* | Chair

President & CEO, Corewell Health
Pink Dr Bill

Bill Pink, Ph.D. * | Vice Chair

President, Ferris State University
Downing Steve

Steve Downing* | Treasurer

President & CEO, Gentex Corporation

Sara Armbruster – President & CEO, Steelcase

Stephen M. Abbott – Executive Director, Middle Market | Commercial Banking, JPMorgan Chase

Rick Baker – President & CEO, Grand Rapids Chamber

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD MHS* – Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Michigan State University

Matt Biersack, MD – President, Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Luke Cherveny – Grand Rapids Office Managing Partner - Tax Reporting & Strategy Partner, PwC

Jeffrey Connolly – Senior Vice President & President, West Michigan & Upper Peninsula, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Michael Davenport – President & CEO, Jireh Metal

Ronald G. DeWaard – Managing Partner, Varnum LLP

James E. Dillard III – EVP & President of Consumer Health Care Americas, Perrigo Company

Katie L. Ferris, CPA – Tax Office Managing Partner, BDO

Patrick Greene – President, Cascade Die Cast Group, Inc.

Joi Harris – DTE Gas President & COO, DTE Energy

Joshua Hulst – Co-founder & Managing Partner, Michigan Software Labs

Nick Hrnyak – CEO, Lacks Enterprises, Inc.

John Kennedy – President & CEO, Autocam Medical

Blake W. Krueger* – CEO & President, Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

Charles W. Lott – Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo & Company

Dr. Philomena Mantella* – President, Grand Valley State University

Michael P. McGee – Chief Executive Officer, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

Hank Meijer – Executive Chairman, Meijer, Inc.

Andi Owen – President & CEO, MillerKnoll

Milind Pant – CEO, Amway Corporation

Richard J. Pappas, Ed.D – President, Davenport University

John C. Porterfield – Regional Bank President, Department Manager, Comerica

Julie Rietberg – CEO, Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors

Garrick Rochow* – President & CEO, Consumers Energy Company

Darrel Schmalzel – City Manager, City of Walker

Tony Sarsam – President & CEO, SpartanNash

Renee Tabben* – Director, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Market Executive and Market President, Bank of America

Jim Teets* – Chairman & CEO, ADAC Automotive

Randy Thelen* – President & CEO, The Right Place, Inc.

David L. Van Andel* – Chairman & CEO, Van Andel Institute

Al Vanderberg – County Administrator/Controller, Kent County

Mike VanGessel – CEO, Rockford Construction

Mark Washington – City Manager, City of Grand Rapids

Mark J. Wassink – Managing Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd, LLP

Thomas G. Welch, Jr. – Regional President, Fifth Third Bank - West Michigan

Sean P. Welsh* – Regional President - Western Michigan, PNC Bank

Bob Wolford – Managing Member, Miller Johnson

*Denotes member of the Executive Committee