Trustees Emeritus

In 1971, twelve visionary community leaders each gave $100 to launch the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Their dream was to create a permanent community endowment—one that would be built over time by gifts and bequests from individuals, families and organizations. Now, almost 50 years later, that dream is still being realized.

Today, it is our continuing mission to provide funding to programs that support every corner of Northwest Ottawa County, and make life in our community better for all. Our priorities are threefold: to help our donors realize their philanthropic goals; to better our community with grants for meaningful, necessary projects; and to collaborate with other regional partners to create overall community good and expand our philanthropic reach.

The first meeting of the Foundation’s incorporators was held on June 3, 1971. The incorporators—Paul Johnson, Miller Sherwood, Gene Olsen, Ed Baas, Edgar Garrison, Gene Rothi, and Jacob Ponstein—asked local governing officials, bank trust officers, judges, and school superintendents to appoint the first Foundation Trustees.

They appointed the following individuals:

Vin Erickson, President
Miller Sherwood, Vice-President
John Carlyle, Secretary/Treasurer
Dottie Johnson
Ruben Sturkol
Ida Mae Schaafsma
Moira Allen
William Van Slooten
John Montgomery
Ed Dahlstrom

The GHACF is where it is today because of the men and women who’ve served on our board. We’re thankful for their passion, dedication, and service. The following list represents individuals who have served on the GHACF board.

Mrs. Moira Allen

Mr. Donald R. Anderson*

Mr. Leonard Anderson*

Mr. Gary Baas

Mrs. Tammy Bailey*

Mr. Jeff Beswick*

The Hon. Calvin Bosman

Mr. Paul J. Boyink

Mr. Richard Briegel*

Mrs. Melinda Brink*

Mr. John C. Carlyle*

Ms. Carol Cousineau

Dr. William M. Creason*

Dr. Kennard Creason*

Mr. Tom Creswell*

Mr. Edward Dahlstrom

Mr. James Doss

Mr. Dennis Dornbush

Mrs. Mary Eagin*

Mr. E.V. Erickson*

Mrs. Mary Jane Evink

Mr. Kenneth Formsma

Mr. Edward W. Hanenburg

Ms. Nancy R. Hanenburg*

Mr. Randy Hansen*

Mr. Kenneth Harestad

Mr. Bud Hoffman*

Mrs. Sandy Huber

Mr. George A. Jackoboice

Mrs. Lana Jacobson

Mrs. Mary Jacobson

Mrs. Dorothy Johnson*

Mr. F. Martin Johnson*

Ms. Holly Johnson

Hon. Susan Jonas*

Mr. Mark Kleist*

Mr. James McLachlan*

Mr. Peter G. Manting

Mr. Mike McKeough*

Mrs. Donna B. Meeusen*

Ms. Donnell Snite Mersereau*

Mr. John M. Montgomery

Mr. Darell Moreland

Mr. Steve Moreland

Mr. Ted Parker

Mr. Tim Parker*

The Hon. Edward R. Post

Mrs. Shirley Poulton*

Mr. John Randall

Mrs. Aileen Redeker

Mr. Thomas R. Reinsma*

Mrs. Gail Ringelberg

Mr. Gerald V. Retzlaff

Mr. Charles Rycenga, Jr.

Mr. James C. Sawyer

Ms. Ida Mae Schaafsma

Dr. David H. Seibold

Mrs. Helene D. Sherwood

Ms. Lynne Sherwood*

Mr. Marion A. Sherwood

Mr. Miller G. Sherwood*

Mrs. Sheila Steffel

Mr. Ruben W. Sturkol

Mrs. Bonnie Suchecki

Mr. Robert N. Swart*

Mr. Kenneth D. Terpstra*

Mr. Paul M. Trap*

Mrs. Doris Van Dam

Mr. William VanSlooten

Mr. Gary L. Verplank*

Mr. Midge Verplank

Mrs. Monica Verplank

Mr. Michael A. Volkema*

Mr. Ronald R. Whitehouse

Mrs. Marcia Witherell

Mrs. Kim Zevalkink


*indicates Board Chair