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Vice President, Global Quality Assurance and Technical Services
Jim Ayres provides global leadership in Quality Assurance, Technical Regulatory, and Consumer Testing that help support the success of Amway’s global affiliates.
Ayres is responsible for ensuring the quality, safety, regulatory compliance, and consumer acceptability of 18,000 nutrition, beauty and durable products in 58 global markets. He leads a global team of over 300 professionals in 43 markets, and also represents Amway with governmental and regulatory officials worldwide. His expertise at Amway includes coaching, global product development, strategic planning, team leadership, international business, and business communications.
Ayres joined Amway in 1982, and has held numerous technical managerial positions. He most recently held the position of director of global regulatory affairs, where he ensured regulatory compliance and safety of all Amway products. He also designed and led international lobbying efforts to influence product regulations.
Ayres is active in numerous organizations in West Michigan. He is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids (Mich.), and serves as a board officer for the Student Advancement Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing educational opportunities for students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. He is also a board member for the Michigan Special Olympics, and serves as chairperson for the Area 11 Spring Games.
Mark is the Advisor, Strategic Ventures & Partnerships for Spectrum Health, focusing on external business development relationships. Prior to his current role, Mark served as the Community Relations Officer for Lake Michigan Credit Union, overseeing initiatives in corporate philanthropy and community partnerships. Mark has also worked in various roles within human resources and strategy/business development within Spectrum Health.
Mark has BA’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University, and a Master’s of Health Administration from Grand Valley State University, where he received the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Service to Community or Profession.
Mark is passionate about philanthropy and being actively involved member of the community. He has currently or previously held board/committee positions with several nonprofits around Grand Rapids. Mark joined the MHF of West Michigan Board in 2015.
Terri has served on the Mental Health Foundation’s board since 2009. She is a well-connected public figure in the Grand Rapids community and has been for some time. She has worked as a meteorologist at WoodTV since 1995 and co-hosting a talk show, “EightWest” since 2009. Terri has served on several boards including the Griffins Youth Foundation and the YMCA boards.
Terri has been instrumental in the growth of the foundation over the past several years. She has emceed our art show, “Shining Through,” spoken at our annual walk, “Stomp Out Stigma” for over a decade, has volunteered at our golf outing, “Drive Out Stigma,” is currently the board President, and serves on our marketing and executive committees.
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Greg is the former CEO of Touchstone innovare. He developed and implemented the Durham clinic multi disciplinary chronic care team. Greg has a PhD in psychology from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently consulting on integrated heath care and inter-professional education.
Playground Director II of Elhart Automotive Campus in Holland, Michigan. A family owned dealership since 1965, Jeff has been partners over the years with his father Ken and brother Wayne. His father Ken retired in 1990 and brother Wayne retired in 2010. Jeff and his family has been touched by the effects of depression and suicide through the death of his brother Wayne on March 27, 2015 to suicide. He and his family have dedicated their lives to bringing mental illness awareness and suicide prevention education through the collaboration with The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan “be nice.” program. Consequently, Jeff has initiated donor advised funds for the purpose of providing matching funds for the “be nice.” program to benefit schools in the West Michigan area.
Jeff is a graduate of General Motors Institute with a degree in Marketing and Finance. Upon graduation in 1981, Jeff and his wife Cherie moved to Richmond, Virginia where Jeff served as a District Sales Manager for GMC Truck and Cherie managed a home health care business. In 1983, they moved back to their hometown of Holland, Michigan where Jeff joined the family business and has been there since. Besides running the dealership and being involved with the MHF, Jeff serves as a Deacon with Christ Memorial Church, a member of the Nissan National Dealer Council, GMC Advertising Association Board, past Commodore of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, past president of the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Holland Economic Development Corporation.
Jeff and Cherie have two sons Jake who owns and operates Tribe Snowboards in Mammoth Lakes, California and Ben who attends Full Sail University majoring in audio engineering and show production management.
Katie is a Tax Partner in BDO’s Grand Rapids office. Katie’s practice experience includes servicing clients in multiple industries including manufacturing, distribution, technology, telecommunications, construction and others. Her primary focus has been on federal, state and international tax planning, consulting and compliance for closely held businesses and their owners.
Katie has significant experience with organizational structuring and planning with the goal of enhancing tax efficiencies. She also assists clients with estate planning, accounting methods, mergers and acquisitions and IRS tax examination services.
Outside of BDO, Katie serves on the board, as Treasurer, of the Literacy Center of West Michigan and is involved in various other professional and community organizations in Western Michigan.
A lifelong resident of west Michigan, Amanda Gielczyk graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BA in Advertising & Public Relations. Amanda worked for a cluster of radio stations in Grand Rapids before getting hired as the marketing coordinator at RiverTown Crossings mall (owned by General Growth Properties).
Since joining General Growth in 2003, Amanda has held multiple positions with the company including marketing coordinator, assistant general manager, general manager (at The Crossroads in Portage, MI), and finally returning back to RiverTown Crossings in the fall of 2012 as Marketing Manager. Amanda is excited to have joined the MHF board in 2013 and to be part of such a dynamic organization.
Larry Hines is president of Hines Corporation, coordinating all of the corporate activities, all focusing primarily on operational issues and acquisition strategies. Prior to founding Hines Corporation, Larry held executive management positions with several divisions of McGraw Edison including SpeedQueen, Bussmann and lastly as president of Clarke Floor Machine. Larry began his career with White Consolidated Industries in several accounting and finance positions. He has served on numerous boards including the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, West Michigan Symphony, Community Foundation of Muskegon County, Employer’s Association, among others. He was campaign chairperson for the Tanglewood Park project in Muskegon and is currently involved in a project for No More Sidelines. Larry has also supported organizations such as Grand Valley State University with a special interest in the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon.
Larry has two grown sons, one granddaughter and lives in North Muskegon with his wife, Lari, and two step-daughters.
Andy Hotaling currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Forest View Hospital, an 82-bed psychiatric hospital located in Grand Rapids, MI. Mr. Hotaling has been employed in the mental health field for 20 years working with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Hotaling is active in the community, serving on numerous community organizations and committees including serving as a Board Member for The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, and serving on the Grand Valley State University Vice Provost for Health Advisory Board.
Mr. Hotaling lives in Ada and is married with two daughters.
Al has been on the MHF Board since 1998. He served as the board chair in 2000 as well as on the Executive Committee. He was the Executive Director at Hope Behavioral Health and prior to that was a clinician at Harbinger. Currently, Al is the Corporate Director of Community and Residential Services at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.
Bob Johnson has been in the catering business for over 25 years in the Grand Rapids market. Eight years ago, Bob left his former company because he had a different vision and focus than that of his business partner. Upon his separation from that company, West Michigan Caterer was born.
Bob’s philosophy for food is 100% fresh, high-quality ingredients, simply prepared with care and love. As West Michigan’s premier caterer, we offer an extensive sampling of menus featuring hors d’oeuvres, breakfast, lunch, dinner and delicious desserts. Bob has put together the most amazing event team in the industry. Bob and his team believe they are the ONLY choice to create today’s events for tomorrow’s lasting memories!
Bob has served as the Food & Beverage Chair of the Cattle Baron’s Ball for six years, the Mental Health Foundation for 12 years, Actors Theatre Board and Circle Theatre Board. Bob also serves on the Executive Advisory Board to the American Cancer Society, locally.
Bob has been on the MHF Board since 2006. He is a graduate of Northwood University in Midland, MI with a bachelor's degree in Business Management. He has been in the insurance industry since 1985, and is a Strategic Account Manager in the Grand Rapids office of global insurance broker Aon Risk Solutions. While in college, Bob was also a flight instructor and charter pilot. He lives in Rockford and has a son (John), and two daughters (Sara and Jessica).
As an Executive Financial Services Director, Erik provides longer term planning, investment management, and banking and lending services to officers, directors and senior managers. In addition, Erik provides guidance on liquidity, diversification and trading strategies for corporate insiders and affiliates. He began is financial services career in 2000.
Erik graduated from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman School of Business where he double-majored in business management and finance.
Erik has held several executive roles for The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, currently serving as Secretary.
He resides in Ada with his wife Rachel.
Dr. Perkins is a medical doctor specializing in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. She has worked with children in intensive inpatient settings in the past, and currently works in private practice in Grand Rapids. Her primary focus has been working as a psychotherapist with issues of grief, loss and trauma. She is trained in using art as a therapeutic technique, and utilizes transpersonal theory to support creative personal growth. Dr. Perkins has created several workshops for groups. She is also trained as a meditation instructor.
Therese VandenAkker is the Access Services Director at Network180. She is a graduate of Calvin College and received her Masters Of Management degree from Aquinas College in 1986. Since that time she has worked as program director in human health organizations including Pine Rest, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (now Samaritas), Hope Network. In January, 2004 she moved to her current position at Network180. She currently serves on the Healthy Kent Suicide Prevention Coalition. She is passionate about the importance of providing quality behavioral health services to members on our community.