Each year our staff assist hundreds of families that walk through our red doorsLed by our Board of Directors, we are united by our passion and purpose: ensuring no one has to face cancer or grief alone. 

Board of Directors
Dave Veneklause

Dave Veneklause, Chair
Davenport University

Brad Comment

Brad Comment, Vice Chair
The Right Place

Stephanie Setterington

Stephanie Setterington, Secretary
Varnum LLP

Joe Ponstein

Joe Ponstein, Interim Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Ernst & Young LLP

Michael Bohnsack

Michael Bohnsack
Bohnsack & Associates

Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown
Rhodes McKee

David Brown

David Brown
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Cathy Cooper

Cathy Cooper
Meijer Inc.

Jeff Gurney

Jeff Gurney
Van Andel Institute

Brian Murray

Brian Murray
Fifth Third Bank

Janet Nisbett

Janet Nisbett
Retired, Previously Fifth Third Bank

Laurel Romanella

Laurel Romanella
EOS Worldwide

Michelle Stevenson

Michelle Stevenson
Davenport University

Staff Leadership Team
Wendy J. Wigger

Wendy J. Wigger, President 
Ext. 132  |  [email protected] 

Shawn Ruetz

Shawn Campbell, Vice President of Fund Development & Engagement
Ext. 137  |  [email protected]

Leigh Conard

Leigh Conard, Vice President of Finance & Corporate Operations Director 
Ext. 112  |  [email protected]

Hannah Dayton

Hannah Dayton, Director of Brand Awareness & Communications
Ext. 120  |  [email protected] 

Lindsay Jousma, LMSW  Director of Program Operations
Ext. 125  |  [email protected]

Mitch Neubert

Mitch Neubert, Director of Major Gifts & Corporate Partnerships 
Ext. 111  |  [email protected] 

Clare Portinga

Clare Portinga, LMSW  Vice President of Program
[email protected] 

Zach Berends

Zach Berends, Events & Festival Manager
Ext. 138  |  [email protected]

Melissa Budzynski

Melissa Budzynski, LCSW  Program Staff 
Ext. 133  |  [email protected] 

Mark Dillon

Mark Dillon, Building & Grounds Manager
Ext. 122  |  [email protected]

Auna Dwelle-Olson

Auna Dwelle-Olson, Program & Administrative Coordinator 
Ext. 134  |  [email protected] 

Kelsey Gerber

Kelsey Gerber, Business Manager 
Ext. 123  |  [email protected] 

Deb Graham

Deb Graham, Administrative Staff 
Ext. 102  |  [email protected] 

Lehanna Hardy

Lehanna Hardy, LCMSW  Program Staff 
Ext. 109  |  [email protected] 

Val Hughes

Val Hughes, HR Support
616.930.4849  |  [email protected] 

Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones, Office Coordinator 
Ext. 140  |  [email protected]

Ben Mepham

Ben Mepham, Volunteer Manager
Ext. 121  |  [email protected] 

Beth Nelson

Beth Nelson, LMSW  Clinical Manager 
Ext. 109  |  [email protected] 

Sandi Oosse

Sandi Oosse, LMSW  Program Staff 
Ext. 131  |  [email protected] 

Julie Petrie

Julie Petrie, MA Program Staff
Ext. 139  |  [email protected] 

Emily Robertson, Kitchen Coordinator 
Ext. 122  |  [email protected] 

Kaleigh Salata, LMSW Program Facilitator 
Ext. 107  |  [email protected] 

Beth Shepherd

Beth Shepherd, LMSW  Program Staff
Ext. 118  |  [email protected] 

Tracey Whiting

Tracey Whiting, Minority Program Coordinator
Ext. 104  |  [email protected] 

Chris VanRaalte, Finance Assistant 
Ext. 112  |  [email protected] 

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

1806 Bridge St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
3rd Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Gilda’s Club Lowell

314 S. Hudson St.
Lowell, MI 49331

Hours of Operation
Tuesday: 12:30-8:30 p.m.

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