Board of Directors
Kris Doenges, President
Kris Doenges serves as a trustee on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors. Kris Doenges first learned of Camp Sunshine in conversations with Cindy Terlouw several years ago. Years later, Kris’ daughter, Madison, pursued a volunteer opportunity as a counselor for Camp Sunshine. Kris said, “Words cannot describe Madison’s excitement in telling me about the four magical days that she spent at Camp Sunshine. She was ‘hooked’ and it didn’t take long for her to get me ‘hooked’ as well.” The following summer, Kris also began volunteering and experienced first-hand what an amazing place Camp Sunshine is. When asked if she would be interested in serving on the Board at Camp Sunshine, Kris said, “When opportunity knocks on your door…you open it! To spend time with individuals who feel the passion and the power of Camp Sunshine is a true opportunity that I am excited to be a part of.”
Kris is an Assistant Principal at the Careerline Tech Center in Holland, and prior to her administrative role, she was a Special Education Consultant. Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s degree in reading, and she recently obtained an educational leadership certificate. Kris is a Holland “transplant” and Detroit native. Kris has been married to her husband, Scott, for 30 years and they have two children, Madison and Quincy.
Brant Havardink, Vice President
Brant was first introduced to Camp Sunshine while working at Hamilton High School with Cindy Terlouw. In the past 17 years he has worked informally to recruit Hamilton students to become counselors at camp.
Brant is drawn to the impact the “Camp Experience” has had on counselors as they return to the high school and improve the school culture through an attitude of selflessness and inclusivity. Brant loves to be around the camp atmosphere and looks forward to many summers ahead where he and his young family can grow up around such love, acceptance and camaraderie.
Brant’s wife, Kate, is also involved with camp in her role as a nurse. They have three kids and live in the Hamilton area.
Mike VanOmmen, Treasurer
Mike first got involved with Camp Sunshine in 1996 while at Hamilton High School when Cindy Terlouw recruited him to consider being a counselor. With hesitation he agreed, and that first camp experience began a path which included spending four summers as a counselor during high school and college, volunteering and supporting the organization in other ways after that, and finally joining the Board of Directors at the beginning of 2017.
What initially drew and continues to draw Mike to Camp Sunshine is the passion and impact that surrounds the camp experience for campers, volunteers, and staff, and the unconditional love that that is so selflessly demonstrated through every interaction and relationship.
Mike is a Commercial Banker with Macatawa Bank and he and his wife, Lisa, live in the Hamilton area along with their two daughters.
Kelli Miller, Secretary
Kelli Miller was appointed as trustee to the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors in November 2014. Her personal and professional experiences make her a natural fit to serve on our board of directors.
Kelli was born in Muskegon, but grew up in Grandville, Michigan. She was raised in a family that valued service to others and community, triggering her love for many types of volunteer work. She attended and graduated from Grandville High School. Kelli then graduated from Central Michigan University, with a bachelor degree in Consumer Studies and Family Relations with a Secondary Teaching Certificate. She then received a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Special Education.
Kelli currently teaches in the Autism Spectrum Disorders program at Lakewood Elementary in the West Ottawa Public Schools system. She is married to her husband Jack, and they have three adult children and one grandson. The love of Camp Sunshine runs in Kelli's family. Her children have served as camp counselors and as a camp nurse.
John’s journey with Camp Sunshine began with a friend whose sister had Down Syndrome, and loved everything about Camp Sunshine. John found that whenever someone mentioned Camp Sunshine, her face would light up and the stories would flow. Her blessing to John was helping him understand the impact summer camp can have on someone. Her brother’s invitation to join him at a talent show helped John see just how significant an impact Camp Sunshine has had on so many families in West Michigan. Shortly after his friend’s sister passed away, John was honored to help in getting the annual golf fund raiser started and has been blessed ever since.
John enjoys being a part of the Camp Sunshine community because of the positive experience and love so many volunteers have for both the campers and their families. He feels that the joy that is expressed by the campers is hard to describe and the impact the volunteers have is such a beautiful thing.
John and his wife, Mari-jo live in Grand Rapids. They have been blessed with four children, two boys and two girls. John and his family attend LaGrave Avenue CRC and enjoy summers in Holland at a family cottage.
Bob has been familiar with Camp Sunshine for many years. Although never involved as a counselor, when the invite came to serve on the board in 2018, he accepted with an eagerness to be involved in such an incredible organization. He is continually moved by the stories that come from campers and counselors and can see how meaningful Camp Sunshine is in their lives.
Bob lives in Zeeland with his wife, Karrie, and two children, Logan and Maddie. He is a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors and has been recognized by Forbes several times as one of the nation’s Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors.
Chad Carlson was appointed as trustee to the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors in November 2014. He is an associate professor of Kinesiology and the Director of General Education at Hope College.
He married his wife, Kathi in 2004, and together have two kids, their daughter Brielle and their son, Bryce. The family currently resides in Zeeland.
Chad is no stranger to the Camp Sunshine experience, as he was a counselor for seven years during high school, college, and beyond. He loved every minute of it, and had a strong desire to come back every year because “I have found no other place in this world where the phrase, ‘God loves everybody’ is more true.” Chad is thrilled to be on the board of directors as it offers him a new way to be a part of the organization.
Tim Stoepker currently serves as trustee on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors. He joined the board in 2014 and says he accepted the invitation to become a member of the board because it is a great opportunity to serve the underserved and to personally grow and learn. Tim is very excited about the purpose of Camp Sunshine and the joy it provides to campers, families as well as staff and volunteers.
Tim is an attorney and member of the firm of Dickinson Wright in Grand Rapids. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Grand Haven and have four children.
Todd Van Grouw
Todd Van Grouw serves as a trustee on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors. Todd served as a camp counselor at Camp Sunshine for thirteen years starting in 1985! He originally served on the board from 1998 – 2010, and has since returned in 2016.
He was compelled to join the board of directors, simply because he loves everything about Sunshine. From the campers, to the culture, to the volunteers, and everyone else that makes camp so special. Todd values the complete inclusiveness that the Camp Sunshine community practices.
Don and his family were first introduced to Camp Sunshine a few years ago and have been involved ever since. Don’s daughter, Katie, has Down syndrome and loves to be involved in activities as a camper at Camp Sunshine. Don shared that from the application process, the opening introduction of camper to counselor, the activities, the music, the reflection time, and of course, the famous talent show, he and his wife have been so impressed. Katie left camp the first year stating that, “She couldn’t wait to go again!”
When asked to join the Board, Don indicated that he was honored and welcomed the opportunity to give back to Camp Sunshine. “As a parent of a special needs child, it’s often difficult to find quality and impactful activities for your loved one to participate in. Camp Sunshine is one of those activities that I don’t hesitate to recommend and enjoy promoting this wonderful opportunity to other special needs families.”
Don is a life-long resident of West Michigan. Don has worked at Grand Rapids Community College for 28 years and currently serves as the Associate Director of Academic Support and Tutoring Services while teaching part-time in the Computer Information Systems department. Don and his wife, Diane, have been married for 28 years and their daughter Katie is 23 years old. Their family also has two smaller dogs, Jet and Jessie, which keep them very busy!
Rachel currently serves as a co-chair on the Counselor Recruitment Committee on the Board of Directors. She is originally from Grand Haven, MI where she graduated from Grand Haven High School (2014).
Rachel first got involved with Camp Sunshine in 2015 while studying Elementary Special Education at Hope College in Holland, MI. She recently graduated from Hope College in 2018 and currently teaches an Autism Spectrum Disorder Classroom in the Grand Rapids Public School District.
She has been a counselor at Camp Sunshine for the past four years and continues to love and support Sunshine through participating yearly in the Run for the Sun 5K event. Rachel’s favorite part about what Sunshine stands for is knowing that everyone at Camp, every session, is celebrated for who they are and who they are created to be. Sunshine is a place for opportunity, faith or learning- based. She says “Camp is the best part of her whole summer and cannot imagine ending it any other way than with her camper friends at Sunshine.” Her insight, honesty, and passion are the perfect addition to our Board of Directors!
Julie joined the Board of Directors in 2018 through relationships with Herman Miller co-workers who have been involved with Camp Sunshine’s Board. Julie has been aware of Camp Sunshine for many years because of friends and family who have participated in the Run for the Sun community event and volunteered at camp.
After attending the Talent show, where Julie witnessed the joy of the campers and the love, acceptance and patience of the counselors and staff, she decided to get more involved. She is excited to be part of the awesomeness of Camp Sunshine.
Julie received her BBA from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Grand Valley University. She is the Treasury Manager at Herman Miller and lives in Holland with her husband Jerry.
In 1998, Camp Sunshine was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Cindy Terlouw recruited Carla to be on the founding Board of Directors. Carla was the first chairperson of the Board and has continued to be engaged with Camp Sunshine ever since. Carla's son, Chris, was a counselor at Camp for two years. Carla rejoined the Board of Directors in 2018.
Carla loves the incredibly positive experience that Camp Sunshine provides campers, staff and volunteers. Staff and volunteers are loving, enthusiastic, patient and fun. Labels and stereotypes do not exist at Camp Sunshine.
Carla was the CEO of the YWCA West Central Michigan for many years. She retired from her full-time position in 2017 and now works part-time for the State of Michigan, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Victim Services. In her current capacity, Carla is responsible for expanding and enhancing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs around the state.
Carla and her husband, Scott live in Grand Haven. Their son, Chris and daughter-in-law, Jen, provided them with their first grandchild, Makenna in September 2018.