Our Staff

Bernita Tuinenga

Executive Director

Before coming to VIS in 2007, Bernita spent time working in marketing research, human resources, teaching piano and beginning and directing a Kids Hope ministry in a local church. What attracted her to VIS was the mission of empowering the church to serve and impact lives for Christ. “Throughout m...

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Debbie Jones

Connections Coordinator

Prior to coming to VIS in 2008, Debbie worked for the American Red Cross for nearly 33 years in various capacities, most recently managing the Disaster, Military, International, and Transportation programs. She started at the Chapter in Grand Rapids, moved to Cedar Rapids, IA in 1986, and returned t...

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Muriel Lamer

Connections Associate

Before coming to VIS, Muriel worked for the CRCNA Denominational Office for almost 15 years. Prior to that she served as the secretary at the Cutlerville East CRC.  Because she works part time, Muriel has time to take CALL classes, participate in church activities, and spend time with her granddaug...

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Luanne Nieuwkoop

Administrative Assistant

Before coming to Volunteers In Service at the beginning of 2015, Lu served as Administrative Assistant at First Cutlerville Christian Reformed Church. Lu is blessed to work with Dave Ellens in the Development office of VIS where she answers the phone, pays the bills and sends out thank you’s to ou...

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Rosemary Tymes

Casework Connections Associate

Rosemary started working for Volunteers In Service in January of 2016. She has worked in the past as a social worker for Big Brothers Big Sisters and as a Home support counselor for Thresholds. Rosemary works part time for VIS and enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, son-in-laws, and gr...

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David Lundberg

Casework Connections Associate

David is a social worker who most recently was the Director of Clinical Services and Counseling Supervisor at the Evangelical Child and Family Agency in Wheaton, IL.  Prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Covenant Children’s Home and Family Services for 15 years in Princeton, IL.  H...

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Attah Obande

Trainer

Attah is a deacon at Madison Square Church, a zealous speaker, professional coach, and business consultant. Attah’s gift is being in tune to people in poverty, and he is passionate about empowering people to transform their lives. His message encourages and challenges individuals to make a positiv...

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Duke Gray

Trainer

Duke is Vice-Chair of Elders and Chair of the Administrative Committee at Kentwood Christian Church. He helped start the S.H.A.L.O.M. Ministry there, which is an acronym for Service, Humility, Accountability, Love, Obedience, and Mercy. Their mission is to provide service opportunities for their mem...

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Amy Zwiep

Development Director

For over a decade, Amy served as an educator, and later an Assistant Principal, at Dutton Christian School before coming to VIS as the Development Director in the summer of 2017.  She is full of passion, and has a heart for the mission of VIS.  She states, "The impact VIS has on the people, our ne...

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Our Board

Brent Brinks

President

Vice President, Buist Electric...

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Ross Keilen

Vice President

Attorney, Keilen Law Offices...

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Jeanne Maher

Secretary

Pastor of Care and Support, River Rock Church...

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Nick Bakker

Treasurer

Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed...

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Steve Johnson

Board Member

CPA, Vander Ploeg, Bergakker & Associates...

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Pete Byma

Board Member

Pastor, Westview Christian Reformed Church...

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Andy Zylstra

Board Member

Retired Social Worker...

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Mary Dykstra

Board Member

World Renew, Global Volunteer Program...

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Jenn Reidsma

Board Member

Alger Heights Collaborative, Community Coordinator...

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Nate Boonstra

Board Member

Financial Advisor, Forest Hills Financial, Inc....

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