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Board & Staff


  • Rebecca Gates
    Rebecca Gates

    Board Member - President
    Compliance Systems - Software Project Manager

  • Duke Gray
    Duke Gray

    Board Member - Vice President
    Realtor Blu House Properties by EXP Realty

  • Jordan Leaman
    Jordan Leaman

    Board Member - Treasurer
    Investor Coach & CFP® Cornerstone Wealth Partners

  • Michelle Schat
    Michelle Schat

    Board Member - Secretary
    Kids Hope Mentor
    Evangelistic Outreach -and -Welcome Committee at LaGrave CRC

  • Kristen Buter
    Kristen Buter

    Board Member
    Meritage Hospitality Group, Inc - Senior Counsel

  • Kezia Phan
    Kezia Phan

    Board Member
    Volunteer, VIS

  • Bruce Sienkowski
    Bruce Sienkowski

    Board Member
    President 28 Studio

  • Steve Meyer
    Steve Meyer

    Board Member

Our Staff

  • Bernita Tuinenga
    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 my years serving at VIS, I have enjoyed building relationships with ministry leaders, specifically deacons, who are eager to be equipped to more effectively love and serve. I have seen many lives touched by the love of church volunteers resulting in some committing their lives to Christ. It just doesn’t get better than that!” Outside of VIS Bernita enjoys spending time with her husband, kids, and granddaughter, playing piano, camping, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities.

  • David Lundberg
    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.  He says he is now semi-retired and moved to Grand Rapids in 2015 with his wife, to be closer to his children and grandchildren.  He and his wife attend Shawnee Park CRC.  He is excited to be a part of VIS and to learn to play a role in connecting churches with those who are longing for the touch of Jesus in their lives.

  • Debbie Jones
    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 to Grand Rapids in 1990 where she remained until she retired in May, 2008. Debbie has been very active in her church, Cascade Christian Church, where she served on the Board, as Elder Chair, and Missions Committee Chair, and is currently on the Missions Committee and Praise Team. Debbie thoroughly enjoys the role she plays at VIS in helping to empower people to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need. She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially in her new role as Nana to little Wyatt!

  • Rachel Clover
    Rachel Clover

    Accounting & Development Coordinator

    Before coming to VIS in July 2022, Rachel spent time on staff at her local church and at World Renew. One reason VIS was appealing to her was because of the great work they are doing in Grand Rapids and the surrounding area. She and her family attend 1 st Byron Center CRC. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids and extended family, visiting Traverse City and reading. Her favorite verse is “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.” Jeremiah 29:11

  • Rosemary Tymes
    Rosemary Tymes

    Casework Connections Associate

    Rosemary began working with the team of Volunteers In Service in January of 2016. She worked in the past as a social worker for D.A. Blodgett/St. Johns in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program and as a Home support counselor for what used to be Thresholds, an organization serving persons with developmental disabilities. Aside from working with VIS, Rosemary enjoys being part of Bible Study Fellowship, as well as an outreach ministry in the church she and her husband attend. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and son in laws, and their precious grandchildren. Rosemary loves to read, go for walks, and observe wildlife. Rosemary is humbled with the privilege of working with the VIS team in seeing the many ways God is at work in this ministry. The following verse keeps her in check: Micah 6:8 “…And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

  • Cori Scholtens
    Cori Scholtens

    Director of Programs & Training

    Cori joined the VIS team in November of 2023. Through God's leading, Cori has devoted her career to serving nonprofit and ministry-oriented organizations in Michigan. Cori has served as a Volunteer Coordinator with Corewell Health Hospice and Palliative Care, Executive Director of Africa's Child, and as the National Administrator for Family Friendly Partners Network. She currently serves as the President of the board of directors at Camp Concordia and on the Endowment Committee at St. Matthew Lutheran Church where she and her family are members. Cori enjoys long walks, reading, watching her son's soccer games and every chance she gets to spend time with her college-aged children. Cori feels blessed for the opportunity to serve on the VIS team. She is passionate about mobilizing the church to serve their local community for the purpose of building the Kingdom of God!

  • Attah Obande
    Attah Obande

    Community Partner: Trainer

    Attah is 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 positive change towards personal and professional development. Coupled with his drive to spur personal development, Attah has a deep passion for economic development through entrepreneurship. For VIS, Attah trains people who want to be financial mentors. Attah attends Madison Square Church.

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