Board leadership

Luke DeBlaay - Board Chair – Van Dellen Steel Inc.

Luke DeBlaay works as the Purchasing Manager for Van Dellen Steel Inc., a Structural Steel Fabricator. Luke volunteers at Pine Rest’s Redwood Unit and Sub-Acute Detox house. He works specifically with dual diagnosis patients (mental illness and substance abuse problems). He has a Bachelor of Science from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University with a focus on Supply Chain Management. Luke and his wife Elizabeth have a three year old son, a one year old daughter, and a golden retriever who keep them very busy. He enjoys spending his time playing and hanging out with his family, especially anything that gets them outside.

Elisha Ash - Board Vice Chair - Network 180

Elisha Ash joined the Alano Club of Kent County Board of Directors in 2017 and works for network180 as a Recovery Coach. In 2008, Elisha began attending meetings at the Club and in 2010 chose to commit herself to a life of recovery. Through her professional and personal experience with the journey of recovery, Elisha brings to the Board a fresh perspective and valuable contacts within the recovery and mental health community in Grand Rapids. Elisha facilitates some of the SMART Recovery meetings held at the Club and volunteers to speak at Turning Point and the Kent County Correctional Facility every month. Elisha says of the Club, “The Alano Club provides a sound foundation by way of offering multiple recovery pathways and support which are critical to many individuals’ continued recovery and to the success of the Grand Rapids recovery community. The Alano Club helps men and women to become the best version of themselves possible.” In her spare time Elisha enjoys spending time with family, gardening (weather permitting), working out, reading, and watching tv or movies.

Amelia Mueller - Board Treasurer - Mercantile Bank

Mark Rector - Board Secretary – Skytron LLC

Mark Rector has served on the Alano Club of Kent County’s Board of Directors since January 2017, having been introduced to the Club through his involvement in Al-Anon and volunteering at the Club.  He has been the Credit Manager for Skytron LLC, since 2007 and has previously served on his church’s Board of Trustees and Finance Committee for ten years.  In his spare time, Mark enjoys running and cycling, which the Al-Anon program encouraged him to try as part of his focus on self-care.  In October 2016 he completed his first half-marathon in Grand Rapids, and in October 2017, he completed his first Marathon in Chicago.  Mark says, “While I am a product of the Al-Anon program, I am continually inspired and humbled by those I meet at the Club from all recovery programs.  I am encouraged to not only continue my progress in recovery, but to give back to the Club which has given hope to so many friends and families of those recovering from addiction.”

Brent Doornbos - Board Member

Brent Doornbos is a wellness and bodywork practitioner in Grand Rapids, MI.  He hosts and teaches numerous workshops, classes, and is a trainer of massage therapists and yoga instructors.  He has a degree in Philosophy from Western Michigan University as well as numerous certifications in anatomy, trigger point therapy, yoga, and martial arts.  Brent is dedicated to serve and support the recovery community as part of his practice.  He is also an established photographer and avid baseball fan.

David Hamilton - Board Member

David Hamilton is known to always have a smile, even during the difficult days. David smiles out of gratitude and hopes to encourage others to smile and be their best too! David comes to the Board with a landscaping business background and possesses a strong passion for serving the recovery community. David currently attends Grand Rapids Community College, where he is pursuing an associate's degree in political science, with a strong interest in politics and world current events’; which serves for great communication amongst members on any board. As a Board Member, David looks forward to being an ambassador for the Club and even share how the 12-step programs and SMART have helped him. For hobbies, you can catch David cycling on his bike, if you can catch him!

Don Nicewander - Board Member

Don is a retired attorney who practiced over 40 years in the areas of business, estate planning, and real estate. He graduated from Rockford High School, University of Michigan (BA ‘74) and University of Michigan Law School (JD ‘77).  Don has served on over a dozen non-profit Boards, including the Jenison Board of Education, Grand Haven United Way and Love, Inc. He also helped create and served on the Boards of the Jenison Public Education Foundation, Jenison Chamber of Commerce and Public Access TV of Grandville, Jenison, and Hudsonville. Don is a Certified Facilitator for SMART Recovery and has conducted meetings at the Alano Club of Kent County for over two years. His wife, Sally, is also a Certified Facilitator for SMART Recovery and leads SMART Family and Friends meetings at the Alano Club of Kent County.

Edward Postma - Board Member

(Bio Pending) 

James Berg - Board Member

(Bio Pending) 

Jose Salinas - Board Member

Jose is certified as an International Recovery Coach, Certified Peer Recovery Coach for the State of Michigan and has been working for Network180/Access Center for the last four years. He works with individuals who come in with crisis related to substance use as well as mental illness. Jose is a person in long term recovery who has struggled with heroin addiction among other drugs, as well as related mental health conditions and homelessness. He was first introduced to Alano Club of Kent County over six years ago, and describes it as a “place of rest and restoration”. Jose is passionate about sharing his story of resilience, to inspire hope and motivate others in their personal recovery. Jose is very involved in giving back to the community by volunteering for various community organizations and events, such as Mel Trotter’s Thanksgiving Dinner, Youth Summit, Pine Rest and criminal Justice Chaplaincy. Jose is also an instructor for the Mental Health First Aid, a course that trains individuals in the community in effort to bring mental health awareness and reduce stigma. Jose is a facilitator for Seeking Safety Groups as well as a Trainer for the State of Michigan for Certified Peer Recovery Coaches. He is a presenter and a motivational speaker and is passionate on the subject of recovery and advocacy. 

Ken Derylo - Board Member

Ken retired from Meijer after a 43-year career.  Ken was a project manager for many multi-year projects that developed and implemented telecommunications solutions that not only added value, but often reduced costs.  In addition, Ken was responsible for creating and managing the corporate telecom expense budget that included implementing an expense management system.  He also served as the Corporate Network Services Manager.  Ken is an active member of the Alano Club for many years and very tender to supporting the recovery community.  He hopes his experience can help the Club move forward in helping those in need.

Lin Snyder - Board Member

(Bio Pending) 

Margaret Stalker - Board Member - Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP

Maggie Stalker has served on the Alano Club of Kent County's Board of Directors since 2016 and is proud to support its mission. Maggie is an attorney at Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, where she focuses her practice on commercial disputes and employment and environmental issues. Maggies enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.

Michael Baker - Board Member - Mel Trotter Ministries/ Cherry Health

Mike Baker is serving his first term on the Alano Club of Kent County’s Board of Directors, having begun his recovery journey here 26 years ago. In his work and volunteer life, Mike is committed to mentoring, counseling, and providing resources to people who are struggling with mental illness or substance abuse. Mike is a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM) at Cherry Health and is also employed with First Congregational Church. He volunteers with several local organizations including the Salvation Army, Turning Point, The Red Project, Kent County Correctional Facilities, and Arbor Circle. Mike was instrumental in bringing SMART Recovery to West Michigan and facilitates several SMART Recovery support groups in the area. Mike says “It has been a blessing to live in the recovery community clean for 26 years and I could not have done the walk of recovery without God and Terri, my wife of 19 years.” Mike encourages his brothers and sisters in recovery, “You cannot change the past. Live for the now in recovery and watch how free you will be.”

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Amelia Mueller is serving her first term on the Alano Club of Kent County's Board of Directors.  She resides in Belmont with her husband and three children and has two adult children. She is currently the Assistant Controller for Mercantile Bank of Michigan and has worked for Mercantile for 22 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance, as well as an Associate degree in Accounting. Her past board experience includes five years as the Treasurer for the Gratiot Emergency Housing Corp – a non-profit assisting residents with emergency housing needs. Amelia generously lends her financial knowledge to the Alano Club of Kent County, in effort to promote the sustainability of the organization for future generations.

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