Mike Camarota – President (Hudsonville)
Mike is on the board for the local Holland Boys and Girls Club of America. The Boys and Girls Club of America has over 4,000 club facilities in the US providing local children with a safe place to learn and grow. The children benefit from ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals through life-enhancing programs and character development experiences which provide them with hope and opportunity.
Kelli Gierz – Marketing Manager (Hudsonville)
Kelli is on the fundraising board for CASA of Kent County, an organization that “empowers everyday citizens to become appointed members of the Kent County court system in order to act on behalf of abused or neglected children as they pass through the family court system.”
Andrew Munschy – National Warehouse and Facilities Manager (Hudsonville)
Andrew has been a volunteer for the Wheatland Music Organization since he was 10 years old. Andrew tells us how he got started volunteering at Wheatland. “How I got started is all about my family’s roots, the festival started in 1974 and my father first attended in 1977, and to this day the only festival my parents missed since they began was in 1980 because I was born that weekend.”
The mission of the Wheatland Music Organization, a not for profit organization, is to serve as a resource center for the preservation and presentation of traditional music and arts. Traditional arts are considered those learned person to person, passed from generation to the next, and influenced by culture, family, ethnicity, and era.
Rhonda Van Oss – Customer Service Manager (Hudsonville)
Rhonda is involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation who is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D.
It’s personal for Rhonda, because her niece was diagnosed at 3 years old, which is when she started to get involved in fundraising and helping with the annual Walk to Cure. Rhonda says “It is rewarding to be involved, and I’m happy to say my niece is now a vibrant, fairly healthy 21 year old.”
Marilou (Aloi) Calvert – Program Manager (Hudsonville)
After Typhoon Haiyaan, Marilou organized a relief fund for the efforts World Vision Philippines was doing to aid the victims. WVP is a team of dedicated workers who provide emergency assistance to children and families affected by natural disasters and civil conflicts, by working with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor.
Their mission is to engage Filipinos in the effort to eliminate poverty and its causes. Marilou also helped friends in Cebu who were working to help victims of the Typhoon as well. Marilou, originally from the Philippines, got involved with the organization through a friend who works for WVP and continues to support and help whenever possible.
Trent Rezny – Production Coordinator (Hudsonville)
Trent gives back to his community as a non-paid coach for his local high school football team. He has worked with teens for over 6 years to develop sportsmanship, team work, and leadership skills that the boys take with them back to their community.