The Grand Haven Area Young Professionals' Board of Directors consists of six community members, engaged in carrying out the mission and vision of the 501(c)(3) organization. Each board member is encouraged to participate in an executive position or chair one of our various committees. Below is a list of our current board members. If you're interested in joining the board, feel free to contact us.
Lauren was born and raised in Grand Haven and is the Education & Youth Initiatives Officer at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. She enjoys the opportunity to give back to her community in various ways and her background is in Nonprofit Management & Leadership. She’s been a board member since 2015, currently serving as President and looks forward to continuing to find innovative ways to integrate GHYP into the community.
Kevin is a West Michigan native, having grown up in Manistee. He received his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and currently works as an Information Technology specialist for an out-of-state company. Kevin has been a board member since 2016 and enjoys the community involvement aspect of the GHYP. He hopes to facilitate better community awareness and engagement throughout the Grand Haven area.
Mary was born and raised here in Grand Haven. She attended GVSU for undergrad, and is currently the Director of Community Events & Programs at The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg. Mary has been a GHYP board member since 2016, and she works mainly on marketing and event planning. She enjoys the social aspects of GHYP, but also the professional connections that are made amongst the board and members. She looks forward to growing the organization and furthering her involvement in it!
Andrew was born and raised in Falmouth Michigan. He then attended Dordt College in Sioux Center Iowa and Iowa State University in Ames Iowa, returning to Michigan as a degreed engineer. He is currently employed as a Sales Engineer at Plascore Inc, a global leader in the manufacture of honeycomb core and composite panels. Andrew has been a board member since 2016 and is currently serving as the board secretary. He continues to enjoy working with the board and looking for new and innovative ways to serve his community.
Jessica recently moved to the Grand Haven area but has lived in West Michigan her whole life. She received her bachelor’s degree from GVSU in business management and is currently working for Magna Mirrors as a Human Resources Generalist. She has been on the board since 2018 and enjoys having the opportunity to get to know other young professionals in the Grand Haven area through the organization. She hopes to help grow the organization’s participation and bring innovative ideas to help young professionals based in Grand Haven further their careers.
Brooke recently moved to Michigan from Asheville, NC. She grew up in Indiana where she received her undergraduate degree from Indiana State University and her Master's degree from Judson University. Brooke works as a Project Manager for HA Digital Marketing in Grand Haven. Brooke recently joined the board and she enjoys the social aspect and the ability to raise support for the community through GHYP. She is excited to help build awareness and more relationships with the community.
Branden was born and raised here in Grand Haven. He received his undergrad from Ferris State University and is currently working as an engineer designer at Haworth INC. Branden is a new board member as of 2018. He enjoys the social aspects and connections made from GHYP and is looking forward to finding creative ways to become more engaged in the community.