Meet the Board
Janis Petrini, Chair
Owner & Operator, Express Employment Professionals
My inspiration comes from the mission at Mel Trotter. Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ, through rescue and restoration for anyone experiencing hunger and homelessness.
Kurt Hein, Vice Chair
Owner, Christian Brothers AutomotiveWhat motivates me
To demonstrate the compassion of Christ to the least fortunate in our community by living an example and loving my neighbor as myself.
Donijo De Jonge, Treasurer
Bob Worthington, Secretary
Chief Operating Officer, Mercantile Bank of MichiganWhat motivates me
"Let us love one another, for love comes from God." – 1 John 4:7
Brenda Moore, Assistant Secretary
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Urban League of West MichiganWhat motivates me
The work of this organization resonates with my faith by preaching a relevant gospel and practicing meaningful ministry that gives support to all those who need food, clothing, and shelter. Mel Trotter Ministries makes the difference in the lives of the very fine people it serves.
General Managing Partner, Railside Golf ClubWhat motivates me
Our family gives - our time and our resources - to individuals and organizations that build a happier, safer, more hopeful, and more giving world. Mel Trotter is one of those such organizations and we are honored to partner with them.
Retired President, Kregel Parable Christian StoresWhat motivates me
Biblically, "to whom much has been given, much is required." I count it a joy to give to the needs of others as God enables and directs.
Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Attorney, Mitchel Intellectual Property Law, PLLCWhat motivates me
We are blessed to be a blessing, and it is a blessing to assist in demonstrating the compassion of Christ to the hungry, homeless and hurting of our community.
Tony PearsonWhat motivates me
I am inspired and blessed to work with Mel Trotter Ministries because they offer so much more than a "shelter". They offer the gift of God's grace to everyone who crosses their doorway, and testify to the truth that each person is created in God's image, and deserves our very best efforts.
Business Strategy and DevelopmentWhat motivates me
I am most inspired by the opportunity to positively impact and change lives through the grace of Christ, so that several years from now we will know that we have permanently progressed the conditions for men, women, and children.
Positively impacting and changing lives through the grace of Christ, so that several years from now we will know that we have permanently progressed the conditions for men, women, and children.
Owner, Synergy Business Development, LLCWhat motivates me
Mel Trotter has a rich history of service to this community. From caring board members who are second generation, to employees with decades of service. Truly Christ is in this place.
Attorney, Damon, Ver Merris, Boyko & Witte, PLCWhat motivates me
I support and am involved with Mel Trotter Ministries because it offers the only real answer to the problems and challenges our clients face: Jesus Christ as Lord and savior.
Mary HollebeekWhat motivates me
I am motivated (and honored) to serve on the MTM Board because it provides me with a front row seat to watch God do His amazing, life changing work in the lives of His children here in West Michigan.
General Manager, Smash Burger
President & CEO, Grand Rapids Urban League
Attorney, David & Wierenga, P.C.What motivates me
Meeting the most vulnerable people in our community just where they are and showing them the compassion of Jesus Christ.
Chief Operating Officer, Rockford Construction CompanyWhat motivates me
I wish to utilize my talents to help this ministry assist those in need.
Dr. Dale McNinch
Director of Human Resources, TGG SolutionsWhat motivates me
I value the opportunity to serve a resource rich community. It is an honor and privilege to be a voice, provide insight but most of all, be an advocate for an organization that listens to the heartbeat of the people. The question of why Mel Trotter Ministries, my response, simply, why not.
Tonja MoyerWhat motivates me
I am proud to be a board member first, for its mission... it starts by stating" to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ"... you can't go wrong with that! Secondly, the services that MT provides are always expanding according to the needs of the community.
Chief Financial Officer, Mel Trotter Ministries
Ron Van Houten
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