Our incredible board is comprised of medical professionals, business leaders, and community members. Together, we're united by BBH's mission of bringing the cure of comfort to children with life-threatening illnesses 

 

Board Members


Matt French

Board Member

Matt is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a B.B.A. in Economics and Finance. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for Comprehensive Therapy Center, serving children with disabilities in the West Michigan area. Matt currently works in Industrial Sales Development for X-Rite, a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation. Previous positions include various sales roles with Grand Rapids Metrology and Rapidparts, Inc.  Matt was a dear friend of Billy's beginning in the third grade at St. Andrew's Elementary School, continuing throughout Billy's life.

 

 

T.J. Feagan

Board Member

T.J. is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he earned a B.S.B.A with majors in accounting and finance. During his time at CMU T.J. was a member of the men’s club lacrosse team, where he wore number 19 in remembrance of Billy and served as a team captain during his senior season. T.J. currently lives in Lansing, MI and works at Plante Moran, PLLC within their Assurance Services practice. A 2009 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, T.J. is a long-time friend of Charlie’s and was very close with Billy. He looks forward to working with the children in West Michigan in advancing Billy’s dream.

 

Kim Alkema

Board Member

Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Albion College.  With a business background, she has previously worked in finance for Dun and Bradstreet, Gordon Food Service and Fifth third bank.  She currently works part-time for Key Recruiting out of Ohio.  Kim and her husband Dave have two boys, Sam (Junior-DePauw University) and Tommy (Junior-EGR) who have both served on the BBH Youth Advisory Board.  Kim volunteers weekly at Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids and is active in the EGR school system.  In her free time, she enjoys playing Bridge, Tennis and travelling.

Caitlyn Wood 

Board Member

Caitlyn graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Dietetics and was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. Caitlyn currently works for the Michigan Department of Education as a department analyst with the School Nutrition Program. She travels throughout Michigan, assisting local education institutions to ensure they provide nutritious school meals to all students. She was a friend of Billy’s beginning at Catholic Central High School. Caitlyn is married to Billy’s best friend, Kevin Wood, and lives with him and their German Shepherd, ‘Zoey', in Grand Rapids, MI.

Charlie Wondergem

Board Member

As Billy's younger brother, Charlie assisted his brother during high school as a volunteer in the post-op at Spectrum Health's Butterworth Hospital, where he saw firsthand Billy's caring touch and genuine desire to help others.

Billy's life and impact inspired him to start the organization with Matt to allow his brother's dream of helping children to come true. He currently works in Corporate Development for Perrigo, where he has responsibility for the company's global mergers & acquisitions.  Charlie previously served on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, which oversees $5 million in annual philanthropic giving and pioneered the company’s $1 million Neighborhood Assist™ campaign with the NBA. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Denver and in his free time, he enjoys skiing the back bowls of Vail, attempting to hit a golf club, and cheering on the Detroit Red Wings. 

Ellen Kent

Board Member

After graduating with a B.S. in Applied Science and Business from Miami University, Ellen moved to Grand Rapids to begin her career with Herman Miller, Inc. where she is currently involved in Global Marketing activities. She held a variety of leadership roles in the Junior League of Grand Rapids, was a member of the organizing committee for the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and served on the Capital Campaign Cabinet for Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids.

Ellen and her husband, Tom, reside in East Grand Rapids.  Together they enjoy serving as BBH Board members. 

Chris Prins

Board Member

Chris currently works at the commercial real estate firm Colliers International West Michigan as an associate within the retail group. At BBH, he oversees the foundation’s programming with the DeVos Children’s Hospital and Hospice of Michigan, in addition to the Youth Advisory Board service-learning program. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, with dual degrees in marketing and management. He currently plays on his church's fast pitch softball team. He is a 2010 graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, where he played on the varsity baseball and soccer teams. In his spare time, Chris enjoys basketball, baseball, football and spending time with friends. 

Tom Kent

Board Member

 

Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and completed MBA coursework at Wayne State University.  After serving with the US Army as a Material Systems Analyst, Tom attended the Detroit Police Academy and was assigned as a Probation Officer at the City of Detroit Recorder’s Court.  Concurrently, he studied at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law and was awarded a Juris Doctor degree.  He was elected to the position of Prosecuting Attorney for Crawford County. Following his term as Prosecutor Tom conducted a successful private practice representingemployers and insurance companies in litigated matters. Currently he serves as CEO for HealthPro Shield, LLC.  His community involvement includes the Capital Campaign Cabinet of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and the Capital Campaign Cabinet of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  He is an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow and previously served as Executive Financial Officer of the Gerald R. Ford Council of Boy Scouts of America. 

 

Jessica Ruppert

Board Member

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Jess holds bachelors degrees in Communications and English from DePauw University. With a background in marketing and public relations, she has previously worked for the children's footwear brand Stride Rite, and women's clothing retailer Laura Ashley. Jess and her family are members of Mayflower Congregational Church, where she teaches Sunday school and serves on the personnel committee. She is also a volunteer in the East Grand Rapids School District through the Junior Gradebooks program.

Jess and her husband, Peter, reside in East Grand Rapids with their four children. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, skiing and tennis.

 

 

Dalton DeVos

Board Member

Dalton is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, with dual degrees in Marketing and Management. He has previously worked at Amway and Haworth, and is currently on a two-year expedition sailing around the world. He is an avid sailor, racing in the Melges 32 One Design Class, and crewing on his family's boat, Windquest, in the annual Chicago to Mackinac, among other races. He was also a member of the division and regional champion Grand Rapids Christian men's baseball team. In his spare time, Dalton enjoys skiing, sailing, basketball, and baseball. 

 

 

Kevin Wood

Board Member

Kevin is a Security Manager with ADAC Automotive, where he has responsibility for a wide range of safety management and security practices. Kevin was a close friend of Billy’s, beginning at St. Andrew’s Elementary School, and continuing throughout their time at Catholic Central High School and thereafter. Kevin was previously a Special Agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, and served a one-year tour of duty in Afghanistan, resulting in many distinguished awards, including the Army Commendation Metal (ARCOM) with Valor. Kevin and his wife, Caitlyn, reside in Grand Rapids. 

Robert L. Hooker, MD

Honorary Board Member

Dr. Hooker is a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon with Cardiovascular Surgeons, P.A. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kenyon College and an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Hooker and his family are long-time friends of the Wondergem family, and he is in part responsible for Billy's passion for medicine. "Bobby", as he was known to Billy, served as a wonderful mentor as Billy put together plans to attend medical school. The two were frequently in touch regarding the possibility of a new cardiothoracic research program in West Michigan, and had been collaborating on some research at the time of Billy's passing. Dr. Hooker and his wife, Michelle, reside in Orlando, FL with their two daughters.