Board of Directors


Amy Schelling, Ed.D., President

Amy Schelling currently serves as trustee on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors. She joined the board in November 2013 because she saw what a positive impact Camp Sunshine had on campers and counselors.

She believes Camp Sunshine’s mission supports a Person First philosophy that puts the individual first, focusing on the individual rather than the disability. She thinks Camp Sunshine provides a setting in which individuals are highly valued and their gifts celebrated.

Amy is an Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University in the College of Education – Special Education, Foundations, & Technology, where she specializes in the area of Cognitive Impairment. She and her husband are the parents of a 16-year old daughter.

Stoepker Tim

Timothy Stoepker, Vice President

Tim Stoepker currently serves as trustee on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors. He joined the board in 2014 and says he accepted the invitation to become a member of the board because it is a great opportunity to serve the underserved and to personally grow and learn. Tim is very excited about the purpose of Camp Sunshine and the joy it provides to campers, families as well as staff and volunteers.

Tim is an attorney and member of the firm of Dickinson Wright in Grand Rapids. He and Jane, his wife of 30 years, reside in Grand Haven and have four children.

Mike VanOmmen, Treasurer

Mike first got involved with Camp Sunshine in 1996 while at Hamilton High School when Cindy Terlouw recruited him to consider being a counselor.  With hesitation he agreed, and that first camp experience began a path which included spending four summers as a counselor during high school and college, volunteering and supporting the organization in other ways after that, and finally joining the Board of Directors at the beginning of 2017.  What initially drew and continues to draw Mike to Camp Sunshine is the passion and impact that surrounds the camp experience for campers, volunteers, and staff, and the unconditional love that that is so selflessly demonstrated through every interaction and relationship.    

Mike is a Commercial Banker with Macatawa Bank and he and his wife, Lisa, live in the Hamilton area along with their two daughters.

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Kelli Miller, Secretary

Kelli Miller was appointed as trustee to the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors in November 2014. Kelli may be new to Camp Sunshine, but her personal and professional experiences make her a natural fit to serve on our board of directors.

Kelli was born in Muskegon, but grew up in Grandville. She was raised in a family that valued service to others and community, triggering her love for many types of volunteer work. She attended and graduated from Grandville High School. Kelli then graduated from Central Michigan University, with a bachelor degree in Consumer Studies and Family Relations with a Secondary Teaching Certificate. She then received a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Special Education. Kelli currently teaches in the Autism Spectrum Disorders program at Woodside Elementary in the West Ottawa Public Schools system. She has been married to her husband Jack for 26 years, and has three children- Madeline (20 years old), Joe (18), and Anna (14).

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Chad Carlson

Chad Carlson was appointed as trustee to the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors in November 2014. Chad was born in Grand Rapids, and grew up in Holland, graduating from Holland High School. He then graduated from Hope College (2003), and went on to receive his masters at Western Michigan University (2005) and his PhD from Penn State University in 2010.

He married his wife Kathi in 2004, and together have two kids, their daughter Brielle (5), and their son Bryce (3). The couple currently resides in Zeeland.

Chad is no stranger to the Camp Sunshine experience, as he was a counselor for seven years during high school, college, and beyond. He loved every minute of it, and had a strong desire to come back every year because “I have found no other place in this world where the phrase, ‘God loves everybody’ is more true.” Chad is thrilled to be on the board of directors as it offers him a new way to be a part of the organization.

Don VanOeveren

Don and his family were first introduced to Camp Sunshine a few years ago and have been involved ever since.  Don’s daughter, Katie, has Down syndrome and loves to be involved in activities as a camper at Camp Sunshine.  Don shared that from the application process, the opening introduction of camper to counselor, the activities, the music, the reflection time, and of course, the famous talent show, he and his wife have been so impressed.  Katie left camp the first year stating that, “She couldn’t wait to go again!”

When asked to join the Board, Don indicated that he was honored and welcomed the opportunity to give back to Camp Sunshine.  “As a parent of a special needs child, it’s often difficult to find quality and impactful activities for your loved one to participate in.  Camp Sunshine is one of those activities that I don’t hesitate to recommend and enjoy promoting this wonderful opportunity to other special needs families.”

Don is a life-long resident of West Michigan.  Don has worked at Grand Rapids Community College for 25 years and currently serves as the Associate Director of Academic Support and Tutoring Services while teaching part-time in the Computer Information Systems department.  Don and his wife, Diane, have been married for 26+ years and their daughter Katie is 21 years old.  Their family also has two smaller dogs, Jet and Jessie, which keep them very busy!

Todd Van Grouw

Todd Van Grouw serves as a trustee on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors. Todd’s story with Camp Sunshine began in 1985, where he volunteered as a camp counselor for two sessions. Todd originally served on the board from 1998 – 2010, and has since returned in 2016. He was compelled to join the board of directors, simply because he loves everything about Sunshine. From the campers, to the culture, to the volunteers, and everyone else that makes camp so special. Todd values the complete inclusiveness that the Camp Sunshine community practices.


Deborah Droppers

Deborah Droppers serves as a trustee on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors. Camp Sunshine has been part of the Droppers’ family dinner table discussions for a number of years. As the camp idea evolved, Deborah’s uncle, John Bouwman, was thrilled to have a place where he could go to celebrate life, his love for Jesus, and be with his buddies.  He grew up with Camp, as did their family.  It was Deborah’s dad and mom’s sustenance to be part of the planning and implementation.  Deborah’s husband, Kurt Droppers also served on the Board of Directors for Camp Sunshine, as Board President.

Camp Sunshine is a part of the Droppers’ family history and passion.  Deborah honored and thrilled to be a part of the board and to continue our passion and legacy with Camp Sunshine.  She believes that Camp is a magical place, where many lives are validated and changed through simple acts of love and kindness, and a sincere desire to provide an amazing adventure filled with the authentic love of God that radiates throughout.

Kris Doenges

Kris Doenges serves as a trustee on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors. Kris Doenges first learned of Camp Sunshine in conversations with Cindy Terlouw several years ago.  Years later, Kris’ daughter, Madison, pursued a volunteer opportunity as a counselor for Camp Sunshine.  Kris said, “Words cannot describe Madison’s excitement in telling me about the four magical days that she spent at Camp Sunshine.  She was ‘hooked’ and it didn’t take long for her to get me ‘hooked’ as well.”  The following summer, Kris also began volunteering and experienced first-hand what an amazing place Camp Sunshine is. When asked if she would be interested in serving on the Board at Camp Sunshine, Kris said, “When opportunity knocks on your door…you open it!  To spend time with individuals who feel the passion and the power of Camp Sunshine is a true opportunity that I am excited to be a part of.”

Kris is an Assistant Principal at the Careerline Tech Center in Holland, and prior to her administrative role, she was a Special Education Consultant. Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s degree in reading, and she recently obtained an educational leadership certificate.  Kris is a Holland “transplant” and Detroit native.  Kris has been married to her husband, Scott, for 27 years and they have two children, Madison and Quincy.

 John Walsh

John’s journey with Camp Sunshine began with a friend of his who had a sister living with Down Syndrome, and loved Camp Sunshine.  John found that whenever someone mentioned Camp Sunshine, her face would light up and the stories would flow out of her.  Her blessing to John was helping him understand how much impact a summer camp can have on a child.  Her brother’s invitation for John to join him at talent show many years ago helped John see just how significant an impact Camp Sunshine has had on so many families lives.  Shortly after his friend’s sister passed away, John was honored to help in getting the annual golf fund raiser started and has been blessed ever since.

John enjoys being a part of the Camp Sunshine community because of the positive experience and love so many volunteers have for both the campers and there families.  He feels that the joy that is expressed by the campers is hard to describe and the impact the volunteers have is such a beautiful thing.

John and his wife, Mari-jo live in Grand Rapids.  They have been blessed with four children, two boys and two girls.  John and his family attend Ada Bible Church and enjoy summers in Holland at a family cottage.