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.
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.
Louise Wing, Treasurer
Louise Wing currently serves as treasurer on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors. She joined the board in 2012 after having served as a volunteer at Camp Sunshine for several years. Her son has also been a counselor at Camp Sunshine for five years. Louise attended a Camp Sunshine talent show several years ago and was moved by the connection the campers and counselors had with each other as well as the true joy expressed by the campers. She says it is very rewarding to witness the unbridled joy and excitement the campers exhibit during their time at camp and feels that she has been changed by having the opportunity to be a part of this amazing program
Louise is employed by Spectrum Health. She and her husband have a daughter and a son.
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).
Chad Carlson, Trustee
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.
Dennis Feaster, Trustee
Dennis Feaster serves as a trustee on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors and his family are new to Camp Sunshine, and looking forward to becoming more involved. As the parent of two young children with disabilities and as a professional stakeholder, Dennis is invested in more opportunities for people with disabilities to be able to fully participate in their communities. Dennis sees Camp Sunshine as having a rich legacy of such service, as well as being well-positioned to continue to develop these opportunities.
Through observations Dennis stated, “I have been impressed with the energy, enthusiasm, and genuine care that the Sunshine community brings to the broader community. I have also heard numerous stories of Camp Sunshine participants (esp. counselors) who have taken their transformative experience into the next chapter of their lives by finding new ways to include people with disabilities.”
Todd Van Grouw, Trustee
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, Trustee
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, Trustee
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.
Don VanOeveren, Trustee
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!