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Staff, Board & Volunteers
Bill Paxton, LMSW, MM - President
Bill Paxton has over 35 years of management experience in non-profit organizations where he has worked primarily in behavioral health field. Most recently he has provided training and consultation services to organizations through his own company, Paxton Change Solutions.
Bill obtained an undergraduate degree (education) from Calvin College, and masters degrees from both Michigan State University (MSW) and Aquinas College (MM). He has specialized training in change management and as a coach.
Prior to his affiliation with HIS Bill worked at Family Service Association of Kent County, Project Rehab, Hope Network, as President of Pathfinder Resources, and most recently Director of Northern Michigan Services for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.
Bill is a sought after speaker for State and local conferences primarily in change and coping with stress. He has also taught at Calvin College and Grand Valley State University, School of Social Work. Bill has served on numerous community task forces.
Bill and his wife, Judy, have been married for over 40 years, and have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. For the past nine years they have lived in Traverse City where they were both active in their church. They plan to return to First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, where they were members for 30 years prior to their relocation to Traverse City.
Daniel Armstrong, DDS - Dental Director
Daniel began volunteering at HIS in June 2013 and accepted a position as a staff dentist later that year. Daniel previously worked for Mel Trotter Ministries, Cherry Street Health Services, and Family Health Center in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Daniel attended Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Michigan, receiving a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2009. He completed an additional twelve-month training program at the University of Michigan Health System focusing on care for the mentally handicapped, those with complex medical conditions, and hospital inpatients.
Daniel married Brianna De Leeuw in 2009 and welcomed his firstborn son in November 2014. They attend Forest Hills Bible Chapel in Ada, Michigan. He enjoys singing, playing acoustic guitar, and flossing. He is an avid fan of chocolate chip cookies and pizza.
Philippians 3:8 ESV, "Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ."
Ken Kraft - Development Director
Ken brings a unique and varied background to his role as Director of Advancement at HIS.
Ken grew up in Ithaca, NY as an only child with a single mom. He is married to Becky, a Michigan native. They have 7 children and 9 grandchildren. Currently living in Lowell, they attend Ada Bible Church.
Ken is a graduate of Piedmont International University in North Carolina. He is an ordained minister who has served churches in Michigan and Florida as well as being the executive director of a Christian camp for nine years. Most recently, He has been the Manager of Partner Relationships for Guiding Light Mission in Grand Rapids.
Laura VanderMolen, DO - Medical Director
Dr. Laura VanderMolen has been with HIS since September 2001 after returning from medical mission work in Peru. Laura serves as the primary doctor for many of our patients and recruits and provides oversight for the volunteer physicians and nurses at the clinic. Laura was raised in Baltimore Maryland and attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
After receiving her medical degree from Kirkville College of Osteopathic Medicine she completed her residency in Grand Rapids. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.
Laura and her husband Kirk are the parents of four children and attend Madison Square Christian Reformed Church.
Our Dedicated Team
Sandra Deters- RDH
Barb Drenth, R.N. - Clinical Nurse
Monserrat Dykema - Receptionist
Esther Funez-Castro- Medical Assistant
Thressa Hoekstra - Administrative Assistant
Fred Hoekzema, DDS - Dentist
Daniel Garcia - Dental Assistant/Coordinator
Lynette Schreur, R.N. - Nurse Clinic Coordinator
Chris Shoemaker, MD - Doctor
Nancy VandenBerg - Volunteer Coordinator
Rev. Ken Vanderwal - Spiritual Care
Samantha Velez, R.N. - Clinical Nurse
Ynixce Villagomez- Medical Assistant
Board of Directors
Dianne Slager - Co-Chairman
Jane Renwick - Co-Chairman
Peter Zwier - Secretary
Ray Fuller, MD - Member at Large
M. Daniel Butler
Jim Samuelson, MD