Pat is very active in the John Ball Area community as the Community Relations Director for Grand Valley State University. She loves Grand Rapids and commits to helping many agencies, sitting on the boards of Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Grand Rapids Opera Affiliates, the Junior League of Grand Rapids, Neighborhood Ventures, and Michigan Humanities Council. Pat also severs as a national representative for Catersource Educational Divisions of Aramark. As an Indiana native, she moved to Grand Rapids from Chicago many years ago and became involved as a volunteer in community organizations as well as a part-time accounting faculty member at Davenport University. Pat hopes that by representing GVSU, she can help maintain and continue to develop strong relationships with local neighbors. She loves addressing the needs of the neighborhoods, helping to solve issues of mutual responsibilities, serving as a welcoming and friendly neighbor, and being part of the matrix of the Grand Rapids community as it strives to educate the citizens, energize the economy, and create reforms when needed both in the neighborhood, the City and the State of Michigan.
Phil holds the position of Associate Member on the JBAN Board. He has grown up on the Northwest Side and has only lived in three houses all right here in the West Side. Either he had no sense of adventure or he just liked it here. Phil’s wife has lived with him in this area for over 20 years and has fallen in love with the West Sides convenience. As well as living in the neighborhood Phil decided to invest too and owns a management company and a flooring store on Hovey. He finds it’s great to live so close to work, and glean employees from the area too.
Phil’s favorite part of serving the JBAN board is its new leadership and the evolution of involvement with the Southern West Side businesses and residents. He appreciates the way this association can increase involvement and help address concerns.
Peter previously served on the Grand Rapids Planning Commission for 8 years and has been active in Grand Rapids politics since 1968. He has been a commercial photographer, working in advertising, and has been the owner of a maunfactoring company since 1982. He has been involved and has a strong interest in old building restoration. Peter served as the president of the John Ball Park Community Association after years on the board. He has served on the WCBA and the Stockbridge Business Association. Peter brings vast experience to the JBAN board, having lived in almost every neighborhood in Grand Rapids. He has been living on the west side since 1979 and is happily married with 3 kids.
Dave is a third generation Westsider that has lived in the JBAN area since 2011. Originally only involved in the beautification committee, he volunteered to work on several planting projects and got hooked on the incentive to make a larger impact on the Westside as a member of the JBAN board of directors. Dave considers himself as an experimental gardener, a fledging home brewer and loves to explore ethnic cuisine and interesting foods.
Dave’s favorite thing about JBAN is that he’s always been interested in the mix of people living in one of the closest-to-downtown neighborhoods. We have access to all of the amenities of downtown Grand Rapids while maintaining an affordable cost of living.
Mike holds the position of Secretary on the JBAN Board. Previously he served as the Vice President and Secretary of the John Ball Park Neighborhood Association. He and his family have lived near John Ball Park since 1996 after relocating from San Francisco. “We are fond of the diversity and urban vibe of our Neighborhood. We are also avid bicycle riders and spend much time on the Kent Trails.” Mike enjoys tending to his garden, photography, camping and listening to live music.
Mike’s favorite thing about JBAN is the emphasis on neighbors encouraging other neighbors to manifest a prosperous community that values diversity. “JBAN does a bang up job of keeping Neighbors informed of Governmental initiatives, Crime Statistics and opportunities to improve the Neighborhood,” he says. Thanks to JBAN’s efforts the neighborhood is eminently livable and is also a stones throw from vibrant Downtown Grand Rapids.
Jim is a father of four, a proud volunteer at Sibley Elementary School, and a musician. He and his wife both graduated with Music Degrees and he now sings and plays with other local musicians both at church and in our neighborhood.
Jim’s favorite thing about JBAN is “the hope this neighborhood organization brings to residents.” He is a big proponent of banding together in meaningful ways to make the impossible POSSIBLE!
Ryan is a husband and proud father of four who is also a Triathlete, loves the outdoors, and enjoys riding his bike. He believes that young people can change the world. Ryan is currently the Director of Bridge Street House of Prayer.
Ryan’s favorite thing about JBAN his love for the West Side culture. He thinks Lincoln Park is one of the most beautiful places in Grand Rapids.
Bob has been employed at Chemical Bank on Bridge Street since 2009, currently as the West Region Community Reinvestment Act Coordinator. Born and raised on the West Side in the John Ball Area Neighborhood, his heart is and always will be on the near west side. Bob is active on multiple community boards and volunteers on “anything he can that is West Michigan Housing, small business or low to moderate income related”, because that is where his heart lays.
Robert’s favorite things about JBAN is that he is proud of all the help that JBAN staff does for Safety and Housing related issues for everyone in the Association’s footprint. He enjoys helping with the multiple community outreach events we are able to be part of. He likes being the Treasurer for the Stockbridge Business Association and being a liaison, letting the businesses know all the good that JBAN does on the West Side.