Board of Directors

Margo Johnson

margoPresident/ASP

Bio: Margo holds the position of  President  and is actively involved with the Area Specific Plan for the West Side.

 

 

 

Pat Waring

patBoard Member

Bio: Pat holds the position of Member at Large on the JBAN Board.  She is also active as the Community Relations Director for Grand Valley State University.  As well with Grand Rapids Broader Community and on the boards of Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Opera Affiliates, 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, it can maintain a strong connection with the neighbors by responding to 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 we strive to educate our citizens, energize our economy, and create reforms when needed both in our neighborhood, our City and the State of Michigan.

 

Phil Mol

philBoard Member/Membership/Fundraising

Bio: 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.

Favorite thing about JBAN: Its new leadership, JBAN is evolving into the active and staffed wing of the Southern West Side business and residence involvements and concerns.

Peter Carlberg

peterVice President

Peter holds the position of Vice President on the  JBAN board.  He has been on the Grand Rapids Planning Commission for 8 years and active in Grand Rapids politics since 1968. He has been a commercial photographer working in advertising and had been the owner of a maunfactoring company for the past 35 years. He has been involved and has a strong interest in old building restoration. Served as the president of the John Ball Park Community Association and a board member for decades as wells with serving on the WCBA and the Stockbridge Business Association. He has lived in almost every neighborhood in Grand Rapids but has been living on the west side since 1979 and happily married with 3 kids.

 

Dave  Spruit

dave-spruitBoard Member

Dave is a third generation Westsider that has lived in the JBAN area for the past five years. Originally only involved in the beautification committee and volunteered to work on several planting projects, he got hooked on the incentive to make a larger impact on t
he 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 Loxterman

mike-loxtermanSecretary

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. 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.  I enjoy tending to our garden, photography, camping and listening to live music also.”

Favorite thing about JBAN: Our emphasis on Neighbors encouraging 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.  Thanks to JBAN’s efforts our Neighborhood is eminently livable and is also a stones throw from vibrant Downtown Grand Rapids.

Jim Davis

jim-davisBoard Member

Jim is a father of three, 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 “I love the hope our neighborhood organization brings to our residents. Banding together in meaningful ways makes anything possible!”

 

Ryan Waalkes

ryan-waalkesBoard Member

Ryan is a husband and proud father of three 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 is “I love the West Side culture. I think Lincoln Park is one of the most beautiful places in our city.

 

 

Bob Gilewski

bob-gilewskiBoard Member

Robert has been employed at Chemical Bank on Bridge Street for the past 8 years, currently as the West Region Community Reinvestment Act Coordinator. Born and raised on the West Side in the John Ball Area Neighborhood. My heart is and always will be on the near west side. Robert is active on multiple community boards and volunteers on “anything I can that is West Michigan Housing, small business or low to moderate income or tract related”, because that is where my heart and luckily my job is.

Robert’s favorite things about JBAN is that he is proud of all the help that JBAN dba SWAN 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. I like 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.