2018 HBA Foundation Board of Directors


Thank you to the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and community members who make the work of the Foundation possible.

President, Jan Lehman, Standale Interiors

Secretary/Treasurer, Sarah Baar, Old National Bank

Board Members:

John Bitely, Sable Homes

Karen Custer, Miller Johnson Attorneys & Counselors

Jack Katerberg, Jack K. Katerberg, Builder

Roger Pedersen, Williams Kitchen & Bath

Jeff Peel, Standard Lumber/Stand Kitchens

William Roersma, Roersma & Wurn Builders, Inc.

Nelson VanElderen, Grand Valley State University

Benham R. Wrigley Jr., Wrigley, Hoffman & Hendricks, P.C.

Developing the Next Generation of Housing Professionals

The housing industry continues to experience double digit growth and the need for skilled trade professionals has never been greater.  We are looking outside the box to help fill the labor shortage.

  • Working together with education, community partners and other associations committed to recruiting, training and retaining talent for the home building industry.  For more information take a look at our Hiring Resource page.
  • Offering more support to minority contractors including launching a Professional Women in Building Council and offering classes with Spanish-speaking support.  Click here to join the council.
  • Sharing residential construction stories and pathways with more than 12,000 students annually.
  • Awarding more than $150,000 in individual student and tool scholarships, including  new partnership with Cat Footwear and Kent Career Tech Center (KCTC) that provides work boots to graduating seniors with residential construction career pathway interests.  


  • Rebuilding our local student chapters at both the high school and post-secondary school levels.

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Student Chapters

As part of our local efforts to increase awareness of and participation in residential construction careers we are bringing our student chapters back and participating with our National Association of Home Building (NAHB) Student Chapters, a program dedicated to enriching the educational experience of students by offering them first-hand exposure to the real world of the building industry through NAHB membership, educational programming, and networking opportunities.

We are excited to partner with local faculty advisers and draw on the mentors and industry leaders in our local home builders association so student chapter members can compete in national competitions, win scholarships, enjoy discounts on trade shows, and enjoy all the benefits of membership in NAHB.  To learn more contact Jodie at jodie@hbaggr.com or (616) 281-2021, ext. 201.  Or, complete application here to sign-up!


Next Generation/Workforce Development

The Next Generation/Workforce Development efforts aim to support the next generation of housing industry professionals. Through fundraising events, community partnerships, and educational programs, we can prepare students for the industry. The committee strive to support current members through the recruitment, training, and retention of talent for their individual companies and our industry. With community partners and dedicated members, changes are coming for the next generation.


Check out some of our upcoming events:

Next Gen/Workforce Development Hiring Resources and Community Partnerships Subcommittee Meeting

Next Gen/Workforce Development Meeting of the Whole


Thank you to all who serve on our committees and are community partners!

Eric  Eklund, Ryan Nettesheim, Kyle  Welter, Steve Cornwell, Michael Brown, Michael McGraw, Briana Cordes, Todd Peuler, Julie Parks, John Doane, Kyle Lackscheide, Scott Mattson, Gideon Sanders, David VanBaren, Mark Lesperance, Andy Lofgren, Jodie Rykse-Salmoran, Patrick Shanafelt, Amy Pierce, Cary Stamas, Jennifer Summers, Chad Patton, James Fults, Pamela Ballew, Shawn Tylutki, Ryan Lovell, Rowdy Lapham, John Bitely, Attah Obande, Buzz Holtvluwer, Jessica Mielke, Amanda Wildman, Kevin Lutz, Tom Hoffman, David Niewenhuis, Lisa Kozak, Bill Vogt, James Burch


Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a movement prompted by the economic frenzy of both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a phenomenon that encourages the spirit of giving back during the holiday season. YOU can make a difference in your own community through the HBA Foundation. Throughout the Foundation’s 28 year history, members pulled together to construct a wide variety of projects, despite an economic downturn. More than 600 wheelchair ramps and critical electrical, plumbing, and home repairs have been completed through Community Repair Days, a unique partnership with the Home Repair Services of Kent County and Disability Advocated. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in lumber, nails, and other building materials are donated annually while members volunteer their time to construct the ramps and complete the repairs. The HBA Foundation continues to empower the next generation. Whether they are looking to go into the skilled trades, work for a builder, or own their own company, the support and tools to get started will be there. We know the residential construction industry is a great place to make a mark on the world. Since 1990, members have awarded more than $150, 000 in scholarships. We encourage you to join us in making a difference in the lives of those facing special housing needs and in reaching out to the next generation of housing industry professionals.

Foundation Director, Jodie Rykse Salmoran says there are so many reasons to give, “gifts made here will support local businesses, impact those with special housing needs, and re-build our scholarship fund.” The HBA Foundation is growing with the help of generous individuals like you who want to give back “you don’t have to make a large donation to make an impact. Anyone can make a difference.” It doesn’t take much AND it’s easy! Click here https://mygrhome.memberzone.com/eventregistration/register/1952 to donate and give back this holiday season!





Executive Officer, Andy Lofgren, showing support on Giving Tuesday.