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Grand Rapids Public Museum Welcomes New Board Members to its Board of Trustees

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees. Joining the Board of Trustees include Joshua Verhulst, Ron Yob and Megan Sall.

Joshua Verhulst is an experienced sales and business professional with background in manufacturing and distribution. Most of Josh’s career has been spent in the metals industry, serving mainly the medical device trade. Currently, Josh leads the business development and procurement efforts at Tech Defenders. Prior to this, Josh was responsible for fundraising at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and Hope Network Foundation. Josh has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Tech University. Josh also serves in varying capacities in our community including on the board of directors for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan, Festival of the Arts and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development Corporation boards for the City of Grand Rapids. Josh resides on the northwest side of Grand Rapids with his wife, Robbie, and son, Lennox.

Ron Yob is the Chairman of the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians, and currently an adjunct professor at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Ron is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s in education. During a time when American Indians throughout the country were seeking civil rights, Rob was an active participant, walking in the American Indian Movement “Longest Walk” in Washington, DC in 1978. He was an active board member for the Grand Rapids InterTribal Council. The Grand Rapids City Commission appointed Ron to serve on the Norton Indian Mounds Commission, and he currently works with the GRPM on mounds stewardship and oversight. Ron has also served on the Grand Rapids Historical Commission, Catholic Human Development Board of Trustees, and Grand Rapids’ Sesquicentennial Celebration. As Chairman of the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians, Ron has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in June 2006 and continues to be active in the Native American community.

Megan Sall is Deputy City Manager for the City of Wyoming. In her role she oversees the City’s communications and economic development activities, directs and monitors city projects, and acts as liaison between the city manager and department heads, community groups, boards and designated government agencies. Sall began her career as assistant to the city manager in Wyoming before moving on to work as downtown development authority director and community services coordinator.

Sall then took the role of campaign coordinator and legislative aide for regional political and governing figures and went on to become program manager at International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C. Returning to Grand Rapids, Sall worked as business development manager for The Right Place and then project and engagement manager at CQL Incorporated. Sall received her bachelor’s in international relations and her master’s in public administration from Grand Valley State University. Sall is an active community member, serving on the board of Grand Valley State University and Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties. She also co-chairs the campaign committee for Grand Rapids Whitewater.

The current GRPM Board of Trustees:

Jim Williams, Chair

Carol Van Andel, Vice-Chair

Rich Noreen, Secretary & Treasurer

Michelle Behrenwald

Dr. Jesse M. Bernal

Vanessa Bradley

Chris Branoff

Emily Brieve

Thomas R. Dilley

Marlin Feyen

Linsey Gleason

Fredric N. Goldberg

James Haveman

David Leonard

Pete Michell

Dr. Lupe Ramos-Montigny

Samuel Ojo

Dormica Oppenhuizen

Lyman Parks, Jr.

Cindy Porter Janes

Shelby Reno

Dale Robertson

Megan Sall

Lindsay Slagboom

Joshua Verhulst

Ron Yob

Kaplin Jones, Counsel

The GRPM Board of Directors:

Marlin Feyen, Chair

Rich Noreen, Treasurer/Secretary

Dr. Jesse M. Bernal

James Haveman

Dr. Lupe Ramos-Montigny

Dormica Oppenhuizen

Lyman Parks, Jr.

Jim Williams

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org.