Meet our experts


Board Members

Board Chairperson

Summer Vasquez

Past Board Chairperson

Valarie Cook
Northwood University

Vice Chair Member Development

Betsy Artz
Celebration Cinema

Vice Chair Member Relations

Nicholas Kuncaitis K Group Companies

Director Santa Parade

Bill Hahn
Advantage Group

Director Annual Dinner

Casey O’Neill
Roman Manufacturing

Director Young Professionals

Emmy Warner-Talcott
Dynamic Energy Studio

Director Ambassadors Committee

Shane Myas
Midwest Capital Advisors

Director Business Journal

Brian Carter
President/CEO of WAM Printing

Director Government Relations

Heather Merrick
Specialized Recruiting Group

Director Legal Advisor & Diversity Business Council

Mercedes Watts
Owner of Watts Consulting

Honorary Director

Craig Hoekstra
Wyoming Public Schools

Honorary Director

John Shay
City of Wyoming

Foundation Director

Rebecca Wildeboer


Don’t feel left out with no one to talk to.  Our ambassadors are the chambers volunteer spokespeople.  Our ambassadors look to be helpful in making sure you are getting the full value out of your chamber partnership.  Look for our ambassadors at chamber events like ribbon cuttings, networking events, and many more. 

James Lemke


Chris Parker

Edward Jones

Bill Hahn

Advantage Group

Wylea Griggs

Griggs Consulting

Shane Myas

Midwest Capital Advisors


Our foundation was created to support funding the improvement of human capabilities, business performance, and community growth.”

 Three major areas the foundation will support include:

Human Capabilities

• Soft/Vital skills training provided by our chamber
• Business Leads Forum
• Center for Leadership Development

Business Performance

• Small Business Training
• Center for Leadership Development
• Government Relations

Community Growth

• WKC Young Pro
• Diversity Business Council
• Business Retention Expansion Attraction

The South Kent Area Chamber Foundation (WKACF) was created in 2005 by the Chamber of Commerce as a charitable trust under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.  WKACF accepts gifts, grants, and donations in order to distribute funds within our community for helping create a better business environment, a better-trained local workforce, business neighborhood improvements, and other similar educational or charitable opportunities.

Donation opportunities for individuals and businesses:

  • Create a Jeans Day fundraiser through work
  • Make a Christmas / Birthday Donation in honor of someone special
  • Patronize member Restaurant Partners that designate a specific day for giving a % of sales
  • Designate your United Way Contribution to the Foundation
  • Designate the Foundation in your Will or Trust

Thank you for considering a donation to our Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber Foundation.

Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation Director

Rebecca Wildeboer


Keith Morgan


Michelle Born-Fischer
Bratschie & Born, P.C.


Chris Parker
Edward Jones


Ashlynne Gilbert
Blue Frost IT


Danielle Bult
Love INC


Nick Kuncaitis
Standard Computer Systems, Inc.


Allen Gilbert
Blue Frost IT

Thank you for your consideration of a donation to the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber Foundation. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Donate to the Foundation

Please make your check payable to the South Kent Area Chamber Foundation and return to the Chamber office at:

4415 Byron Center Avenue, SW
Wyoming MI 49509



Pay by Paypal or Credit card here