Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides oversight and governance of the operations at Holland Christian Homes as it seeks to bring the Strategic Plan to life.  The four strategic directions as outlined in the current Strategic Plan are: Creating a Centre of Excellence, Strengthening Communications, Building our Health and Human Resources, and Investing in our Infrastructure.

The Board works to protect the Christian nature of Holland Christian Homes, honouring the Dutch Heritage, never losing sight of the core values as outlined in our Statement of Faith.

The work of the Board in overseeing the operations of HCH is structured through committees, which include: Executive, Care, Finance, Governance, Nominating, Building & Facilities, and Development committees. 

Call for Directors:

The Board would like to hear from anyone who shares our passion for HCH, loves God, and would be interested in bringing their unique skills, experience, and time to the role as Board Member.  We are particularly looking for individuals with experience in: nursing/clinical work, ethics/ethical decision making, pastoral care, facilities management, human resources, finance, governance, and general management. 

Directors serve terms of up to 3 years and are eligible for re-election to a maximum of two consecutive 3-year terms.

If you would like more information about being a member of the HCH Board, please email

Meet our Board of Directors

Donya Stubbs – President

Donya has over 25 years of experience working in the food and market research industries.  During her career Donya has served on multiple market research and sensory science boards in both Canada and the US, championing best practices, strategic efficiencies and effective communication.

In her professional leadership roles, Donya has sought to mentor emerging professionals, promote practical communication and demonstrate servant leadership.

Donya is the current President of the Board and also serves as a member of the Executive, Care, Finance and Governance committees. 

Case Geleynse – Vice President

Case has held a variety of management positions over his career and brings extensive knowledge to the Board. 

Case is the Vice President of the Board and also serves as Chair of the Care Committee and member of the Executive, Governance and Development committees.

John Visser – Treasurer

John has served on Board for 10 years and is the current Treasurer of the Board. He also serves as the Chair of the Finance committee and is a member of the Executive and Governance committees. 

Greg Riedstra – Secretary

Greg is a property manager and owner of a number of residential apartment buildings.  He has been involved in property management and investment for over 30 years and has owned and operated a variety of small businesses. 

Greg is also active in serving on various non-profit boards and committees.

Greg is the current Secretary of the Board and also serves as the Chair of the Building & Facilities committee and member of the Executive committee.

Charles Sjaarda – Director

Charles works as a construction consultant and project manager, after operating a construction and renovation firm for 25 years.  Charles studied business at the University of Toronto.

Charles has also served on various non-profit boards and committees.

Charles serves as the Chair of the Governance committee and Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Keith Ambtman –  Director

Keith has served extensively on the Board for over 30 years.  Over this time, Keith has served as past Board President and was Chairman of the Development committee responsible for the construction of Providence Tower, King Tower, Peace Tower and Grace Manor.

Keith is currently the Chair of the Development Committee responsible for the new Faith Manor.

Ralph DeWolf – Director

Ralph held positions in Industrial Engineering, as Plant Management, Corporate Controller and finally as a Chief Financial Officer over his career. 

Ralph has held many volunteer positions at his church and has also volunteered at HCH for many years.

Ralph serves as a member of the Care committee. 

Jessica Miedema – Director

Jessica has been a practicing solicitor since 2006 and holds an Honours BA from McMaster University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Jessica has also served for many years on the board of directors of the Lighthouse.  In addition to volunteer positions at her church, Jessica has also completed an assortment of pro bono projects for various charities.

Jessica serves as a member of the Care and Governance committees. 

Walter Jansen – Director

Over his career, Walter worked in many facets of the construction business, including computerized structural design, project management as well as leading many major construction projects, such as a Police Headquarters and a City Archive building in Toronto.

Since retirement, Walter has been very active in serving on various non-profit boards and committees.

Walter serves as a member of the Nominating and Building & Facilities committees.

James Schenk – Director

James has 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, holding various senior management roles, including Chief Risk Officer and Country Manager positions.  James has his Chartered Director designation from McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada, and is active in serving on various non-profit boards and committees.

James serves as a member of the Finance committee. 

Jerry Vanderburgh – Director

Jerry is a Project Management professional with more than 40 years of experience with successful construction projects.  He is the founder, creative developer and builder of Putting Edge with miniature golf courses in Canada and the U.S. 

Jerry has been active in serving on various non-profit boards and committee.

Jerry serves as a member of the Building and Facilities committee.

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