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

Case Geleynse – Chair

Case has over 40 years of experience working in a major international company and owning and operating several small businesses.

He has been involved in marketing, operations and corporate strategies and brings his management experience to his role at Holland Christian Homes.

Case has volunteered in his church for many years serving as elder and chair of the Finance committee.

Now serving as Chair of the Board, he is also a member of the Executive committee and Governance committee and is past chair of the Care committee.

Greg Riedstra – Vice Chair

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 Vice Chair, and also serves as the Chair of the Building & Facilities committee and member of the Executive committee.

Jessica Miedema – Secretary

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 Board Secretary, Chair of the Governance committee and as a member of the Care committee. 

James Schenk – Treasurer

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 Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance committee. 

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. 

Pastor Hank Bylstra – Director

Pastor Hank Bylstra served at HCH for 18 years as part of the Pastoral Team and blessed the community greatly during his time here. 

Pastor Hank joined the Board in 2022 and serves as a member of the Care committee.

Keith Ambtman – Director

Keith in an entrepreneur who owns and has operated several small and medium sized companies.

Keith has served on the Board over the past 35 years, in several capacities, including Chair and Vice Chair. Keith was Chair of the Development committee that was instrumental in the development and construction of Providence, King and Peace Towers, as well as Grace Manor and the new Faith Manor.

Keith serves as a member of the Building and Development committees.

Jerry Vanderburgh – Director

Jerry is a Project Management Professional with a more than 40 year track record of successful construction projects. He is also the owner, founder and builder of Putting Edge which operates miniature golf courses in Canada and the U.S. 

Jerry has previously served as an HCH board member, and has also served on many other boards.

Donna Wood – Director

Donna has spent her career at the bedside as a respiratory therapist in various roles in both community, outpatient,  and tertiary care settings. She hopes to bring this knowledge to the board. 

Donna joined the board on 2023 and serves on the Care Committee.

Walter Broos – Director

Walter Broos is a seasoned real estate developer with 40 years of experience. His career has been marked by tying together business acumen with principles of reliability, integrity, and stability. Walter attributes his success to the Christian principles of God’s wisdom which have served as his foundation in business. As the founder of Broos Properties, a full-service real estate development company, Walter has built a reliable reputation and has executed high quality development projects. His enduring commitment to faith, family, and excellence are evident in the commercial and residential subdivisions developed by Broos Properties throughout Southwest Ontario.

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