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The Pine Rest Foundation Welcomes New Board Member John E. Van Fossen

April 10, 2010


Pine Rest Foundation Executive Director Randall Johnson is pleased to announce John Van Fossen as a new board member to the Pine Rest Foundation Board of Governors.

Van Fossen is director of government and public affairs at Clark Hill, PLC. He is a member of the operations committee for the Kent County-Grand Rapids Convention Arena Authority and on the board of trustees for Michigan Colleges Foundation among other volunteer board and committee work.

He joins board of governors members Carol Van Andel, president, John Lichtenberg, vice president, Ray Reitsma, treasurer, Cindy Varney, secretary and Casey Wondergem, founder, as well as board members David Bellamy, Charles Burt, Ron Calsbeek, Mark Eastburg, Lou Ann Gaydou, Kirk Lambers, Jon Marcus, Thomas Nobel, MaLinda Sapp, Jim Schipper, Rick Treur and Randall Johnson.

About Pine Rest

Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 20 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.

About the Pine Rest Foundation

The Pine Rest Foundation exists to provide Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services with financial resources and community support so its ministry of love and healing in Christ’s name can flourish and be enhanced.

John Van Fossen

joined Clark Hill in 2007. He is the practice group leader of the Government and Public Affairs Group and provides advice and advocacy for State and Federal clients.

Prior to joining Clark Hill, John served as Director of Public Affairs for the Van Andel Institute, a private cancer research institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1999-2004 John served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Pete Hoekstra, (R-MI). As Chief of Staff, John was responsible for advising the Congressman on all political and public policy matters, developing the office’s legislative agenda and strategy, and managing the day to day operations of four congressional offices in Michigan and Washington, D.C. During his tenure with Congressman Hoekstra, John worked as the primary staff liaison for the Congressman to the House Budget Committee, House Education and Workforce Committee, House leadership offices, Republican Study Committee, the executive branch, local and national labor unions, education reform groups and city, county and state governments.

John also served for 3 years as Vice President for a federal public policy and governmental advocacy firm where he successfully advised and advocated for several clients in Washington, D.C.

John has more than fifteen years of experience working in local, state and federal governments, as well as the non-profit sector, and he has developed an extensive background in organizational leadership, project management and governmental advocacy. John began his career in local government focusing on city management and economic development where he was responsible for overseeing a wide variety of commercial and industrial development and redevelopment initiatives.

John received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.

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