Board of Directors
President - Matthew Burns
Matt Burns is the President of GVAHA. Matt is responsible for being the chief executive officer for the organization. He is responsible for sharing the monthly and annual board meetings, assist with preparation of the annual budget, and assist in the preparation of all other annual reports. Matt lives in Jenison with his wife Lindsey, and two children, Easton and Adalyn. Matt is an attorney at the law firm of Bolhouse, Hofstee & McLean in Grandville.
What do I love about hockey?
"I love the atmosphere of a hockey rink and the relationships that hockey creates. Whether I am at a rink because I am going to coach my son, skate in a game, or just watch, when I walk into a rink it feels like a second home. I love the relationships that are created out of playing and coaching hockey and the automatic bond it creates with someone you may have met one minute prior, or the connection it revives with a former teammate or coach when you see that person after a long absence."
MAHA Representative - Ron White
Vice President - Jennifer Beverwyk
Hello! My name is Jennifer Beverwyk and I have three kids involved in GVAHA. My oldest son, Landon is 8 and is going to play on Mites for a second year this coming hockey season. Hayden is 5 and is going to play Cross-Ice and my daughter, Ainsley, is 3 and will return to Learn to Skate this season. My husband, Nate (or Coach Bev as some kids know him), and I are all in with all of our children. Nate played hockey growing up in Kalamazoo and continued to play as a member of the Grand Valley State University Division II team. We love the GVAHA family and the relationships we have formed through this amazing sport. Not only have we met some wonderful people, our children are learning valuable life lessons on and off the ice.
I have been teaching for 14 years, most of those being in Grandville Public Schools. I have a Masters of Educational Leadership and look forward to using the skills I’ve acquired in all roles while serving the GVAHA family as Vice President.
Team Director - Dave Atkinson
Manager Coordinator - Karen Sobeck
Karen Sobeck serves as the Manager Coordinator and will facilitate training of team managers as necessary and be a resource for Team Managers for various questions from time to time. She will also ensure that each travel team has a treasurer in place to handle team financial matters.
WHAT DOES KAREN LOVE ABOUT HOCKEY?
Treasurer - Phil Malnar
Secretary - Jami Nyhuis
Jamie Nyhuis serves as the association secretary. She lives in Jenison with her husband Doug and our two girls Sage and Mallori. The girls keep them busy with all their events and hobbies, but she also loves to travel, and spend time with family and friends. She works at Materials Testing Consultants, an engineering firm in Grand Rapids, as Document Control Manager.
WHAT DOES JAMI LOVE ABOUT HOCKEY?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family of hockey players. Most of my winters were spent at outdoor ice rinks watching my brother and father play hockey. My love of the sport has continued to grow even more now that I am married to a hockey player, and we have been able to pass the love of the sport down to our daughter who now plays. There are many things that I love about hockey, but for me it is more than just the sport itself, the sense of family it creates, and amazing talent that it takes to play. What I love the most is the crisp cold air of the ice rink, the sound of the skates on the ice, the sound of the puck connecting with the stick, and all the memories and feelings these sounds bring.
Equipment and Merchandising Director - Audra atkinson
Audra Atkinson serves as the Equipment and Merchandising Director for GVAHA. She will coordinate the selection of vendors for jerseys, socks, embroidery and will be responsible for the ordering and distribution of jerseys, socks. Audra will also will be responsible for maintaining and storage of GVAHA owned equipment and for ensuring we have ‘welcome packs’ for incoming Squirts and any new players to the association.
Audra is an elementary Special Education Teacher for West Ottawa Public Schools. She and her husband, Dave live in Zeeland with their boys, Ben and Caleb.
WHAT DOES AUDRA LOVE ABOUT HOCKEY?
“I love hockey because all my boys love hockey! My husband grew up on the ice as a player, ref, and now coach, and my boys are following in his steps. Hockey teaches them life lessons about working hard, being focused on a goal, and the importance of working with others. And as an added bonus, they sleep much better on hockey nights! ”
Fundraiser Director - Kelli Sterley
Kelli Sterley is the Fundraising Director for GVAHA. Kelli is responsible for coordinating all of the association fundraising activities including maintaining detailed records for each family using the SCRIP program. One of GVAHA core purposes is to help defray the expenses associated with playing ice hockey. Kelli works closely with each team to distribute fundraising ideas to help defer the cost.
Kelli and her husband Craig live in Hudsonville with their son, Kobe. Kobe skates as a Squirt at GVAHA and Kelli plays in the Women’s and Coed Leagues at Georgetown.
Kelli works at Holland Special Delivery in Hudsonville as a Network Administrator. Kelli loves helping people save money on their hockey bill and is always looking for fun, new fundraisers that don't require members to ask people to buy items that they don't need. You will often find Kelli visiting with new families and helping them get started with our SCRIP program.
WHAT DOES KELLI LOVE ABOUT HOCKEY?
“I love the team aspect and the respect kids learn. Learning about teamwork and camaraderie within the teams. The confidence it gives players both on and off the ice. Not to mention the physical aspect of playing hockey. There's nothing like a good sweat!”
Sponsorship Coordinator - Vacant
Communications Director - Ciji Marckini
Ciji Marckini serves as the GVAHA communications director. She is responsible for all communications to members, association-wide emails, GVAHA website, yearbook production and photography vendor. As communications director she is also responsible for brand consistency for all uses of association logo and mark.
Ciji lives in Grandville with her husband Nick and their two kids, Lucas (mite) and Isabella (learn to skate). Nick and Ciji have been part of the STARS family for over 10 years now.
What Does Ciji Love About Hockey?
"Hockey brings out obstacles that can be overcome, mistakes that are learned from, hard work that pays off and success that isn't given but is earned. When you are part of a hockey team you are part of a large family. The lessons you learn and the memories you make together last a life time."
Events Director - Kim Krombeen
Joel Breazeale serves as the part-time Co-Hockey Director at Griff's Georgetown. Joel is responsible for setting-up the learn to play, learn to skate, cross ice programs, as well as coordinating coaches for these levels. Joel works in cooperation with the GVAHA VP to coordinate both house and travel GVAHA teams and then works in collaboration with Mike Hatkowski to set the schedules. He also provides opportunities for players to work on skills and development.
Joel and his wife Kate recently moved back to Jenison after living in Grandville for the past 16 years. Joel currently serves as the Dean of Students at Grandville High School and Varsity Hockey Coach.
Their children, Michael, Thomas, and David, all grew up playing hockey. All 3 played at GVAHA while Joel was hockey director and all 3 have played or are presently playing for Grandville.
Joel's coaching background includes these notable accomplishments:
- 2016 MHSAA State Frozen Four, Div. 1 (State Quarter Champion, Regional Champion, OK Conf. Champion)
- 2015 MHSAA State Finalist, Div. 1 (State Quarter Champion, Regional Champion, OK Conf. runner up)
- 2014 MHSAA State Frozen Four, Div. 1 (State Quarter Final Champion, Regional Champion)
- 2013 MHSAA Regional Champion
- 2012 MHSAA State Quarter Finalist (Regional Champion)
- 2011 MHSAA State Quarter Finalist (Regional Champion)
- 2010 MHSAA State Quarter Finalist (Regional Champion)
- 2009 JV State Champion, GVAHA
- 2008 Mite State Champion, GVAHA
- 2008 Hockey Person of the Year, Michigan Hockey Magazine
- 2004 Nominated as Michigan’s Volunteer Coach of the Year, for establishing Cross Ice in Michigan
- 2004 Established and organized first ever Cross-Ice Jamboree in USA
- 2003 Founded first Cross Ice program in Michigan, Kentwood Ice Arena
WHAT DOES JOEL LOVE ABOUT HOCKEY?
“As an adult/coach I love the relationships and helping in the development and growth of players, coaches and programs and critical initiatives for the betterment and growth of youth hockey. For example starting the first cross-ice program in Michigan, maybe the USA (at Kentwood), developing the first cross-ice jamboree in the USA, growing GVAHA from 5 teams to 14 in 3 seasons or developing Grandville Hockey into the program it is now. This is what I LOVE!”
Jack Williams serves as the part-time Co-Hockey Director at Griff's Georgetown. Jack is responsible for setting-up the learn to play, learn to skate, cross ice programs, as well as coordinating coaches for these levels. Jack works in cooperation with the GVAHA VP to coordinate both house and travel GVAHA teams and then works in collaboration with Mike Hatkowski to set the schedules. He also provides opportunities for players to work on skills and development.
Jack and his wife Kelli and two sons live in Grandville.
WHAT DOES JACK LOVE ABOUT HOCKEY?
“It's more than a game, it's a lifestyle. The kids learn to be better hockey players as well as people and are able to make memories that last a lifetime.”
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GVAHA Board Information
Below is a list of the current board and term. Each spring nominations are accepted for positions with terms expiring. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Board of Directors or in another volunteer capacity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GVAHA Board Terms
|Vice President||Jennifer Beverwyk||2023|
|Team Director||Dave Atkinson|
|Equipment & Merchandising||Audra Atkinson||2023|
|Events Director||Kim Krombeen||2022|
Non-Elected Continuously Serving Board Positions (non-voting)
MAHA Representative, Ron White
Manager Coordinator, Karen Sobeck
Social Media Moderator
The Co-Hockey directors are non-voting roles as they are employees of GVAHA, reporting to the Board of Directors.
Meeting Minute Archive
2021 Meeting Minutes
1-19-21 Meeting Minutes
2-16-21 Meeting Minutes
3-16-21 Meeting Minutes
4-20-21 Meeting Minutes
5-25-21 Meeting Minutes
Minutes are normally posted after they are approved by the board at the following months meetings.
The Grand Valley Amateur Hockey Association (GVAHA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides hockey programs in West Michigan. We serve hockey players from many surrounding communities including Hudsonville, Jenison, Grandville, Wyoming, Byron Center, Zeeland, Holland, Grand Haven, Allendale and more. GVAHA provides hockey opportunities for all ages.
Home Ice is Griff's Georgetown - 8500 48th Avenue, Hudsonville, Michigan 49426
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