Our Hope Board of Trustees


Guiding women to recovery with experience and expertise…

Our Hope Association is supported by a Board of Trustees and a Board of Advisors whose members have diverse backgrounds and qualifications, but are unified in their commitment to help women achieve lifelong recovery from alcoholism, addiction and the mental health and emotional conditions related to these diseases…

Executive Committee

President, Tripp Corl is the President of Alloy Exchange, Inc., a plastic recycling company in Rockford, Michigan.  Tripp joined the board of Our Hope by invitation from Dick Gritter in 2009.  He served terms as Secretary and Treasurer before accepting the position as the board's president.  Tripp has done volunteer work with various organizations, including Wedgwood Christian Services (capital campaigns, advisory council, board of directors), West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (capital campaign), D.A. Blodgett - St. John's (advisory council), and Culver Military Academy (alumni board of directors).  Tripp has a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Miami University (Ohio) and has been back in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan since 1996.  Tripp is a grandson of one of Our Hope's original pioneers and enjoys serving an organization that has helped so many women with their addictions for over 40 years.

Vice President, Dr. David Petersen joined Our Hope's Board in 2012.  He is a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids and recently retired as a Hand Surgeon, having practiced here for 27 years.  David completed his undergraduate degree at Hope College and his medical degree at the University of Michigan.  He was introduced to Our Hope by his good friend, Dick Gritter, and is very interested in alcoholism and addiction treatment in our area.  David will continue to serve as Chairman of the Properties Committee to which he has contributed very importantly over the last year, including remodeling of the Group Room in the Carriage House and the Living and Dining Rooms in the Main Residence, as well as personally making numerous repairs and improvements to the Main Residence.

Treasurer, Michelle Bassett, MBA  is an independent business consultant with over 20 years of experience within the research and healthcare environments.  She served as VP for Administrative Operations and Program Support at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and, prior to that, was an Administrative Operations Manager at Van Andel Research Institute.  Michelle has a special interest in supporting women as they recover from addiction and has volunteered within the substance abuse programs at the Kent County Correctional Facility, Salvation Army, and Arbor Circle.  Michelle has been a supporter of and advocate for Our Hope since moving to Grand Rapids in 1999 and she became a board member in April 2014.

Secretary, Kristin Boogaard is a Sales Representative for the West Michigan Tourist Association.  Born and raised in Grand Rapids, she lived in Boston for a number of years. She describes her life as an open book, and is a 2007 graduate of Our Hope's residential treatment program where she was given the support and foundation she needed to "get back on her feet."  Kristen has a 3 1/2 year old daughter, who she describes as her miracle baby, the result of living a sober life.  She is an avid runner, enjoys hiking and the outdoors.  Kristen also has a love for animals, and lives with a Chocolate Lab.


Ashley Owen is currently a Senior Event Coordinator for the Purple Community at Van Andel Institute. After graduating with a degree in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University, Ashley started her career working as an Event Coordinator with Bankmark, which provided logistics for the IPO of Grand River Bank in Grandville, MI.  She later served as Development Associate for the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids for two years and as Event Coordinator and Senior Event Coordinator for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago for three years. There she oversaw a $2.1 million event budget and over 200 committee members which produced a variety of events annually, including galas, golf outings, a Chicago Marathon running team and the Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball. For the last three years, she served as Event & Corporate Relations Manager for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids & Gilda's LaughFest. Ashley's primary areas of focus include comprehensive event management, volunteer & committee oversight, and development & sponsorship procurement.  Ashley has a close personal connection to the mission of Our Hope and became a board member in December 2014.

Tom LaPres is President/CEO of HPS, LLC in Middleville, Michigan.  Tom is charged with fostering an atmosphere of positive motivation, vision and leadership while maintaining a level of trust and confidence among HPS staff, members, participants, business partners and the HPS Board of Trustees.  In this role, Tom is responsible for all day-to-day operations including personnel, finance and accounting, and technology services.  Prior to joing HPS, Tom served in many other financial roles, including finance and accounting for St. Mary's Health Services in Grand Rapids and serving as the director of finance for a senior living facility before that.  Tom holds a bachelor's degree from Albion College and an MBA from Grand Valley State University.  He resides in Grand Rapids with his wife, Deb, and their two children, Benjamin and Jessika.

Pamela Weiss manages Partners 1 which is a finance company that does inventory financing (floor planning) for used auto dealers.  The company is just three years old and is a “sister” company to West Michigan Auto Auction in Wayland.  Pam was born and raised in Grand Rapids and is a graduate of Calvin College.  She spent over 25 years as Vice President at various major banks in Grand Rapids and Orlando, FL.  Pam is recently married to Dennis and they have their home on Gun Lake. Together they have three daughters (Brooke, Morgan and Jessica), one son (Kirk), one son-in-law (Fred), one daughter-in-law (Erika) and five grand dogs.  Pamela enjoys yoga, reading, boating, kayaking and being married to Dennis.  Pam became a board member in December 2014.

Stefany Welch has a BA in English Literature and Secondary Education from Wheaton College.  She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher through Prairie Yoga of Lisle, Illinois.  She has been a volunteer at Our Hope since 2012, teaching a weekly yoga class. She has a deeply personal mission to share the transformative tools of yoga, breath work, meditation, and self-awareness with the women at Our Hope.  She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, four children, two cats, one dog and many, many books.

 Paul Davies joined the board in 2016.  After a 37-year career in sales and marketing in the healthcare field, he retired and founded an organizational conflict management consulting firm.  Paul’s greatest enjoyment, however, is volunteering.  He presently serves on the Honor Guard at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI, serves as vice president of the Honor Guard Council, and is also a member of the cemetery’s Advisory Board.  Before joining Our Hope, Paul served for several years on the Turning Point Program Addiction Recovery Advisory Council.  Paul’s interest in recovery came from the journey of sobriety of a close family member.  He is especially concerned about assisting families of addicts in understanding the dynamics of addiction and helping them seek assistance.  Paul has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from GVSU and a master’s degree in interpersonal communication from Western Michigan University.  He and his wife, Nancy live on Gun Lake.

Mark Thomson


Susan Lovell 


Board of Advisors

This Board is comprised of those who have previously served on the Our Hope Association Board of Trustees and/or are fully committed to help the organization reach its goals by serving in an advisory capacity.

  • Betty Alexander
  • Carolyn Avery
  • Bill Bjork
  • Eileen Chamberlin
  • Maggie Ellwood
  • Dick Gritter
  • Pat Hawkins
  • Margaret Leiber
  • Carmel Loftis
  • Michael Lunt
  • Kristine Herrington Neimeyer
  • Margaret Rose
  • Regina Salmi
  • Shelly Suzuki
  • Craig Welch Jr. 
  • Carol Wixom
  • Tom Welch
  • Dean Zarafonetis
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