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Board of Directors

The Interurban Transit Partnership is the organization that is responsible for The Rapid and all of its transportation services in the Grand Rapids area. Its board of directors comprises representatives of all six municipalities in The Rapid service area. The board meets monthly, and meetings are open to the public.

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2018 Meeting Dates

  • January 24
  • March 28
  • May 23
  • August 22--Annual Meeting
  • September 26
  • November 28

2018 Rapid Board Meeting Schedule (27 KB, DOCX)

*Please note that the Performance Oversight and Strategic Planning Committees will not meet after Aug. 16. 

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Rapid Central Station Community Room - 250 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Next meeting date: March 28, 2018  

Rules for Public Comment: At its 8/25/10 meeting, the Board approved new rules for public comment during meetings. Public comment time is on every committee and board meeting agenda.

The Rapid Board of Directors Retreat Agenda on January 22, 2018 (260 KB, PDF)

January 24, 2018 Rapid Board Meeting Agenda (20 MB, PDF)

The February 14, 2018 meetings scheduled for the Board Development Committee and the Planning & Innovation Committee have been canceled. 

Meet the Board of Directors

Charis Austin, Wyoming

Charis AustinCharis Austin serves as a Client Advocate at the Michigan Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

Robert Postema, Wyoming

Rob PostemaRob Postema Board Member was elected to Wyoming’s City Council in November 2016 and also serves on The Transportation Policy Committee of the Grand Valley Metro Council. Prior to his election, Rob served in Wyoming for 16 years as a Planning Commissioner and 8 years as a member of The Board of Zoning Appeals. Rob graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Degree. He is a Principal Owner at Richard Postema Associates P.C., Architects & Engineers, a family owned and operated business.

He and his wife, Shelley, have been married 25 years and have two daughters.

Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids

Mayor Rosalynn BlissRosalynn Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female Mayor when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. 

Mayor Bliss also is an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University's School of Social Work. She earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of South Alabama and a master’s in social work from Michigan State University. 

Mayor Bliss is an active member of the community. She is Past President of the Michigan Municipal League and serves on the boards of the Downtown Development Authority, Experience Grand Rapids, Grand Valley Metro Council, Kent County Land Bank Authority and Interurban Transit Partnership, among many other organizations.

  • Mayor Bliss has been recognized and honored locally as well as statewide for her commitment, dedication and work in the field of child abuse and neglect and for her leadership in the community. Recognitions include:
  • WMCAT’s Award for Innovation
  • Kathryn Timmer Literacy Award
  • Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women
  • Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan
  • Five-time recipient of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty distinction
  • West Michigan Public Relations Society of America’s Communicator of the Year Award
  • ATHENA Young Professional Award
  • Tim Pope Memorial Award for Outstanding Young Governmental Leader
  • Christine Nelson Professional Award for Service to Children
  • Michigan Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Special Recognition Award

As Mayor, she is committed to supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs as well as addressing disparities in our community and making sure that Grand Rapids is a great place for everyone. 

Tracie Coffman, Grand Rapids

Tracie CoffmanTracie Coffman is a program officer for Michigan, focused on Grand Rapids programs, at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

In this role, Coffman is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with overall organizational direction. She provides expertise in all aspects of the grantmaking process including evaluating grant proposals, conducting background research, preparation of funding documents, grant monitoring, driving community connections and providing grantee customer service.

Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, Coffman served as the director for Kent County’s Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF). In this position, she reported directly to the governance board and provided the overall administration and strategic direction for the ENTF. She also represented ENTF on the Kent County Board of Commissioners – Human Services Committee, Community Action Agency Advisory Board, FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board. Prior to this, she was the coordinator for the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force through CEDAM; she served as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University and was also a financial counseling program manager with Home Repair Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Coffman received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Andy Guy, Grand Rapids

Andy GuyAndy Guy serves as Chief Outcomes Officer at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., the organization responsible for place management and city building in Downtown Grand Rapids. In this role, Guy directs DGRI’s policy, strategy and communication initiatives.

Guy brings 15 years of broad experience in Michigan’s mobility and urban revitalization movement. Prior to joining DGRI, Guy served as Associate Director of Governor Rick Snyder’s Office of Urban Initiatives. He also served as Director of Metropolitan and Environmental Initiatives at Grand Rapids-based Wondergem PR.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Guy lives in Downtown Grand Rapids with his wife and two daughters, who attend Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Jack Hoffman, Grand Rapids

Jack HoffmanJack Hoffman was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Creston High School, the University of Michigan, and the University of Michigan School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1976. His major areas of practice are insurance and real estate, including tax credit financing and historic preservation and planning issues. He served six years on the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission. He has been chairperson of the Grand Rapids Master Plan Zoning Committee and the Grand Rapids Parking Commission. He is currently chair of the Green Grand Rapids Committee and a board member of the Interurban Transit Partnership, Michigan's most successful public transportation provider. He resides in Heritage Hill with his wife, Rebecca Smith-Hoffman, who is a principal at Past Perfect, Inc., a historic preservation consulting firm.

Michael Verhulst, Grand Rapids

Michael Verhulst  Verhulstis Vice President at Rockford Construction.

In this role, Michael assists Rockford Construction in providing superior service to current clients and contacts, as well as in researching and expanding to new market segments. Michael is able to leverage his passion for building lasting relationships.

For over 15 years, Mr. Verhulst served the West Michigan area as Owner and President of Summit Landscape Management, Inc., Summit Tree Service, and i4 Group, Inc. The three companies have received numerous awards and accolades, including Minority Small Business of the Year Award.

Michael is an army veteran and Grand Rapids native with a strong commitment to the local business community, having served on Boards of Directors and Steering Committees for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Spectrum Health Project One, and the Literary Center of West Michigan. In various capacities, he has served and supported numerous hospitals, universities, and Christian causes in West Michigan.

He and his wife Kerry have been married 31 years, are longtime Grand Rapids citizens, have four children, and three grandchildren.

Gary Carey, Walker

Gary CareyGary Carey has served as a Walker City Commissioner since January of 2013, with additional years of service starting in 1999 on the Walker Historical Commission. 

Currently, he is employed as a Regional Sales Director for Paycor, a privately held software and technology company. I lead a sales team that covers most of Michigan and northern Indiana. Prior to Paycor, he enjoyed over twenty years with two Fortune 500 companies where he held various roles in sales and operational leadership.

Gary has also served in numerous roles with the Kenowa Hills School District. Some of his involvements included serving as a high school football coach, Education Foundation President and Trustee, and multiple facilities and bond committees.

In addition to his role on the City Commission, he serves the Walker community in the following roles:

  • Finance Committee
  • Ordinance Committee
  • Emergency Planning Committee
  • Police/Fire Committee
  • Kent County 911 Dispatch Authority Board
  • Interurban Transit Partnership Board of Directors 

He has been married to my wife Cori for over 27 years, and have three adult children: Alex, Brenden, and Caitlin. Alex and Caitlin have entered careers in Law Enforcement with two local agencies, while Brenden is currently in Dental School. Gary is also a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Mark Huizenga, Walker

Mark Huizenga

Mark Huizenga was elected the Mayor of the City of Walker in November 2013. Previously Mark was elected as a commissioner for the City of Walker, and also served as a Planning Commissioner for 8 years.

Mark has more than 15 years of proven management consulting expertise. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Calvin College and a Master’s Degree in Management from Aquinas College. Mark is a Board Certified Medical Practice Executive with the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). His consulting firm, huizenga-consulting.com provides consulting services across the United States. He has also held senior management roles with Spectrum Health, Health Development International, ProCare Systems as well as other health care organizations. Mark has been an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley State University and a managing partner for Key Green Solutions, LLC. 

He serves on various other boards including Health Development International, Grand Valley Metro Council, Michigan Conservative Energy Form and is an advisor to several medical practice boards. Mark has been a guest lecturer in Central America, Eastern Europe, South East Asia and the United States.

Paul Troost, Grandville

Paul TroostPaul Troost started serving as a member of the Grandville City Council in 2017. He has lived in Grandville for over 23 years and served on the Grandville Park and Recreation Board from 2000-2016.  He was Chair of Grandville’s 4th of July Celebration from 2006-2016.  He worked for U.S. Senator Carl Levin in his Grand Rapids office for 27 years, until 2015.  As Senator Levin’s Regional Representative for West Michigan, Paul assisted constituents and communities with federal concerns and problems with federal programs, including transportation and transit issues. Paul was born in Zeeland, attended Byron Center High School and Kalamazoo College.  He and his wife Patsy have been married 24 years and have two children; daughter Sydney attends Kalamazoo College, and son Paul attends the University of Michigan. They are all members of Central Reformed Church in downtown Grand Rapids.  Paul also plays trombone in the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band.

Randy Gelderloos, Grandville

Randy GelderloosRandy Gelderloos has had the pleasure of serving as a city councilman since 2006 in the City of Grandville. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Rapid, Randy also represents Grandville on the Kent County Waste to Energy Advisory Committee. Over the years, Randy has also served in various positions for the City of Grandville including, Board of Review, WCET Public Television, Business Relations Committee, Brownfield Redevelopment Committee, Kent County 911 Dispatch Authority and also has served as Mayor Pro Tem.

Randy received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Calvin College and formerly worked as legislative staff in the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. He currently is self-employed and owns and operates Gold Star Real Estate Inspections LLC. Randy is a certified HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical and Structural Inspector and a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Randy is married to Deb Gelderloos. They have four children and one grandchild.

 

Stephen Kepley, Chair, Kentwood

Stephen KepleyStephen Kepley is Kentwood’s Mayor and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City. Prior to his election in 2013, Mayor Kepley worked in the private sector for 15 years followed by 10 years serving the citizens of Kentwood as Director of Engineering and Inspections. Mayor Kepley is a Virginia Tech Graduate and retains many State licenses including Professional Engineer and Building Official. 

Mayor Kepley is celebrating 20 years of marriage to his wife Susan and is the father of three daughters. Stephen and Susan mentor both young professionals and students, many of whom are members of Calvin College’s Mu Kappa, a missionary and third culture student group. They believe the best investment one can make is in people, for these rewards will endure for generations to come.

Terry Schweitzer, Kentwood

Terry SchweitzerTerry Schweitzer is the City of Kentwood Director of Community Development. He also serves on the Transportation Technical Committee of the Grand Valley Metro Council. Terry is a patron of Rapid routes 2, 7 and the Silver Line. With a sincere belief in safe, clean, affordable, efficient and interconnected transportation services, he is proud to serve The Rapid Board of Directors.

Amna Seibold, East Grand Rapids

Amna SeiboldAmna Seibold was elected as Mayor of East Grand Rapids in 2011 after serving as a City Commissioner for six years and a Planning Commissioner for five years. 

A 1975 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, she also attended Albion College and received her master’s degree in health administration from the University of Michigan. She is now the director of pathology at St. Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids. In 2010, Amna completed a fellowship with the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. She is married and has three children.

As mayor, Amna works closely with city staff to set agendas for the City Commission and other meetings, handles routine inquiries directed to the mayor, and works with citizens to resolve issues or take suggestions for improvements. Amna believes strong relationships between the city government, EGR Schools, and Gaslight Village merchants help to account for the outstanding success of our city.

David Bilardello, Vice Chair, East Grand Rapids

Dave Bilardello Dave Bilardello is the Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy at Spectrum Health. In this role, Dave oversees Spectrum Health’s federal, state, and local public policy relationships and advocacy.

Prior to his current position, Dave held a variety of leadership positions at Priority Health during his 20 years of service, including Principal, Public Policy; Executive Director, Commercial Products; and Director of Underwriting and Pricing.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and Master of Business Administration in Finance from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He completed additional coursework at the National University of Singapore.

Dave is actively involved with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, and the Michigan Association of Health Plans where he serves on various committees.

He and his wife Michelle have been married 24 years and have two daughters. 

              

FY 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

December 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

November 2017 Board Meetings Minutes

October 2017 Board Meeting Minutes