Founders and Visionaries
The Board of Directors and Staff of Compassion Home are dedicated individuals with a passion for the vision of the Newaygo County Compassion Home to provide a loving and safe home for end-of-life care. It takes a community and the Board and staff at the Compassion Home are just a sample of the amazing people that support our mission and vision.
Newaygo County Compassion Home Board of Directors 2022- -2023
Dr. Douglas Johnson - President
Dr. Johnson retired in 2018 from a General Surgery practice in Fremont from 1991 to 2018. He previously served as a surgeon in Japan with the US Air Force. Dr. Johnson grew up in Fremont, served in the US Army as a medic then attended Spring Arbor University. Medical School at Wayne State University and Residency in Grand Rapids. He is an Elder at Fremont First Reformed Church. Doug enjoy woodworking, remodeling, and converting old things into something new and usable.
amy drilling - Vice President
Amy Drilling has been a Newaygo County resident since 1995. Over the last 26 years, Amy has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) at Corewell Health Gerber Hospital. She has had the privilege of serving this community as a Home Health Care RN, Med Surg/ICU RN, Skincare Center & Spa at Tamarac, Nursing Administrative Supervisor, Clinical Nurse Educator for Ferris State University and in her current role as a Cardiovascular Imaging RN. Of all the roles that Amy has performed, none has been more rewarding than assisting patients and their families with end-of-life care.
In 2011, Amy was honored with being nominated for her empathy while caring for a patient in the ICU and won the Health Care Hero award and she has also been recognized as a DAISY award recipient for providing excellent bedside care.
In addition to Amy's experience, she has a solid educational foundation with a multitude of certifications as well as a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ferris State University. Amy has been married to Rich for 28 years and has been blessed to raise three awesome children: Tia, Sequoya and Richard. Amy enjoys spending time with her family boating and camping when able.
Ann LaPres-Hindes - Treasurer
As a registered nurse at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, a highly respected and informal leader of clinicians, and the founder of the Newaygo County Compassion Home, Ann LaPres-Hindes had a vision and a goal – to help ensure that the citizens of Newaygo County were able to spend their last days on earth in a peaceful, supportive, loving and home-like atmosphere. Along with her passion for hospice work, Ann brings years of HR and bookkeeping knowledge, as well as extensive nursing experience in an Intensive Care Unit. Ann’s formal education includes an associate’s degree in nursing from Muskegon Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from Baker College. She was Muskegon Community College’s Hadden Award recipient, which was given each year to a member of the graduating class who was chosen for superior scholarship and demonstrated the qualities that reflect the spirit of nursing. Ann has been married to her husband Craig for more than 35 years and has raised four adult children. She and Craig are also owners of Scott’s Meats Inc. in Muskegon, Michigan. When not working, Ann loves spending time with her children and five grandchildren, as well as traveling, enjoying the outdoors, reading and serving others.
Rebe Hoeh - secretary
Rebe is a registered nurse who has been caring for people in Newaygo County since 2017. She initially started as a new grad nurse in the Gerber Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. Rebe earned her associate’s degree in nursing at Muskegon Community College, then continued on to achieve her bachelor's degree in nursing with Ohio University. After two years in the Emergency Department, she transitioned to a role with Corewell Health Hospice, caring for patients and their families in Fremont and surrounding areas. Rebe has a passion and expertise in the multidimensional aspects of end-of-life care and feels that this is her true calling as a nurse.
Rebe and her husband Josh are avid outdoorsmen and enjoy hunting, fishing, and many other outdoor recreational activities with their family. In 2023 she and her husband are opening a seasonal outdoor pest control business called Mosquito Joe of Muskegon. Their goal is to help the community enjoy their outdoor space as well. Rebe and Josh live in Twin Lake and have a beautiful daughter and son.
Cheri Spoelma, a chemistry, food science and forensic science teacher at Newaygo High School, and the Science Department team leader, has been a long time Newaygo County resident and community supporter. She has raised more than $20,000 through Grants for classroom equipment, and has also designed and taught a variety of educational courses that have provided our children with a foundational understanding and appreciation for chemistry and science, including an ACT preparation course which met the State of Michigan standards. Cheri has served on the Providence Christian School Education Team from 2008-2012 and the PBIS SWIS Data team from 2015-2018. She is a graduate of Fremont High School, who holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University, and a Masters in Teaching from Aquinas College. Before teaching, Cheri worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission at D.C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant in the role of a certified Nuclear Safety Inspector, and for Detroit Fermi as a Nuclear & Chemical Quality Assurance Engineer. In addition to being on the NCCH board, Cheri is also a board member for the Newaygo County Communities of Hope. Cheri is the wife of Ross Spoelma, a pharmacist at White Cloud Family Health Care. She has a daughter Evie Moore, the owner and operator of Evermore Equine, who lives in North Carolina with her husband Brandon, and a son Ben Hollerbach, who is a medical device sales manager for Stryker ENT.
Pam Zuchowski is a lifelong Fremont resident and has recently retired from a 35-year teaching career. She earned her bachelor's degree from Ferris State University and her master's in educational technology from Grand Valley State University. Pam spent her teaching career in adult and alternative education, including 12 years teaching in the Newaygo County Jail. She taught in both the Newaygo and Fremont Public School Districts. Pam is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fremont where she is chairperson of the public relations board and also volunteers in many other capacities.
Along with her husband Tim, Pam enjoys all outdoor activities, travel, reading, and paper crafting. The Zuchowski's have two daughters, Karlie, and Kenzie.
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Madison grew up in Fremont and was a graduate of the class of 2005. She has a background in both education and business. Madison taught lower elementary school for seven years before switching careers to work for her family's small business.
Madison was exposed to end of life care at an early age. She watched her mother compassionately care for her sick grandfather and grandmother for many years. When her grandfather was hospitalized for extended periods of time due to leukemia, Madison felt called to visit and spend time with him in the hospital. Madison would spend many visits doing crosswords puzzles and watching "Touched by an Angel" with her "Pippi". These experiences led Madison to want to serve the Compassion Home in a bigger way.
You can find Madison and her three children tending to the bird feeders and the bird baths at The Compassion Home each week. Madison is passionate about teaching youth to serve their community at an early age. In her spare time Madison enjoys spending time with her husband Trevor, along with their three children - Liv, Graham, & Owen.
Melissa is a native of Michigan who has a joy and love for volunteering. Her heart of service started through opportunities in the church, which inspired a deep appreciation for how Christian service can improve the quality of the community. Through Christian non-profits Melissa has been led to international service on medical mission trips with her husband over the past 7 years. Melissa’s medical professional life started many years ago as a medical assistant in an urgent care facility. God opened doors to the business side of medical practice which led to director of operations for a medical billing and management company and finally to an office manager position for a large medical practice. This combination allows Melissa the opportunity to use her business skills with her heart for service.
When she is not busy as wife, mother, and grandmother, she loves to fish and work in the garden.
2024 - Open Board position
If interested in leaning more about Board positions with the Newaygo County Compassion Home please call Diane the Executive Director at 231-335-2625 .
Honorary lifetime board members
Ann lapres-hindes, Founder
Amy Drilling, Co-Founder
Brandee chase, co-founder
Diane LaPres Rudholm
Newaygo County Compassion Home for the Terminally Ill, the county’s first full-service hospice home, has named Diane Rudholm as its first executive director. Rudholm will oversee the overall direction and operations of all services at the newly established NCCH, including fundraising, marketing and management of NCCH staff and volunteers.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to be given this opportunity to do something that I love and serve families with care and compassion,” Rudholm said. “Newaygo County Compassion Home is meeting a genuine need in the Newaygo County community. For the first time, families will have peace of mind knowing that we now have a designated place where their loved ones can receive professional and compassionate end of life care, and I’m looking forward to my new role with the Newaygo County Compassion Home.”
NCCH is expected to serve around 100 guests a year and can house three guests at a time. The home will be available to guests who are in the final days or weeks of a terminal illness, with each guest under the care of a hospice provider in Newaygo County.
“Diane embodies the perfect blend of business and heart, and her experiences and passion are unprecedented, which will serve the community members to the fullest,” said Angela Kinch, Hospice Business and Program Development Manager at Spectrum Health.
As executive director, Rudholm will report directly to and work with the NCCH Board of Directors to fulfill the Newaygo County Compassion Home mission and ensure ongoing strategic planning. Rudholm has been involved with the Compassion Home for a year from its earliest stages. She will work at the NCCH’s temporary location in White Cloud, and move to its permanent facility at 20 S. Stewart in Fremont, which will undergo renovations following a capital fundraising campaign in coming months. “Diane’s passion for the project, combined with her unique skill-set, makes her the ideal person for this enormous job,” said NCCH board member Dorothy Paris, CPA at H&S Companies PC.
Rudholm is a licensed CNA and has a bachelor’s of science in health communications and administration, with an associate’s of business in sales and marketing. She has 25 years of experience in fund and business development, marketing, human resources and management from past roles at the American Cancer Society, Brunswick Corp., and GoodTemps Staffing Services.
“Diane has a clear desire to move forward the mission of the Compassion Home while learning and growing with us. I truly believe that everything she has done in the past six months is a clear indication that God’s hand is at work in this community and in her desire to open the Compassion Home for His glory,” said Mary Henry, RN, BSN, OCN, retired Spectrum Health registered nurse.
More than 80 percent of Americans prefer to die at home or in a home-like setting, yet only 20 percent get that opportunity. Many individuals end up in relatively sterile acute care facilities, surrounded by machines and strangers.
Compassion Home Care Coordinators
- Chris Corwin
- Melodie Malone
- Melissa Hawes
- Barb Nelson
- Erin Lewis
- Kristi Akershoek
- Sheri Woodard