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 2019/2020
Amy Drilling ~ President
She has been a Newaygo County resident since 1995. Over the last 20 years, working as a Registered Nurse (RN) at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, Amy had the privilege of serving the community in a variety of Nursing roles, primarily in the Intensive Care Unit. Amy transitioned to Metro Health as an Ambulatory RN in 2018 where she assist the Providers in the day to day tasks of the office setting. Of all the roles that she has performed, none have been more rewarding than assisting patients and their families with end of life care. In 2011, Amy was honored and nominated for her empathy while caring for a patient and won the Health Care Hero award. In addition to her extensive experience, she also has a solid educational foundation with a multitude of certifications and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ferris State University. In Amy’s spare time, she find herself sitting in gymnasiums as a spectator cheering on her amazing children’s ballgames. In the summer, Amy and her husband Rich and children love camping and boating the beautiful Michigan lakes. Torch Lake is always on the summer schedule.
Brandee Chase ~ Vice President
Energy, love, compassion, and unconditional support are just a few things you will notice the first time you meet Brandee Chase. Brandee graduated from Kent City High School and then attended Grand Rapids Community College to become a nurse. Her 21-year background in nursing includes expertise in cardiovascular imaging, home care, cardiac care, neuroscience, labor and delivery, and intensive care. Brandee is an active member of her church through teaching Sunday school, working in the nursery, supporting the youth committee, and taking part in the Pastoral Transition Team. She is also devoted to her community and supports the local school youth basketball program. Brandee and her husband Jon have three children; Cole, Carter and Chloee, who she loves with all her heart. She enjoys watching sports, listening to country music, spending time with family and friends, and being outside while working at the family fruit farm in the summer months.
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 30 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 three grandchildren, as well as traveling, enjoying the outdoors, reading and serving others.
Roni Crisman ~ Secretary
Roni is employed as a medical social worker with Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial and as a school social worker with Mecosta-Osceola ISD. She previously worked in child welfare and the legal system. Roni has been a social worker for over 17 years in various roles, including counselor, case manager, supervisor, and overall support to different populations and entities. Roni earned my Bachelors of Criminal Justice in 2001 from GVSU, and later went on to earn her Masters of Clinical Social Work in 2013 from MSU. She is a fully licensed masters level clinical social worker and has served on various community coalitions and boards, and has great fulfillment in this. Roni is very enthusiastic and passionate about doing her part to better our community and offering support and love to those in need. She is married with two daughters and says everyday family life teaches how precious life is and how important it is be present in our children’s lives. Her hobbies include working out, running, boxing, playing volleyball and spending time with friends. She also loves to watch her youngest daughter compete in gymnastics and loves talking on the phone to my oldest, who is away at college. Roni enjoys riding quads and target shooting with her husband, as well as being on the beach and near the water.
Dorothy is a CPA recently retired after 24 years at H & S Companies, a local accounting firm with seven offices. With over 30 years of experience in advising small businesses, she specialized in individual and partnership taxation. She is an active volunteer at her church and shares a love of travel with her husband of 33 years, Chuck Paris. They have three grown daughters. Dorothy’s other interests include classical piano, teaching religious education, visiting art museums, and attending music festivals and concerts.
Dr. Douglas Johnson
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. Accolades for Dr. Johnson include: Named a "Best Doctor" in Surgery (Detroit Free Press 1998), "Best Doctor" West Michigan 2009, "Exemplary Physician Award" of Spectrum Health Medical Group 2018. HE is an Elder at Fremont First Reformed Church. Doug enjoy woodworking, remodeling, and converting old things into something new and usable.
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.
Megan's passion for helping others is evident in her work as a registered at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, where she is a Preceptor for nurses in the Emergency Department. Her background and expertise includes fast-paced care in an emergency room environment, nursing education at Muskegon Community College, providing social support and housing assistance while employed at TrueNorth Community Services, and special events coordination and fundraising while volunteering at Fremont Christian Schools. Megan became a nurse all while supporting her family and raising her four children; Chloe who is a college student at GVSU, and Amaya, Caris, and Anakin, all at Newaygo Public Schools. Her love for the warm summer months are accompanied by her enjoyment of watching her and Cory’s (husband) kids play sports, boating in the summer, and vacationing. In the future, Megan would like to be a traveling nurse, and explore other areas of the country.
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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
- Denise VanGessel
- Rachel Ward
- Jamie Majik
- Betty Jane Sokolowski