Executive Leadership Team

Elim’s core executive team is comprised of dedicated servants who cast vision and envision a future in which Elim adults and students are thriving not only at Elim, but in their communities as well.
Dr. Bill Lodewyk | Elim Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Bill Lodewyk


Dr. Vanesa Scott-Thompson

Vice President of Program
Robert Hooker | Elim Executive Leadership Team

Mr. Robert Hooker

Vice President of Finance, Operations, and Human Resources
Robert Marsh | Elim Executive Leadership Team

Mr. Robert Marsh

Vice President of Advancement

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team at Elim is comprised of the various directors who oversee specific functions and programs for the organization. The leadership team meets monthly to encourage each other and to continue to corporately direct Elim toward a future that best serves the interests of those whom God has brought into this community.

Scot Achterhof

Director of Maintenance
Brian Boss | Elim Leadership Team

Brian Boss

Director of Finance
Stacey De Groot | Elim Leadership Team

Stacey De Groot

Director of Human Resources
Bradley Johnson | Elim Leadership Team

Bradley Johnson

Director of Adult Services
Brian Nichols | Elim Leadership Team

Brian Nichols

Director of Information Technology
Mike Otte | Elim Leadership Team

Mike Otte

Director of Children’s Services

Colleen Steele

Director of Learning & Development
Dan Vander Plaats | Elim Leadership Team

Dan Vander Plaats

Director of Advancement

Board of Directors

Elim’s ministry is overseen by a dedicated group of men and women who steer policy and vision for the community. The Board of Directors is composed of many different perspectives, but all are united in their vision of a world that values each life as a Creation of God, with a role in His kingdom. The following are members of the Elim Board of Directors.
Dr. Frederick Wezeman, Chairperson | Elim Board of Directors

Dr. Frederick Wezeman, Chairperson

Retired from Loyola University, Chicago Palos Heights, IL
Mr. Paul Buikema | Elim Board of Directors

Mr. Paul Buikema

Attorney, Buikema Law Group, LLC Westmont, Illinois
Mrs. Karen De Vries | Elim Board of Directors

Mrs. Karen De Vries

Homemaker South Holland, Illinois
Jeff Dryfhout | Elim Board of Directors

Mr. Jeff Dryhout

CEO of Pivot Marketing, VP of Global Brand Marketing Fellowes Brands, Orland Park, Illinois

Mr. Brian Page

Vice President of Advancement, Shepherd's College
Mrs. LyNae Schleyer | Elim Board of Directors

Mrs. LyNae Schleyer

Director of Event Services, Water Quality Association Palos Heights, Illinois

Mr. David Schutt

Director of Finance, Barnabas Foundation Crown Point, Indiana
Renita Van Solkema | Elim Board of Directors

Mrs. Renita Van Solkema

Personal Stylist, Cabi
Mr. Bill Zandstra | Elim Board of Directors

Mr. Bill Zandstra

Comptroller, Dunhill Formal Wear, Inc. Crown Point, Indiana

Mrs. Tammy DeVries

Senior Manager (Tax) Topel Forman, LLC

Mr. Don Triezenberg

Self-Employed Triezenberg Agency, LLC

Mrs. Leah Dykstra

Enrollment Management Consultant, Trinity Christian College