Our Team

Our staff is comprised of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences drawn together by a common mission, to help people to live abundant lives.

Our resident aides are the men and women who are the backbone of Harbor House Ministries. With more than eighty-five direct care supporters, we are fortunate to work with amazing people. Here are just a few of their stories.

Out administrative staff is dedicated to our mission of providing opportunities to live abundantly. Meet our administrators.

Renee Veltema
Executive Director
Renee has a background in accounting and has been with Harbor House since it was just an idea. She has served on the board, as the Administrative Assistant, and became the Executive Director in 2013.
Peggy Driesenga
Community Relations Director
Peggy has a background in marketing, public relations and broadcast journalism. She has been with Harbor House Ministries for twelve years.
Renee Lanning, BSN
Clinical Director
Renee has been the Clinical Director at Harbor House Ministries since we opened our doors. Prior to coming to Harbor House, Renee worked as a nurse in a local hospital.
Therese Charron
Administrative Assistant
Theresa has been with Harbor House Ministries for ten years. She started as a Resident Aide. Theresa also has a background in clerical and accounting work.
Betty Koning
Scheduler
Betty has been with Harbor House Ministries since it opened its doors. She has been a Resident Aide and a Lead Aide she has also worked in elder care.
Lisa Merchant
Clerical Assistant
Lisa has a background in Special Education. She has been with Harbor House for eight years and worked as both a Resident Aide and a Lead Aide.
Samantha Warners, MA
Home Supervisor, Pier Place
Samantha has been with Harbor House for five years. She has a background in Medical Administration. Samantha has also worked as a Resident Aide and a Lead Aide.
Kristen Booth, CNA
Home Supervisor, Beacon Place
Kristen has been with Harbor House Ministries since July 2013.  She also worked at Spectrum Health, Zeeland Hospital on the Med-surg, Pediatrics floor.
Lauren Wierenga, RN
HHM Home Supervisor
Lauren started as a Resident Aide at Harbor House Ministries as she completed nursing school. She then went on to work as a nurse in a local hospital. Lauren returned to HHM as a Pier Place Home Supervisor in 2017.
Jennifer Van’t Hof
Home Supervisor, Beacon Place
Jennifer has been at Harbor House for more than ten years and has worked as a Resident Aide and a Lead Aide. Jennifer became a Home Supervisor in 2016.
Cara Vink, BSN
Home Supervisor
Cara Vink has been with Harbor House Ministries since 2014 while she was attending Calvin College.  She graduated this spring with her BSN degree and is currently studying for her RN License.
Kathy Gates
Home Supervisor, Anchor Place
Kathy has been at Harbor House for ten years and has worked as a resident aide and as a Lead Aide in two of our homes. Kathy has been a Home Supervisor at Anchor Place since 2017.