CHCC Board of Directors
Board member since 2015; current board chair
Gary was born and raised in Whatcom County. He served in the USAF, graduated from WWU with a degree in accounting and completed the CPA exam. Gary had a 29-year career with Haggen, Inc. before retiring in 2011 as the chief administrative officer and CFO.
He is currently president of Briar Development Company; he served a term on the board of Lynden Christian School and continues to participate on an advisory board for the Second Chance Thrift Store. He also provides budget coaching through Love In the Name of Christ and is involved with the board of Grace Baptist Fellowship as a deacon.
“I have seen firsthand the tender and compassionate care provided to my mother-in-law and brother in-law while they resided at CHCC. It’s an honor to serve on the board at CHCC and give something back to the community and to serve those going through this season of their lives.”
Board member since 2015; current vice-chair
Don joined CHCC’s board in 2015, not long after retiring from serving as superintendent of Lynden Christian Schools.
In addition to volunteering for CHCC’s board, Don is the executive director of Christian Hope Association, a Lynden-based nonprofit that assists North Whatcom County community members via programs like New Way Ministries, Project Hope and Great Expectations.
“As a member of the Lynden community for over two decades, the focus of mission and excellence of services at the Christian Health Care Center are well known to me and so many others. When asked if I would consider serving as a member of the board, I jumped at the opportunity to be part of such a fine organization which has and continues to serve so many in such a caring manner.”
Board member since 2003; current board treasurer
David is a retired Puget Sound Energy engineer. He has also served as an elder for Victory Christian Fellowship and on the board of Lynden’s Breakfast Kiwanis.
Having had two different family members in residency at CHCC has provided David with a unique perspective on the way the board directs the facility.
“Both my Mother-in-law and my father-in-law were blessed to spend some time at CHCC. I have observed first-hand the loving care given to them and the concern shown for their comfort and well being. Witnessing this compassion makes me very proud of our staff, and proud to serve on the board as we work to maintain a high level of care for all patients at Christian Health Care Center.”
Bill Bode Jr.
Board member since 2010; current board secretary
Whatcom County residents will remember Bill as part owner of Alsum & Bode Furniture, a Lynden-based business he operated for 30 years before retiring.
In addition to that business experience, Bill has also served on boards for Lynden Chamber of Commerce, Grace Baptist Fellowship, Northwest Baptist Seminary and the City of Lynden’s planning commission.
“I am so thankful to have a care facility of this quality in our community. Presently my father is a patient and I visit him on a daily basis. I have witnessed firsthand the outstanding care, patience, love and compassion the experienced staff provides. I have been very impressed with the facility and the service all residents receive.”
Board member since 2011
Karen’s experience giving back to the community is clear. She was the activities director at Sumas Senior Center, has served as a volunteer peer counselor at Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic and was a member of Lynden Christian School’s board.
She currently supports Ichthus International Ministries, a non-profit group lending support to Christian ministries in India and is a part-time bookkeeper for Precision Concrete Finishing.
“Both of our parents lived at CHCC for a time. Our family is so thankful for the physical, emotional and spiritual care they received and for the genuine love and support shown to them by members of the staff. I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve this facility as a member of the board.”
Board member since 2007
As a former owner of New Crescent clothing store in Lynden, Ron is familiar with our community and its citizens. He is currently Director of Gift Planning at Trinity Western University, is a Certified Advanced Gift Planning Professional and has also earned Advanced Communicator Bronze and Competent Leadership designations through Toastmasters International. These experiences have greatly benefited CHCC Board and Foundation.
In addition to his support of CHCC Ron serves on the Proton Advisory Council for Loma Linda University Health and volunteers at New Way Ministries and Great Expectations.
“I serve on the Board of CHCC as a service to my community. We are called by God to help the lonely, the widow(er)s, the least, the last and the lost. Where else can we be of value to so many people who have served so many others throughout their lifetimes. Simply by maintaining a higher level of care for those that cannot help themselves is an honor and a privilege.”
Joel Hoekema, M.D.
Board member since 2017
Dr. Hoekema is an orthopedic surgeon at Pacific Rim Surgeons in Bellingham, WA. His specialties include spine procedures and joint replacements; he performs orthopedic surgeries at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center and Bellingham Surgical Center.
He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in mechanical engineering and four years later returned to UW for his medical degree and orthopedic residency. Dr. Hoekema continued his education with a spinal surgery fellowship at the University of British Columbia.
“My mother worked at CHCC for many years; she was director of nursing services. One of my grandfathers, both of my grandmothers, two of my aunts and two of my uncles have resided at CHCC over the years. Many of my patients have received care at CHCC. Serving on CHCC’s board is a good way for me to help support a very important resource in our community.”
Board member since 2017
As a child, Claudia spent time in South America, where her parents were missionaries. She was raised in a family that valued service and giving back.
When her father contracted Parkinson’s, her family returned to the United States to be closer to medical care. Claudia grew up in Lynden and went to Lynden public schools. She married Dave VanderHoek and raised five children with a family-first lifestyle; Claudia was an at-home mom when their children were small.
Since 2007, they have owned Dave’s Sports Shop in Lynden. Claudia currently handles bookkeeping tasks for the small, local business. She attends Grace Baptist Fellowship and serves on a worship team there.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for elderly people. I feel compassion for them, and I consider so many elders in my life to be very precious. This care center meant a lot to me in the past when my father received care here. I have an appreciation for all they do.”
Board member since 2017
Jacki Matter grew up on a farm near Oskaloosa, Iowa. She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a secondary education degree in German and English. She taught those subjects for five years at Lynden Christian High School and then taught as a substitute for 11 more years. Jacki also has worked at Ace Hardware and the Lynden Tribune, where she is currently a proofreader in the advertising department.
Jacki is very involved in various ways at Third Christian Reformed Church. She served on the Lynden Music Festival Committee for four years, accompanied the Kings Men of Song for its first eight years, and volunteered for many years at Second Chance. Her favorite thing to do is sit at the piano and play through an entire music book.
”I feel God has called me at this time to serve on the CHCC board and He will reveal why in His time. Where He leads me, I will follow.”
Rob Van Loo
Board member since 2017
Rob Van Loo graduated from Western Washington University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, in 2000. He has worked in both private and public accounting. Since 2010, he has worked at Larson Gross, a Whatcom and Skagit County accounting and CPA firm, where he currently serves as a senior manager. Rob has supported a variety of businesses with tax and consulting services during his career.
Rob and his wife, Kari, have three daughters. When not working or volunteering, Rob enjoys spending time outdoors fishing, hunting, camping and horseback riding.
“Growing up and continuing to live and work in this community has provided me with numerous examples to see the great impact that CHCC makes on so many people. When I was asked to assist as part of the board and learned more about the organization and its mission, I quickly came to the conclusion it was as much a privilege and opportunity as it is a service.”