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Uniquely operating as a non-profit corporation, Christian Health Care Center is facilitated by a board of directors comprised of highly-experienced professionals who volunteer their time, share their experiences and offer direction to our healthcare management team. They represent a variety of trades including: business management, education, religion, construction and more.

Our current board includes the following community leaders:

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Gary Hall: Gary is our current board chair. He was born and raised in Whatcom County. After serving in the USAF for 4 years he returned to Bellingham, graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in accounting and completed the CPA exam. He worked as a financial accounting manager for a seafood company in Bellevue for 7 years then returned to Bellingham and began a 29-year career with Haggen, Inc. before retiring in 2011 as chief administrative officer and CFO.

Gary 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.”

Gary resides in Lynden with his wife Gail. They have been blessed with three adult children and four grandchildren. They enjoy sharing road trips together–he enjoys bicycling, hiking, playing racquetball, and gardening in his spare time.

Don Kok: Don is our current board vice-chair. He joined CHCC’s board in 2015, not long after retiring from serving as superintendent of Lynden Christian Schools.

“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.”

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.

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Karen Kooy: “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.”

Karen joined CHCC’s board in 2011 – her experience giving back to the community is clear. Karen 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.

Karen and her husband Byron are parents to 3 married children and grandparents to 4 little ones who keep their lives full of laughs and hugs. In her spare time Karen is active in children’s ministries at Christ the King church and loves to hike when given the chance.

Joel Hoekema, MD: 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. He is married and has three children.

“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.”

Kevin DeVries: Kevin is a native of Iowa and graduated from Dordt College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with an emphasis in business communications. His experiences have included leasing retail and office space as well as planning and development of real estate projects.

Kevin, along with his partner Sid Baron, is the co-founder of Exxel Pacific, a commercial construction company that has played a key role in developing apartment communities, hotel/motels, and condominiums throughout the Pacific Northwest. While managing the construction of our new building Kevin had the opportunity to work side-by-side with the team at CHCC. He joined our board following completion of the project in 2001.

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Ron Hendricks: Ron joined the board of Christian Health Care Center in 2007. As a former owner of New Crescent clothing store in Lynden he is familiar with our community and its citizens. Ron 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.

When asked why he volunteers his time at Christian Health Care Center Ron says, “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.”

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.

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David Kreps: 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.”

David, a retired Puget Sound Energy engineer, joined our board in 2003. He has also served as an elder for Victory Christian Fellowship and on the board of Lynden’s Breakfast Kiwanis. Camping, traveling and going on short-term mission trips (Jamaica, Guatemala, Thailand, Mexico) are things David and his wife Nancy do for fun and relaxation.

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Bill Bode Jr.: Whatcom County residents will remember Bill as part owner of Alsum & Bode Furniture, a Lynden-based business he operated for 30 years. 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.Joining CHCC’s board in 2010 was meaningful to Bill.

He states, “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.”

While now officially retired, Bill enjoys spending time in the yard, traveling with his wife Linda (married since 1967!) skiing and entertaining family and friends. They have three grown children in the area and 9 grandchildren.