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Hope Network names director of government relations

February 11, 2015
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Hope Network names director of government relations
Joe Haveman. Courtesy Hope Network

A former state representative will fill the newly created role of director of government relations at Hope Network.

Hope Network, a neuro-rehabilitative and behavioral health provider in Grand Rapids, said this week that it has named Joe Haveman to the position.

Most recently, Haveman served as the elected representative for the 90th District in the Michigan Legislature since 2009.

The role

Haveman will focus on developing connections with the legislature on behalf of the statewide nonprofit and increase awareness of critical programs.

He will also oversee the advancement of new programs, such as prison re-entry, and expanding services to veterans.

Haveman will report directly to Dan Holbert, COO at Hope Network, and work collaboratively with Terry Mulvihill, who oversees external affairs and public policy at the organization.

Phil Weaver, CEO of Hope Network, said Haveman can help the nonprofit address a growing need for behavioral health and neuro-rehabilitation services, whether for people living with a mental illness, recovering from a brain injury or facing social barriers or disadvantages in communities.

“He has been a tireless advocate for our veterans and those who have served time in prison, both populations who need support during a critical period of their re-entry and re-adjustment into our society,” Weaver said. “We look forward to having Joe’s extensive experience on our team.”


While serving as the 90th District representative, Haveman worked as the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and focused on prison reform and changing Michigan policy on corrections.

Haveman also served as director of business development at GDK Construction before his election to state Legislature.

He has held several leadership and elected roles in the past: executive director of the Holland Home Builders Association; former member of the Holland City Council; and former member of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners.

Haveman said the position will allow him to continue influencing policy, and he’s ready to serve with the rest of the Hope Network team.

“For six years, I worked to represent the people of Michigan’s 90th District and West Michigan,” Haveman said. “I recognized the opportunities to reform our prison system and proactively sought ways to fix those problems. Working with Hope Network allows me to continue my public service and help direct state policy on important issues.”

Hope Network

Founded in 1963 as the Pine Rest Sheltered Workshop, Hope Network has grown to serve more than 20,000 annually with more than 240 locations throughout Michigan.

The organization provides a range of rehabilitation, behavioral health, developmental and community support services: transitional inpatient brain injury rehabilitation; lifestyle enrichment programs; neurobehavioral inpatient programs; crisis residential treatment; and supported independent living. 

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