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Q&A: Mina Breuker

October 20, 2015
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Mina Breuker
Mina Breuker. Courtesy Holland Home

Editor’s note: Each Q&A in the Influential Women enewsletter will feature a woman from the region who’s influential, a rising face in her industry or doing interesting work. Submit tips on potential Q&A subjects to tgortsema at grbj dot com.

Mina Breuker, president and CEO of Holland Home, has more than 17 years of progressive experience in senior living with the multi-facility continuing care retirement community, with combined revenues in excess of $115 million.

Grand Rapids-based Holland Home provides care for more than 1,560 residents and services to another 2,370 seniors in the community through its hospice, home care, rehabilitation, private-duty nursing, Medicaid waiver, senior millage and PACE programs.

Breuker has also worked acute care for 20 years in both nursing management and hospital administration positions.

Biggest career break?

My biggest career break was when I was given my first management position as director of the emergency department. I was young, inexperienced and had no emergency department experience! It was the best and worst year of my career!

Proudest moment?

My proudest moment was watching my parents’ faces when I graduated from nursing school.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

When people would talk about my accomplishments to my mom, she would respond, “She’s just Mina.” It reminded me to be humble in all things.

How did you make your first dollar?

My grandparents owned a blueberry farm, so I picked berries as soon as I could walk! I remember the day we got 10 cents a pound, and I thought, wow — I can make $10 a day! Life is good!

Most-treasured possession?

My mom’s devotional book. She passed away in 2002.

Dream job?

I’m doing it!

If I were president for a day, I would . . . ?

Ask a lot of questions! Help me understand?????????

Last book you’ve read?

“Quiet” by Susan Cain. It is about introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. I’m an extrovert, so it was a good reminder of how it takes all of us to make the world go 'round!

Last thing you Googled?

Pie plates with engraved or written recipes/sayings. I’m shopping for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Your worst habit?

Interrupting people. I want them to know that I am tracking with them, and really, I just interrupted what they were saying.

To unwind, I like to . . . ?

Watch my garden grow. To decrease stress, I garden and love to weed whack!

Dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be hmm . . . so many places and so little time. Really, home, fishing with my husband. However, Italy is on our bucket list.

Favorite food?

Toss up, chocolate or fresh-baked bread! Don’t stand between me and either one of these.

Person you most admire?

Locally, my mom. She worked as a para-pro with mentally challenged children for more than 35 years. She was the president of the union (yes, that was a subject we disagreed on) and managed a family. She was a Dave Ramsey and CFO’s dream, teaching us how to budget when we got our first check from the blueberry farm! She could have run any business and done it well with only an 8th grade education.

Worldwide, Mother Teresa. Her mission to serve surpasses all. Her work is an inspiration.  

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