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VAI hires chief development officer

August 24, 2017
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Brett Holleman
Brett Holleman. Courtesy VAI

The Van Andel Institute has tapped a Holland native to head up its development efforts.

Grand Rapids-based VAI, a biomedical research and education nonprofit, said yesterday it hired Brett Holleman as its chief development officer.

Holleman will actively seek out and work to secure philanthropic support to advance the organization’s research and treatment for cancer and Parkinson’s disease. He will also work to further VAI’s mission to innovate in the realm of science education.

“We conducted a national search to find the best person available for this critical role and are thrilled to have found someone with Brett’s experience in development,” said Jana Hall, chief operations officer, VAI. “With his deep roots in West Michigan, Brett is an ideal fit for the Institute.”

Holleman comes to VAI from Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation in Colorado, where he served as VP of development.

Previously, Holleman was the major gifts officer at the Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic. He was also served as major gifts officer at Hope College, his alma mater, for six years.

Holleman holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Hope College and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has obtained the Certificate of Fund Raising Management.

“I’m grateful to once again be part of this philanthropic community,” Holleman said. “West Michigan is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, integrity and willingness to support community organizations like VAI that are designed to benefit everyone. It is a privilege to be here.”

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