Board & Staff
Our organization is guided by compassionate and experienced leaders from across the community.
After several years in the assisted living industry, Tom noticed that seniors living in his communities were often asked to leave when financial hardship struck. Tom recognized the need for a program that enables seniors to make their home with the assurance that they could stay even in times of financial or medical hardship. In 1997, he founded Baruch Senior Ministries, with the goal of providing permanent homes for seniors. He places a strong emphasis on providing excellent care not only for seniors’ physical well-being, but also for their emotional and spiritual well-being.
After 19 years serving as the owner and CEO of Leisure Living Management, Tom shifted his full-time efforts to Baruch Senior Ministries in 2014. Prior to1996, Tom was the Executive Vice President of Hospice of Michigan (1994-1995) and Executive Director and CFO of Hospice of Western Michigan from 1990 until 1994. Before working with Hospice, Tom, a CPA, spent twenty years with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young servicing healthcare organizations, privately held businesses, and several SEC-registered corporations.
Mitch McNeal joined Baruch Senior Ministries in January, 2011 as its Community Outreach Manager, and in 2014 was named Vice President of Business Development. He was appointed President in November, 2018. Immediately prior to joining Baruch, Mitch was employed in the oil and gas industry as an independent Landman in Michigan and North Dakota. Mitch also spent over 20 years as a co-owner/officer of Gus Macker Basketball, conducting multiple grassroots charity basketball tournaments throughout the United States and Canada. Throughout the years, he has been involved in all aspects of business management including personnel management, sales and marketing, contract negotiation, operations, financial management, new market development and event management. Mitch holds an undergraduate degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.
Vice President Operations
Vice President of Spiritual Care & Church Partnerships
We would like to give a warm welcome to Pastor Joan Cornelison as our new Vice President of Spiritual Care and Church Partnerships. Pastor Joan will be leading the effort to carry the Baruch mission and philosophy of spiritual care throughout the organization. This includes the management of our Chaplain program and further development of local church partnerships and other programs to ensure that we are meeting the spiritual needs of our residents, families, and staff.
Pastor Joan holds a Bachelor of Education Degree, Master of Literature Degree, Certificate in Christian Ministries, and a Master of Divinity Degree. She served for 15 years as the Executive Director of Pastoral Services for Hope Network, a Michigan organization that serves those with disabilities and disadvantages. She is also the Founder of Esther’s Hope Ministries, which educates and mentors underprivileged young women in Africa. Pastor Joan furthermore served on Baruch’s Board of Directors prior to starting this new role in September of 2020.
Christopher P. Murphy
Vice President Advancement
Vice President Finance
Chairman of the Board
Matt Wieringa is the President/Owner of Kent Home Services, a family-owned business headquartered in Byron Center, MI that serves homeowners, homebuilders, and property managers. He has a BA from Calvin College and an MBA from Indiana University. Matt is married to Melissa and has three children. In his free time, he enjoys coaching and refereeing soccer.
Scott Zylstra is the Vice President of Finance for Automatic Spring Products Corp, a manufacturing company based in Grand Haven, MI. Scott previously served on the Baruch board from 2008-2016 after Baruch purchased several properties from his family. Scott graduated from Calvin University with a B.S. in Accountancy. He and his wife Anna are parents to two children. In addition to Baruch, Scott also serves on the Board for Treetops Collective, a non-profit organization focused on connecting new Americans with people and opportunities in our community.
David Koetje served as President/CEO of Christian Schools International and is now retired. He currently serves as chair of Grand Rapids Community College Board as well as Haiti Foundation Against Poverty. He is also currently a consultant for Sim Com LLC: “Simplifying Complexity,” focusing on education and service industries. David and his wife have three adult children as well as eight grandchildren.