Our Team

Our Directors

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton, LMSW, MM – President

Bill Paxton has almost 40 years of management experience in non-profit organizations where he has worked primarily in health care and behavioral health.
Bill obtained an undergraduate degree (education) from Calvin College, and masters degrees from both Michigan State University (MSW) and Aquinas College (MM). He has specialized training in change management and as a coach.

Daniel Armstrong

Daniel Armstrong, DDS – Dental Director

Daniel began volunteering at Exalta Health in June 2013 and became a staff dentist later that year. In 2015 he was appointed Dental Director. Daniel previously worked for Mel Trotter Ministries, Cherry Health, and Grace Health in Battle Creek, Michigan

Daniel attended Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Michigan, receiving a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2009. He completed an additional twelve-month training program at the University of Michigan Health System focusing on care for the mentally handicapped, those with complex medical conditions, and hospital inpatients.

Ken Kraft

Ken Kraft – ADVANCEMENT Director

Ken is a graduate of Piedmont International University in North Carolina. He is an ordained minister who has served churches in Michigan and Florida as well as being the executive director of a Christian camp for nine years. Before joining Exalta Health in the fall of 2015, Ken was the Manager of Partner Relationships for Guiding Light Mission in Grand Rapids.

Laura VanderMolen, DO – Medical Director

Dr. Laura VanderMolen has been with Exalta Health since September 2001 after returning from medical mission work in Peru. Laura serves as the primary doctor for many of our patients and recruits and provides oversight for the volunteer physicians and nurses at the clinic.

Laura was raised in Baltimore Maryland and attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan. After receiving her medical degree from Kirkville College of Osteopathic Medicine she completed her residency in Grand Rapids. She is board certified in Internal Medicine.


Amanda Avella – AmeriCorps Member
Radames Cordova – Dental Assistant
Sandra Deters, RDH – Dental Hygienist
Monserrat Dykema – Receptionist
Whitney Eckhoff – Patient Financial Navigator
Daniel Garcia – Dental Coordinator
Thressa Hoekstra – Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Fred Hoekzema, DDS – Dentist
Rochelle Hyde – Volunteer Assistant
Kristen Meyer – Chaplain
Sarah Pegman – Volunteer Coordinator
Lynette Schreur, R.N. – Project & Quality Manager
Chris Shoemaker, MD – Staff Physician
Ken VanBeek, LMSW – Behavioral Health Coordinator
Samantha Orozco, R.N. – Medical Clinical Coordinator
Elisa Perez-Arelláno – Social Worker
Ynixce Villagomez – Medical Assistant

Board of Directors

Ed Postma – Chairperson Elect
Curtis VanSolkema – Vice Chairperson
Amanda Osorio – Secretary
Jeff Stormo – Treasurer Elect

Dan Butler
Donna Erickson
Melanie Glover
Jane Renwick
Jim Samuelson, MD
Ricardo Tavárez

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