The Van Den Berg Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and the Pine Rest Foundation.
“Throughout his career, Jim has advocated for the importance of increased access to quality, affordable mental health care and raised awareness on mental health’s impact on and individual’s overall health and wellness, as well as a community’s economic success and vibrancy,” says Mark Eastburg, Ph.D., Pine Rest President and CEO. “In recognition of his passionate advocacy for mental health, including his significant efforts to advance our mission, we are proud to honor Jim with the 2016 Van Den Berg Leadership Award.”
Haveman’s robust career has been characterized by extraordinary vision and the ability to carry out complex strategic plans through high level partnerships, organizational restructuring, and exemplary leadership.
Following early positions as Executive Director for Project REHAB, Bethany Christian Services, and Kent County Community Mental Health, Haveman quickly made an impact on state-wide mental and public health policy with his first appointment as Director of the Michigan Department of Mental Health in 1991.
Haveman would go on to serve as Director of the Michigan Department of Public Health (1995-96) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (1996-2003). During his tenure, Haveman created bi-partisan policies that increased access to health care for low-income and vulnerable residents of Michigan through collaborative initiatives such as Healthy Michigan.
Appointed as Senior Advisor to the Iraq Ministry of Health by President George W. Bush in 2003, Haveman brought his expertise in strategic planning and systems management to help rebuild the Iraqi Ministry of Health. His work left a significant impact on Iraqi health and wellness that continues to grow today, as the Ministry serves over 26 million citizens through 240 hospitals and more than 1,200 primary care clinics.
Funds from the leadership dinner will benefit Pine Rest’s new hospital unit that will serve children, adolescents, and young adults when it opens in spring 2017. For information about the dinner and to purchase a sponsorship or tickets, go to www.pinerest.org/foundation-dinner or contact Dana Stenstrom at 616.258.7575, or Dana.Stenstrom@PineRest.org. Individual seats are $200 per person; sponsorships are also available. A percentage of each ticket is tax-deductible.