Meet the Oasis Board of Directors


Grace A.M. Smith


  • Grace is a founding member of Oasis.  Her son has an unbalanced genetic translocation and is cognitively impaired.  She wants him to be as independent as possible and to successfully accomplish the goals he sets for himself.


Camille Lieffers


  • Camille’s daughter was born with NOMID (Neonatal Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disease).  She hopes her daughter can spend time with more adults her age and find friends to live in a safe, secure, happy home together.


Lynn Surdock


  • Lynn is a founding member of Oasis. Her daughter has mental illness and struggles to control her anger and impulsiveness.  The support from other families and a drive to provide housing for all is Lynn’s passion.


Jeanne Marek


  • Jeanne’s son was born with cerebral palsy.  He is living independently in a barrier free apartment and working part-time.  She wants him to live near friends and have a more independent social life.


Steve Johnson

Board Member, Fundraising Chair, Past President

  • Steve is a founding member of Oasis.  His son has cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy.   He wants his son to enjoy a life of choice within a supportive community, surrounded by friends and opportunities for personal growth


Alice Lieffers

Board Member

  • Alice was born with a disease called NOMID (Neonatal Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disease).  She is enrolled in the Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College and volunteers at Beer City Dog Biscuits and at the YMCA.  She is excited about moving into an apartment with friends.


Helayne Sherman

Board Member

  • Helayne’s adult daughter is disabled. She is passionate about providing her with long-term safe and secure housing options, opportunities to develop friendships, socialization and a sense of community.


Martha Chieply

Board Member

  • Martha's adult son is along the autism spectrum, whose life is enhanced by Oasis of West Michigan's programs and events.  The Chieply family is committed to programs which enhance young disabled adults' lives and further an greater inclusive community spirit. 


Laura Kasperski

Board Member

  • Laura's sister is Alice Lieffers who was born with  NOMID (Neonatal Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disease). Laura became a nurse after her experiences during Alice's' healthcare journey.  She has seen housing challenges impact the patients she serves as well as her sister and is excited to be a part of an organization that promotes housing alternatives that facilitate independence and quality of life. 


Kim Laskowski

Board Member

  • Kim's young adult daughter was born with a genetic disorder that causes developmental delays and limits cognitive ability.  She seeks solutions to the challenges that affect impacted families and hopes for independent living with adequate supports in a safe environment for young adults.  She believes Oasis has the tools to grow friendship, independence, and socialization in community.

Ex Officio Officers:  

Ron Irvine, James White, Ann Meldrum & Bonnie Miller