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Dr. Daniel T. Gowdy, Ed.D.President/CEO Wedgewood Christian Services
Dan has served local non-profit Christian organizations for 3 decades, Hope Network, Sunset Communities in Jenison, and now Wedgwood Christian Services. Dan’s career development is best reflected in his 24 years at Hope Network where he worked as a chauffeur while attending college, then became program director, eventually led workforce development, fundraising, & marketing.
During his time as VP of Marketing, Hope’s revenues grew from $70 million to $145 million.
Dan graduated from Grace Bible College, now Grace Christian University in the early 90’s with a Bachelor of Theology degree, he later received a graduate degree from Cornerstone University in Management; his Doctorate of Education is in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. Dan’s research showed significant correlation between servant leader behaviors and organizational change.
For 31 years in leadership, Dan has embraced complexity and built adapted teams and systems.
His foundational value system includes service, trust, and caring for others.
Dan is known for his follower-focused leadership approach which elevates employee engagement & mutual accountability to serve a calling larger than self.
Dan took over as President and CEO of Wedgwood in May 2020.
LeRae KuperusChief Officer of Mission Integration and Spiritual Formation Wedgewood Christian Services
LeRae Kuperus is currently Chief Officer of Mission Integration and Spiritual Formation at Wedgwood Christian Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she has worked for 24 years. She has also worked as a Chaplain at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI specializing in Pediatrics and Trauma Care. She is a graduate from Calvin College with a B.A. in Religion & Theology and Sociology and from Calvin Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. She is an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church and an endorsed Chaplain through her denomination. She has five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, is a trained facilitator for the Institutes for Healing Racism and is nationally certified as a Critical Incidence Response Team debriefer, assisting schools and agencies dealing with life-altering events. Most of LeRae’s ministry experience is in the field of pastoral care, working with children, their families, and the professionals who offer services to them. LeRae offers numerous trainings and presentations on a variety of topics for Wedgwood employees, churches, and other social service organizations.
LeRae is married to Mike Kuperus, and they have two boys, Miles, age 25, and Clay, age 21. They are active members of a local church and community initiatives. LeRae enjoys reading, baking, family outings, and beach life.