Derek J. Coppess is the current President of the Board. He is an entrepreneur and founder of the urban development firm 616 Development. A native of West Michigan and the son of Sunny Crest Executive Director, Ronald Coppess, Derek grew up in an environment very similar to the one enjoyed by the youth at Sunny Crest Youth Ranch. His parents, both school teachers, lived in rural Lake Odessa and together, as a family, Derek, his parents and his siblings built spec houses each summer. His family experience taught him the invaluable skills which are acquired through working together, as a “tribe”, to build something using your own two hands. He attended the College of William and Mary.
In 2012, Derek received Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance's Entrepreneur of the Year award. Currently, Derek is working with Kendall College of Art & Design to develop a new master's degree program focusing on development and design. For his work with the arts college and the downtown community at large, Derek will soon earn an honorary master's degree from KCAD.
Mike King, CPA
Mike King is a graduate of Purdue University and a Certified Public Accountant. He spent ten years in public accounting, working for both Crowe Horwath and Ernst & Young, specializing in audits of not-for-profits, specifically healthcare organizations. Mike and his wife, Molly, moved to western Michigan when Mike accepted a job as the Director of Finance for Pennock Hospital. Pennock integrated with Spectrum Health and currently Mike is the manager of financial reporting for the health system. He has the pleasure of working mostly with the regional hospitals and very much appreciates the culture associated with the small town rural communities.
Mike and Molly reside in Ada with their two sons, Carter and Tate. They are members of Trinity Lutheran in Grand Rapids. In their spare time, they enjoy playing and watching sports (Boiler Up!), as well as camping, hiking, and swimming.