Taylor graduated from West Ottawa in 2012 before attending Michigan State University and studying Marketing. While at West Ottawa, Taylor was the captain of the Varsity Boys Basketball Team, was a mentor through the PALs program and was on the team responsible for the 2012 PINK OUT basketball game which raised over $54,000 for breast cancer research. He and his wife, Elizabeth (a second grade teacher at Pine Creek Elementary) live in Zeeland.Taylor joined the Board of the Panther Fund in 2020, and was nominated to be Board President as of 2023.
Phil grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and rural Ohio. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, he and his wife Jill, moved to Holland where they raised their two daughters Caroline and Abby. Phil works at Chicago based Perkins Malo Hunter Foundation where they support educational programs for disadvantaged kids throughout the country. Phil has previously served on the West Ottawa School Board and is a founding member of The Panther Fund.
Madison & Garrett Daniel
Madison graduated from West Ottawa with the class of 2013 before attending and graduating from Grand Valley State University with her Bachelors in Nursing. At West Ottawa, Madison was involved in women's soccer, and the PALs mentorship program.
Garrett graduated from West Ottawa in 2011, where he then continued his education at Michigan State University earning his social studies degree, followed by his teaching certificate with Grand Valley State University. Garrett is currently a history teacher at West Ottawa and teaches with the Dunes alternative High School. He is also a freshman football coach, and the head rugby coach.
Madison and Garrett welcomed their daughter, Genevieve (future panther), to the family in May of 2022. They have been serving as Directors of The Panther Fund since January 2021.
Jim is a founding member and former president to The Panther Fund. He current sits on the WO school board where he dedicates his time every day towards making WO a better school district for current and future panthers.
Born and raised in West Michigan, Steve and his wife, Michele, moved to Holland after graduating from
Michigan State University. All three of their kids, Kylee, Spencer, and Abby were raised in Holland and
graduated from West Ottawa. Michele has spent her entire career as a teacher for West Ottawa and
both Steve and Michele have a life-long passion for helping kids reach their full potential. Steve is Vice
President of Product Development Operations at MillerKnoll and is responsible for product development
processes that Design for the Good of Humankind. He currently serves on the board of the Boys & Girls
Club of Greater Holland is a founding board member of The Panther Fund.
Missy graduated from West Ottawa in 1985 before attending and graduating from Michigan State University. She is the mother of two West Ottawa graduates. Jack (2019), current student at Grand Valley State University and Lucy (2020), current student at the University of Chicago. She is a PMO Service Manager at MillerKnoll. Missy is currently the Panther Fund Treasurer and joined the Board in 2018, she is also a Board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center (since 2006) and is the Board Secretary.
Renee was raised in Holland and graduated from West Ottawa where she participated in band, cross country, softball, volleyball, and soccer. Renee then graduated from the University of Michigan's College of Engineering before working in the systems consulting industry with Anderson Consulting and then Crowe, LLP. Renee came back to the Holland area with her husband Scott to raise their family of 3 daughters, Abby, Claire, and Lily -- spending many seasons coaching youth sports teams. During this time Scott became the owner of Bosch's Landscape while Renee continued her career with Herman Miller. She then recently transitioned to her current employer, Bynder, which is a Digital Asset Management SaaS product. Renee is a Holland Junior Welfare League alum and joined the Panther Fund board in 2018.
Board Member: Social Media
A class of 2013 graduate, I am a proud Panther alumni serving on the Panther Fund board since 2020 helping to run the social media pages and fundraising campaigns. While at WO I was involved in a wide variety of extra curricular activities- from being on the costume crew for both middle and high school musicals, to the Girls Varsity Golf Captain. I developed my creativity in the art department, and learned leadership skills as a yearbook editor. WO has helped me become career and life ready through the programs and teams I was able to be a part of, and I want ensure other students have the same opportunity. The Panther Fund was founded while I was at WO and I am excited to keep growing this program to help students for years to come.
A graduate of Western Michigan University, I started my teaching career at West Ottawa in 1993. In addition to teaching at Woodside Elementary and Macatawa Bay middle school I coached high school baseball and football at all levels. My wife Amy is a fourth grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary and both of our daughters graduated from West Ottawa.