Holland Home implements long-term succession plan

Troy Vugteveen is replacing President and CEO Mina Breuker on Jan. 1.
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Incoming President and CEO Troy Vugteveen said he will follow Mina Breuker’s lead by putting the “people we serve at the center of all we do.” Courtesy Holland Home

Mina Breuker, longtime president and CEO of Holland Home, is stepping down.

The announcement is part of a multi-year succession plan that fills various executive roles with longtime leaders to ensure continuity of the organization’s mission and leadership ranks. A unanimous board vote in September solidified the succession plan, and on Jan. 1, Troy Vugteveen will assume the duties of president and CEO of Holland Home.

Breuker, who has been with the organization since 1998, will then fill the role of president emeritus for three months to ensure a smooth transition.

Vugteveen, 54, joined Holland Home in 2014 and most recently has served as COO. He previously held roles as executive vice president of operations and vice president of operations. He led a majority of the recent campus expansions and remodeling initiatives while also assisting residents and families who receive care from the organization.

“As I’ve made my way through the halls and streets of our campuses over the years, I can see the lasting impact that the compassionate, Christ-centered care offered by everyone at Holland Home has had on our residents and families, and I know that was due to Mina’s steadfast commitment to putting the people we serve at the center of all we do,” said Vugteveen. “It’s an honor to carry forward that mission and I believe we are very well equipped for the future, thanks to Mina’s leadership.”

Additional leadership changes include the promotion Doug Himmelein to executive vice president of human resources and operations. Himmelein joined Holland Home in 1997 as an intern, which led to years of experience in human resources and operations, making him a logical choice to assume his new position.

Ensuring a smooth transition of executive leadership roles has been a longstanding priority of Holland Home, and Breuker, 64, plans to ensure that tradition continues.

“The transition of these recent moves has gone very well, and the main reason for that is everyone was already part of our family, knowing and living our mission,” said Breuker. “We are well positioned for the future with a strong, wonderfully prepared executive team led by a passionate, mission-forward leader in Troy. I am so grateful to have been part of this organization for as long as I have. I draw comfort from knowing that our organization, which I dearly love and cherish, is in good hands.

“I have been part of this family for 23 years and have had the wonderful opportunity to work at all our campuses and alongside the home- and community-based services as well. It is a great place to work with wonderful people doing important work. I especially enjoyed my time with residents and families. When my retirement date arrives, I know that I will miss everyone and continue to hold everyone up in prayer.”

Holland Home leaders are confident in the succession plan but say it will be bittersweet.

“Mina wanted to make sure all the leadership roles were filled appropriately before she would step away, so we knew this moment was coming,” said Mary Ursul, chair of the Christian Living Services board, the nonprofit parent company of Holland Home. “But it will still be hard to let her go. Mina has given 23 years to Holland Home and touched so many lives with her caring, nurturing heart. She will be missed, and I know she will continue to touch lives in her retirement. We are very excited to have an excellent leader in Troy to step into the executive role and continue providing world-class care to those we serve.”

Breuker became president of Holland Home in November 2014, following the retirement of another longtime leader, David Claus. Claus later retired from his position as CEO in July 2015 and Breuker assumed both roles.

She first joined the organization as an administrator at Holland Home’s Fulton Manor after working at Holland Hospital for 20 years in various positions, including bedside nursing critical care, a certified critical peer nurse and eventually nursing leadership and director of emergency medicine. Breuker said she loved Holland Hospital and still has a very special place in her heart for the organization, but said she had a pull for seniors that she could not ignore and wondered if she could also be successful someplace else. 

“I checked around and people said, you need to check out Holland Home. So I did, and at that point, Holland Home had a position open at Fulton Manor as an administrator. And, you know, (when) you come out of the hospital, you kind of think you know everything, and I knew nothing about long-term care, but the staff at Fulton Manor, they’re wonderful, so it was a great learning experience.”

Breuker said she held the administrative position for six years at Fulton Manor until she was approached by the CEO, who told her they needed her at Raybrook, a bigger campus within Holland Home.

“So, I moved to Raybrook and I was there for three years. Then they moved me to Breton, and I didn’t know, was I being groomed? Was it God’s way of letting me experience the organization? But I was at Breton and was able to open up our Breton Ridge building, which I had never done before, and then came to corporate as COO and really never had my eyes on this position but believed in our mission, and just that service has always been part of me — serving others, that customer service, our mission and commitment to excellence. And it’s been a personal fit, and I think that’s why next year will be my 24th year. And so, after 44 years of service, I want to serve in a different way going forward in the next chapter.”

Breuker said she has felt blessed to have worked for both Holland Home and Holland Hospital during her career because of the great culture and people within each organization.

“I believe in having fun at work. I mean, I am a personal person and I always say, love what you do and do what you love. And if you’re not having some fun with it, life is too short. So, I’ve really focused my time here as COO and CEO, not only in customer service, meaning both for those we serve and those we serve with our employees, but also (on) collaboration and partnership.”

As she exits her longtime position with the organization, Breuker said the thing she has most enjoyed about leading the organization is the people — from the residents and clients in the community, to Holland Home employees. Breuker said she has learned much from residents and how to approach, change and challenge them when thinking about what they’ve gone through in their lives, and has gained wisdom through these experiences.

“We have a strong and capable board of directors, an outstanding vision for the future and a wonderfully prepared executive leadership team,” she said. “We are serving more and more people each day throughout our entire organization, and the quality of services and the excellence of our programs are at outstanding levels. I step back knowing that Holland Home stands ready to respond to the direction in which God is leading us.”

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