Board of Directors



Jamie Ward

As a competitive swimmer and triathlete, Jamie loves all things aquatic related.  It was no surprise when her two boys started playing water polo, she fell in love with the sport.  Jamie has served on numerous boards in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors.  She is excited to help build this program and support and grow the sport of water polo.   


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Vice President

J.R. VanderWall

J.R. has been involved with water polo since the mid 90’s. He played at Rockford High School, University of Massachusetts, Grand Valley State University and with several club teams, including being a founding-father of the local 616 Masters Water Polo team. J.R. also has coached and officiated at various levels and now has 2 children playing water polo for both Grandville and the Great Lakes Aquatics Program. No stranger to the pool, J.R. has many connections in the water polo world and will serve this board in a great capacity.



Ben Vandermeer

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Angie Huyghe

Angie has been a part of the water polo community for a couple of years now and absolutely loves it!  She is committed to contributing her skills and dedication to further the success of our beloved water polo club.  Her professional background includes many years of experience in financial management and budgeting.  She’ll provide transparency, accuracy, and accountability in all financial matters for the board.  Angie is excited to embark on this journey to ensure the water polo community thrives financially and athletically.  Together, we can achieve our goals and continue to make a splash in the world of water polo!


Member At-large

Michael Pierce

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Member At-Large

Tessa Valitutto

Tessa has been only been a water polo mom for two years, when the youngest of her six kids went to middle school summer water polo camp, came home and said, “I found my sport”. Watching her daughter learn and play this amazing sport is one of her new favorite past times. She’s been around Great Lakes Aquatics for only 1 year, but is excited to bring fresh ideas and perspective to GLA. Tessa has coached, volunteered and been a board member for multiple organizations over the years and is ready and eager to be a part of this great organization.