The May 16, 2024 member meeting will be the Annual Membership Meeting for the ABA.

In accordance with the ABA Bylaws, members shall receive notice of the Annual meeting, Board Member elections and Bylaw updates for consideration, delivered via electronic transmission to each member entitled to vote, and the amendments will be posted to the Corporation’s website, not less than ten (10) days before the meeting.

During 2023-2024, the ABA Board of Directors operated with 8 of the allotted 11 Board seats filled as we evaluated our needs and very intentionally established strategic plans. To best accomplish our goals moving forward, the ABA Board will be filling 2 of the 3 open seats at our Annual Meeting on May 16th, for a total of 10 Directors on the ABA Board during the 2024-2025 fiscal year.

 

2024-2025 ABA Board Candidates

Slate for member vote:

Alison Kraai McKee – Alison is a Realtor with Wilcox GR Properties, focused on the Forest Hills housing market and new development sales. She has worked in real estate as an agent and property manager for more than 10 years. A background in communications, client management and community involvement have prepared Alison to assist residential and investor clients.

Alison grew up in Indiana and moved to Michigan to attend Calvin University. At Calvin, she majored in Business and Political Science and was a member of the swim team. After Calvin, she earned a Master’s in Public Relations from Michigan State University which led to positions at a Public Relations agency and in corporate communications.

A resident of Ada Village, you may see Alison, her two teenagers and toy poodle out walking or enjoying a downtown event. She is passionate about supporting the local businesses and enjoys all the community events and concerts year-round. In her free time, Alison enjoys swimming, biking, and running, even completing an Ironman race.

Joel P. Harner -  Joel is the owner and president of Let us, Inc and Let us Development, LLC. He has completed several commercial and residential projects in Ada, including Vitales of Ada and multiple homes on Bronson Street. Joel has over 25 years of experience in the construction business and wears many hats, including the overall management of his companies, giving design direction, working with sub-contractors, helping clients make selections for their projects, and managing the rental properties that he owns.

Joel grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University, where he competed in cross country and track & field. He first moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1993 where he met his wife, Laura, and raised two daughters (recently becoming empty nesters). Over the years he has been involved in many of his children's activities and was the head track and field coach at Forest Hills Central for 5 years.

Between his many responsibilities with his companies and his seven years’ experience on the Thornapple River Association, Joel has developed leadership skills and the ability to work as a team, along with stepping up to get things done. Joel has enjoyed watching Ada grow and is excited to be part of its future. His background in leadership, problem solving, teamwork and planning will help the board take Ada into the next chapter.

Joel loves traveling, exercising, and is a big foodie. He enjoys working in downtown Ada and being able to walk to everything the Village has to offer.

 

The ABA Board is proposing the following change to the current Bylaws:

ABA Bylaw Update for Member Vote:

Current ABA policy set forth in our Bylaws, allows for members to remain in ‘good standing’ for 90 days after the June 30th annual dues invoice deadline to pay. The ABA Board is proposing to change the Bylaws per the below, updating the 90 day payment extension, to 30 days.

Article III – Membership

Section 4. Cancellation of membership.

  1. Nonpayment of Membership Dues. Any member who fails to pay the annual membership dues within thirty (30)days after the date for payment set by the Board of Directors shall thereupon forfeit membership in this Association. Reinstatement of membership shall be upon the same terms as are required for admission to the membership.

PDF of current ABA Bylaws