Dr. L. James Harvey, Ph.D

Dr. Harvey is currently president of Harvey Associates and is a speaker/writer. Dr. Harvey has had a broad career in higher education administration and in management consulting. He was president of a community college in Maryland (Prince George’s) and a senior vice president and partner in an international management consulting firm based in Washington D.C. (McManis Associates). He also served as Dean of Students at Hope College. When Dr. Harvey semi retired he began teaching courses in management and organizational development at the University of Maryland, as an adjunct professor, and he began to write and speak on Christian topics particular those related to retirement. He and his wife, Jackie, co-authored a book entitled “Everyday is Saturday” and another by Dr. Harvey entitled “Run Thru the Tape.” Dr. Harvey has dedicated the balance of his life to helping seniors make the most of their retirement years and to truly making them the encore years, meaning the very best. He truly believes, from his experience and knowledge, that the last third can be the best third.


Rev. Tom Couch
Vice President

Tom Couch has spent all of his life, dealing with the elderly, having been raised by his paternal grandparents and closely connected with his great uncles and aunts.  He graduated from Tennessee Temple University with his ‘bachelor’s degree’ in Bible and psychology, before continuing his seminary education at Temple Baptist Seminary, with ‘master’s degrees’ in Bible and ministry.  Today, he has spent over four decades pastoring, over half of that with the elderly as a focus.  After pastoring for 13 ½ years in Florida, in a senior retirement area, he moved to Grand Rapids, where he spent over five years in a mega-church as the pastor of senior adults.  Today, his ministry, which took him from Georgia, to Illinois and Florida, has brought him to Michigan, to serve the Grandville Bible Church.


Margaret Freund

Board Member at Large

Margaret’s personal mission is to encourage and assist people to age with grace, purpose and integrity while leaving a legacy. With a varied professional background beginning with teaching elementary level material to adult learners choosing to complete their high school education; from posh traditional school settings to jails and prisons, Margaret completed her master’s degree in counseling with her focus and her passion leading her to the elderly and those in life transitions. Soon to follow was Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Senior Advisor, and Certified in Aging Certificate. Margaret serves on The Wellness Team and JOY (Just Older Youth) planning team at her church, is a member of Caregiver Resource Network, Council on Aging, Senior Advocates, and serves on the board of Senior Leadership Grand Rapids. She enjoys speaking engagements and seminars with her husband on various topics under Senior Solutions, including ReHirement. Nearly 20 years ago they founded Ministers in Transition. Margaret’s company is Ask Margaret where she assists older adults and their families to make informed decisions and navigate the challenges of aging.


Dr. Daniel Jay Musick Ph.D.

Dr. Dan Musick has had a lifetime of service to others. He was first a minister in Berwick, ME, and then in Frederick, MD. He has been in Grand Rapids, MI, since 1978. In 1981 he began helping people with the most sensitive area of their lives – finances – and today is fully licensed and credentialed as a financial advisor with a leading financial services firm with his own office in Kentwood and an associate franchise office in Battle Creek. He is a very active member of Kingdom Advisors which focuses on biblical principles in financial planning and advice. He holds a PhD, Doctorate of Philosophy in Finance, an MBA in Financial Management, and the RFC – Registered Financial Consultant designation. He is also a Fellow of the Life Underwriter Training Council and a Licensed Insurance Counselor.


Rev. William Campbell III

Five years Active/Active Reserve U.S. Army.  Tour of duty in Vietnam with earned rank of Captain. Bill has held positions with Honeywell and Monsanto Companies in Employer/Employee Relations as well as designed and delivered Management Skills courses with the American Association of Industrial Management of New England (AAIM). He has held active volunteer/leadership positions within a church school and churches in both New England and West Michigan.
His interest in ministering to Seniors is long-standing, beginning even with seeing how forced retirement devastated his childhood land lady.  He has studied pre-retirement planning/counseling for AAIM and served on a community group in Grand Rapids to serve Seniors.  Additionally, he has participated in Choices newspaper for “Third Ages” and was part of the foundation team of the original Encore.


Dan Gauthier
Board Member at Large

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years (Kalamazoo College) working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on care-giving for her mother who was bed- bound and needed 24 / 7 care. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation (in 2011) of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan works full time as the president of GFHC, servicing the senior community in west Michigan with compassion and attention to detail.


Julia Lyons


Passionately caring for God’s people with over 25 years of pastoral care and continuing education, Julia is committed to you by helping you discover emotional, mental and spiritual health for your best life! She provides strategy, development and tools for individuals, ministries and nonprofits seeking to go the next step. Julia uses a specialized, confidential coaching care approach that empowers you for every season of life. Previously a business graduate at Davenport, she was recognized and ordained as a pastor, completed Grace Bible College’s Empowerment Coach certification and continues to stay current in the latest continuing education classes and breakthroughs in gerontology. With Julia’s background, it didn’t take long for doors to begin opening personally and professionally to provide strategic tools for seniors. Empowering seniors has become one of the greatest joys in Julia’s life!

Don Pease
Board Member at Large

Don Pease has spent most of his life helping people make the most of their gifts and abilities. For over 50 years he has been a distributor and practitioner of the “Success Motivational Program” in the greater Grand Rapids area. This nationally recognized program is headquartered in Waco, Texas. Don has worked with countless individuals and groups to help them strengthen their personal, leadership, sales, and management skills.
Don also served in the U.S. Army for several years and graduated from their Weather School. He served as head of one of the Army’s weather stations for 3 years. After being honorably discharged Don started an all lines insurance agency in Grand Rapids, which he later sold. He also spent 15 years with the National Food Company working on their marketing, motivational, and incentive programs.
Don has been an active church member, since his midlife conversion to Christianity, and he has been an active member of the Gideon’s.