In 2013, the numbers were staggering:

261 Events, 192 of which were free

923 Artists

1,374 Volunteers

53,566 Attendees


2014 will be no different, thanks to our terrific staff including:

Wendy Wigger, President

Joanne Roehm, Festival Director

Daryl Vogel, Vice President of Development

Kelsey Morrison, Business Manager

Annete Nepomuceno, Volunteer Manager

Erik Wolenberg, Marketing Manager

Laura Melendez, Project Coordinator

Julie Remmelts, Development Coordinator

Sam Schaner, Marketing Coordinator

Hannah Nicholson, Production and Logistics Coordinator

Ashley Owen, Development & Events Lead Coordinator

Sally Schaafsma, Merchandise Coordinator

Brenda Johnston, Operations Assistant

Laura Van Hammen, Storefront Retail Lead


Meet the 2014 LaughFest Cabinet:


Becky Anderson, Edward Jones

Randy Joppie, HomeLife Homes

Ben VerWys, Oppenheimer & Co.



Ryan Anderson, Herman Miller, Inc.

Mary Jane Berklich, 5/3 Bank

Andrew Bowen, Amway Grand Plaza

Nicole Braun, The Sharpe Collection

Mark Breon, Spectrum Health

Jim D’Amico, Spectrum Health

James Eardley, Varnum LLP

Chuck Gallagher, Greenridge Reality

Jermone Glenn, Pastor

Robert Grimes, RGrimes, LLC

Mark Holzbach, Zebra Imaging Inc.

Katie Karczewski, Keller Williams Realty

Josh Lester, Feyen Zylstra

Jill May, The Right Place

David Morgenstern, Associated Insurance Design Co.

Jeff Morrissey, Bissell Inc.

Carter Pavey IV, Gun Lake Casino

Lorna Schultz, Economics Club of Grand Rapids

Rebecca Tyke, 2/90 Signs

Jessica Ann Tyson, Events by Jessica Ann

Ted Velie, Global Vise & Truck