The Well

Board of Directors

The Well

The Importance of Governance

The Well utilizes a biblical and best practice approach to its governance responsibility. By providing and enforcing biblically based policies that guide the Leadership, the Board creates a safety net that makes certain ministry is offered in a God-honoring way.

Excellence in Governance

In 2015, The Well adopted a model of governance called Policy Governance. In this model, Board members provide spiritual oversight, long-term vision and operational boundaries for the functioning of the whole organization. While they focus on these items, they entrust the implementation of their direction into the hands of staff and other ministry leaders through the leadership of the CEO. The benefit of this model is that it allows the Board to focus their time and energy ensuring The Well is achieving it’s mission, while allowing the aforementioned leaders the empowerment to lead ministries as God directs and make practical decisions on how to carry out the Board’s mandates

Board Member Characteristics

Individual Responsibilities:

  • Be familiar with The Well’s programs, polices and operations
  • Attend board meetings and appropriate committee meetings
  • Serve on board committees, as assigned
  • Review agenda and supporting documents prior to meetings
  • Keep current on community needs in program areas
  • Identify and cultivate potential sources for funding
  • Participate in fundraising activities, special and community events
  • Participate in board development and learning activities
  • Show support and commitment to The Well through sharing your time and financial resources according to your circumstances
  • Strictly adhere to conflict of interest policies
  • Strictly adhere to confidentiality policies

Time Demands (approximately 80 hours/year)

  • Terms are 3 years in length and a board member can serve two consecutive terms
  • Attend new board member orientation (3–4 hrs)
  • Prepare for scheduled meetings (1 hour per month)
  • Attend and actively participate in board meetings (8 monthly board meetings, approx. 2 hrs) Note: You are expected to attend at least 80% of board meetings
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual planning meeting (4–6 hrs)
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual budget meeting (4–6 hrs)
  • Attend and actively participate in annual new board member interviews (4–6 hrs)
  • Attend and actively participate in the year-end celebration (2 hrs)
  • As needed, attend and actively participate in committee meetings(1–3 hrs/month as determined by committee)
  • Attend special events such as fundraisers, graduations and community events (2/year recommended)
  • Attend and actively participate in board development activities (generally 4–8 hours annually)
  • Meet with potential donors/funders to make a case for funding The Well, answer questions, etc. (approx.8/year)

Interested in applying to be on The Well’s Board?

The Well

Board of Directors

Sandy Blom

Sandy Blom

Board Chair

Sandy Blom is a Sr. Associate Product Manager at Pella Corporation, an industry leader in manufacturing windows and doors. Her 27-year career spans a variety of roles within Information Technology, Operations, Project Management and most recently Product Marketing. An alumnus of Central College in Pella, Iowa, she is married to her husband Rob, and has three children.

Matthew Gritters

Matthew Gritters

Board Member

Matthew Gritters graduated from the University of Iowa School of Medicine: 1994-1998 and Mercy Mason City, Iowa 1998-2001: Residency. He was Chief Resident in his third year of Residency. He currently works at Pella Regional Health Center since 2001 as an ER physician and various leadership roles at the
hospital. Matt’s family consists of his wife Kim and their children Rebecca, Noah, Isaiah and Sarah.

Matt went to Haiti in 2009 after the earthquake and to Honduras with PATTH (Pella Area Teams to
Honduras) yearly from 2010-2015 to help provide medical care for those in need. Those
experiences exposed layers of community needs that held people back from flourishing where
they lived and he realized we have similar needs in our communities here. He helps people in the
ER in Pella, but there are layers of needs that impact health that he can’t address in the ER. The
Well is addressing those needs and is providing help and hope to people. He believes they will
help our people and communities flourish like God intends them to be. He want to be a part of
blessing people like that.

Joel Bennet

Joel Bennet

Board Member

Joel is a lifelong resident of Pella and owns a leadership consulting practice that works with Iowa businesses. Joel also was a co-founder of A Call to Serve Ministries which is now a ministry of The Well. Joel has been married over 25 years to his wife Kristi and has two daughters, Katie & Sara. I’m on the board because I love the way The Well sees the whole person that they serve through their ministries and develops relationships for the long-term.

Jayson Henry

Jayson Henry

Executive DIrector

Jayson’s Work History consists of: Pella Corporation – 1994-2010 – Various manufacturing leadership roles. Vermeer – 2011-2015 – Various manufacturing leadership roles Th Well – 2015-Present – Executive Director. He is married to Nancy and together they have three children Camille, Colin, Clayton, Carlyn. Jayson felt the calling to ministry in the early 2000’s – hearing God’s voice saying “I gave you your past for a purpose, how are you using it?” He was involved in the early days of brainstorming the Well and came back on the board in 2014 when the organization became a tax-exempt 501c3. Jayson led the board for one year and moved into the Executive Director role – the first person hired on the ministry side to lead on a full-time basis. Jayson says, “When God was working through me on getting into ministry I had no idea what it was going to be like. He’s placed me in a role that feels like home.  I’m thankful to get to serve alongside a great group of staff and volunteers, and I’m thankful to get to serve the communities we reside in.  I continue to be encouraged by what God is doing through the team at the Well.”

Jessica Manning

Jessica Manning

Board Member

I was born and raised in Pella and then attended Central College, where I earned a BA in English with a focus in secondary education. After graduating from Central, I attended The University of Iowa, where I earned an MA in K-12 School Counseling. I have been a school counselor since 2002 and am currently one at Pella High School.

My husband, Josh, and I met at Central College and married in 2005. We have three boys—Michael, Samuel, and Emmett. My husband is the principal at Pella Middle School; he and I both feel strongly about being called to serve students and families in our community.

I am grateful to serve on The Well board, because I get to see God’s hand in the many services The Well offers our community and those around us. Years ago, I volunteered at the front desk of the Resource Center and appreciated feeling like I was a part of The Well’s mission. It is an honor to now serve on the board of an organization that spreads so much goodness into the community I love.