11836 Lakeridge Dr, Wayland, Michigan 49348, United States

(616) 401-7199

Whole Child, Inc.

Stress Mastery Strategies for a Lifetime

Our Mission

ACEs Awareness and Prevention

Resilient kids

Early life experiences shape our stress lens, stress signature and how we bear our stress load. Stress related illnesses are preventable. Ask us how!

Stress Mastery

Effective parenting

We can build your capacity to handle the pressures of life, and with the right tools even use stress to help us shift from surviving to thriving. Let us help you!

Community Resilience

Thriving communities

Evidence-based brain recharge strategies build resilience and improve brain health. Let us train you!

Our Strategy

We provide education preventing adverse childhood experiences. We deliver workshops on how to use stress to fuel growth and positive change. We build capacity through teaching evidence-based stress reduction practices for all age groups.   

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Executive Director: Deb Timmerman, RN, HTP, DAIS, TCEPL, CSME


Deb Timmerman is a Registered Nurse, and Stress Management Strategist, passionate about sharing the neuroscience of stress and stress survival skills with kids, teens and adults. As an experienced nurse manager, Deb designed and implemented complimentary therapy and self-care programs for nursing teams, long term care and hospice residents. Now she shares those tools with the world. 

Trained as a Community Champion Trainer for the MI ACEs Initiative, Deb helps build statewide awareness of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and the role Adverse Childhood Experiences play in increasing physical, mental and behavioral problems later in life. Her passion to share this program comes from personal experience. 

A regular presenter for Metro Health-University of Michigan Health Live Healthy Program, Deb creates and leads workshops on mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, aromatherapy and stress management strategies. 

Deb has met the requirements of education, training and experience to achieve the designation of Diplomate through the American Institute of Stress, has co-authored stress education curriculum for elementary aged children. She is a Certified Practice Leader for the Tai Chi Easy® Program.  

She was one of forty international professionals selected to participate in The American Institute of Stress - Synergy Program's inaugural Stress Mastery Educator Certification (CSME) program, and now collaborates with innovative health and thought leaders from around the world.  

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Our Board Officers

Amy Gerard, Board President



Amy Gerard, a Grand Rapids native, is an enterprising, accomplished sales leader and human resources consultant. She has an extensive background in territory management, and business development across various industries, including contract furniture, aerospace manufacturing, human resources management and employee recognition.  A proud Boilermaker, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University. 

Kim Bolker, Secretary


Kim is the owner and principal of Bolker Capital. She is an independent certified financial planner, helping families achieve their goals and dreams.   She is passionate about giving back by supporting and volunteering for Special Olympics Michigan, Junior Achievement, and area pregnancy centers. She participates in the Grand Rapids Sports and Social Club, and Inforum West Michigan  

Charlotte Touchette, VP


Charlotte is the West Michigan Chapter Development Specialist for Woman's Life Insurance Society.  She helps helps women develop their networking skills, connect to form chapter and host fundraising events that support area non-profits. She is a change-agent with a passion for kids, parents and the community

Loraine Rebar, Treasurer


Loraine brings decades of business and marketing experience to the board. Loraine is an Account Executive for Allegra, a firm specializing in marketing, print and mail.