VerDuin is the executive director of Ready for School, a Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation initiative. She retired in 2008 as director of the Ottawa County Circuit Court’s Juvenile Service and Adult Drug Treatment Court Program.
VerDuin has leveraged support from the Kellogg Foundation to make Ready for School a reality in Ottawa County. In its first year, the program has served 9,683 local children and provided tuition assistance for more than 80 children.
VerDuin has been involved in West Michigan Strategic Alliance’s Talent 2025 and First Steps in Kent County, and was honored this year by Michigan Nightlight for her leadership in early childhood education.
She was presented with the award Tuesday during the annual Lakeshore Athena Award luncheon. The program is a collaboration of the Grand Haven area, Muskegon Lakeshore and Michigan West Coast chambers of commerce. Sixteen women were nominated for this year's award.
The award was created to raise up a role model each year who exhibits exceptional leadership skills, has achieved excellence in her business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, and has assisted other women in reaching their full leadership potential.