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Nancy DeBoer
157 West 40th Street
Home Phone: 392-2888

Nancy has called Holland home for 37 years. She is married to Jim De Boer, a former music teacher in Holland Public Schools and currently a Professor of Music at Hope College. Their children: Eric, Maria, and Jordan were all born at Holland Hospital and have enjoyed growing up in our beautiful, community-centered city.

From the Maplewood ball fields to Downtown to the Holland State Park, their family has realized the blessing of excellent development and natural wonder. Their oldest son Eric is married and living in Richmond, Virginia, where he is a teacher in a K-8 Catholic School and lives in the center of the city where his wife is a doctor for under-served woman.  They have one child, a son, Caleb James, who will turn 1 year old in March 2016. Their daughter Maria is married and serves as a Spanish teacher in Zeeland Public Schools. Their youngest son Jordan works in the pharmacy department at Walgreens in Holland.

Nancy has lived in Detroit, MI, Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL, and Randolph, WI. However, Holland has captured her heart. The dynamic variety of its people and the strong foundation of principle and innovation create a healthy atmosphere in which to raise a family.

Nancy is presently serving as Executive Director of the West Michigan Character Council which serves West Michigan by providing a monthly character breakfast meeting for area leaders at the Women’s Literary Club downtown Holland.  The WMCC also gives a monthly character award to a citizen that has shown remarkable character in their personal life or career. The WMCC is developing cartoon books that teach character qualities and kindergarten-ready skills to pre-school children.

With her teaching degree from Calvin College and graduate work at Western Michigan University, Nancy has taught middle school and high school English in three states and locally at Holland Christian High School. She is an active member of her church and has been a volunteer at Holland Public Schools and a former member of the Holland Community Chorale. From 2013-15 Nancy was a morning radio talk show co-host on “1260 The Pledge”, 96.5 FM, sister station to WJQ. 

Nancy gave a TED talk in Holland at the Knickerbocker Theatre in 2011 about the Pay-it Forward Holland initiative.  Nancy was responsible for beginning this initiative in the city when it began with a $250 gift from a woman in Brooklyn, New York that saw the Diane Sawyer report about Holland on ABC TV in 2010 and Ramona Scott was so impressed she sent the city a check for the “greater good.”  That donation birthed the Pay-it-Forward initiative in Holland which is still active today and can be seen on the City’s website.  People have paid-it-forward from all parts of the globe using the web-trackable business cards that are a part of the initiative.

Nancy is a graduate of Leadership Holland and has served as the City Council liaison on the Holland Area Youth Council, the Community Development Committee, and the Park and Recreation Board.  She has also served on the Windmill Island Strategic Planning Committee, Windmill Island Business Plan Committee, Holland-in-Bloom Committee, Civic Center Committee, Waterfront Development Committee, Holland Energy Labeling Committee, Farmers' Market Committee, and also designed the “Pay It Forward” Holland initiative. 

As a part of the city's TV channel, Nancy has served as the television host of the City Connections show.  Nancy works to help the city as we encourage economic growth, increased cooperation with neighboring townships and cities, and continue to develop strong, safe neighborhoods.  She has served on City Council in the at large position since 2005 and became Holland’s first woman mayor in November of 2015.

Since November 2015 Nancy has worked hard to accomplish a public-private partnership with The Civic Center Place design and renovation that had eluded completion for decades.  Also the city has joined the USA 50th Vietnam War Commemoration effort and hosted this first time event at the Civic Center with the Holland High School Band for 900 attendees on April 2016.