Meet The Tuff Turf Team

Tuff Turf Molebuster’s Mission Statement:

We are a growing, family-owned lawn care and pest control company. We are dedicated to providing superior quality and service through our values-driven, knowledgeable, professional team.

As a leader in the industry, we strive to provide a healthy, vibrant lawn for all our valued clients.


Jim Zylstra
Jim is the Owner of Tuff Turf Molebusters and has worked in the industry since 1984.
Family: Jim is married and has three boys
Favorite Author: Dave Ramsey
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere in the Caribbean
Hobbies: Basketball and Boating
Email me at Jim@Tuffturfmolebusters.com.


Lawn Care Technicians:

Chelsea Wilson
Chelsea has worked in the industry since 2003.
Birthplace: Traverse City, Michigan
Favorite Movie: The Godfather
Favorite Music: Rock
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere warm
Hobbies: Traveling and spending time with friends 


Reuben  Morales
Reuben has worked in the industry for over 8 years.
Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Favorite Book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Favorite Music: Anything with bass and some occasional rock
Hobbies: Euro/JDM cars, technology, 3D printingm anything CNC, laser engraving


Eli VanCoonis

Eli and his wife moved to Grand Rapids in the spring of 2021.
Hobbies: Pretty handy with a hammer
Movies and Music: Goonies and Rap Music
Favorite vacation spot: California

 


Nolan Brower
Nolan has worked in the industry since 2015.
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Favorite Movie: Braveheart
Favorite Music: Alternative
Favorite Vacation Spot: Northern Michigan
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Basketball, and Playing Poker


Josh Meinke
Josh has worked in the industry since 2008.
Birthplace: Wayland, Michigan
Family: Josh has five boys & 1 girl
Favorite Music: Country and Alternative
Favorite Sports Team: Michigan State
Hobbies: Spending time with his family and being outdoors


Phil Adamski
Phil has been in the Industry since 2016.
Family: Wife Michelle, Son Austin and Daughter Aurora
Favorite Movie: Gattaca & Count of Monte Cristo
Hobbies: Spending time with family, music and reading

 


Jacob Klatt
Jacob has worked in the industry since 2013 and joined our team in 2017.
Birthplace: Newnan, Georgia
Family: Wife Mason
Favorite Movies: Dumb & Dumber, The Breakfast Club
Favorite Vacation Spot:  Any sunny and warm beach.
Hobbies: He likes action sports.

Pest Control Technicians:

Alex Rustin-Griffee
Alex has worked in the industry since 2013.
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
Favorite Vacation Spot: Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Hobbies: Camping and Kayaking

 


Derek Burgess
This is Derek’s 2nd season with Tuff Turf
Favorite Movie: Stepbrothers
Favorite Book: Outsiders
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere warm with water
Hobbies: Golf, Softball, Basketball, Hiking, Walking my dogs


 


Trent Buist
Trent and his wife Michelle live in Jenison. He joined the team in 2012.
Family: 2 Daughters & 2 Sons
Hobbies: Spending his time outdoors, working on his lawn, camping, hiking, and spending time with his family and friends

 


Cody Timmer
Cody joined the team in 2016!
Family: Wife Alexandra & expecting their first child in 2020!
Hobbies: Playing piano and snowboarding
Vacation Spot: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Favorite Movie: Memento


Marc McGill
Marc joined our team in 2018.
Family: Married with 4 Children
Hobbies: Working on his family farm & watching sports
Music: Classic Rock


Joe Fulkerson
Joe comes to us with 20 years experience in Pest Control!
Family: Wife, daughter and 2 granddaughters
Hobbies:  Hanging out with family

 

 


Dillon Smith
This is Dillon’s 2nd year at Tuff Turf
Favorite Music: Country and Classic Rock
Favorite Vacation Spot: Family cabin up north.
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Baseball, Golf, Football, Basketball, Bowling


Matt Richards

 

 

 


Andrew Smith
This is Andrews first year with Tuff Turf
Favorite Music: Country and Classic Rock
Favorite Author: Phil Robertson
Favorite Vacation Spot: Tennessee
Hobbies: Watching Football, Hunting

 


 

Office Staff:

Jeff Skully
Jeff is our Production and Service Manager. He joined the team in 2005 as a lead field tech and worked his way up. He can be contacted at Jeff@Tuffturfmolebusters.com.
He has over 25 years of experience in the lawn care industry. He has been married over 35 years to his wife Julie. Jeff is also a brewery connoisseur.

 

 


Bill Vandelune
Bill is our Office Manager.  He has been in the industry since 2004, and with Tuff Turf Molebusters since 2009. He can be contacted at Bill@TuffTurfMolebusters.com.
Family: Bill is married with two daughters.
Favorite Sport: MMA & Hockey
Favorite Vacation Activity: Disney Cruises in the Caribbean
Hobbies: Playing with his kids and participating in Spartan Races


Mike O’Connor 
Mike is our Operations Manager.  He has over 25 years of experience in the industry.  He can be contacted at mike@tuffturfmolebusters.com.
Family: Married with 4 kids
Favorite Music: Country and Classic Rock
Favorite Vacation Spot: Tennessee, Colorado, Florida
Hobbies: Enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family, golf, kayaking


Richard Green
Richard has worked in the industry since 2009.
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Favorite Music: Classic Rock
Favorite Author: Tom Clancy
Favorite Vacation Spot: Yankee Springs
Hobbies: Canoeing, Camping, and being outdoors


Chad Hayes
Chad had worked in the sales and service industry for 10 years
Favorite Movies: Inception, Halloween
Favorite Music: The Beach Boys, The Lumineers
Favorite Books: Rich Dad Poor Dad, Think and Grow Rich, How to Win Friends
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere near water
Hobbies: Producing music, Being outside, Reading


Kyle Jacobson
Kyle is our Scheduling and Printing Administrator and has been in the industry for 2 years.
Family: Married with 2 kids
Favorite Movie: Snatch
Favorite Book/Author: George Orwell – 1984
Favorite Vacation Spot: Bahamas
Hobbies: Playing Guitar


Gina Stolieckas
Gina is our Office Assistant.  She works in customer service and a variety of other areas as needed.
Kids: 2 Daughters
Favorite Movies: Suspense or Thrillers
Favorite Vacation Spot: San Diego or Santa Monica, CA
Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Going to the beach or taking my dog for a walk


Dannielle Hoisington

Danielle is our Administrative Assistant.  She handles data entry and any other office duties as needed.
Family: Danielle is married with 3 kids (2 boys and a girl)
Favorite Music: Country
Favorite Vacation Spot: Yellowstone National Park
Favorite Books: Murder Mystery
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Baking, Time with Family


Chad Zwyghuizen
Chad has worked in the industry since 2009.
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Family: Chad is married and has five kids
Hobbies: Hunting, and Fishing

 

 


Mascot:

Digger

Digger is the Tuff Turf Molebusters Mascot he can be found all around West Michigan during events throughout the year. He is probably the only mole you will ever see above ground!


 

My Family:

Vickie Zylstra
Vickie and I have been married since 1996.  A behind the scenes contributor from Tuff Turf’s beginning, Vickie officially came on board in 2017 to take a more active role.

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Alaska
Favorite Sports Team:  Any team one of my son’s is on
Hobbies:  enjoying the outdoors, time with friends and family, reading


Nathan Zylstra

Nathan is my eldest son.    He loves animals and would own a zoo if he could.  He likes to read, and ride roller coasters.  He caught his first mole in the fall of 2006.  Nathan became a licensed pest technician in 2019. He keeps our shop clean, helps in the office, and fixes my mistakes.

 

 


Sam Zylstra

Sam is my middle son.  He loves basketball and football.  He has been brain washed into the Detroit Lions mantra of “this is our year”.  He also loves to read.  Sam helps out with many tasks on the computer which include measuring lawns and entering data entry.

 

 


Andrew (Drew) Zylstra

My strong willed youngest who doesn’t like anything until he is forced into it.  His role is to increase the gray hairs on my head and constantly change settings on my cell phone.  Drew also enjoys picking on Jeff and playing pranks on him.

 

 


Ruby (The Guard)

Our office and shop dog. She is always around to beg for attention and treats. She has the staff trained to keep treats in their drawers and on the work bench.  She has yet to find anybody that can resist her charm.