Change Ups: Anderson receives FPA Medal


Dixie Anderson, executive director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, received the Foreign Policy Association Medal at the Harvard Club of New York for demonstrating responsible internationalism and expanding public knowledge of international affairs. Anderson has served as the WAC’s executive director for more than 20 years. For nearly 100 years, the Foreign Policy Association has served as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding and informed opinions of U.S foreign policy and global issues.


The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants in Troy announced the election of its 2016-17 board officers and directors: chair, Betsy Meter; chair-elect, Alan Young; treasurer, Robert Johnson; and secretary, David Echelbarger. Directors: Marianne Lilly, Leon LaBrecque and Laurie Horvath.


Wightman & Associates Inc. of Benton Harbor welcomed five professionals to its team of service providers: Marlene Davis, administrative assistant supporting office operations in the company’s Benton Harbor location; Nathan Flickner, survey crew chief based out of the WAI Portage office; Frank LaPierre, managing WAI’s portfolio of SAW grants and asset management plans in its Benton Harbor office; Kevin Marks, senior engineer, Benton Harbor office; and Michael Williams, finance director.


The Holland Area Arts Council announced its board of director officers: president, Anne Gaskin Nemschof; vice president, Scott Essenburgh; secretary, Rich Evenhouse; and treasurer, Alpha Mansaray.


The YWCA announced its 2016 Tribute Award nominees: Advocacy: Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh; Arts: Kimberly Van Driel; Business, Management, Industry, and Labor: Kerri Miller; Community Service: Dr. Wendy VerHage Falb; Professions: Vicki Seidl; Sports, Fitness and Wellness: Adejoke Ayoola; Student Honoree and YWCA Judy Lloyd Student Leadership Scholarship recipient: Taylor Jones; and 2016 YWCA Helen Claytor Achievement Scholarship recipients: Xaryia Carson, Charlotte Deimel and Anna Meyers.

MichBusiness in Warren announced its MichBusiness High Five nominees: Custom Home Health and Hospice, Anew Life, Carhartt, Kouzina and Better Health Market.


United Bank of Michigan opened a 4,000-square-foot branch office at 1884 Baldwin St. in Jenison, becoming the bank’s 12th local office in the West Michigan area.


Uptown Grand Rapids announce the hiring of Christine Helms-Maletic and Diane Stoneman as co-managers to support the Uptown Corridor, a public-private collaboration between the East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street neighborhood business districts bordering Baxter, East Hills, Eastown, Fulton Heights and Heritage Hill residential neighborhoods to reach collaborative efforts in marketing, promotions and business retention.


Comstock Park-based DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greater Grand Rapids will celebrate 10 years at its current design center on West River Drive. An open house is scheduled 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 15.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum High School was chosen out of 700 other applicants by the XQ Institute as one of 10 schools nationwide as a XQ Super School, which will award $10 million over the next five years toward renovations and technology updates for Grand Rapids Public Schools’ building at 54 Jefferson SE, the former Public Museum building and future home of the Grand Rapids Public Museum High School, as well as professional development for the schools’ teachers.

Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University marked the 25th anniversary of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. In 2008, the ATC was renamed because of the financial support of Tom and Joyce Wisner and David and Michelle Bottrall. It houses labs for CAD; plastics technology; computer applications; electronics; robotics; energy management; machine tooling; air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration; and materials testing, among other programs.


The Holland Energy Fund launched a new home improvement program called the Holland Home Energy Retrofit Program that offers a 20 percent rebate on qualifying energy-saving home improvements exceeding $10,000 to City of Holland homeowners. HERP educates residents on the benefits of energy efficiency improvements, offer incentives and give City of Holland homeowners guidance from Residential Home Energy advisor Peter Boogaart.


West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum announced its inductees to the West Michigan Sustainable Business Hall of Fame: Guy Bazzani, Bazzani Associates; Deb Steketee, Sustainable Business at Aquinas College; and Gayle DeBruyn, Lake Affect Design Studio/Kendall College of Art and Design.


Aquinas College received $2,523,712 from the U.S. Department of Education to train English as a Second Language and bilingual teachers in Michigan. The grant provides resources necessary for developing and implementing a series of professional development courses to pre-service teachers, paraprofessionals and in-service teachers.


The Kent County Board of Commissioners approved forming a Lead Task Force to investigate the contributing environmental factors of lead-based exposure and illness in Kent County, investigate possible interventions and make a formal report and recommendations to the community.

Ottawa County announced recording fees for all documents recorded in the Register of Deeds office will be flat fee of $30 per document instead of the previous $14 charge for the initial page, and $3 for every subsequent page.


Catherine’s Health Center and Health Intervention Services in Grand Rapids are the recipients of a $96,250 grant to expand access to behavioral health services among low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents in the northeast and southeast Grand Rapids areas, due to a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

ProCare Pain Solutions announced its president/cofounder Dr. Fred Davis was promoted to the rank of clinical associate professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.

Western Michigan University’s main campus in Kalamazoo and its seven regional locations in Michigan was ranked 93 out of 750 colleges and universities in Washington Monthly magazine’s inaugural list of the nation’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners.


The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids announced the additions of Dean Herried as district executive director and Adam Shilling as association membership and program director.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Michael Walenta of Grand Rapids and Yosef Weingarten of Grand Rapids to the Governor’s Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education.


Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids opened its 22nd store at 4640 Ivanrest Ave. SW, Grandville. The store was constructed by Pinnacle Construction and includes a donation drive-thru drop off.


The Grand Rapids Housing Commission marked its 50th Anniversary with a gala event at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.


Fencer Samantha Nemecek of Caledonia was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame. Nemecek’s accomplishments include winning a school-record 430 bouts with the foil and racking up an .855 winning percentage and winning over 100 bouts in each of her four seasons.


Blue Medora announced CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, recognized Blue Medora in its 2016 Cloud Computing Partner Program Guide, a list of leading technology vendors with cloud-related partner programs that enable and accelerate the growth of solution providers’ cloud initiatives.

Matt Becker joined Holland-based Worksighted as technical account manager.

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