Change Ups: Co-chairs announced for Festival of the Arts’ 50th


From left: Glenn Del Vecchio, David Abbott and James Sofranko

Festival of the Arts’ 50th anniversary is in good hands. Glenn Del Vecchio, executive director for Grand Rapids Ballet, and James Sofranko, artistic director for Grand Rapids Ballet, were selected to celebrate the link to the very first Festival of the Arts when the ballet performed on Calder Stage nearly 50 years ago. David Abbott, executive director at Festival of the Arts, joined the organization in April on an interim basis and now is charged with leading the vision of the organization into its 50th year in 2019 and beyond as the organization’s first full-time executive director. 


Troy-based Rehmann announced Erik Schumacher was named principal in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s new Saturday Curiosity Labs will run through May 18, 2019, and will feature fun, hands-on activities themed around science for all ages. Highlights: learning how a watershed works through the museum’s water table and utilizing an augmented reality sandbox by moving and building the sand so visitors can create erupting volcanoes, rivers, oceans and mountains. Additional hands on activities will change week to week.

The 20th Circuit Court Juvenile Court Division in Ottawa County entered ArtPrize 10’s youth collaboration division, with the sculpture, Masked, created by girls who are court-ordered into the county's Lighthouse Program. Lighthouse treats adolescent girls within the detention center who have experienced trauma and the resulting mental and behavioral challenges. The masks are a therapeutic expression of the girls’ pain and suffering and also are evidence of the girls’ hopes and visions of their lives without these negative experiences. 


The YWCA West Central Michigan appointed to its board of directors Sara Hendrix, tax partner, BDO USA; Jessie Jones, community relations manager, Spectrum Health; Erin Paquet, tax manager, Westwater Group Inc.; and Steve Waugh, senior risk officer, Steelcase Inc. Officers for 2018/19 are: Lonna Wiersma, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, president; India Manns, community volunteer, vice president; Peggy Bishop, Beene Garter LLP, treasurer; Sherwin Robinson, Priority Health, secretary; and Doug Wilterdink, DWH, immediate past president.


The Historical Society of Michigan bestowed the 2018 State History Award in the Restoration/Preservation category to the Historic Ottawa Beach Society for its collaboration with Ottawa County Parks to restore the Pump House Museum and Learning Center in Holland.


Varnum attorney Paul Albarran joined Wyoming-based San Juan Diego Academy’s development board.

L. Marshall Washington will be inaugurated Oct. 19 as president of Kalamazoo Valley Community College.


David Hodge joined NPF Investment Counsel as a portfolio manager, and Rachel Sheldon rejoined NPF as business manager.

VantagePointe Financial Group announced the addition of Matthew Nickels to its team of financial professionals.


Long Road Distillers was named for the second year in a row Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery in the United States as part of the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards. Long Road Distillers topped a list of 20 nominees from around the country that were chosen by a panel of American spirits experts.


Circuit Court Judge for the 20th Circuit Court Jon H. Hulsing was appointed commissioner for the Judicial Tenure Commission and will represent all of the circuit court judges in Michigan. Hulsing will begin his three-year term as commissioner Jan. 1, 2019.

Lori Latham joined Kent County as communication and public relations director.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) in Bradley announced Bob Peters was sworn in as chairman of the Tribal Council, and Nicole Overbeck was elected Tribal Council member. Peters, Overbeck and incumbent Jennie Pearl Heeren were all elected as representatives of the Bradley voting district by tribal citizens Aug. 28. Each were elected to four-year terms of office.

Vice President Mike Pence recently spoke at Mill Steel Co.’s headquarters about tax reform and the general business climate.


The Center for Physical Rehabilitation promoted Chris Nawrocki to chief executive officer and Brian Gilbert to chief operating officer.

Great Lakes Periodontics, Laser Surgery & Dental Implants announced the addition of Rachel S. Sinacola as an associate periodontist.

Holland Hospital and OB/GYN Associates of Holland are partnering to offer OB/GYN services in South Haven at 749 Phillips St., which opens Oct. 8.

Leisure Living Management recently broke ground for the $23-million Cascade Trails Senior Living development that includes an 18-acre campus at 1225 Spaulding Ave. SE. The campus will provide senior living and care for residents who require different levels of support.

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health in Wyoming announced the additions of thoracic surgeons Christina Glenn and William Lynch.


Ele’s Place, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support for grieving children and their families, hired Jaime Counterman as director of the organization's West Michigan office.


Alles Law announced the addition of attorney Chris Shourds to the firm.

Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC attorneys Laura J. Genovich and Todd W. Hoppe were selected as Rising Stars in the 2018 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.

Bodman PLC attorney John David Gardiner was selected as a Rising Star in Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

Tania (Dee Dee) Fuller, managing partner of Fuller Law, was named the recipient of the 13th annual Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award by the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section. Fuller has managed her own firm since 2004 after spending several years as a business lawyer with Miller Johnson.


DeVos Place, Kent District Library and GrandCon Gaming Convention hosted a board game drive throughout August to benefit the children and families at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Over 35 board games were collected through the drive hosted at various Kent District Library locations and were delivered to the kids at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 


13 ON YOUR SIDE promoted Paul Mack to director of sales.


Greater Ottawa County United Way announced the additions of Jim Bachmeier, associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Grand Valley State University and a certified public accountant, and Frances Hogsten, vice president of global supply chain at Haworth, to its board of directors for a three-year term.

The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology welcomed Brandy Arnold as program manager working in the Step Year and Community Catalyst programs. Arnold previously served as youth and inclusion specialist at Kids’ Food Basket, focusing on youth development and co-leading the organization’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.


Jadon Fowler joined Fusion IT LLC as a senior account executive.

OST announced the additions of Jaredt Hultlink, application development; Paige Innes, professional services office, administrative assistant; and Amanda Malaric, application support.


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport released a free mobile app available on Android and iOS that features real-time flight departure and arrival information, updates on parking availability at the airport and security wait times, plus amenities such as food and beverage locations, kids play areas, nursing rooms and the military welcome center. Passengers also can connect with airport ground transportation options available at the airport.

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