Change Ups: Cooley Law student earns Great Deeds Award


Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Center for Ethics, Service and Professionalism presented the Student Great Deeds Award to Sarah Miller. Miller is a longtime volunteer with Kids Hope USA, a nonprofit organization that pairs church members with at-risk kids. Kids Hope mentors spend one hour per week reading, talking, playing and listening to children. Miller was recognized for her service commitment, leadership skills, work ethic and academic excellence in law school and beyond.  


Plante Moran announced it has elected Michelle McHale to the partnership. McHale leads the firm’s Investigative Services Group based in its Grand Rapids office.


Full Circle Marketing has hired Rick Glasser as director of brand strategy. 


Amanda Echler, environmental health specialist in the Food Service Division of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health, has received the Outstanding Customer Service Award for helping to change the industry’s perspective from “enforcer” to “educator.” Details:

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association announced the 2013-2014 Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline Michigan award-winning hospitals. The 2013-2014 Michigan Award Winning Hospitals are: Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo; and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital. Target: Heart Failure Awardee is: Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus Receiving Awardee is: Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming. Mission: Lifeline Bronze Plus Receiving Awardee is: Bronson. Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Awardees are: Bronson and Saint Mary’s Health Care. Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Awardees are: Mercy Health Saint Mary’s; and Spectrum Health Grand Rapids.

C/D/H has received the Michigan Supreme Court’s Top 10 Award from the Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology for its One Court of Justice website, which strives to enhance access to public records and court services.

Grand Rapids business La Vie de la Rose Flower Essences is the recipient of the 2014 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award for New Children's Product.


Lakewood Construction in Holland announced it has promoted Nicholas S. Nykerk to project manager and has hired Steven A. Vork as a project supervisor.

Triangle Associates has named Dean Boik its national projects director and Tim Lemoine its project development manager.


DeAnna Burt, vice president for academics and chief academic officer for Baker College in Muskegon, was named to the executive board for the Michigan American Council on Education Women's Network. Her first term will expire in 2017.

Grand Rapids Community College has announced the recipients of its 2014 Excellence in Education Awards: Faculty Award, Tom Neils, chemistry professor in the physical sciences department; Adjunct Award: Mary Beth O’Rourke, adjunct instructor, physical sciences department; and Staff Award, Mary Kay Bethune, customer service manager in the financial aid office.

The Hope College chapter of Mortar Board earned multiple honors for the 2013-14 school year, presented at the national organization’s annual summer conference. Hope received a Golden Torch Award for excelling in scholarship, leadership and service; and earned 25 Project Excellence awards, the most of any chapter in the nation.


New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland has named Joel Petersen its vice president of marketing.


BioLife Plasma Services has opened a plasma collection center at 6331 Kenowa Ave. SW in Grandville. This is the third center in the Grand Rapids area.   

The Kent County Health Department has repurposed the former Kentwood Library, 4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood, into the Kent County South Clinic. It will provide WIC, immunizations and other KCHD services and is partnering with the Michigan Community Dental Clinics Inc. to provide dental services. The clinic will offer discounted services for people who are uninsured or underinsured. 

The McCahill Group corporate offices and its newly designed, state-of-the-art M Power Studio have moved to a new location at 2249 Wealthy St. SE, Suite 235, in East Grand Rapids.   

Roger Jansen, Spectrum Health’s senior vice president/chief human resource officer, has assumed the additional responsibilities of senior vice president of strategy. Jansen is responsible for developing and managing the long-range strategies of Spectrum Health and will lead the organization’s strategic planning process. He also has oversight of Spectrum’s human resource functions. 


Leslee Fritz has returned as business travel sales manager for Amway Hotel Corp. The hotel collection includes the Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott Grand Rapids and the Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown.


The Other Way Ministries announced Kurt Reppart has been named executive director. Reppart has served at TOWM for more than 13 years, most recently as program director. 


The following Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers: Frederick D. Dilley for mediation and Lawrence Korolewicz for insurance law.

Jeriamiah L. Joseph, attorney with Willis Law, has been selected by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys as a Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney for his excellence in the field of personal injury. 

Miller Johnson attorney Mary Bauman has been honored by Best Lawyers 2014 as a Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits Law.


Fulton Street Farmers Market announced it has applied for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. The following are staff members: market manager, Melissa Harrington; assistant manager, Joe Lesausky; and assistant market coordinator, Melissa Thorndill. Board officers are: president, Theresa Hogerheide; vice-president, Kim Sanwald; secretary/treasurer, Jessa Timmer; and Tracy Thompson. Executive committee members are: Matt Overdevest, Jaye Beeler, Chris Boetsma, Julio Cano, Diane Griffin, Chris Hammond, Sarah Lachman, Mark Miller and Jill Myer.


Lambert, Edwards & Associates has been named a finalist for two PR News Platinum Awards for its Movers for Moms campaign for Two Men and a Truck, in the Community Relations category; and for SNAK Attack, a campaign for Inventure Foods, in the Financial/Investor Relations category. Winners will be announced Sept. 16 at an award ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointment of Sally Laukitis, of Holland, to the Michigan Travel Commission.


The Grand Rapids Griffins announced the addition of Dave Noel-Bernier to the hockey operations staff as an assistant coach. He is a native of Montmagny, Quebec, and has served as the director of hockey for the Eagles Ice Center and Grand Rapids Blades youth program since 2013.

National Congress of State Games officials announced Grand Rapids is one of four cities in the running to host the 2017 State Games of America. The NCSG will ask the cities to prepare a final presentation for its board of directors and membership. The presentations will take place at the NCSG Annual Symposium to be held in Grand Rapids Oct. 13-15, 2014.

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