Change Ups: DeMyers joins United Way as human resources director


Heart of West Michigan United Way selected Tiffany DeMyers as director of human resources. DeMyers is a leader in the Grand Rapids community, using her education and strategic perspective to alleviate disparities, create connections and foster growth in the surrounding communities. DeMyers will be responsible for recruitment and retention, professional development, and leading United Way’s internal diversity and inclusion efforts. DeMyers was raised in Lansing and holds a bachelor’s degree in sales and business marketing from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University.


Prein&Newhof announced P&N engineer Kendra Altena earned her Professional Engineer License in the state of Michigan. Altena joined P&N in 2014 after graduating from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with an international civil/environmental concentration. Her responsibilities include design engineering, construction observation, flow meter program management, stormwater permitting, and collection and evaluation of asset management-related data for various communities.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced Crystal Flash is bringing students from rural schools to visit the museum for educational programs by underwriting busing costs. Rural schools who visit the GRPM between now and Dec. 31 may be eligible for reimbursement for transportation costs. Reimbursement amounts will depend on distance traveled to the museum and must be approved in advance of visiting. Reservations for school visits to the GRPM can be made online at or by calling (616) 929-1734. In order to receive the stipend, schools must book a paid experience, excluding carousel rides. A full list of programs and fees can be found at


SalesPad announced the recipients of its annual customer awards: The Team Player Award, Rebecca Jensen, BlenderBottle, recognized for her strong desire to learn how to integrate SalesPad into BlenderBottle’s business processes, as well as being available to answer questions from other customers or prospective clients; The Legacy Award, Chadwell Supply, for leveraging SalesPad over the last decade to streamline its operations and scale the platform to meet the needs of its growing business; and The Guru Award, Sue Fletcher, Sun Bum, recognized for her commitment to learning the ins and outs of SalesPad’s software, using SalesPad’s support team to its full potential and for being a resourceful customer.


Rob Kimball, associate vice president for charter schools at Grand Valley State University, was elected chair of the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers.


Brien Fox was re-elected as vice chairman of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association board of directors. Fox is CEO of Henry A. Fox Sales, a family-owned beer and wine distributor in Kentwood.


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program recognized the following farms for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices: Blueberry Heath II, of Fennville; Conrad Farms Inc., of Ludington; Konos Inc. – Vande Bunte Eggs Martin; Sietsema Farms – Crockery Creek Turkey Farm Site 3 and Site 5, of Fremont; Sietsema Farms – Grand Valley Turkey Farm, of Allendale; Sietsema Farms – H and H Turkey Farms, of Allendale.


Dermatology Associates of West Michigan welcomed Stephen Colden Cahill, D.O. to its medical staff.


The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – West Michigan Chapter announced its officers for 2018-19: President, Lynn Hopkins, Alta Professional Insurance Services; President-Elect, John Woodward, Watermark Employee Benefits; Vice President and Community Service, Zac Woodward, Watermark Employee Benefits; IFAPAC, Mark Staat, Northwestern Mutual; Young Advisors Team, Sarah Meany, AFLAC; Young Advisors Team, Margeline Tripp, Prudential Advisors; Membership, Harvey Nuttall, Upstream Investment Advisors; National Committeeman, Norman Woltjer, Insurance Navigation Group; and Government Affairs Chair, Scott Embree,  MassMutual MidMichigan.


Glenn Smith was elected president of Wheeler Upham PC. He succeeds Gary Maximiuk, who will continue his insurance and litigation defense practice at the firm. Michael TerBeek was elected secretary and treasurer and also will serve as chairman of the firm’s board of directors.

Miller Johnson attorneys Jeff Ammon, Jeff Fraser, Raj Malviya, Cathy Metzler, Andy Portinga, Mark Rizik and Bob Wolford were recognized in their respective practice areas as Lawyers of the Year from The Best Lawyers in America 2019.


Gun Lake Casino in Wayland announced the promotion of Marion Lebsock and Carter Pavey to assistant general managers. Lebsock previously served Gun Lake Casino as the director of human resources, and Pavey previously was director of marketing.


Hayes Griffin was appointed WYCE’s station manager.


Hospital Corpsman second class Ashley Barker, a 2006 Belding High School graduate and Belding native, is serving with the U.S. Navy at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. Her duties include TriCare and referral management.


Ana Jose joined the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as program manager.


Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications unveiled its new brand and website. The brand features a new, contemporary logo inspired by the natural colors found in the Great Lakes and Michigan’s landscape. The website features a new video highlighting the values and industries of Byrum & Fisk’s clients, a new navigation menu, case studies and The Drumbeat, which is the firm’s new home for announcements and client stories. Details:

Lambert, Edwards & Associates hired Drew Hall and Andrew Sedlar as investor relations coordinators in the Grand Rapids office. Both will play key roles in supporting the breadth and depth of Lambert’s communications offerings for public and privately held clientele.


The St. John Paul II Parish in Cedar Springs recently broke ground for a new church, which is expected to be completed in November 2019. Financial support for the construction of the new church was raised through the Growing in God’s Merciful Love campaign. The stewardship campaign raised almost $1.4 million with a goal of $2 million set.


SpartanNash announced it was named among the nation’s 2019 Military Friendly Employers, an annual list compiled by VIQTORY, whose mission is to provide veterans and their spouses with the finest choices for employment opportunities.


Northern Jet Management promoted Zech Post to director of maintenance. Post will be responsible for the management and evaluation of all Northern Jet Management aircraft maintenance. 


MyWay Mobile Storage for the eighth year supported the recent Grand Rapids Triathlon for the various first aid and water stations along the course.

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