Wendy Wigger is the new president of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. She previously served as its vice president of community relations and program development and, prior to that, was Priority Health’s wellness director. The organization provides free emotional support to people with cancer and those grieving the death of a family member due to any reason. Wigger replaces Leann Arkema who is relocating to San Francisco but will remain an internal consultant to Gilda’s Club and for its biggest fundraiser, LaughFest.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Prein&Newhof announced the promotions of five employees as officers to represent the next step in the company’s management transition plan: chairman, James Cook; president and treasurer, Thomas J. Newhof; vice president, Mark Prein; vice president, Jason Washler; and secretary, Christopher Cruickshank.
The Michigan Psychiatric Society announced the following appointments to its board: president, Eric Achtyes; councilor, Michael Fusillo.
Metro Health Hospital is the recipient of marketing and design awards for its advertising campaign “Your Health, Our Passion,” part of a rebranding effort to position Metro Health providers as passionate about patient care. Metro received a Healthcare Marketing bronze award for “total ad campaign with TV,” and merit awards for “newspaper series” and “special video.” It also received Aster Awards for “billboard design” (gold) and emergency room billboards (silver).
Cooley Law School adjunct professors Joan Rosema-David and Traci L. Schenkel have received the U.S. Department of Defense’s Patriot Award for helping student Jennifer Bylsma finish her course work early and schedule final exams while she was waiting for deployment with her Michigan National Guard unit at Fort Dix.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named Steve Van Andel chairman of its board of directors for a one-year term.
C.D. Barnes announced the additions of Scott Mengel, site manager, and Ellen Frey, marketing coordinator.
Katrina Reed has joined CSM Group as a business development and marketing coordinator.
Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. has added Cade Dammen and Jim Drier as assistant project superintendents for its West Michigan team.
Sobie Company Inc. announced the addition of Scott Brewer, controller, and the retirement of Jack VanderGuchte.
Debra Bailey has been elected to the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees.
James E. McHale, vice president for programs at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was named chair of the Leadership Council forGrand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.
Great Lakes Energy’s People Fund board of directors announced it has awarded $46,876.55 in grants to nonprofit organizations in central and southern Michigan. It also awarded more than $30,000 to nonprofits in its northern service areas.
Alliance for Health announced members and officers for its 2013-2014 board of directors: Officers: chair, Don Hall, The Paradigm Consortium; 1st vice chair, Bill Schoonveld, Owens-Ames-Kimball; 2nd vice chair, Jim Green, Lacks Enterprises; secretary, Nancy Crandall, Michigan House of Representatives; treasurer, Brian LaFrenier, Beene Garter; and immediate past chair, Larry Ernig, Osceola County Commission. Directors: David Brown, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Donald Disselkoen, Ottawa County Commission; Stephen Durst, FSU College of Pharmacy; Brian LaFrenier, Beene Garter; and James Rynberg, city of Fremont.
The American Hospital Association announced Spectrum Health’s Core Health Program of Healthier Communities is one of five recipients of its Nova Award for efforts to improve community health.
Dr. Elizabeth Bakeman is the recipient of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry Education Award.
Bronson Women’s Service at Bronson Methodist Hospital has marked its 20th anniversary. It is the first hospital-based nurse-midwifery practice in Southwest Michigan that has served more than 20,000 women and helped to birth more than 13,000 babies.
Access of West Michigan announced the election of its new board officers: chair, Mary Clark Kaiser; vice-chair, Meri Watkins-Tolbert; immediate past chair, Tom Moore; treasurer, Derek Sall; and secretary, Jon Thoits.
American Red Cross of West Michigan announced the retirement of regional CEO Cheryl Bremer. The new regional CEO is Sam Tidwell, who assumes his new job Aug. 5. He held the same title for the Miami-based South Florida Region.
Ele’s Place announced it has opened its Grand Rapids branch at Third Reformed Church on Michigan Street. The nonprofit provides support for children coping with the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend.
Doyle & Ogden Insurance announced the addition of Jessica Barnaby, commercial customer service agent.
Allison E. Sleight has joined the firm of Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos PC as an associate in its Grand Rapids office.
Sueann T. Mitchell has joined the law firm of Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy, where she will concentrate her practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate matters, real estate and business matters.
Smith Haughey announced the addition of attorneys Sheila E. Eddy and Elizabeth R. VerHey to its Grand Rapids location.
Medbio announced the purchase of its fourth Arburg swivel clamp machine, a 28-ton hydraulic molding apparatus that offers a wide range of working positions.
WZZM 13 recently won 10 Michigan Emmy awards and four Associated Press awards.
Michigan Blood announced Derek Bailey and Paul Keep have joined its board of directors.
Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Michael Burri of Grand Rapids to the Commission on Services to the Aging.
Warner Norcross & Judd attorney Jeffrey S. Dornbos has been elected to serve on Ottawa County American Red Cross board, and Warner Norcross partner Scott Keller has been named secretary of the School-to-Career Progressions board.
Churchill Mortgage announced the addition of Max Belz to its Grand Rapids branch as a home loan specialist.
Kent Equipment announced it has relocated to 1550 10 Mile Road NW in Sparta.