Catholic Charities West Michigan’s God’s Kitchen Food & Pantry Programming has a new outreach: a food truck named God's Roamin' Kitchen. The truck’s focus is rural communities around Grand Rapids, providing free meals to individuals and families who need a hot meal and may not be able to come to Catholic Charities West Michigan and other food sites. Rural Michiganders may struggle with issues of food availability (lack of nearby grocery stores), accessibility and affordability even more than some of their city-dwelling counterparts, according to CCWM.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Jennifer Verhage joined DYS Media in Holland to oversee its media and communications practice. Her duties include assisting with business development in Holland, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit; securing national, regional and local media coverage; and specializing in faith-based publishing projects.
Ottawa County announced 55.63 acres of the Klein family farm in the northeastern corner of Ottawa County will be permanently used as agricultural land, upon granting an easement to the Ottawa County Farmland Preservation Program in July. According to a study by the American Farmland Trust in 2018, almost 31 million acres of farmland were lost across the United States from 1992-2012, the equivalent of all of the farmland in Iowa.
John Ball Zoo appointed Michael Gantt as chief financial officer.
Grand Rapids Community College professor Charlotte Pease’s work developing a sustainable design course in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools earned her the Green Schools Champion Award from the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan.
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced its 2018 Seeds of Growth Awards recipients: Lee Ann Moss Service Award, Volunteer of the Year: Robin Barrett, Macatawa Bank; Leadership Award: Zena Patillo, Training Paradigms LLC; Business of the Year Award: Tara VanWagoner, founder/owner, Cone Appetit; and Grow Partner Award: Meg Lehigh, HR Collaborative and GROW board member.
MomsBloom announced the winners of its 2018 BloomAwards: Mother of the Year, Dr. Lia Kaufman; Health Professional of the Year, Alyssa Veneklase of Gold Coast Doulas; Volunteer of the Year, Katy DiMeglio; and Business/Organization of the Year, Maternal Wellness Program.
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP attorney Dawn Garcia Ward was recognized as one of the top 50 Latinas of Michigan by the state’s Hispanic Latino Commission.
Lake Michigan Credit Union announced senior vice president of national mortgage production Jason Sasena was appointed to The American Credit Union Mortgage Association board of directors.
Lake Michigan Credit Union implemented Jacksonville, Florida-based Black Knight Inc.’s loan servicing system, MSP. The comprehensive, end-to-end solution encompasses all aspects of servicing, from loan boarding to default, for first mortgages and home equity loans and lines of credit.
Local First announced the addition of Katherine Jandernoa as program manager.
National Heritage Academies founder and chairman J.C. Huizenga is the recipient of a Silver Pioneers Award at the Center for Education Reform’s 25th anniversary Summit and Gala Celebration.
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School appointed Amy Timmer to be interim dean.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County board of trustees appointed Todd Jacobs as president/CEO, assuming his responsibilities Jan. 2. He will succeed Chris McGuigan, who has led the foundation since 1999.
Cedar Springs Brewing Co. in Cedar Springs now sells loaves of bread with beer baked into them for purchase year-round in the CSBrewery Shoppe, 81 N. Main in Cedar Springs.
Long Road Distillers announced it will open a distillery tasting room at 118 Water St. in Boyne City on a date to be announced later. The northern Michigan outlet will be the company’s first off-site tasting room apart from its headquarters on the West Side of Grand Rapids, where they house their production facility, cocktail bar and restaurant.
Sydney E. Parfet and Von Washington, Jr., will join the board of trustees at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation effective January 2019.
Longtime city of Grand Rapids administrator Mari Beth Jelks retired following 30 years of service. Jelks, who served as managing director of administrative services for six years, led the human resources department’s workforce recruitment and selection, labor relations, risk management, diversity and inclusion, employee benefits and administrative contractual services offices.
The city of Grand Rapids’ efforts to achieve zero net carbon across its building stock by 2050 was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council-West Michigan Chapter with its 2030 Leadership Award for its Zero Cities Project.
Cindy Mackey joined Exalta Health as its development director.
Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital received accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association, a nationwide organization focused on connecting patients, family members and health care providers to form a community of support and network of experts with knowledge of congenital heart disease.
Mel Trotter Ministries is collecting new and like-new winter clothing items (hats, gloves, coats, waterproof boots, long underwear, wool or fleece socks, new hand warmers) through Dec. 31. Code Blue Drive donation barrels are at Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 Commerce Ave. SW, its two retail stores in Sparta and Jenison; Gilmore Collection restaurants, The B.O.B., Bostwick Lake Inn, Bluewater Grill, Rose’s on Reeds Lake; and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids branch locations, including David D. Hunting, Mary Free Bed, Wolverine Worldwide, Visser and Lowell YMCAs.
Miller Canfield announced the addition of new associate attorneys Christopher Gartman (litigation and dispute resolution group), Brittni King (banking and finance group) and Thomas Soehl (litigation and dispute resolution group).
Architectural Elements Inc. hired Kate Wustman as staff accountant and promoted William Jenkins to master fabricator.
CasterDepot participated in the recent Automotive Packaging Summit, an automotive parts and packaging event held at Clemson University’s Watt Innovation Center in Clemson, South Carolina. CasterDepot’s representatives for the show included Travis Popma, VP of sales, and Mike Miller, business development.
National Nail Corp.’s STINGER’s ICC-Certified EXO25 synthetic underlayment and its STINGER CS150 cap stapler are Tooele, Utah-based C.R. Roofing’s preferred products due to the accumulative effect of ice, snow and wind-driven rain that loosen and damage roofing shingles.
Gettin’ Fresh Events owner Abbie Sterling opened an event space located south of Alger Heights at 2844 Eastern Ave. SE.
Marco Di Pasquale launched Pet Wants KzooWest, which sells a line of fresh pet food products and offers free delivery to southwest Michigan, including Kalamazoo, Portage, Schoolcraft, Mattawan, Paw Paw, Plainwell and surrounding areas.
Newaygo-based Zoey Christina, creator of wine glasses and birthday gifts, announced the launch of its newest wine glass collection, Birthday Gems.
Experience Grand Rapids announced its Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2018 donation to Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund is $16,322. The Endowed Restaurant Week GR Scholarship Fund at GRCC Foundation now totals $159,428. Eighty participating restaurants and six sponsors of the event helped contribute to the fund this year.
EarthTronics in Muskegon introduced its Canopy LED Series that delivers energy savings and visual acuity compared to linear fluorescent and HID fixtures for 8-foot to 15-foot mounting heights in commercial, industrial and municipal facilities.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
Ford International Airport recorded another month of record growth with a September that served 255,888 passengers — marking 15.74 percent growth year over year. The airport has seen growth in 62 of the last 69 months. In addition, phase two of the Gateway Transformation Project has begun with construction taking place at the airline ticket counters, baggage claim area and the front of house area.