Change Ups: Harney tapped for political leadership program


Patricia Harney, Hospice of Michigan’s legislative affairs manager, has been selected for the Michigan Political Leadership program. Sponsored by Michigan State University and administered by its Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, the 10-month weekend program recruits, trains and inspires future public policy leaders. Harney will be one of 24 individuals from around the state who will engage in the curriculum, which incorporates practical politics, public policy analysis, personal leadership development and effective governance.


Mike Meindertsma has joined Dolinka, VanNoord & Co. as a staff accountant.


Grand Rapids Art Museum announced Kerri VanderHoff has been named GRAMGoSite project director. VanderHoff will serve as marketing and public relations director, helping to define the new facility’s identity in the heart of the city and implement a more prominent and collaborative role in the community.


The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Grand Rapids honored A. Christopher Engle, Argus Financial Consultants of Ada, with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession.


Consumers Credit Union announced that its Consumers ConnectU now offers online financial educational tips to members and nonmembers at

Lake Michigan Financial Corp. announced the addition of Jim Luyk, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

J.P. Morgan announced Reuben Rashty has been appointed head of J.P. Morgan’s private banking business in Michigan. Rashty will lead the team in delivering the firm’s investment, wealth advisory, deposit, credit and philanthropic services to high and ultra-high net worth clients via offices in Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Grosse Point and Grand Rapids.


The U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan announced the election of new board members: Jennifer Allen, Charter House Innovations; Brett Little, Alliance for Environmental Sustainability; and Mark Zoeteman, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber. Re-elected to the board were: Steve Hassevoort, InForm Architecture; and Cheri Holman, Hurst Mechanical.


Melanie White has joined the Area Services Employment and Training Council, the Michigan Works! agency for Kent and Allegan countie, as a staff attorney. The following were appointed to the Kent/Allegan Workforce Development Board, which oversees Michigan Works! programs for Kent and Allegan counties: Chris Glass, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce; and Kevin Douglas, Amway Inc.


Kentwood Office Furniture announced the addition of Abbey Harvard as designer/sales administration.


Greenleaf Trust announced the following promotions: Rosalice C. Hall, team service coordinator II; Brenda E. Hildon-Kaempf, senior team service coordinator; Oliver E. Krings, vice president/chief technology officer/assistant director of business information services division; Kristen Rollins, senior IT service specialist; Kimberly E. Van Duine, project manager; and Sarah M. Way, senior team service coordinator.


The Shaw & Betty Walker Foundation has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore a $10,000 grant, which will be used to continue professional service delivery to the more than 180 “Littles” currently matched with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.


North Ottawa Community Health System announced Dr. Tulika Singh has earned board certification in infectious disease from the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Chris Nicely has been appointed Holland Home’s executive vice president of marketing.


Hastings Mutual announced the appointment of Kellie M. Haines to its board of directors. Haines is president of Axios Inc. in Grand Rapids.


Barnes & Thornburg announced the election of Valerie B. Mullican to partner in the law firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Connie B. Berg, patent lawyer, has joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. Berg brings more than two decades of engineering and legal expertise to the law firm. She joins its technology and intellectual property group.

Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC announced the following lawyers have been elected to its 2013 management committee: William A. Horn (chair), John T. Sperla and Ronald M. Redick.

Attorney John T. Schuring of Dickinson Wright PLLC has been elected a new member in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Varnum law firm announced the following attorneys have been elected to partnership: Bradley Defoe, Michael Romaya, April Sawhill and Nina Thekdi.


Perrigo has promoted Carmen Langejans-Dyke to risk analyst for the risk management team and Michelle Siebert to operations management trainee for the tablet value stream team. Sarah Schweihofer is the new customer marketing manager for the sales team.


West Michigan Environmental Action Council announced the addition of Anne Marie Hertl as energy program coordinator. She will be responsible for connecting local residences with resources for home energy improvements.


Jon F. Rice, director of the Kent County Road Commission, will retire effective April 26. Rice joined the KCRC as managing director in 1994, directing the operations of the second-largest county road system in Michigan.


Katie Karczewski has been named operating principal of the new Grand Rapids Market Center, intended to bring the Keller Williams Realty brand of training, integrity and tech know-how to a new generation of real estate professionals.


Competitor magazine and Running Insight has designated Gazelle Sports in the top four of 50 Best Running Stores in America. Founded in Kalamazoo, Gazelle Sports also has locations in Holland and Grand Rapids.

Fox Motors of Grand Rapids announced Ryan Coe has been appointed general manager of Delta Imports; Nick Dieleman, general manager of Fox Acura & Fox Nissan; and Jack Turske, general manager of Fox Hyundai Kia. Also, the dealer network plans to open a 32,000-square-foot dealership on Chicago’s South Side, Fox Ford Lincoln of Chicago, 2401 S. Michigan Ave. It is scheduled to open Feb. 1.

Spartan Stores announced the promotion of Jerry Jones to senior vice president, human resources. Jones served as vice president, human resources, since June 1, 2009, and is responsible for administering the policies and practices for 8,700 employees throughout Michigan.


Life EMS Ambulance announced John R. Pinkster has been promoted to director of South Operations. He will oversee daily operations in Life EMS Ambulance’s south region comprising about 800 square miles throughout Kalamazoo and Allegan counties.


IT Resource announced it achieved Cisco Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization and renewed its Cisco Advanced Unified Communications Specialization and Premier Certification.

Trivalent Group announced the appointment of Jessica Forst, director of managed networks. Forst has 18 years in the business-to-business sales of telecommunications and systems technology; her last six years were with Comcast Business Class where she was responsible for building and leading a high-growth sales team.


Neal Schaffran has joined Northern Jet Management as first officer, flying the Lear series.

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