Change Ups: Jones receives honorary doctorate for improving cancer treatment


Van Andel Research Institute Chief Scientific Officer Peter Jones received an honorary doctorate from South Africa’s Stellenbosch University for his scientific achievement in improving cancer treatment. The university said Jones’s trailblazing work has advanced medical sciences and technology by pioneering epigenetics and expertly translating his discoveries into clinical treatments that offers new hope for millions of cancer patients worldwide. Jones was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and served two stints at Stellenbosch.


Paul Warren joined The Image Shoppe as digital marketing strategist.


Amy Brown and Kara Bostrom-Young from the 58th District Court and Jocelyn Garris from the human resources office were recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Camp Newaygo and assistant director Jalisa Danhof were recognized by the American Camp Association with the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research Practice for the ongoing research about the impact of girls’ experiences at camp, which includes approaching challenges positively and gaining independence and confidence.

Grand Rapids Community College and Spectrum Health honored the first students who received need-based Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarships. The 96 students are sophomores in GRCC’s Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology programs. Scholarships ranged from $3,000-$4,000 with almost $350,000 awarded for 2017-18. Students in the Medical Assisting program will be eligible for the 2018-19 scholarships.

Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital received the Healthgrades 2018 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for a fourth consecutive year, 2015-18.

Teresa Fiocchi of Augusta was announced as the grand prize winner of SpartanNash’s Our Family is Souper recipe contest, winning $2,500 in free groceries for her Fiocchi Family Pasta e Fagioli soup. 

The USS Silversides Museum recently presented the Dr. Robert E. Garrison Award to Vietnam vet and American Legion Post No. 9 Commander Billy C. Walker Jr. at its ninth annual Honoring Our Veterans Dinner.


Fifth Third Private Bank welcomed Richard Tober as vice president and wealth management advisor. He will work with individual, business and institutional investors in Grand Rapids and the lakeshore area to help build their wealth and achieve their financial goals.


ODL Inc. in Zeeland is the first company to have products receive both the Window Covering Manufacturers Association’s Certified Best for Kids designation and the Parents for Window Blind Safety Seal of Approval. In addition, Jamison Eige joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing for the retail and OEM channel.

Intertek announced it entered into an exclusive services appointment and license agreement with the Certified Automotive Parts Association, an independent nonprofit certification organization for automotive replacement parts.


Grand Rapids Christian Schools announced the appointment of Brad Mockabee as its next principal. He succeeds Randall Morris, who will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Mockabee’s first official day is July 1.

Kent Career Tech Center students are one of 10 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for creating a virtual reality app that empowers educators and families to help students with Autism develop classroom social skills. KCT will receive $50,000 in technology, and students will travel to the final competitive event in New York City, where they will present their project to a panel of judges in the quest to be named a national grand prize winner.


Madcap Coffee will collaborate with the band, Punch Brothers, for their 2018 summer tour titled, Ahoy! Madcap will include two bags of the Ahoy! blend, a custom blend of two of Punch Brother’s favorite Ethiopian coffees, as part of the Premium Big Time Friends Package.


The Wyoming Department of Public Safety – Fire is the recipient of a $44,100 grant from the Metro Health Hospital Foundation to purchase three Zoll compression devices that provide automated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation promoted Janean Couch to program director.


The Kent County Health Department completed its most recent Community Health Needs Assessment identifying the community’s most pressing health concerns, according to residents. The top health concerns were mental health, substance use disorders, obesity and poor nutrition. The assessment is available at

Spectrum Health was named by the ALS Association a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence Program, determining the Spectrum Health ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic meets the highest national standards of care in the management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).


Elizabeth Balder joined MomsBloom as executive director.

The YWCA West Central Michigan received a perfect rating on its state assessment by the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. The audit included review of 170 core and advanced standards, covering all aspects of operations and service delivery.


Elisa J. Lintemuth joined Dykema’s labor and employment practice.

Varnum partner Bonnie Y. Sawusch was elected to Pine Lake Fund’s board of directors; attorney Rob Huff was appointed to the Western Michigan Planned Giving Group’s board of directors and also will serve as vice chair of the membership committee; partner Jeff DeVree was selected to chair the Tax and Economics Committee of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association; and attorneys Barbara Buchanan and Terry Miglio are contributing authors to the recently released Third Edition of “Employment Litigation in Michigan,” published by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School graduate Joy Fossel was recently honored during WMU-Cooley’s annual alumni reception for her new role as Grand Rapids Bar Association president. Fossel graduated in 1987 and is a partner with Varnum Attorneys at Law in Grand Rapids.


ArtiFlex Manufacturing acquired US Forming Technologies (US Form Tech), a boutique-engineering firm specializing in stamping process prediction and engineering solutions for stamping die manufacturers. The former US Form Tech team will be housed in Grand Rapids and support all ArtiFlex operations.

Matt Maatman is president of Michigan Instruments following Jim Maatman’s retirement; Angie Kulesza was appointed vice president of administration and customer service.


Colliers International West Michigan announced it will merge with Beacon Realty Group. Matt Jones, founder of Beacon Realty Group, will bring his clients under the Colliers brand, expanding Colliers’ multifamily portfolio.

NAI Wisinski of West Michigan welcomed new property manager Tom Bowers to the Grand Rapids property management team. Bowers’ primary focus will be commercial property management and business development.


Fountain Street Church named Virginia Anzengruber as its content and communications manager.


Alessandro Guerrazzi was appointed to chef de cuisine of JW Marriott Grand Rapids Hotel. Classically trained in French cuisine and a native of Italy, Guerrazzi will assist in implementing new menu concepts to the restaurant and will oversee all culinary operations at the hotel’s signature restaurant,, Mixology Lounge and the jdek – the hotel’s waterfront patio and bar.


BannerFlex in Kalamazoo released a more durable light pole banner arm called the RoundPro, which has a warranty for up to 12 years.


Blue Medora announced it launched a new service, BindPlane, an IT monitoring integration as a service that connects the health and performance data on the top enterprise technologies with the world’s best IT performance monitoring and analytics platforms and provides a standardized approach to enterprise monitoring integration.

i3 Business Solutions announced CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, named the local IT consulting firm to its 2018 Managed Service Provider 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category.

ITS Partners signed a lease to move into a new building that will be constructed at 496 Ada Drive SE with a projected completion of spring of 2019.

OST announced CRN has named OST to its 2018 Managed Service Provider 500 list in the Elite 150 category.

SalesPad recently hosted East Grand Rapids High School’s Robotics Team 5980 for their robotics showcase. 

Spartan Net deployed service to Third Coast Development’s 165-rental unit property, Diamond Place. It will feature Spartan Net’s one-gigabit fiber internet, DIRECTV and community wide Wi-Fi. It’s the first project to come out of the newly formed partnership between Third Coast Development and Spartan Net. The property is set to launch in August 2018 along downtown Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile.

Streamline Healthcare Solutions announced a new partnership with Manchester, New Hampshire-based WestBridge to assist with meeting its strategic plan that includes communicating with third parties, data management and an integrated prescribing and billing system. 


Quantum Leap hired Joe Stankowski for outside sales and Jamie Ulven as a client retention specialist.

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