Change Ups: Kendall appoints community engagement director


Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University has named Katie M. Moore its director of community engagement, a newly created position. Moore will work to identify, facilitate and nurture collaborative community partnerships that create shared value and increase the impact of KCAD in West Michigan and beyond. She’ll also develop a proposal for the creation of a dedicated space on campus that will function as a resource hub for the college’s community partnership efforts.


Alex Pletcher has joined Grand Rapids advertising firm Kantorwassink as an account executive.


The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology announced the election of its 2014 board members: John Abodeely, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities;Lisa Freiburger, Grand Rapids Community College; and Roger Jansen, Spectrum Health.


Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan announced the election of its board of directors: chair, Paul Lemley, Van Haren Electric; secretary/treasurer, Anita Rathbun, Triangle Associates; chair-elect, Brian Crissman, The Christman Co.; Curt Mulder, Wolverine Building Group; Ben Wickstrom, Erhardt Construction; John DeBlaay, Dan Vos Construction; and Roger Pedersen, Williams Distributing.


Calvin College communications arts and science professor Bill Romanowski is the recipient of the Religious Communication Association’s 2013 Book of the Year award for his work “Reforming Hollywood.”

Kent County’s campaign to improve young students’ reading proficiency has been recognized as a 2013 Community Pacesetter by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Grand Rapids Community College automotive technician student Javon Brown is the recipient of the DHS Achiever Award from the state Department of Human Services for overcoming significant life challenges to achieve self-sufficiency through the Michigan Works! PATH program.


Consumers Credit Union announced its Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program will award 20 scholarships of $1,000 and an iPad to members of the credit union who are graduating high school seniors. Details:


Custer has promoted Kristi King to senior project manager.

EmploymentGroup announced the winners of its 5 in 5 scholarship program: first place ($3,000), Gretchen Kohsmann, Kellogg Community College; second place ($1,500), Katherine Ingersoll, Grand Rapids Community College; and third place ($500), Joseph Martin, GrandRapids Community College.

IMPact Business Group has relocated its corporate headquarters in the Evergreen Office Suites, 3225 N. North Evergreen Drive NE, Suite 302, Grand Rapids.


Bruce Zache has joined Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. as project superintendent for its new downtown Kalamazoo office in the Haymarket Building, 161 E. Michigan Ave.

CSM Group announced the additions of Stan Bedard, construction manager; David Dahlquist, project manager; Patti Hilden, project coordinator; Mason Mellema, intern; and John Rabbit, industrial safety manager.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. has been hired to complete a $2.9 million renovation project at East Kentwood High School this summer. Extensively renovating the West Wing, the project includes upgrades to 12 science rooms, shop rooms, a cafeteria, and kitchen and serving area. Kingscott Associates is providing architectural services.


Access Health has reached its 15th anniversary. Since its launch in 1999, Access Health has provided health coverage to more than 730 businesses and 5,650 employees in Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County.

Blue Care Network announced the election of board members Mary Ann Weaver, of Kent County, and Paula Manderfield, of Lansing. Holly Selden, of Oakland County, was elected to Blue Care of Michigan Inc.’s board.

Jenison Psychological Services announced its 20th anniversary of providing services in the Jenison area. The practice has expanded its office by 1,750 square feet, adding an additional waiting area, offices and therapy rooms.


Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC announced the election of its 2014 Management Committee: chair, William A. Horn, and Douglas A. Donnell and Benjamin A. Zainea.

Nancy Hillary has joined Ada’s West Michigan Estate Planning Center as of counsel. 

Smith Haughey announced the addition of Stacy M. Kramer to its Grand Rapids office. She will work with the medical malpractice team.


Kentwood Office Furniture has purchased work surface manufacturer Brys Industries, 4450 36th St. SE, a full-service supplier of engineered wood products and components.

Perrigo announced Isaiah Dahlman has been hired as a business development analyst for the consumer healthcare team in Allegan. Dahlman is responsible for discovering areas of future growth for Perrigo’s over-the-counter pipeline.


Mike Meyers Beckett & Jones associate Scott A. Hughes has been elected vice president of Camp Blodgett’s board of directors.


Diane Griffin was selected for membership in The Fellowship of Realty Professionals, an organization of residential real estate sales professionals. Membership is awarded on the basis of a lifetime of highly successful housing sales and recommendations of their peers in the industry.

Keller Williams Grand Rapids North marked its one-year anniversary with the announcement it sold 350 units and had more than $82 million in sales in the first year of operations.


The Grand Rapids Police Department announced Recruit Class 13-01 has successfully completed their in-house training and have taken their Oath of Office. New officers sworn in: Don Allen, Doug Anstey, Eric Gizzi, Katie Laurie, Ryan Manser, Scott Sale, Mike Sowle, Stacey Streeter, Ben Umanos and Chad VanDam. It is the first recruit class in almost five years.


Gazelle Sports has been named for eight years in a row to the 50 Best Running Stores in America list by Competitor magazine and Running Insight.


Joe Beutler has been named director of ASTI Environmental’s Western Great Lakes office, 660 Cascade West Parkway, Suite 210. He is responsible for directing ASTI’s efforts from Traverse City to Chicago and exceeding the expectations of commercial, industrial and governmental clients.


Meijer State Games of Michigan announced it is introducing a High School Student Ambassador Program to complement its Ambassador Program. Student ambassadors will be recognized as marketing representatives of the summer and winter games and will promote events in their respective areas.

Worldplay Sport in Holland has launched a Buy one – Give One program to schools and nonprofits in need. Black River Public Schools of Holland is one of the first organizations to participate; its purchase was matched with equipment given to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland.


 C/D/H announced the addition of Susan Cotts as partner. She is the company’s first female partner and only the sixth person to be named partner in the history of the 23-year-old technology consulting firm. 

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