Change-Ups: Kent County receives refugee resettlement grants

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Kent County received a $333,000 Refugee Resettlement Food Assistance Grant from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and a $180,000 Refugee Screening Grant from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to provide critical services to Afghan refugees. Kent County Community Action and the Kent County Health Department will manage the grants, respectively. KCCA has prepared more than 1,000 meals, which are packaged in boxes containing 20 culturally appropriate meals. KCHD is screening newly arriving refugees for contagious diseases, reviewing and documenting medical history, administering vaccinations and providing referrals for primary care physicians.

ACCOUNTING

Lauren Kurtz. Courtesy Baker Holtz

Baker Holtz announced the promotions of Seth Hanenburg and Phil Church to accounting managers; Michael Stodulski and Lauren S. Kurtz to tax managers; and Melissa Seguin to partner.

EHTC announced the promotion of Mike Young to partner.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Progressive AE announced Miracle Park in Rock Hill, South Carolina, has become the first park in the world to receive Universal Design Gold certification from the Global Universal Design Commission. The park is designed with playground equipment, fields and amenities that are accessible to people of all ages and abilities, so that all can participate.

ARTS

Kent District Library is one of three libraries in Michigan recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries as rated by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum launched the Sturgeon Excursion digital game to connect learners of all ages with museum content. GRPM, in partnership with YETi CGI, supported by the Wege Foundation, developed a state-of-the-art digital learning platform for users to interact with smartphones or tablets equipped with an internet connection and camera. Sturgeon Excursion is the first digital gaming interaction available on the new platform and users can access GRPM exhibits, allowing them to explore and interact with the history, culture and science of their environment.

AWARDS

Ottawa County’s Department of Strategic Impact is the recipient of the American Public Works Association Michigan-Midwest Branch’s Public Works Project of the Year Award for its work on the 4.2-mile Spoonville Trail built on behalf of the Ottawa County Parks And Recreation Department for inclusion into the county’s existing trail infrastructure.

BANKING

Angela Champagne joined Independent Bank Corp. as senior vice president, chief human resources officer.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Supply Chain Solutions LLC announced key organizational changes: Kendra Townsend has assumed the position of vice president of integrated logistics solutions; Kirk Papke is vice president of domestic operations; Melissa Hermenitt was promoted to vice president of international operations; and Liz Yeiter was promoted to vice president of finance.

CONSTRUCTION

EV Construction announced Brett Lesiewicz is now vice president of project management; Tony Roussey, chief operating officer, is stepping back from his role as safety director; and Joe Novakoski, vice president of operations, will now fill the safety role.

Kalamazoo-based Miller-Davis Co. announced Rex Bell, who led the company as president from 1996-2021, will serve as the company’s CEO and board chairman. Jack Abate, a 19-year Miller-Davis employee and the company’s previous construction operations director, has transitioned to vice president-construction operations.

Rockford Construction announced its president of construction Shane Napper has assumed the new role of chief operating officer. As COO, Napper is tasked with driving collaboration, innovation and integration of all Rockford services to provide a higher level of service and more comprehensive outcomes to its clients.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Kalamazoo-based Amerifirst Financial Corp. hired mortgage industry veterans Dan Manginelli and Bob Boehnlein will lead a major expansion in California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon as co-managing directors of the Ameritrust division.

FOUNDATIONS

Grand Rapids Community Foundation is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Since 1922, GRCF has granted more than $244 million in grants and $21 million in scholarships to benefit Kent County residents.

GOVERNMENT

Mary (Kate) Berens, deputy city manager of Bellevue, Washington, has been selected to serve as the city of Grand Rapids’ next deputy city manager.

State Sen. Mark Huizenga, R-28th District, hired former Rep. Rob VerHeulen as a part-time district director and Stacey Gomoll as constituent relations director.

The city of Grand Rapids has achieved the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY2022 Fiscal Plan, marking the 34th consecutive year the city has received this award.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners unanimously selected Stan Stek (District 6) as chair and Emily Brieve (District 10) as vice-chair during an organizational meeting. Brieve will chair the Legislative and Human Services Committee. Commissioner Diane Jones (District 4) will continue as chair of the Finance and Physical Resources Committee.

HEALTH

Dr. Angel Hernandez. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health welcomed Dr. Angel W. Hernandez, division chief, neurosciences at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, as a board member to Spectrum Health System.

Spectrum Health West Michigan hired Kimberlee Sherbrooke as senior vice president of medical group operations.

INSURANCE

Hastings Mutual Insurance Co. President and CEO Joseph Babiak has retired. Renee Beauford, senior vice president of operations, has been selected to succeed Babiak.

LEGAL

Dickinson Wright PLLC announced the election of Gregory Guest as a new member attorney in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC attorneys Mark DeLuca, Taylor Gast, Rachel Olney and Tyler Olney have been elected as shareholders of the firm, which also hired attorneys Benjamin Dilley and Daniel Zick in its litigation practice group.

Mark Wassink has been elected managing partner of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP. He will chair Warner’s management committee and guide the firm’s strategic direction and growth.

Mika Meyers PLC elected the following lawyers to its management committee for calendar year 2022: Scott Dwyer (chair), Mark Nettleton and Joshua Beard.

Peter Veldkamp joined Rhoades McKee’s business and corporate services team as an associate.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced Thomas Vitale has been named a shareholder of the firm. Attorney Julianna (Julie) Hyatt-Wierzbicki joined the firm’s Muskegon office.

Lauren Parker. Courtesy Varnum

Varnum announced Lauren Parker, Gage Selvius, Matt Shina and Justin Wolber joined the firm. All four previously served as summer associates at Varnum.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP announced attorneys Monique Field-Foster, Sara Nicholson, Emily Rucker and Allyson Terpsma have been named partners.

MANUFACTURING

Byron Center-based Flow-Rite hired Alfred Estrada as vice president of sales.

NONPROFITS

Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan announced Todd Olson as its finance and operations director.

RETAIL

Byron Center-based SpartanNash announced the promotion of Amy McClellan to senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

SPORTS

The West Michigan Sports Commission announced the addition of Conner Hicks as national sales manager and the promotion of Melissa Brink to marketing manager.

 

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