Change Ups: Letter carriers stamp out hunger


Letter carriers from seven post office branches in the Grand Rapids area recently collected 150,000 pounds of food. In all, 190 volunteers assisted Feeding America West Michigan staff members and letter carriers in collecting, sorting and shipping food to FAWM’s warehouse in Comstock Park, as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive coordinated by the National Association of Letter Carriers. The 150,000 pounds of food is the equivalent of about 117,000 meals.


David G. Echelbarger, a shareholder and president of Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co. PC, received the Charter Global Management Accountant designation for CPAs working in business and government.


Innereactive Media marked its 10 anniversary. The full-service marketing company recently moved into a newly remodeled 5,000-square-foot facility in Grand Rapids.

Tammy Fulcher-Muraski has joined Dorsey & Co.’s Grand Rapids office as an independent consultant.


Brian Harte has joined Byce & Associates Inc. as a senior electrical engineer. The company also announced Glenn Glidden has earned his Michigan Professional Engineers License. Glidden is a 2008 graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, and joined Byce & Associates that same year.

The Western Michigan chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers has named Josh Szymanski Young Engineer of the Year. Szymanski is vice president of business development at Triangle Associates Inc.


Grand Rapids Symphony Society announced the election of its board of directors: George A. Bayard III, Jeanne A. Englehart, Gene Ford, Christopher E. Hufnagel, Herbert Lantinga, Juan Olivarez, Kathleen Stewart Ponitz and Marvin L. Sapp.

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has named Miranda Krajniak its interim executive director. She most recently served as manager of education and exhibitions at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.


Conductive Learning Center founders Susie Saur (in memoriam) and Chuck Saur were among five Michigan residents honored at the third annual Art Van Award of Hope.


Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the promotion of Valerie Krause to branch supervisor at its St. Joseph branch.


EPS Security announced the promotions of Russell Cross to director of sales and David Hood to director of business development.


Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals announced the promotion of John Parker to vice president of project development.

Morris Builders Inc. has been awarded a 2013 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer service by GuildQuality, an independent customer satisfaction surveying company.

Thermal-Tec/Michigan Inc., Cedar Springs, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The company began selling its metal restoration roofing system out of a Behr Paint building in Sand Lake in 1983 and has grown to become a nationwide commercial and industrial roofing contractor.

Wolverine Building Group announced Vice President Aaron Jonker has been elected to the board of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

Julie Kersjes has joined Starlite Kitchens & Baths as a designer.


Davenport University’s Donald W. Maine College of Business announced the launch of a new Master of Management degree program beginning fall 2013 at its Peter C. Cook Center in downtown Grand Rapids, its Lansing and Livonia campuses, and online. A new MBA-Marketing Concentration also will be available and a Morning MBA format also is starting this fall.

Northwood University’s board of trustees announced it has elected Daniel DeVos as its board chair.


Grand Rapids Community College will expand its Pathways to Success program with a $700,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, allowing families who need post-secondary educational and employment services to find employment. The foundation also awarded GRCC a matching grant of $30,000 to conduct an inclusion impact assessment.


Christine Sangalli has been promoted to the new position of vice president, chief of compliance officer, for Bronson Healthcare. She is responsible for overseeing ethical and legal standards and ensuring corporate compliance at all Bronson entities.

Leslie Regelin has joined Northern Physical Therapy’s Sparta location as a massage therapist.

Metro Health Hospital has named Erin Hansen its 2013 Nurse Exemplar and has named Dr. Kevin Furlong its 2013 Nursing-Chosen Physician of the Year.


Mel Trotter Ministries announced Bill Jones has been named vice president of finance/CFO.


Judy Blain has joined Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent.

Preferred Benefits Inc. has been recognized by Priority Health as an elite agency.


Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Muskegon County Probate Court Administrator and Register Kathy Hoogstra as the 14th Circuit Court judge.

Rhoades McKee shareholder Thomas L. Saxe has been named chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Smith Haughey announced law school students Scott Brookens and Rachael Roseman have joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office and Selena Stanski has joined its Traverse City office as summer associates.

Varnum trial attorney John Allen received two American Bar Association appointments to the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He was appointed chair of the Robert McKay Fund for Justice and Equality Advisory Board, and re-appointed to membership in the Section Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism.

West Michigan Law PC real estate and small business attorney Adam Zuwerink has opened a law firm at 900 Third St., Suite 203, in downtown Muskegon.


Holland professional driver Russell Simpson won first place in the five-axle class at the 2013 Ohio Truck Driving Championship.


Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointments of Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids and Rob Baeigalupi of Traverse City and the reappointment of Karen Kafantaris of Grand Rapids to the Complete Streets Advisory Council.


Corp! Magazine has named Trivalent Groups Inc. one of the Michigan Economic Bright Spots for the fifth consecutive year for being a driving force in the economy and state’s innovation.

Service Express Inc. announced the addition of Mike Bird, shipping and receiving clerk, to its Grand Rapids team.


Discover Kalamazoo announced sales manager Nate Melvin was inducted into the Michigan Meetings and Events Hall of Fame and was honored with the Best Up-And-Coming Supplier Award at the eighth annual Readers’ Choice Best of Awards.


Consumers Energy awarded $4.3 million in incentives through its Business Solutions program to fund 835 projects in the first quarter of 2013 to help Michigan businesses and schools become more energy efficient.

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