The American Dental Association recently held its 12th annual Give Kids a Smile day. Among the dentists who volunteered their services was Hillary Lane, who volunteered on Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s Miles of Smiles mobile dental unit, which operates year around to provide free dental services. Lane provided comprehensive dental care for Medicaid-insured and financially qualifying uninsured children at Glerum Elementary School in the Holland Public Schools district. Children also received a gift bag including oral health aids.
Star Collision Carstar’s office manager, Cheryl Blish, has been elected chairperson of West Michigan Body Shop Association for a third term. WMBSA recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship and tool grant to Kent Career Technical Center’s auto body program.
The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology’s Award for Innovation went to John Kennedy, CEO of Autocam; its Award for Imagination went to Rick DeVos, founder of ArtPrize and Start Garden; and its Award for Inspiration went to Teresa Weatherall Neal, superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools.
Grand River Bank announced the promotion of Rod Weersing to assistant vice president, business development; and the additions of Emily McEldowney, retail banking specialist; Carly Sholund, customer service representative; and Mary Turowski-Fix, assistant vice president, bank systems manager.
DWH announced it has named Kirk Koeman and Mike Lobbestael partners. Koeman is responsible for business development and cultivating relationships in the marketplace with clients and strategic partners; Lobbestael’s responsibilities include growing and developing sales and marketing protocols for clients and leading strategic planning.
The Right Place announced the appointment of its 2014 board of directors: Dan Malone, Consumers Energy; Sandy Jelinski, Lake Michigan Credit Union; Peter Hungerford, ADAC Automotive; and George Haga, Ada Township. The Right Place also announced the appointments of Dennis Eidson, SpartanNash, to its executive committee, and Steve Bush, Lake Michigan Credit Union, to its finance committee.
C.D. Barnes announced the promotions of Mike Balke to director of pre-construction services; Timothy Webber to project manager; Jonathan Stoner to project site superintendent for the $28 million Ridges of Cascade; and Ellen Frey, who has added the responsibility of safety director.
Star Crane and Hoist announced the appointment of Ellis Luchies to director of human resources and business development. Luchies will be based at the Allendale office while working with satellite offices in Portage, Traverse City, Saginaw, Detroit, Angola, Ind., and Cleveland.
Grand Rapids Community College has been recognized by the National Council of Instructional Administratorswith an honorable mention in its 2013 Exemplary Initiative competition for its intervention program that helps students on academic probation.
The Frey Foundation announced the addition of Randy Van Antwerp in the newly created position of director of financial operations. Van Antwerp is responsible for financial planning, management of accounting and investment procedures, regulatory compliance, budget and reporting. He also will play a central role in working with philanthropic organizations around the state and in the evaluation of grant requests.
Sue Gifford has joined Clark Foundation as the senior development officer. She is responsible for raising funds through major and planned gifts. Previously, she was special gifts director at Metro Health Hospital Foundation.
Emmanuel Hospice has been accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program. CHAP provides a non-biased third-party review to ensure a provider is compliant with current state and federal regulations and industry standards of practice and demonstrates higher levels of performance.
Julia Christie has joined Northern Physical Therapy’s Wayland clinic as practice manager. She is responsible for coordinating human resource functions and working with team members to improve processes and procedures at all of Northern’s five clinics.
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan surgeons John G. Anderson, M.D., and Donald R. Bohay, M.D., were named among the 25 Top Foot & Ankle Surgeons in North America in a peer survey conducted by Orthopedics This Week.
Van Andel Research Institute and Spectrum Health announced they have collaborated to bring cardiovascular researcher and cardiologist Stefan Jovinge, M.D., Ph.D., of Sweden, to Grand Rapids. Jovinge will lead teams of researchers and clinicians at Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute and Van Andel Research Institute in an effort to stimulate regenerative medicine for heart disease.
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has been recognized for the 12th consecutive year as one of the leading law firms in Michigan by Chambers USA 2014 in banking and finance, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits, and executive compensation and commercial litigation. Ten of its attorneys were recognized for work in the aforementioned areas as well as bankruptcy: James H. Breay, Douglas A. Dozeman, Richard A. Kay, Anthony J. Kolenic Jr., Mary Jo Larson, John H. McKendry Jr. , Robert H. Skilton III, Stephen C. Waterbury, George I. Whitfield and Lisa B. Zimmer.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Gymco Inc. gymnastics studio announced it will offer free membership for the remainder of the year to all active-duty service members and their immediate families.
Kentwood Office Furniture announced the addition of Michelle Louters as order fulfillment manager in the Grand Rapids office.
Michael Hingson has joined Ranir as senior director of global quality. He is responsible for Ranir’s quality assurance program, including regulatory compliance, quality systems, production quality assurance and quality support to new product development activities. He’s also charged with development and execution of Ranir’s long-term global quality and compliance strategy. Ranir is a manufacturer of oral and personal health care products.
Perrigo announced the additions of Amanda Haas and Morgan Martens, marketing information analysts for the marketing information team in Allegan; and Jeff Flagg, network engineer for the IT team in Allegan.
The Literacy Center of West Michigan announced the additions of Charles “Chip” Behler, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, and Raul Alvarez, GTSD Group, to its board of directors.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Jody Vanderwel, of Holland, to the Michigan Strategic Fund board of directors.
Scott Shuptrine Interiors has named Jeanette McNamara director. She will be responsible for heading up all operations for the company.