Change Ups: Platt appointed GRAM’s chief curator


Ron Platt is the newly appointed chief curator of Grand Rapids Art Museum. Platt recently served as curator of modern and contemporary art at Birmingham Museum of Art where he developed long-term goals for the curatorial department, including organizing exhibitions and accompanying publications and additions to the permanent art collection. He also served five years as curator of exhibitions for Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Gilmore Car Museum of Hickory Corners announced the grand opening of its 10,000-square-foot Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center.


Michigan Library Association announced the appointment of Asante Cain, reference and adult services coordinator at Grand Rapids Public Library, as president of its board of directors.

The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones elected Jan Frantz, of Battle Creek, to serve a second term as board chair.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth announced the recipients of its BE GREAT Awards winners: Individual, Ron and Janet Knaus; Corporate, Meijer Inc.; and Community Involvement, The City of Grand Rapids.

Kentwood Office Furniture received the 2014 Goodwill Industries Legacy Partner Award. KOF has invested in Goodwill through employee volunteering, financial contributions, donation initiatives, and hiring Goodwill program participants. 

Mara Naselli has received a $30,000 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers.

Cascade Community Foundation has awarded Cynthia Kay Afendoulis the 2014 Claude and Marion Robinson Community Leadership Award. She is a valued board member and loans her talents as a media producer for events and concerts.


American Banker announced that Michelle Van Dyke, regional president of Fifth Third Bancorp, ranks 20th on its Most Powerful Women in Banking list; and Mary Tuuk, EVP of corporate services and board secretary at Fifth Third Bancorp, ranks fifth on its 25 Women to Watch.

Tom Sullivan, chairman of Mercantile Bank Corp., received the 2014 Best of Community Banking award from Community Bankers of Michigan.


Materials Testing Consultants Inc. announced Tyler Hanna has joined the company as a staff engineer.

Shari L. Bouman has rejoined Triangle Associates as cost accountant. She was with the company from 2007-2013; prior to returning to Triangle, she was an accountant with DTS Fluid Power.


Marc Andreas has joined the faculty of Kuyper College as professor and director of its Business Leadership Program.

West Catholic High School announced the recipients of its Second Annual Falcon Awards: Veritas Award, Deb Bailey, ’68; Excellence in Catholic Faith Award, Sr. Miriam Therese Gill; Alumni Excellence Award, Joel Langlois; Alumni Excellence Award, Mike VanGessel, ’82; and Falcon by Choice Award, Edward H. Wagner Sr.


YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has received a $292,658 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program. The funds will help small businesses connect with local farmers to provide healthy foods to the community, and will help the YMCA expand hours of operation of its Veggie Van, a mobile farmers market.


Metro Health Hospital received Excellence Through Insight awards from HealthStream Research in the categories of Overall Inpatient Experience in the Medium Hospital category. Also, Dr. Douglas Doyle of Metro Health Ophthalmology received an award for Top Performance in the Ophthalmology of the Clinician and Group Surveys – Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Overall Rating in Ophthalmology.

BioLife Plasma Services has broken ground on a 15,000-square-foot plasma collection center at 2670 East Paris Ave. SE. The new facility will employ about 50 to 70 employees.

Ottawa County Department of Public Health received seven awards from the National Public Health Information Coalition’s Awards of Excellence in Public Health Communications.

Kent County Health Department has received accreditation from the national Public Health Accreditation Board.


Comprehensive Therapy Center has hired Valerie Stoffer, speech-language pathologist; Ellen Sawyer, administrative and marketing associate; and Ray Vanek, social media manager.

Mel Trotter Ministries announced its president and CEO, Rev. Chico Daniels, has resigned. Bill Jones, vice president of finance, Dennis VanKampen, vice president of programs, and Tim Swiney, vice president of development, will direct the organization under the leadership of its board of directors.


Berends Hendricks Stuit has retained its status of a Best Practices agency for the 21st consecutive year by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Best Practices Study Group.

USI Insurance Services announced the addition of Mary Kamsickas, loss control consultant.


The American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts has elected Larry Havard of Havard Econometrics to a three-year term as president. Academy members analyze economic damages in litigation settings.


Columbian Logistics Network was recognized as a Top Third-Party Logistics and Cold Storage Provider by trade journals Inbound Logistics and Food Logistics. The Top 100 designees are selected through a process of analyzing questionnaire data, online research and personal interviews.


Environmental Coatings Inc. has named Gary Reedy outside sales representative. Reedy previously served as a technical service representative and facilities manager.

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing has named John Wichelt vice president of client pharmaceutical services, and has promoted Karissa Joosten to director of quality and regulatory affairs, replacing John Wichelt who will have responsibility for project management, technical services, scheduling and materials management.

Perrigo Co. has hired Clivetty Martinez, Ph.D., as vice president, corporate global compliance and chief privacy officer.


First Tee of West Michigan announced a partnership with Kent Country Club to reach more students by adding KCC as its fifth program location to teach values, life skills and healthy habits through the game of golf.

Heidi Czerwon has joined Family Futures as an early childhood program specialist.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointment of Sam Cummings, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board, and the appointment of Dennis Van Dam, of Hudsonville, to the Michigan Community Corrections Board.

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced captains Jeffrey Hertel and Eric Payne were laterally transferred. Hertel, former commander of the Investigative Division, and Payne, former commander of the South Service Area, have taken over for each other and are now reassigned.


CWD Real Estate Investment has hired Cullen Hillary, facilities manager, and Jeff Wustman, construction coordinator.

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