Change Ups: Radio host earns Storey Award


Thriller! Chiller! International Genre Film Festival has named WGVU morning show host/producer Shelley Irwin the recipient of its 2013 Storey Award. The local film festival created the award in honor of journalist and community activist Drew Storey who passed away in 2009. The award is conferred based on the recipient’s body of work, selfless contribution and impact on building community relationships. Irwin received the award because of her passion and professionalism, level of activism and integrity.


Baker Holtz announced the addition of Jan Sheffield, paraprofessional, and the promotions of Melissa Seguin to tax manager and Phil Mainar to senior associate. Administrative assistant Tiffany Taft completed the Association for Accounting Administration program.

Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter PC CPAs and Consultants announced its new name is Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors.

Senior audit manager Curt A. Reppuhn, CPA, of Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co., has been promoted to shareholder.


Brandon Satterlee, principal and creative director of The Forest, announced the company has relocated to larger office space in downtown Grand Rapids at 133 S. Division Ave., Suite 100.

Do More Good/Hanon McKendry announced the promotion of Renee Galicki to director of client services.

Revel announced it has hired Michael Schaafsma, web developer.

Nick Ferran has joined Extra Credit Projects as its art director/designer.


Driesenga & Associates Inc. announced the additions of Brian Sinnott, project manager, and Alvin Aquino, staff engineer. John Tenpas has been appointed director of civil engineering.


Pete Garcia, general manager of the Olive Garden in Grand Rapids, is the recipient of the company’s Renaissance Award. Tina Louthan, general manager of the Olive Garden in Portage, is the recipient of its Michelangelo and Renaissance Awards.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced the following award winners at its annual Seeds of GROWth Conference and Luncheon: Peggy Murphy, Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs’ Leader of the Year; Rebecca Dutcher, LeAnne Moss Service Award; and Marnie Johnson, GROW Business of the Year.

The Historical Society of Michigan announced “Grand Rapids History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History” won the 2013 State History Award for Special Programs.

Kent District Library is the recipient of the Library of Michigan Foundation’s Citation of Excellence for superior customer services.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services announced Kristina Truman, general manager of The Golden Corral, Grand Rapids, is a 2013 Champion Award recipient.

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee has conferred its 2013 Governments Encouraging Entrepreneurs Awards to former Muskegon city manager Bryon Mazade, the City of Muskegon Commission and the local Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

TeamWorks Engineering is the recipient of the Engineering Services Excellence Award from GE Aviation.


John Doherty announced he has retired as president of the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Western Michigan Chapter, a position he held for 42 years. Doherty began working at ABC in 1971 as executive vice president.


Grand Rapids Community College announced it has dedicated the foyer of its Ford Fieldhouse to name the space the Paganelli Family Foyer. Three generations of the Paganelli family attended GRCC, which also created the Paganelli Family Scholarship, a $50,000 endowed scholarship that annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to one GRCC student, with preference given to student-athletes. Five students have benefited from the scholarship to date.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center announced it is accepting nominations for the 32nd annual Giants Award, to be presented at a celebration at DeVos Place Jan. 25. Details:


Bronson Geriatric Medical Services announced the addition of Timothy Sparling, DNP; Bronson Women’s Service announced the addition of Amanda K. Walker, D.O; and Bronson Pediatric Referral Services announced the addition of Martin Alswang, M.D.

Professional Fitness Consulting announced it is offering personal health and wellness management services to help West Michigan residents achieve and maintain their health and wellness goals at no cost. Agents discuss goals, budget, schedule and personality to develop a custom program.


Northwestern Mutual in Grand Rapids announced Kyle Peabody, Alex Peschel and Jake Steffee have been appointed financial representatives.

Ottawa Kent announced Kenda Novak’s position has changed to specializing in small commercial insurance.


David L.J.M. Skidmore, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has authored a chapter in the new “Michigan Probation Litigation: A Guide to Contested Matters.” Skidmore wrote the chapter on Intestacy and Determination of Heirs. Also, WNJ attorney Nathan W. Steed has been elected to serve on the governing council of the State Bar of Michigan Information Technology Law Section.

Dickinson Wright PLLC announced attorneys Scott G. Smith and Roger A. Swets have joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office as members.


Bryan Duncan has been hired as a senior account executive in Wynright Corp.’s new Grand Rapids office, 701 3 Mile Road, Walker.


WZZM 13 announced the addition of John Hogan to its Watchdog Investigative Team.


Blake Rockwell announced the launch of Special Spectators, a first-ever game day held in October for seriously ill children and their families at Michigan State University. Rockwell is the former owner of ROW Motors Co.


Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced the addition of Jessica VanSolkema, director, and Renee Ketels, senior associate in the firm’s financial communication practice.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Scott Gilman, of Kentwood, to the state Autism Council.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians announced Chairman Matt Wesaw has been selected executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. He is the first Native American appointed to the position. Wesaw has retired from his roles as chairman of Pokagon Band Tribal Council and president/CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority.


West Michigan Sports Commission announced the inaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan’s 2014 Winter Games will have a line-up of 12 sports: basketball, BMX-indoor, bowling, ice hockey, fatbike, racquetball, rowing-indoor, ski and snowboard, speed skating, snowball softball, snowshoe/Trail Run and wrestling.


Service Express Inc. announced the addition of Allison Totten, customer support coordinator; Katie Davidson, sales development representative; Katy Ballema, contract billing specialist; and Tricia Schupra, contract pricing specialist.

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