Change-Ups: Romeo now working for alma mater

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Beth Romeo is working for her alma mater. She recently was hired as Olivet College’s new senior director of alumni engagement and annual giving. Romeo brings years of experience in public and community relations, fundraising, communications and marketing to the role. She previously served Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Kalamazoo as a program officer where she managed external communications, including annual reports and social media, fund development initiatives and federal grant awards.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Benton Harbor-based Wightman has hired Ashley Sonnevil as a human resources generalist based in its Kalamazoo office and Catherine West as an administrative assistant at its Benton Harbor office.

ARTS

Muskegon-based Lakeshore Museum Center has made its collection available for viewing virtually at lakeshoremuseum.org/our-collection.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has unveiled an online presentation of the annual Young Artists of Kalamazoo County exhibition. A virtual tour can be found here: bit.ly/VirtualYoungArtistsExhibit.

BANKING

Kalamazoo-based Consumers Credit Union announced the additions of mortgage loan officers Heather Chapin in the Grandville office, Zach Cook in the Cascade office and Holly Madill for the Kalamazoo market out of the corporate call center; business development managers Sandy Bloem along the lakeshore, Ed Case in Consumers’ Kalamazoo market and Matthew Hunt in Consumers’ Kalamazoo market; and Petrea Shumacher as compliance and risk manager at Consumers’ headquarters.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Coppercraft Distillery in Holland was the only Michigan-based distillery awarded Double Gold for its Straight Bourbon Whiskey at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

Eastern Kille Distillery for the first time earned a gold award for its four-year bottled-in-bond bourbon and a silver award for its four-year aged rum at the 20th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Eastern Kille’s bourbon was among only four bourbons in the craft distillery whiskey category to receive a gold level award and the only from Michigan.

Long Road Distillers recently won two gold medals for Long Road Aquavit and Long Road Raspberry Liqueur and silver medals for its Long Road Grand Absinthe, Long Road Amaro Pazzo and Long Road Old Aquavit, and bronze medals for Long Road Rum, Long Road Nocino and Long Road Apple Brandy at the 2020 American Craft Spirits Awards, presented by the American Craft Spirits Association.

Virtue Cider offers CCSA boxes — cider- and community-supported agriculture boxes — for local pick-up from its farm in Fennville. The weekly offering includes roughly a week’s worth of groceries and pantry staples for two to four people. Available to customers 21-plus who order online via: vrtu.us/CCSAboxes. Pick-up for the CCSA boxes are available on Fridays and Saturdays only.

GOVERNMENT

Kent County Community Action recently conducted a food distribution event that assisted more than 900 households struggling to meet their food needs due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The food packages included fresh apples and oranges, canned vegetables and fruits, egg noodles, macaroni, pork, fish and more.

HEALTH

Community Mental Health of Ottawa County provides services by appointment or through telehealth. Call Access Center at (616) 393-5681; the 24-hour mental health crisis line is (866) 512-4357.

HealthWest hosts free daily virtual groups including smart recovery substance use recovery meetings, daily talk sessions that allow individuals to connect directly with mental health professionals, discussions on skills to help cope with the stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 crisis and fun activities to allow participants to engage with others. The groups will be hosted virtually on Zoom and Facebook Live. You can follow HealthWest on Facebook @HealthWestMuskegon. Visit HealthWest.net/virtual-groups.

Hope Network has increased its telehealth options for some of its services, including mental health. Current Hope Network patients can contact their provider to see what telehealth options are available; people who are not Hope Network patients can call (833) 903-2280 to get information on what services are available.

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy continues to provide patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic via the video conferencing technology doxy.me, which provides patients with full access physical therapy appointments from their homes. In addition to screening all patients for symptoms before entering the clinic, the center has reduced staff levels and spaced treatment tables beyond the required six-foot social distancing restriction. Private treatment rooms also are available to eliminate crossover foot traffic.

Wedgwood Christian Services announced it is offering outpatient and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy via telehealth to adults, teens, children and families. For more information, and to set up an initial appointment, call (616) 942-7294.

HUMAN SERVICES

MomsBloom, a postpartum support nonprofit, now offers virtual, nonjudgmental support from trained volunteers. For more information, go to momsbloom.org/support.

INSURANCE

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have waived all member copays, deductibles and coinsurance for COVID-19 testing and treatment. The coverage applies to commercial PPO, Medicare Advantage PPO and HMO plans.

LEISURE & RECREATION

The West Michigan Tourist Association provides the following outdoor activities to ward off cabin fever while practicing social distancing: W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, grounds open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to hike trails; Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek; Sarett Nature Center in Benton Harbor; Charlevoix’s many acres of parks can be found at bit.ly/CharlevoixParks; Grand Rapids’ Blandford Nature Center’s trails, habitats, and green spaces; Robinette’s trails at bit.ly/RobinettesTrails; Historic Charlton Park in Hastings commission grounds, trails and recreational areas remain open; Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings trails are open dawn to dusk; and Ottawa County Parks: bit.ly/OttawaCountyParks.

MANUFACTURING

JetCo Federal announced the addition of Stu McLean as a supply chain specialist. McLean procures materials for the manufacturing and shipment of final products. He attended Grand Valley State University where he majored in communications, with an emphasis in advertising and public relations, and also attended Davenport University for supervisory management.

Kalamazoo-based Fabri-Kal announced its company’s technical center, as well as Schupan & Sons and Tekna, went from prototype to production on face shields that will be provided to workers treating patients impacted by the coronavirus. The first batch of face shields is planned for health care facilities located in southwest Michigan.

REAL ESTATE

NAI Global announced Stu Kingma, of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, was recognized in its annual recognition program as a top 10 producer for the organization.

RELIGION

The Christian Reformed Church in North America have postponed an upgrade for the CRCNA office building at 1700 28th St. SE due to the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic downturn. In October 2019 the Council of Delegates approved to remodel and repurpose the acreage of the Grand Rapids facility, with costs not to exceed $11.7 million. The CRCNA offices sit on about 13 acres of land, and the current facility has about 130,000 square feet of office and warehouse space. A review of current staff needs showed that the CRCNA now requires only about 90,000 of this square footage.

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