Change Ups: Smith appointed chief strategy officer

Change Ups: Smith appointed chief strategy officer

Kelly Smith was appointed Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health’s chief strategy officer for Michigan. As a member of the Michigan executive team, Smith will act as an expert resource and adviser to statewide leaders to strengthen and drive strategic and business competencies across Michigan. Her appointment represents an expansion of Smith’s previous responsibilities within Mercy Health in West Michigan to a statewide focus, while keeping its management structure lean and responsive.


Faith Bischoff joined Symposia Labs as manager of business development.


Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Wednesday program, Animal Instincts, offers free art animal crafts focused on what makes different animals unique. The program runs through Aug. 15 (no program July 4), from 1-4 p.m.

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts appointed Juana Williams as exhibitions curator.


Ella Carr from Grand Rapids City High School is the recipient of United Way Heart of West Michigan’s Student Service Award. Ella completed more than 75 hours of volunteer service this year and was awarded the Gold Certificate of Distinction for Commitment to Service.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park received the Best Meeting/Event Venue Outside Detroit Metro Area Award by Michigan Meetings + Events at the 13th annual Best Of reception held at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

Michael T. Walenta, general manager of WGVU Public Media, was honored with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Steelcase announced its family of brands won top honors in several categories for its showroom and products at NeoCon 2018: Best in Competition in the IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition; and six 2018 Best of NeoCon Awards.

United Church Homes’ Pilgrim Manor was awarded the 2018 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.


Consumers Credit Union in Kalamazoo announced the addition of Jennifer Postello as a mortgage loan officer from its South Haven office.

Joel Rahn joined Independent Bank as senior vice president, leading the bank’s commercial banking in West Michigan.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the promotion of David Knisley to mortgage loan originator for its South Division, Grand Rapids branch office.

Wells Fargo Advisors in Holland designated Bob Bishop, senior vice president-investments, Nelson Walters, senior vice-president-investments and Doug Stob, vice president-investments as members of the firm’s Premier Advisor Program.


The city of Grand Rapids completed first-phase construction of a $4-million, 2-mile-long, 10-inch waste transmission pipeline under Market Avenue SW and into the city’s Water Resource Recovery Facility that allows water discharged from Founders Brewing Co. to carry highly concentrated food waste directly to the WRRF.


The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of Alexandria, Virginia-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ Communications Excellence Awards for the GR Chamber Rebranding Campaign, as well as the Breakfast with Legislatures Bacon Video Series.


CSM Group of Companies in Kalamazoo promoted Kristin Kremer to vice president of human resources.

Erhardt Construction in Ada announced Kent Scharboneau joined the company as senior estimator.


Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing’s Janet Winter, associate dean for undergraduate programs, was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to participate in the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program; Patricia Thomas, assistant dean for practice, was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek selected Hobsons’ Starfish Enterprise Success Platform as part of its initiative to increase student success and retention rates on campus.


Trident Laboratories in Holland expanded its services to include testing for PFAS (per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances). Trident can run tests for PFAS in drinking water from pre and postfiltration systems, surface water, groundwater, wastewater and industrial samples.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum honored David Rinard, who served as the director of global environmental performance for Steelcase Inc., with the 2018 President’s Award.


The Kent County Friend of the Court announced the opening of the Responsible Parent Program Center, located on the second floor at 82 Ionia Ave. NW, to make it easier for participants in the program to meet with their case manager, see updated job postings and apply for jobs online.

The Wyoming City Council named Brian Bennett fire chief and Lt. James Maguffee was promoted to administrative captain for police services.


The Rockford-based Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds, in collaboration with Plainsong Farm, Trout Unlimited and the Kent Conservation District, received a $38,000 grant from the Wege Foundation for a pilot program that will expose Sparta Middle School and East Rockford Middle School students to sustainable agriculture and land/water conservation.


The Allegan Medical Clinic welcomed Dr. Nestor Halicki and nurse practitioner Jamie Thorpe.

BrightWave Pain Therapy opened at 751 Kenmoor Ave. SE.

Michelle Criscuolo was named program director of Allegan General Hospital’s Wound Healing Center.


Suburban Inns in Hudsonville hired Steve Bosscher as vice president of finance and Brianna Vaughn as human resources generalist.


SMG-managed venues have created separate social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and mobile apps) for DeVos Place, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall to tailor content to the needs of fans of each venue.

Theodore (Tas) Stoetzner of Boy Scout Troop 354 of Jenison completed his Eagle Scout project by constructing Ottawa County’s Grand River Park’s first sensory trail so kids and families who live with autism can enjoy the park and be outside more. Four stations help them hear, see and feel different things in nature.


Meijer Logistics Manager Carol Heinowski was named board chair of the National Private Truck Council, an Arlington, Virginia-based trade association that represents the private corporate trucking fleet.


Kellogg Co. announced Chris Hood was named president, Kellogg North America; and Dave Lawlor was appointed president, Kellogg Europe.

ODL Inc. in Zeeland announced the promotion of Andrew Arnsman to Eastern regional sales manager for ODL Pro Channel.


The Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Authority and TrueNorth Community Services each received $500 from Rockford-based Sable Homes from its first two home sales in Newaygo’s newly revitalized River Hills neighborhood in collaboration with the River Country Chamber of Commerce.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the initial appointments of Brian Gard, of Rockford, and Larry Johnson, of Kentwood, to the School Safety Task Force.


Shannon Cohen published her book, “Tough Skin, Soft Heart” based on personal experience and insight from business colleagues and outreach primarily to women executives. The book’s title is also the brand of a variety of products Cohen markets locally at various retail outlets, as well as on her website,


CityWide Cellular Inc. in Holland was designated Premier Local Retailer by DISH.

Kurt Hein is the owner of a new Cascade Township Christian Brothers Automotive, 5485 28th St. SE. It’s the third franchise in the state for CBA and the second store for Hein.

Progressive Grocer honored the following SpartanNash associates as part of the publication’s nationwide list of Top Women in Grocery: Mary Brunsting, director, network systems engineering; Karen Calligaris-Rodriguez, manager, pharmacy procurement and warehouse; Carlye Cordes, manager, consumer relationships; Amy Ellis, manager, pharmacy services; Janis Huffman, manager, pharmacy operations; Lauren Mills, supervisor, marketing analytics; Cassandra Nino, grocery category manager; and Carrie Quigley, director, project management office.


Grand Rapids Community College recently hosted the John Bos Baseball and Softball All-Star Games at Cornerstone University's De Witt Field and the CU Softball Field. Proceeds from admission went to the college's John Bos Scholarship Fund.


The Grand River Watershed Arts and Music Council bestowed its Water Protector Award this year to Elaine Sterrett Isely, director of water programs at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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