Change-Ups: Southway named Hope Network’s senior director of business operations

Shannon Southway. Courtesy Hope Network

Hope Network named Shannon Southway its senior director of business operations. Her extensive background in health care and behavioral health operations is designed to create operational efficiencies and support strategic growth as the nonprofit looks to expand its service lines. Southway most recently worked for Henry Ford Health System as director of operations at Kingswood Hospital. Hope Network provides health care and life services to more than 20,000 people across the state.


Baker Holtz, CPAs and Advisors announced tax principal Melissa Seguin is the recipient of the MICPA 4 Under 40 Award.


Dave Shaffer joined Mathison I Mathison Architects as senior project coordinator.


Back To Michigan, a collaborative, statewide event spearheaded by Hello West Michigan and The Right Place, was awarded a Silver and Bronze ranking by the International Economic Development Council at the council’s 2021 annual conference.

Chris Kapla. Courtesy Life EMS Ambulance

Chris Kapla is the recipient of Life EMS Ambulance’s 2021 Award as part of the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services’ Stars of Life program, which celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities.

Creative Dining Services was awarded the 2021 West Michigan Triple Bottom Line Leadership Award by the Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.

Prein&Newhof senior project manager Thomas A. Smith III recently received the Raymond J. Faust Award from the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association for contributions to safe public health engineering practices, advancement of sound water supplies, and dedication to building and promoting the waterworks industry.

The Great Lakes Protection Fund named Rob Collier, retired president and CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations, a recipient of a 2021 Great Lakes Leadership Award in recognition for his efforts to protect the health of the Great Lakes basin and the people who live in the region. Additional 2021 winners: Allegra Cangelosi; Crystal M.C. Davis; Eric Letsinger; David M. Lodge; and Sherri A. Mason.


Community Bankers of Michigan announced Douglas Ouellette, chief community banking officer of Mercantile Bank of Michigan in Grand Rapids, was re-elected to the Independent Community Bankers of America Federal Delegate Board.

Janet Torres joined Union Bank as vice president, retail banking and deposit operations.

Kalamazoo-based Consumers Credit Union hired Benjamin Belloli as a mortgage loan officer in the Kalamazoo market, specifically at its West Main office.


Authors Justin and Alexis Black of the nine-time award winning book, “Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love,” have founded Redefining Normal, a social impact business that encourages healthy relationships, mental health and healing, while breaking generational patterns to support others in creating worthy living. The Blacks also made Forbes’ Next 1000 List.

Rehmann was named for the fifth consecutive year to the National Association for Business Resources’ 2021 Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness list.

The Michigan Works! Association announced to its board of directors: Ben Damerow, director Michigan Works! Southwest Kalamazoo; Dan Dunn, vice president of human resources, Comerica Bank, Portage; Shana Lewis, executive director, talent acquisition, Trinity Health, Grand Rapids; Lance Lyons, president, Lyons Industries, Inc., Benton Harbor; and Jacob Maas, CEO, West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids.

The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce announced Kelly Springer as chair of its board of directors and the appointments of board members Menaka Abel, Mitch Bakker, Paul Brinks, Mike Ellis, Boyd Feltman, Har Ye Kan, Stacy Segrist Kamphuis and Jackie Rice.


EV Construction hired Craig Flora as assistant preconstruction manager; Garret Norris, general tradesman; Anthony Moreno, warehouse assistant; Mike Savage, field manager; Mariano Santoya, painter; and Brian McGhee, interiors foreman.

Orion Construction’s Roger Rehkopf has transitioned from the company’s president to CEO and made the following appointments: Kathy Ringnalda as CFO; DuWayne Johnson as VP multi-family; and Jeff Smigielski, as VP construction and logistics.


Ferris State University’s Michigan College of Optometry professor Dr. Philip Walling has been named to Newsweek’s roster of America’s Best Eye Doctors 2021.


David Rinderknecht and Bonnie Potter joined Mortgage 1 Inc. as loan officers.

Diara Walker. Courtesy Greenleaf Trust

Greenleaf Trust hired Valerie Martin as team service coordinator; Diara Walker as wealth management associate; Mark Meyers as senior trust relationship officer; Davis McFarlane as family office adviser; Brittany Szymczak as family office wealth strategist; and Dana Hushak as business development officer.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum received a $211,500 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to improve storage and accessibility to the museum’s Natural History and Science collections. The two-year grant requires 1-to-1 matching funds.


Wise Men Distillery’s Black Cherry Hard Seltzer captured the Challenge’s Best of Show; BlueBerry Hard Seltzer, Lime Hard Seltzer, Peach Hard Seltzer and Raspberry Hard Seltzer won gold medals; and its Watermelon Hard Seltzer captured a silver at the recent Adult Beverage Competitions.


Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy opened its Pelvic Rehabilitation Center at 1621 44th St. SW, Suite 300, Wyoming.

Kalamazoo-based InterAct of Michigan has transferred its programs to Integrated Services of Kalamazoo due to a decrease in government funding and limited delivery of services because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen Kaashoek, longtime leader of the Federally Qualified Health Center Catherine’s Health Center in Grand Rapids’ Creston neighborhood, will retire in early 2022 after 24 years with the nonprofit health center.

Mercy Health Muskegon announced Linda Dunmore as its chief nursing officer.


AHC Hospitality announced the promotions of Caitlin McClelland, spa director (AHC Hospitality); Ryan Schmied, corporate director of food and beverage experiences (AHC Hospitality); Ethan Hansen, hotel manager (Morton Hotel); Lindsay Hovingh, director of rooms (Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton); Melissa Stanley, general manager (AC Hotel Grand Rapids); and Jeffrey Burns, assistant general manager (Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown). Stephanie Cutler joined Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown as general manager.


Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity raised $1.65 million as part of its $3.9 million Strengthening Families, Building Community campaign, a fundraising effort to build 18 Habitat homes at Vista Green, 285 West 36th St. in Holland. The goal is to construct 42 affordable housing units for home ownership.


Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner David L.J.M. Skidmore has been elected to serve a one-year term as chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Michigan State Bar.


Grand Haven-based Shape Corp. added Ed Pleet as chief technology officer.


Mollie Waller joined Youth Solutions Inc. as executive director.

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids welcomed back Jamie Scaffidi as senior vice president of operations.

Wedgwood Christian Services hired Brooke Jevicks as chief advancement officer.


Our Daily Bread Ministries’ publishing arm, Our Daily Bread Publishing, hired Katara Patton, senior editor, and Joel Armstrong, content editor and product developer.


Jonas Paul Eyewear hired Lindsey Button as director of social media marketing and April Bowen as graphic design specialist.

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