Belinda Ann Tate was tapped as the new executive director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Tate was the top choice in a national search to succeed James Bridenstine, who announced last year he would retire in 2014 after 24 years. Tate will join the KIA Sept. 8. She had led The Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University since 1999. During her tenure, the gallery increased its permanent collection by 20 percent.
Plante Moran announced the promotions in its Grand Rapids office of Matthew Fegan to manager, and Mandy Chardoul, Jeremy Louters and Nicole Meade to senior associate.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
GMB Architecture + Engineering announced the additions of Jim Johnson, development director, and Dan Tyrer, senior design architect.
Lake Michigan Credit Union has hired Jim Koessel as senior vice president.
Northpointe Bank announced it has hired loan officer Mark Candey.
Scott Patchin, principal at The trU Group in Holland, has become certified in the New Leader Culture Snapshot assessment. The survey provides a new leader with a 360-degree picture of the performance culture for the business unit they will lead.
Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University have signed an articulation agreement that will give students who complete the medical assistant program at GRCC the ability to transfer to Davenport’s health-related programs.
Hope College announced the election of Karl Droppers and Brent Krueger, both of Holland, to its board of trustees.
Hope College Alumni Association board of directors announced the appointments of Alison Claucherty, Todd Helmus, Barb Mackey and Sam Tzou. Samantha Rushton was appointed representative of the recent graduating class, and Connor Brady was appointed senior class representative.
Western Michigan University Alumni Association announced the new officers for its 2014-15 board of directors: president, Mark Andrew Jackson, of Story City, Iowa; vice president, Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski, of Beverly Hills, Mich.; and treasurer, Jennifer L.B. Lentner, of Kalamazoo. Elected to the executive committee were: Mark Alan Jackson, of West Bloomfield; Jeanne La Mere, of Marietta, Ga.; Joel Schipper, of Grand Rapids; and Randy Watkins, of Lansing.
Kent County Health Department’s Infant Health Initiative – Interconception Care Program has been declared a Model Practice 2014 by the National Association of County and Health Officials.
Spectrum Health has been recognized by the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care as a Better Together exemplar hospital for excellence in engaging patients and families as partners in patients’ care. A key element is welcoming patients’ families and loved ones 24 hours a day.
Mercy Health announced it has established a regional board. Chuck Frayer, managing partner of Crowe Horwath in Grand Rapids, has been appointed chair. Members include Mark Fazakerly, Mike Gluhanich, Camille Jourden-Mark and Bruce Olson of Muskegon; LuAnn Hannasch, of Livonia; Julie Ridenour, Ken Sikkema and Terry Wright of Grand Rapids; and Sister Mary Persico.
Grand Rapids’ event-planning company Grand Connection announced founder Tracy VandeerMeer retains her ownership, and longtime staff members Christina Thelen, Leah Haverdink and Ann Marie Westerhuis are new shareholders.
Emmanuel Hospice nurse Laura Smith has received the Cook Caregiver of the Month award for June.
Kemner-Iott Agency of Cass County announced Cody Sharpe has joined its commercial lines insurance sales department, and works from the Cassopolis office. As a licensed agent, he will provide asset protection and risk management for area businesses.
Alfresco Landscapes in Walker announced the launch of a rebranding initiative that includes changing the company's name to Alfresco by Paul Burd and updating the brand's overall visual identity.
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner Heidi Lyon has been named chair of the employee benefits and executive compensation practice group. Lyon will lead the 15-member practice group, which assists clients with employee benefits and executive compensation programs.
LEISURE & RECREATION
FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek announced it is celebrating its fifth anniversary. FireKeepers Casino opened in August 2009; the hotel and conference center were added in December 2012; an online gaming and mobile app was launched in April 2014; the remodel of Kabaret Lounge was completed in May 2014; and the inaugural FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship golf tournament was held this past June.
John A. Van Den Bosch Co. of Holland announced Don Clark is its new chief executive officer and president. Clark replaces Dave Vanden Bosch who will become the chairman of the board and the director of strategic planning.
The Stow Company Inc. in Holland announced it has promoted Wendy Morrow to vice president of finance. Morrow will be responsible for budgeting, forecasting, reporting, treasury, risk management and compliance, and compensation and benefits.
WZZM 13 announced Dan Harland will co-anchor its morning news program. Harland joined the TV station in 2003 as a multimedia journalist and sports reporter. He will continue to be a co-host of “13 On Your Sidelines.”
Catholic Charities West Michigan announced the promotion of Priscilla Kern to vice president of behavioral health, and Tiffany Page to director of community engagement and volunteer services.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Jacob Maas, of Grand Rapids, Dennis Echelbarger, of Byron Center, and Anne Armstrong Cusack, of Grand Rapids, to the Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity.
September’s Bride in downtown Holland announced the sale of the seven-year-old boutique to Spring Sweet, owner of Holland’s retail store Spring Sweet, named for its founder.
Jim Jonkman, general manager of the Olive Garden in Grand Rapids, and Katherine Trosko, general manager of the Olive Garden in Grandville, have attained Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. General managers who show strong and inspiring leadership while achieving top financial performance are recognized. This is Jonkman’s third time and Trosko’s second to receive the recognition.
The West Michigan Sports Commission announced it has hired Jamie Schlagel as its new national sports sales manager.