Change Ups: Volunteer inspires Dégagé patrons


Longtime Dégagé Ministries volunteer Nancy Ruch was recognized with the ministry’s 2014 Marge Palmerlee Outstanding Community Service Award for volunteering in the kitchen the past 17 years. Ruch is known to be an inspiration to patrons, volunteers and staff with her friendly and hardworking attitude. Each year, an award recipient is announced, and $1,000 is donated to Dégagé Ministries on the recipient’s behalf. David Lee Cobb, president and founder of Innovative Financial Group, created the award.


Crowe Horwath LLP announced the election of Tim Reimink as a director.


Gina Schulz has joined the Grand Rapids Public Museum as its new vice president of development. She is responsible for fundraising for many of GRPM’s programs, exhibits and strategic initiatives. Schulz previously worked as director of West Michigan for the American Diabetes Association.


Nemschoff’s and Herman Miller Healthcare’s new patient room furniture solution, The Palisade Collection, has earned Interior Design’s Best of Year Award for health care furniture, making it the fifth major industry award for the collection this year.


West Michigan Community Bank announced the promotion of Jeremy Deutschmann to vice president, Grand Rapids market manager.


DK Security announced the appointment of marketing assistant Lori Gaier. She will be responsible for creating and executing marketing strategies, managing website and social media channels, and cultivating client relations.

Kelley Grotenhuis has joined Custer as a sales associate. She will support the design, architectural products and 217 management teams as a Hedberg expert.

Rua Associates LLC announced the sale of Machine Shop Services, a Holland-based machine shop, to Agritek Industries, a Holland-based diversified manufacturer. Rua Associates was hired by Machine Shop Services to represent the company during the transaction.


Kerkstra Precast announced the additions of Kurt DeKock, director of plant and field operations; Susan Rollins, director of quality, safety and lean; and Phil Holtrop, chief financial officer. Kerkstra also announced the promotion of Randy VanHoven to director of business development.

Nate Preston has joined the Skillman Corp. as project engineer in the company’s Kalamazoo office.


The College Board has placed the Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Schools on its 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll, based on increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP exams. Grand Rapids is one of 12 diocesan education offices and 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be honored.

Grand Rapids Community College announced Laurie Chesley will step into the role of provost. She was formerly dean of GRCC’s School of Arts and Sciences. GRCC’s provost-executive vice president for academic and student affairs reports directly to the president and serves as the chief academic officer, with major responsibilities for strategic planning and guiding all aspects of teaching and learning.

Veteran coach David Selmon is interim head coach of Grand Rapids Community College’s men’s basketball team following the departure of T.J. Carnegie, who accepted an out-of-state job opportunity.


Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors has added Tricia Van Vliet, CPA, senior audit manager, to its employee benefit plan audit team.


New Holland Brewing has opened Sidecar, a 1,600-square-foot storefront and tasting room at 72 E. 8th St. in downtown Holland that will house a full line of merchandise, branded apparel, handcrafted items from BarrelWorks Project, and an assortment of beer and spirits to go.


Roland Rusticus, father of Grand Rapids Police Officer Andrew Rusticus, who suffered a fatal heart attack at age of 29 in 2012, presented a check derived from this year’s first annual K9K race held in August at Riverside Park to the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation in memory of his son.


The Bouma Corp. is the recipient of a $5,000 matching grant from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration to purchase additional fall protection harnesses, lanyards and lifelines.

The Gene Haas Foundation has presented a $50,000 grant to the Geek Group, a non-traditional science, technology, engineering, art and manufacturing educational institution. The grant will be used to expand the CNC educational programming at the facility at 902 Leonard St. NW, certifying it as an H-Tech Educational Center

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has received two $50,000 grants. The Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will support the U.S. premiere of an exhibition featuring the work of artists with disabilities, titled Art of the Lived Experiment. The Wege Foundation grant will support the DisArt Festival, a multi-pronged celebration of disability arts that will take place in downtown Grand Rapids April 10-25.


Allegan General Hospital recognized four nurses with its 2014 Nursing Excellence Award: John Chesebro, Tabetha Mohr, Lisa Striegle and Shirley Sutton-Rop.


Sunset Communities & Services in Jenison announced Steve Zuiderveen has been appointed CEO.


The Insurance Institute of Michigan announced the election of Mike Puerner, of Caledonia, as its 2015 chair.


The Park Clubof Kalamazoo announced attorney Shaun P. Willis, co-founder and managing partner of Willis Law, has been elected to the nonprofit’s board of directors.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced the addition of Scott M. Brookens, an associate practicing business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate law, and attorney Rachael M. Roseman, who represents clients in a variety of matters, including probate, commercial, insurance disputes and estate planning. Both have joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office and previously worked as summer associates in 2013.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP staff attorney Dustin Senneker has been certified as a relativity assisted review specialist.


Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announced changes to the annual Muskegon Lakeshore Home and Garden Show. The expanded event will be called the Home, Garden and Do It Yourself Show. It will be moved to the Fricano Event Center for 2015, taking place March 20 and 21. Carla Flanders, director of the Lakeshore Art Festival and owner of CMF Marketing, has been contracted to manage the event.


NPR news station Michigan Radio has hired Kimberly Springer as its social media producer, and Joe Linstroth as executive producer for “The Next Idea,” a show devoted to reporting innovations and ideas to help change Michigan.


The Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan elected the following to its 2015 education committee:chairperson, Chris Prins; vice-chairperson, Lawrence Duthler; director liaison, Matt Abraham; and committee members: Jeff Ammon, Shaun Biel, Olga Hallstedt, Greg Holt, Chip Hurley, Margie Lathrop, John Meyer and Rod Unema.

The Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan has elected the following to its 2015 forms committee:chairperson, Cathy Bottema; vice-chairperson, Emily Green; director liaison, Mary Anne Wisinski Rosely; and committee members: Jonathan Anderson, Mike Gantos, Scott Morgan, Dan Parmeter, Tim Platt, Allen Reider, Eric Starck, Scott Timmer, Marc Tourangeau and Bill VanderSluis.


Biggby Coffee’s newest location is at 1033 Gezon Parkway SW in Wyoming. The coffee shop features free Wi-Fi and a full menu of gourmet coffee, tea and frozen drinks. Hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.


C/D/H announced Eric Olmstead has been promoted from consultant to director of infrastructure and cloud services.

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