Change Ups: Volunteers build new KaBOOM! playground in Wyoming


More than 200 volunteers from Amway, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, KaBOOM! organizers and others from the community collaborated recently to build a new playground at Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in April. The new playground will make the city of Wyoming more playable. The playground is the 18th built by Amway and KaBOOM!


TowerPinkster announced the additions of Greg Adamczyk, engineer; Amber Anderson and Ella Segur, interior designers; Craig Newhouse, landscape architect; Arthur Ueck and Zach Verhuls, architectural technicians; Andreas Argoudelis, mechanical design intern; and Caleb Martin, electrical engineering intern.


Cerasus Studio, 120 S. Division Ave., announced it will open to the public Aug. 5 with a 5:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., followed by the exhibition “Black Borders” featuring Caroline Cook and Lesley Albert. The studio is an educational gallery that teaches art students professional exhibition skills through local arts industry mentors.

LowellArts announced the start of its public phase to raise the final dollars of the $1.1-million Moving to Main capital campaign it launched in August 2015 to purchase, restore and renovate two historic adjoining buildings that will serve as its new home in downtown Lowell. The facility will provide an expanded gallery for visual art exhibitions and a flexible space for intimate musical and theatrical performances, expand its arts classes for youth and adults in a new multipurpose room and provide facility rental opportunities.

Seth Larson has been hired to be the business manager for the Grand Rapids Public Library. Larson previously held accounting positions at the North Carolina Museum of Art and for the town of Morrisville, North Carolina.


Women’s Resource Center announced the promotions of Sharon Caldwell-Newton to chief executive officer and Michelle Bryk to chief operating officer.


Ambs Call Center, which has a Grand Rapids-based call center, has been honored with the exclusive 2016 ATSI Award of Excellence by the Association of TeleServices International.

Fleis & VandenBrink’s Process Group Manager Jeff Pugh was named Outstanding Environmental Consultant by the Michigan Water Environment Association. Pugh has been with F&V for five years, was named the process group manager in 2015 and oversees nearly 20 employees at the Grand Rapids office.

JT’s Pizza & Spirits has for the fourth year won a Kent County Health Department Food Safety Award, for its superior preparation, handling and cleanliness practices in 2015.


AccessPoint announced the opening of a new office located at 6157 28th Street SE, Suite 14.

The Battle Creek Unlimited board of directors announced the appointment of Joe Sobieralski as interim president/CEO. Sobieralski joined BCU in December 2015 as vice president.

Consolidated Electrical Contractors announced its new office, 112 54th St. SW, Wyoming.

DK Security announced it was awarded a federal contract to provide 25 armed security guards at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. The one-year contract includes the option for renewal for up to three years.


Miller-Davis Co. in Kalamazoo welcomed three new interns: Vamshi Boorla, project intern; Sawyer Dickinson, project intern; and Tracy Kuhle, marketing intern.


Baker College Muskegon 2012 digital design graduate Jordan Haenlein of Grand Rapids earned first place with the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition in the category Best Illustration or Graphic for his Spring Lake Heritage Festival map in a special section of the Grand Haven Tribune. Haenlein also took first, second and third places in 2014 and first and second places in 2015.


Baker College in Muskegon Online bachelor’s programs have been recognized in three national rankings for 2016: third most affordable online bachelor’s degrees by College Choice; in the top 20 best online bachelor’s degrees in human resources by Best College Reviews; and in the top 40 for best online bachelor’s of health care administration programs by SuperScholar in its “Smart Choice” series.

Ottawa County’s 20th Circuit Court Family Division-Juvenile Court announced the first of its graduates from the Juvenile Justice Institute: Johnny Nguyen (Holland Public Schools) and Karas Bayko (Hudsonville Public Schools) earned their high school diplomas via the institute. Both students plan to attend college this fall.


The City of Grand Rapids has selected ASTI Environmental to provide as-needed professional environmental services. The multi-year contract includes investigation, sampling, remediation and/or risk management services related to air quality, asbestos-containing materials, lead-based paint and pollution prevention, as well as brownfield redevelopment, environmental impact studies, environmental site investigations, assessments, remediation and compliance audits.


Merrill Lynch Wealth Management advisors David A. Lund of Rockford and Timothy Long of Ada were recognized by Wealth Management Magazine in its annual “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in 2016” list, which are ranked exclusively by assets under management at the four wirehouse firms. Only advisors for whom 80 percent or more of assets correspond to retail clients are eligible for the list.


The Ferris Foundation for Excellence announced Archie Manning, a former NFL quarterback and father to Super Bowl-winning passers Peyton and Eli Manning, will deliver the FFE Benefit’s keynote address Nov. 4 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

Mary Harper has been appointed to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s board of trustees, and Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran retired from the foundation board, having served since 2007. Wilson-Oyelaran also retired as president of Kalamazoo College.


Allegan General Hospital’s board of trustees has elected Antkoviak & Antkoviak PC partner Matthew Antkoviak to its board.

Dr. Brittany Denison has joined Cascade Hospital for Animals

David Bilardello has been named vice president, government relations and public policy, for Spectrum Health. Bilardello will oversee Spectrum Health’s federal, state and local public policy relationships and advocacy, and direct the public policy and advocacy functions of Spectrum Health, working with its medical group, hospital group and health plan.

Tina Miller, regional health and wellness advisor for Meijer Inc., was named president for a one-year term of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. MAND’s more than 3,000 dietetic professional members serve Michigan residents in practices including schools, public health departments, food service operations, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Strong Beginnings, a partnership of eight organizations dedicated to improving maternal and child health and addressing significant perinatal health disparities among African-Americans in Kent County, is the recipient of the American Hospital Association’s AHA NOVA Award for its hospital-led collaborative efforts to improve community health.


Drury Hotels Co. announced the opening of its Drury Inn & Suites, 5175 28th St. SE, the company’s first property in the market and third in the state of Michigan. The hotel features 180 guest rooms and more than 2,900 square feet of meeting and event space.


The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute has awarded Hope Network President/CEO Phil Weaver the Trailblazer Award in Health & Equity, in recognition of Hope Network’s long-standing commitment and dedication to providing services to the greater Grand Rapids community.


Allstate Insurance Co. has recognized local Allstate agency owners who have earned the designation of Allstate Premier Service Agent for 2016: Robert Ethen, 2850 E Beltline Ave. NE; Adam Gorbutt, 81 Lake Michigan Dr. Suite 120; Corey Gouin, 4240 29th St. SE; and Mark Noffsinger, 2666 Alpine Ave. NW.

Debra VanSweden has joined HNI Risk Services as an account executive in its benefits department.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency in Grandville announced the additions of health and life agents Kimberly Jarchow, Lorri Kelbel and Daniel Karrip.


Price Heneveld LLP announced partner Aaron J. Wong has been appointed to its three-member management committee.

Elder Law of Michigan’s 8th Annual Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards’ Aug. 31 reception at the Grand Rapids Art Museum will recognize the following for contributions to the fields of law and aging: Bonnie Hogoboom, resource & integration navigator at Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, for improving seniors’ lives in Calhoun County; Nancy Kropiewnicki, contract coordinator at Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, for her leadership at the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition; and Catherine Metzler, attorney at Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey PLC, for her leadership and resources provided to the Kalamazoo Elder Abuse Coalition.


The Detroit Pistons announced the team has named Jon Phelps as general manager and Rex Walters as head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons.


X-Rite Pantone announced Delaware-based Plastic Resins, which produces small-lot custom color concentrates for plastics, has standardized on X-Rite color management solutions for color formulation and measurement.

Worksighted in Holland has hired Dennis Huffman as support engineer for the remote support team in Holland.


Michigan Festivals & Events Association in Chesaning has launched a website that provides visitors and members a user-friendly site to explore festivals and events throughout Michigan. For more information, visit

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