Change Ups: WMU Cooley graduates honored with GRBA’s ‘3-in-10’ Award


Christine Cameron, left, Kellen Dotson and Katie Johnson. Courtesy WMU Cooley Law School

WMU Cooley Law School graduates Christine Cameron, Kellen Dotson and Katie Johnson recently were presented with the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s “3-in-10” Award. The accolade goes to three attorneys in their first 10 years of practice who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and significant contributions to the legal profession. Cameron volunteers with the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s 3Rs program, which teaches civics to Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Preparatory High School’s ninth-grade students; criminal defense attorney Dotson’s volunteer efforts include the GRBA’s 3Rs program; and Johnson, a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Western Michigan, handles impact litigation to preserve low-income housing in West Michigan, landlord-tenant cases and divorce involving domestic violence.


Rehmann announced WatchGuard Technologies named it as the North America Partner of the Year in the company’s 2019 Partner Awards program.


The Grand Rapids Children's Museum was selected as Buddy’s Pizza’s first charity partner in Grand Rapids and will receive $5,000 because the museum is an advocate for play, which aligns with the innovative spirit of Buddy's Pizza.


Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announced the opening of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Rooftop Sculpture Garden that is located on top of the recently completed 22,000-square-foot Covenant Learning Center. The Rooftop Garden is part of the Welcoming the World: Honoring a Legacy of Love expansion project.


Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul H. O’Neill was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service. The medal will be presented by Mike Ford, chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, and Carla Hills, foundation trustee at the annual dinner of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation on June 3 at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C.

The Bronson Healthy Living Campus project, a partnership between Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bronson Healthcare and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, was named the winner for the 2019 American Association of Community Colleges Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership Award.


Advia Credit Union is constructing a new corporate headquarters in Oshtemo Township. The new location will feature a capacity to unite 460 employees from 32 departments and include a full-service branch, ATM and night deposit box.

1st Source Bank is among the 18 banks in the nation included in Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.’s Bank Honor Roll for 10 consecutive years of increased earnings per share.

United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph announced the appointment of Kelly Glenn, associate director for the board of directors, and Julie Duensing, supervisory committee member for the board of directors.


Compliance One Group in Kalamazoo acquired, owned and operated by Brad Keyes.

Stevensville-based Competitive Edge appointed Stephen Wittenbach account manager to serve in its newest Grand Rapids location.


Nate Potter joined Ada-based Erhardt Construction as safety manager.

Triangle Associates Inc. named Patrick A. Cebelak as senior vice president of finance and Matt Miller as business development manager.


The Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter awarded $7,750 for the Grand Rapids Public Schools Academy of Design and Construction.

The Grand Rapids Board of Education voted to appoint Ron Gorman interim superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools effective July 1.


Stephen Scholler, senior financial adviser of Wells Fargo Advisors in Grand Rapids, was recognized as a 2019 Best in State Wealth Advisor by Forbes.


Jason Shamblin was selected to serve as the next Ottawa County Parks and Recreation director.


Rasberry Field, a 3-acre park in southeast Grand Rapids, is the recipient of KOMPAN’s Matched Funding Grant campaign that helps community groups, schools and cities increase the size of their inclusive play spaces or interactive fitness areas. Rasberry Field has an undeveloped quarter-acre space in the southwest corner where the parks department will create a custom-designed play space, or Wellness Adventure Yard, in partnership with the Junior League of Grand Rapids.


Grand Rapids dentist Elizabeth (Betsy) Bakeman became president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s annual scientific session held in San Diego.

Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy opened its 13th location at 721 Three Mile Road NW, Suite 100, with Danny Patterson as center manager and physical therapist.

Wyoming-based Metro Health – University of Michigan Health opened its 17th neighborhood physician office at 4285 Parkway Place SW in Grandville, offering both family practice and OB/GYN services.


Holland Home was named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2018-2019 list.


Jesalyn Heard joined the Kentwood Police Department as a police officer. Heard is the first cadet to go through its new academic sponsorship program and the first African American woman to serve as a police officer in the department.


Miller Johnson was ranked by Chamber USA 2019 among Michigan’s best in the practice areas of corporate/M&A, employee benefits and executive compensation, labor and employment and general commercial litigation.

The Rhoades McKee commercial litigation team has been ranked as among only 11 other Michigan law firms for their representative work for 2018, and attorney Paul McCarthy was recognized as a leader in the field for his expertise in post-acquisition disputes and director liability actions.

Rhoades McKee shareholder Stephanie Myott-Beebe was elected to serve a three-year term as a trustee for the Grand Rapids Bar Association.


SMG-managed Van Andel Arena was awarded the title of 2018 Biggest Loser in the Michigan Battle of the Buildings competition in the entertainment category by Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and the Michigan Energy Office, for reducing energy consumption by a total of 12%.


Inner City Christian Federation announced it will move its main office from 920 Cherry St. SE to a new mixed-use redevelopment at 415 Franklin St. SE in 2020. The move will allow the 45-year-old affordable housing nonprofit to exist at the heart of the community in which it serves. It will undergo a $19-million development to create space for ICCF, Madison Church: Ford Campus and 41 new affordable apartments, as well as an on-site early learning center that will serve low-income families.


Boileau Communications in Holland hired Sean Silva as video strategist.


West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum promoted Carissa Patrone to equity program manager.


Muskegon-based EarthTronics introduced its new high-efficient, IP69K-rated and NSF-certified LED Wash Down High Bay for use in food processing and other clean room applications where washdown and product safety are important.

OST hired the following to its Grand Rapids office: Sandra Coutts, project management office; Jacob Gonser, configuration services; and Liz Klinger, financial operations.

X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC announced the availability of its latest release of Color iMatch formulation software for the textile industry. The new release of Color iMatch accelerates recipe creation for the textile industry through better initial matches and fewer corrections for faster dyeing times, cost savings and reduced waste.


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport announced that in April, it reached 292,699 passengers compared to 259,106 in 2018, an increase of 13%. Total traffic has soared to over a million passengers served this year.


Michigan Software Labs in Ada launched a new website,

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