Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School associate dean inducted into alumni ROTC Hall of Fame


Retired Brigadier General and current WMU Cooley Law School associate dean and professor of law Michael C.H. McDaniel was inducted into the alumni ROTC Hall of Fame for the Seneca Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the Olean, New York-based St. Bonaventure University. McDaniel’s vita includes military judge, state judge advocate and as a civilian trial attorney with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He was appointed Michigan’s first Homeland Security adviser in 2003.


Former astronaut Marine Colonel (ret) Jack Lousma recently spoke at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to honor the memory of Roger B. Chaffee 50 years after the tragic Apollo 1 fire. Lousma was a NASA astronaut from the 1970s and early 1980s.

Kent District Library announced it received a $208,000 grant from the Steelcase Foundation so it can design and offer a bookmobile to the KDL community. The mobile library will be operational in winter 2018. It will enable KDL to bring its services and programming to Kent County residents who can’t travel to one of its 18 branches on a regular basis. It will be equipped with a vast assortment of collection materials for both children and adults.


Retired Col. Scott Haraburda is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Haraburda is a 1981 graduate from then Grand Rapids Junior College; chemistry professor Joe Hesse was named the college’s 2017 Emeritus Faculty; and president Dr. Steven C. Ender received the President Emeritus Award. Ender retired in April.

Lakeside Surfaces owner Rob Riegler was recognized as Muskegon’s 2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s annual E-Awards Luncheon.

The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce in Holland announced the recipients of the 2017 Minority Business Award recipients: Minority Business of the Year, Francé Allen of Ventura Manufacturing; Minority Business Champion Award, Dawn Garcia Ward of Warner Norcross and Judd; and Juanita Bocanegra, Ottawa County Prosecutors Office.

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced its 2017 Hispanic Chamber Awards: Hispanic Business of the Year: El Granjero Mexican Grill; Hispanic Businessperson of the Year: Carlos Sanchez, Ferris State University; Most Promising Hispanic Business: iRide Smart; Young Professional of the Year: Steffanie Rosalez, Cook Arts Center; Building Bridges Award: Tony Baker, Ferris State University; and Nonprofit Champion Award: Mind Meets Music.


The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office announced its fiscal 2016 lender awards: Huntington National Bank, Michigan Lender of the Year; State Bank, Community Lender of the Year; Comerica Bank, Business Development Lender of the Year; and Chase Bank, 504 Third Party Lender of the Year.


Mixed Staffing & Recruiting joined the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and recently hosted its five-year anniversary celebration at their office in the Oldtown Riverfront Building, 85 Campau Ave., Suite. R304.


Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University announced Charles Wright will become the college’s dean of academic affairs. His appointment begins July 15.

Mosley Cosmetology School recently opened at 4454 Breton Road SE in Kentwood. Theresa Mosley and Summer Williams are the school’s co-founders and licensed cosmetology instructors. The beauty school will be open Monday through Friday and can serve 60 students between the morning and night sessions.


Travelocity and the American Distilling Institute identified Grand Rapids as one of the Top 10 Craft Spirits Tourism Destinations in America. The city is home to several award-winning distilleries and tasting rooms.


Kent County received, for the 19th consecutive year from S&P Global and Moody’s Investors Service, Triple-A credit ratings. Of the approximately 3,140 counties in the United States, Kent County ranks in the top 3 percent of counties in the nation for holding a Triple-A rating for long-term debt.


Spectrum Health was named one of the 15 top health systems and one of the top five largest health systems in the nation by Truven Health Analytics, based on key performance measures. This is the sixth time since 2010 that Spectrum Health has received this honor. Truven Health Analyticsstudy is part of the IBM Watson Health business and evaluates health systems with the highest overall achievement on a balanced scorecard that focuses on five performance domains: inpatient outcomes, process of care, extended outcomes, efficiency and patient experience.


Dégagé Ministries welcomed Charles E. Burpee to its board of directors. Burpee is a partner and patent attorney with Warner Norcross & Judd.


Peter M. Kulas-Dominguez joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as an attorney of the family law group. Kulas-Dominguez focuses his practice on family law litigation, including divorce, LGBT family issues, domestic relations mediation, spousal support, child custody and support, abuse and neglect matters, complex business valuation, and pre and postnuptial agreements.


Ottawa County Parks announced its intent to construct a suspension bridge at Grand Ravines Park. Beatrice Aldrink Idema donated $350,000 to fully construct it. The suspension bridge will be 250 feet long and 70 feet in the air and will be ADA accessible, with a paved path leading to one side of the bridge. The cost of this pathway will be covered by donors Ray and Alma Statema. Construction will begin in spring with a projected fall completion.

Ottawa County’s Spring 2016 Step it Up Walking Challenge was featured in the Status Report for the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkability. The inaugural eight-week Step It Up! Walking Challenge took place from April to June 2016, and the second challenge took place in fall 2016. It included free, weekly group walks led by a naturalist with Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, who answered questions and helped participants discover new trails.


Leading Age Michigan announced Samaritas executive director of senior living Grand Rapids Deedre Vriesman is the recipient of the Leading Age 2017 Leadership in Action Award; administrator at Samaritas senior living Cadillac Terry Baer won the spot of Runner-Up for the Leadership in Action Award; and Samaritas Senior Living Cadillac earned the designation of Runner-Up for the 2017 Leading-Edge Care & Services Award.


Grand Rapids-based Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced it acquired four Wendy’s restaurants located in Interlochen, Ludington, Manistee and Traverse City.

Rail House Grill opened at 91 Douglas Ave., Holland. Full menu and specials are available at


SpartanNash announced Brian Holt was named vice president, marketing. He will be responsible for driving customer engagement through marketing and advertising, brand positioning, market research, e-commerce and loyalty programs. 

Tailor Made Bridal, 315 S. Division Ave. at the Pop-Up Shop GR, announced it is the first bridal salon in West Michigan to cater exclusively to plus-sized women, featuring bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, formal wear, casual dresses and accessories for sizes 14 and better. Owner Krystle Hunter has more than 15 years of experience in the wedding industry. Details:


Ducks Unlimited Greater Grand Rapids Chapter earned a top spot from the President’s Elite list for raising $100,000 to $250,000 for DU’s habitat conservation work in 2016 out of the more than 2,600 DU chapters nationwide that host more than 3,900 fundraising events throughout the year.

West Ottawa Lakeshore Elementary students in Holland planted trees at their school with the help of CityFlatsHotel as part of continued efforts to help spread awareness of Earth Day.


BizStream in Allendale was recognized as a West Michigan Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources

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