Change-Ups: Woller tapped as nature center’s president

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Jack Woller. Courtesy Blandford Nature Center

Jack Woller joined Blandford Nature Center as president and CEO. He first joined the nonprofit in August 2014 and directed the organization through significant growth, leading the organization to financial stability. During his tenure, the Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center was constructed, a seven-figure endowment was created, and The Highlands Golf Course was acquired in partnership with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. Woller previously was principal at id3 Creative, a UX designer at ThoughtFull Design, executive director at Fountain Street Church and associate director and creative director at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

ACCOUNTING

Rehmann has been named to the Best CPA Firms for Equity Leadership and Best CPA Firms for Women by the Accounting MOVE Project.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Extra Credit Projects won three gold and three silver awards at the Graphis Advertising 2022 Awards. Entries included a range of TV, out of home, and nontraditional mediums, ranging from higher education to public service work.

LEAD Marketing Agency hired ArtPrize 2021 winner Monica Pritchard as account director.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

EHTC hired Matt Fegan as valuation services director.

ASSOCIATIONS

Kristy Fercho, executive vice president and head of home lending at Wells Fargo, was appointed chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association; Matt Rocco, chairman of the board and CEO at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, and Mark Jones, CEO and co-founder of Amerifirst Home Mortgage, were appointed chairman-elect and vice chairman, respectively.

AWARDS

Blandford Nature Center was named the 2021 West Michigan Sustainable Business of the Year by the members of West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce announced its 2021 EPIC Awards recipients: Small Business of the Year Pure Architects; Non-Profit of the Year Comprehensive Therapy Center; Creative Business of the Year Grand Rapids Ballet; Minority-Owned Business of the Year La Fuente Consulting; Veteran-Owned Business of the Year Wimage; Woman-Owned Business of the Year Gold Coast Doulas; Emerging Leader of the Year Sylvia Nyamuhungu; DEI Champion Recognition Leader of the Year Jessa Challa; DEI Champion Recognition Organization of the Year OST; LGBTQIA+ Champion Recognition Organization of the Year Camp Blodgett; and Excellence In Business Autocam Medical.

The Grand Rapids Symphony announced Susan Gould as the winner of the John P. Varineau Outstanding Educator Award for 2020-21. Gould is director of instrumental music for Greenville Public Schools.

BANKING

Michael Keast. Courtesy Union Bank

Michael Keast joined Union Bank as vice president, commercial relationship manager.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Eisele Connectors announced the addition of Micael Measho as sales representative.

Haviland Enterprises Inc. announced the promotion of Meg Post to president. Post joined Haviland in 2018 as vice president of finance and became CFO in 2020.

Kalamazoo-based Welsh & Associates welcomed Alyssa Drew and Elijah Isch to its team of recruiting specialists as executive search consultants.

The Grand Rapids Chamber welcomed Andre Daley as director of inclusion.

The president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan, Phil Catlett, retired.

CONSTRUCTION

1-800-HANSONS hired Todd Rollman as general manager.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Jonas R. Peterson joined Southwest Michigan First as chief executive officer.

EDUCATION

Hope College associate professor of psychology Daryl Van Tongeren is the recipient of 10 Under 10 alumni Award and the Margaret Gorman Early Career Award for 2022 from the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, a division of the American Psychological Association.

Shannon L. Harris has been promoted to executive director of Our Community’s Children. Her work includes ensuring youth who live in Grand Rapids have jobs, quality afterschool programs, access to college and a successful path to a degree and leadership opportunities.

The Information Security and Intelligence program in Ferris State University’s College of Business received a $150,000 grant from the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense to assist in the development of cybersecurity curriculum content.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Greenleaf Trust senior vice president, director of human resources Karen Baldwin successfully passed the DiversityFIRST certification program and examination administered by the National Diversity Council and has been awarded the National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional designation.

HEALTH

Big Rapids-based West Michigan Surgery Center for the second time in two years in the recipient of Newsweek Magazine’s America’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2022.

Comprehensive Therapy Center hired Julie Helm as operations director.

Spectrum Health earned the highest possible mark in the 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program in the area of acute care, the only Level 10 recipient in Michigan in acute care and one of only nine worldwide. Spectrum also received a Level 9 mark for ambulatory care, one of only four awarded in Michigan. The health system also is a recipient of the American Medical Association’s 2021 Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program for demonstrating commitment to preserving the well-being of health care team members by engaging in proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout. Spectrum Health is one of 44 health care organizations across the country to be recognized for 2021.

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers granted accredited status to Spectrum Health Cancer Center.

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation announced the additions of Katie Collins, Jen Dustin and Adam Doorn as physical therapists.

INSURANCE

J.M. Wilson hired Amy Hotrum as assistant brokerage underwriter in its Portage office.

LEGAL

Brianna Keller joined Rhoades McKee as an associate and member of the estate planning and administration team.

The Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan was honored by the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section with the Nanci S. Klein Award.

Troy M. Cumings. Courtesy Warner Norcross

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP executive partner Troy M. Cumings has been named among Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law for 2021 for outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan and setting an example for other lawyers.

LEISURE & RECREATION

The YWCA West Central Michigan appointed the following officers: India Manns, (community volunteer) president; Cindy Rogowski (Meijer), vice-president; Peggy Bishop, (community volunteer) treasurer; and Jessie Jones (Spectrum Health), secretary. Newly appointed to the board: Shateka Abbott (West Michigan Partnership for Children); Pastor Jathan Austin (Bethel Empowerment Church); Matthew Cook (Lake Michigan Credit Union); Janina Kreider (Mercantile Bank); M. Paola León (Grand Valley State University, School of Social Work); and Michelle Rabideau (Saint Mary’s Foundation a member of Mercy Health).

MANUFACTURING

Grand Haven-based Shape Corp. added Ed Pleet as chief technology officer.

MEDIA

13 ON YOUR SIDE announced the addition of weekend meteorologist Blake Hansen.

NONPROFITS

Mollie Waller joined Youth Solutions Inc. as executive director.

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids welcomed back Jamie Scaffidi as senior vice president of operations.

Wedgwood Christian Services hired Brooke Jevicks as chief advancement officer.

PUBLISHING

Our Daily Bread Ministries’ publishing arm, Our Daily Bread Publishing, hired Katara Patton, senior editor, and Joel Armstrong, content editor and product developer.

RETAIL

Kentwood Office Furniture announced Sydney Watkins joined the company as director of design and sales enablement in its Grand Rapids office.

Jonas Paul Eyewear hired Lindsey Button as director of social media marketing and April Bowen as graphic design specialist.

TRANSPORATION

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority added Kevin Delaney to its senior leadership team as maintenance and asset management director.

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