Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: Immigration experience attracts Yoo to law

Sungjin Yoo learned early on in life that the devil is in the details — a fact that makes him passionate today about creating legal contracts that minimize risks and errors.

Inside Track: Rolinski creates leaders worth following

Elizabeth Rolinski is writing the next chapter of her professional career after retiring as a global executive from the world’s largest battery manufacturer.

Inside Track: Nonprofit director draws on development experience

The one-man powerhouse of Housing Next, Ryan Kilpatrick, is working to reduce barriers to the creation of housing at all price points, utilizing his experience in building bridges between nonprofits, developers and state and local authorities.

Inside Track: Noordeloos applies multinational experience

Camila Noordeloos is a firm believer not only in the power of entrepreneurship to make the world better, but in the importance of fresh perspectives to make businesses stronger.

Inside Track: Small sells GR with a passion

Douglas Small’s job is to sell Grand Rapids to the rest of the world.

Inside Track: Price empowers through poetry

Marcel Price is passing the crown of poet laureate for Grand Rapids in 2021, but the artist known as Fable is leaving behind a legacy steeped in storytelling as a source of self-discovery and self-care.

Inside Track: Learning to trust her voice

Building relationships with the Latino community in Grand Rapids that she didn’t have growing up changed the direction of Erika VanDyke’s life and led her to her current job in community philanthropy.

Inside Track: Golf pro finds passion in teaching

The game of golf has been a generational sport in Jimmy Wisinski’s family. His father and grandfather were golf professionals and Wisinski has followed in their footsteps.

Inside Track: Doing the job her own way

Learning never stops for Chaoying Zhang, who is at the forefront of new technological innovations at Rockford Construction. Because she considers herself very scientifically minded, she embraces the challenge of being the company’s first mechanical engineering plumbing coordinator.

Inside Track: Brian Elve pays his blessings forward

As director of the Guiding Light Recovery Program, Brian Elve has witnessed many transformations over the past half-dozen years that mirror his own story.