Faith-based nonprofit names board members


Laina Mills.

A local faith-based nonprofit that serves the region has appointed several new members to its board.

Grand Rapids-based Catholic Charities West Michigan, or CCWM, said last week that it has named four people to its governing body: Conor Dugan, senior counsel at Warner Norcross & Judd; Brad Fowler, associate attorney at Law Weathers; Laina Mills, an investment manager at Legacy Trust; and Jim Wojczynski, a retiree of Autocam Corporation.

The new positions on the board took effect Oct. 1.

“All of our new board members embody the mission of Catholic Charities West Michigan and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table,” said Terry Walsh, president and CEO, CCWM. “We are very fortunate to have them by our side, as we continue to provide help and create hope for the most vulnerable in our communities.”

The members will fill the gaps left by outgoing board members, Brian Page and Brent Rector, who are stepping down after the end of this term.

Page is stepping down as chair of the board after eight years of service, and Rector is leaving after serving six years on the board.

“The leadership and support that Brian and Brent provided during their service on the board has been an invaluable resource that has allowed us to not only continue but grow the impact of our services here in West Michigan,” Walsh said. “We look forward to fostering our relationship with both of them as valued community members and continuing supporters of our mission and programs.”

CCWM board for 2016

Kathleen Allen

Jason Balgavy

David Beach

Joan Bowersox

James Brady

Mike Brown

Conor Dugan

Brad Fowler

Very Rev. John Geaney

David Harris

Marcie Hillary

Paul Kuiper

Laina Mills

Jennifer Pascua

Kelli Smith

Dolores Trese

Thomas Wesholski

Jim Wojczynski

Patty Woodhouse

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