Nonprofit names board members


Amy Lodenstein. Courtesy GROW

A local nonprofit focused on aiding female entrepreneurs has appointed four new members to its board of trustees.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, or GROW, announced last week the addition of Amy Lodenstein, Hilary Roelofs, Debra VanHevele and Stacy George to its board.

Each appointee will serve a three-year term on the 22-member board.

The nonprofit's board members help to foster its growth by providing "resources and expertise."

“These new board members will help ensure that the services and resources we provide remain accessible to our clientele,” said Bonnie Nawara, CEO, GROW. “These women bring even more great experience to an already powerful board. I feel confident that our organization is in good hands.”

Board member backgrounds

Lodenstein is the director of operations at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids and an adjunct professor for the department of Allied Health Sciences at Grand Valley State University. She hold a B.S.N. from Hope College and an M.S.N. and M.B.A. from GVSU.

Roelofs is the family office manager at Legacy Trust in Grand Rapids. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Aquinas College.

Van Hevele is the SVP and regional manager for West/Southwest Michigan at Comerica Bank, where she has worked for 28 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Western Michigan University and an M.B.A. in finance from Baker College.

A West Michigan native, George is an estate planning and real estate attorney at Varnum. She  bachelor’s degree from Alma College and a J.D. from the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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