LGR Names Simmons and Heacock Distinguished Trustees

February 27, 2002
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GRAND RAPIDS — Leadership Grand Rapids will honor Steven Heacock and Valerie Simmons with 2002 Distinguished Community Trustee awards in two weeks at the group's annual scholarship fundraiser. "This annual award is presented to a person or organization who stands out in terms of service, trusteeship and a commitment to the community," said Derrick Sorles, executive director of Leadership Grand Rapids.

"Both Steven and Valerie exemplify the four platforms of the LGR program with their wealth of leadership skills, commitment to diversity, building strong community connections and looking at the community as a system," he added.

Sorles said Simmons, a partner at Warner, Norcross and Judd, has been active in the legal community and in other areas, such as education. He remarked that her commitment to the public education system was evident by the unselfish giving of her time and expertise to a number of education-related organizations.

As for Heacock, vice president of development and general counsel for Priority Health, Sorles said he has immersed himself in a variety of community activities. Also chairman of the Kent County Board of Commissioners, Heacock graduated from the first LGR class in 1986 and then chaired the LGR Executive Board in 1991-92.

The Business Journal honored Heacock last month with its 2001 Newsmaker-of-the-Year Award for leading Kent County commissioners and administrators into new service areas.

Simmons and Heacock will receive their awards at The Event! on March 14 from 5-8:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Jarecki Center for Advanced Learning at Aquinas College.

LDR is a community leadership development program of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

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