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Change Ups: Focus on women’s health earns recognition

November 15, 2013
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Jennifer Dentler
Dr. Shake Ketefian, interim director, Bronson School of Nursing, Jennifer Dentler and Dr. Earlie M. Washington, dean of WMU's College of Health and Human Services.

Jennifer Dentler, Allegan General Hospital’s Spirit of Women coordinator, was one of 10 alumni inducted into the Outstanding Alumni Academy of the Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services. Dentler was honored in recognition of outstanding leadership and practice in improving the health of women. Through her practice, she has focused on women’s health and enriched the lives of women and their families. She has worked at Allegan General Hospital since 2004.

ACCOUNTING

Beene Garter partner David Barrons was honored with the Thomas M. Hoatlin Award for his efforts in encouraging a mutually beneficial relationship between the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Brickley DeLong PC was named a 2013 All-Star Firm and Fastest-Growing Firm by INSIDE Public Accounting. Firms are selected on performance in specific areas, compared with more than 500 participating firms in the IPA Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms. The firm also announced the additions of staff accountants Donny Baird, David Milligan and Eric Huizing, beginning in January 2014. Baird and Milligan will work in the Muskegon office and Huizing in the Grand Rapids office.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Byce & Associates Inc. announced it has named Michael Flynn and Bryan Webster to vice president.

AWARDS

Applied Imaging has been selected a 2013 Elite Dealer by The Week in Imaging, an online information and news publication for resellers of imaging technology supplies and services.

Van Andel Arena is the recipient of a Kent County Health Department 2013 Food Safety Award for the eateries and concession stand inside the SMG-managed facility in downtown Grand Rapids.

BANKING

Northpointe Bank has been recognized in Independent Bankers magazine as earning a top spot nationally among banks of similar asset size. Northpointe also announced the opening of a mortgage loan center in Chelsea, 134 W. Middle St., the first in the Chelsea area.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Interphase Interiors announced the additions of Liz Reilly, account executive; Ashley Gibbs, designer; and Chris Rozema, installer.

The Charter Group announced the addition of Charles J. Vranian to its advisory board. Vranian brings more than 30 years of experience in business management and leadership, particularly in the furniture industry.

Sheila Wood has joined Kentwood Office Furniture’s inside sales staff in the Grand Rapids office.

The Women’s Business Enterprise Network Council has certified Busy Bea’s Cleaning Services as a Woman Owned Business.

CONSTRUCTION

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has named Brad Messer manager of its Grand Rapids branch.

Morris Builders Inc. announced the additions of Rick Gulliford, fourth lead carpenter, and Helena Kuzma, sales consultant.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy announced the recent graduation of 30 students. Its 80th session began with a challenge to students to perform acts of kindness; they collected clothing for the homeless, donated bus passes and organized a food drive for Teen Challenge.

Grand Valley State University is the recipient of a Keep Michigan Beautiful Award for community development initiatives and sustainable projects.

FOUNDATIONS

Peaches McCahill, president of The McCahill Group, was elected the first female board chair for the Michigan Fitness Foundation. McCahill also is serving her third term on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

HEALTH

Michigan Healthcare Volunteer Resources Professionals announced appointments to its 2013-2014 state board of directors: membership chair, Kristyn Ireland; education co-chair Donna Martorano; president-elect, Rachel Selgo; newsletter chair, Katelyn Johnson; and community resource chair, Penny Brown.

HUMAN SERVICES

Susan K. Ledy, president and CEO of the Literacy Center of West Michigan, announced she will retire in May 2014.

Mel Trotter Ministries announced it has a new tagline, “compassion demonstrated,” to go along with a new 90-day program for residents of the facility that will allow the organization to house and care for more homeless people.

LEGAL

Charles H. Worsfold, a partner with the firm Worsfold Macfarlane McDonald PLLC, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Fredrick D. Dilley, a shareholder in Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC’s Grand Rapids office, was elected to serve as vice-chair on the board of trustees for the Michigan State University College of Law.

Mark E. Fatum, shareholder at Rhoades McKee, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has been ranked a 2014 Best Law Firm by Best Lawyers and U.S. News Media Group. The firm earned national ranking in the areas of environmental law and regulatory enforcement litigation. Three of its offices received top-tier ratings in multiple practice areas. The law firm also announced Douglas E. Wagner has been re-elected managing partner for a fifth term, making him the longest-servicing managing partner in its history.

Miller Johnson received top ranking for 25 practice areas in the Grand Rapids metro area and eight in Kalamazoo by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.

MANUFACTURING

Wolverine Worldwide announced the appointments of Ira P. Hernowitz as president of the Stride Rite Children’s Group, and Frank Annunziata to vice president and general manager of Sebago.

PUBLIC SERVICE

The Kent County Emergency Management/Local Emergency Planning Committee announced the cities of Grand Rapids and Kentwood and Cascade and Gaines townships fire departments participated in a hazardous materials exercise at a Knape and Vogt facility on Oak Industrial Drive to evaluate their response to a hazardous materials spill.

Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Paul Lemley, of Ada, to the Electrical Administrative Board.

SERVICES

Ideal Image, a laser hair removal salon, announced the opening of a new center at 3659 28th St. SE.

Randy Cross, owner of the Fish Window Cleaning Holland and Grand Rapids markets, was recognized for top sales at the company’s annual convention in St. Louis, Mo. The award goes to franchisees who added more than 500 accounts to their customer base in the previous year.

SPORTS

Elizabeth Sanders has been named the Road Warrior Community vote winner. She will take one of the 10 Road Warrior slots for the 2014 Fifth Third River Bank Run.

TRANSPORTATION

The Michigan Department of Transportation announced the Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Engineers selected the reconstruction of Plainfield Avenue as an example of how public agencies and the private sector can work together to accomplish green initiatives. A paper on the project was presented at the institute’s Green Streets, Highways and Development conference in Austin, Texas.

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