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Change Ups: Arts grant intended to ‘touch strangers’

December 27, 2013
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Touch Strangers

Saugatuck Center for the Arts has received a $10,000 Challenge America-Fast-Track grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its fall 2014 exhibition titled “Touching Strangers” by photographer Richard Renaldi. The grant supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disabilities. The exhibition will be in the Bertha Krueger Reid Gallery at the SCA from Sept. 2-Nov. 23, 2014.

ACCOUNTING

Kaptein, Dykstra & Co. PC, of Grandville, announced the promotion to partner of Joel Holstege.

ARTS

Three Grand Rapids Public Library locations have been selected to join the Family Place Libraries national network, providing a welcoming community environment with resources that families need to nurture their children’s development during the critical first year of life: Grand Rapids Main Library, Madison Square Branch and Ottawa Hills Branch.

ASSOCIATIONS

The National Association of Women in Construction Grand Rapids Chapter announced its 2013-2014 board members and directors: president, Char Terpsma, Pleune Service Co.; vice president, Leslie Nelson, GZAGeoEnvironmental; secretary, Tanya Fredricks, Builders Exchange of Michigan; and treasurer, Barb Silvis, Kent Companies. Directors: Linda Blanchard, Thermal-Tec; Kristy Hawkins, Rockford Construction; Alyssa Veneklase, Pioneer Construction; and Jenny Waugh, Rockford Construction.

AWARDS

Michigan Employer Supports of the Guard and Reserve announced the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan is the recipient of a Patriot Award in recognition of its extraordinary support of its employees serving in the U.S. Military Reserve Components. U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles accepted the award on behalf of the office.

BANKING

Macatawa Bank announced the addition of Bryan Wait, branch manager of its Douglas office.

Northpointe Bank announced the additions of loan officers Michael Bartels, Doug Nykamp and Beth Osterhaven.

Stephen Grey has joined Founders Bank & Trust as assistant vice president-commercial lending.

CONSTRUCTION

Ken Van Putten has joined Andy J. Egan Co. as chief engineer.

Rockford Construction announced the additions of Tiffany Stuart, assistant project manager; Dan Clappison, senior project manager; Jason Verhey, project manager; and Chris Daniel, estimator and project manager. The company also has hired six project superintendents: Cody Groulx, Matt Tufford, Tim Exposito, Mike Denslow, Jason Passero and Jeff Diemer.

EDUCATION

Baker College Online has been awarded the designation of Top Military-Friendly College by Military Advanced Education, a journal of higher learning for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

David R. Lepper has been named Ferris State University’s associate vice president for advancement. Lepper’s duties include the supervision of a centralized fundraising staff of 14 people whose responsibilities include annual giving, advancement services, athletics giving, corporate and foundation relations, donor relations, major giving, planned giving, and research and prospect management.

Ferris State University’s board of trustees approved three new academic degree programs: Master of Architecture for Kendall College of Arts and Design; Master of Social Work and an Associate of Applied Science, pre-digital media.

Grand Rapids Community College announced 76 people received certificates of completion through its job training programs: automotive technician (eight students); construction electrician (six); green construction remodeling (four); introduction to construction (11); machinists/CNC technician (23); residential construction (five); computer support technician (9); and welding/fabrication technician (10).

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Lambert, Edwards & Associates has added Heather Wietzel, senior director, and Tyler Deur, associate, to its investor relations and financial communications practice.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Miller Poultry and D&W Fresh Market distributed 5,000 pounds of Miller Poultry drumsticks/thighs and 600 pounds of Miller Poultry chicken sausage for needy families, an effort coordinated through 10 food pantries.

FOUNDATIONS

Michigan Women’s Foundation announced Judith Welch is the new executive director of its West Michigan office, effective Jan. 2. She was formerly the vice president of Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership.

HEALTH

Julie Blodgett, a physical therapist at Northern Physical Therapy’s Sparta clinic, has received her certification in mechanical diagnosis and therapy, which certifies her in the McKenzie method of treatment for the spine and extremities.

Katie Gendron, LMSW, has joined Jenison Psychological Services as a new practitioner specializing in clinical therapy.

LEGAL

Court of Appeals Chief Judge William B. Murphy was elected to serve as the treasurer of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal throughout the U.S. This is the first of Murphy’s path to being elected the council’s president within the next few years.

Kaley M. Connelly has joined Miller Johnson as an associate in the Grand Rapids office.

Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC has promoted Carey A. Brechting to assistant administrator/accounting.

Miller Canfield announced the addition of associates James Boufides in its Kalamazoo office and Colleen Healy in its Grand Rapids office; and Annalise J. Buth and Patrick M. Jaicomo, litigation associates in its Grand Rapids office.

Mitchell Intellectual Property Law PLLC announced the addition of Bruce M. Kanuch. He specializes in patent prosecution, trademark and copyright law and related contract drafting and negotiation. 

ViiloLaw recently marked its first-year anniversary in West Michigan. The firm serves clients in the areas of Social Security disability, workers’ compensation and criminal law.

LOGISTICS

Martin Transportation Systems partnered with Kids’ Food Basket over the holidays for an MTS Gives Back initiative to help fight childhood hunger in West Michigan. MTS made sack dinners for five area schools and challenged its employees to bring in food and monetary donations.

MANUFACTURING

Cascade Engineering announced the promotion of Kenyatta Brame to executive vice president.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Wondergem Consulting Inc. announced the addition of Kevan Chapman, senior consultant and director of public affairs. He directs the firm’s engagement in government and the public sector.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Adeline Hambley, environmental health manager with Ottawa County Department of Public Health, has graduated from the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials program.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Susan Laham, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Task Force on Physician’s Assistants.

RETAIL

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids announced the grand opening of its 1,400-square-foot Wyoming store at 870 28thSt. SW. It shares the parking lot with Rogers Plaza and Duthler Foods.

SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Van Andel Institute announced the appointment of Peter A. Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc., to director of research, chief scientific officer of Van Andel Research Institute. He begins officially Feb. 17. Jones is an internationally renowned researcher with more than 40 years experience in academia in the field of biomolecular research.

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