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Change Ups: AARP Michigan hires outreach director

January 24, 2014
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Jennifer Feuerstein of Grand Rapids has been appointed associate state director for outreach at AARP Michigan. She will work with volunteers, members and partners to execute AARP Michigan’s state plan and social mission. For the past two years, she has been director of marketing, communications and development for the Gerontology Network in Grand Rapids. She also is a writer for Faith Grand Rapids Magazine, focusing her columns on senior issues.

ACCOUNTING

Plante Moran announced the promotion of associate Megan Buggia in its Grand Rapids office. Her focus is auditing for clients in manufacturing, higher education and nonprofits.

ARTS

Division Avenue Arts Collective has launched a RocketHub campaign to raise funds for a new venue. Its goal is to raise $20,000 to put toward a security deposit, rent, permits, construction materials and other start-up costs.

ASSOCIATIONS

Clark Hill attorney Jeffrey Van Winkle has been named chair of the National Small Business Association.

The West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announced its 2014 officers and new board members: president, Derek DeVries, Lambert Edwards & Associates; president elect, Jennifer Griffin, Clark Communications; secretary, Adrienne Wallace, GVSU; and treasurer, Bradley Gordon, WGVU. New board members: Carl Apple, Nicole Cook, Emily Horton, Lyndsie Post, Emily Richett and Trish Taylor.

AWARDS

Grand Rapids Community Foundation is the 2014 Diversity Visionary Award recipient selected by Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The award will be presented at the March 19 annual celebration at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

BUSINESS SERVICES

The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan Chapter announced Macatawa Bank is its newest Gold Sponsor for 2014.

NewNorth Center for Design in Business has named Seth Starner its new president. Starner most recently led Amway Corp.’s business innovation consulting.

CONSTRUCTION

Owen-Ames-Kimball announced the addition of Josh Szymanski, director of business development. He will oversee O-A-K’s annual business development plan, identifying market drivers, key tasks and overall execution.

EDUCATION

Ferris State University ranked 24th nationwide on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Online Graduate Nursing programs.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School announced the appointment of Professor James L. Carey as director of its Master of Laws in Corporate Law and Finance program.

FOUNDATIONS

Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced appointments to its board of trustees: chair, Wayne Britt, Kent County; vice chair, Paul Keep, MLive Media Group; and Carlos Sanchez.

GRANTS

Spectrum Health Innovations, Grand Valley State University and GR Current have received a $187,000 grant from the Michigan Initiative for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The project, Spectrum Community T2, will use a multi-disciplinary process to increase the success of biomedical commercialization opportunities in West Michigan’s life sciences corridor.

HEALTH

Sean Brandt, D.O., has joined Bronson Family Practice Oshtemo; Lauren Weesies, PA-C, has joined Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists; and Ashley Thompson, MSN, R.N., ACNP,  joined Bronson Rapid Response Team.

HUMAN SERVICES

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids has named David Abbott director of friends and corporate relations.

INSURANCE

Guillermo Cisneros has joined Berends Hendricks Stuit’s personal lines department as an account executive

LEGAL

Bloom Sluggett Morgan PC announced the addition of attorney Jack Van Coevering.

Price Heneveld LLP announced the additions of Michael T. Hages as an intellectual property attorney and Daniel R. Hoovier as an associate whose practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in the mechanical, manufacturing, computer and electrical arts.

Rhoades McKee announced Steven C. Berry and Christopher S. Berry have joined its insurance defense practice group.

MANUFACTURING

Haviland Products Co. in Kalamazoo has promoted Lydia McGee to account manager, Diana Marker to sales coordinator and Susan Lockhart to materials manager.

Ranir LLC in Grand Rapids announced the promotion of Joseph Townshend to chief operating officer. Townshend will continue to serve as chief financial officer and as a member of the senior leadership team.

Tubelite Inc. has promoted Mary Olivier to marketing director and Toni Minnon to architectural specifications manager, and has added Jim Oberlin as Eastern Midwestern regional sales manager.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Clark Communications has moved to 38 Commerce in downtown Grand Rapids. The 1,100-square-foot space includes two enclosed offices, open workspaces and lounge areas.

Sean Mann has joined Michigan Legislative Consultants’ government affairs team. He recently served as program manager for the Michigan Municipal League.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Ottawa County Department of Public Health has moved to a Grand Haven office that’s available to the public at 1207 S. Beechtree St. The health department’s move is a strategic plan to help reduce costs and still provide quality services.

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

PUBLISHING

Kregel Inc. announced it has relocated its publishing and warehouse operations to 2450 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Grand Rapids.

REAL ESTATE

Lisa C. Young has joined CWD Real Estate Investment as marketing manager. She is responsible for planning and executing all branding, marketing and public relations activities for the company and its properties.

RETAIL

West Coast Interiors has celebrated its 20th anniversary, including an open house at its Muskegon Showroom in the Airline Office Plaza.

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