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Change Ups: Heslinga joins land trust nonprofit

June 27, 2014
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Justin Heslinga has joined the Land Conservancy of West Michigan as its stewardship coordinator. Heslinga will manage the organization’s 16 nature preserves, including the related environmental care and maintenance programs, events, outreach and volunteers. His background includes the development of ecological assessments and management plans, botanical inventories, endangered species surveys, educational conservation workshops and outreach materials as senior staff scientist and botanist for Cardno JFNew and natural resources technician for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

834 Design & Marketing announced the additions of Marie Brown, creative genius, and Devon Vanoostveen, project manager.

RCP Marketing of Muskegon announced the additions of Jodi Sobish, account coordinator; Randy Artibee, digital marketing strategist; and Brad Johnson, account manager.

ASSOCIATIONS

Associated Builders and Contractors/Western Michigan Chapter has hired Amanda Roberts, chapter office manager, and Ferrell Clark, chapter education director.

BANKING

Founders Bank & Trust announced a new initiative to bring financial literacy education to students in Ottawa Hills High School, Union High School, University Prep Academy and Innovation Central High School by providing access to the web-based EverFi Financial Literacy Platform. The Founders Bank & Trust Financial Scholars Program will use the latest in media technologies to bring complex financial concepts to life for the students.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the additions of Sheri Crump, vice president of mortgage operations, and Al Zelinski, senior vice president of commercial loans, in its Traverse City office.

CONSTRUCTION

C.D. Barnes Construction has been selected construction manager for a 7,000-square-foot pre-engineered metal building at 725 Taylor in Grand Haven after a roof collapsed due to heavy winter snow loads. Also, ALDI Corp. selected C.D. Barnes as general contractor for the construction of a 17,651-square-foot store in Plainwell, its third collaboration with the supermarket.

Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals announced the appointment ofScott Lindsey and Nate Hewer, field managers.

DESIGN

IDa Design in Zeeland celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a rooftop party at the EPIC restaurant in Chicago during NeoCon. The party celebrated a decade of design and a way to say thank you to its valued clients.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has been named one of America’s Top 20 Culinary Schools by FSR magazine. Criteria included schools that combine classroom theory with hands-on work in well-equipped on-campus classrooms and labs; provide off-campus experience through internships and externships; reach out to off-campus culinary professionals; and have small class sizes and accessible instructors.

Calvin College engineering professor Gayle Ermer’s paper, “The Four Pillars of Manufacturing as a Tool for Evaluating Course Content in the Mechanical Concentration of a General Engineering Curriculum,” received top recognition at the American Society for Engineering Education’s annual conference held in Indianapolis.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Principal Financial Group announced Ryan Donovan, Ryan Moser and Steve Grimes are recipients of its Honor Council Award. Mike Anderson has qualified for its Executive Club Award; and Reuben Levinsohn, Kirk Sempsrott, Conrad Beeler, Nicholas Pope and Martin Marino have qualified for Premier Club level.

FOUNDATIONS

Kent County Parks Foundation announced four miles of trails in Millennium Park will be known as the Sandy Hansen Shoreline Trails. Part of the Fred Meijer Millennium Trail Network, the trails include a one-mile nature trail and three miles of paved, multi-purpose trail.

HUMAN SERVICES

CITGO Marketer American Gas and Oil, with the support of CITGO Petroleum Corp., has raised more than $40,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Sparta chapter, during its annual Shamrock campaign. The proceeds raised at 42 participating AGO retail locations support local clinics, care programs and support groups for children and adults coping with neuromuscular diseases and will send children from the area to MDA’s summer camp.

Porter Hills announced JoAnn Abraham will transfer to the Porter Hills Foundation in the position of vice president of marketing and foundation alliances. She will continue to lead Porter Hills’ marketing efforts.

Women’s Resource Center, in partnership with United Way of Michigan, will serve as a host site for Americorp member Rebecca Stoddard, a veteran resource navigator who will help connect military service women and spouses of armed forces members with VA benefits and other community services.

LEGAL

Raj A. Malviya was accepted into the 2014-2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program.Malviya is a member of Miller Johnson’s estate planning, tax and international law practice groups.

Miller Johnson family law practice attorney Connie R. Thacker was appointed to a three-year term of the Judicial Candidate Review Committee by the president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

MANUFACTURING

Perrigo in Allegan has hired Toby Wendt, human resource manager; Brock Rodgers, corporate social responsibility manager; Ryan Bradtke, executive compensation manager for the human resources team; and Ned Jarvis, tax manager.

Tubelite Inc. in Walker announced the additions of Rene Buggs, director of human resources, and Jim Flandreau, director of information technology business relationship management.

MEDIA

WZZM 13 is the recipient of 10 Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter: politics/government for Obamacare checkup, Josh Aldredge and Val Lego; editor — news, Andy Sugden; feature news report — serious feature, Brent Ashcroft; societal concerns — news feature, Hannah Saunders and photographer Ken Ritz; environment, Sarah Sell and Andy Sugden; on-camera talent — reporter, medical, Val Lego; health/science — news feature, Val Lego; on-camera talent — reporter, general-assignment, Sarah Barwacz; feature news report — light feature, Brent Ashcroft and Andy Sugden; and writer — news, Brent Ashcroft.

NONPROFITS

SLD Read hosted Bringing Literacy to Life Grand Rapids, an event themed around Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” to celebrate the organization’s 40 years of service to the community. The Kathryn Timmer Literacy Award was presented to Eva Aguirre-Cooper and Maranda of WOOD TV 8 for advocating literacy awareness.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Janet DeYoung, past president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, has been elected to the Michigan College Access Network board of directors.

RETAIL

Family Christian, based in Grand Rapids, announced Charles Bengochea is its new president and CEO. He formerly was president/CEO of The Original Honeybaked Ham Co. of Georgia.

TECHNOLOGY

Fusion IT LLC in Jenison announced the additions of Brian Walter, systems network engineer; Dawson Panter, PC technician level 1; Damir Kesar, systems network engineer; Sarah Adams, executive administrative assistant; and Chris Vela, helpdesk L1 dispatch.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Experience Grand Rapids has certified 1,002 tourism ambassadors since the program launched in August 2013, making it the fastest-growing in the country out of 21 nationwide programs.

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