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Change Ups: Couple receives Boy Scouts' highest national award

October 24, 2014
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Kenyatta Brame

The Boy Scouts of America presented Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School assistant dean Tracey Brame and her husband, Kenyatta Brame, an adjunct professor at WMU-Cooley, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award, its highest national award, recognizing outstanding service by an individual or organization in support of youth from a low-income background. The Brames were recognized for helping low-income and disadvantaged youth get involved in BSA programs that have changed the lives of many.


Hungerford Nichols welcomed staff accountants Emily Crane and Joshua Cammenga to the tax team.


Cintas Corp. of Walker has received its first Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award certification from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Charter One has named Steven Bensinger its new producing sales manager for the Home Lending Solutions Midwest Division. He will work from a Grand Rapids office to support the localand lakeshore markets.


CSM Group of Kalamazoo has promoted Amanda Kakoczki to accounting manager. She will be responsible for project cost accounting, payroll and high-level financial analysis, and will assist the CFO with overhead and margin measurement, budgeting and profitability models.

First Companies has broken ground on a second phase of construction of medical professional buildings in the East Paris Avenue area of Grand Rapids. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 on approximately 80,000 square feet of office space in three buildings.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation board of trustees approved a Memorandum of Understanding for the Grand Rapids Public Museum School between the museum, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Valley State University College of Education and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. The Museum School is slated to open in fall 2015 with 6th grade, housed at the Van Andel Museum Center.

Ferris State University’s board of trustees approved a 42-credit-hour master of public health degree for its College of Health Professions, which features a multidisciplinary, inter-departmental and inter-collegial curriculum.

Jack Ridl, professor emeritus of English at Hope College, has been presented a Community Literacy Award by the Community Literacy Initiative in the area of talent, for making outstanding contributions in increasing literacy levels and exceptional commitment to the advancement of literacy.


Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival announced Stuart Poltrock is the recipient of its 2014 Storey Award. Poltrock is an audio specialist and owner of Sound Post Recording Studios. The award is presented annually in honor of Drew Storey who passed away unexpectedly in 2009.


The Ferris Foundation board announced the addition of Dennis Nickels, of Grand Haven, to its board of directors. He is a 1969 graduate of Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy.


Family & Pediatric Eye Care announced the addition of Dr. Donald Rademacher to the practice. Rademacher specializes in ocular disease, specialty contact lens fitting and post-operative co-management.

W. Christian VandenBerg, M.D., chief of staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and medical director of its Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program, and Lorraine Pearl-Kraus, Ph.D., program coordinator, discussed how physical rehabilitation helps transition cancer patients from survivors to thrivers at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference 2014 in Toronto.


Resthaven Care & Rehabilitation Center of Holland has received the Governor’s Award of Excellence for quality, as well as a special tribute from the Michigan Legislature for Outstanding Achievement in Reducing Health Care-Acquired Conditions in Nursing Homes.

Excelencia in Education has recognized the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan’s Supporting Our Leaders Youth Program as the nation’s top program for increasing achievement for Latino students at the community-based organization category. The program was selected from among 217 programs.


Dickinson Wright PLLC announced attorney Emily Rysberg has joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office as Of Counsel.

Foster Swift elder law attorney Norman E. Richards has launched a Michigan Senior Law Blog that addresses common questions about the challenges of aging from an elder law attorney's perspective. Details:


John Ball Zoo announced the appointments of Michael Lomonaco, Open Systems Technologies, and Tim Mroz, The Right Place Inc., to its board of directors.


Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford has appointed Roxane Divol to its board of directors.She is the senior vice president of alliances for Symantec Corp.


WZZM 13 has added two on-camera personalities: Amir Abbas, multi-media journalist and weekend evening anchor, and West Michigan native Laura Hartman, meteorologist on weekend morning newscasts.


The Michigan Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announced Melvin A. Bauman has succeeded Paul J. Ryan as state chairman.


HarperCollins Christian Publishing announced Doug Lockhart will join the company as senior vice president of Bible marketing and outreach. He will be based at the Grand Rapids location but will also oversee marketing personnel in Nashville, Tenn.


Bell’s Eccentric Café at 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. announced construction has begun on a full-service kitchen and dining room that will add about 130 seats. The gastro pub style space will occupy more than 6,600 square feet of space that was serving as storage and warehouse space.


ProTect Painters of North and East Grand Rapids, a contractor franchise specializing in commercial and residential painting projects, announced it is now under the ownership of Joe Michelotti.


Van Andel Arena unveiled a new mural inside its restaurant and bar, The Intermission, on the lower level of the building. The mural features several Griffins players, a still shot of the arena and a variety of past performers, such as Bob Seger and Reba McEntire.


Interurban Transit Authority in Allegan County has become a member of the Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund.


Optio Data in Ada announced it achieved Gold Partnership status in enterprise storage as part of Hewlett-Packard’s award-winning PartnerOne channel program. 

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