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March 13, 2015
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San Juan Diego Academy has been awarded one of 20 scholarships to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference later this month. Development and donor relations director Elizabeth Heys competed for the Diverse Communities Scholarship and was selected for sponsorship by Koya Leadership Partners, a Boston area firm specializing in human capital for the nonprofit sector. Heys was selected for her history of supporting diversity and education.

ARTS

Opera Grand Rapids announced it has hired guest conductor Leonardo Vordoni for its spring production of “Tosca,” May 1-2 at DeVos Performance Hall.

EDUCATION

Erasmo Salinas was named assistant director of Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids locations.

A poem by Hope College assistant professor of English Susanna Childress, “Careful, I Just Won a Prize at the Fair,” was selected for inclusion in “The Best American Poetry 2015,” to be published in September by Simon & Schuster.

GRANTS

Aquinas College has been selected to receive a $25,000 grant from the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation. The Believe to Become Summer Learning Academy grant will fund the college’s College Prep Academy, a summer experience for high school students in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

CSX and The Conversation Fund announced Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in Comstock Park is the recipient of a $10,000 grant to purchase a refrigerated truck that will expand its program capacity and broaden mobile pantry distribution to Upper Peninsula communities.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has awarded a $2.9 million grant to Grand Rapids Community College to purchase equipment for its machine tool, welding, HVAC and automotive programs and its new craft beer program. The grant will be combined with GRCC’s $983,309.41 in matching funds, approximately $700,000 of which was provided by two donors.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded SOS Community Services a Resident Opportunities Self-Sufficiency Award of $198,272 to promote jobs and self-sufficiency for public housing residents in Michigan.

HEALTH

Metro Health Cancer Center Laboratory at Metro Health Village has been granted accreditation by the College of American Pathologists to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.

Michigan Community Dental Clinic’s South Clinic, 4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Kentwood, received a donation of more than $66,000 from the Delta Dental Foundation to purchase two dental chairs. Also, Timothy Williams, D.D.S., has joined the dental staff at the clinic.

Northern Physical Therapy announced the opening of a new office at 4451 Hunsberger Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, inside the Northview Community Fitness Center.

West Brook Recovery Center in Grand Rapids announced three of its physicians are American Board of Addiction Medicine certified specialists: Bruce Baker, medical director, and Donald G. Weston III and Julie Wilson. All three are Certified Medical Review Officers.

HUMAN SERVICES

Pregnancy Resource Center has selected Dr. Laura Champion, medical and administrative director of Calvin College health services, to its board of directors.

Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta completed professional development training in person-directed care from The Eden Alternative to help transform how care is delivered.

INSURANCE

Lighthouse Group announced Graves & Co. of Ada has merged with its organization.

LEGAL

Jeffrey S. Battershall, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been chosen by Client Choice as winner of the General Corporate category in Michigan for his excellence in client service.

McShane & Bowie PLC announced Stephen M. Price and Aaron M. Smith have been elected partners in its real estate practice group.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced a new employee benefits and executive compensation group to assist clients with the design, drafting and administration of their employee benefits and executive compensation arrangements.

MANUFACTURING

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing announced the addition of Steve Nole to its executive team as director of manufacturing.

Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures has appointed Ashley James a human resources specialist — recruitment.

The Viking Group announced Kevin Ortyl has been named chairman and CEO; Tom O'Connor has been appointed president, Viking Manufacturing; Mike Bosma is executive vice president, sales, for Viking SupplyNet; Cary Nicol is vice president, sales, for third-party products and relationships in North America for Viking SupplyNet; Jeff Norton is vice president, marketing, for Viking Group; and Scott Franson is vice president, R&D, for North America.

MEDIA

WZZM 13 President and General Manager Janet Mason is one of six Michigan broadcasters inducted into the Silver & Gold Circle of the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for distinguished service for 25 years or more.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Grand Rapids Police Department announced Officer Joshua Mollan was named 2014 Police Officer of the Year, and Cindy Vanderberg was named Civilian Employee of the Year.

Gov. Rick Snyder has named Karen McPhee senior education policy adviser. McPhee has been superintendent of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District since 2004.

REAL ESTATE

Allison Seeley has joined NAI Wisinski of West Michigan as its marketing director.

Realtor Cheryl Grant announced she has relocated her office to Keller Williams Grand Rapids North Market Center, 4949 Plainfield Ave. NE. She has added her brother Richard Grant and sister-in-law Beth Grant to the office and also has a new business logo.

Signature Associates announced the additions of Matthew Broers, sales associate, industrial, and Michael Lopatin, research associate.

Stan Wisinski, principal/associate broker at NAI Wisinski of West Michigan has been awarded three Excellence Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors: Smallest SIOR Transaction, Largest Industrial Transaction and Largest Co-Brokerage Transaction in 2014.

RESTAURANTS

Grand Rapids Downtown Market announced a new restaurant headed by Detroit-area chef Zack Sklar, who will open the Social Kitchen & Bar inside the Market Hall as well as a satellite location of his catering company, Cutting Edge Cuisine.

SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Stephen Baylin, M.D., cancer scientist and epigenetics expert, has accepted an appointment at Van Andel Research Institute to oversee its multi-institutional VARI-Stand Up to Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team’s research.

TECHNOLOGY

NeXt I.T. in Muskegon has earned recognition on The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN Managed Service Provider 500 list as a Pioneer 250 award winner.

Trivalent Group Inc. in Grandville announced the promotion of John Hey to chief operating officer.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

The Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan has named Rick Hert, West Michigan Film Office, its president.

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