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Change Ups: Mullins appointed to lead GRCC Foundation

June 5, 2015
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Kathryn Mullins

Kathryn Mullins recently was appointed vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. In addition to the foundation responsibilities, Mullins’ portfolio includes grants, communications, marketing and graphics. She has been with GRCC since 2004 and most recently served as executive deputy to the president and liaison to the board of trustees. Prior to coming to GRCC, Mullins spent 10 years working in K-12 administration.


St. Cecilia Music Center announced it will celebrate 132 Years of Music during its 2015-16 season with the Great Artist Gala, the Jazz Series, a renewed three-year partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the continuation of the Acoustic Café Series with national radio host Rob Reinhart.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum announced the election of board members to serve on the executive committee: president, Sharon Smith, Aquinas College; past president, Jason Schnelker, Schnelker, Rassi & McConnell; president elect, Sandy Jager, Mercantile Bank; vice president, Jason Joseph, Spectrum Health; treasurer/secretary, Paul Lothschutz, H&S Companies; and member-at-large, Mike Lamfers, Plante & Moran.


Amway Corp. of Ada has received Grand Rapids Community College’s Internship Employer of the Year Award for providing internships to GRCC students over the past several years. Company representatives visit the campus to recruit manufacturing students for summer positions.


Macatawa Bank of Holland announced the addition of Jason Coney, branch manager in its Holland market. 


Custer announced the promotion of Heather Harrington to design assistant.


Bruce Heys Builders in Ada celebrated its 25th year anniversary.

Kent Companies Inc. has promoted Matthew Brozowski to division manager.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced the additions of Andy Thiebout, Eric Albin and James Priest, project superintendents; Rishad Al-Eisa, project engineer; and Deb Slot, accounting clerk. Ethan Elzinga has been promoted to project superintendent.

Remodeling Magazine named DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greater Grand Rapids one of the top 50 national remodeling companies for practicing exemplary business practices, management skills, community service, design and craftsmanship.

Modustri, which provides services to the heavy-equipment industry, has hired Dave Baarman, IP strategist.


Baker College of Muskegon students won numerous top-10 awards at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Ferris State University in Big Rapids received a $1.5 million gift from alumni Jeff and Annette Rowe for its College of Pharmacy. The gift includes $1 million for the renovation of the Hagerman Pharmacy Building and $500,000 for scholarships for students accepted into the Pharm.D./Master of Business Administration program.

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announced the recipients of its 2015 Faculty Awards: 2015 Lifetime Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor; Distinguished Faculty Award, Bruce Uhal; Teacher-Scholar Award, Eran Andrechek; Outstanding Community Faculty Award, Jeffery Bossenberger; Outstanding Clinician Award, Randy Pearson; Outstanding Community Volunteer Faculty Award, Scott Poortenga; William B. Weil Jr. Endowed Distinguished Pediatric Faculty Award, Mona Hanna-Attisha; and Lester J. Evans, College of Human Medicine Distinguished Service Award, Father John P. Foglio.


The Economic Development Foundation announced the addition of Laura Seromik, relationship manager. 


Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has hired Brittany Begerow as a full-time orthotist.

Northern Physical Therapy has hired Nicole Hicks, Alexandria Hoffman and Christopher Reed, patient care specialists, for its six clinics in Grand Rapids, Cedar Springs, Wayland, Coopersville, Sparta and Grant.


Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids announced the opening of Paul I. Phillips Club, 235 Straight Ave., Grand Rapids, to provide a place for the kids to call their own with structured and fun activities.

United Methodist Community House announced the addition of Nicole Farmer, Spectrum/ Priority Health, and Michael Daray, Agility Health, to its board of directors.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan announced its 2014 Achievers of the Year are: Frederick Pace, Christopher Lamb, Carlesha Hughley and Hakim Noble. Contract Partner of the Year Award went to Knoll Inc., and Employer Partner of the Year Award went to Walmart.


Chambers USA 2015 has named Miller Canfield attorneys Trent J. Taylor, banking and finance, and Amy J. Zdravecky, labor and employment, are leading lawyers in their specialty areas.

Dickinson Wright PLLC attorney Leslee M. Lewis has been elected a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.


DeVos Place Convention Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a June 13 open house that is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The celebration will include entertainment, family-friendly activities and mascots. Details:

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville celebratedthe opening of its new Welcome Center that will be the first point of contact for campers, guests and parents. It features an outdoor fireplace, centralized staff offices and a visitors area.


Ablative Solutions Inc. in Kalamazoo received the CE Certificate of Conformity allowing it to apply the CE mark to its Peregrine System Infusion Catheter. The CE mark is a requirement for products sold to the European market.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne announced the addition of buyer Andrew DeWys, who becomes the second generation in the family business.


Heart of West Michigan United Way has promoted Chris Slater to vice president of finance.


Meijer State Games of Michigan announced the addition of five new sports to its 2015 Summer Games lineup — baseball, quad rugby, tennis, soccer and the Ultrafit Challenge — for a total of more than 40 sports for this year’s event, which takes place over three weekends: June 19-21, June 25-28 and Aug. 8-9. The organizers have released an online venue map and its 44 host sites at


Blue Medora announced the latest release of its Management Pack for NetApp Storage, which extends the functionality of VMware vRealize Operations by providing end-to-end visibility, analytics and capacity planning for workloads running on NetApp storage.

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