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Heart of West Michigan United Way names president and CEO

December 16, 2015
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Michelle Van Dyke
Michelle Van Dyke. Courtesy Heart of West Michigan United Way

An experienced leader in the private sector is looking forward to putting her expertise to work for the community as the new leader of a nonprofit that serves the region.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way said today that is has named long-time banker Michelle Van Dyke its president and CEO, effective Jan. 18.

Interim President Bert Bleke will remain with the organization until Feb. 1 during the transition.

"Personal calling"

Van Dyke said the role represents a unique opportunity for her to fulfill a dream of putting her career and life experience to work for the benefit of the community.

“Having been involved with the United Way for decades, I find this to be a personal calling,” Van Dyke said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with our public and private partners to improve lives within West Michigan.”

Stacie Behler, chair of the United Way Presidential Search Committee and immediate past chair of the nonprofit's board, said Van Dyke’s proven strategic leadership and collaborative skills are a perfect fit to take the United Way to the next level of impact in the region.

“While her career has been in the for-profit space, (Van Dyke’s) skills and passion for people are a perfect fit for the United Way and the important work we have to do in the community,” Behler said.

Van Dyke background

Most recently, Van Dyke served as president of Fifth Third Mortgage Company.

Throughout her roughly 30-year career with Fifth Third, she focused on talent development, strategic planning, change leadership and operational excellence.

Van Dyke has also served on nonprofit boards in West Michigan.

Heart of West Michigan

The Grand Rapids-based Heart of West Michigan United Way strives to achieve shared community goals in education, income and health for Kent County.

The nonprofit encourages people to help address complex problems, supports the work of more than 50 local agencies and collaborates with other businesses and organizations to improve lives.  

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