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Change Ups: Carey earns Fegel Award

June 24, 2016
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Lois Carey

Hospice of Michigan volunteer Lois Carey is this year’s recipient of the Maggie Fegel Award from the Kent County Council On Aging, for her more than 15 years of service. The award recognizes a person who has gone above and beyond to help seniors in the community. Fegel leads a group of women called the “Flower Ladies,” who gather every Monday to create more than 50 bouquets, which are then distributed to Hospice of Michigan’s patients and others living in senior facilities.


Revel has been recognized as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association.


AMDG Architects announced the opening of its 4th-floor office space, 25 Commerce Ave. SW, to improve how its team works and to foster greater design collaboration with its clients.

Byce & Associates Inc. in Kalamazoo announced Hilary Szydlowski has joined the company as a marketing intern, and Victoria Aurand has joined as an administrative intern.


The Kent District Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was recognized by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for outstanding service to readers. LBPH, housed in KDL’s Wyoming Branch, received the first Network Advisory and Outreach Center of the Year Award and a $1,000 cash prize. In 2015, KDL’s LBPH served 1,029 patrons and circulated 49,037 books and movies and 17,387 magazines.


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan in Lansing announced Steve Nichols of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. as president-elect of its board of directors.


Ottawa County Corporation Counsel Greg Rappleye is the recipient of the County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award for the first quarter of 2016. Rappleye began his tenure in the Ottawa County Prosecutors Office in 1991. His office later became the Office of Corporation Counsel, which serves under the direction of the County Administrator.


Kalamazoo-based Consumers Credit Union opened a retail banking office at 3869 Plainfield Ave. NE in Plainfield Township. It’s the third office in the Grand Rapids area.


The Michigan Business and Professional Association in Warren has rebranded itself as MichBusiness, changed its membership model from exclusive to inclusive and has developed an arrangement with Walsh College to present two programs, Leadership Development Training and Thrive Affinity Groups. Details:


CD Barnes Construction received its first Diamond Safety Training and Evaluation Process Award from Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. CD Barnes also announced it has once again been selected by Milestones Child Development Center to construct a new 7,000-square foot building for the child care’s Cascade location next to the center’s current location at 4533 Cascade Road SE.

Rockford Construction announced preliminary plans to bring a neighborhood grocery store to Grand Rapids’ West Side as part of a larger development. The development would feature construction of a grocery store by Meijer at Bridge and Seward, as well as additional first-floor retail opportunities, a mix of upper-level rental housing units and office space, and on-site parking for shoppers and tenants. The development will seek additional tenant partners, funding incentives and more in the coming year.

Wolverine Building Group announced the additions of Wend Price, accounts payable clerk, Ryan Supplee, assistant project manager and Terrell Taylor, superintendent.


Baker College has been recognized by the Online Learning Consortium as one of the first two higher-education institutions to earn the new OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement for outstanding online learning programs.

Baker College in Muskegon announced the following awards for recent graduates: Board of Regents Most Outstanding Graduate, Danielle Woodring; Bachelor’s Degree Award, Rodney Savage Sr.; Applied Science Award, Kaylee McCollum; Health Sciences Award, Kyle VanDonkelaar; Zen Hanger Business Administration Award,Quinn Sullivan; and Information Technology Award, Josh Hager.

Davenport University president Richard J. Pappas has been appointed chair of the board for Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities. He most recently served as vice chair of MICU’s executive committee.

Julie A. Garrison has been appointed dean of university libraries at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.


The City of Grand Rapids’ Environmental Services Department has received the Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association’s 2016 Project of the Year Award for the city’s Water Resource Recovery Facility’s new energy efficiency program that is expected to save taxpayers $2.2 million in energy costs through 2031.


The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) announced Leah Sprague-Fodor has been sworn in as its chairperson.


The Allegan General Hospital Foundation awarded more than $12,000 in scholarships to 15 recipients during its 2016 Spring Scholarships Awards. Scholarships are given out to graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in health care, as well as employees of Allegan Healthcare Group and their children. High school recipients: Cecilia CervenKatelyn ClarkElijah AdamsElsy Nouna and Israel Llerena. Allegan Healthcare Group team members: Lynsie Bradley, acute care; Robbi Dobbin, emergency room and laboratory; Jessica Miller, cancer care and infusion center; and Jamie Thorpe, cardiac services, sleep center and pain management.


Kristen Burnett has been appointed director of catering for the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.


Jenn Callahan has joined Clark Retirement Community as vice-president of development/Clark Foundation executive director. She most recently served as associate VP of development at Western Michigan University and director of the office of stewardship and development for the Diocese of Kalamazoo.


Steve Law of Grand Rapids Township has joined Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent serving this area. He will work out of the FBI office at 15 Ionia Ave. SW, Suite 635, Grand Rapids.


Chambers and Partners has recognized Rhoades McKeeas a 2016 Leading Law Firm for its commercial litigation work in Michigan.

Hilger Hammond attorneys Aileen Leipprandt and Ben Hammond presented “Negotiation Skills” at the Construction Financial Management Association’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Keller & Almassian PLC announced partner Greg Ekdahl is now principal, and Nicholas Vander Veen has joined the firm as corporate transactional attorney.

Mika Meyers PLC announced the additions of Sheba L. Wilburn as a paralegal in the firm’s business and litigation practice groups and Jamie R. Rhine as its accounting director.


Mainstreet Bicycle Co. in Zeeland announced 2016 is the first year it was a Gold Sponsor of the Zeeland Twilight Criterium, a one-day bicycle race down a circuit road course.


LightCorp in Grand Haven has unveiled new corporate identity and website. For more information, visit


Magic 94.1 is a new 24-hour R&B format launched at WNWZ in the Grand Rapids market, dedicated to urban-formatted radio featuring today’s R&B and old school, while providing a strong on-air lineup with entertainment-driven content and active community involvement.


Arbor Circle and Pathways, MI announced they will merge October 1.In 2015, Pathways, MI and Arbor Circle entered into an Affiliation Agreement to share services and further collaborate to expand services across 11 counties in West Michigan.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Grand Rapids City mayor Rosalyn Bliss to the new Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board, along with the reappointments of Jill DeVries, of Zeeland and Joshua Meringa of Grandville to the Nursing Board and the appointment of Gaetan Gerville-Reache of Adato the Military Appeals Tribunal.


Sun Title Agency has opened a 2,500-square foot office in Big Rapids at 115 S. Michigan Ave. and has hired Michelle Baker as a full-service escrow officer to lead the Big Rapids team.


Envoy announced the addition of a web developer, Tyler Steimle.

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