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June 16, 2017
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East Kentwood High School mathematics teacher Luke Wilcox was named the 2017-18 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Wilcox has 15 years of classroom experience. Wilcox serves as an academic support coach at East Kentwood, and has taught algebra 1, geometry, pre-calculus, and AP statistics at East Kentwood High School since 2001, and has served as math department chairperson. He received a master's degree in education from Grand Valley State University in 2006.

ASSOCIATIONS

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan announced Steven Nichols as its 2017-18 president. Nichols is a principal/senior vice president of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber.

AWARDS

Theresa Hartman and Tracy Allen, both of American Medical Response, Holland; John Ehlich III, Life EMS Ambulance, Grand Rapids; and Bridget Dickert, LifeCare Ambulance Service, Battle Creek are among American Ambulance Association’s 2017 Stars.

Veronica Garcia from Ottawa County’s Community Mental Health and sheriff’s deputy Meri-Beth Brouwer were recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the first quarter of 2017

CONSTRUCTION

Hastings Fiberglass recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at 1301 West Green St. in Hastings for an $8-million, 100,000-square-foot facility. Projected completion date is February 2018.

Monica Steimle-App joined Rockford Construction as director of property management.

EDUCATION

Davenport University appointed Debra Cooper executive vice president for marketing and communications.

Hope College in Holland announced Rev. Dr. Dennis N. Voskuil was appointed interim president. Voskuil’s presidential appointment is for up to two years, starting July 1.

Kuyper College launched a multi-year, strategic curriculum plan process to position the college to successfully meet the present and future demands of the changing educational environment of the mid-21st century. The plan developed by a faculty and administration planning team was enhanced by a $2-million challenge grant received from an anonymous donor.

Spring Arbor University added a Bachelor of Social Work to its online program portfolio. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, SAU’s online BSW emphasizes problem solving, values and ethics, and allows students from around the globe to complete a 33-credit social work degree 100 percent online.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Consumers Energy announced a local resurgence in a once nearly extinct population of peregrine falcons. Two decades of work by Consumers employees has contributed to more than 80 chicks hatched at two West Michigan locations. Company employees and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources banded one chick atop the J.H. Campbell Generating Complex. In addition to the Campbell site, Consumers Energy successfully hatched more than 45 peregrine falcons at the now-closed B.C. Cobb Generating Plant in Muskegon from 2003 to 2015. In early 2016, employee volunteers and the DNR worked to relocate two nesting boxes to a nearby lakefront hotel. 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Area USA Financial independent representatives can submit investment accounts through the firm's straight-through processing system, which modernizes the submission of account opening and maintenance forms into an entirely electronic process. This includes e-signature and delivery of signed documents to all parties. This custom-built solution works in concert with some of the industry's leading software systems, all of which are bundled into the firm's technology package.  

HEALTH

CSL Plasma Inc. plans to open a new plasma collection center at 325 Mall Drive in Portage on June 28.

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health in Wyoming received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services named Douglas Josephson, David McKeague, Alvin Padilla, Jack Roeda and Jody Vanderwel to its board of directors.

INSURANCE

HNI Risk Services announced the addition of principles Jim Dudek, Steve Mueller, Megan Young, Brian Kaminski, Carol Prazma, Don Jerrell and Carol Caruso.

LEGAL

Joe Sadler joined Kotz Sangster’s Grand Rapids office as a partner. Sadler has broad commercial litigation, insurance and trademark practice.

Miller Johnson attorneys Dustin Daniels and Erik Daly were ranked Rising Stars by Chambers USA 2017.

NALS of Michigan recently elected new officers to serve a one‑year term: vice president of membership and marketing, Paula Steffey, Goidosik Morse Disability Law Group, Kalamazoo; executive secretary, Tonya Mashue, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids; treasurer, Sue Acklin, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids; and executive advisor, Wil Antonides, ALP, Grand Rapids.

Rhoades McKee announced Jacob Walson and Dante Wen joined the firm as summer associates. They will work on multiple projects in over 25 practice areas as well as observe hearings, client mediations and trials.

MANUFACTURING

California Closet Co. Inc. announced the promotions of Cheryl Compton to vice president of product management and Gary Anys to director of manufacturing.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced it named Rob Dwortz as president and a shareholder in the firm. Additionally, Dwortz will launch LE&A’s business advisory and consulting practice, which will include strategic planning, operating tactics, leadership development and transaction services.

PUBLISHING

Kalamazoo resident Rev. Dr. Rick Patterson’s book “Shame Unmasked: Disarming the Hidden Driver Behind Our Destructive Decisions” (CFC Publishing) is a No. 1 Amazon new release. The book’s focus is to help graduates make the best possible decisions on what should come next.

RETAIL

SpartanNash again is offering the Double Up Food Bucks program to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program customers at 17 Family Fare locations throughout western, southern and northern Michigan. The Double Up produce incentive program is a public-private partnership pioneered by Fair Food Network.

SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Van Andel Research Institute chief scientific officer Peter Jones received a 7-year, $7.8-million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s R35 Outstanding Investigator Award program to support the development of epigenetic cancer drugs.

TECHNOLOGY

Digital agency CQL expanded its offering by teaming up with e-commerce platform Workarea. Created by WebLinc, Workarea is an e-commerce platform used by growing online retailers to sell products online.

Radical Data and Media LLC in Muskegon launched a new web app named the Harmonagon that uses simple geometric shapes to help teach music to anyone, anywhere, for free. No sign-up or download is required. A desktop or laptop computer (MacOS or Windows) with external speakers is recommended. The app is available at harmonagon.com.

TrackCore’s latest software TrackCore Internventional is designed to control costs and improve patient care through implant and consumable tracking from any vendor. The software records warranty replacements and credits as well as provides automated recall alerts in real-time. TrackCore Interventional is fully integrated with RFID-enabled enclosures featuring improved time management and inventory control without human intervention.

TRANSPORTATION

Gerald R. Ford International Airport senior vice president & COO Phil Johnson announced his retirement after more than 20 years at the airport.

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