Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Paul Kopenkoskey is a freelance writer for Gemini Publications who resides in Grand Rapids.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Helping employers develop culturally competent employees

Ten years after graduating from Calvin College, Kristin Ekkens founded C3 Consulting LLC to help businesses raise their CQ.

May 9, 2014
When she was a student at Grand Rapids Christian High School, Kristin Ekkens physically resembled many of her classmates: white, blond, blue-eyed, and pretty much from the same socioeconomic background as her classmates. Read More

Inside Track: Song of home draws Dubault back to Norton Shores

West Michigan Symphony’s manager first had to learn the tunes before singing the organization’s virtues.

August 2, 2013
Cathleen Dubault had sipped wine in Rome and dined on guinea pig in Quito, Ecuador, but the Milwaukee native realized she still had problems navigating through Norton Shores, even after living there 10 years. It was a signal she needed to make a change. Read More

Inside Track: Goad finds satisfaction at the end of his career path

Coming from nothing, Lake Michigan Credit Union’s CFO knows how to work with customers.

March 1, 2013
Michael Goad knows the peace of a healthy bank account and is acquainted with the struggles of too much month at the end of a paycheck. Read More

Inside Track: VanderKamp works to create his own future

New Holland Brewing Co.’s entrepreneurial president isn’t afraid to fail, which is why he succeeds.

December 8, 2012
Brett VanderKamp is perhaps one of the few former political candidates who doesn’t regret losing his bid for state senate. Read More

Inside Track: Creating a culture of opportunity for students

Executive Director Kim Dabbs says WMCAT gives students an outlet and a voice in a space that believes in their accomplishments.

November 24, 2012
The tentacles of fear have a way of stymieing a person’s potential. It’s for that reason Kim Dabbs recently jumped out of an airplane, has plans to scale the Himalayas, and one day will take part in “any marathon I can finish.” Read More

Crabb enjoys challenges of development work

October 1, 2012
Some 20-somethings willingly embrace the cocoon-like safety of their parents’ homes rather than getting on with their young adult lives. Then there’s Libby Crabb. Read More

Boomers find value later in life as senior caregivers

October 1, 2012

There are two colors that bubble to the surface as it relates to at-home senior adult care. The first: Graying baby boomers are averse to living in a nursing home. The second: Older adults are willing to part with their greenbacks in exchange for services that help them avoid spending their remaining years in a skilled nursing facility.

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Collaborative care strategy is a starting point

October 1, 2012

The Grand Rapids-based Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement intends to use a $1.7 million grant to fund a collaborative care management strategy whose mission is to improve the outcome of patients suffering from depression and related chronic diseases and shave health care costs.

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Clark Hill expands presence in downtown Grand Rapids

August 31, 2012

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The law firm of Clark Hill West Michigan is undergoing a growth spurt that has resulted in hiring 17 additional attorneys and leasing an additional 4,400 square feet of space. Combined with the continued use of the latest technology, its clients now have access to the best possible legal expertise.

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Video camera maker focuses on law transit markets

August 31, 2012

Product lines and sales territory have expanded since Steve and Liz Peacock launched Pro-Vision Video Systems Inc. in their basement in Kentwood in 2003, but the pillars of the operation remain intact: reliability, simplicity and affordability.

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