Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: Barcheski understands importance of making, keeping connections

The new Senior Helpers GM can draw from experience in interior design, media sales, radio — and chocolate fountains.

November 27, 2015
Shannon Barcheski has a career that proves true the statement that it’s not always what you know. Sometimes it’s who you know. Read More

Inside Track: Caldwell makes transition from photography to philanthropy

Johnson Center’s executive director has global aspirations, but a community focus.

November 20, 2015
While at Lansing Community College in the 1980s, Kyle Caldwell spent a week riding with midnight ambulance shifts. Read More

Inside Track: Brady is a lawyer by trade, but a volunteer by choice

The managing partner of Dykema’s GR office has a hand in everything from education to mentoring to hospice.

November 13, 2015
If you ask Jim Brady about his community involvement, be ready for a long list. Read More

Inside Track: Mulder treats people, not diseases

The co-leader of Trillium Institute is changing the conversation about how to live well, die well and grieve well.

November 6, 2015
Dr. John Mulder, medical director of Trillium Institute, believes he has had a successful day when his work in the field of palliative medicine has helped patients and their families understand there can be purpose, hope and enjoyment in life when confronted with a serious illness or death. Read More

Inside Track: Tech business owner faces challenges head on

After suffering a grand mal seizure, Ryan Leestma made the decision to continue competing in triathlons.

October 30, 2015
As Ryan Leestma drifted back into consciousness, he had no idea how lucky he was to still be alive. Read More

Inside Track: Undersheriff’s grasp of technology benefits the entire department

Michelle Young credits her military experience with giving her the confidence to move up through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Department.

October 23, 2015
In Michelle Young’s nearly 26 years with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, she’s been a crucial key to many of the technological advancements the county has seen during her tenure. Read More

Inside Track: Beute is happy to blaze trails in the financial services industry

Blackford Capital CFO builds relationships to help women in the finance community.

October 16, 2015
Blackford Capital Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Beute is the first chair of the recently launched Women in Finance committee, a subset of the Association for Corporate Growth West Michigan. Read More

Inside Track: Owens has a passion for nurturing the community

The leader of Lakeshore Advantage finds the position suits her thirst for knowledge and professional growth.

October 9, 2015
The president of Lakeshore Advantage brings a wealth of experience as an economic developer to supporting businesses in the region. Read More

Inside Track: Hollywood talent uses improv to heal grief

Actor Bart Sumner founded a nonprofit to help others who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

October 2, 2015
This month marks six years since Bart Sumner’s son died in his arms. Read More

Inside Track: Friis-Hansen is no chicken when it comes to world of art

Grand Rapids Art Museum director finds something ‘unique and different’ about the city and its commitment to creativity.

September 25, 2015
Rubber chickens apparently are enough to lure an accomplished arts professional to Grand Rapids. Read More