Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
President of Cascade Business Team believes in power of business for social change.
In keeping with Cascade Engineering’s family business model of social responsibility, Christina Keller, president of Cascade Business Team, is passionate about the abilities of businesses to make a positive impact on their communities. Read More
After 33 years with Calvin College, Michael Van Denend looks to make city ‘globally astute’ as executive director of World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.
Thirty-three years is a long time to spend in one job. That’s what Michael Van Denend did, and then he changed careers. Read More
Grand Valley State University director of galleries and collections approaches 20 years acquiring art for public good.
Henry Matthews believes art is not something that should be confined to a gallery; it should inhabit and transform public spaces. Read More
Grand Rapids designer values mentorship and client relationships.
Rock Kauffman said he always had a “thing” for design. Having a grandmother who was an interior designer inspired him from a very young age. He often decorated and rearranged the furniture in his own room. Read More
Executive director of Alano Club uses personal experience with drug abuse to help those in need of sobriety.
When Kevin O’Neill-Boehm tells the story of how he got to the Alano Club of Kent County, he punctuates it with a five-word phrase that becomes more unbelievable with each use. Read More
In first six months of CEO role, Charisse Mitchell puts passion for human development at the forefront.
Charisse Mitchell is driven by service. Her passion for helping those affected by domestic and sexual violence stems from her strong belief in the dignity of all human beings. Read More
President and future CEO of Erhardt Construction credits childhood chores and early field experience for career success.
As Erhardt Construction says goodbye to its longtime chairman and CEO, Joe Erhardt, the company welcomes a familiar face. Ben Wickstrom has served as president since 2011, and as the future owner of the company he’s been a team member of since 1998, he remains committed to teamwork and quality service. Read More
Michigan Blood CEO’s first job was running a 100-bed hospital at the age of 25.
Jim Wilson comes by his passion for health care honestly. Read More