Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: Physician rebounds to restart career

Addiction specialist Sandy Dettmann turns life around after chronic illnesses had her living out of her car, struggling for her life.

January 20, 2017
Just a little more than five years ago, Dr. Sandy Dettmann was living out of her car, eating her meals at Mel Trotter Ministries and re-learning her multiplication tables. Read More

Inside Track: A long, winding road

Lifetime educator, incoming Grand Rapids Community College president achieves goal after detours along the way.

January 13, 2017
Bill Pink believes one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself in life is to grab hold of the thing you love and chase after it. Read More

Inside Track: Being his own boss

Despite limited cash flow for many years, Paul McGraw is glad he took leap to begin construction firm.

January 6, 2017
Twice in Paul McGraw’s life, he believed he had his career figured out. Read More

Inside Track: Sustainability is her game

Alison Waske Sutter finds ‘perfect fit’ as manager of corporate responsibility for SpartanNash after originally pursuing law degree to work for EPA.

December 30, 2016
Alison Waske Sutter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, but she already knew she wanted to pursue a different career path. Read More

Inside Track: From rocket scientist to number cruncher

Financial advisor specializes in helping clients with dementia obtain financial security.

December 23, 2016
For many, financial planning can be as confounding as rocket science. Read More

Inside Track: Baking up a new career

Spelling error serves as constant reminder for former teacher who purchased aunt’s cake shop.

December 16, 2016
Mary Scheidel remembers driving to a bakery on the West Side of Grand Rapids 21 years ago to pick up a cake for her son, Ian’s, baptism. Read More

Inside Track: Embracing the changing landscape

Executive director of Kent District Library hopes ‘to make libraries viable for another 100 years.’

December 9, 2016
Lance Werner often is just a fat guy from Detroit. Read More

Inside Track: Marriage leads to career break

Wife’s encouragement, support gives Keith Hopkins confidence to start his own fundraising firm.

December 2, 2016
During his two-decade career in fundraising, Keith Hopkins has had a hand in more than 175 campaigns, most of them in the West Michigan region. Read More

Inside Track: ‘Leading with compassion’

Dean of MSU College of Human Medicine preaches treating everybody, especially his patients, with respect.

November 25, 2016
As a child, Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. always came to the dinner table prepared to answer three questions posed by his mother: How was your day? What was your highlight? And did you achieve your goals? Read More

Inside Track: Changing people’s lives

Mel Trotter CEO Dennis Van Kampen opts for career in human services after destined for law enforcement career.

November 18, 2016
Dennis Van Kampen remembers journeying with a friend to Juarez, Mexico, in 1988 for what would prove to be far from the typical touristy experience. Read More