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Change Ups: ACT hires Steele as executive director

January 10, 2014
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Artists Creating Together, a local nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities from West and Northern Michigan with artistic and cultural interactive experiences, has hired Angela Steele as its executive director. Steele will oversee ACT’s programs, staff, fundraising, public relations and other administrative duties. She plans to lead ACT into a new era of sustainability and expanded programming. Steele previously was director at the Literacy Center of West Michigan.


Erik C. Olson has joined EHTC, a business strategy and CPA firm, as a shareholder.


The U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan announced the election of new board members: Jessica Eimer, Aquinas College; Andrew Longcore, The Business Law Group; Jessica Spagnuolo, Consumers Energy; and Debra Sypien, The Christman Co. Re-elected to the board was David Rinard, Steelcase.


Janice Fonger has joined J. Milito & Associates Inc. as call center business manager. She will oversee the day-to-day operations and management of the business, which specializes in fundraising for nonprofits.

Jeanne Englehart has joined Inforum as executive in residence, Inforum – West Michigan. She will serve as a local brand ambassador for both Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership in West Michigan, positioning the organization with key business, community and civic leaders and centers of influence in the region.


CSM Group announced its 2013 Key Performer Award recipients are Circuit Electric Inc., Shouldice Brothers, Earley & Associates and Battle Creek Title. CSM Vice President Josh Rohs is the recipient of the company’s Walt East Award, its most prestigious award.

Shannon Rice, partner with CSM Group who was recently promoted to director of field operations, is the company’s Employee of the Year for 2013. Jason Meek has been promoted to project manager and Noah Schneider to project director.


The Society of Healing Arts Institute announced the opening of the only Community Acupuncture Clinic in West Michigan. The clinic is based in Rockford on Algoma Road off of U.S. 131. It has a sliding scale of $20-$50 per treatment.


Residence Inn Grand Rapids Airport Hotel, 4443 28th St. SE, announced its 100-suite extended stay hotel is open for business, and will hold an open house from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 6. It will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by 28th St. Hotel LLC, and managed by Hospitality Specialists Inc.


Clark Retirement Community announced the promotions of Joanna Hogan to vice president of development; Melissa Bittenbender to vice president of sales and marketing; Susan J. Decker to vice president of community and home-based services; Rick Rusthoven to vice president of finance/chief financial officer; and Christopher Galante to vice president of operations.

Clark Retirement Community announced its new board of trustees: chair, Chuck Burpee, Warner, Norcross & Judd; vice chair, Cynthia McCurren, Kirkhof College of Nursing; secretary, Karen Lott, Forest Hills Schools; treasurer, Dan LaMore, The Christman Co.; Steve Finney, Irwin Seating; and Bob Gillette, Wheeler Upham.


Price Heneveld LLP announced the promotion of Aaron J. Wong to partner. Wong has more than nine years of experience practicing intellectual property law. His experience includes trademark procurement and enforcement and patent prosecution for the automotive, furniture and pharmaceutical industries.

Varnum announced Toni L. Newell and Peter A. Schmidt have been elected to the partnership. Newell focuses her practice on energy and oil and gas law. Schmidt’s practice focuses on real estate, finance and municipal matters.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announced nine attorneys have been named partners: Troy M. Cumings, James B. Cunningham, Brian P. Lennon, Jonathan E. Lauderbach, Elisabeth M. Von Eitzen, Jeena S. Patel, Laura E. Morris, Amanda M. Fielder and Scott M. Watson.


Genzink Steel chairman Ken Genzink announced the promotion of John Maxson to chief executive officer for the company founded in 1963 by Donald Genzink. The company employs more than 140 people.


Gov. Rick Synder announced the reappointment of Robert Hughes, of Ada, to the Certificate of Need Commission; and the appointments of Susan Fabrick, of Fruitport, to the Michigan Board of Acupuncture; James Winkler Jr., of Allendale, to the Board of Athletic Trainers; Diane Parrett, of Norton Shores, to the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery; Auernhamer Przystas, of Grand Haven, and Adam Swain, of Plainwell, to the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy; Mary Purtee, of North Muskegon, to the state Board of Speech Language Pathology; and Nick Carlson, of Grand Rapids, and Valerie Palmer, of Kalamazoo, to the state Board of Occupational Therapy.


Metro-West Appraisal Co. has named Greg Stephens chief appraiser to accompany his role as a senior vice president of appraisal operations and compliance. Stephens’ responsibilities as chief appraiser include high-quality standards, staff appraiser development and ensuring compliance with regulatory and legal requirements as they relate to real estate valuations.

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