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Change Ups: GRCC professor earns state coalition award

March 14, 2014
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Award-winner Melanie Schiele-Gady and Robin Lynn Grinnell, executive director of Michigan Campus Compact.

Grand Rapids Community College wellness professor Melanie Schiele-Gady has earned the Faculty-Staff Community Service Learning Award from Michigan Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. The biennial award goes to those who have made the most outstanding contributions to service learning and community service. Students in Schiele-Gady’s wellness classes work with elementary schools in the Grand Rapids district on a healthy living curriculum.


Eckert Wordell announced it is celebrating 30 years of providing architectural, engineering and interior design services to health care, industrial, government and private sector clients in Southwest Michigan, across the country and internationally.


Extra Credit Projects took home nine gold and seven silver American Advertising Federation Addy awards. This was the third year in a row the firm won the highest number of Addy awards, for projects spanning industries from medical education, regional rehabilitation care, Christian publishing and national public service campaigns.

Prein&Newhof was named Consultant of the Year by the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics.

Raymond King is the recipient of the Boys & Girls Club’s 2014 Youth of the Year award.

Two Men & A Truck received West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s IMPACT Award, recognizing its monthly involvement in supplying transportation and distribution of pop cans to United Way community partner agencies.

University of Michigan’s Alumnae Councilnamed Lorissa MacAllister of Grand Rapids recipient of its 2014 Athena Award, bestowed annually on alumnae who have distinguished themselves in professional and humanitarian endeavors. MacAllister is founder and president of Enviah, a research-based firm dedicated to building a new design approach to the health care industry.


The Bank of Holland announced it has opened a full-service office in downtown Grand Haven. The 7,000-square-foot bank, 111 N. Third St., will house a growing team of commercial and consumer lending experts, mortgage professionals and support staff.

The Bank of Holland announced the addition of Jeff Timmer as vice president/mortgage officer in its Wyoming and Grand Rapids offices.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced it has five new retail branch locations in Holland, Norton Shores, Traverse City, Farmington Hills and Troy, plus a mortgage center in Livonia. The expansion comes as a result of an in-depth market research study to identify population centers with solid growth opportunities.

Daniel Merz has joined Lake Michigan Credit Union as a mortgage loan originator, joining the retail mortgage sales southeast team.

Northpointe Bank announced the addition of Kathy Shaw, regional vice president/loan officer.

Steve Frendt has joined Founders Bank & Trust as mortgage originator.


Custer has added Jana Van Singel to its interior architectural products division as a project manager.


Rockford Construction has promoted Tim Marcus to vice president of education, and has hired Terry Burt, director of property management.

Triangle Associates presented employee service awards to project managers Dustin Hemmes and Scott Jernberg. Hemmes received the Golden Hard Hat Award for exemplifying Triangle’s values of teamwork, continuous improvement and quality. Jernberg received the Community Steward Award in recognition of his contributions to the West Michigan community.


Calvin College’s provost search committee has recommended Cheryl Brandsen, the college’s dean of social sciences and contextual disciplines, as its next provost. The recommendation needs to be ratified by the college’s board of trustees.


Laura J. Morrison, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Ada, has been appointed female recruiting leader for the firm’s women’s initiative in Michigan. 


Fair Food Matters in Kalamazoo announced the addition of Michael Hoag, program manager, Douglass Farmers Market.


Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes announced it has been selected to receive a $5,000 grant from Delta Air Lines Foundation


The neurodiagnostics lab at Bronson Methodist Hospital has received accreditation from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dennis Jewett, M.D., is medical director of the lab.


The new owners of Ottawa Beach Inn in Holland are former Watermark Properties executive chef Eric Chaitin and his wife, Sue.

Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo received Hotel of the Year and Sales Team of the Year awards at the Carlson Rezidor annual business conference in Minnesota.


MapleCreek has hired Kathy Mindes as its dementia director. She is responsible for the Woods, Maple Creek’s dedicated memory care program, and The Harbor, a smaller memory care unit at The Lodge at MapleCreek.

Homewatch CareGivers announced the additions of Shannon Leonard to head human resources, and Robbie Edlin, who has joined Homewatch’s scheduling team.


Ottawa Beach Inn in Holland new owners are former Watermark Properties executive chef Eric Chaitin and his wife, Sue.


Attorney Changgang “Charlie” Lou has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s intellectual property group in the Kalamazoo office. He has nearly 10 years of experience as a research scientist at Novartis Institute in Cambridge, Mass., and joins the Honigman IP life sciences group.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has elected three partners to serve on its management committee: Andrea Bernard, Homayune Ghaussi and Bill Jansen. The firm alsoannounced the addition of attorney Robert H. Silkensen. He will concentrate his practice in international tax planning, with an emphasis on reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, foreign tax credit planning and transfer pricing.


Dixie Anderson, executive director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, has been re-elected for a second term as vice chair of the board of the World Affairs Council of America. She will serve a three-year term.


Holland Mayor and Warner Norcross & Judd LLP attorney Kurt Dykstra has been appointed to the executive committee and advisory board of the West Michigan Global Initiative.


John A. Meyer, owner of John A. Meyer Appraisal Co., has been named 2014 Realtor of the Year by the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors.


Kayla M. Habermehl has joined the office of the director at Van Andel Research Institute. Her responsibilities include enhancing research communications on the VARI web page, with the primary target being scientists from other universities and institutes, and informed readers who will package information for another audience.


Experience Grand Rapids announced the appointment of Tom Bennett as its vice president of sales and services.

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