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Change Ups: GVSU appoints 2014-15 artist-in-residence

September 26, 2014
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Nayda Collazo

Grand Valley State University has selected internationally recognized visual artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens as the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence for the 2014-15 academic year.The nine-month position offers an opportunity to teach and mentor students in the art and design department, and speak on campus and to the community. Collazo-Llorens has held residency positions in New York, Florida and Puerto Rico, and has teaching experience from Carnegie Mellon University and Indiana University in Pennsylvania.


St. Cecilia Music Center announced it is the recipient of a $1,000,000 endowment gift from the estate of Peter M. Wege.


Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame announced Dorothy A. Johnson, of Grand Haven, is a 2014 contemporary honoree; and Donald W. Maine, of Grand Rapids, has received the Philip A. Hart Award.

Varnum LLP is the recipient of Corp! Magazine’s 2014 Salute to Diversity Awards in the Top Diversity-Focused Company category.


Lake Michigan Credit Union has promoted Sara Hendrickson to vice president of retail sales and service. 

Northpointe Bank has added Stacy Deitrich, loan officer, to the bank’s team in Portage.


Custer announced the addition of Heath Warren to its IT department as PC help-desk technician.

Engineered Protection Systems has appointed security industry veteran Cory Zemaitis residential sales manager. Zemaitis will lead the security company's Michigan-based team of in-home sales professionals.


C.D. Barnes Construction announced it has hired Kirt Ojalaas vice president of business development. Ojala is responsible for building long-term client relationships, and will work with business owners and leaders looking to build new, add to an existing, or renovate commercial/industrial space.

CSM Group of Kalamazoo announced the additions of office administrator Monica Rohs and project director John Van Zweden.

Metal Supermarkets – Grand Rapids has opened a facility at 4141 Barden Drive SE, Suite 5, Kentwood. The company is an expert in aluminum, stainless steel, hot-rolled, cold-rolled, copper and brass in bar stocks, sheets and plates. Details:


Marc Andreas has joined the faculty of Kuyper College as professor and director of its Business Leadership Program.


The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils has certified Brian C. Sandberg, partner of Argus Financial Consultants, as an Accredited Estate Planner. His office is in Ada.


Price Heneveld partner Todd Van Thomme has been elected treasurer of the Great Lakes Section of the Institute of Food Technologists.


Kids’ Food Basket is the recipient of a $10,000 KidCents grant from the Rite Aid Foundation. KidCents is an in-store round-up program that supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children.


Stephen C. Boom, D.O., was elected to the board of directors of the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Counsel, a national leader in maintaining and developing best practices for treating people with brain injuries. Bloom is medical director of the Brain Injury Program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.


West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology is launching a national best practices two-generation program serving parents and children through a partnership with the state of Michigan. The new model connects public and private services to students and their families. WMCAT also announced the additions of Noemi Morales in the newly created position of resource and opportunity manager; and Kelli Kopen as dedicated Kent County DHS Family independence specialist.


Berends Hendricks Stuit announced it has retained its status of a Best Practices agency for the 21st consecutive year by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Best Practices Study Group.

USI Insurance Services announced the addition of Mary Kamsickas, loss control consultant.


Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced attorney Nicholas H. Vander Veen has joined its Grand Rapids office as an associate practicing in the areas of business and real estate law. He will represent dental professionals in practice transitions and provide outside general counsel guidance on health-care-related business issues and employment matters, and will also practice with the businessand real estate law group in mergers and acquisitions, commercial leasing and related transactional matters.


DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne announced the addition of Curtis Kolarik, manufacturing engineer. He will work to improve operations and efficiencies within the company.

Perrigo Co. in Allegan has hired Anthony M. Faragasso, M.D., as director of Pharmacovigilance & Consumer Affairs. Faragasso will be responsible for collecting, evaluating and reporting consumer data to regulatory agencies worldwide as it relates to adverse events.

Wolverine Worldwide of Rockford announced Rick Blackshaw has been promoted to president, Sperry Top-Sider, and Chris Lindner has been promoted to president, Keds. 


WOOD TV 8 announced it has hired Kalamazoo County native Ellen Bacca as a Storm Team 8 meteorologist. Bacca joins the TV station from WCTI in North Carolina where she spent two years, most recently covering Hurricane Arthur.


Comprenew has opened a new discounted electronics store at 5157 Northland Drive NE.A grand opening is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 4. Comprenew offers refurbished electronics, repairs, and accepts donated electronics for recycling.

Cradles of Grace Byron Center, a chapter of Rockford-based Cradles of Grace, announced its separation from Cradles of Grace to become its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that will go by the name Hope Unexpected.

Wake Up Narcolepsy, in Worcester, Mass., announced the appointment of Laura D. Fabrizio, of East Grand Rapids, to its board of directors.


Amway Grand Plaza has appointed Tim Moreno chef de cuisine of Cygnus 27. Moreno will endeavor to transform the restaurant with a vibrant take on the refined vibe that Cygnus 27 is known for.


Chow Hound Pet Supplies announced it is opening a new store at 7485 Cottonwood Drive, Jenison, in mid-October with a grand opening sale scheduled for Nov. 7-9.


The Grand Rapids Griffins has redesigned its website to provide fans easier access to exclusive Griffins news, content and special offers. A new navigation bar allows users to seamlessly maneuver through the site. See


Iserv Co. LLC announced it has named Jeff Royce president. Royce will be responsible for leading Iserv’s new business initiatives with a focus on new technologies, customer service and customer value. 


Sarah Koupal has joined the West Michigan Tourist Association as director of image and branding.

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