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Change Ups: Ike receives WGVU Engage award

November 28, 2014
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Lynne Ike

Lynne Ike is the recipient of the 2014 WGVU Engage I HAVE Made a Difference Award. Ike, SMG director of marketing for Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall, was chosen for best exemplifying outcomes in the five WGVU Engage areas of focus: inclusion, health, arts, veterans and education. Ike has been chair of the WGVU Engage Arts Committee for two years. She’s strived to create opportunities for young people to experience the arts.


Turning Pointe School of Dance announced the appointment of Debra Burr as director of the Turning Pointe Ministry, which includes the School of Dance, in Holland and Hudsonville, as well as Michigan’s first professional Christian ballet company, Soli Deo Gloria.

Grand Rapids Art Museum announced that Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has loaned the museum its Edward Degas sculpture, “Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot,” in conjunction with its new exhibition, Re-Envisioning the Nutcracker, which opened Nov. 20. The Nutcracker exhibit is in conjunction with Grand Rapids Ballet.


The American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Section has selected vice president, Steven Waalkes, Grand Rapids; and treasurer, Melinda Bacon, Kalamazoo.

The Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan announced the election of its 2015 board of directors: president, Duke Suwyn, Colliers International; president-elect, Dave Denton, DAR Development; treasurer, Tony Pearson, True North Real Estate Development; and secretary, Cathy Bottema, Signature Associates. Directors: Matt Abraham, Colliers; Ty Hallock, First Companies; Chip Hurley, Newmark, Grubb, Cressy and Everett; and Jason Makowski and Mary Anne Wisinski Rosely, NAI Wisinski of West Michigan.


Corporate Secretary Magazine has awarded Perrigo Co. PLC its Best Overall Governance Compliance Award, and West Michigan attorney Todd Kingma, executive vice president and general counsel for Perrigo, its Governance Professional of the Year Award.


Creative Studio Promotions announced it is a local distributor of the software 3Fitt, which allows employers to connect to major-brand activity trackers to help them automate their health and wellness programs and view employees’ activity data, upload biometrics data and create an incentive program to encourage healthy behavior.

Rua Associates LLC announced the sale of Gaines International, a Chicago-based executive search firm, to Allen Austin, a Houston-based global executive search, strategy and implementation solutions consulting firm. Rua was hired by Gaines to represent them during the transaction.


Grand Rapids Community College has selected three finalists in its search for a new provost-executive vice president for academic and student affairs: Laurie Chesley, dean of GRCC’s School of Arts and Sciences; Tony D. Hawkins, instructional dean of humanities at Montgomery College in Maryland; and Bill Pink, vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University.


Nestlings Diaper Bank in the Holland area is one of 61 national recipients of the inaugural Funds for Change grant awarded by the National Diaper Bank Network. The $800 grant will be used to acquire diapers for low-income families in Ottawa County.

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids announced the Lowell YMCA has received a grant of $21,800 from the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce to support the 2015 LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, which offers adult cancer survivors the opportunity to work out in a supportive environment and reclaim their health while building relationships with other survivors.


Holland Home has launched Trillium Institute with a mission of helping medical professionals, families and terminally ill patients to “live well, die well and grieve well.” It is led by an executive director and medical director and governed by an independent board of directors. It operates with funds from a three-year grant from a local philanthropist.

IPC The Hospitalist Company Inc., a North Hollywood-based national hospital medicine and post-acute physician group practice company, announced the acquisition of Grand Rapids-based John N. Campbell, M.D., P.C. Campbell will continue as practice group leader.


HR Collaborative announced it has hired Cindy Angerer as HR business partner. Angerer is responsible for leading project teams in delivering state-of-the-art human resources programs to clients, as well as developing new product offerings, with a focus on lakeshore communities.


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC attorney John W. Inhulsen is included in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2014 class of Up & Coming Lawyers, based on noteworthy cases, unique practice areas, and community and bar association efforts.

Hilger Hammond PC announced Suzanne Sutherland has joined the firm as an associate attorney. 

Miller Canfield announced lawyer Amber Sturrus has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Up & Coming Lawyers for 2014.

Secrest Wardle was among 100 companies recognized as Best Places to Work in Michigan for 2014 by The Detroit Free Press.


Clean Rooms International announced Jim Schwartz and Dave Nelson have been named vice president of sales and vice president of manufacturing, respectively.

Perrigo Co. PLC has hired Sam DeMarco, regulatory affairs project manager, and Carlee Roeber, trade compliance analyst for the global trade compliance team, both in Allegan. DeMarco is responsible for regulatory filings for Abbreviated New Drug Application/New Drug Application products, and Roeber will gather information to file annual reconciliations for Perrigo entities.


Fair Food Matters of Kalamazoo announced it is seeking new leadership following the resignation of executive director Erica Barajas. A job description and application form is available at

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners announced the opening of nonprofit Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, which provides hands-on support for navigating the system of commercializing farm inventions. Entrepreneurs, farmers and business owners with equipment, machinery, software or other agricultural specialty product ideas may apply for services.

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids announced Bill Hinton is the new executive director of YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville.


Engineered Protection Systems has appointed Steve Foster enterprise sales manager. He will lead enterprise sales initiatives, including those serving commercial health care, educational and financial industries and others.


C/D/H has merged with Blue Sphere Solutions, a Grand Rapids-based software development firm. Changes to its leadership include: Co-founder and managing partner Paul Hillman has retired; Mark Becker and Susan Cotts are director of consulting services and managing partner, respectively; Jim Brown is partner and director of sales and marketing; and Chris Hashley is partner and director of software development.

NeXt I.T. has been chosen to support Mona Shores Public Schools in a multi-year agreement for outsourced information technology. NeXt I.T. will augment the Lakeshore Technology Services Consortium internal technology team with onsite technicians.

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