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Change Ups: Dickinson recognized for improving naval leadership

December 26, 2014
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Cmdr. Thomas Dickinson, Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Cmdr. Gavin Duff are recipients of the Stockdale Leadership Award.

Navy Cmdr. Thomas J. Dickinson, a Whitehall native, received the Atlantic Fleet Award during the 34th annual Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award ceremony held in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes in Washington, D.C. He is recognized for contributing to Navy leadership improvement. Dickinson was commanding officer of USS Barry (DDG 52) and is a professor at the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.


Open Systems Technology was named one of the 2014 National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Porter Hills communities Meadowlark Retirement Village and Cook Valley Estates were selected as 2013-2014 National Research Corporation Excellence in Action award winners.


Northpointe Bank has hired Dana Fox and Nicholas Zaluski as loan officersin the retail lending division.


DK Security announced the appointment of Lauren Saelens, operations manager for West Michigan. She is responsible for overseeing uniform security accounts in the Greater Grand Rapids area, as well as DK’s entertainment venues.

Kendall Stuckey has joined Custer’s design team as a design assistant.


CSM Group of Kalamazoo welcomed project manager Mike Johnson to the team.


Ferris State University board of trustees elected Paul Boyer, of Ada, as 2015-16 chair.

Grand Rapids Community College announced a third of the 80 students graduating in December from its Job Training program have secured employment.

Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Robert Wardrop II, of Grand Rapids, to the Central Michigan University board of trustees, and Megan Sall, of Grand Rapids, to the Grand Valley State University board of trustees.


Allegan General Hospital Foundation reached a new record in its annual scholarship award disbursement for the third year in a row. A total of $30,000 was distributed to support education for health care professionals.

Werner and Karri Absenger have launched the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation, which offers services for cancer survivors and their caretakers as well as for persons interested in regaining and maintaining health and wellness through practices such as yoga, meditation, Qigong, music therapy, nutrition counseling and healthy eating programs. Details:


Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University announced they will share a $65,000 grant from Grand Rapids Community Foundation to create and support a two-year Engaged Departments Initiative.

The Bouma Corp. received a $5,000 matching grant from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration to purchase fall protection harnesses, lanyards and lifelines.

The Gene Haas Foundation presented a $50,000 grant to The Geek Group. The grant will be used to expand the CNC educational programming at the facility at 902 Leonard St. NW, certifying it as an H-Tech Educational Center

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has received two $50,000 grants. The Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will support the U.S. premiere of an exhibition of works by artists with disabilities. The Wege Foundation grant will support the DisArt Festival, a celebration of disability arts to take place in downtown Grand Rapids April 10-25.


Dr. Seth Palmer will join Richard Strabbing, D.O., in caring for ear, nose and throat patients as part of the Michigan ENT & Allergy practice and the ENT surgical program at North Ottawa Community Health Systems in Grand Haven.

Shoreline Sport & Spine of Spring Lake announced its new name is i’move.

Michigan Street Orthopedic Specialists has become part of Spectrum Health Medical Group. The office is comprised of the practices of Randy Lovell, M.D., Peter Ugolini, M.D., and Christopher Sherry, D.O.


Senior Neighbors Inc. announced new members to its board of directors: Virginia Losievsky, Leo Peters, Joann Roche, Misti L. Stanton, Douglas Vance and Myrna Zielinski. Board of directors officers for 2014-2015: chairperson, David J. Mazur; vice chairperson, Linsey Gleason; treasurer, Randall J. Janiczek; and secretary, Jeffery F. Swain.


Hilger Hammond announced attorney Suzanne Sutherland was sworn into the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.

Varnum announced the addition of Eric R. Post to its Grand Rapids office. He is a business and corporate attorney working with clients in the automotive, retail, manufacturing and health care industries, and provides general estate planning and succession planning services for business clients.


Quality Aluminum Products Inc. in Hastings recently received renewal of its Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award certification from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


NPR news station Michigan Radio has hired Kimberly Springer, social media producer, and Joe Linstroth, executive producer for “The Next Idea,” a show devoted to reporting innovations and ideas to help change Michigan.


Comprenew announced it will open a new 4,000-square-foot electronics center at 11379 East Lakewood Blvd. in Holland.


Dickinson Press Inc. announced the appointment of Ray Sevin, chief operating officer. He will be responsible for book manufacturing and sales, including marketing and customer service. Dickinson Press has book production plants in Grand Rapids and TriCities, Tenn.


Five Star Real Estate agent Sam Sterk was honored as recipient of the Realtor of the Year Award from the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors. Sterk has been with Five Star Real Estate for 17 years.

NAI Wisinski of West Michigan announced Russ Bono joined the firm as a commercial real estate advisor. He will focus on developing new business in the office and retail sectors.

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