Center honors alumni
Two Kent County officials are among the 30 leaders honored.
The Grand Rapids Center for Community Leadership has honored 30 of its alumni, which it describes as individuals in leadership positions who are working to make the community better every day.
The Center for Community Leadership is a part of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber Foundation. The CCL training program helps educate and connect leaders from business, nonprofits and government.
Among those honored are Kent County Administrator/Controller Daryl Delabbio and Kent County Commissioner Shana Shroll.
Delabbio has worked in local government for 37 years and has held Kent County’s administrator/controller role since 1998, after serving three years as assistant county administrator.
“Daryl is a strong, thoughtful and inclusive leader, dedicated to doing what is best for Kent County residents and businesses,” said County Board of Commissioners Chair Dan Koorndyk.
Shroll was elected to the commission in 2010, representing the 19th District, which covers parts of Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids. She is chair of both the county board’s Legislative and Human Resources Committee and the Community Health Advisory Committee.
Koorndyk noted that Shroll “was instrumental to the recent growth of Kent County’s Veterans Services Department, and is always a champion for partnerships and collaboration.”
The CCL program educates participants on the community’s opportunities and challenges, as well as important issues impacting the area. There are more than 1,000 alumni from the Leadership Grand Rapids program, all of whom were polled to select the 30 honorees, each of whom represents one of the graduating classes.
They were honored last week during the center’s 30th anniversary and annual fundraiser, held at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. The fundraiser directly benefits the scholarships that enable many to participate in CCL’s various community leadership and skill-building programs. More than $20,000 in scholarships were granted last year.
Other CCL alumni honored last week
Tony Baker, Ferris State University
Deb Bailey, Steelcase Inc.
Micki Benz, Mercy Health Saint Marys
Jonathan Bradford, Inner City Christian Federation
Andrew Brower, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Larry Burns, Varnum LLP
Brian Cloyd, Steelcase Inc.
Melissa Collar, Warner Norcross and Judd
Eva Aguirre Cooper, WOOD TV8
Louise Edison, West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology
Wendy Falb, Literacy Center of West Michigan
Marlin Feyen, Feyen Zylstra
Daniela Garcia, State of Michigan
Jane Gietzen, Spectrum Health
Nancy Haynes, Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
Steve Heacock, Spectrum Health
Emily Loeks, Celebration! Cinema
Bonnie Miller, United Bank (retired)
Bonnie Nawara, GROW
Sharon Caldwell Newton, Women’s Resource Center
Mark Peters, Butterball Farms
Kyle Ray, Kentwood Community Church
Jamiel Robinson, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Suzanne Schulz, City of Grand Rapids
Rick Treur, Calvin College
Erica Curry VanEe, Urban Curry
Jeff VanWinkle, Clark Hill
Steve Wilson, Frey Foundation