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Change Ups: MTM taps VanKampen as executive director

May 22, 2015
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Mel Trotter Ministries’ board of directors has appointed Dennis VanKampen as its new executive director and CEO. VanKampen was Mel Trotter’s vice president of programs for the past three and a half years. He has more than 17 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations including Camp Henry, Camp Manitou-lin and other camp and retreat centers in Michigan. His appointment is effective June 1.


Baker Holtz welcomed Stephanie Noeldner, administrative assistant, and Andrew Jipping, associate.


The Brain Injury Association of Michigan and Grand Rapids Bar Association announced Thomas Sinas, attorney at Sinas Dramis Law Firm, has been elected to three-year terms on their respective boards of trustees.


Writer Martin Shoemaker of Hopkins and illustrator Quinlan Septer of Ada were honored at the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards in Hollywood for having won a contest to have their works published in an anthology, “L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future, Volume 31.”

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network in Lansing announced its 2015 Historic Preservation Awards winners: 2015 Community Award: City of Muskegon, Baker College Interior Design Program, Nakkia Grissom, Greenridge Realty, Kay Pittman and the Michigan Coastal Credit Union for the rehabilitation of a Streamline Moderne residence; 2015 Preservation Gem Award: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Roof and Steeple Restoration; and Lifetime Achievement Award, Dawn F. Schumann, preserving and interpreting Saugatuck-Douglas history.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business announced Pat LeBlanc, chairman of EBW Electronics Inc. in Holland, received the Small Business Person of the Year Award, and Luciano Hernandez, president of Tiger Studio in Zeeland received the Veteran-Owned Small Business Award.

The Michigan Chapter of Congress for the New Urbanism announced Phillip Meyer was awarded its 2015 Charter Prize for making significant contributions to advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism for the city of Holland.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP was presented the Rookie of the Year Award by the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region for raising $10,000 for the 2014 United Way campaign.


Lake Michigan Credit Union announced Callahan and Associates has named it No. 1 in the nation for Return of Members for 2014, for credit unions with assets of $1 billion or more.


Charter Capital Partners announced the launch of its Business Valuation Practice and the addition of Christine Baker as managing director.

Elpas named I.COMM Corp., headquartered in Farmington Hills with an office in Grand Rapids, its 2014 Outstanding Partner at the International Security Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

ProNexus LLC celebrated the one-year anniversary of its West Michigan location. The firm has been serving clients locally through a strategic alliance formed with Beene Garter LLP.


Kalamazoo’s Miller-Davis Co. welcomed Dan Coffman, corporate controller; Brandon Bogue, project superintendent; Ash Thomas and Ariel Castillo, project engineers; and Mike Keeler, project coordinator.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced Brad McAvoy, director of engineering services, was named Engineer of the Year by the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers.


Design West Michigan announced Ken Krayer has been named executive director. He has spent decades working in both higher education and professional design, and most recently as an independent consultant.


Baker College has added a Master of Science in Nursing for registered nurses who wish to advance in their careers.

Elaine Collins, dean of Grand Valley State University’s College of Education, has been named president of Johnson State College in Vermont. Collins’ last day at GVSU is June 30. A national search will be conducted to find a replacement.

Kent Career Tech Center Principal John Kraus has been named the 2015 Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals.


Christine M. Czopek has joined Greenleaf Trust of Kalamazoo as a client fiduciary specialist.

The Centennial Group & The Principal Financial Group announced the additions of Chris Jones and Mike Anama as financial advisors and Princor Registered Representatives of the Grand Rapids office of the Great Lakes Business Center.


Grand Rapids Art Museum has received a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its arts and literacy program, Language Artists: Creature Connections.

UnitedHealthcare announced it awarded Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes a $35,000 grant to help support the nonprofit’s Food is Fuel Kids Campaign.


Hilger Hammond PC attorney Ben Hammond has been elected secretary of the Grand Rapids Bar Association. His two-year term begins July 1.

Haans Mulder, attorney and partner with Cunningham Dalman PC, authored an article in the publication Family and Business Succession Planning, titled “Family Business Succession: It Is All About Family Dynamics.”

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced the additions to its Grand Rapids office of shareholder John W. Inhulsen, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate and business law; and Christine E. McKee, human resources director.

Talcott Franklin PC announced the acquisition of The Law Office of Jordan C. Hoyer PLLC a litigation boutique consisting of attorneys Curt Benson, Jordan Hoyer, Erika Hunting and Derek Witte. It’s Talcott Franklin’s first Michigan office.


Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing has been named to the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch list by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. The award is given to second-stage companies headquartered in Michigan that are making an impact on the state’s economic landscape.


The American Heart Association in West Michigan announced the promotion of Kimberly Earnshaw to executive director for the Grand Rapids Area.

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology named Larissa Nikola-Lisa the new program director for Teen Arts + Tech.


Truscott Rossman won a Gold and two Silver PRoof Awards for its work on behalf of Grand Rapids Whitewater and Sinas Dramis Law Firm at the 30th annual West Michigan Public Relations Society of America PRoof Awards.

The GVSU University Communications Office won 13 Gold and one Silver award at the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America 2015 PRoof awards.


Fusion-IT in Jenison announced the additions of Jason Brown, director of engineered client solutions; Jason Petoskey, senior service desk technician L2 and dispatch; and Tom Emperor, senior system engineer L2.

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