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Change Ups: Spectrum Health to open new campus

August 14, 2015
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Spectrum Health has started construction of its newest integrated-care campus. The 10,000-square-foot facility will be in front of the Meijer store at 2770 S. State Road in Berlin Township, near Ionia, making it Spectrum’s third integrated-care campus. Integrated care facilities enable patients to receive coordinated care under one roof, without traveling from office to office. The first facility opened in Holland in 2012 and the second just over a year ago on East Beltline Avenue.


Hungerford Nichols announced the addition of Sheila Vaughn to its administrative professional team in the Greenville office.


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre announced the election of its 2015-16 board of directors: chair, Chuck Burpee, Warner Norcross & Judd; vice chair, Matt Vicari, Miller Johnson; treasurer, Peggy Murphy, Hungerford Nichols; secretary, Sherryl Despres; at large, Ron Knipping, Rehmann, and Jeremy Kress, Celebration Theaters.

Opera Grand Rapids has hired Patrick Coyle as chorus master, replacing Duane Davis, who held the position for 31 years. Coyle will begin leading the Opera Grand Rapids Chorus in preparation for its gala concert of Verdi’s “Requiem” Oct. 30 at DeVos Performance Hall.


Associated Builders and Contractors/Western Michigan Chapter announced its 2015 board of directors: Jon Potvin, Allied Mechanical Services; Steve Longstreet, Buist Electric; and Jeff VanderLaan, Kent Companies. Officers are: chairman, Brian Crissman, The Christman Co.; chair-elect, Nate Koetje, Feyen Zylstra; and secretary/treasurer, Anita Rathbun, Triangle Associates Inc.

The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association electedKevin Sullivan, vice president of Alliance Beverage Distributingin Grand Rapids, chairman of the organization. Sullivan will serve as chair until 2017.


Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Historical Commission presented the 2015 Governor John B. Swainson Award to Leigh Ann Mikesell, operations engineer with the Michigan Department of Transportation in Muskegon, for going above and beyond her official job duties to help preserve Michigan’s history.

Michigan Office Solutions, headquartered in Grand Rapids, was recognized as a Detroit Metro 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business & Professional Association for the second consecutive year.


Lake Michigan Credit Union has hired Linda Culotta, senior mortgage loan originator, serving the southwest Florida area from its new Bonita Springs office, and Jennifer Verlin, mortgage originator, serving the Greater Grand Rapids area.


Charter Capital Partners, a Grand Rapids-based investment-banking firm, has opened a new office in downtown Detroit at 1420 Broadway St., bringing the firm’s locations to four: three in Michigan and one in Indiana.

Nichols’ Norton Shores headquarters and distribution center, at 1391 Judson Road, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification for its performance in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy-efficiency performance levels.


Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter presented the following companies with its Safety Training and Evaluation Process Awardfor their outstanding safety practices and recordsat the Diamond Level: Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals, Langerak Roof Systems, Rockford Construction and Thermal-Tec/Michigan Inc.


Grand Valley State University was one of 159 colleges and universities chosen by The Princeton Review for the annual Best in the Midwest section of the 2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

The Princeton Review’s “Best 380 Colleges”2016 edition announced Calvin College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. Only about 15 percent of four-year colleges are included on the list.



Carl Erickson, CEO of Atomic Object, has joined the board of directors for Legacy Trust and the Legacy Trust Holding Co.


Grand Rapids Downtown Market announced local food entrepreneur Torrence O’Haire has joined its staff as a private parties and culinary coordinator. 


The Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court announced its Adult Drug Treatment Court has received a three-year federal grant award totaling $920,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for fiscal years 2015-2017.


Mischelle Peel has joined St. Ann’s as director of nursing. Peel has more than 24 years of experience in health care and has served with several acute- and senior-care facilities in Grand Rapids.


Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner John J. Bursch has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, which is limited to appellate advocates who have at least 15 years of appellate experience. Bursch is the only Michigan attorney to be elected to AAAL this year and the seventh attorney in Michigan to be elected.


Tony Lucero has joined Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville as director of food and beverage. Lucero recently served as director of operations for Counts Oakes Resort Properties in Panama City Beach, Fla.


Hanson Logistics announced Terry Brown, VSSI Inc., and Mark Eriks, Gordon Food Service, have been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Vargo Companies, a provider of material-handling system integration, software and equipment solutions, has opened a Grand Rapids office led by Gordon Helberg, vice president of marketing and business development. It is located at 550 3 Mile Road NW, Walker.


Hadley in Grandville has appointed Thomas J. Bronz president/CEO, following the retirement of Robert F. Dubsky. Bronz has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, most recently as president of Tramec Sloan.


The Land Conservancy of West Michigan announced the election of the following to its board of directors: Cindy AckermanJohn Byl, Suzanne DeVries-ZimmermanGary Greer and Trish Taylor. The following officers were elected: president, Dwight Baker; vice president, A. Joseph Engel; treasurer, Bob Van Stright; andsecretary, Margaret Idema.


Greg Yoder was appointed executive director of Keys for Kids Ministries, a division of Cornerstone University, replacing retiring Terre Ritchie, anchor and executive director for nearly 20 years.

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, in partnership with Covenant House Academy Grand Rapids, has opened a Child Development Center at 50 Antoine SW for the community as well as non-traditional students attending Covenant House Academy. More information is at


Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced the promotions of Tiffany Jones to senior director and Amanda Passage and Renee Ketels to director.


The Muskegon Area Transit System’s Downtown Herman Ivory Transfer Terminal has reopened after an extensive renovation and expansion. Construction started last November and operations were temporarily relocated to the Masonic Lodge.

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