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Change Ups: Gaddy is Women’s Resource Center’s new CEO

March 31, 2017
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Sandra Gaddy was hired as the Women’s Resource Center’s new CEO. Gaddy has more than 20 years of expertise in developing teams, strategic planning, collaboration and fundraising. She previously served as vice president of advancement for Inner City Christian Federation. Gaddy said she joined the Women’s Resource Center because of its rich history in helping to increase and improve workplace and economic opportunities in the lives of women and their families across West Michigan.


Stacy Tilstra joined Rehmann as an accounting specialist II in the firm’s accounting, consulting and tax department. Tilstra is responsible for providing monthly accounting and consulting to small business clients.


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan recently honored three firms for engineering and surveying excellence. Engineering Merit Awards: AECOM for its work on the M-100 over CN/GTW Railroad in the City of Potterville; Prein&Newhof for its work on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Drainage Improvements and Natural Treatment System project; and Surveying Honorable Conceptor Award: Fleis & VandenBrink for its work on the Muskegon River Mapping project for the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission in Muskegon.


Lindo Mexico announced the launch of Guelaguetza Designs’ new online store, featuring the work from Ricardo Garcia Juarez, Pedro y Lore Quero, Rutilio Martinez, Rodrigo Hernandez and Saulo Quero. The online presence is intended to bring this team one step closer to their mission of promoting Mexican Culture through the sale of handmade products, network with and support new artisans, see and purchase exhibitions of new products while enjoying free appetizers.


Tracy Golden-Sanchez is the recipient of Express Employment Professionals’ Champions of Hope Award. She was honored for going above and beyond her everyday work by mentoring women reentering the workforce and volunteering to participate in mock interviews at local schools.


Jose Davis-Ledesma joined Independent Bank as a residential loan officer. He will originate first and second mortgages and be responsible for residential lending in Allegan, Charlevoix, Ionia, Kent, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne counties.


Custer Inc. announced the addition of Bill Connell as sales engineer.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women launched a business directory that offers clients and local businesses an opportunity to promote their businesses. For more information, visit

LAFCU announced the appointment of Michael “Mic” Shupe as chief lending officer.


Students from Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan in Muskegon won medals in the Masterpiece and Student Masterpiece categories at the annual MSU Museum’s Chocolate Party Benefit.

Grand Rapids Community College teamed up with Kent Intermediate School District on Launch U, a tuition-free early college program. Students in the four-year Launch U program will graduate with a high school diploma and a GRCC associate degree in mechanical design, tooling and manufacturing technology, or industrial technology. Launch U was created in partnership with local school districts, GRCC and area manufacturing representatives.

The Whitecaps Community Foundation donated 1,900 books to Brookside Elementary, Mulick Park Elementary, Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary, Cesar Chavez Elementary and Burton Elementary to encourage children to read. The schools were selected to receive the free books because of their designation as high priority elementary schools in the Grand Rapids Public Schools system; many of its pupils do not have access to resources, such as books. Every child at the five schools received one free book.


Long Road Distillers was awarded several new honors from the 2017 Denver International Spirits Competition: Double Gold medal for Long Road Aquavit; Silver medals for Long Road Cherry Brandy and Long Road Old Aquavit; and a Bronze medal for Long Road Gin.


The Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Grand Rapids Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative a $1.95-million grant to support its Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program and the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District $2.7 million toward its Early Head Start and Head Start programs for children.


Grand Rapids Surgical Suites opened its first West Michigan location at 2505 East Paris Ave. NAI Wisinski of West Michigan brokers Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely and Jason Makowski brokered the 6,936-square-foot lease.


Caroly Hofstee accepted the role of President/CEO of HUB International Midwest East.


Alles Law announced the addition of attorney Lindsay Cummings.

Kathy Mahoney, executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of SpartanNash, is among 20 women lawyers who were selected nationwide to be members of the 2017 DirectWomen Board Institute class, which will take place Oct. 18-20 in New York City.


The Gluten Free Bar hired Christina McDonald Meister, sales and marketing manager, and Paul Vilker, operations manager.


TEGNA owned-WZZM 13 won the parent company’s Community Empowerment Award for the second year in a row for its New Heights: Restoring a City, an hour-long documentary that examined the history, challenges and work being done to restore a more hopeful future for the city of Muskegon Heights.


Varnum associate attorney Maureen E. O'Brien was named to the board of directors for Down Syndrome Association West Michigan.


Bill Bergstrom joined Grand Rapids Label as vice president of sales and marketing; John Crosby was promoted to vice president of operations.


The city of Grand Rapids announced it hired its first class of non-sworn Police Recruits in decades that is the most diverse class of future police officers in the city’s history. The 10-member class consists of three African-American males, three Caucasian females, two Caucasian males, one Hispanic male and one Asian-American female. They are Kevin Fleek; Ryan Johnston; Kelly Momber; Mariah Newton; Briana Pierson; Javon Sanders; Bernard Schaefer II; David Thompson; Jean Vicario; and Shelby Weber.

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Paul Haan and Al Vanderberg to the newly formed Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Commission.

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced the following as Police Officers of the Year and Civilian of the Year for 2016: Officer Scott Bylsma is the 2016 Police Officer of the Year in Administrative/Investigative Services; Officer Ryan Manser is Police Officer of the Year in Operations; and Crime Scene Technician Daryl Clemens is Civilian of the Year.


Privately owned coffee franchise Biggby Coffee intends to open early this month a new store at 1145 W. Randall St. in Coopersville.


Wolverine Pipe Line Co. in Portage announced its new Detroit Metro Access Pipeline is in service. The approximately 34 miles of 16-inch diameter pipeline connects to an existing Wolverine line that enables the pipeline company to deliver refined petroleum products from the Chicago area to consumers in Metropolitan Detroit.


Blue Medora announced its partnership with cloud and virtualisation solutions provider, Xtravirt. The move comes as Blue Medora looks to expand its footprint in EMEA with its SaaS database monitoring platform, SelectStar.

X-Rite Pantone announced the first immersive Virtual Light Booth for evaluating material appearance in a digital world. VLB is part of the X-Rite Total Appearance Capture ecosystem that brings a new level of realism to 3-D design and applications.


The Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau rebranded itself as Visit Muskegon to create a new visual identity that conveys the character and allure of the Michigan Beachtown.

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