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Chamber names Leadership Grand Rapids class

June 25, 2018
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A Leadership Grand Rapids group meets during a day session. Photo via fb.com

The Grand Rapids Chamber has announced the 2019 class of Leadership Grand Rapids.

The chamber program provides intensive day-long classes occurring monthly for nine months through its Center for Community Leadership.

The sessions cover issues impacting the community, with four focuses: leadership skills, diversity, community connections and systems thinking.

The sessions are meant to equip leaders with the tools and knowledge necessary to “tackle challenges as stewards of our community.”

“We are excited to welcome the next class of Leadership Grand Rapids,” said Megan Smith Jovanovic, VP of talent development, Grand Rapids Chamber. “We look forward to working with them in the coming year and see what they accomplish.

"The class of 2019 represents a broad cross section of leaders in business, nonprofit and government, who will contribute much to the Grand Rapids community through the learning that takes place in this program and well into the future.”

Leadership Grand Rapids 2019 class

Travis Atkinson, crisis systems specialist/associate consultant, TBD Solutions

Jen Brougham, associate attorney, McShane and Bowie

Joe Chamberlin, VP of finance and administration, West Michigan Whitecaps 

Chris Crook, SVP information services/CIO Priority Health, Spectrum Health/Priority Health

Jen Cutter, regional general manager, AHC+Hospitality

Gabriella De La Vega, medical interpreter, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

Theresa DeVries, people strategist, HR Collaborative           

Steve Dyer, director of marketing and communications, The Potter's House              

Joe Easterday, project manager, Van Haren Electric

Karyn Ferrick, government and legislative affairs manager, City of Grand Rapids             

Sandra Gaddy, CEO, Women's Resource Center        

Isabel Garcia, director of leadership development and education/owner, West Side Collaborative/Dreams by Bella            

John Gardiner, member, Bodman

Carolyn Johnsen Clayton, director of annual giving, Grand Valley State University        

Margrethe Kearney, senior attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center             

Julie Lankes, principal and creative director, BOXBOOM.creative                     

Joel Lautenbach, executive director of development, Samaritas

Val Lego, health reporter/anchor, WZZM TV 13

James Lewis, development director, Pinnacle Construction Group

Rick Meyering, director of operations, Camp Blodgett         

Lee Moyer, senior process improvement specialist, Spectrum Health                            

Tim Noonan, regional director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Ben Oliver, challenge scholars advisor, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Matt Orazem, VP, senior private banker, Huntington

Jim Overbeck, VP, Fifth Third Private Bank

Kelsey Perdue, assistant campus director and bootcamp program manager, Grand Circus              

Courtney Philips, union representative, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 951     

Alexis Rangel, community relations manager, Lake Michigan Credit Union

Evan Sassack, financial advisor, Merrill Lynch

Rochelle Sather, practice leader II, Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Jenn Schaub, neighborhood specialist, Dwelling Place

Pete Schmidt, partner, Varnum

Tod Stevens, learning practice leader, Progressive AE

Michael TerHorst, VP, Antares Capital

Caitlin Townsend Lamb, senior corporate manager, Cascade Enterprise System, Cascade Engineering

LaTarro Traylor, stakeholder, Grand Rapids community

Amirah Vosburgh, manager of school and community partnerships, GVSU Charter Schools Office

Allie Walker, senior account executive, Truscott Rossman

Liz Washington, grants manager, Kids’ Food Basket

Troy Whittaker, VP of services, ITS Partners

Cheri Williams, regional director, Bethany Christian Services

Jennifer Wilson, foundation director, Metro Health Hospital Foundation

Ellen Zwarensteyn, executive director, Michigan Center for Civic Education

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