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Chamber names Leadership Grand Rapids class

August 6, 2019
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The Grand Rapids Chamber has announced the 2020 class of Leadership Grand Rapids.

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

Participants are asked to use a “systems thinking approach” to tackle real issues facing the community, which is meant to create a “community-focused mindset that creates a lifelong commitment to creating a thriving and prosperous West Michigan for all,” the chamber said.

This class will begin at the end of August and celebrate graduation in April 2020.

Leadership Grand Rapids 2020 class

Krista Avery, senior director of development, Special Olympics Michigan

Rev. Katherine Lee Baker, chaplain and minister, Reformed Church in America

Jason Clayton, dean of career and life calling, Cornerstone University

Afton Devos, chief operating officer, Kids’ Food Basket

Dana Doll, co-founder and executive director, Treetops Collective

K’Sandra Earle, associate director, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

Lamont Edwards, designer, AECOM

Jonathan Farman, executive director and owner, GIFT Grand Rapids and Urban Jonny’s

Davien Fizer, ManUP site coordinator, Urban Transformation Ministries

Garrett Fox, vice president of sales, West Michigan Flocking

Dilli Gautam, president, Bhutanese Community of Michigan

Stephanie Gonda, director of sales, Townsquare Media

Jeffrey Gurney, chief technology advocate and director of IT, Van Andel Institute

Omar Hall, vice president sales and marketing, NN, Inc., Mobile Solutions Group

Tatum Hawkins, development director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County

Lisa Heyne, executive director and superintendent, Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center

William Jackson, community health worker, Spectrum Health

Laura Jeltema, partner, Warner Norcross + Judd

Alexa Kramer, director of government affairs, Grand Rapids Chamber

Tamara Lakiri, director of talent experience, OST

Ashley Lee, vice president of public relations and marketing, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Clara Lee, self-employed business consultant

Natalie Lowell, senior director of membership, Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore

David Marquardt, director of parks and recreation, City of Grand Rapids

Lyndsay Martin, director of crisis quality and development, Hope Network Behavioral Health Services

Daniel McGraw, CEO, DPT Solutions

Mary McLoughlin, owner and principal, McLoughlin Communications & Public Relations

Tonja Lynae-Gofoe Moyer, director of performance improvement, Metro Health-University of Michigan Health

Attah Obande, director of dream fulfillment, SpringGR

Dormica Oppenhuizen, director of international logistics, Meijer

Chad Paalman , CEO and visionary, NuWave Technology Partners

Kristyn Peck, CEO, West Michigan Partnership for Children

Brianne Pitchford, business development manager, Triangle Associates

Kevin Polston, superintendent, Godfrey Lee Public Schools

Veronica Quintino-Aranda, community liaison officer, Michigan State University Research Center

Meghan Reed, director of operations, ITS Partners

Gregory Sanial, vice president for finance and administration and CFO, Grand Valley State University

Emily Smith, principal and owner, WordWell Global

Jeffrey Snyder, manager of external affairs, Comcast

Michael TerHorst, vice president, Antares Capital

Rachel VerWys, co-creator and executive director, SEE (Solutions to End Exploitation)

Adam Weiler, director of social enterprise, WMCAT

Dani Zizak, vice president corporate communication and social responsibility, Wolverine Worldwide

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