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Change Ups: Mel Trotter hires its first multicultural engagement VP

August 9, 2019
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Sydeon Harvey

Sydeon Harvey joined Mel Trotter Ministries’ executive leadership team as vice president of multicultural engagement — a new position at the rescue mission that was founded in 1900.

Raised in Chicago, Harvey’s multicultural experiences range over the last 25 years in a variety of roles addressing community issues such as homelessness, addiction recovery, mental illness, autism, community outreach and family services. He has developed and led training programs that allow people of all backgrounds to grow and appreciate one another.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Benton Harbor-based Wightman announced the addition of the following: Brad Gagnon, civil engineer associate, Benton Harbor office; Melanie Zondag returns to Wightman as an engineer in the company’s Allegan office; Brian Aguilera, civil engineer associate, Allegan office; Shana Boynton service technician, Benton Harbor office; Aaron Curtis, service technician survey crew member, Allegan office; Derek Miller, civil engineer, Kalamazoo office; and Kyle Owen, returns to Wightman as a civil engineer associate in the Allegan office.

ARTS

Metro Grand Rapids, 1901 S. Division Ave., offers a new stage for West Michigan’s up-and-coming musicians and artists to perform and features a full bar with 20 beers on tap, a concise kitchen menu and an outdoor patio complete with a custom mural and art installations by Caribbean artist Picardo.

AWARDS

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission announced the area winners of the 2019 Governors Service Awards: Senior Volunteer of the Year: Jelanie Bush (Newaygo), Mildred Bond Johnson (Muskegon), Karl Knauf (Bellaire), Grace LaValley (Marquette), Heide McNichols (Traverse City); Youth Volunteer of the Year: Jocelyn Hines (Muskegon); Outstanding National Service Program: Family Literacy AmeriCorps Program (West Michigan) and Michigan Education Corps AmeriCorps Program (statewide).

BANKING

Kalamazoo-based First National Bank of Michigan appointed David G. Echelbarger, managing partner at Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co. PC in Grand Rapids, to its board of directors. Echelbarger will serve on the information technology steering committee.

Lake Michigan Credit Union hired Andrew Moening as a mortgage loan officer for its member direct team that serves LMCU’s entire footprint throughout Michigan and southwest Florida. Moening is a 16-year veteran of the mortgage industry who holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Western Michigan University, and a master’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University. Also hired has a mortgage loan office on its member direct team serving Michigan and southwest Florida is Jon Hornbeck, a 25-year veteran of the mortgage industry, including 10 years originating mortgages. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Legacy Trust announced Brian Moore rejoined the Grand Rapids-based firm as a senior vice president and senior wealth adviser.

United Federal Credit Union announced the appointment of Scott Crawford as mortgage adviser at its St. Joseph branch.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Diversified Medical Staffing Home Care & Medical Staffing acquired Peace at Home Caregivers, based in Grand Haven.

EDUCATION

Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Wind Turbine Technician Academy received two wind turbine nacelles to use for students’ hands-on training because of a donation from NextEra Energy Resources LLC. Weighing approximately 180,000 pounds, the nacelle houses all of the generating components of a wind turbine. They were delivered to campus from the Lake Benton II Wind Farm in Pipestone County, Minnesota.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Calvin University opened Peet’s Coffee — its first licensed store in Michigan. Peet’s Coffee, a U.S. specialty coffee company founded by Alfred Peet in 1966 in Berkeley, California, has more than 240 coffee shops across the United States.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors West Michigan Chapter announced the election of its officers for 2019-2020: president – John Woodward, Watermark Employee Benefits; president-elect – Zac Woodward, Watermark Employee Benefits; secretary-treasurer: Scott Embree, MassMutual Mid Michigan; board of directors: Mark Staat, Northwestern Mutual; Sarah Meany, AFLAC Margeline Tripp, Edward Jones; Harvey Nuttall, Upstream Investment Advisors; and Lynn Hopkins, immediate past president, Alta Professional Insurance Services.

GOVERNMENT

The Centre for Fiduciary Excellence announced it certified the investment fiduciary practices of Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) in Shelbyville as adhering to a global standard of excellence for Investment Stewards.

GRANTS

The Porter Hills Foundation received $5,000 grant from the Mary Thompson Foundation that will be used to support recreational therapy activities for low-income older adults who participate at LifeCircles PACE in Holland and Muskegon.

HEALTH

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s announced Elizabeth (Liz) Murphy, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, will retire Nov. 5.

HUMAN SERVICES

The Tree House Child Care Center transformed a former dance studio into the newest Reggio Emilia-inspired child care center, 300 North Third Ave., Fruitport. Services include year-round, pre-K curriculum, before and after school care and summer programming for children ages 6 weeks to 10 years.

LEGAL

Brett Liefbroer joined Miller Johnson as an associate in its Grand Rapids office, practicing in the areas of business counsel and employee benefits and executive compensation.

Mika Meyers PLC attorney Kimberly M. Large was selected as a member of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2019 Women in the Law. The class of 2019 will be honored at a luncheon Sept. 5 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, and the class will choose the 2019 Woman of the Year in a secret ballot.

Miller Johnson’s estate planning group for the fourth consecutive year received the highest ranking (Band 1 of 5) by the Chambers High Net Worth Guide, and its key individual attorneys were also recognized again: Robert Brower, Christopher Edgar, Lauretta Murphy and Raj Malviya.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Rush Street Interactive launched its Social Casino and Social Sportsbook for Wayland-based Gun Lake Casino: The Gun Lake Casino4Fun site, powered by a proprietary internet gaming platform owned by RSI, allows visitors to the website to play a wide range of online slots, table games, live dealer games and to place bets in a world-class sportsbook for free.

SMG-managed Van Andel Arena was listed as the No. 1 venue in North America (No. 6 worldwide) for all venues with a capacity range of 10,001-15,000 by Billboard magazine; DeVos Performance Hall is the No. 13 theater venue worldwide. Billboard used total reported gross ticket sales from Nov. 1, 2018-April 30, 2019, to rank venues around the world.

NONPROFITS

Nick Cetlinski was promoted to donor director for the Alano Club of Kent County.

The American Red Cross of West Michigan selected Jon Dewey, Chemical Bank, as board chair and board members Leon Conklin, Mercy Health – Muskegon; Jeff Dornbos, Clark Hill PLC; Lincoln Gibbs, Ferris State University; Sonya Merriweather, state of Michigan and Dennis McKee, Consumers Energy.

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan announced Meghan Harsevoort, wealth management adviser at Fifth Third Bank, was elected to its board of directors.

PUBLIC SERVICE

The Michigan Young Republicans announced Grand Rapids resident Abby Oliver was named chairwoman.

RETAIL

Attah Obande joined Holland-based iNFable as chief operating office.

TECHNOLOGY

Fusion IT LLC welcomed David Jones and Nick French as service desk technician L1s.

SpinDance relocated to 150 East Eighth St., Holland.

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