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Change-Ups: GVSU taps former Coast Guard officer as associate VP

January 31, 2020
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Craig Wieschhorster

A former U.S. Coast Guard officer was appointed Grand Valley State University’s associate vice president for business and finance. Craig Wieschhorster previously served as a captain and commanding officer in the Coast Guard for 25 years in various positions involving leadership, budgeting, resource management, performance metrics and operations. DHR International assisted the university throughout the search and interview process. Wieschhorster replaces Brian Copeland, who earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Western Michigan University and also is a certified public accountant. Prior to joining GVSU in 2007, he served as director of finance and administration for Display Pack Inc. of Grand Rapids.


Beene Garter LLP announced the addition of three partners to its firm. Derik Rynearson joined Beene Garter earlier this winter, while Josh Garvey and Lisa Pohl received promotions from within. The addition of Garvey, Pohl and Rynearson brings the firm’s number of partners to 17 and staff members to more than 100.


Travel Michigan is the recipient of a Platinum Award for Public Relations Innovation from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International for the creation of and supporting campaign around its Pure Sounds of Michigan album in 2019. Travel Michigan also received a Bronze Award in the Integrated Marketing Campaign category for its Long Live Summer campaign.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum partnered with local universities to have student volunteers host its Bodies Revealed exhibition. Grand Valley State University’s Kirkoff College of Nursing had students and alumni on Jan. 25 and again Feb. 8 participate as volunteers to provide visitors with more information about the bodies and specimens on display. Students from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine also are volunteering to interact with museum visitors inside Bodies Revealed throughout the run of the exhibition.

St. Cecilia Music Center announced the election of new officers to its board of directors: Taggart Town, president; Clare Wade, vice-president; Larry Figueroa, treasurer; and Ellen Arlinsky, secretary. New board members include Ed Meyette, Jeff Ott and Joy Walczak.


Two K Farms of Suttons Bay recently was awarded the Best of Class Riesling Trophy, sponsored by the International Riesling Foundation, and a Triple Gold Medal for its 2017 Riesling. Two K Farms was awarded Gold Medals for its 2017 Bubbly Riesling, Kingston Black Single Variety Cider, and their New World Cider, a blend of traditional and heirloom American apple varieties. Two K Farms also was awarded the special Terroir Award for the best use of local fruit in the making of its wines and ciders.


JetCo Federal hired full-time employees Erik Greene as a business development manager and Johnny Schweir as a capture specialist. Greene will work with customers to identify and solve complex logistics and sourcing challenges throughout their supply chain; and Schweir will meet sales goals by supporting bid response efforts and finding new opportunities.


Ada-based Erhardt Construction hired Christine Haynes as marketing coordinator.

Kent Companies announced the promotions of Ben Herrema to chief financial officer and Duane Andrus to executive vice president.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced the additions of Bryce DeYoung, project manager; Ryan Bramer, preconstruction engineer; David Matelski, project superintendent; Jane Leahy, assistant project superintendent; Gregory Park, assistant project superintendent; Jordan Potter, carpenter; and William Smitley, corporate recruiter.


Ric Underhile was appointed Noorthoek Academy’s interim executive director. He fills the position previously held by Mary Ruth Scholz. Underhile has served as a member of the Noorthoek board since 2018 and as director of grants management and associate vice president for advancement at Aquinas College for the past five years. His administrative background in education also includes five years as associate dean, interdisciplinary studies with Grand Rapids Community College.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP announced the winners of its 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. sixth grade essay contest winners: Lydia Taylor, Center for Economicology, grand prize; Luke Swanson, Grand Rapids Montessori, first runner-up; and Reese Wilcox, John Ball Zoo School, second runner-up. An additional 24 students from 11 different schools received honorable mentions. 


Three Oaks-based Journeyman Distillery’s Barrel Aged Brew Fest has raised since it launched in September 2017 nearly $67,000 for Islay’s Barrel, a nonprofit organization that provides children in southwest Michigan with summer camp experiences. The proceeds have so far sponsored 14 weeklong camp experiences. Each year, the brew fest features barrel-aged beverages from dozens of breweries, wineries and cideries in friendly competition for the Golden Barrel trophy. Brewers can participate in the 2020 event, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 17. Details:


The city of Grand Rapids assessor’s office’s 2020 assessments indicate the value of the commercial, residential and industrial properties across the city have increased: 12.1% for commercial; 10.8% for residential; and 7.7% for industrial. This is the sixth consecutive year assessments have increased.


The AT&T Foundation awarded Youth Solutions’ leading program Jobs for Michigan Graduates a $25,000 program expansion grant that will impact up to 160 of Michigan’s most at-risk youth.

Wedgwood Christian Services received a $10,000 grant from Herman Miller Cares for its services that include wellness and activity therapy, employment training, chaplaincy and young life, Manasseh outreach and prevention.


Deirdre’ Alt joined Faith Hospice as manager of its Trillium Woods inpatient hospice care facility. Alt most recently held leadership positions with Metro Health-University of Michigan Health. Her expertise ranges from nursing disciplines, including care for geriatric and hospice patients.


Antimicrobial check stand products supplier Mol Belting Systems is in the process of founding The International Clean & Green Pledge Society and is partnering with The Salvation Army, Harding & Hill supermarkets and MessageWrap to increase the awareness and donations to this year’s Red Kettle Campaign. MessageWrap is a new patented, new point of purchase communication vehicle that transforms grocery store conveyor belts into an antimicrobial billboard at the center of the highest traffic area of grocery stores. The Salvation Army and Mol Belting Systems selected MessageWrap for this campaign based on its proven results from previous charitable campaigns that showed an increase of 36% in donations on average.

Pensmore Reinforcement Technologies, dba Helix Steel, announced the addition of John Filush as plant manager, as well as the installation of additional processing machines in response to a growing demand for its flagship product Helix 5-25, resulting in a 30% increase in its production.


Holland-based Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence (formerly Center for Women in Transition) announced the appointment of board of director members Ortencia Bos, Tina Fierrol and Lana Zarlenga.

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