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Nonprofit appoints new board members and officers

February 17, 2020
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Shannon Cohen. Courtesy GVSU

A nonprofit that offers resources to female entrepreneurs has a new roster of board members and officers.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) said it has appointed its 2020 board of directors and officers.

The new board leadership will aid in the organization’s growth and governance, according to GROW. The board provides the “resources and expertise” needed for GROW to serve thousands of entrepreneurs in West Michigan, including supporting growth in the Muskegon and lakeshore area.

“This group of people will do great things for this organization,” said Bonnie Nawara, CEO of GROW. “There are so many wonderfully talented people, and I am excited to continue our work together.”

Board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one- to three-year terms depending on the position.

2020 officers

  • Deborah Phillips, consultant and chief people strategist of Deborah Phillips & Associates, board president
  • Rebecca Dutcher, president of RED66 Marketing, board vice president
  • Debra Van Hevele, senior vice president, Comerica Bank, board treasurer
  • Kim Suarez, community member, board secretary

2020 board members

  • Shannon Cohen, founder and principal, Shannon Cohen Inc./Tough Skin Soft Heart
  • Elizabeth Joy Fossel, director of civil legal affairs, city of Grand Rapids
  • William Franks, attorney, The Law Offices of William H. Franks
  • Floriza Genautis, CEO, Management Business Solutions
  • Brittany Harden, associate attorney, Miller Johnson Snell & Cumminskey
  • Jack Keller, commercial loan officer, Lake Michigan Credit Union
  • Dallas Lenear, lead consultant, Genesis Consulting/director, Project GREEN
  • Veronica Quintino Aranda, program coordinator, Michigan State University
  • Jason Reep, president, The Employers’ Association
  • LaChaun Steverson, owner, Fibrenew
  • Bridgett VanDerHoff, CEO and founder, Appletree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool

GROW

Founded in 1989, GROW is a nonprofit focused on helping women and men at various stages of business ownership take the next step in their entrepreneurial journeys.

More than half of the clients GROW serves are low- to moderate-income individuals who want to start or build a business.

GROW is one of 110 certified U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Centers in the nation and one of three in Michigan.

It also is a community development financial institution (CDFI).

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