Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: Grifka preaches patients first

Childhood memory motivates CMO of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health to improve patient care at every level.

June 21, 2019
Dr. Ronald Grifka keeps every letter and gift he receives from his pediatric cardiology patients. He has a folder full of letters he’s received from patients over the years, and the wall in his office is covered with framed mementos. Read More

Inside Track: Metsker works behind the scenes

Founder and president of PAR provides strategy, support to associations that serve thousands of people.

June 14, 2019
Julie Metsker brings creativity and strategic thinking to her role as a helper, guide and leader for industry associations. Read More

Inside Track: Guzman overcomes language obstacles

Business owner, lawyer learns English while graduating magna cum laude from the MSU College of Law.

June 7, 2019
Raquel Salas Guzman said she knew she wanted to be an attorney since she was a child. Read More

Inside Track: A palliative pioneer

Dr. John Mulder’s work integral in establishing and expanding care for patients with life-altering diseases.

May 24, 2019
When Dr. John Mulder began his career more than 30 years ago, the field of palliative care did not exist. Read More

Inside Track: Family trauma drives Owens’ prevention passion

Drug screener and educator helms business uniting two roles to reduce risks on the job.

May 17, 2019
Andrea Owens carries a notebook around with her that says “teach, love, inspire” on the cover — words that summarize her life goals. Read More

Inside Track: Circuitous path helps to pay it forward

Cancer survivor and Askme Entertainment CEO and owner wants to help those battling disease.

May 10, 2019
Andrew Rounds is still alive. Less than a year ago, his life was in doubt after the CEO and owner of Askme Entertainment Group LLC was diagnosed with one of the deadliest diseases in the world. Read More

Inside Track: VonMyhr’s mission: Access to tech

Co-founder and CEO of Tech Defenders repairs laptops and tablets for school districts, donates technology to underprivileged students.

May 3, 2019
Garry VonMyhr is doing his part to ensure every child has access to technology. As co-founder and CEO of Tech Defenders, he’s been at the helm of a rapidly growing tech repair company in West Michigan with a mission to give back to the community. Read More

Inside Track: Continuing the family legacy

Elizabeth Christopherson follows in father’s and grandfather’s footsteps as dentist.

April 26, 2019
Elizabeth Christopherson is a third-generation dental care provider. Read More

Inside Track: For the love of 'numbers and food'

Garmon uses strong work ethic to create family enterprise, helping others through taxes and catering.

April 19, 2019
Jeannica Garmon became a time-management pro by running two businesses while working a full-time job. She said pursuing her passions alongside family makes the nonstop work worthwhile. Read More

Inside Track: Hunt’s path less traveled

President of public relations firm Lambert & Co. nearly made a career out of acting.

April 12, 2019
As president of the largest public relations and investor relations firm in Michigan, Don Hunt took an unorthodox path to the top. Read More