Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: Curiosity drives Perdue

Kids Count project director for Michigan says adapting to converging identities taught her versatility.

February 21, 2020
Kelsey Perdue’s penchant for variety in her professional life has led her to a new role she says is tying together all of her life experiences and pursuits. Read More

Inside Track: A man of many skills

Entrepreneur Kris Mathis develops business acumen from a young age.

February 14, 2020
As an entrepreneur, Kris Mathis said the hardest thing he has ever done in his career was to believe. Read More

Inside Track: Fixing rehab

CEO of Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers uses counseling, safer alternatives to treating excessive substance use.

February 7, 2020
David Green is on a mission to “rehab rehab.” The CEO and co-founder of Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers said he believes a fresh and educated perspective on addiction treatment is needed before Michigan pays the long-term cost of excessive substance use. Read More

Inside Track: Becoming a change agent

CMO Dr. Darryl Elmouchi preaches consistent experiences across all Spectrum Health divisions.

January 31, 2020
He didn’t know it at the time, but Dr. Darryl Elmouchi’s medical career began at age 14 in a public high school anatomy and physiology class. Read More

Inside Track: Saying 'yes' to people work

Jamon Alexander chooses career of service to offer stability and success to adults in transition.

January 24, 2020
Jamon Alexander said he chose the path he is on to help individuals whose stories contain echoes of his own. Read More

Inside Track: A life of service

In addition to co-owning two bars, Tami VandenBerg has dedicated herself to ending homelessness.

January 10, 2020
When Tami VandenBerg moved back home, she had the drive to turn Grand Rapids into a great place to live for everybody. Twenty years later, the owner of two clubs and former executive director of Well House has left a serious mark on the community, but she’s still not done. Read More

Inside Track: Morey makes many connections

Executive director of West Michigan Asian American Association knows what it takes to acclimate to life in the U.S.

January 3, 2020
Minnie Morey retired after more than 30 years in her first career. Now, she gets to spend her time doing what she feels called to do — help others. Read More

Inside Track: Harkema lives as ‘her authentic self’

DEI leader launches speaking/consulting firm for food and beverage industry after leaving Founders.

December 27, 2019
Born in a mud hut in central Africa and given only a day to live due to disease and malnutrition, Graci Harkema has walked a long road to her current position. Read More

Inside Track: McLaughlin finds ‘win, win’ career

After trying many facets of law, attorney discovers niche in copyright, trademark cases.

December 20, 2019
Kevin McLaughlin started his law career in an unorthodox way. Read More

Inside Track: Steimle-App harnesses empathy

Executive vice president of real estate development for Rockford Construction leverages strength to see issues from different viewpoints.

December 13, 2019
Monica Steimle-App once wouldn’t have considered empathy a strength, but being able to look at a project through the eyes of developers, builders, managers and other stakeholders has allowed her to help create lasting growth for Grand Rapids. Read More