Finding purpose in the cadence



Purpose. It’s what makes us feel important. It gives our lives meaning. For some its getting up early to start the coffee maker so the others can have their morning cup, or paying for the person waiting behind them in line. For others, it’s serving people, be it within the walls of a local chiropractic office or by being an empowerment to those around them.

Two Priority Healthy Champions show us how running cannot only improve your health, but help uncover purpose in the cadence.

Courtney Warsen has made it her personal mission to enrich the lives of others by focusing on health.

“Thinking about the population of people who don’t have homes because of health issues is what keeps me going,” says Warsen.

When she graduated from Aquinas College in May 2014, Warsen focused herself on the homeless population by interning with Dégagé Ministries in Grand Rapids.

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“I fell in love with serving and helping people,” says Warsen. “Many of the individuals I served come bad circumstances. Most of them have lost hope. I want to help them discover a new vision and purpose for life.”

After spending some time impacting lives on South Division, Warsen found herself accepting a position with Rivertown Family Chiropractic in Grandville as a chiropractic assistant. Warsen works with clients who suffer from anything from minor aches to throbbing pain.

“People who come in have been feeling sick for so long being able to change their life in this way and get them healthy again is encouraging and very rewarding,” she says.

In addition to healing physical pain, Warsen heals emotional pain through The Grand Rapids Dream Center. The Dream Center began in Los Angeles by Matthew Barnett and Tommy Barnett, who gave it its mission to connect with others but not by focusing on taking people out of their local environment. According to Matthew and Tommy Barnett, the mission of The Dream Center is “reach people from within.” Through her involvement with The Dream Center, Warsen says she’s been gifted the opportunity to continue the work she was doing with Dégagé.

“We work alongside those who’ve lost their way or struggle with addictions. We help reconnect with their dream and their life,” says Warsen.
Helping others discover their purpose has helped Warsen discover hers. As a cross-country runner in high school, Warsen lapped the fields and did the races, but never thought to impact others through the sport. In January 2014, Warsen ran her first marathon and the light turned on. She began using her love for running as a way to support people and causes she cared about.

“I like running for a cause,” says Warsen. “Being able to fundraise and give back in this capacity makes me feel better about racing.”

Today, Warsen runs for a variety of causes, including Gran Fondo, My Team Triumph, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Using the gift of kindness and the sport of running, Warsen discovered not only her passion, but what she says is her “purpose.”

Sometimes our purpose in life isn’t as obvious. In fact, it can a little selfish. Until Jamie Peltier discovered that in order to better care for those around us, she needed to take care of herself first. Peltier has struggled with her weight for most of her life.

“I was on a track time in high school,” says Peltier, “but only because my friends were.”

She left the sport after shortly after high school. Peltier reunited with running a couple years ago, only to be left rejected.

“I felt like I was going to die. I absolutely hated it,” she says.

In June 2014, her husband, Kevin, encouraged her to try the Couch to 5K training app and to give running another chance. He said, “Just give the eight weeks of the program and see how it goes.”

Eight weeks came and she never looked back. Peltier is now a 5K veteran and she has even run her first 10K.

“When I came home [from running] that day, I was really emotional about it,” says Peltier. “This was a big deal for me; to recognize the big difference between me from a year ago and who I am today.”

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Running has not only helped Peltier’s physical health but her mental health as well. Having struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life, Peltier says she owes her newfound confidence and peace of mind to her mileage.

“Running gives me time to just be me. I don’t have to think about anything I don’t want to. I think about whatever I want or nothing at all,” says Peltier. “It’s my own little world.”

Because running awards Peltier the time she desires to be alone, she now finds herself getting closer with her husband and three kids. Her husband, Kevin, who is also a runner, will race alongside Peltier.

“He usually finishes first,” she says. “But having him encourage me and seeing him at the finish line means the world.”

Peltier has also seen her relationship with her 10-year-old son take on a new course.

“As my son gets older, it’s harder to find ways to connect,” she says. “But going out on a run with him has been awesome. We have time to talk. We’re active together. And watching him push himself has been encouraging.”

Now on the other side of the hill, Peltier finds purpose in empowering others to do the same.

“I want to encourage [women] to believe in themselves,” she says. “To let them know that they’re worth it. Whatever they do to make the changes, if it’s running or something else. They’re worth it and they’ll be amazed at what they can do.”

By caring for herself, Peltier has found new hope in darkness.

Finding our purpose in life isn’t always what they show us in the movies. Most times there isn’t a big flash of light or a vertigo-like feeling that overcomes us, leaving us wiser and with all the right ideas. It comes from setting ourselves aside and helping those around us, like Courtney Warsen. It’s about overcoming something we never thought we could do, like Jamie Peltier. Finding purpose sparks from the moments we take to slow down just a few extra beats, lend the other hand, or simply just keep going.

After all, life isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon.

Join Courtney and Jamie at the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K, held April 19, 2015. Click here for more information and to register.

A doggone good time: Local nonprofit toasts community during annual event



“This event is a great way to get behind the community. I believe we should always give back more than we receive,” says Trudy Ender, executive director of Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWMI).

And Grand Rapids agrees. Over 750 guests filled the ballroom at DeVos Place on Monday, for the third annual Paws, Claws & Corks.

“We’re 100% donor-funded, so everything we do has to be from donors and sponsors,” says Nicole Cook, marketing & events coordinator of HSWMI. “Events like this help us continue to raise awareness about animals and our organization in the community.”

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In its inaugural year in 2012, Paws, Claws & Corks boasted a guest list of over 400 names. This year, the event raises a glass to its over 750 guests.

“Our community really cares about shelter animals,” says Ender. “They truly believe from their hearts, and their pockets, that Humane Society of West Michigan serves a community need for neglected and abandoned animals.”

The event ticket granted each guest to enjoy creative and unique silent auctions items, participation in the live auction and samplings of local wine, beer and cuisine. Twelve local restaurants showcased a taste of their menu at the event, from apple and blue cheese bruschetta served by CitySen Lounge to bacon-wrapped dates from Olive’s Restaurant and Bar. Keeping things local not only helps Grand Rapids restaurants generate awareness, but strengthens the partnerships and relationships HSWMI has with community.

If there’s one thing Ender wishes each guest leaves with after the event, it’s a full heart.

“I hope the guests are touched and that they recognize that it’s what each they do that makes the impact,” says Ender.

To Ender, her team, the HSWMI directors and the board, here’s to warm feelings, good stories and many more (dog) years.

Development Day of the Western Michigan Chapter of The Project Management Institute (WMPMI)


Manage Projects Like a Superhero!

That was the rallying cry for the 2015 Professional Development Day of the Western Michigan Chapter of The Project Management Institute (WMPMI) on Tuesday March 17 at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, MI. With over 300 Project Management Professionals in attendance, this event was a marked success.
The WMPMI Professional Development Day is an annual event, staged in order to provide an educational opportunity for Professionals, a networking event for attendees, companies and sponsors, and to promote project management as a profession.



For more information on WMPMI, visit the website at Be sure to LIKE them on Facebook, too!

Michael Hughes, Samuel Bowles, James Snyder and keynote speaker Daniel Burrus all spoke to the group, delivering key messages on Networking, Software and Connectivity, The Past and Future of PMI, and Shaping the Future of Project Management.

Dr. Burrus crafted his remarks to fit our profession and brought in salient points from speakers earlier in the day.  He eloquently tied all the threads together and challenged attendees with tools and to use different mindsets to revolutionize the Project Management profession.




The Professional Development Day was made possible by event sponsor Experis IT ManpowerGroup, with other sponsors Initech Global, LLC, Open Systems Technologies, Select-Resources, TEKsystems, International Institute for Learning, C/D/H Technology Consulting, New Horizons Learning Centers, and 4 Pillars of Success.

Going forward, please join WMPMI for THEProject collegiate project management competition on April 13, 2015. Sponsored by Spectrum Health and Dematic, this event will feature over 70 students, representing 20 Colleges and Universities, with a reverse career fair and award ceremony.

The Project Management Institute, (PMI) represents the largest project management association in the world. They have over 700,000 members and credential holders in 185 countries. Seasoned top performing certified Project Management Professionals (PMP), provide a common methodology to efficiently manage projects earning attractive incomes and held in high regard in the community.  PMI recently released a study stating there is a need for 340,000 project management positions for the next 10 years.  Many colleges and universities have recognized this trend and have responded with several courses and degrees with a focus in Project Management.

LaughFest wraps up fifth annual festival with National Stand-Up Comedy Showcase



Laughfest closed the books on its fifth annual 10-day festival on Saturday with the National Stand-Up Comedy Showcase, an event that invites up-and-coming comedians from around the country to share their craft with Grand Rapids audiences.

A packed third floor of Grand Rapids venue, The B.O.B., boomed with laughs as unique as the people making them. One of the comedians making laughs was winner Dan Soder, a self-proclaimed ‘smart-ass’ and Colorado native turned New Yorker. Soder has practiced the art of stand-up for over 10 years and has performed on Conan O’Brien’s late night show, “Conan.”

“I’ve always loved comedy,” says Soder. “I didn’t have what some people would consider a ‘normal childhood.’ I developed a sense of humor through those experiences.”

Always the kid to get kicked out for saying “smart ass remarks,” Soder tried his hand at stand-up when he was 21-years-old. Since then he’s been traveling the country, poking fun at anything from being a single child of a single parent to tattooed, “pretentious” freelancers at coffee shops.

“This is my first year participating with LaughFest and it’s been great,” says Soder. “It’s a fun festival and it’s in Grand Rapids, which is cool.”

During his stay in Grand Rapids, Soder says he feels a little bit like he’s in a movie.

“I constantly feel like I’m on the set of some bad ass action movie,” Soder chuckles. “Grand Rapids is pretty cool looking.”

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Another Grand Rapids admirer is comedian, Kyle Grooms. What started as a hobby for Grooms, turned into a 20-year career and performances on “The Chappelle Show” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”

“I used to be a graffiti artist, then dabbled with TV graphics,” says Grooms. “After I started getting good enough with comedy and could feed myself off it, I thought ‘Ooo, I want to do this full time.’”

Grooms is no stranger to the “chill river” and other sights of Grand Rapids. Ten years ago, he performed at The B.O.B.’s Dr. Grins. When LaughFest invited Grooms to be a part of the festival, the answer was easy.

“I like that I get to see comedians doing their work,” says Grooms. “You know as a comic, you’re a lone wolf. You’re out there by yourself.”

Grooms commends the festival for its innate nature of bringing all the comics together.

“It’s really cool. We get to just hang out, laugh, and enjoy being comics together,” says Grooms.

As another 10-day celebration came to a close, Grand Rapids said ‘goodbye’ with a full heart, sore abdomen, and a bigger smile on its face.

Grand Rapids flocks to downtown for fifth annual Irish on Ionia



If there are two things all Grand Rapidians have, it’s a love for beer and local pride.

Over 20,000 individuals gathered on the bricks of Ionia Avenue on Saturday to raise a glass to good beer, good people and good times. As you made your way through the crowd, the bass of the music vibrated your cup while belly laughs and the sounds of new friends being made were heard.

“It’s a little bigger this year,” says Kate Dulaney, Social Media Coordinator with Barfly Ventures. “We hid coins around town this year to add to the hype of the event. But our focus is to always bring people together and to have a great day.”

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Overcast conditions and a subtle, stiff breeze did nothing but encourage event guests to move in a little closer and make new friends. One of those people was Irish On Ionia (IOI) veteran, Jen Perrin. Perrin has been to IOI since its conception in 2010.

“I’m Irish and it’s a great place to go and celebrate my heritage,” Perrin says, decked in beads of green, sipping her green-tinted brew. “I love how [IOI] brings a lot of people from all over to one place.”

Lansing, Kalamazoo, Grand Haven; people traveled from all over the state to participate in the fifth annual Irish celebration. And if IOI has showcased anything over the past five years, it’s the coming together of people and setting differences aside.

“My favorite thing is how everyone dresses and comes together,” says Perrin. “It’s not about racism or any kind of prejudice. It’s just about the day, what it represents, and enjoying one another’s company.”

GRAM kicks off LaughFest in style with sponsor party



Over 100 Grand Rapidians filed into the art-filled spaces of the Grand Rapids Art Museum for LaughFest’s 5th annual sponsor celebration. Tabletops beamed with bright yellow smiles, welcoming gracious festival supporters and guests as they entered. A warm, comforting aroma of local cuisine, sweets and spirits satisfied hunger and soul.

No stranger to hospitality, the 10-day festival was created with one central goal in mind: to connect people together through the power of laughter. LaughFest comes to Grand Rapids from its very own Gilda’s Club, named after the late SNL actor, Gilda Radner. Among those in attendance at the event was Radner’s brother, Michael.

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“I love it when I come to Grand Rapids because people actually know who I am!” jokes Michael Radner. “What I love even more is seeing this community come together and support something so important like Gilda’s Club.”

Michael Radner comes to LaughFest every year and enjoys witnessing Grand Rapidians wrap their arms around the seriousness of grief and cancer support.

“Gilda would love [LaughFest],” says Michael Radner. “She would love that it is all about making people laugh and making them happy. She would love it even more because it’s for a good cause that’s helping people.”

Helping people heal through laughter during a time of year that isn’t that funny at all: Michigan in March.

“What’s more unfunny than Michigan in March?” jokes Wendy Wigger, President of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. “But what has been amazing is after you turn the corner, you’ve got these bright smiles decorating the city. We don’t all laugh at the same things, but we do all laugh and that’s what this festival is about- connecting through laughter.”

Wigger and her staff welcome over 1,000 engaged volunteers to the festival this year.

“This really could not happen without the volunteers, donors, and sponsors of the community,” says Wigger. “It’s the totality of all of that partnership that makes this festival successful, year after year.”

LaughFest runs through March 15. For more information, visit


Top Five Reasons to See South Pacific


On a brutally cold February night, I went to the dress rehearsal for the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of Roger and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The musical, originally presented on Broadway in 1949, will run in downtown Grand Rapids from February 27 until March 22, 2015. You can get tickets online by visiting

Set on an island in the East Solomans during World War II, a young Navy nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas is totally cool with dating a middle aged French plantation owner who admits that he’s a murderer on their first date. Near the end of the first act, however, she has a complete freak out and runs out on their second date when she learns that he is the father of two mixed-race children.




How can these two shallow, cockeyed pyschopaths possibly resolve their differences to find their happily ever after? Oh, you’ll find out all that — and more — in Act II.

Other than that bit of suspense, here are your top 5 other reasons to see the 66 year old musical based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, Tales of the South Pacific.

1. It’s a mini-tropical vacation. By now, you’re sick of enduring weeks of subzero, single digit, and otherwise idiotically bleak and frigid weather. South Pacific offers the weary West Michigan community a 2 and a half hour vacation to bask in the glow of a colorful set filled with palm trees, sandy beaches, blue skies, a glowing tropical sun, and even a romantically realistic full moon. You will be instantly whisked away to not only a different place, but also a different time.

2. You’ll recognize the music. I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of my Hair. Bali Ha’i. Some Enchanted Evening. Happy Talk. A Cockeyed Optimist. Honey Bun. There Is Nuthin’ Like a Dame. (I’m in Love with a) Wonderful Guy. This musical features these and many other songs that have become part of the soundtrack of American living. Many of the tunes in South Pacific have become classic standards. Even if you don’t know the lyrics, you’ve undoubtedly heard the many of the musical’s popular instrumental versions.

3. The singers can belt out the tunes. Emile de Becque, the French plantation owner played by Jose Alejandro Amoros, stirred the audience with his impressively strong and sweeping baritone. Ensign “Knucklehead” Nellie Forbush, the cockeyed optimist nurse played by Jessica Doyle, sings beautifully and delivers a consistently energetic and terrific vocal performance throughout the show. Andrew Schneider as Carpenter’s Mate Luther Billis and Eva Switek as Bloody Mary are two substantial vocal standouts playing comic roles.


4. You appreciate controversy. This musical, with its theme of racial prejudice, was wildly controversial in the 40’s and 50’s. It remains divisive today, albeit for different reasons. Today, the musical’s overt sexism, racist stereotyping, and normalized pedophilia can be painful to watch. While some will dismiss the cringe-worthy depictions as merely products of their time, others will argue that continuing to present these stereotypes only serves to slyly extend oppression. How will you feel when you are presented with cloying racial stereotypes and blatant sexual objectification? Does this presentation have anything new or meaningful to teach us? Discussing these and other difficult questions can lead to greater awareness, understanding, and needed social changes.

5. You’re older than 80. At the dress rehearsal I attended, the audience appeared to be largely composed of the over-80 Caucasian set. Indeed, two women in front of me admitted that they each drove a bus filled with senior citizens. South Pacific features popular music and imagery of their youth. I saw dozens of smiling dentures as the octogenarian crowd left their seats and slowly made their way up the aisles. For many older seniors, South Pacific can be happy nostalgia. (I asked an under-80 senior to attend with me, and he declined — citing that the show was too outdated for him to enjoy.)

As I walked out of the sunny theater, I sourly faced 7 degrees Fahrenheit and sighed. I turned the corner away from the busloads of seniors, and came face to face with two shivering 20-something women who had turned the wrong way and were turning back.




“That was weird,” said one woman to the other.

“What?” said her companion. “The blind alley we just walked down, or the play?”

“Oh, the play,” said her friend. “The whole damn thing was weird.”

They walked away in my opposing direction, out of earshot, and I grinned. I suspect that South Pacific might not resonate well with today’s young people. Why would it?

South Pacific is running now through March 22nd. For ticket information:

Encore: Starting A Community Conversation About Life After Retirement


Man, retirement sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Sleeping in, golfing all day, lazing around the pool.

That sound you hear is Tom Rademacher and Nancy O’Brien saying, “Whoa, whoa, whoa.”

If you haven’t had a conversation with these two about life after retirement, don’t worry — you will.

The dynamic duo will have a conversation with the entire Grand Rapids community in the coming year, as the two new Encore Fellows at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Their mission: spread the word that there’s a whole new way to share your talent, skills and time after age 60 or so.

They’re working with, building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue  “encore careers” – jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact in the second half of life.

Visit for more about the philosophy, and to see examples of men and women doing extraordinary things in their “encore years.”

Massachusetts tech executive David Campbell, 72, used his management savvy to build a nimble, effective nonprofit that has dispatched 28,000 volunteers to 45 global disaster zones.

Texas telecom veteran Charles Fletcher, 76, used his ranch to launch a global network of 91 therapeutic riding centers serving 5,000 children with disabilities – free of charge.

New York child psychiatrist Dr. Pamela Cantor, 66, leads an organization that helps schools counter the effects of poverty on student learning, reaching tens of thousands of teachers and children in low-performing public schools.

And the list goes on.

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“It used to be you turned 65 and that was it — you disappeared,” says Rademacher, 60, a longtime columnist at The Grand Rapids Press. “Encore is changing the rules about how we retire.” He took early retirement in 2009 to pursue other writing endeavors but continues to write his award-winning column for The Press and as part of his freelance writing career.

“Encore teaches people how to reconfigure that free time they’ve earned,” Rademacher says. “What gifts do you have? And how can you use them to help the rest of us?”

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O’Brien, 54, an experienced public relations professional, opted for early retirement from Grand Rapids Community College in 2010 after spending 10 years there as executive director of communications. Before that she was a public relations consultant with clients all over town, from The Grand Rapids Ballet to the Amway Hotel Corp. to Wedgwood Christian Services.

Through their Encore fellowships hosted by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, they’ll work as a team to get the word out about Encore.

Rademacher will gather and tell the stories of area people and organizations that exemplify the Encore philosophy. Then O’Brien will use her PR skills to get those stories out in the community, through print, radio, television and social media.

“We want to capture the stories that embody the spirit of Encore, and set the table for conversation,” says Kate Luckert Schmid, program director at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, which has long supported the Encore movement. “We want to give it a voice.”

The conversation about how to spend your “second life” is already simmering, Schmid says.

“These conversations are happening at coffee houses and at brew pubs,” she says. “Everybody who’s approaching retirement age is asking about what’s next.  But there’s no label, no name for it.

“At the Foundation, we see the potential of engaging experienced adults in critical community issues,” Schmid says. “The wealth of knowledge and expertise out there is just incredible. If we can engage them in our community’s issues, we’ll be better off.”

Rademacher has spent his career telling the community’s stories. He’s looking for people doing great things in their later years in the same places he’s searched for subjects for his many popular columns. Everywhere.

“Wherever I go,” Rademacher says, “I have this question in my back pocket: ‘I understand you just retired. What’s next?’”

He can’t wait to hear the answers.

“As people age, and collect wisdom, they become less and less afraid of the next step,” he says.  “They’re not afraid of the new, of reinventing, they’re not afraid of what people think of them, they’re not affected by peer pressure.

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“They’ve dealt with death and sacrifice and tragedy. They seem unstoppable. They breed optimism in others. I’ll be looking for those kinds of people. And they’re everywhere.”

O’Brien sees her Encore Fellowship as a professional and personal mission.

“I’m walking through the journey myself,” she says. “I’m looking for a second act, a way to utilize my expertise.

“For my parents’ generation, you retire, you go to Florida, you play golf,” she says.

That’s what her parents did, at first.

“They retired to Marco Island, Florida, and they soon said, ‘We’re bored,’” O’Brien says. “My dad said, ‘It feels like we’re just playing golf and waiting to die.’”

So they moved to a small town in North Carolina and started shaking things up, doing outreach for an area prison and a local church.

“Suddenly, they felt vital,” O’Brien says. “They felt involved.”

That’s what everybody wants, she says.

“Never has there been such a huge generation moving into this 60-plus age,” O’Brien says. “We’re all so vibrant and have something to offer.

“It’s not the end of our purpose — we want something else.”

Want to hear more? Stay tuned.

“We’ll be blogging, posting on Facebook, sharing these stories on TV, radio, magazines, newspapers,” O’Brien says.

“The community is going to start hearing some great stories.”

Do you have a great “encore career” story? Contact Rademacher or O’Brien:

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network 2014 Leadership Awards


November 13, 2014
Saint Cecilia Music Center

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids held their sixth annual Leadership Awards last week and brought over 200 people together to celebrate all that is great about the nonprofit sector in West Michigan. The event was made possible with the help of generous sponsors including Heart of West Michigan United Way; Hopkins Fundraising Consulting; Grand Valley State University’s School of Public, Nonprofit, and Healthcare Administration; Grand Rapids Community Foundation; Philanthropia Partners; Parrish Consulting; Hungerford Aldrin; Nichols & Carter, PC; and Beene Garter.









The evening began with a reception sponsored by Spectrum Health. Saint Cecilia’s Dexter Ballroom was full of great energy as guests enjoyed food and beverage from Martha’s Catering, desserts from Desserts by Lori, and beautiful décor provided by Modern Day Floral & Events.

The main event of the evening was the Awards Ceremony, emceed by Shelley Irwin and featuring keynote speaker Latesha Lipscomb. YNPN.GR received nearly 100 nominations that were then narrowed to 35 finalists in seven categories.



Winners were voted on by YNPN.GR members and included:


Advocate Award

Benjamin Oliver, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project, The Rapidian





Breakthrough Award

Nicole Rodammer, Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Young Professionals


DoGooder Award

Shelley Irwin, WGVU/Grand Valley State University, board member at multiple organizations




Exemplary Executive Award

Bethann Egan, In the Image



Good-to-Great Award

Lindsey Ruffin, Eastown Community Association




Unsung Hero Award

Kirk Eklund, West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology



Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award

Jenn Schaub, Dwelling Place



Congratulations to all the winners and the finalists, and kudos to all who work, lead, and volunteer in the nonprofit sector in West Michigan. You are truly making a positive impact across the region!