2020 Award Finalists

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The finalists of the 2020 Brilliance Awards are:

Top Honorees


FlameIconBrilliant Woman of the Year: 

Georgia Everse, Co-founder and CEO for BravoEcho Inc.
Tasha Blackmon, Chief Executive Officer, Cherry Health
Maranda, Director of Children and Family Services, WOODTV/WOTV

FlameIconBrilliant Tenacity: 

Yuka Oba, Company Member, Grand Rapids Ballet
Bobbi Hines, Shareholder, Kreis Enderle Hudgins & Borsos, PC
Theresa Mosley, Owner, Mosley School of Cosmetology


Brilliant Team Player: 

Lisa Gustafson, Executive Director, Customer Experience, Consumers Energy
Kathy Bart, Director of Sales and Event Services, ASM Global (DeVos Place)
Shawn Newhouse, Senior Vice President of Traditional Undergraduate Academics, Cornerstone University

FlameIconBrilliant Social Change Agent: 

Charmeka Newton, Psychologist, Pine Rest Mental Health Services
Keyuana Rosemond, FitKids360 Director, Health Net of West Michigan
Keli Christopher, Founder/Executive Director, STEM Greenhouse

FlameIconBrilliant Mentor: 

Michelle McKormick, Morning Show Host, Cumulus Media
Latasha Robertson Crump, CEO and Founder, Girls Growing To Women Inc.
Rebecca Dutcher, President & Founder, Red66 Marketing


Brilliant Entrepreneur: 

Farah Merhi, President/CEO, Inspire Me! Home Decor
Mary Reagan Shapton, President and Founder, Reagan Marketing + Design , LLC
Zoraida Sanchez, Owner, Sanchez Income Tax & Translation Services

FlameIconBrilliant Emerging Leader: 

Faten Baydoun, Founder & CEO, Hibachi Creamery
Jennifer Fillenworth, Personal Chef & Registered Dietitian, Jenny with the Good Eats + Grand Rapids Community College
Tanya Rowerdink, DNP, RN, NP-C, CCD, Director of Specialty Services, Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan, PC

FlameIconBrilliant Connector: 

Michelle Gordon, REALTORĀ®/Associate Broker/Owner, Great Properties By - The Gordon Group
Becky Puckett-Wood, Vice President, Corporate & Member Engagement, Inforum Michigan
Mimi Fritz, CEO/President, Grand Rapids Downtown Market


Brilliant Champion of Service: 

Marissa VanderWeele, Director of Operations, Full Circle Care
Ellie Wilcox, Senior Director of Leadership Giving, Make-A-Wish Michigan
Rose Spickler, Adjunct Professor (CIM) | Marketing Director (WMSBF), Culinary Institute of Michigan | Muskegon Food Alliance/Muskegon Food Hub | West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

FlameIconBrilliant Best Supporting Man: 

Joel Kozlowicz, Facilities Manager, Rockford Construction
Relando Thompkins Jones, Director of Social Justice Education, Grand Valley State University
Chris Andrus, Owner, The Mitten Brewing Company

FlameIconPeople's Choice Award: 

Farah Merhi, President/CEO, Inspire Me! Home Decor