2021 Award Finalists

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The finalists of the 2021 Brilliance Awards are:


FlameIconBrilliant Woman of the Year: 

Valencia Agnew, Ph.D., LLPhD, DBTC, Owner, Adolescent & Family Behavioral Health Services
Lisa Anderson, Executive Director, Grace's Table
Nicole Gregory, CEO/Founder, Urban You

FlameIconBrilliant Tenacity: 

Sara Lachman, Managing Member, Lachman Stuart PLC
Michelle Peña, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health Saint Mary's
Ashley Ward, Founder and CEO, Hire for Hope


Brilliant Team Player: 

Gretchen Johnson, CNE DNP, MSN, RN-BC, Pine Rest
Christine Kelso, Executive Producer, WOOD TV8
Brina Tiemeyer, Clinician, Wedgwood Christian Services

FlameIconBrilliant Social Change Agent: 

Zoe Bruyn, Owner, Stir it Up (Bakery)
Evelyn Esparza, Executive Director, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Latesha Lipscomb, Director of Community Engagement, Amplify GR

FlameIconBrilliant Mentor: 

Jennifer Greenop, Partner, Ernst & Young
Iryonna Hogan, CEO/President, Meaning In Colors
Jean Holthaus, LISW, LMSW, Manager of the Telehealth Clinic, Hastings Clinic and the Pine Rest Outpatient Regional Director, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health


Brilliant Entrepreneur: 

Julie Lough, President, Micro Visions, Inc.
Aleka Thrash, Owner, ACTPhotoMedia
Elsa Vos, Founder/CEO, Pieces of Me

FlameIconBrilliant Emerging Leader: 

Kelly Brown, Director of Marketing & Operations, Green Giftz
Megan Persons, School Improvement Facilitator, Grand Rapids Public Schools - Westwood Middle School
Stephanie Snowden, Project & Marketing Manager, Snowden Builders LLC, and President, Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) of Greater Grand Rapids

FlameIconBrilliant Connector: 

Annamarie Buller, Manager of Neighborhood Experience, DGRI - Downtown Grand Rapids Inc
Lisa Knight, Chief Operating Officer, Public Thread
Melody Woods, Director, Community Impact, The Bridge


Brilliant Champion of Service: 

Julie Dankovich, CEO/Founder, Designed Future
Brandi McBride, Chair of the Board of Directors, West Michigan Veterans Coalition
Vivian TerMaat, Chief Advancement Officer, Wedgwood Christian Services

FlameIconBrilliant Best Supporting Man: 

Shatawn Brigham, Co-owner, GRNoir Wine & Jazz
Arlen-Dean Gaddy, Director of Market Strategy, Erhardt Construction
Chuck Saur