2023 Brilliance Award Finalists

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The finalists of the 2023 Brilliance Awards are:

FlameIconBrilliant Woman of the Year

Zaneta Adams, JD
 | CEO & Owner | River Acres Development LLC 

Cara Anne Poland, MD, MEd, FACP, DFASAM | Michigan State University

Megan Schmidt | Senior Vice President of Employer Solutions | Priority Health



FlameIconBrilliant Tenacity

Henrietta Hadley 
| Founder & CEO | Infinite Solutions Consulting Group

Alma Ross | Personal Lines Account Executive | Koop & Burr Insurance

Amanda Villarreal | Owner | AVWELLNESS




FlameIconBrilliant Team Player

Colleen Laskowski 
| Director of Delivery | SpinDance

Katie Racey | Guest Experience Manager | Frederik Meijer Gardens

Kim Murphy | Activity Director | Heron Manor & Heron Woods 



FlameIconBrilliant Social Change Agent

Vanessa Greene 
| CEO | Michigan African American Health Institute

Jessica Johns | Co-Founder & Executive Director | The StoreHouse of Community Resources 

Vonnie Woodrick | Founder | I Understand



FlameIconBrilliant Mentor

Salina Bishop 
| Assistant Vice President of Development | Grand Rapids Symphony

Susan Negen | Co-Founder | WhizBang! Retail Training

Missy Summers | Executive Director | Festival of the Arts



FlameIconBrilliant Entrepreneur

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW 
| Founder & CEO | Robyn Gobbel

Meredith Kent, MS, PA-C | Master Injector, Clinical Educator, Owner | Skin CoLAB

Rachel VanBuskirk, LMSW | Clinical Director & Owner | Portal Point Counseling




FlameIconBrilliant Emerging Leader

Stormie Drake
| Executive Director | READ Ottawa

Lindsay MacMillan | Head of Community Engagement | Sleeping Giant Capital

Caylie Peet, MS, CTA | Minority Business Program Manager | Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce



FlameIconBrilliant Connector

Jennifer Pascua 
| Marketing Director | Broadway Grand Rapids

Kori Thompson, MBA | Advancement Officer | Wedgwood Christian Services

Aimee VandenElzen | Area Lead for Business Development | Disher Corp



FlameIconBrilliant Champion of Service

Rev. Joanna Bailey 
| Manager of Spiritual Care | Trinity Health Grand Rapids

Kristin A. Chmela, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-F | Co-Founder, Director of Training and Therapeutic Programs, Owner & Director | Camp Shout Out Inc./Chmela Communication Center

Nicholette Driggs, CFLE | Development Director | Comprehensive Therapy



FlameIconBrilliant Best Supporting Man

Craig Clark 
| Owner, Senior Counselor | Clark Communications

Omar Cuevas | Vice President of Investor Relations | Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Carlos Sanchez, MAD | Executive Director | Davenport University - Casa Latina