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Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:52
"If the sun is shining, or if I have time off, you'll find me outside," said Stephanie Adams, Executive Director, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. From white water rafting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to running the Rock n Roll marathon in New Orleans, Adams and her husband are always looking for their next adventure. One of Stephanie's most recent undertakings began in March 2017, when she stepped into leadership at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks—an independent, citizen led, nonprofit enterprise that seeks to enhance the city's parks and public spaces. Read more...

Q&A: Sandra Gaddy

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:26
On March 22, 2017, Sandra Gaddy began her new role as CEO of Women's Resource Center (WRC)—a nonprofit organization that advocates for women to achieve economic independence through meaningful employment. Sandra brings over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and fund development to the position, as well as a talent for developing teams and building collaborative relationships. Read more...

A Bold Leader for a Bold Initiative

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 10:04
"A lot of who I am today has to do with the role my parents played in providing a family environment that is loving and focuses on supporting one another," said Erica Bills, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Michigan. Read more...

Q&A: Author Hope Alcocer

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:10
Entrepreneur Hope Alcocer recently published her debut novel, Where Hope Lies—a story that follows the journey of Chloe Repaco, a 20-something college graduate in love with a soldier stationed overseas. It's a story of love, heartache and pain. And it's inspired by Alcocer's own emotional journey. Read more...

An Easier Way to Garage Sale

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:40
Holly Anderson has been running garage sales with her friends for years. These organized neighborhood garage sales are no small undertakings—shoppers fill the streets of their neighborhood for two straight days. Holly and her friends would use poster board, masking tape and stickers to keep track of sales. Then, they'd spend hours gathered around the kitchen table calculating profits. Read more...

A Family Tradition

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:23
Being a mother to three sons—all under the age of 5—and helping run a successful long-standing business alongside her family members may seem crazy to some, but to Kelley Russo-Follett of Russo's International Market, this is her norm. Read more...
Anyone can run a business, but only few are successful. Over 10 years ago Amy Ritsema and Mary Kline joined and founded OnSite Wellness, a workplace wellness company in Grand Rapids. At a time when employers became more conscientious about their employees health, Amy and Mary saw an opportunity and acted upon it. Read more...

There’s A Way Out

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:42
Just days before Karen's second birthday, her parents died in a plane crash. Karen and her brother moved into an unsteady childhood, living with various family members for nearly a decade until settling in with their aunt and uncle. The uncle began sexually abusing Karen when she was 13—abuse that continued through high school, college and beyond. Read more...

Where There’s Breath, There’s Hope

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:20
Valencia Agnew, Ph.D., always loved psychology, but she was so sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, her mother often joked with her to "take it down a notch." Agnew decided she was good at math, so she pursued a business degree and majored in accounting. Read more...

Love Bites

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:26
Two years ago, Josie Richardson was volunteering at the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS), training animals for rehoming and rewarding them with treats. Read more...
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