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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:46

Still Flying

On July 12, 2017, Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF) flew into Grand Rapids to honor eight military veterans and military spouses who live at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. AADF is a nonprofit organization with a mission to give back to those who have given, by providing flights in fully restored Boeing Stearman biplanes—the same aircraft used to train aviators in the 1930s and '40s.

That morning, Jane (Baessler) Doyle took to the skies.


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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 08:57

Keep On Tasting

West Michigan Woman is thrilled that Amy Sherman will be joining us for Ladies Pint Out—again!

Two years ago, she shared about her work with local food and some of her favorite places to grab food and drinks. But dang, this woman is busy! We just had to catch up with her.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:52

Parks and Recreation

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"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.

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:26

Q&A: Sandra Gaddy

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.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 10:04

A Bold Leader for a Bold Initiative

"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.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:10

Q&A: Author Hope Alcocer

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.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:40

An Easier Way to Garage Sale

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.

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:23

A Family Tradition

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.

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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.

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:42

There’s A Way Out

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.

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