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Tina Freese Decker wasn't always a West Michigan woman. She was an Iowa girl, born and raised in Des Moines to parents who influenced her world.

When most people think of someone with a competitive spirit, they may not always assume they also have a softer, more caring side. Jaime Counterman, newly announced Director of Ele's Place Grand Rapids, defies that logic.

Michelle Anthes, Managing Partner, McShane & Bowie

McShane & Bowie PLC named Michelle H. Anthes among three managing partners, responsible for its day-to-day direction. Michelle, who's practiced law for 21 years—12 at McShane & Bowie—is the first woman promoted to the role in the firm's 66-year history and one of few in a larger Michigan firm.

Cindy Kikkert-Penning: Run Free, Wildflower.

Like the saffron spice derived from the crocus, Cindy Kikkert-Penning is a rarity in more ways than one.

Perseverance and Patience: Andrea Owens

Fueled by her passion for safer workplaces, roadways and communities, Andrea Owens created HourGlass Testing Solutions—a business offering same-day, onsite-collection, and management of workplace drug and alcohol testing programs.

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