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One of West Michigan’s most beloved swim instructors is Patty Treman, aka Miss Patty. But if you want to take part in her lessons, you’d better get on the list now.

How many times have you struggled to get in and out of a sports bra—only to find it wasn’t exactly what you needed, as far as support? Some women have wrestled themselves into two sports bras, hoping to keep their breasts from bouncing. Sara Marie Moylan, of Jenison, took matters into her own hands.  

In May 2011, Jason Kinzler died while running the Fifth Third River Bank Run, leaving behind his wife, Kristi, and three children. As friends approached Kristi about how they could help support the family and honor Jason, a vision was formed: The Jason Kinzler Family First Foundation. While Kristi knew her family would be OK financially, her work as a counselor in the Godwin Heights Public School system showed that for many families, the death of a head of the family brought immense financial hurdles, in addition to the terrible emotional blow. This gave her an idea about how to channel the good intentions of those who wanted to help her family.

Kathy Crosby, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, spoke on the tenet “Celebration & Joy” at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA Leadership Forum in November 2013. Kathy is a true beacon of what it means to be joyful during life’s challenges. And as we move into spring, a time of rebirth and rejuvenation, we followed up with her for advice on how to create and maintain joy and a purpose for celebration—in and out of the workplace.

Women of Achievement & Courage in Healthcare – West Michigan
Carol Van Andel is the 2014 Women of Achievement & Courage in Healthcare – West Michigan Trillium Award honoree. The Women of Achievement & Courage awards were established in 1990 to honor and recognize women whose accomplishments inspire others to achieve their life goals and undertake challenges making a positive difference for individuals, communities, and Michigan. The Trillium Award recognizes a Michigan woman for lifetime achievement of inspiration and leadership.

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