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Sara Buzzitta: Luminous Joy

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00
The work of Jenison High School art teacher Sara Buzzitta will be among more than 1,550 entries on display at the 7th ArtPrize, which is expected to draw nearly half a million visitors during its 19-day run. For Buzzitta, who recently graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design, it's all a little surreal. Read more...
In four short years, Lynn Happel, DVM, has gone from opening the doors of her newly formed veterinary practice in 2011 to winning the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce's EPIC Award for Woman-Owned Business of the Year in June 2015. Read more...

Jordan Carson: Compassion with a Voice

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00
"Every time I see a butterfly it reminds me of my sister. While I was on-set during eightWest, Paul Collins was a guest and brought a collection of his beautiful work. One painting was a huge pink butterfly sitting on a lily pad, and I fell in love with the piece. For my birthday, my husband surprised me with the painting. Every time I look at it I feel a sense of peace and joy, knowing she's not far away." Read more...

Amy Sherman: Craft Beer Guru

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00
Craft beer enthusiast Amy Sherman's reputation as a champion of local food has been fueled by her time working as a chef at local restaurants, by teaching for various culinary programs, and by her television show, The Great American Brew Trail. Read more...

Persevere: Life's Lessons Through Sports

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00
A heart murmur may have cemented Deb Kay's love of sports and taught her an important life lesson: If you want something badly enough, you can find a way. Read more...

Whom Do We Need to Know About?

Thursday, 21 May 2015 04:49
You may have wondered how we decide who will be profiled in West Michigan Woman magazine and on WestMichiganWoman.com. Read more...

MTM Volunteer of the Year: Jill Schaible

Thursday, 21 May 2015 04:47
Mel Trotter Ministries, a local nonprofit organization serving the hungry, homeless, and hurting of Greater Grand Rapids, observed Volunteer Appreciation Week with a celebration in which Jill Schaible was honored as its 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Read more...
The ATHENA Young Professional award recognizes an individual who is involved in the community, acts as a mentor to young woman professionals, and supports the ATHENA program and exudes its tenets. As we look forward to the 2015 ATHENA awards, we chatted with 2014 recipient Lizzie Williams, Employee Communication and Engagement Specialist at OST (Open Systems Technologies). Read more...
Heather Gauck, a special education teacher who has been with GRPS for more than two decades, has been making headlines as a recipient of the Michigan Educator Voice Fellowship 2014-15, and a participant in the "Teach to Lead" initiative begun by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In early April, Gauck was recognized by PBS as one of 2015's digital innovators. Read more...
Teresa Weatherall Neal's experience with Grand Rapids Public Schools goes all the way back to being a kindergarten student. Read more...