Alumni Update-Careers

Careers  Winter 2013

1970s

Nelson R. VanElderen, B.B.A. 1975, M.B.A., 1994, was appointed to Grand Valleys Alumni Association Board of Directors.

A. Edward Sosa, B.A., 1977, received the 2012 Distinguished Aguila Award.

Gregory P. Barbour, B.S., 1978, is the CEO of Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Mary L. Kramer, B.S., 1979, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to Grand Valleys Board of Trustees for an eight-year term.

Stuart D. Peet, B.S., 1979, was elected a delegate of Martin Township to the Democratic County Convention of Allegan County. He was also a candidate for the Michigan House 80th District seat.

1980s

Erin R. Brown, B.B.A., 1980, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Ferris State University Board of Trustees for an eight-year term.

Spencer R. Nebel, B.S., 1980, received the 2012 Special Award of Merit by the Michigan Municipal League.

Patricia M. VerDuin, B.S., 1980, received the 2012 Lakeshore ATHENA Award from the West Michigan Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Marguerite A. Vanden Wyngaard, B.M.E., 1981, is the superintendent of the City School District of Albany in Albany, New York.

Timothy R. Johnston, B.S., 1984, is the athletic director at East Grand Rapids High School.

Dr. Rhonda (Graves) Vickery, B.S., 1984, was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence.

Dr. Jeffrey Brown, B.A., 1986, was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence

David E. Waterstradt, B.A., 1987, is an attorney at Warner Norcross & Judd and received certification in elder law.

Maureen Fitzgerald Penn, B.S., 1989, was appointed to a second term as fund development board chair for Kent District Library.

1990s

Maria A. (Lopiccola) Besta, B.S., 1990, received the YWCA Tribute Award for sports, fitness and wellness.

Sandra OBrien, B.S., 1990, was elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors.

John D. Mead, B.S., 1992, was elected Benzie County Probate Judge.

George A. Jones, B.B.A., 1994, is the GMC marketing manager for General Motors. Jones has worked with GM for more than 13 years.

Kerry E. Olvera, B.B.A., 1994, is co-owner of Supermercado Mexico, which was nominated as one of Michigan 50 Companies to Watch 2012. The business received the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2012 Most Promising Business Award.

Julie M. (Schwallier) Scott, B.F.A., 1995, earned a bachelors degree in nursing from Arizona State University and passed a licensure exam.

Dr. Robert Burke, B.S., was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence.

Steven J. Rinella, B.A., 1996, has published a book, Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter.

Michael G. Goad, M.B.A., 1997, is the chief financial officer for Lake Michigan Credit Union.

Kristopher R. Pawlowski, B.B.A., 1997, was named principal at Signature Associates in Southfield.

Robert P. Lievense, B.S., 1997, M.S., 2010, was promoted to Formula R&D Statistician for Perrigo Company in Allegan.

Diriki D. Mose, B.E., 1999, was inducted into the Grand Valley State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Charity D. Plaxton, B.S., 1999, was recognized by the YWCA as a 2012 Woman of Achievement.

2000s

Wendy (Kooiman) Hahn, B.S., 2000, was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence.

Adam S. Henige, B.S., 2000, is a partner of Netvantage, which received the Celebration of Regional Growth award from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Jeffrey C. Kemperman, B.S., 2000, is a medical malpractice defense trial attorney for Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge in Grand Rapids.

Sondra M. Stegenga, B.S., 2000, M.O.T., 2002, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities.

Nerina evra, B.A., 2001, was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence.

Nicole Rasch, B.A., 2001, was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence.

Anna M. Tyszkiewicz, B.A., 2001, M.P.A. 2004, was appointed to Grand Valleys Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Adrienne A. Wallace, B.S., 2001, M.S., 2005, M.P.A. 2008, was appointed to Grand Valleys Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Meghan A. Burke, B.A., 2002, has published a book, Racial Ambivalence in Diverse Communities: Whiteness and the Power of Color-Blind Ideologies. She is a professor of sociology at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Scott J. Lubbers, B.B.A., 2002, M.B.A., 2007, is the vice president of Fifth Third Bank Western Michigan in Holland.

Dale R. Westrick, Jr., B.B.A., 2002, was inducted into the Grand Valley State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lyndsie M. Post, B.A., 2003, is a communications manager for Davenport University in Grand Rapids.

James C. Sidou, B.B.A., 2003, received the 2012 Polk County Emerging Leaders Award. He is an associate attorney at GrayRobinson in Lakeland, Florida.

Milinda C. Ysasi-Castanon, B.B.A., 2003, was named the ATHENA Young Professional recipient by the GR Area Chamber of Commerce.

Julie L. Bennink, B.A., 2004, is the media relations manager for Accenture in Chicago, Illinois.

Elizabeth A. Martin, B.S., 2004, is the director of foundation relations for Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Andrew Moore, AICP, B.S., 2004, was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence.

Amanda A. (Bongard) Rogalski, B.B.A., 2004, is an account executive at Truscott-Rossman.

Jeannette A. Seckinger, B.A., 2004, won the 2012 Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Stacy L. Stout, B.A., 2004, is the dean of students at Burton Middle School in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Ryan E. Brady, B.S., 2005, is the quarterbacks coach for Ferris State University.

Janean R. Couch, B.S., 2005, M.Ed., 2008, was appointed to Grand Valleys Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Peter T. Desimone, B.A., 2005, is an assistant professor of history for Utica College.

T. Fleischmann, B.A., 2005, was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence.

Henry Haringsma, B.S., 2005, was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence.

Daniel R. Hoovler, B.E., 2005, joined Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione as an associate attorney. He graduated from Michigan State University Law in 2012.

Justin M. Jennings, M.Ed., 2005, M.Ed., 2009, is the principal at Holland High School.

Stephanie L. Kuhlman, B.A., 2005, was inducted into the Grand Valley State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Joshua M. Meringa, M.P.A., 2005, M.H.A., 2009, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve as a board member on the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Nicholas A. Reister, M.B.A., 2005, is a trusts, estates and business attorney at Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge in Grand Rapids.

Dustin J. Vugteveen, B.B.A., 2005, was inducted into the Grand Valley State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Nicholas R. Witteveen, B.S., 2005, is an officer at the Gun Lake Tribe Department of Public Safety.

Samuel J. Otten, B.S., 2006, is an assistant professor at University of Missouris College of Education.

Natalie A. Bazan, B.A., 2007, received the Up & Comer Award from the Michigan Library Association for her work as the director of the Hopkins District Library.

Angela H. (Cepero-Engerson) Carlton, B.S.N., 2007, is the transplant clinical program manager at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Elyse Carnagie, B.A., 2007, received the 2012 Deans Scholarship from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Joshua M. Hartman, B.B.A., 2007, is the director of sales and marketing at General Sports and Entertainment.

Tracy A. Kirk, B.S., 2007, was inducted into the Grand Valley State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Travis J. Bratschi, B.B.A., 2008, is a financial services officer for GreenStone Farm Credit Services in Traverse City.

Bradley J. Gibbons, B.S., 2008, was appointed to Grand Valleys Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Richard Manus, B.S., 2008, was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Alumni in Residence.

Matthew R. Mokma, B.A., 2008, M.P.A., 2010, is the assistant director of development at the University of Illinois at Chicagos College of Business Administration.

Olubunmi A. Parks, B.S., 2008, was appointed to Grand Valleys Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Stephanie N. Wildey, B.A., 2008, is a manufacturing engineer for GE Aviation in Grand Rapids.

Maxine Y. Gray, M.S., 2009, was recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Achievement and received the 2012 YNPN Advocate Award.

Rebecca A. Olejownik, B.S., 2009, is a zookeeper for the Detroit Zoo.

Patrick E. Sloop, B.B.A., 2009, is a senior market analyst for Spectrum Health.

Stacy R. Thomas, B.S.N., 2009, is a first lieutenant in the Air Force as a clinical nurse serving at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.

2010s

Emily A. (Simms) Capron, B.A., 2010, is the community event and public relations manager for Experience Grand Rapids.

Kristin M. Coppens, B.S., 2010, is a reporting analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Kenneth A. Gauld, B.B.A., 2010, is a business systems analyst for Wolverine Worldwide.

Margaret M. Kennedy, B.B.A., 2010, is a public relations associate for Wondergem Consulting Inc.

Ruth E. Shira, M.B.A., 2010, is a product manager for Inscape Solutions.

Leonard A. OKelly, M.S., 2011, was appointed to Grand Valleys Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Megan M. Cadle, B.A., 2012, is a volunteer recruitment coordinator for the American Red Cross in Lansing.

Kristi N. Clemens, B.A., 2012, is a marketing assistant for Elzinga & Volkers in Holland.

Ben R. Hoppe, B.S., 2012, founded ConnectionApp, a smartphone app.

Kenneth J. Humbarger, Jr., B.B.A., 2012, was promoted to cost analyst for the operations finance team at Perrigo Company in Allegan.

Lindsey M. Jones, B.S., 2012, is a safety specialist for Amazon in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Rachel A. Wion, B.S., 2012, is a nurse recruiter for Health Providers Choice in Auburn Hills.

Michael A. Zervos, B.B.A., 2012, is the president and founder of Mother and Midwife Pictures and is fundraising for his upcoming film, PAPOU.