Previous Venderbush Speakers

1999 - 2000

George K. Heartwell, Jr.
City Commissioner, Grand Rapids, MI

Juan R. Olivarez
President, Grand Rapids Community College

Diana Seger
Executive Director, Grand Rapids Foundation

2000 - 2001

Candace Cowling
Executive Director, Child & Family Resource Center

Dirk Koning
Executive Director, Grand Rapids Community Media Center

Patricia Newby
Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools

2001 - 2002

Edward Cardenas
Reporter, The Detroit News

Penny Klein Swanson
Senior Vice President, Edison Schools

Dorothy A. Johnson
President, Ahlburg Company

2002 - 2003

Chris Barbee
Director of Alumni Relations, Grand Valley State University

Joel J. Orosz
Distinguished Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Grand Valley State University

2003 - 2004

Rev. George K. Heartwell
Grand Rapids, Mayor-elect

Emily Aleman
Executive Director, Hispanic Center of West Michigan

2004 - 2005

Dr. Nanette Reynolds
Senior Advisor to the GVSU President, Grand Valley State University

Memorial of LeLande D. Bond, Bond Family


Tony Baker
Vice President, Synergis Technologies Group

Deborah Clanton
Magistrate for 62nd District Court (Kentwood)


Kristin Linscott
DeVos Children's Hospital Children's Miracle Network

Jason Paulateer
Vice President, National City Bank of the Midwest
Executive Director, Community Development Association of Michigan


David Harris
Clinical Director of Inpatient and Outpatient Physical Therapy Services, Dwight Orthopedic Rehabilitation Company


April Robles
Director, Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership at Miami of Ohio

Angie Barksdale
Program Supervisor, Ottawa County Michigan Works


Stevan Veldkamp
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, Indiana University

Eva Aguirre Cooper
Community Affairs Director, WOOD TV8


Ann Marie Klotz
Assistant Director in the Department of Residential Education, DePaul University

Noddea Skidmore
Event Producer ArtPrize, Grand Rapids


Dan Breuker
Senior Account Manager, Kentwood Office Furniture

Matt Sernau
Former Grand Rapids Jaycees President and Financial and Investment Advisor for Ameriprise Financial Services


John Mauro
Math Teacher, Grand Haven High School

Torrence O'Haire
Founder, Owner, and Freelance Culinary Professional, The Starving Artist


Selma Tucker
Director of Marketing and Communications, Public Sector Consultants

Winnie Brinks
State Representative, Michigan's 76th House District


Skip Cerier
Professional Photographer/Entrepreneur, Graduation Foto

Mary Buikema
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity-Kent County




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