Pamela Alderman

MVE-Lab Co-Facilitator

Pamela Alderman is an artist-entrepreneur with more than fifteen years of experience running a sustainable art business and a nonprofit. She specializes in social practice art, which includes monthly veteran art workshops. After a decade of experience as an ArtPrize artist, Pamela co-developed a new, veteran-specific ArtPrize venue, along with coaching twenty-one veteran artists at various levels to help them achieve success.

Combining her abundant passion with innovative concepts, Pamela’s interactive art has left an indelible healing imprint locally and nationally. When not forming collaborative partnerships, Pamela also enjoys taking her young grandson to the botanical gardens—where they get on their hands and knees, after briefly viewing the famed Chihuly glass, to drop pebbles down a storm drain.

Michael Hyacinthe

MVE‐Lab Lead Instructor and Ambassador

Michael Hyacinthe is an 8-year United States Navy Veteran who served as a U.S. Navy Seabee combat warfare specialist. His military service took him around the world to Iceland, Guam, Europe, and the Middle East. Michael is a serial entrepreneur focusing on social enterprises. He is the co-founder of Has Heart an organization that provides creative outlets for veterans and.  He is also the CEO and founder of Wimage, a children’s media company that produces educational and entertainment content to help kids learn  

Michael is the Executive producer of a children’s television show called Wimee’s Words.  Wimee’s Words is currently seen on PBS stations in Michigan and is soon to be launching in New York City and LA PBS stations. 

 Michael truly believes that creativity is a very powerful tool that can help Veterans heal and children learn. His entrepreneurial Journey has gained him national recognition as a top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs by INC magazine and most recently he was recognized as a Lakeshore innovator of the year honoree.  He is originally from the Bronx New York but now resides in Grand Rapids with his family.  Michael is also a proud GVSU graduate. 

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