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Announcing the Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2023

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The Leadership Grand Rapids program, or LGR, is truly one-of-a-kind, gathering around 40 community trustees each year to participate in intense professional leadership training to tackle real issues facing their local community.

Each year, the team is hand-picked to span a diverse network of backgrounds, specializations, and industries to bring together a class that is uniquely special and capable of confronting complex problems from all directions. This approach to the programming is meant to foster community leaders who will leave the class with a community-focused mindset that creates a lifelong commitment to creating a thriving and prosperous West Michigan for all.

LGR has proudly been operating in the Grand Rapids community for over 30 years, and in that time has created a strong group of alumni who work toward improving our community at all levels. The Grand Rapids Chamber is excited to officially introduce the newest members of the LGR network!

 

Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2023

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SARA ACKER, Employee Benefit Client Executive, Hylant

ANDREW ALLEN, Director of Advancement, AYA Youth Collective

MARY (KATE) BERENS, Deputy City Manager, City of Grand Rapids

SOMMAR BOESE, Finance Senior Director, Perrigo

CARA BREWER, Chief of Staff, Studio C

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JESSICA COLLETTE, Chief Financial Officer, AMDG Architects 

OMAR CUEVAS, Vice President of Investor Relations, Grand Rapids Chamber

ARICK DAVIS, Co-Founder, Last Mile Café

MARY DeYOUNG, Founder, Gray Space Collaborative

LACEY DIXON, VP of Mission Advancement and Marketing, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

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BRIAN DORA, Principal, Auxo Investment Partners

MARCOS ESPARZA, Portfolio Manager, Greenville Asset Management

EVELYN ESPARZA-GONZALEZ, Executive Director, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

MIRABEL F. UMENEI, Founder, Motherland Cultural Connections LLC

ANTOINETTA FREEMAN, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

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KRISTIN GIETZEN, President & CEO, Arbor Circle

AMBER GINOP, Director of Marketing, HexArmor

JENNIFER GRONDZIK, Director of Community Development, Camp Blodgett

ANDREA HAINES, Senior Business Process Analyst, Lacks Enterprises

DeANDRE HARRIS, Attorney, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

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MARCUS JACKSON, Vice President, Community and Economic Development Manager, Fifth Third Bank

SCOT KELLOGG, Broker / Owner , 616 REALTY

SARAH KOLEKAMP, Director of Performance Excellence, Trinity Health Saint Mary’s

JASON LAWSON, Executive Director of Elementary Instruction, Kentwood Public Schools

RAUL MARISCAL, Global Sales Consultant, Amway

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GEOFFREY McDANIEL, Vice President of Business Development, Custer

PAUL McMAHON, Commercial PM Market Manager, Huntington Bank

KIMBERLY MOORE, Vice President, Communications & Community Engagement, Kids’ Food Basket

BRYAN MUIR, Captain for Support Services Division, Kent County Sheriff

STEPHANIE NAITO, Vice President of Talent Management, Meijer

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ALMA OBANDE, Community School Coordinator, Kent Schools Services Network

KIRAN SOOD PATEL, Sr. Content Marketing Strategist, OST

ELISA PEREZ-ARELLANO, Founder & CEO, Inclusive Empowerment Services, LLC

KYLE PUNG, Account Manager, Pleune Service Company

BEVERLY RYSKAMP, Chief Operating Officer, Network180

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JEFFREY SALOWITZ, Founding Partner, Coalition Companies

ADAM SENG, Senior Project Manager, Lakewood Construction

JOY SPORTEL, Architect + Planner, Progressive AE

PAMELA SYLVESTER, West MI Provider Engagement & Transformation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan & Blue Care Network

VIVIAN TERMAAT, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore

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BEVERLY THIEL, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Kent County

MAURICE TOWNSEND, Owner, MoTown Square Development

DR. KARA VAN DAM, Vice Provost, Graduate & Lifetime Learning, Grand Valley State University

MEGAN WACKER, Regional Director of Human Resources, AHC Hospitality

LIBBY WAHLSTROM, Development & Communications Director, Literacy Center of West Michigan

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