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Therese Thill

In my new role at The Right Place, I will help lead the business development team’s business retention, expansion and attraction efforts. I also bring a unique global business acumen and will work to expand The Right Place’s international business development strategies.
I previously served as the Director of Business Attraction for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with a special focus on growing the state’s renewable energy industry. I also previously served as Vice President of the Greater Phoenix Innovation and Technology Accelerator and as Vice President of International Economic Development at the Greater Phoenix Economic Development Council.

Job Title: Vice President, Business Development
Company: Right Place
College: Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, Masters of Business Administration, Glendale, AZ

Jill May

As The Right Place’s new director of fund development, I will be responsible for developing and deploying a fund raising plan of action to support the organization’s mission. I will oversee all fund raising activities, including fund drives, capital campaigns, tracking and securing grant opportunities as well as annual giving programs in partnership with The Right Place investors.  
I most recently served as Director of Development for the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. I have also held fund development positions at the American Cancer Society and Catholic Charities of West Michigan.

Job Title: Director, Fund Development
Company: Right Place
College: Grand Valley State University, Masters Degree, Public and Nonprofit Administration, Grand Rapids, MI

Aaron Bregg

I work for a Digital Marketing company that specializes in enhancing a company's Social Media presence on the web.  This is done by creating a website, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp profile for the client.  My job is to take PSD files from the graphics department and turn it into a fully functional website.  I do this by using XHTML, CSS and Javascript to make the designer's idea talk to the customer's information database. I also from time to time get to design mobile apps or UX forms.  I landed the job while I was attending GRCC in the spring of '09.  My favorite part of my job is creating something out of nothing, so to speak.  I pride myself on being able to code a website to almost 99.99% of what the graphics department envisioned it.

Job Title: Sr. Front End Web Developer
Company: YAC
College: Grand Rapid Community College, Computer Science, Grand Rapids, MI

Ellie Andrus

I am responsible for the event planning and fund-raising for the West Michigan and surrounding area for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. The Mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.  We rely on funds from the community to make these wishes come true.  My job is to organize events, work with donors and the community to bring funds in to ensure our mission is fulfilled. 

Photo: Tim Motley Photography

Job Title: Community Development Director
Company: Make-A-Wish Foundation
College: Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids, MI

Alicia Verardi

The Michigan Main Street (MMS) Program supports downtowns and traditional commercial neighborhood districts by promoting and implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach® in communities across the state. This approach helps build partnerships and collaboration among stakeholders and encourages historic preservation. It promotes environmentally-sustainable redevelopment, integrates communities' cultural assets and fosters entrepreneurial development and downtown living.

Michigan Main Street communities are designated through a competitive application process that makes them eligible for technical assistance services provided by the state through the MMSC. Today, the MMS program has 16 active Selected and Master Level communities, each of which has adopted the Main Street Four-Point Approach®.  Under the leadership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Main Street Center, the program is in over 2,000 communities and has stimulated $49 billion in reinvestment in traditional commercial districts.

I am responsible for coordinating activities within Wayland's downtown revitalization, known as the Main Street program, which utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development. I assist the board of directors, committees, and volunteers in the development, conduct, execution, and documentation of the Main Street program. I am the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities and volunteers, as well as representing the community regionally and nationally. In addition, I help guide the organization as its objectives evolve.

During my time at Michigan State University, I was involved in the Old Town Commercial Association, a local Main Street community, through an internship opportunity. The more I learned about the program, the more I believed in its mission. Through my experience, I was able to witness first-hand the effects of the program on the local community. It successfully brought together a variety of local talent to revitalize and preserve the historic downtown area. As a community and volunteer-driven program, the energy created by everyone working together was unstoppable. Needless to say, my passion for the program grew and I wanted to be a part of it in a big way. After college I began to look for career opportunities within the Michigan Main Street programs. Fortunately, three Michigan communities had recently reached Selected Level status and were looking to hire a Main Street Manager.  When I interviewed for the position in Wayland, I felt an instant connection to the people and fell in love with the city's small-town charm. I couldn't have been more excited when they offered me the job in September and that excitement has only continued to grow. It is my hope that our efforts to revitalize Wayland into a strong and vibrant downtown where families want to visit, work, and shop will help in the state-wide effort toward economic recovery.

If you want to get involved in the Wayland Main Street program or are interested in getting your city involved, please don't hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

Job Title: Main Street/Downtown Development Authority Director
Company: Wayland Main Street
College: Michigan State University, School of Hospitality Business, East Lansing, MI

Mark Schmidt

I help run BizStream, a small software company that is dedicated to customer service and software solutions that fit our clients' budgets. I am passionate about building and maintaining a team of highly skilled people that love what they do and enjoy doing it every day of the year. I enjoy writing code and working directly with our clients.

Job Title: Founder/Software Developer
Company: BizStream
College: Grand Valley State University, Computer Science, Ann Arbor, MI

Kim Rangel

I work on bringing new meetings and conferences to Grand Rapids.  We work with hotels and attractions to provide a group with the best possible meeting experience and ease the workload of anyone in charge of planning a gathering.   The mission of the GRCVB is to lead the marketing of Michigan's West Coast as a premier convention & visitor destination, significantly impacting the economy of Kent County.

Job Title: Business Development Manager
Company: Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau
College: Grand Valley State University, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Grand Rapids, MI

Marita DeJong

I am currently working as a preschool through 12th grade school development director who oversees all school marketing, public relations, fundraising, communications, elementary admissions, alumni relations and event coordinating. I often design marketing tools and strategies and then get to implement them. Rather than working with other employees at our school to complete multi-person tasks/events I manage a number of volunteer committees who help me achieve our strategic goals.

Job Title: Director of Development
Company: NorthPointe Christian Schools
College: Calvin College, Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design Marketing, Communications Minor, Grand Rapids, MI

Amanda Rogalski

I have created the marketing department at viastore systems.  I develop and distribute all internal and external communication.  I have had the opportunity to plan many events for viastore both for clients and partners as well as for our employees.  I manage all social media content and messaging as well.  With the company going through three different names over the past six years, branding has also been a significant focus for me.  We are a German headquartered company so there is consistent collaboration efforts and communication between myself and my German counterparts.

Job Title: Director of Corporate Development
Company: Viastore Systems, Inc.
College: Grand Valley State University, Bachelors in Business Administration, Emphasis on Marketing & International Business, Grand Rapids, MI

Jordan L. Koenig

I am responsible for coordinating the credit union's internal and external marketing, advertising and member development functions.  I am also responsible for promoting and implementing products, services and benefits of the credit union to members, potential members, and coaching team members on cross-selling of services.

My principle duties include: Advertising/Marketing/Business Development. I Coordinate promotional efforts for the credit union, including promotional material for statement mailings: preparation of quarterly newsletter; content and printing or credit union literature; and relationships with sponsoring organizations. Assist with member annual meeting promotion.?I orient/update staff on new marketing programs, develops educational and promotional materials for staff use, trains staff on cross-selling of services, in displaying materials, and in credit union history, philosophy, organization, by-law requirements, and operational procedures. I am responsible for programs relating to product and corporate images building. Coordinate public relations activities. Periodically visit member work units to promote and market the credit union. I am a liaison with data processor. Work with data processor for all computer / printer hardware issues and all software upgrades. I recommend new equipment purchases to management for approval. I develop business plans for new services for recommendation to management. I coordinate miscellaneous supplies for all branches. I am in charge of understanding of compliance related issues, specifically BSA/AML and OFAC, as well as brand development, web site traffic growth, develops brand strategy and statistics reports. I am also in charge of strategic consulting, including business plan, F.O.M & sales strategy development.

Job Title: Member Development Manager (Marketing Director)
Company: West Michigan Credit Union
College: Michigan State University, Business Management, Marketing and Business Cognate, East Lansing, MI

Rob Lantz

As Project Engineer at The Christman Company my primary responsibilities focus around handling the correspondence between the construction team and Architect/Engineer, processing the contract change orders, updating the drawings and managing quality assurance and quality control. I became a LEED Accredited Professional last year giving me more experience for the new trend in the construction industry.  I also coordinate some of the work in the field preparing me to become a Superintendent where I will manage the day-to-day field operation on the construction site.

Job Title: Project Engineer
Company: Christman Company
College: Ferris State University, College of Technology, Construction Management, Big Rapids, MI

Jeremy Moore

I serve as a senior member of the development team in the Spectrum Health Foundation, which is the fund development arm for Spectrum Health.  I am responsible for the strategic development of all Spectrum Health grant applications for private foundation and corporate sources.  My work involves connecting our key initiatives within the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Blodgett Hospital, Spectrum Health Cancer Services, Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and the Renucci Hospitality House to foundations and corporations interested in advancing healthcare in West Michigan through philanthropy.

Job Title: Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer
Company: Spectrum Health
College: Western Michigan University, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Master of Public Administration, Kalamazoo, MI

Lucy Dyer Joswick

As the Communication & Development Manager, I develop, manage and implement council-wide communication strategies and individual donor programs and campaigns

Job Title: Communication & Development Manager
Company: Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore
College: Grand Valley State University, Bachelor of Science, Sociology & Communications, Allendale, MI

Samuel Oltz

I develop premiere web applications for companies and individuals, local and national. I utilize open source technologies such as PHP and Linux to provide rock-solid performance and low upkeep costs. Many times I empower the user by giving them a content management system such as Drupal or Expression Engine. I love seeing people succeed, and I'll do anything in my power to make sure their web presence does just that.

Job Title: Web Developer
Company: Spearia
College: Grand Rapids Theologial Seminary, Masters of Art, Intercultural Studies, Grand Rapids, MI

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