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Yeo & Yeo names David T. Jewell as principal

David T. Jewell, CPA, has been promoted to the position of principal at Yeo & Yeo.

Jewell has more than 12 years of tax, accounting and business consulting experience. He started with the firm in 2008.

He co-leads of the firm’s Tax Services Group and is a member of Yeo & Yeo’s Health Care Reform, State and Local Tax, and Agribusiness teams.

Jewell’s areas of expertise include federal taxation of businesses, individual tax planning and preparation, small business start-ups and business succession planning. He presents tax seminars and writes tax articles for publication.

He is based in the firm’s Kalamazoo office.

Source: Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Perrigo hires Kelley Brassard

Kelley Brassard has been hired as Store Brand Marketing Manager for Perrigo in Allegan.

She will be responsible for managing diabetes products, especially meter and strip products.

Brassard has nine years of experience with diabetes care products. Much of her experience came while working as a national account manager for global health care drug and product manufacturers.   

Brassard earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Western Michigan University.  She is from Mattawan and currently lives in Paw Paw.

Source: Perrigo

Where to find an internship for summer 2015

There may be snow on the ground but for those hoping to obtain summer internships now is the time to act. This week the companies participating in the Monroe-Brown Internship Program were announced.

In 2015, there will be 26 participating companies offering a total of 33 internships.

Currently enrolled college students who wish to obtain real work world experience in engineering, health sciences, information technology, production planning, merchandising, architecture, interior design, human resources, marketing, sales and financial management are welcome to apply.

Once the intern is hired, he or she will work for the company for a minimum of 400 hours between May and September. This is typically full-time for ten weeks, but can be customized to suit the needs of the individual companies and interns.

Throughout the internship, the student will receive hourly wages, valuable networking opportunities and applied career experience, according to Southwest Michigan First.

Some interns have gone on to be hired by participating companies into full-time positions upon graduation. The internship program provides $3,000 in scholarship funding for college and an hourly wage paid by the employer.

Applications can be found hereThe full list of companies offering Monroe-Brown internships for 2015 can be found here.

The program is open to incoming juniors, seniors and graduate students at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Davenport University (Kalamazoo Campus only), Michigan State University, University of Michigan and second-year students at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Students attending Michigan State University and University of Michigan must have graduated from a high school in the greater Kalamazoo area.  

Ron Kitchens, chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First, says  finding and keeping talent is the priority of the region’s top companies. They know that internships are one of the best ways to locate and develop it.

“Our hope is that this year’s interns, like many of our past ones, use this opportunity to find a path to their future employment,” says Robert M. Brown, president of the Monroe-Brown Foundation.

Source: Petey Stephanak, Southwest Michigan First

Bronson Healthcare adds doctor and nurse practitioner

Bronson Healthcare adds doctor and nurse practitioner

Wightman & Associates, Inc. team grows by four

The civil engineering, architectural, and survey firm, Wightman & Associates Inc., has added four members to its professional team. They are:

Joseph Mehrtens, S.I.T. of Zeeland has joined Wightman’s Allegan office. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Surveying Engineering from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He brings four years of experience to the position and is serving as Survey Crew Chief.

Brian Goodrich of Buchanan has joined Wightman’s Benton Harbor office as a drafter in the survey department. He brings 16 years of past experience to his new role.

Kevan Newman of Lake Leelanau has joined Wightman’s Portage office as a Survey Crew Chief in the survey department. He brings 25 years of past experience to his new role.

Colleen Root of Kalamazoo is serving as the office manager for the firm’s Portage location. She brings 10 years of customer service and administrative experience to her new role.

Wightman & Associates Inc. has been serving Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana since 1946 with offices in Benton Harbor, Portage and Allegan.

Source: Wightman & Associates, Inc.

Ian Kennedy is new partner at Warner Norcross & Judd

Warner Norcross & Judd, a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan, has a new partner in its Kalamazoo office. Ian R. Kennedy has joined the firm. He specializes in general corporate law, employment and real estate law, and estate planning.

He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is president-elect of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association. He serves on the board of Community Advocates Pooled Trust Committee and is a past board member of Friends of Parks and Recreation, Michigan Works! Kalamazoo/St. Joseph, and the Kalamazoo Public Library. He has been named a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.

Kennedy received his bachelor’s degree from Alma College and earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame cum laude.

A native of Traverse City, Kennedy now lives in Kalamazoo with his wife, Sarah, and their four children.

Warner Norcross & Judd

Borgess Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine adds two doctors

Two doctors -- Mamoun Abdoh, MD, and Elizabeth Kluka, DO -- have joined the team at Borgess Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine that treats conditions of the lungs and respiratory system and those suffering from sleep disorders.

Dr. Abdoh comes to Borgess from John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, where he was a pulmonary and critical care fellow in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.

He completed his residency in internal medicine from the Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, and received his medical degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria.

Dr. Abdoh is a member of professional and society organizations, including the American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Physician.

Dr. Kluka comes to Borgess from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where she was a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellow.

She completed her residency in internal medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Kluka received her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, where she also served as a physiology, immunology and microbiology instructor.

She also conducted clinical research on interstitial lung disease, as well as on pulmonary physiology, at the National Jewish Research and Medical Center in Denver.

Drs. Abdoh and Kluka are both accepting new patients.

Source: Borgess

United Federal Credit Union appoints new branch manager in Benton Harbor

Kylie Svorec has been appointed Branch Manager at United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) Benton Harbor.

Svorec will be responsible for provide leadership for the branch staff, including staff development and retention, and growth of branch sales performance.

Svorec was previously Assistant Branch Manager at UFCU’s flagship branch in St. Joseph. There she provided leadership, supervision, and coaching to branch staff, with a concentration on branch operations.

Svorec’s prior financial industry experience includes Member Service Advisor and teller positions at UFCU.

A southwest Michigan native, Svorec is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor.

In 2015, she will be enrolled in the Bachelor Degree Program in Organizational Management at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. She resides in Stevensville.

Source: United Federal Credit Union

Fish, flies, and greens drive AQ Produce

It turns out that the business of raising fish can be hard on the environment. The founders of AQ Produce have looked long and hard into what it takes to keep it clean.  

At Innovation Day, Carlos Daniels was at the AQ Produce booth explaining how black soldier flies, crayfish, and spirulina all come together in their plan to mimic a biological ecosystem.

The business that is currently in the research and development phase would include both an aquaponics and hydroponics operations. Both fish and produce, in the form of leafy greens, are to be grown by AQ Produce. The company ultimately would sell compost, fish, and produce.

AQ Produce is working to create a business that has a low impact on the environment, that reconnects people with where their food comes from, and that is profitable. This triple-bottom line serves the community, the economy, and the environment.

They also are creating a system that they believe can be replicated in places where the people are poor. So the system is being developed using a 55 gallon drum that could be found in even in economically distressed areas.

Daniels says he has been researching the system for two years, though as an organizational communications major it has nothing to do with his field of study. The deep knowledge he's gained in the process bubbles over as he discusses the plans for AQ Produce.

During those two years some of the information he and his partners have found is that crayfish can be used to get rid of fish waste. They have decided to use females that can reproduce through parthenogenesis--no males are required. Males are most likely to cannibalize young crayfish.

Although nothing is set in stone at this early phase of the business, as the business becomes profitable one goal of the team is for money to go back into the community. Daniels says town hall meetings to determine how best to spend the money could be the way they make that decision.

For now, AQ Produce, the AQ stands for Always Quality, will continue its research at WMU's Office of Sustainability, where the team formed. And the team will be seeking funds to continue its research. Current plans are to use the Finch greenhouse located next to Wood Hall. This location is a research greenhouse with controlled conditions. Team members also are working at Starting Gate, WMU's business accelerator.

Our first pilot would be the Gibbs House property although this will be a proof of concept and not intended to be for profit," Daniels says. "At that point we will transition to a property we have located out in Bellevue, Michigan for small-scale commercial operation."

After that they hope to scale up to a larger property and target markets in dense urban areas such as Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Other members of the AQ Produce team are Kyle Simpson, a physics and electrical engineering student, and Ramon Roberts, in civil engineering.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Innovation Day at Western Michigan University

Students show off their work at Innovation Day

Students will get real-life reactions to products they have been developing as part of Innovation Day, Dec. 5, at Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Student entrepreneurs from across WMU, including students enrolled in Entrepreneurial Engineering II and Engineering Design courses, as well as those working through the Starting Gate business incubator and a number of  K-12 students will present to the public their prototypes or models of new products or businesses.

Those attending will be given "Innovation Dollars"  when they arrive and can "invest" those dollars in the products they believe are most innovative. The public will help assess the students' products and provide valuable input through their "investment."

"The assessment will involve listening to the student pitches and investing ‘Innovation Dollars,’" says Dr. Steven E. Butt, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Participating students have developed prototypes/models that fulfill one of the following requirements: cevelop a toy, which has a very clear educational component; present an entrepreneurial concept the students are working to commercialize, or develop a product:
  • that is useful to people living in an emerging/developing economy.
  • which can help save lives in turbulent weather, natural or man-induced disasters.
  • which campers, trekkers, or outdoors people would find useful.
  • useful to police, fire departments, or emergency service organizations.
  • which has a significant benefit to a group to which you are very familiar.
Now in its seventh year, the event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. also is part of "Spark Design Week" in Kalamazoo, which  focuses on design input events featuring professional design developments from some of Southwest Michigan's leading companies.

Earlier in the week, engineering students presented their work in another forum. Twice a year engineering seniors at Western Michigan University show the projects they have been working on. The design projects were recently showcased during the 55th Conference on Senior Engineering Design.

Projects in the spotlight included an enhanced-mobility wheelchair, 3-D bone modeling and surgery simulation, and design for a new well field in Oshtemo Township. Some students also have been working with Whirlpool to reduce noise in laundry driers. Others helped create the Kinder-Coaster to demonstrate science and engineering concepts to kindergarten through second grade students, and an autonomous aircraft, which has a maximum payload of up to 5 pounds for 12 hours with an on-board charging system capable of supporting onboard avionic systems.

Source: Cheryl Roland, Western Michigan University

Bronson hires six new health care providers

Bronson Adult Critical Care, Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare, Bronson Cardiothoracic Surgery, Bronson Gastroenterology Portage, Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists, and Bronson HealthCare Midwest Urology in Battle Creek are all welcoming new health care providers.

William Nichols, D.O., has joined the Bronson Adult Critical Care team. Nichols is board certified in internal medicine and critical care medicine. He completed his critical care fellowship at Brown University, The Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. and his residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center in Grand Rapids. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. Bronson Adult Critical Care is located at 601 John St. in Kalamazoo.  

Staci Krupp, PA-C, is the latest member of Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare. Krupp is a board certified physician assistant and earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Western Michigan University. Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare is located at 601 John St., Suite 100, in Kalamazoo.  

Alejandra Ruser, PA-C,  now works with Bronson Cardiothoracic Surgery. Ruser received both her Master of Science in Medicine and her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University. Bronson Cardiothoracic Surgery is located at 601 John Street, Suite M-460, in Kalamazoo.  

Bronson Gastroenterology Portage has added Christopher Radawski, M.D., to its team. He joins a team of providers who treat diseases of the digestive system. Radawski completed his internal medicine residency at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, in Kalamazoo. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University, in East Lansing. He specializes in screening colonoscopies, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.  

Ali Ghasham, M.D.,  has joined the team of Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialist. Ghasham completed his residency in family practice at Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Orlando, Fla. He earned his medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Saint Maarten, Netherlands, Antilles. He specializes as a hospitalist. Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists is located at 601 John St. in Kalamazoo.  

Bronson HealthCare Midwest Urology – Battle Creek had added Collin Ludmer, PA-C. to its team. Ludmer received his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa. and his Master of Business Administration from Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. Bronson HealthCare Midwest Urology – Battle Creek is located at 710 North Ave. in Battle Creek.  

Source: Carolyn Wyllie, Bronson Healthcare

Blind people soon will have two more reasons to visit KIA

Two sculptures designed for blind and visually impaired patrons of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will soon be unveiled.

The works by two Michigan artists were to be presented Tuesday, Nov. 18 but Mother Nature intervened. The unveiling is to be rescheduled. The new pieces will be part of the KIA's Touch Art Tour.

Since 2011 The KIA Education Department has offered a Touch Art Tour for the blind and visually impaired, developed with members of the Kalamazoo visually impaired community and experts in the field of education for the visually impaired. More than 150 visitors have participated in this program in the last three years.

After two years, the KIA Touch Art committee decided that it was time to expand the program and sought funding to add new pieces to the museum's collection that could be part of the tour.

A $3,800 grant was awarded in 2013, and the artists were commissioned shortly thereafter.

The artists, Paul Ponchillia and Steve Curl, will present the artwork to KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate, Director of Museum Education Susan Eckhardt, and Curator of Education Michelle Stempien.

Representatives from the Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund, which funded the sculptures and members of the KIA Touch Art committee also will be on hand.

Paul Ponchillia, who is visually impaired, lives in Three Rivers. He works primarily with stone, bone, and other natural materials to create carvings with an Inuit influence. He also is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michgan University.

Steve Curl creates fantastical, whimsical creatures -- dragons and robots -- from found metal objects with touchable textures.  

The KIA's Touch Tours differs from those offered by other museums in that visitors engage directly with the works of art through touch and discussion with KIA docents, or tour guides, rather than simply listening to recordings or verbal descriptions.

"This grant has allowed us to increase our sculptural offerings and develop new ways for blind and low vision visitors to interact with art objects," says Michelle Stempien, Curator of Education.

Source: Katie Houston, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Borgess welcomes two family practice doctors, new cardiologist

Gurkit Miranpuri, MD, and Sarnarendra Miranpuri, DPM, MD, have joined Borgess ProMed Family Practice at its the Woodbridge Hills location. And Shweta Aggarwal, MD, has joined Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Heart Institute, as a non-invasive cardiologist.

Dr. Gurkit Miranpuri recently completed her family medicine residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit. Prior to her residency, Dr. Miranpuri was a research coordinator for the Office of Clinical Trials in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

She earned her medical degree from Mata Gujri Memorial Medical College in India, where she also completed an internship in internal medicine.

Dr. Sarnarendra Miranpuri comes to Borgess ProMed Family Practice from the Detroit Medical Center, where he was director of clinical research in the Division of Podiatric Surgery. He has worked extensively in clinical research, and speaks nationally and internationally on diabetes-related foot and ankle deformities.

Dr. Miranpuri earned his medical degree from Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences in Miami Shores, Fla. He completed his residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at North Chicago Veterans Affairs Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. He also completed fellowship training in reconstructive surgery of the diabetic foot and ankle at the Detroit Medical Center.

Dr. Aggarwal comes to Borgess from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was a cardiology fellow.

She completed her residency in internal medicine at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, and also was a resident medical officer in the Department of Medicine at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in India.

She earned her medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. Dr. Aggarwal is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, National Board of Echocardiography, and Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.

The Borgess Heart Institute treats nearly 20,000 cardiac patients each year. Borgess introduced the area’s first open-heart surgery program, and was one of the nation’s first hospitals to receive The Joint Commission certification for heart failure care.

All three doctors are accepting new patients.

Source: Borgess 

AVB hires two project supervisors and an intern

AVB has made several hires recently.

AVB recently hired Kevin Frye as a Senior Project Superintendent for commercial projects.
He comes to AVB with more than 18 years of experience in the industry  will use his experience to ensure the effective and on time completion of commercial projects as Project Superintendent.

Project Manager Superintendent he previously was responsible for providing construction management of varied projects nationwide.  Frye has developed project schedules, coordinated skilled trades, reviewed and approved pay applications, maintained and provided daily reports of activities of projects for distribution to clients.  He was also responsible for the development of pre- and post-bid project documents, such as bid packages, scope of work, schedules, jobsite rules, safety programs, site logistic plans in order to provide complete and overall “start to finish management” of varied types of construction projects.  Frye has also achieved LEED Green Associate accreditation.

Clayton Stull has been hired as a Commercial Project Superintendent. Since 2006, Stull has worked as a Senior Project Engineer and Assistant Superintendent on projects ranging from K-12 and higher education to retail and healthcare.  He most recently was involved in the construction of the new WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine. At AVB Stull will be the   Superintendent of commercial projects. He will be responsible for construction activities including management of the daily work and progress of trade contractors. Stull graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Management.

Mason Mellema has joined the company as a  Project Engineer Intern. Mellema is expected to graduate from Western Michigan University in December with his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering and a mathematics minor. He has previous experience in Project Engineering as a Monroe-Brown Intern at a national construction firm that formerly had a local office. Mellema is experienced with computer programs such as Constructware, Prolog, AutoCAD, and RISA 2D. At AVB, he will be responsible for assisting in scheduling, budget review and management, as well as submittal review and closeout documents on a variety of commercial projects.

Source: AVB Inc.

Image Guided radio-therapy system now offered at Lakeland HealthCare

A new cancer treatment that brings together new imaging and motion management technologies in a new design called image-guided radiotherapy is now offered at Lakeland HealthCare in St. Joseph.

The TrueBeam radiotherapy system uses advanced, three-dimensional imaging to “see” and target tumors with precision measured in units less than a millimeter.

The system allows doctors to customize the dose of radiation delivered to a tumor, helping to minimize exposure to nearby healthy tissue. Accuracy checks are performed every 10 milliseconds throughout the entire treatment.

TrueBeam radiotherapy system makes it possible to deliver treatment more quickly. It also monitors tumor motion and compensates for it.

The radiotherapy system is designed to improve treatment for lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, and other types of cancer.

Using the TrueBeam system also allows doctors to select the best treatment for every type of cancer, which means a wider spectrum of advanced radiotherapy treatment options can be offered to many more patients.

Patients experience greater comfort as treatments take less time and come with improved precision.

"With the TrueBeam technology, patients’ treatment times are greatly reduced, sometimes to just minutes per day," says Radiation Oncologist Peter Lai, PhD, MD. "Patients can also take comfort in knowing they have constant contact with their care providers during treatment with the built-in video and audio system."

Lakeland HealthCare is a non-profit, community-owned health system, which includes three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, rehabilitation centers, long-term care, hospice, home care services, and physician practices.

Source: Lakeland HealthCare

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