Newsmakers: People On The Move


Travis. T. Beynon of SWA Insurance in Traverse City was recently awarded his CAWC (Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation) designation through The Accident Fund Insurance Company of America. The CAWC designation provides an in depth review of workers’ compensation principles and incorporates real life situations that can benefit clientele.

Kelli Duranczyk has joined the team at Grand Traverse Insurance Group in Traverse City. She specializes in group health plans for employers, and individuals seeking health insurance in the marketplace.

Colleen Etue has joined Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management office in Traverse City as a financial advisor with the Gegich/Idziak Group. Formerly with Huntington Investment Company and Edward Jones, she brings more than ten years of experience in retirement planning, wealth management and estate planning.

Kelly Fileccia of SWA Insurance in Traverse City was recently awarded her CAWC (Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation) designation through The Accident Fund Insurance Company of America. The CAWC designation provides an in depth review of workers’ compensation principles and incorporates real life situations that can benefit clientele.

Bill Holmes has joined Front Street Mortgage as vice president of sales for northern Michigan. Front Street Mortgage is part of the Real Estate One Family of Companies. He has been in the mortgage and real estate industry for more than 30 years.

Bryan Snyder has joined Northwestern Mutual in Traverse City as a financial representative. He brings five years of financial services experience to his new position and also previously owned and operated a business.

Dennis Sternburgh has joined Honor Bank as human resources manager. He brings more than 20 years of human resources and management experience, most recently at Elmbrook Golf Course.

Brian Ursu from Intentional Wealth Advisors in Traverse City recently attended the LPL Financial Masters 2015 conference, an event hosted for top performing advisors of LPL Financial.

Lauree K. VanderVeen, a trust relationship officer at Greenleaf Trust’s Kalamazoo headquarters since 2008, has relocated to Traverse City. She joins John Welch in supporting Greenleaf’s growth in the northern Michigan market. She has more than 25 years of experience in providing wealth planning and banking solutions to the financial services, banking and real estate investment sectors.

TBA Credit Union in Traverse City announces new positions for three of its staff members:

Mae Bradford is now a member service specialist at the South Airport branch. Previously serving as a member service representative since 2014, she now is responsible for opening business and personal accounts, preparing loan documents and evaluating loan requests.

Meghan Elliott is the new manager for the Front Street branch, after most recently serving as a member service officer. With the credit union since 2012, she has more than 12 years of experience in the industry. She oversees daily branch operations and staff, assists with strategic planning and reviews loan requests.

Stacy Oster is now a phone operator at the Front Street branch after serving as a member service representative at the South Airport branch. She has been with the credit union since 2013. In her new role, she handles incoming phone calls and assists with accounting department tasks.



Amy Anderson, a physical therapist with FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers in Traverse City, has completed the Certification of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Bonny Hall has joined Monarch Home Health Services in Traverse City as vice president of operations. Most recently she was an office manager for a local retail store. At Monarch, she oversees bushiness management, staffing and daily operations.

Dr. Christopher Moran, a chiropractic physician, is now practicing with a new multi-disciplinary group practice, Whole Health Traverse City. He offers advanced chiropractic care with an emphasis on treating spinal disc herniation, sports injuries, headaches including migraine-type, neck, middle and lower back pain, sciatica and shoulder-arm nerve pain syndromes.

Angela Pohl, D.O. has joined Thirlby Clinic in Traverse City. She previously worked with iNDIGO Health Partners at Munson Healthcare as a hospitalist for three years, after completing her training in 2012.

Greta Sheffer is retiring after 22 years as a registered nurse for Digestive Health Associates of Northern Michigan in Traverse City. Most recently she served as a nurse triage team member serving as patient coordinator and advocate.

Joyce Wright is retiring after 23 years as receptionist at Digestive Health Associates of Northern Michigan.



Brendan M. Bouffard is now an associate attorney at Bowerman, Bowden, Ford, Clulo & Luyt in Traverse City. He practices in the areas of commercial transactions, business organizations, estate planning, civil litigation and appeals, employment law, and environmental and energy law.

Attorney George Powell has joined the law firm of Dingeman and Dancer in Traverse City. He represents individuals in workplace injuries, automobile accidents, wrongful death and general liability cases.



Beth Chiles has joined the real estate team at EXIT Realty Paramount in Traverse City. She brings experience as a private buyer and seller of real estate and also worked in the home construction business.

Teri Miceli Bowen has joined Century 21 Northland in Traverse City as an agent. A Traverse City native, Bowen returned to the area after a 22-year career in the real estate business in Atlanta, Ga.

Kyle Miller has joined Century 21 Northland in Traverse City as an agent. He brings 10 years of experience in construction, real estate and property management in addition to his background in sports broadcasting.

Helen Postma has joined the mortgage lending team at Honor Bank. Based in the Grand Traverse County market, she is responsible for mortgage loan origination, business development and community outreach.

April Prince has joined Century 21 Northland as an agent. Prior to becoming an agent she assisted in the growth of three local companies. She works out of the Traverse City office.

Maura A. Sanders is the new team leader & CEO of Keller Williams – Greater Grand Traverse. She focuses on growing the local office market center and individual agents’ businesses through coaching, consulting and training. As CEO, she sets the standards, provides the vision, maintains the culture and inspires achievement.

Christine Stapleton, of Stapleton Realty-Honor/Empire, ranked #1 in number of properties sold in Benzie County and #7 in number of properties sold in the tri-county area in 2014, according to Traverse Area Association of Realtors statistics. She also was voted Best Real Estate Agent in the 2014 Benzie County People’s Choice awards.

Barb Hood, of Stapleton Realty-Lake Ann, has been appointed 2015 recording secretary to the governing board of the Women’s Council of Realtors-Northern Michigan Chapter. She attends leadership training and state and regional business meetings.



Taryn Carew has been promoted to day camp director at the Boardman River Nature Center in response to recent efforts to run an expanded licensed day camp program. She joined the Boardman River Nature Center in June 2015 and most recently was the education coordinator.

Josh Janowiak has joined TART Trails as the marketing and digital content manager. He is responsible for managing and marketing TART’s mission and brand through traditional and digital media. He also works for Northern Star Broadcasting as a Marketing and Digital Content Manager & DJ and owns & operates Platinum Sound Mobile DJ Service.

Linda Missler has joined Neuco Seating in Traverse City as a sales associate and customer service representative, staffing the company’s new commercial restaurant showroom in Grawn. Her background includes business-to-business sales, marketing, paid digital media and social media.

Emma Moyer is the new executive director of Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing (NMSH) in Traverse City. She replaces Emilee Syrewicze, who relocated to North Carolina. Moyer previously served as NMSH’s associate director for the past 9 months and executed numerous successful events and campaigns for the organization.

Jeff Willey has joined the team at the Traverse City Business News, Northern Express and The Ticker as a media consultant helping clients build cohesive marketing plans to grow their businesses. He brings more than 7 years of experience in print/digital marketing.

Conflict Resolution Services in Traverse City announces the following additions to its board of directors and staff:

Laura Holling is the owner of Absolute Accuracy Bookkeeping in Traverse City. She previously worked for the Grand Traverse County Road Commission, Oneupweb and Huntington National Bank.

Robynn James is an independent consultant for Harbinger Associates providing fundraising support, strategic planning, conflict resolution, staffing and leadership development for small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations.

Brace Kern is founder of BEK Law in Traverse City. He practices civil litigation and is also general civil mediator.

Lisa Looker is the district human resource manager for Home Depot in Traverse City.

Mary McGee Cullen is the UniServ Director for the Michigan Education Association. She is a former teacher and former president of the Traverse City Education Association.

Jeffrey Noorman is an attorney and mediator with Jeffrey J. Noorman, PLLC in Traverse City.

Ruth Anderson has joined the staff of Conflict Resolutions Services as a case manager. She has extensive legal knowledge having worked as a paralegal for two Traverse City law firms and also works at Third Level Crisis Intervention Center as the Legal Aid Clinic coordinator.