Newsmakers: People On The Move
ACCOLADES & APPOINTMENTS
P-W. Peter Doren has once again been named to the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of municipal law and real estate law. He is a member of Sondee, Racine & Doren in Traverse City and has been practicing law here for 35 years.
P-Nancy Flowers, vice president of client engagement at Hagerty in Traverse City, was recently awarded the CX Impact Award as part of CX Day, a global celebration of companies and people who deliver great experiences to customers. The award, organized by the Customer Experience Professional Association, is given to just 10 people each year.
P-Matt McCauley has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). McCauley is the director of regional planning and community development at Networks Northwest (formerly Northwest Michigan Council of Governments). NADO provides advocacy, education, research and training for the nation’s regional development organizations.
P-Leisa Eckerle Hankins is the new district manager of Junior Achievement of Northwest Michigan. She brings more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, including work with Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, The Pathfinder School, Encore Society of Music and Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan. She also previously owned two retail shops in downtown Traverse City.
The Greenspire School, a TCAPS-chartered middle school at the Grand Traverse Commons, has announced the following hires for the 2014-2015 school year:
P-Kevin Kelly is the new head of school. He brings 20 years of education background and experience to his role, including social studies instruction, middle and high school administration and consulting.
P-Eric Breithaupt is the new math instructor.
P-Phil Gerard has been hired to teach English and environmental stewardship.
P-Sarah Payette is Greenspire’s student services coordinator.
P-Katie Tomcyzk has been hired as special education teacher.
P-Adam Beers has rejoined Fifth Third Bank in Traverse City as a commercial relationship manager for the northern Michigan region. He brings more than 14 years of experience in the financial industry and most recently oversaw the commercial credit department at The Bank of Northern Michigan.
P-Dan Galbraith, assistant vice president of mBank in Traverse City, has been promoted to district branch supervisor. He will continue all of his current duties directly overseeing the branch operations of the Traverse City location.
P-Jeffrey Harrand has joined Team One Credit Union in Traverse City as a mortgage loan originator. He brings more than 28 years of banking experience as a loan officer with a credit underwriting background in both consumer and small business loans.
P-Meghan Dykstra, of hemming& in Traverse City, was a presenter at the recent SagePoint Financial’s ConnectED Summit in Nashville, TN, an education and training meeting to keep pace with industry trends, best practices, policy changes and new products.
P-Dawn Hemming, president of hemming& in Traverse City, recently attended SagePoint Financial’s ConnectED Summit in Nashville, TN, an education and training meeting to keep pace with industry trends, best practices, policy changes and new products.
P-Breanna Nickerson has joined Horizon Financial in Traverse City as administrative assistant. She has two years of experience previously at Horizon Financial working with the firm’s principal Holly Gallagher internally.
P-Anca E. Andrei, M.D. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in infectious disease. She practices with Infectious Disease Consultants at Munson.
P-Anna M. Booher, M.D. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in cardiology. She practices at Traverse Heart and Vascular in Traverse City.
P-Mark E. Brewster, M.D. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in gastroenterology. He practices at Northern Michigan Gastroenterology in Traverse City.
P-Molly A. Craven, D.O. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in family medicine. She practices at Brookside Family Medicine in Traverse City.
P-Stephanie B. Galdes, D.O. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in pediatrics. She practices at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic in Traverse City.
P-Matthew R. Jackson, D.O. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in family and sports medicine. He practices at Creekside Clinic in Traverse City.
P-Meredith McDonald has joined Digestive Health Associates of Northern Michigan as a physician assistant. She brings more than nine years of experience, most recently with Creekside Clinic in Traverse City.
P-Farhaan R. Mir, M.D. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in diagnostic radiology and vascular & interventional radiology. He practices with Grand Traverse Radiologists in Traverse City.
P-Missy Carson Smith is the new community educator at Senior Helpers of Northern Michigan. She organizes and conducts workshops for the new Senior GEMS program, providing caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia with developmentally appropriate interaction strategies and activities. She brings more than 15 years of experience in education, advocacy, and patient and family-centered care to Senior Helpers.
P-Megan L. Stilwill, D.O. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in pediatrics. She practices at Traverse Area Pediatric & Adolescent Health in Traverse City.
P-Edward J. Walsh, M.D. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in diagnostic radiology and vascular & interventional radiology. He practices with Grand Traverse Radiologists in Traverse City.
P-Penny Herberger has joined Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors (522 E. Front office) in Traverse City. She combines the experience of buying, selling and renovating homes on three continents with local knowledge from living in Traverse City for 25 years.
P-Beccy Janis, an agent at Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors in Traverse City, was recently awarded the Performance Management Network designation by the Women’s Council of Realtors. The designation is for agents who have real-world skills, know-how and tools to keep their business out front and on top of an evolving real estate market.
P-Tom Ramsey has joined Century 21 Northland as an agent in the Traverse City office.
P-Steve Zinger has joined Century 21 Northland as an agent in the firm’s Suttons Bay office. He brings more than 20 years of real estate experience.
P-Rich Budek has joined the sales team at Floor Covering Brokers in Traverse City. He has a strong background in retail sales, purchasing, management and customer service, including more than 10 years at McLain Cycle and Fitness in Traverse City.
P-Barbi Hill has joined Traverse City Tourism as a new sales administrative assistant. Her duties include working with social and reunion sales inquiries, service of sales groups, creation of itineraries for site inspections and familiarization tours, as well as coordinating sales events and receptions.
P-Sgt. Christopher Barsheff, an 18-year employee of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He assists in supervision of the Sheriff’s Office patrol division and also oversees the 18 community police officers and the forensics division.
P-Diana Fairbanks has joined Northwestern Michigan College as executive director of the college’s Public Relations, Marketing and Communications department. She brings 17 years of television news experience to the position, 12 of those as anchor at 7&4 News in Traverse City between 1999 and 2011. She replaces Andy Dolan, who left NMC in July.
P-Jon Fiebing has been named operations manager for the newly restored event venue Kirkbride Hall at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. He brings a wealth of experience in the industry, having spent the last nine years at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville.
P-Lisa Leidecker is celebrating her 20th anniversary with Ascomnorth in Acme. She is the service manager and trainer and has served in numerous key capacities at the company since 1994.
P-Kristin Bilby Lutz has joined furniture and design store Cedar Creek Interiors of Traverse City as an interior decorator. She brings 15 years of experience in commercial and residential design and will help launch the store’s interior design library in Old Town along with the new showroom in Elk Rapids.
P-Catherine Runkel has joined Traverse City Tourism as an accounting assistant. She assists the controller with invoicing and accounting duties.
Randy Weaver has joined Traverse City-based Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Northwest Michigan as the company’s emergency services division manager. He is responsible for providing immediate response services for residential and commercial property owners while managing Paul Davis staff in fire, water, wind, smoke, mold, vandalism and disasters in northwest Michigan.