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Global Sustainable Partnerships: Bringing Clean Water from GR to Tanzania

Global Sustainable Partnerships: Bringing Clean Water from GR to Tanzania

by Chelsea Slocum of the Modelife

Kim Fogg, founder of Global Sustainable Partnerships(GSP), is a very busy woman. She lives life on the go, split between three places: Washington D.C., Grand Rapids and Tanzania. She is a dynamic woman who, in just one year, has provided 8,000 children with clean water, something they they never had access to prior. And that’s just the beginning. 

The Spark

Rewind back to 2010. Fogg is a success in the corporate world, working for a management consulting firm. For family reasons, she needs to relocate back to her hometown of Grand Rapids. She is subsequently let go from her position in Washington D.C. Shortly thereafter, her father passes away. Fogg is at a crossroads in both her professional and personal life.  

G-Sync: Riding The High Line To GRR (A New York Love Story)

G-Sync: Riding The High Line To GRR (A New York Love Story)

Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

More flights from Grand Rapids are direct routes to cities that used to be accessible only after often nerve-splitting connections. Today, our city has also been experiencing some other direct connections, both in dialog and substance.

For quite some time, I have been forming a deep and longstanding relationship with New York City. In the days and weeks ahead, Grand Rapids will have new opportunities to create new connections with the East Coast urban center. 

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC), beginning with the 2012/13 Season, has formed a partnership with the New York Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center. New Yorkers David Finckel and Wu Han, Musical America’s December 2011 “Musicians of the Year,” will begin programming the chamber music series at St. Cecilia with artists of the New York Chamber Music Society.

Innovating with Chef Ray

Innovating with Chef Ray

By J. Bennett Rylah

Ray Sierengowski is a food scientist. You can call him Chef Ray. He works at the Meijer Innovation Center and Test Kitchen, located at 70 Ionia SW as part of GRid 70. The state-of-the-art facility has everything a group of chefs need to dice, chop, bake, puree, cook, steam, broil and what-have-you a plethora of edibles.

For four years, Ray worked with Sara Lee and Kellogg as lead scientist. Prior to that, he was a corporate chef for Morton's Restaruant. He is a graduate of Oakland University, studying Culinary Arts and Food Science. He also does voiceovers on the side, something you might be able to guess during a casual conversation.

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

The 2011 class of Leadership West Michigan (LWM) graduated on December 15, 2011. The class of 27 participated in 8 day sessions over the past 4 months which included a two day bus tour of the region and culminated in Regional Trustee day and graduation.

Patricia Ackerberg - Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce  
Justin Arnold - WMPS  
Charles Ash, Jr. - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP  
Douglas Bagley - Ottawa Area ISD - MTEC  
Michael Brecht - St. Mary's Health Care  
Marlene Brostrom - Michigan Works Ottawa County  
Cindy Brown - Hello West Michigan  
Frederick Bw'Ombongi - Spectrum Health  
Valerie Byrnes - Barry County Chamber of Commerce  
Kyle Dannenberg - Ottawa Area Intermediate School District  
Lori Duff - TrueNorth Community Services  
Kathy Finkler - Davenport University  
Jeffrey Hoerle - Priority Health  
Ammy Johnson - Harbor Hospice  

Love Equalizer: Q&A with Erin Wilson

Love Equalizer: Q&A with Erin Wilson

Written by Lindsay Patton

Questions for Erin Wilson, founder of Until Love Is Equal, director of Wealthy Theatre and board president of ArtPeers.


You're involved in Wealthy Theatre, Until Love Is Equal and ArtPeers. What's your main focus for 2012?
I couldn't say one would be less immense than the other. There's the centennial campaign at the theatre and ArtPeers is in the middle of a major reboot. Of course, we carry on with Until Love Is Equal.

Until Love Is Equal began in June of 2011 as a response to the City of Holland's June 15 vote excluding sexual orientation and gender identity from an anti-discrimination ordinance. How has the movement grown since then?

Teresa Weatherhall Neal: Treating GRPS Like Family

Teresa Weatherhall Neal: Treating GRPS Like Family

By Rachel Melville

The newly appointed Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) interim Superintendent lives up to all of the raving reviews: She is a team player; an advocate of the GRPS community, a force of stability and holds a clear vision and plan for the schools. Teresa Weatherall Neal is all of these things… and much more.

When asked how she was handling the first few weeks of her new appointment, Weatherall Neal smiles and refers to two prominent pieces of art work in her warm and inviting office. “Once I had these pieces in place, I was ready to go to work," she says. The artwork she refers to is a framed campaign poster of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. The other piece of artwork is a pencil and paper sketch called “The Hand,” depicting an...