Norm Hamann: Building connections

Written by Jane Simons | Friday, 01 March 2019 12:47 |
Q&A

Norman Hamann never intentionally set out to build a team at his company that would reflect the reality of what was happening in architecture schools in the United States.

Sofía Ramírez Hernández: Great feats with small steps

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 27 February 2019 17:07 |
Q&A

An artist, educator and organizer, Sofía Ramírez Hernández shares her story through her work so that others won’t have to struggle the way she did. Hers is a story of immigration, identity definition and institutionalized discrimination.

Brandy Arnold: Conversing with the city

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 27 February 2019 16:34 |
Q&A

It’s hard to keep track of how many ways Brandy Arnold is involved with making Grand Rapids a better place.

Eleanor Moreno: Talking, listening, doing

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 27 February 2019 16:30 |
Q&A

Frankly, Eleanor Moreno’s story is colorful and eventful enough to be its own book, much less a magazine article. Organizer, activist, consultant, translator — Moreno can best be described as “heavily involved.”

Kim Collins: Brewing up a lasting impact

Written by Danata Paulino | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:20 |
Q&A

Although her journey did not begin in the state, Kim Collins found a place to call home here in West Michigan. Taking the parts of her life she loved, she turned them into passions and followed through on making her dream job a reality.

Ace Marasigan: Building and building with friends and family

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:17 |
Q&A

When Ace Marasigan moved here from the Philippines at age 16, he brought some of home with him, but even more so when he founded the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival. 

Jenny Kinne: From part-time employee to store owner

Written by Kelly Brown | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:14 |
Q&A

Jenny Kinne, the new owner of Cherry Street’s beloved independent bookstore Books & Mortar, started her career selling books out of her parents’ basement and exchanging her favorite paperbacks for Monopoly money. A series of professional adventures, mostly focused on nonprofit development and public policy, led her to Fountain Street Church, Planned Parenthood, Michigan League for Public Policy and eventually life as a business owner. Her love for public policy and community activism is what eventually sparked her passion for owning a progressive, independent bookstore. 

Jack Woller: Leading from behind the scenes

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:11 |
Q&A

As a secular humanist, Jack Woller never saw himself working for a church, much less serving as the executive director. But after life in the world of sports retail left him feeling unfulfilled, Woller went on a journey that ultimately led to Fountain Street Church, volunteering in the community and working at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum along the way.

Erica Lang: An outfitter that fits right in

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:07 |
Q&A

Erica Lang’s motives are clear: Everyone knows what it feels like to be left out. She wants to cultivate the exact opposite.

The Sympathetic Atheism of Julia Sweeney

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 28 October 2016 11:04 |
Q&A

Julia Sweeney is not your typical atheist. The former SNL cast member and current mother, actor and comedian introduced her one-woman show, Letting Go of God, in 2004. For two hours, Sweeney humorously and frankly discusses her 40-year journey from Catholic to nonbeliever.

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