Previous Venderbush Speakers

1999 - 2000

George K. Heartwell, Jr.
City Commissioner, Grand Rapids, MI

Juan R. Olivarez
President, Grand Rapids Community College

Diana Seger
Executive Director, Grand Rapids Foundation

2000 - 2001

Candace Cowling
Executive Director, Child & Family Resource Center

Dirk Koning
Executive Director, Grand Rapids Community Media Center

Patricia Newby
Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools

2001 - 2002

Edward Cardenas
Reporter, The Detroit News

Penny Klein Swanson
Senior Vice President, Edison Schools

Dorothy A. Johnson
President, Ahlburg Company

2002 - 2003

Chris Barbee
Director of Alumni Relations, Grand Valley State University

Joel J. Orosz
Distinguished Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Grand Valley State University

2003 - 2004

Rev. George K. Heartwell
Grand Rapids, Mayor-elect

Emily Aleman
Executive Director, Hispanic Center of West Michigan

2004 - 2005

Dr. Nanette Reynolds
Senior Advisor to the GVSU President, Grand Valley State University

Memorial of LeLande D. Bond, Bond Family

2005-2006

Tony Baker
Vice President, Synergis Technologies Group

Deborah Clanton
Magistrate for 62nd District Court (Kentwood)

2006-2007

Kristin Linscott
DeVos Children's Hospital Children's Miracle Network

Jason Paulateer
Vice President, National City Bank of the Midwest
Executive Director, Community Development Association of Michigan

2007-2008

David Harris
Clinical Director of Inpatient and Outpatient Physical Therapy Services, Dwight Orthopedic Rehabilitation Company

2008-2009

April Robles
Director, Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership at Miami of Ohio

Angie Barksdale
Program Supervisor, Ottawa County Michigan Works

2009-2010

Stevan Veldkamp
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, Indiana University

Eva Aguirre Cooper
Community Affairs Director, WOOD TV8

2010-2011

Ann Marie Klotz
Assistant Director in the Department of Residential Education, DePaul University

Noddea Skidmore
Event Producer ArtPrize, Grand Rapids

2011-2012

Dan Breuker
Senior Account Manager, Kentwood Office Furniture

Matt Sernau
Former Grand Rapids Jaycees President and Financial and Investment Advisor for Ameriprise Financial Services

2012-2013

John Mauro
Math Teacher, Grand Haven High School

Torrence O'Haire
Founder, Owner, and Freelance Culinary Professional, The Starving Artist

2013-2014

Selma Tucker
Director of Marketing and Communications, Public Sector Consultants

Winnie Brinks
State Representative, Michigan's 76th House District

2014-2015

Skip Cerier
Professional Photographer/Entrepreneur, Graduation Foto

Mary Buikema
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity-Kent County

 

 

 

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