2022 Award Finalists

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The finalists of the 2022 Brilliance Awards are:

People's Choice

Mariah DeYoung
, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Colleen Lane, MD, Spectrum Health
Julie Towner, Rockford Construction

Top Honorees 

FlameIconBrilliant Woman of the Year: 

Shannon Cohen, Shannon Cohen, Inc.
Krista Flynn, PNC Bank
Julie Towner, Rockford Construction

FlameIconBrilliant Tenacity: 

Nikeidra Battle-DeBarge, Wedgwood Christian Services
Wendy Borden, Revive & Thrive Project
Elizabeth Eardley, Crossroads Eldercare Options


Brilliant Team Player: 

Michelle Ball, CBSP, West Michigan Works!
Jennifer Kimball James, Kent County
Margie Witbeck, CAP, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

FlameIconBrilliant Social Change Agent: 

Colleen Lane, MD, Spectrum Health
Nisha McKenzie, Women’s+ Health Collective
Monique Salinas, Ph.D., The Empowerment Institute

FlameIconBrilliant Mentor: 

Veverly Austin, Veverly Austin Enterprises | Confident Wear
Mariah DeYoung, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Laurel Romanella, Laurel & Co.


Brilliant Entrepreneur: 

Diana Bitner, M.D. NCMP, FACOG True. Women’s Health
Paola Carlson, Pochis Sweet Designs
Ashlea Souffrou, SxanPro, LLC

FlameIconBrilliant Emerging Leader: 

Yadira Garza-Malone, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
Allyson Huttenga, Harbor Humane Society
Emily Quellet, DeHaan Homes

FlameIconBrilliant Connector: 

Lynnette Collins, Steelcase
Kate Landis, The Landis Agency
Ashley René Lee, Grand Rapids Community Foundation


Brilliant Champion of Service: 

Ingrid Aguayo-Fuentealba, Michigan State University and Puertas Abiertas
Dr. Kimberly Kennedy-Barrington, 100 Shades of Diverse Abilities L3C 
Abigayle Sladick, Priority Health

FlameIconBrilliant Best Supporting Man: 

Doug Booth, Health Net of West Michigan
Ryan Podvin, Mary Free Bed
Gary Raterink, Wedgwood Christian Services