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2024 BRILLIANCE AWARDS FINALISTS

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BRILLIANT WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Dr. Keli Christopher

Founding Chief Executive Officer, STEM Greenhouse

Lauren Davis

President - West Michigan Region, Huntington Bank

Ileana McAlary

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, SpartanNash
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BRILLIANT TENACITY

Mandy Fidler

Emergency Recovery Coordinator, Paul Davis of West Michigan

Yeli Romero

Founder & Co-Owner, Acceso VIP

Carrie Smith

Director of Communications, SpartanNash
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BRILLIANT SOCIAL CHANGE AGENT

Ebony Crane, LMSW

Owner & Founder, Resilience Therapy LLC; Resilience Empowerment Services Inc; CRGR Property Management

Jacqueline Scherer, LMSW, RPT

Founder & Executive Director, THE PLAYGROUNDgr

Sasha Wolff

Founder, Executive Director, Still I Run
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BRILLIANT MENTOR

Jackie Brewster

Program Director, Wedgwood Christian Services

Christy Knetsch

Executive Director, New City Kids

Heather Zak

Chief Financial Officer, Hope Network
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BRILLIANT ENTREPRENEUR

Mercedes Lopez Duran

Owner & CEO, El Granjero Mexican Grill

Tiffany Neuman

Founder, Your Legacy Brand

Zenobia Taylor-Weiss

Founder & Co-Owner, Cellar Door Preserves
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BRILLIANT EMERGING LEADER

Haley Abbas Wilbur

Marketing and Communications Manager, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Heather Gill Fox

Strategic Communications Manager, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Ashley Fermina Soto

Project Coordinator, Social Innovation, Steelcase
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BRILLIANT CONNECTOR

Monica Mendez

Director of Talent & Leadership Programs, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Angela Schalow

Founder, SWAN (Strong Women Arise Network); Client Executive, Hylant

Danielle Williams

Director of Economic Opportunity, AmplifyGR
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BRILLIANT CHAMPION OF SERVICE

Jenna Arcidiacono

Founder & Owner, Food Hugs, Amore Trattoria Italiana

Sonja Forte

Executive Director, Baxter Community Center

Rebecca McDonald

President, Women At Risk International (WAR)
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BRILLIANT BEST SUPPORTING MAN

Dr. Matt Biersack

President, Trinity Health Grand Rapids

Dr. Neil Carlson

Founder & Principal Consultant, DataWise Consulting

Dan Gowdy

President & CEO, Wedgwood Christian Services

West Michigan Woman is pleased to honor the successes of these distinguished finalists at the eighth annual Brilliance Awards on May 9 at the Amway Grand Plaza. Tickets and tables are now available for purchase. We hope you'll join us!