BOARD MEMBERS

 
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Carmen Villahermosa de Cox - President

 

Carmen is very active in the local community.  She has been serving the banking communities for over 40 years; Currently, as a Mortgage Lender with ChoiceOne Bank, serving the needs of home buyers throughout the greater Grand Rapids market.  She has been a member of the FHBA since 2013.  She is on the board of directors for the March of Dimes, and co-chair of the Cascade Metro Cruise Warm-up committee.  She volunteers with numerous organizations such as the Tinsel Treats and Trollies through the ADA Fire department as Mrs. Claus, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Pinky’s Place, Kids Food Basket, and more.  She is the Smart Money Networking Diva for ChoiceOne Bank through Sparks Radio Show.  She is married to David Cox and have a son who is a Police Officer for Covert Township.  The entire family enjoys motorcycle riding and volunteering in the local community.

Kimberly Loomis - Vice President

Kim is a West Michigan native and a graduate from Grand Valley State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Business. She has been employed as a Marketing Specialist with Hungerford Technologies since 2012 and specializes in social media and event planning. She is passionate about volunteerism and her community.  She currently volunteers weekly with the Schools of Hope Reading Program and holds board positions on the West Michigan Transportation Club, Van Andel J Board and West Michigan Technology Association. Kimberly was also recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal for being one of the 40 Under Forty Business Leaders in 2015.

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John Knoppers - Secretary

John Knoppers has been the manager of the United Bank Corporate branch at 900 East Paris Ave for 16 years. In 2007 he founded the East Paris Business Association and served as its first president. After the merger to form the Forest Hills Business Association, John served as board member and president, and is on his second term on the board, serving as secretary. John also serves on the planning committee for the Forest Hills Community Expo, held each March, and the Cascade Metro Cruise Warm-up, held each August.

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Jenelle Good - Treasurer

Jenelle Good is originally from Greenville, Oh.  She graduated from Cornerstone University in 2003 with a Business Management degree and started her banking career right after college.  She is the Branch Manager, Officer of the Forest Hills location for Macatawa Bank for the past 2 years.  She has enjoyed getting to know the small businesses in the area and helping them with their financial goals.  As a part of her banking career, she has worked in the Cascade/Forest Hills market for the past seven years.  During that time, she has worked with Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, Tax Coalition, and several committees of her church.  In January of 2017, she was elected to serve as the treasurer on the board for the Forest Hills Business Association.

Adam Porczynski

Adam Porczynski joined the FHBA board in 2017.  He was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area, and is now married to Lisa with 2 children.  He is the agency owner of Farmers Insurance - The Porczynski Agency, here in Cascade since 2010.  Adam is very involved in the community in multiple organizations such as the Polish Heritage Society, Grand Rapids Polish Festival, Cascade Metro Cruise Warm-Up, Grand Rapids Asian Festival, and more. 

Brad Zielaskowski

Brad is originally from DeWitt, MI and attended Kalamazoo College where he received his undergraduate degree and played football.  Brad later completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 2004.  Brad works for Athletico Physical Therapy and started with them in to 2005 in Illinois.   Brad and his family of 5 decided to relocate back to their home state, and have lived in Cascade since May 2016, whereBrad opened the first Athletico on the west side of Michigan.  Brad is very excited to be a part of the Cascade community, and a board member of the Forest Hills Business Association. 

Dr. Nick Schuster

Dr. Nick Schuster grew up in Lakeview, MI. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University and attained his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  After graduating, Dr. Nick served as an associate in 3 practices in Leelanau County (MI), Cabo San Lucas (MX), and Lansing (MI). It's always been his dream to return to West Michigan - specifically Grand Rapids - to open his own practice.  He is currently the owner of Life Chiropractic GR in Cascade, MI.  In his free time, Dr. Nick enjoys running with RunGR and traveling to the U.P. to visit with family and friends. He also loves connecting with the local business community.

Rick Kirvan

Raised in the Grand Rapids area, Rick attended both Forest Hills Northern and East Kentwood. Joining the U.S. Navy in 1977, Rick propelled through the ranks rapidly and earned the Navy Commendation, 4 Navy Achievement, Coast Guard Special Operations medals, and Surface Warfare Specialist. Returning to Grand Rapids, Rick attended Davenport University earning degrees in Computer Networking and Network Security. In 2013 Rick opened The Kirvan Agency, LLC writing for Farmers earning the Blue Vase award. In January 2017 Rick became an Independent Insurance Agent. Rick and wife Laura serve the community through their church, and Rick is a member of the Cascade Historic Society, a Shriners and a board member of FHBA in 2015.

Russ Clark

Russ Clark is the Director of Business Development for WCSG.  Russ and WCSG joined the FHBA in 2014 to deepen his involvement with his community. He and his wife, Judy, are 30 year residents of the Forest Hills neighborhood, have three adult children and are active at Calvary Church.

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Valarie Cook

Valarie Cook has been working in the Senior Care industry for 4 years working in both residential services and home care.  Valarie has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Management/Leadership from Northwood University and considers herself a lifelong learner. Valarie has held several management and leadership positions in her career that have led to many great working relationships with community leaders.  Valarie is an Ambassador with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber, and Chair for the 3rd Friday’s Networking Lunch for the Wyoming/Kentwood Area Chamber, a member of the Passion Committee for the American Heart Association.  She has the desire to help in any way she can, and that leads her directly to doing that in her position with the Forest Hills Business Association.