BOARD MEMBERS

 

Kimberly Livingston -  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.

Adam Porczynski- Vice President

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 principle 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 many more. 

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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.

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.

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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.

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Lu Paletta

Lu Paletta is a native of Harrison Township, Michigan.  A MBA graduate of Western Michigan University, she spent many years in Consumer Products and Electronics.  Currently, a Financial Advisor with VantagePointe Financial Group with an emphasis on the Senior Market and preparing Boomers and their families prepare for retirement.  She is a Registered Investment Advisor Representative, licensed to sell investments, holding a designation of Retirement Income Certified Professional ®,  in addition to holding multiple insurance licenses.  Lu is also an adjunct assistant professor at Aquinas College and very involved with numerous nonprofit organizations in the West Michigan community.

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Grant Winkelman

Grant has come back to the board at the FHBA with his passion to help other businesses.  He graduated with honors from Michigan State University and soon after became the youngest franchisee of Zoup! Fresh Soup Co.  He has since opened a 2nd location.  He is a founding member of the East Paris Business Association which merged with the Cascade Business Association to form the Forest Hills Business Association.

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Deputy Ryan Roe

Deputy Ryan Roe has joined the FHBA because of his passion for the Cascade Community.  He is the community officer here in Cascade.  He is not only protecting our friends and families, but he is also helping make the Cascade area a better place to visit and live in with various events such as the Cascade Metro Cruise Warm Up, Tinsel, Treats & Trolleys, and the annual 4th of July Celebration in Cascade.