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My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet gets two new leaders
My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet gets two new leaders

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Grand Rapids Ballet has two new leaders.

Theresa DeVries and Amy Norkus are joining the Grand Rapids Ballet’s board. 

Devries brings with her 20 years of experience in human resource management; she currently works for Hylant in Grand Rapids.  Norkus’ professional experience includes more than 20 years of professional accounting and consulting; she works for Paul Goebel Group Insurance in Grand Rapids.

“Grand Rapids Ballet is very close to my heart as I was a senior company member of its predecessor, the Grand Rapids Civic Ballet.” said Theresa DeVries, new board member. “I am honored to have the pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors. I can’t imagine a world without the gift of dance; little else has the ability to stir human essence like dance. I will never stop dancing.”

“I’m thrilled to be involved with such a growing organization.” said Amy Norkus. “Growing up I took ballet, tap and jazz lessons. The lessons I learned during those formative years helped to shape who I am today. “

Eight other community leaders comprise the Grand Rapids Ballet’s Board of Directors, including Christine Albertini of Verve Consulting; Dana Baldwin of Center for Simplified Strategic Planning; Todd Hoppe of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC; Diane Mills of Ameresco; Giselle Saulnier Sholler of Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; Luis Avila of Varnum; John “Otis” Jackoboice of OLY Case; and Donna Waltz-Jaskolski of PNC. 

Steffany Dunker of Spectrum Health is board president; Jeffrey Muth of Barnes & Thornburg LLC is the past president; Anda Vizulis is secretary; J. Lee Murphy of Miller Johnson is on the executive committee; Steve Wert of Norris Perne & French is president elect; Michael P. Kling of Universal Forest Products is treasurer; and Patricia Pence Waring of Grand Valley State University’s Office of the President is development chair.

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