2023 Winner Profile

Beatrice Salgado, Preschool Lead Teacher at the Early Learning Center

Beatrice is one of only two teachers who has been at the Early Learning Center since its opening in 2013. She has an amazing ability to direct the curiosity and learning of students in her classroom, exhibiting a rare patience with them. Beatrice extends this kindness to her fellow teachers, acting as a mentor teacher and stepping up to accept lead teacher responsibilities when necessary.


2022 Winner Profile

Tyler Eickhoff, Food Service Staff at LG Energy Solution Michigan

As a Food Service Staff Member, Tyler built the Micro Market program from the ground up. He takes pride in the program and helps with stocking, ordering, and rotating products. Tyler is a dedicated and kind employee with a good sense of humor. He shows up early and is a team player who is always thinking about his customers and coworkers.

2021 Winner Profile

Lyndsey Prentice, Front Desk Champion, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Holland

Lyndsey began her career with Suburban Inns four years ago. It quickly became clear that she had an intense drive to learn everything she could about Suburban Inns and the world of Marriott. She excels in her position by balancing empathy, wit, and tact in dealing with each and every guest she encounters. Her naturally accommodative personality as well as her remarkable memory allow her to make each guest’s experience personal.

2020 Winner Profile

Shaun Price, Electrical Construction Worker Buist Electric

Shaun ensures the safety of everyone and goes above and beyond regularly. There was an issue of sparking wires after work hours during a remodeling project. Shaun came in on the weekend and in the evening to fix the power situation. He made the circuits safe for the rest of the construction team so they could continue their work.

2019 Winner Profile

Anna Coronado, Laundry/Public Area/ Inspector Hampton Inn Holland

Anna is the one of the most positive people I have encountered. She is always thankful for everything and never expects something in return for her help. Our company is family owned and we try to bring that atmosphere to the hotel every day, but I think Anna talks about the hotel as a family more than anyone else.

2023 Winners

Administrative: Marolyn Lopez
Receptionist at Plascore

Cleaning: Scott Kinyon
Cleaner at Aggressive Tooling, Inc.

Childcare: Beatrice Salgado
Preschool Lead Teacher at the Early Learning Center

Food Service: Denver Sincler
Bartender/Server at Tantrick Brewing Co.

Government: Kim Pitsch
Park Ranger for Allegan County

Health Care: Heidi Carpenter
Program Aide at the Barry County Commission on Aging

Nonprofit: Darcie Wallace
Care Coordinator at Meals on Wheels Western Michigan Wish List

Retail: Derek Ryan
Courtesy Team Member at the Grandville Meijer

Skilled Labor: Maria Solis
Senior Quality Assurance Specialist at Trans-Matic

Transportation: Kristie Azzoli
Customer Experience Specialist at The Rapid ITP


2022 Winners

Administrative: Bayard Brooks
Conference Services Coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College

Cleaning: Ruby Alvarado
Kennel Care Staff Member at Paws With A Cause

Food Service: Tyler Eickhoff
Food Service Staff at LG Energy Solution Michigan

Government: Michelle Huerta
Eligibility Specialist at Ottawa County DHHS

Health Care: Julie Ellsworth
CAN at The Laurels of Carson City

Hospitality: Lyndsey Prentice
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Holland

Nonprofit: Dreama Parker
Family Support Worker at D.A. Blodgett St. Johns

Skilled Labor: Ron Vanden Toorn
Engineer Tech at Perriso Oral Care

2021 Winners

Administrative: Jim Whalen
Appliance Buyer, Bekins

Childcare: Kylie Anderson
Childcare Teacher, AppleTree Hudsonville

Cleaning: Nicia Coleman
Inspector, Embassy Suites of Grand Rapids Downtown

Food Service: Rebeca Sastre
Food Service Staff, Wedgwood Christian Services

Government: Kathryn Koski
Clerk III, Kent County Prosecutor’s Office

Health Care: Donna Houseman
Registered Dental Assistant, My Community Dental Center

Hospitality: Lyndsey Prentice
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Holland

Nonprofit: Abby Teasley
Migrant Recruiter/Liaison, Grand Haven Area Public Schools

Skilled Labor: John Hidalgo
Senior Maintenance Mechanic, American Chemical Solutions

Transportation: Linda Vis
Food Transportation Driver, Jenison Hudsonville Food Service

2020 Winners

Administrative: Carol Lyman
Sr. Administrative Assistant, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Cleaning: Kevin Allmon
Building Maintenance/Housekeeping, Integrated Packaging Machinery, LLC

Food Service: Carolyn McNeil
Catering Captain, On The Border

Government: Michelle Tokarczyk
Front Desk Receptionist Clerk, Muskegon County

Health Care: Jesseca Schrader
Registered Nurse, Metro Health University of Michigan Health

Nonprofit: Angela Reyna
Program Assistant, Affinity Mentoring

Retail: Mike Smith
Sales Professional, Bekins

Skilled Labor: Shaun Price
Electrical Construction Worker, Buist Electric

2019 Winners

Administrative: Amber Garner
Materials Management/Customer Service, Michigan Spring and Stamping

Child Care: Mitch Adams
Lead Teacher, All for Kids CDC

Cleaning: Ruth Evitts
Laundry, Metron of Belding

Food Service: James Greenland
Cook, Spectrum Health

Health Care: Martha Torreson
Recreational Therapy Assistant, Brookcrest Rehab & Life Center

Hospitality: Anna Coronado
Laundry/Public Area/ Inspector, Hampton Inn Holland

Nonprofit: Amelia Lopez
Community Health Worker, Health Net of West Michigan

Retail: Vickie Rick
Sales Clerk, Fabulous Finds

Skilled Labor: Fernando Villagomez
Lead Operator, Nova Steel USA

Transportation: David DeLeon
Bus Driver Chauffeur, Hope Network


2018 Winner Profile

Nick Borgman, Customer Service Rep. Quality Car Wash

Nick is a familiar face to many in the community and a loved one at that. He is consistently early, prepared, hardworking and positive. One morning I opened the store while he was on a well-deserved vacation. Almost every customer who came in between 5-7 am asked where Nick was. Nick pours himself out to help people readily and often without regard to his own well-being.

2017 Winner Profile

Jen Joseph, Nurse Aide Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

For almost 30 years, Jen has worked tirelessly with our staff and patients to ensure the best care possible. Jen approaches every situation knowing exactly how to help or what to say. For example, there was a family whose mother was not making a lot of progress. The family was upset. Once Jen walked in, the patient lit up and the family’s mood shifted.

2016 Winner Profile

Dave Janes, Post Office Clerk United States Post Office

Dave makes going to the post office a delightful experience. He provides true customer service to each individual waiting in line, regardless of their attitude. I’ve seen Dave diffuse tense situations with angry customers through humor. He genuinely cares about his customers and attempts to connect with each one personally.

2018 Winners

Administrative: Andrea Gafford
Customer Service, Anderson Technologies

Cleaning: Kelle Bergers
Housekeeper, Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan

Food Service: Laurie Trestrail
Dietary Aide, SKLD

General Labor: Gordy Bacheller
Custom Furniture Assembler, Bold Furniture

Health Care: Riley Frens
Nurse Technician, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Nonprofit: Sam Sandee
Employment Training Program Specialist, Wedgwood Christian Services

Retail: Nick Borgman
Customer Service Representative, Quality Car Wash

2017 Winners

Child Care: Cheryl Balcom
Day Care Provider/Owner

Cleaning: Tyrone Marshall
Janitor, Mercy Health

Food Service: Tammy Nottingham
Breakfast Attendant, Hampton Inn

General Labor: Jen Breen
Driver, VanHydraulics

Government: James Fults
Employment Counselor, Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility

Health Care: Jen Joseph
Nurse Aide, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Hospitality: Adela Miranda
Laundry Attendant, Residence Inn GR Airport

Nonprofit: Ana McClain
Therapist, Wedgwood Christian Services

Transportation: Brenda Lutz
Bus Driver, Grand Haven Public Schools

2016 Winners

Child Care: Shela Jones
Day Care Provider/Owner, Little House

Cleaning: Kelly Bricker
Administrative Assistant, Luxury Janitorial

Food Service: Yolanda Marble
Food service/Cashier, Muskegon Community College

General Labor: Michael VanHouten
Production Associate, Plasan Carbon Composites

Government: Dave Janes
Post Office Clerk, United States Post Office

Health Care: Terry White
CNA, Metron of Belding

Hospitality: Julio Ignacio Caballero
Laundry, Hampton Inn Holland

Nonprofit: Linda El
Resident Advocate, Sylvia’s Place

Retail: Customer Service Team
Martin Marathon

Transportation: Lisa VanderLaan
Customer Care, Muskegon Area Transit Systems


2015 Winner Profile

Chris Tesillo, Certified Nursing Assistant Sunset Retirement Communities & Services

Chris will pick up shifts on the schedule even when she doesn’t want to, to ensure her team is always staffed. She is often helping others once she knows her assigned residents are well taken care of. Our follow-up satisfaction surveys always mention Chris by name as someone who went ‘above and beyond’ for them for their stay.

2014 Winner Profile

Fayez Radwan, Bell Hop Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Fayez has developed such a rapport with so many guests that guests ask for him specifically and I see it every day. When guests ask for him and he is not working, the disappointment is all over their face. He makes our team better, our hotel better, and the guest experience better.

2015 Winners

Child Care: Aleesha Dedrich
Early Head Start Home Visitor, Community Action Allegan

Cleaning/Housekeeping: Lois Tiesworth
Custodian, Greenville Public Schools

Food Service: Sue Lynn Dean
Food Counter/Food Prep, Pioneer Resources/Coastline Deli

General Labor: Maria Vargas
Receptionist, West Michigan Uniform

Government: Billie Jo Hartwell
Animal Shelter Director, Barry County

Health Care: Bobbie Marzean
Medical Coder/Admission Assistant, Waterford Rehabilitation Center

Health Care: Chris Tesillo
CNA, Sunset Retirement Communities & Services

Nonprofit: Sally Ashley
Resident Advocate, Sylvia’s Place

Retail: Elizabeth Erickson
Family Fare

Transportation: Kristin Bredeweg
Bus Driver, Jenison Public Schools

2014 Winners

Child Care: Rebecca Kerbyson
In-Home Daycare Provider

Cleaning/Housekeeping: Fayez Radwan
Bell Hop, Amway Grand Plaza

Food Service: Spencer Cannon
Nutrition Services Assistant – Patent Tray Delivery, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

General Labor: Derek Dirette
Receiving Clerk, Operator Specialty Company

Government: Ronda Foreman
Parks & Tourism Administrative Assistant, Allegan County

Health Care: Bobbi Bartlette
CNA, Brookcrest Rehab and Living Center

Nonprofit: Kiel Hamlet
Life Enrichment Center Resource Coordinator & Male Patron Advocate, Degage Ministries

Retail: Gwen Muma
Sales Associate, Wesco

Transportation: Teri Maurer
Transportation Coordinator/Bus Driver, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids