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Our Newest Rotary Members – January 2016

January 7, 2016

Tracey Burke, Director Program Development, Spectrum Health

 Tracey Burke is the Director of eCare for Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit health system based in West Michigan, comprised of 12 hospitals and 170 ambulatory and service sites. Tracey leads a dedicated group of individuals focused solely on the development and deployment of telehealth offerings. Through the integration of innovative technology, a new electronic front door has been adopted – offering patients enhanced access to lower cost and more convenient care.

During Tracey’s 19 year history with Spectrum Health, she has held several clinical and leadership roles through the system, ranging from radiology to physician relations and business development to operations. Most recently she led the Spectrum Health Employer Health Strategy and system-wide program development.

Tracey earned her Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She has served as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and is also a member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Rod Ghearing

Rodney Ghearing, Manager of Grants and Capital Projects, Interurban Transit Partnership/The Rapid

Rod Ghearing is a lifelong public transit professional. He began his career in transit in August of 1972 as a part-time bus driver for the Indiana University Transit System. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he went on to get an MBA with a concentration in Public Transportation Management at IU. While in graduate school, he served as graduate assistant for Professor George Smerk, an internationally recognized expert on public transportation.

Rod has served in several senior management positions since getting his MBA in 1977. He has worked in a geographically diverse set of transit systems from Bridgeport, CT., to Merced, CA., and from Birmingham, AL., to Grand Rapids. At The Rapid, Rod serves as the Manager of Grants and Capital Projects, overseeing the administration of the organization’s operating and capital grant programs with the Federal Transit Administration and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Rod also serves as project manager for most of the agency’s capital projects which include the purchase of buses and real estate, and many of The Rapid’s construction projects. He is currently heading up a major project to construct one of the area’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facilities and the purchase of 90 CNG fueled buses.

Rod and his wife Carolyn live in northwest Kent County. He enjoys all types of music and is a private pilot.

kristen-nauss-linkedin-smallKristen Nauss, Marketing Director, Extend Your Reach (please note that Extend Your Reach is on of our Club’s Corporate Members)

Kristen recently joined Extend Your Reach in September 2015.  Previously, she spent 11 years at Michigan Blood filling various communications roles.

You may have heard Kristen on the radio in the 90’s as she spent the first 12 years of her career in broadcasting.

A strong advocate for children, Kristen volunteers with Family Futures and donates her skills to their marketing committee plus assists with fundraising.  Kristen is also a Brownie Troop leader for her 7-year-old daughter.

Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Western Michigan University.

January 21, 2016

Susan Shannon, Executive Director, Children’s Assessment Center

 Susan Shannon has spent thirty years in leadership positions in government and non-profits in Grand Rapids and Seattle.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Children’s Assessment Center which investigates and treats children who have been sexually abused.

Prior to that she served as Economic Development Director for the cities of Grand Rapids and Seattle.  She was a member of the Grand Rapids and Seattle Rotaries.

Susan returned to Grand Rapids in 2013 and is excited to rejoin Rotary and engage in the good work and fellowship the organization offers.



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