Geradine Simkins, RN, CNM, MSN, of Maple City was recently hired as the executive director of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA). The Midwives Alliance is a professional membership organization. Simkins has served on the board of directors of the Midwives Alliance for the past 15 years, most recently as president. She has operated her own midwifery business, worked in migrant health care and provided maternal and child health services for Native American tribes throughout the Midwest.
Karen Taylor has joined Traverse City State Bank as an associate vice president in the residential mortgage department. Taylor has more than 30 years of banking experience and was most recently employed by a commercial bank in Alma. She is an authority on residential mortgage options and a specialist at providing individualized homeowner solutions.
Kim Handwerk of Traverse City has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales home taste-testing company.
The Grand Vision Housing Solutions Network and the Foundation for Mental Health have selected Cheryl Naperala to receive the inaugural Grand Vision Housing Leadership Award.
In 1987, Naperala helped start the Foundation for Mental Health to address the mounting problem of homelessness among mentally ill individuals in the five-county area.
FMH now owns, develops and manages supportive housing for people with special needs, providing housing for more than 80 formerly homeless members of the community and their families.
Naperala has been the coordinator for the Grand Traverse Area Continuum of Care since 2000. The award will be presented on Friday, Nov. 9, at an awards luncheon at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club.
Roger Williams of Williams Consulting Services and former Grand Traverse County planner was awarded the 2012 Leadership Award for Outstanding Professional Planner by the Michigan Association of Planning at its annual conference held recently at the Grand Traverse Resort.
In 45 years of planning, Williams has been involved in a six-county region that includes Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee and Wexford. As the Grand Traverse County director of planning from 1984 to 2002, he established the county planning department, worked with a newly appointed planning commission and developed the county master plan.