Employee Milestones


Congratulations to Jared (Juvenile Detention) and Janelle Sievert who welcomed home a new baby girl, Harper Kathryn Sievert, on April 16. Harper weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long.


Wyatt Stahl (Juvenile Detention) graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science and has been accepted into Wayne State University’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology Ph.D. Program. Wyatt will be conducting research with and be mentored by Dr. Sebastiano Fisicaro and Dr. Marcus Dickson.  He will be studying biases in selection and evaluation methods and aspects of leadership behavior.

Megan Bezemek (Juvenile Detention) graduated with Masters in Social Work from Grand Valley State University

Lily Marx (Juvenile Detention) earned a Masters Degree in Anglican Studies from Bexley Seabury Seminary

Bob Alward (Juvenile Detention) received Masters of Science from Colorado Technical University.

Rocio Ibarra Sanchez (Juvenile Detention) graduated from Ferris State University with a Masters in Science and Criminal Justice Administration.

Pictured above from left: Adeline Hambley, Ottawa County, MI; Matt Stefanak, Coach; Sandy Martell,

From left: Adeline Hambley, Ottawa County, MI; Matt Stefanak, Coach; Sandy Martell, Cook County, IL; Kim Whitmore, City of Cudahy, WI

Congratulations to Adeline Hambley, Environmental Health Manager with Ottawa County Department of Public Health. Adeline, along with more than 100 other new and aspiring public health officials from across the nation, graduated December 11, 2013, from the National Association of County and City Health Officials’  Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials program. The program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the de Beaumont Foundation, is designed to enhance the skills of top executives at local health departments. Participants in the 12-month program gained practical tools and experiences to help them work with elected officials and community partners, manage strategic planning and health department resources, and discover approaches for addressing challenges unique to local health department leaders. “By participating in Survive and Thrive, I was able to create valuable connections with other professionals across the nation. This program provided the necessary tools to be a more effective leader at Ottawa County Department of Public Health in order to better help those we serve.” Adeline Hambley, REHS, MBA. Read more.



Jeanne Venema

Jeanne Venema (Public Health) officially retired on March 14th from her position as a Clerical Support staff member. Jeanne has spent most of her career in the Hudsonville office but has always helped out anywhere she was needed. Jeanne has been a member of the clerical team since 1980 providing support to patients with her pleasant demeanor and always “willing to assist” attitude. Jeanne has helped in training all current clerical support staff sharing her many years of immunization experience. Her thoughtfulness and genuine desire to help patients makes her not only a staff favorite, but also a favorite of the Hudsonville clients she serves.

Submitted by Karen Otto-Juvenile Detention and Kristina Wieghmink-Ottawa County Department of Public Health

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