Steven Boylston is a current professional with an extensive background in engineering, logistics, management and business processes. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steven obtained his Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Engineering Management from Wayne State University. Steven has previously worked with UPS and Walmart Engineering and is currently focused on Walmart eCommerce logistics operations management. Along with his professional experience in the large company sector, Steven also strives to support small businesses flourish around the country through his successful small business consulting firm established in early 2015. All of this while maintaining his dedication to his faith, family and community ensures there is no shortage of time spent doing something that he is passionate about on a daily basis.
Angela Cassiday has an Industrial and Operations Engineering degree and a Masters of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has held engineering, sales, and business management positions at automotive suppliers, Ford Motor Company and The Dow Chemical Company. Angela has also owned and operated a multi-family real estate for over 15 years.
In addition she is raising and keeping up with three on-the-go, multi-sport, out-going, and academically focused kids, while volunteering for school and various sports organizations.
Her passions are her faith, her family and helping others by serving and volunteering.
Matt Johnson, native of Montague, MI has lived in Grand Rapids, MI for the last 6 years providing marketing, educational, and customer service for Forest View Psychiatric Hospital. He received a B.A. of Social Sciences with a Concentration in Community Mental Health from University of New York at Buffalo. His experience in clinical and business/marketing settings has allowed for a unique perspective on mental health treatment and an awareness of local resources. Matt has been a Community Liaison for the last 3 years with Forest View and worked on the Adolescent Inpatient unit for 3 years prior. He earned the Employee of the Year award in 2012 because of his commitment to excellence and continues to train Forest View staff in “verbal de-escalation”.
Tony F. Thomas obtained his BBA from Oklahoma Panhandle State, MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and MTh from Regent University. He worked as project manager and store manager in Indiana, Minnesota, and Florida before calling Michigan home. For the last 16 years he has served as Pastor in Michigan; at Christ Temple Cassopolis for 10 years, Christ Temple Kalamazoo for 6 years, and concurrently Bethlehem Temple Church Springfield for over a year.
Serving, supporting, and helping others is nothing new for Pastor Thomas. His grandmother instilled in him the importance of sincere concern for people and family and he takes pride in carrying on that legacy. In addition to pastoring two churches in Michigan, being a husband and the father of three children who keep him busy, he has served on the Advisory Board for the NDC of PAW, FIMR Board Member of Kalamazoo County, and on the Singing Sands Girl Scout Board.
Impacting one person’s life is an accomplishment – what about 20,000? That’s how many people Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon estimates she has impacted through the 18 child care schools she has opened as Founder/CEO of Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool. The family of schools, along with sister-company AppleTree Early Care and Preschool, provide high quality infant and toddler care, preschool, before- and after-school care and summer camp to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old in a safe, nurturing, educational environment. Children learn, play, and develop at their own pace and their unique abilities are discovered by highly qualified teachers using research-based age-appropriate programming and curriculum.
In June 2015, Bridgett was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 for the Education and Training Category in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. “It is a privilege and an honor to watch children grow and learn and become fascinated by knowledge at a young age as we prepare them to become life-long learners,” said Tubbs-Carlon.
The newest Gilden Woods’ school opened July, 2016 in New Hudson, MI and three more schools are scheduled to open in Michigan in 2017.
Geoffrey Sadek, a Grand Rapids native is a Certified Financial Planner® with Argus Financial Consultants. As an advisor to families and small businesses in the community, Geoff’s emphasis is on creating environments that foster wealth-building behaviors. He received his Bachelor’s of Science from Grand Valley State University. He serves on the Grand Rapids Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Board and the Grand Valley Rowing Alumni Association Board.
In addition to his background in finance, he also has spent the last decade actively involved in coaching athletics, coaching rowing both for Grand Valley State University and Forest Hills Central High School. In 2016, Geoff founded the Ada Rowing Club for junior athletes. Geoff and his wife, Nichole, reside in Kentwood.