Meet the Board

Michelle Steffes, CPLC – Board President 

President, IPV Consulting 


Are you looking for powerful, science-backed solutions for yourself, your leaders or your organization?

SPEAKING/WORKSHOPS: Having presented to well over 800 audiences and provided hundreds of workshops, I can offer you a world class experience with engagement and interaction in an entertaining but insightful way.

COACHING/GROUP COACHING: If it’s individual help you are looking for, look no further! The 5 in 5 Performance Coaching program and IPV Group Coaching programs are customized with your vision and goals at the center.

THE SCIENCE THAT PRODUCES RESULTS: Your performance and the performance of your team hinges on understanding cognitive response, and human physiology as it relates to achieving the highest potential. To produce a cohesive and productive atmosphere of success, it is critical to assess both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, followed by clear, proactive steps to ensure that leaders, entrepreneurs and teams are empowered and engaged in the solutions consistently.

Services Available
Certified Performance Coach
Interactive Collaborative Workshop Trainer & Facilitator
National Keynote Speaker – Certified
National Corporate Speaker – Certified
IPV Group Coaching – Public & Private
Analysis & Installation of Effective Employee & Leadership Training Programs
Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Surveys

Please contact IPV for a FREE Initial Consultation.

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Gwyn Harnish – Board Vice President

United Bank of Michigan

Gwyn Harnish colorGwyn Harnish is a Certified Financial Marketing Professional and the Vice President of Marketing for United Bank of Michigan.  A graduate of Davenport University, she has over thirty years of experience in banking and is proud to work for a local community bank.  Gwyn is passionate about financial literacy and volunteers with Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity.  Gwyn believes that a positive and supportive environment for networking and information sharing is vital to both personal and professional success.

United Bank of Michigan, which has served West Michigan since 1887, is committed to excellence in the delivery of a wide array of financial services, including mortgage lending, commercial lending, insurance and investments. The locally owned and operated bank has 11 full-service locations.  Because United Bank is based here in West Michigan, we know our customers and what they need in a bank.  From checking and savings accounts, to online and mobile services and home loans, our friendly financial experts are here to help you succeed!  Sure, we’ve grown since 1887, but we’re still small enough to know your name when you come in the door, and we still believe that our success depends on your success.




Jenn Maksimowski – Board Secretary & Marketing Specialist

Sales Manager,Grand Rapids Business Journal
Jenn Maksimowski is the Sales Manager for the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She helps her clients create campaigns that sell. Jenn is a dedicated and innovative leader with a proven track record in leadership, management, communication, training, mentoring, sales and business development.

No other medium in the marketplace can deliver your advertising message to more decision-makers than the combined power of the Business Journal’s print and online newspapers. As the business news leader in Grand Rapids for 32 years, the Business Journal’s reach is vast, readership loyal and has proven results.


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Rose A. Coonen, Attorney

Coonen Law, PLLC

Rose concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate and business law, estate planning, probate and bankruptcy.  In recent years, Rose has focused her estate planning practice on serving the special needs community and helping people with disabilities and their families to achieve the maximum level of independence while preserving public benefits and planning to enhance their quality of life.  Coonen Law, PLLC is committed to personal service and advocacy while providing legal services in a cost-effective manner.

Rose has practiced law in the West Michigan area since 2004 and is actively involved in the community.  She has served on various non-profit boards in the past and currently serves on the board of The King’s Table Ministries.  Rose is also an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University teaching business law.


Michael J Mandeville

Zhem Productions LLC
Zhem Productions provides real communication, real experiences, real memories, and real connections through DJ services, event planning and organization, photography, graphic design, social media marketing, consulting and more. DJ Zhem strives to create memorable experiences for your event through DJing and emcee services. MjZ Photography captures memories, specializing in event and marketing photography as well as graphic design services. Z+ Technology is Social Media Marketing management and technical consultation at your level. Whether it’s experiences, memories, communication, or connection – Zhem Productions seeks to provide an authentic, positive, and palpable service.
Leigh Hunt
Publisher, Cascade Life Magazine
Cascade Life is a private monthly publication for several of the more affluent neighborhoods in the Cascade area. These include Watermark, Manchester Hills, Cascade Lakes, Cascade Farms, Tammarron and Tall Pines. The content and photos are provided by the readers so it is all about them – their families, pets, homes, businesses, hobbies and volunteer work.  N2 Publishing, our parent company, has publications for similar neighborhoods throughout the US, including 5 others here in West Michigan.  These areas include East Grand Rapids, Ada/Knapp’s Corner, Georgetown Township, Lake Macatawa and the Lake Michigan Lakeshore.

Dr. Laurie Brush

Dr. Brush is the founder of Heaven at Home Pet Hospice. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College (BA) and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Michigan State University. As a practicing vet since 1998, she became involved in the movement toward in-home palliative care and euthanasia, beginning with her own 17-year-old rescue dog, Herkemer. Through her personal experience, she became a passionate advocate for peaceful at-home traditions. She is a member of the International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care, the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), the MVMA, the WMVMA and the West Michigan Academy of Small Animal Practitioners (WMASAP).
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