Karen Thomas joins Independent Bank as Senior Mortgage Loan Officer Karen Thomas has joined Independent Bank as a senior mortgage loan officer at the West Road office in East Lansing. Thomas will serve customers in the counties of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham. Thomas brings 28 years of experience as a loan officer to the position. Independent Bank Corporation (Nasdaq Symbol: IBCP) is a Michigan-based bank holding company with total assets of approximately $2.7 billion. Founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864, Independent Bank Corporation now operates more than 100 offices across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula through one state-chartered bank subsidiary. This subsidiary (Independent Bank) provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments and title services. Independent Bank Corporation is committed to providing exceptional personal service and value to its customers, stockholders and the communities it serves. For more information, please visit their website at: www.IndependentBank.com. National Endowment for the Arts Announces $10,000 Grant to LSO Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, announced that the Lansing Symphony Orchestra has been approved for a grant of $10,000 to support the final MasterWorks concert of its 2010/2011 season —“Exploring Gershwin & Ravel” to be presented Saturday, April 16 at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The Lansing Symphony is one of 1,057 not-for-profit organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s first round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute $26.68 million to support projects nationwide. An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts advances artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “I continue to be impressed with the creative, innovative and excellent projects brought forward by arts organizations across the country. Our grantees are not only furthering their art forms but also enhancing their neighborhoods by making them more vibrant, livable and fun.” The April 16 concert will feature internationally-renown pianist Anton Nel as guest artist. The concert will conclude the Lansing Symphony’s 2010/2011 season with an exploration of jazz from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. As the program title suggests, the musical selections explore the connection that existed between Gershwin and Ravel and how their relationship influenced the other’s work and eventually American culture. The program will include Gershwin’s American in Paris and Cuban Overture and will feature Nel on Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major. “We are honored to be recommended for an NEA grant,” said Lansing Symphony Executive Director Courtney Millbrook. “This grant recognizes the important role that the Lansing Symphony plays in our region and provides critical funding for an outstanding program.” In addition to the quality of the artists and concert programming, this project includes activities designed to make the program more accessible as well as deepen understanding and appreciation of orchestral music in our community. A Pre View Conversation hosted by WKAR’s Jody Knol will be presented immediately prior to the concert and will be free for all ticket holders. The Symphony will also welcome area high school students for an open rehearsal, which will allow students to watch the orchestra rehearse and observe professional music-making first hand, as well as meet and interact with Nel. Discounted and scholarship tickets will be available to students who would otherwise not be able to attend the performance. The Lansing Symphony Orchestra was established in 1929. More than 20,000 people attend Lansing Symphony concerts each year, and more than 250,000 listeners are able to hear broadcasts of the Lansing Symphony’s performances by NPR affiliate WKAR-FM Radio. The Lansing Symphony’s education programs reach students in kindergarten through 12th grades. For more information,visit www.LansingSymphony.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter. New Yoga Studio Opens in Holt Holt chiropractor, Cathy Boufford, had a vision of bringing quality yoga classes, in a non-intimidating environment, to the residents of Holt and the surrounding areas. To do so, she recently opened Holt Yoga LLC. The facility offers classes for all levels. Holt Yoga welcomes anyone to check out one of their classes and discover the benefits that yoga can offer. Through a series of postures your physical body will gain flexibility, strength and balance. Using your breath you will learn the benefits of relaxation and calmness. Yoga offers truly the best of both worlds: exercise and relaxation all in one. Current classes are on Monday and Thursday evenings with more to come throughout 2011. Holt Yoga LLC is located at 4573 Willoughby Road Suite C in Holt. To learn more visit www.holtyoga.net or e-mail email@example.com. Mason Area Chamber Names Dorr to Board Nichole Dorr, assistant manager of the Mason branch of Independent Bank, has been named to the 13-member board of directors of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce. She has been actively involved in community activities, heading the local operations of the Horizons Club for the Bank. She serves on the Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee and continues to provide leadership for the Chamber’s Member Mixers Committee. Dorr also assists the bank in their sponsorship of the Chamber’s “Thursday Night Live!” summer concert series on the Ingham County Courthouse lawn. Dorr begins her Board service immediately and will serve until the next regular MACC board election in November 2011. She will be eligible to stand for re-election at that time. PensionTrend Announces New Manager PensionTrend is pleased to announce Jennifer Reed has joined the firm as client relationship manager. Reed oversees a client service team and is responsible for proactively serving retirement plan clients. She worked for Dart Container Corp. for 15 years and holds masters and bachelors degrees in management from Spring Arbor College. PensionTrend specializes in creating employer retirement plans and serves as a fiduciary agent. Headquartered in Okemos, Mich, the 20-year-old company and its sister firm, PensionTrend Investment Advisors LLC, also maintains offices in Troy and Marquette, Mich. and Phoenix/Tempe, Ariz.