Duly Noted


Shown above, left to right are: Jose Osuna, Director of External Affairs for Homebody Industries (speaker at the event),   Ellen Bruinsma, and Jim Bruinsma


Bruinsmas honored by Wedgwood Christian Services

Miller Johnson attorney Jim (James C.) and wife Ellen Bruinsma were honored on November 9 at Wedgwood’s 57th Anniversary Celebration Dinner.  They are the recipients of the Doug & Lois Nagel Leadership Award for the tremendous difference they have made in the lives of countless youth and families that find hope and healing at Wedgwood Christian Services.

Wedgwood is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping troubled kids discover lives filled with meaning and purpose.  They also presented Betsy Greer with the Molly Guillaume Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Bruinsmas have actively volunteered in some capacity for 40 years.  Ellen began as a member of one of the Wedgwood guilds, organizations that provided Christmas gifts, birthday cakes and other “extras” for Wedgwood’s residents.  She ultimately became the president of all the guilds and continued in that role for over 15 years.  Ellen has been a member of Wedgwood’s Board of Directors for the last seven years, and will become Board chair in 2018.

In addition to providing legal services to Wedgwood, Jim Bruinsma has been co-chair of Wedgwood’s annual golf fundraiser for the last ten years.  Jim and Ellen were also co-chairs (along with three other couples) for Wedgwood’s most recent capital campaign.

Jim Bruinsma is a member of Miller Johnson and has been practicing law since 1976.  His practice is focused on representing employers with regard to employee benefits and executive compensation.  He was named as the “Grand Rapids Best Lawyers Employee Benefits Law (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.

Wedgwood Christian Services was founded in 1960. They help young people live productive and fulfilling lives through their core areas of community services, education and residential treatment. Services include chaplaincy/young life, employment training, educational support, prevention and wellness.  For more information, visit www.wedgwood.org.