GRANDVILLE — Trivalent Group today announced the seven selection committee members who will determine the recipients for CompassionIT, a new philanthropic initiative that will provide $30,000 in technology equipment and support to Michigan nonprofits.

The selection committee is made up of six leaders from across the state with the seventh spot reserved for a public vote. The public will be encouraged to vote for both the top five nonprofit organizations starting Nov. 15, as well as the final recipient in December. For more information on voting and to cast a vote, visit

“We have always focused on doing things in our community, but felt that a statewide effort that combined our passion for technology with public input through an online vote would take our support to another level,” said Bjorn Bylsma, senior systems engineer at Trivalent Group. Blysma, along with fellow Senior Systems Engineer Justin Vriesman, conceived the idea of CompassionIT.

The committee members’ backgrounds, accomplishments and experiences will help in determining the nonprofit beneficiaries of CompassionIT.

• Candace Dugan, senior counsel at Warner Norcross & Judd. Dugan was the recipient of the 2011 Lakeshore Athena Award, she is the director of gift planning for Grand Valley State University, and is a board member of the John Ball Zoo Society.
• Judi Sullivan, president and CEO of Community Bankers of Michigan. She previously served as president and CEO of the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce.
• Quincy Williams, director of American humanics/internship coordinator, School of Public, Nonprofit, & Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.
• Larry Andrus, CEO of Trivalent Group.
• Bjorn Bylsma, senior network engineer at Trivalent Group
• Phil Catlett, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan

The initiative is open to Michigan-based, 501(c) 3 nonprofits. Eligible nonprofits have until Oct. 31 to submit their nomination.


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