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Raj A. Malviya, 36

Joshua Meringa, 36

Attorney Miller Johnson

Nurse Educator and Academic Liaison/City Council Member Spectrum Health/City of Grandville

Throughout his childhood, Raj A. Malviya’s father laid the foundation of his life using just three bricks — education, hard work and making it on your own. The lessons stuck, and Malviya kept those three virtues in mind throughout his youth and deep into his career as an equity partner at Miller Johnson. In his time with Miller Johnson, Malviya developed a successful estate and succession planning practice for international planning, his interest in the area resulting from his cultural background and ties to India. His efforts in international tax and estate planning have been widely recognized, meriting a trip to The White House in 2009 as part of a welcoming party for former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “Having a diverse background has allowed me to approach the practice of law with diverse thinking and solutions,” he said. “In other words, I apply my global mindset and background to the practice of law in Grand Rapids, which is becoming increasingly international.” Malviya is the founder and board president of the South Asian Bar Association of Michigan, serves as a fellow on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and as the Real Property Trust and Estate Section Fellow for the American Bar Association. He is a committee member on the Spectrum Health Community Council, a committee member for the Porter Hills Professional Advisory Committee and an advisory member for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. He also provides representation on refugee cases to Bethany Christian Services and is on the Grand Rapids Advisory Council for United Way.

As a community leader, Joshua Meringa likes to borrow the mission of his employer, Spectrum Health: “Improve the health of the community we serve.” In addition to his job as a nurse educator and academic liaison for Spectrum Health, where he is a member of a team that has been recognized by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program, Meringa, a city council member for the city of Grandville, has worked tirelessly to abide by Spectrum Health’s mission. Since being elected as the city’s youngest city council member in 2007, Meringa has overseen the implementation of several important projects that have transformed the city, including the Chicago Drive/downtown Grandville cityscape renovation and the renovation and expansion of the city’s clean water plant. From 2013-15, he also served as mayor pro tem. Meringa is the chairman of the Michigan Board of Nursing, reappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder this year, and a member of the board’s rules committee and chair of the allegations committee. He also is a committee member and reviewer for the Wisconsin Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval Committee. He is a city council representative and member of the Grandville Business Relations Committee and current acting chair of the Grandville Parks and Recreation Board. A graduate of Calvin College, Meringa was accepted this past year into the inaugural class of the Executive Masters in Business Administration program through Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

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