n Bill Palladino is the new senior policy specialist at the Michigan Land Use Institute. He will help the institute build a new collaborative marketing campaign with community partners to increase the amount of food that is sourced locally across the region. Palladino was previously an MLUI board member, executive vice president of business results for ISB Worldwide, of Dallas, and ran his own consulting service, Krios Consulting in Traverse City.
n Grand Traverse Area Legal Professionals has named Jay Zelenock as 2012 Boss of the Year and Jodi Velez as 2012 Legal Professional of the Year. Zelenock is a Traverse City resident and attorney who has practiced law in Traverse City since 1998. His practice helps clients with a range of civil justice matters, including wrongful death, personal injury and automobile accident cases, as well as insurance claims, commercial and liability insurance coverage disputes, property damage, contract, employment, real property and probate matters. Velez has more than 24 years of legal experience and is a legal assistant and the office manager for the Law Offices of Paul T. Jarboe.
Velez serves as parliamentarian for Grand Traverse Area Legal Professionals, is a board member of the Fife Lake Area Utility Authority Board and secretary of the Kingsley High School Band boosters.