Our members are experts in their field – commercial real estate brokers, real estate attorneys, lenders, architects, accountants, developers, commercial interior designers, engineers, title company professionals, environmental consultants and other related financial, marketing and consulting disciplines.


CREW West Michigan Board Members


Anne Ficeli


Anne is President of PURE Real Estate Management in Grand Rapids.  She has been in commercial property/asset management for over 20 years and has built a reputation of building trusted partnerships with her clients.  Her clients include investors and developers with portfolios of all asset types.

 As a woman in a male dominated industry, she is committed to helping support and encourage other women in the commercial real estate industry.  Being involved in CREW is a great way to do just that!

 FUN FACT:  I am passionate about animal welfare and a proponent of the “Adopt don’t shop” movement.  I have served on the Board the Humane Society of West Michigan for over four years.  In my spare time, you will find me practicing yoga or spending time with dogs, two of my favorite things.



Carole Woods


Carole is the Real Estate Manager for Haworth, Inc. She joined CREW to engage in an organization of her peers in the commercial real estate field. Carole has a niche job as a real estate manager of a large corporation - and there are no other individuals at Haworth, Inc in her department, so finding those she can relate to and learn from is valued.

FUN FACT: I love to volunteer with kids and currently spend an hour a week at The Potter’s House encouraging a small group of girls. I enjoy outdoor activities. I also love the beach and try to get there as often as possible in the Summer and to Florida in the winter.



Alison Dekok

Programs Committee Co-Chair

Alison is a Global Accounts Executive with Haworth, working with her company’s global clients.  She has been in commercial furniture industry  for 8 years and has built a reputation of being a trusted advisor to her clients.  Alison’s industry expertise revolves around workplace strategy, negotiating pricing contracts, and helping clients develop global purchasing strategies.

Working with a variety of clients around the globe, Alison interacts with a multitude of global real estate teams. CREW Network provides a gateway to developing meaningful relationships worldwide.

 FUN FACT:  I am a self-proclaimed nomad; I am passionate about travel. I love to explore new and uniquely different places. I am married and have two teenage sons, which keeps life interesting!



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Cathy Bronkema

Vice President

Cathy manages the Grand Rapids Cohen Financial office. She is responsible for the origination and placement of debt and equity structures for development, acquisition and permanent financing throughout the United States. Her clients include middle market developers/investors, high net-worth individuals and family offices, as well as, REITs and fund sponsors.

 Cathy joined CREW for the connections to women in real estate within West Michigan, to help building a long lasting CREW chapter in West Michigan and to help mentor your professionals in the CRE profession.

FUN FACT: When I’m not working, I’m traveling, wine tasting, and having fun with friends. 



Doris Drain


Doris is Vice President of Commercial Loans at United Bank of Michigan, an independent, locally-owned community bank headquartered in Grand Rapids.  She just celebrated her 33rd year with United Bank!  She works with small businesses and real estate investors to find real solutions for their financing needs. 

One of Doris’s passions is connecting people and she joined CREW not only to make her own connections, but to connect other women in the real estate industry.

FUN FACT:  When the weather is nice, you’ll usually find me riding my bike.  I rode just under 2,000 miles last year!