Malamiah Juice Bar2013 was our inaugural Transformational Leadership Program glass. It was an inspirational group of leaders that graduated from the Urban Core Collective program and each month we will be highlighting an individual graudate.

Meet Jermale D. Eddie. Owner of Malamiah Juice Bar.

Eddie understands what it takes to be an excellent husband, father, friend and entrepreneur. As part of the 2013 inaugural class, Eddie is driven by the potential that exists in every single person.

“Through my involvement with TLP, I have gained life long relationships with other professionals, received and given professional encouragement, and gained access to various influential committees and organizations within the Grand Rapids Community.”

His passion for the Grand Rapids community led to the opening of Malamiah Juice Bar. Its mission is to promote holistic health and community wellness by providing fresh juice and smoothie products along with health education and youth employment opportunities.

Eddie has eight years of higher education experience as an employee of Calvin College, Grand Valley State University, Lamar University and the University of Phoenix. He also has two years experience as a successful church planter, from his time in Southeast Texas. He is the Director of Education Innovation at the Grand Rapids Urban League, where he seeks to empower community members by providing educational resources and guidance. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Grand Valley State University Alumni Association and the Steepletown Neighborhood Services. Eddie enjoys remaining active in the community through speaking engagements, mentoring students and participating in workshops.

Born and raised in Berrien Springs, Michigan, Eddie now resides in Grand Rapids with his wife Anissa and two sons Malachi and Nehemiah (seriously adorable). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in social studies from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s degree in family studies from Spring Arbor University. In the rare instance that he finds a little free time, Eddie enjoys listening to live music, reading, spending time with his family, traveling and simply dreaming.

Find out more about Eddie and the Malamiah Juice Bar here: http://malamiahjuicebar.com/about/