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Notable News: Professional Highlights From the 517 Region

Notable news brings you the area’s professional highlights.

LEPFA Makes Staff Changes

With spring in full swing, the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority announced staff promotions and additions as well as welcomed three new members to the board of commissioners.

The new leadership team includes Mindy Biladeau, vice president of sales and services; Michelle Green, vice president of finance; Dan Ray, executive chef; Rebecca Chesnut, event logistics manager; and Karen Wilson, food service operations manager.

In addition to the leadership announcements, LEPFA named new staffers James Hall and James Granger as building engineers and Angela O’Neal as human resources/payroll coordinator. Matt Arens also made the move from part-time to full-time facility worker.

Complementing the internal team are three new appointments to the LEPFA board of commissioners: Paul Collins, principal at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone; Danielle Lenz, vice president at Edge Partnerships; and Maureen McNaulty Saxton, vice president at Van Dyke Horn Public Relations.


McLaren, MSU Partner on Inpatient Behavioral Health Care

McLaren Greater Lansing and Michigan State University Health Care have partnered to provide more access to behavioral health care for seniors at the hospital’s inpatient geropsychiatry unit.

McLaren’s geropsychiatric evaluation and management services unit recently moved to the new health care campus. MSU Health Care provides psychiatric expertise and the latest in inpatient mental health treatment for seniors and works with the hospital’s internal medicine team to manage any medical concerns. The unit is also a training site for the next generation of physicians focused on addressing the mental health crisis nationally.

“This partnership brings together our commitment to provide continuous improvement and quality care for older adults in our community,” said Kirk Ray, president and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing.

The GEMS program provides mental health care for older adults over the age of 60 who may be suffering from conditions such as depression, prolonged grief over the loss of a loved one, confusion and dementia, memory problems, trouble with self-care, suicidal thoughts, and more. The program includes inpatient psychiatric and medical assessment plus neuropsychological testing and an integrated treatment plan, designed specifically for each patient’s needs.


Peckham Celebrates 45 Years

Peckham commemorated 45 years of its ongoing mission to provide opportunities for greater self-sufficiency and independence for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

Peckham’s journey began in 1976 with just a few service contracts. Since then, Peckham has grown to 13 locations, operates five successful business lines across three states and is home to an award-winning workplace culture. Since opening, Peckham has served more than 125,000 individuals with disabilities and helped nearly 25,000 move into community employment.

“For the last 45 years, Peckham has been driving a mission of providing opportunities for people with disabilities to thrive, not only in work, but in their community and in their personal lives,” said Jo Sinha, Peckham president and CEO. “The rippling effects of this mission have extended well beyond our wildest imagination. Thousands of individuals have been able to reach their full potential, and it is because of the contributions of amazingly talented people with disabilities that have truly made Peckham the successful, long-standing organization it is today.”

Peckham’s name honors former state of Michigan Rehabilitation Services Director Ralf A. Peckham. Today, Peckham offers more than 30 different rehabilitation and human services programs. They range from art to career planning, pre-employment screening to facility-based training, youth programs, organizational employment and residential services. In total, these programs serve nearly 3,000 individuals each day.


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Habitat for Humanity Announces New Leadership

Habitat for Humanity Capital Region announced that Brent Taylor has joined the organization to serve as president and CEO.

Taylor, who succeeds Vicki Hamilton-Allen, has extensive organizational development and nonprofit leadership experience, with over three decades of experience across corporate, entrepreneurial and nonprofit organizations. He served as president and CEO at the Wyakin Foundation in Boise, Idaho, for over five years before returning to his home state of Michigan last year.

“As a native of the Capital Region, I’m thrilled for the opportunity to lead an organization that is making a tangible difference and creating meaningful change in our communities. I’m privileged to be part of those efforts,” said Taylor.


Sparrow Eaton Names Nurse of the Year

Sparrow Eaton Hospital has named Andrew Reule as its 2021 Nurse of the Year.

Reule, a registered nurse on Sparrow Eaton’s medical surgical team, has been a nurse for eight years, having recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary. Prior to becoming a nurse, he worked as a certified nursing assistant in the emergency department while attending nursing school.

“This was a total shock to me, honestly. This job takes so much more than just a single person, so I have to recognize the team behind me. I wouldn’t be in the position I am today if it weren’t for my peers and the friendships I’ve made while working here,” Reule said. “We are all just a piece of the puzzle — from our cafe team, our environmental services team, our PCTs, our physicians — and that’s what makes us great here at Sparrow Eaton.”


WKAR News Earns Top Michigan APME Awards

The radio news team at WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University has earned the Outstanding News Operation award from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors for 2021. The team at the public broadcasting station serving mid-Michigan earned 11 first-place and five second-place awards, and WKAR’s Megan Schellong received the Rising Star Award for 2022.

APME is a nonprofit group of newsroom leaders and journalism educators who work closely with the Associated Press to promote journalism excellence. The Michigan chapter of the APME announced the awards April 21.

“I’m so proud of the recognition that the WKAR news team has earned,” said Drew Henderson, WKAR senior director of broadcast operations. “Local journalism is essential, and listener support makes our news coverage possible.”

Michigan APME honors are awarded in three print, one television and two radio divisions. WKAR competes in Radio Division II. Outstanding News Operation awards are given in each division based on points earned by winning in other categories. This marks the second year in a row that WKAR has been named Outstanding News Operation in Radio Division II.

The Rising Star Award is statewide and recognizes the achievement and ability of those with five years or less in journalism. This is the second time in three years that a WKAR news team member has won the award.


Gift of Life Honors Sparrow Pathologist

Dr. Michael Markey, a Sparrow Hospital physician and chief medical examiner for five counties in Michigan, is one of 17 individuals, four partner organizations and one hospital to receive a 2022 Donation Champion Award from Gift of Life Michigan, recognizing his extraordinary efforts to help fulfill the wishes of donor families.

“Gift of Life Michigan is so fortunate to have so many dedicated partners assist us with our mission of honoring life through donation,” said Dorrie Dils, president and CEO of Gift of Life Michigan. “Every year there are so many worthy nominees, and it is always a difficult decision.”

Markey, who leads the forensic pathology department at Sparrow, serves as the chief medical examiner for Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella and Shiawassee counties. He was nominated for the award for implementing best practices that ensure Gift of Life staff is notified as soon as possible to ensure donation can occur.

“It’s more about being supportive of the process and making sure that all of the staff knows it’s part of an important mission that the office has,” said Markey, who has been a forensic pathologist and medical examiner for about 20 years, including 19 at Sparrow.


Byrum & Fisk Joins MCMA Leadership Team

The Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association announced Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, led by partner Mark Fisk, will join current MCMA Executive Director Stephen Linder as co-executive director.

The appointment of Byrum & Fisk was unanimously approved by the MCMA board.

“I am pleased to announce that Mark Fisk will be joining me as co-executive director to support the MCMA’s dedication to providing safe, tested cannabis products to Michigan consumers in a regulated market and take our bipartisan approach to the next level,” Linder said. “Mark’s extensive background will be a great asset as we enter the final stages of the passage of the Michigan Cannabis Safety Act, which would help ensure all cannabis in Michigan is tested, clearly labeled, tracked, licensed and taxed.”


MCDC Notes Retirement and Promotion

Dave Kramer, Michigan Certified Development Corp. vice president of operations, retired from the post May 31. Marnie Spitzley was promoted to fill the position at the MCDC.

Kramer joined the MCDC in 1998 as a portfolio manager when it was still part of state government. When the decision was made to exit the state in 2002, he served as a senior loan officer. He has been a key contributor to the growth MCDC has experienced from a 2.25-person operation originating a couple of dozen loans each year to 24 employees generating over 100 loans annually and more than $1 billion of Small Business Administration 504 financing and $3 billion of total economic investment throughout Michigan during Kramer’s tenure.

Spitzley graduated with honors from Aquinas College in 2010, joining MCDC as an intern in 2011.


M3 Group Becomes Subsidiary of Reseda

Lansing-based M3 Group, a full-service marketing, communications and advertising agency founded in 2002 and currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, has become a subsidiary of Reseda Group.

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Reseda is a credit union service organization founded and owned by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. M3 Group, which owns 517 Magazine, joins a team of companies under Reseda supporting credit unions. M3 Group continues its focus on growing its current client operations as well a division to support credit union financial services.

“The old phrase is ‘The best is yet to come.’ I believe that,” said M3 Group founder Tiffany Dowling, who will continue to lead the agency in developing and implementing strategy, processes and culture. “Any time you have reached a particular milestone like a 20-year anniversary, you think about succession and new challenges. I’m excited to see what new opportunities emerge and also to work with the talented people at Reseda Group and MSUFCU. The integrity, innovation and team of experts secures an amazing path for M3 Group moving forward.”

Reseda Group believes in building better for members through investment in innovative partners. This strategic support allows credit unions and member communities in reaching their financial goals. MSUFCU is also committed to making a positive impact for credit union communities through investment enabling stakeholders to achieve financial security, goals and their dreams.

“As we continue to evaluate programs and services needed for credit union success, it was apparent that marketing, digital strategy and overall communications was critical,” said April Clobes, president and CEO of MSUFCU and president of Reseda Group. “There’s no need to build the capacity from scratch when there are organizations that have built a model that works and can hit the ground running. The M3 Group team of creatives will be a tremendous asset to credit unions and other Reseda Group subsidiaries.”


Nault Named President of ACEC/M

The American Council of Engineering Companies/Michigan named Jayson Nault from Tetra Tech as its 2022-2023 president.

Nault has been a vice president of Tetra Tech since 1999 and has worked for the firm over 30 years. In addition to becoming president of ACEC/M, Nault currently serves on the contracts committee. In 2020, he led the team that received the ACEC/MDOT Partnership Award and was the consultant project manager for the I-696 project in Macomb County that won the ACEC/M Eminent Conceptor Award.

Nault joins fellow ACEC/M officers Vice President Jon Kramer of OHM Advisors in Livonia, Treasurer Eric Morris of HNTB in Lansing, National Director G. Ramanujam of Somat Engineering in Detroit and Past President Christopher Cook of Abonmarche in Benton Harbor.

The 2022-2023 ACEC/M board of directors include Barb Arens of Cincar Consulting Group in Detroit, Eric Barden of Spicer Group in Saginaw, Rick Chelotti of Bergmann in Lansing, Chuck Gemayel of SME in Plymouth, Cheryl Gregory of Rowe PSC in Flint, Connie Houk of Prein & Newhof in Cadillac, Jeff Schumaker of Fishbeck in Grand Rapids, Scott Shogan of WSP in Detroit, Matt Stacey of Wade Trim in Taylor and Oge Udegbunam of Tyme Consulting Engineers in Livonia.


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