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Notable News for April 2021

Professional highlights from the 517 region.

Ele’s Place Appoints New Board Chair

Ele’s Place Capitial Region appointed local community leader and philanthropist Mandy Jurkovic as board chair.

Charles Hauser III, of Granger Waste Management, has accepted the role of vice chair. The organization expressed thanks to Brock Fletcher, of The Selling Team, who previously served on the board six years, three years as chair. Fletcher continues to serve Ele’s Place on the governing board and will assume role as chair of that group in 2022.

“Our board is comprised of a dedicated team of community leaders committed to providing strength, stability and awareness of the Ele’s Place mission that no child will grieve alone,” said Kristine Kuhnert, director of Ele’s Place Capital Region.


LCC Board Elects New Officers

The Lansing Community College board of trustees unanimously elected new officers at its regular meeting Jan. 25. The newest slate of officers elected from the seven-member body are Ryan Buck as chairperson, Angela Mathews as vice chairperson, Robert Proctor as treasurer and Lawrence Hidalgo Jr. as secretary.

In the November general election, LaShunda Thomas won the open trustee seat and Trustee Andrew Abood was reelected to the seat he has held since 2015. Thomas and Abood took their oaths of office at the Jan. 25 meeting. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Wanda M. Stokes administered the oaths.

“Lansing Community College is an engine of positive change,” said Buck. “Of special note is the board’s June 2020 resolution addressing racial injustice through diversity, equity and inclusion. This resolution is but one demonstration of the board’s commitment to student success.”

Unanimously approved by the board, the resolution was spearheaded by Buck and Mathews. Fundamental to the resolution was the formation and implementation of an equity action plan that commits LCC to ensuring equity in law enforcement procedures, policies and behaviors; and to embedding diversity, equity and inclusion training into student and employment processes.


Lansing Urgent Care Opens Eighth Clinic

Dr. Terry Matthews and Catherine Matthews opened their newest Lansing Urgent Care facility Feb. 15 in Grand Ledge. This is the eighth Lansing Urgent Care location.

“We are excited to bring our urgent care services to the Grand Ledge community, as well as create more job opportunities in the area,” said Terry Matthews. “This is our 15th year in business, and we are happy to celebrate that milestone with a new clinic in a community we have always wanted to serve.”

Their eighth location is located at 886 E. Saginaw Highway. The Grand Ledge facility mirrors all other Lansing Urgent Care offices, offering COVID rapid, PCR and antibody testing, as well as minor injury and illness health care services to the surrounding communities. It also features on-site lab and X-ray services and on-site medications.


Longtime Origami Employee Retires

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center recently recognized the retirement of one of the organization’s first employees.

Mike Kingsley stepped down as a direct support professional Feb. 9 after 24 years with the organization. When Origami’s doors first opened in 1997, Kingsley was the organization’s fifth employee. Kingsley attributed his longevity at Origami to “matching yourself with a career that fits the person you are.”

Kingsley has worked with individuals with brain injuries for 35 years. At Origami, he provided direct care and support to the center’s residents. Direct support professionals serve as a resource and advocate for Origami’s clients.

“As Origami has grown and changed over the years, we feel so grateful to have retained such a compassionate, caring and competent professional like Mike,” said Tammy Hannah, Origami president and CEO. “This is a rare milestone that won’t happen again at Origami. Mike will be greatly missed by our clients and team, but he will forever be remembered for his unmatched commitment to living out our mission of creating opportunities and transforming lives.”


Development Director Joins Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area has hired Sara Pettit as its development director. Pettit will manage all aspects of the development department, including fundraising, media and donor relations, and marketing.

“I’m excited to be taking the lead on development with the Capital Area Salvation Army, helping move our mission forward and growing the relationship with our community,” Pettit said. “I’m looking forward to working with a great staff and serving those in need.”

The development director position had been open for two years before Pettit was hired.

“Our donors are our mission partners. Our relationship is about far more than financial or gift-in-kind contributions. As such, it was important that we not rush to simply fill a vacant spot, but rather that we find the person who is keenly in tune with this philosophy,” said Maj. Jim Irvine, Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area coordinator. “We searched diligently and patiently for the right person who can bring the skills, talents and passion to ensure continued success in this area of our ministries.”

Pettit brings over seven years of development and community engagement experience with her, previously serving as the development and outreach officer at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing and as a development coordinator at Whaley Children’s Center in Flint.


Martin Sells Studio in Okemos

Martin Commercial Properties, a privately owned real estate services and development company, has facilitated a sale at 2233 Grand River Ave. in Okemos. The 4,486-square-foot property was previously home to Okemos Studio Photography. The purchaser of the property is All Grand Events.

The bungalow-style building faces a high-visibility corridor in the heart of Meridian Township. Located just east of Michigan State University and west of the Meridian Mall, the nearly quarter-acre, landscaped parcel features a large patio, balcony and waterfall, as well as six to eight parking spaces for clients.

Martin Commercial Properties represented the seller in the transaction, facilitated by Thomas Jamieson, senior associate and office adviser, and Carson Patten, sales associate.

All Grand Events is a floral, event design and wedding planning studio serving mid-Michigan. Founded in 1992 in East Lansing, the studio joins a variety of expanding and new businesses relocating to Okemos and Meridian Township.


Triterra Announces New Hires

Triterra, a Lansing-based environmental consulting firm, has announced the addition of two new staff members.

Chelsea Faber joins Triterra as an environmental scientist. Faber holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Alma College. Her work focuses on environmental due-diligence services. Faber also supports the remediation group and natural resources group.

Jim Lockwood has joined Triterra to do civil engineering and remediation design for commercial, industrial and large-scale residential projects. Lockwood holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and leadership from Cornerstone University. Lockwood also provides technical support for due diligence, remediation and environmental investigation reports.


Data Defense: Businesses Look to Cyber Insurance to Protect Against Attacks

It’s the smaller businesses — and even individuals — that can suffer the most harm from malware hackers.

Focusing on Mental Wellness in the Workplace

Are we remembering there is more to being healthy than having glowing skin and a tone body?

Businesses Ignoring Mental Health Pay a Costly Price

While many places of employment offer employee assistance programs, they are often unknown to employees.

Issues Over Breast Cancer Treatment in Pandemic are Easing

The global pandemic hindered the care of patients diagnosed with breast cancer, as it did many aspects of life.

Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

Notable news brings you professional highlights from the 517 region.