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Notable News for July 2021

Two Ele’s Place Volunteers Win Scholarships

The Jesse Melot Scholarship Fund and Ele’s Place-Capital Region are proud to announce the two recipients of 2021 scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year.

Brigette Thornes and Lindsay Simon were selected by the fund’s Scholarship Committee after interviews with four finalists this spring.

Each will receive $5,000 toward their continued education.

The fund, started in 2019, is open to volunteers or former clients of Ele’s Place, a center for grieving children and their families. The fund honors Jesse Melot, who served as an Ele’s Place volunteer for many years prior to his untimely death at age 37 in 2018.

“While the committee was impressed by all four of this year’s finalists, members were particularly struck by Brigette’s long commitment to volunteering at Ele’s Place and her career passion and Lindsay’s efforts to balance working as a first-generation college student,” said Derek Melot, chair of the committee. “Both exemplify the qualities that made Jesse Melot the special person he was to so many people in our community.”


Peckham Names VP of Manufacturing 

Peckham has named Brett Linton as its new vice president of manufacturing. Linton began his appointment in June and joined Peckham’s leadership team as the head of its growing apparel manufacturing division.

“Brett brings a highly motivated, experienced and transformative approach to manufacturing operations,” said Lisa Webb Sharpe, chief operating officer. “We are looking forward to him sharing his deep and diverse knowledge and skill set to empower and engage our staff and those we serve to continue to deliver high-quality products and solutions to customers.”

Linton will be responsible for overseeing the strategy and business operations of Peckham’s manufacturing line of business. Peckham is a leading apparel manufacturer with more than 30 years of experience providing complete apparel solutions to a variety of government agencies and commercial clients.


Ele’s Place Announces Board Member

Ele’s Place-Capital Region appointed Jennifer Needham as a new community board member. Needham is the chief financial officer of the 4100 Group, a subsidiary of Delta Dental of Michigan and Delta Dental of Ohio.

“I am happy and honored to be able to serve on the board of Ele’s Place,” Needham said. “The impact Ele’s Place has had, and continues to have, on children’s lives is truly amazing. They fulfill their mission every day so that children and teens do not grieve alone. I’m inspired by the stories people share of their time spent at Ele’s Place and am grateful these services are available in our community.”


Ingham Health Department Receives Vaccine Funding

The Ingham County Health Department was named among 10 health departments in the nation to receive funding to support local efforts to maintain and increase immunization coverage levels of routinely recommended vaccines including influenza, as well as protect vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding comes from the National Association of County and City Health Officials with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization Services Division. Each health department was eligible to receive up to $25,000.

The project is designed to identify needs of local health departments to reach and protect at-risk or vulnerable populations and will include collaboration and coordination with partners at the national, state and local level to provide capacity building and technical assistance, training, information sharing, and material development to strengthen public health immunization strategies.


CASE Named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year

CASE Credit Union was named an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The award was announced during the 2021 joint awards ceremony the league hosts with the Michigan Credit Union Foundation.

The Outstanding Credit Union of the Year recognizes a credit union for outstanding contributions with member services and community engagement. CASE Credit Union took top honors for a medium-sized asset.

“We are humbled yet proud to receive this award,” said Jeffrey Benson, president and CEO of CASE Credit Union. “CASE’s main focus is assisting members to achieve financial success by providing products and services that address all areas of their lives. In addition, we take great pride in the numerous community partnerships we have formed through our philanthropic and outreach endeavors.”

MCUL and MCUF award winners will be formally honored at MCUL’s 2021 Annual Convention and Exposition in Traverse City this August.


CASE Credit Union Donates to The Firecracker Foundation

As part of its community outreach and giving efforts, CASE Credit Union recently presented The Firecracker Foundation with a check for $5,158. The funds were raised by credit union employees throughout the first quarter of 2021.

The Firecracker Foundation provides holistic healing services to youth and families impacted by sexual violence throughout the Greater Lansing region by offering high-quality, trauma-informed mental health services facilitated by trained professionals.

“The credit union philosophy is ‘People helping people,’ and at CASE we strive to assist in our community wherever it is needed,” said Jeffrey Benson, president and CEO of CASE Credit Union. “Our employees have a great passion for giving back to our community, and seeing how much our donation impacts each charity is an amazing feeling. Having the credit union’s roots in education, the health, safety and development of children is particularly close to our hearts at CASE — and the work The Firecracker Foundation does is of infinite value.”


Chamber Names Award Winners

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Joan Nelson of the Allen Neighborhood Center as the winner of the Community Service Award, Public Sector Consultants as the recipient of the Outstanding Small Business Award and Quality Dairy as this year’s Legacy Award winner.

Nelson is the founder and executive director of the Allen Neighborhood Center, a 22-year-old hub for comprehensive and integrative community development located in Lansing’s Eastside neighborhood. Nelson oversees programs focused on health, food security/access, youth development, entrepreneurism and job skill training, commercial corridor revitalization and neighborhood capacity-building.

Public Sector Consultants is an independent public policy consulting firm based in Lansing with a mission to improve the quality of life for residents of Michigan and beyond. The company achieves that through the development and implementation of innovative, actionable public policies. For 85 years, Quality Dairy has been an iconic brand in the Greater Lansing region. Quality Dairy was founded in 1936 by Gregory and Paulin Martin and Harvey and Mildred Mack for an initial investment of $600.


McLaren Recognized with Safety Grade

McLaren Greater Lansing received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing McLaren Greater Lansing’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety.

“We are incredibly proud of our health care heroes who put in the hard work every day to ensure that we are always providing high-quality care to our patients,” said Kirk Ray, president and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing. “This recognition is reflective of many initiatives that have been put in place to build upon our already existing high-quality patient care focus.”


ACEC/M Elects New President, Board

The American Council of Engineering Cos./Michigan announced Christopher Cook as its 2021-2022 president. Cook has been the president of Abonmarche Consultants for the past 15 years and has been with the company for 28 years.

In addition to Cook, other ACEC/M officers include President-Elect Jayson Nault of Tetra Tech in Brighton, Treasurer Jon Kramer of OHM Advisors in Livonia, National Director Amy Trahey of Great Lakes Engineering Group in Lansing and Past-President Jack Wheatley of ROWE Professional Services Co. in Flint. The 2021-2022 board of directors includes Barbara Arens of Cincar Consulting Group in Detroit, Richard Chelotti of Bergmann Associates in Lansing, Chuck Gemayel of SME in Plymouth and Connie Houk of Prein & Newhof in Cadillac.


Stiffler Named to Ingham Health Plan Board

The Ingham Health Plan Corp. named Kathleen Stiffler to its board of directors. Stiffler is a senior health policy adviser and executive director of the Michigan Health Policy Forum at the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy.

IHP is a nonprofit that provides access to basic medical and dental care for low-income, uninsured Ingham County residents.


WILX Taps Schram as News Director

Longtime broadcast professional Mike Schram was named as the news director for WILX-TV 10.

After graduating from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, Schram started his career as a newscast producer in Lansing. He then spent several years at WJRT-TV ABC12 in Flint, before returning to Lansing as an assistant news director for five years. From there he served at stations in Rochester, Minnesota; Flint; and Duluth, Minnesota.


Burgdorf’s Takes Wins in International Competition

Burgdorf’s Winery, 5635 Showman Road in Haslett, won best of show dessert, best of class and double gold on its 2016 Vidal Blanc Icewine at the 2021 International Women’s Wine Competition in Sonoma, California. In addition, the winery’s 2018 Marquette Reserve barrel-aged red wine and Purrrr-fection dessert wine won gold.

Burgdorf’s Winery produces award-winning, artisan wines on-site from select, Michigan-grown grapes and other fruits. It has a tasting room and gift shop open year-round.


Kortas, Twohig Join Triterra

Triterra, a Lansing-based environmental consulting firm, announced the addition of Madison Kortas as a geologist and Taylor Twohig as an environmental scientist.

Kortas conducts field inspections/sampling to determine the presence of asbestos, mold and lead. Her responsibilities include field activities completing subsurface investigations, including borehole logging and soil/groundwater sampling.

Twohig’s work focuses on environmental due-diligence services. She conducts environmental site assessments, field assignments, data analysis and technical report preparation. She understands regulatory requirements and considerations necessary for environmental due-diligence projects.