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Notable News for June 2021

Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

CASE Credit Union Announces Promotions

CASE Credit Union announced two promotions within its team. Rachael Singleton was named executive vice president and Robert Whitaker is the new vice president of lending.

In her new role, Singleton will oversee branch operations, the contact center, resolutions, compliance and marketing. She most recently served as CASE Credit Union’s vice president of operations.

Whitaker’s new position will allow him to manage consumer, mortgage and business lending. Previously, Whitaker served as business services manager at CASE overseeing business lending, monitoring business loan portfolios, and identifying and cultivating potential and existing members who require business lending services.


Ele’s Place Names New Board Member

Ele’s Place Capital Region announced the appointment new community board member Kurt Beck from Plante & Moran PLLC.  Beck is filling the position of Michelle Goss, who served Ele’s Place for six years.

“I am very excited to be joining the board of Ele’s Place,” Beck said. “As a business adviser in the community for over 30 years, I have experienced firsthand the tremendous impact that Ele’s Place has provided to both clients and friends during their challenging times of grief. I am proud to be joining the board of an organization that has been so impactful to the Greater Lansing community.”


F.D. Hayes Awarded as Company to Watch

F.D. Hayes Electric Co. is being celebrated as one of the 2021 awardees for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award. F.D. Hayes will be honored at an awards ceremony during the 17th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala event July 20.

“It is a special honor to have our growth and success recognized through this award,” said F.D. Hayes President Megan Doherty. “Our team has worked hard over the years to lead the industry in work quality, employee safety and value to our customers. To receive this award during a pandemic    reflects the dedication, determination, and adaptability of our entire team, which I am proud to lead.”


Sparrow Receives National Honors

Mary Free Bed at Sparrow — a joint venture in inpatient rehabilitation between Sparrow Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital — has been honored for the third consecutive year as a national top performer in patient care. In addition, Sparrow Specialty Hospital as well as the Sparrow Carson, Clinton and Eaton community hospitals have received major awards for patient satisfaction.

The hospitals received the distinctions from Professional Research Consultants Inc. The PRC Excellence in Healthcare Awards are nationally recognized honors presented to organizations and individuals that have achieved excellence in patient satisfaction scores in the prior year. Overall, Sparrow Health System received eight awards.

“This has been an unprecedented year in health care with all of us facing new and daunting challenges,” said Kris Tennant, director of rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed at Sparrow. “To be able to combine the challenges of care and create avenues of success in patient experience and quality is a true testament to the dedication and focus of an inspired team.”


Manufacturing Council Hires New Executive Director

The Capital Area Manufacturing Council announced the appointment of new Executive Director Cindy Kangas, a lifelong Lansing-area resident with an extensive nonprofit background.

“I’m extremely proud to be joining an organization that has been so impactful to the Greater Lansing community,” Kangas said. “The council is poised to further its vision and build on the tremendous momentum of the past few years. I look forward to being a part of the effort to bring CAMC to the next level, making a positive difference for the industry we serve.”

Kangas’ hiring comes as the council implements a plan of strategic growth.


Bertschi to Lead EVE

End Violent Encounters Inc. announced the hire of Jonquil Bertschi as executive director of the organization, tasked with leading Greater Lansing’s foremost domestic and sexual violence prevention and response organization serving Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at EVE to build on their decades of work advocating for and supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence,” said Bertschi. “This community has been through a lot over the past couple of years, and I look forward to continuing to build on the important work our staff continues to do day in and day out. We are excited to expand our mission and our reach so we can better serve the entire community — including women, men, children, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community.”


MSU Appoints Assistant Provost

Michigan State University appointed Dave Weatherspoon — professor of agricultural, food and resource economics and associate dean in the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education — as the new assistant provost for academic strategic planning. In this new role Weatherspoon will be a member of the Office of the Provost leadership team, tasked with leading and evaluating academic master planning and strategic academic initiatives. He will work closely with the Office of Planning and Budgets, including the groups responsible for institutional research, budget planning and analysis, facilities planning, and space management. Additionally, he will work closely with the director of assessment, academic program review and accreditation.


Warner Recognized as Leader in Client Service

Warner Norcross + Judd has been recognized for the eighth time as a national leader in client services among law firms.

The recent BTI Client Service A-Team survey conducted by BTI Consulting Group evaluates individual law firm performance through the eyes of the client. Law firms are judged on 17 activities that fall into four categories related to financial benefits, client loyalty, quality of service, and going above and beyond for the client. Corporate counsel looks for firms that offer the deepest understanding of their business, best value proposition and superior client service.

“We are proud to once again be recognized by our clients and by BTI Consulting as a Client Service A-Team member,” said Douglas A. Dozeman, managing partner of Warner. “Providing superior service is the cornerstone of our firm, and our clients are at the heart of everything we do.”


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.