Notable News for March 2021

Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

Bethany Christian Services Names Director

Bethany Christian Services named Krista Stevens as the new director of its East Lansing branch. She will oversee all of the nonprofit’s programs and operations in the Lansing area. Stevens has nearly 10 years of experience in social work and child welfare. She is taking over the branch director role from Rachel Willis, who now serves as the vice president of regional operations at Bethany’s headquarters in Grand Rapids.

“Krista’s demonstrated leadership and expertise in social work and child welfare will be a valuable asset to the East Lansing branch,” said Willis. “We are grateful for her years of service at Bethany and dedication to ensuring that every child and family can be safe, loved and connected.”

Stevens joined Bethany Christian Services in 2013 as a pregnancy counselor in Madison Heights. She most recently served as an adoption specialist overseeing the West Michigan Infant Adoption Service Line, which she has done since 2016.

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Loomis Real Estate Lawyers Earn Kudos

Seven lawyers from the Lansing law firm of Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis and Gotting have been recognized as leading real estate-related lawyers in the Midwest Real Estate News Best of the Best issue.

The seven, who were recommended by their peers, are Sara L. Cunningham, construction law, mineral and natural resources law, and commercial real estate law; Paula K. Manis, mineral and natural resources law, public utilities law, and ADR law; Michael G. Oliva, minerals and natural resources law, and public utilities law; Michael H. Rhode, public utilities law, commercial real estate law and financial real estate law; Kevin J. Roragen, land use and zoning and condemnation law, mineral and natural resources law, public finance law, and public utilities law; Ted S. Rozeboom, land use and zoning and condemnation law, public finance law, and financial real estate law; and Jeff Theuer, mineral and natural resources law.


Lansing Chamber Announces 2021 Board

Due to the unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors has decided to keep its full board in place for another year. Wendy Hamilton, CEO of TechSmith, will serve a second year as the board chair in 2021. Mike Zamiara of Niowave will serve as chair-elect and is in line to serve as board chair in 2022.

In addition to Hamilton and Zamiara, 2021 chamber board officers include Patrick Dean of Dean Transportation as past-chair, Patricia Scott of Foster Swift Collins & Smith as legal counsel, and Andrew Rose of Rehmann as treasurer.

The board’s 2021 division directors and at-large members can be found at


Merger Launches TRUE Credit Union

TRUE Community Credit Union  officially launched Jan. 1. The new credit union is a merger of CP Financial Credit Union in Jackson and Washtenaw Federal Credit Union in Ypsilanti.

TRUE Community Credit Union will serve more than 64,000 members with $600 million in assets and will offer 12 branch locations in Jackson, Ingham and Washtenaw counties. TRUE Community Credit Union brings 138 combined years of serving members, communities and employees. Chrissy Siders will serve as president and CEO, and Jason Matley will serve as executive vice president of strategy and transformation.


Toupin Joins Accounting Firm

The accounting firm of Fairchild, Lebel & Rice PC announced the addition of Anthony N. Toupin as a partner. The firm is located in Lansing and can be reached through


First National Invests in Affordable Housing 

First National Bank of Michigan announced a $1 million investment to support affordable housing development in partnership with Cinnaire and the Michigan Bankers Association Service Corp. The investments are part of First National’s commitment to expanding access to high-quality affordable housing, a key driver of economic mobility and family stability.

Cinnaire and the bankers’ association recently announced the closing of the partnership’s sixth affordable housing investment fund, generating $16 million to support the development and rehabilitation of nine apartment communities across Michigan. These developments will provide more than 915 units of affordable housing to local communities. Since 2010, Cinnaire and the association have partnered to create five previous Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity funds raising more than $58 million. First National has invested in all six equity funds sponsored by Cinnaire and the association as part of the company’s overall commitment to investing in the people and the communities they serve.


Sparrow Ionia Names DAISY Award Recipients

Sparrow Ionia Hospital has honored two registered nurses, Krista Hardy and Casie Lambert, with the DAISY Award in recognition of their patient-centered approach to care.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care given to nurses every day. Both nurses were lauded for their professional, positive attitude and always being willing to help wherever there is a need.

Hardy, a nurse in the medical/surgical department, has worked at Sparrow Ionia since August 2019.  She lives in Carson City with her family.

Lambert, a nurse in Sparrow Ionia’s emergency department, has been employed at Sparrow Ionia since October 2016.  She lives in the Lyons/Muir area with her husband and three children.

Hardy and Lambert received a certificate, a DAISY pin and a stone sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch” handcarved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. Other nominees included Grace Heinlen, Tammy Krausz, Cara Miller, Courtney Pett, Heidi Smith, Justin Thomas and Lois Wilbur.


DBI Partners with Essendant

DBI announced it has partnered with Essendant, which has been awarded a group purchasing agreement for office supplies with Premier. The new agreement allows Premier members to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for traditional office supplies, ink and toner, furniture, technology supplies, food service disposables, and breakroom and coffee services.

“As local experts, personalized attention is where we bring the most value,” said Steve Klaver, vice president at DBI. “We are flexible and willing to customize programs and services to deliver the right solution for your facility. Our sales associates are equipped to handle the needs of both acute and nonacute health care facilities.”


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