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Notable News From the 517 Region

Bull Named to Emerging Bank Leaders List

Dart Bank’s Danielle Bull has been named to Independent Banker Magazine’s annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders list. The award recognizes the nation’s up-and-coming community bank innovators and influencers who represent the future of the industry.

“I’m honored to have been named to ‘ICBA Independent Banker’s 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders list,” Bull said. “Community banking makes such a positive impact in the lives of our customers and our community, and I’m so proud to be part of this great industry.”

Bull moved from a much larger regional bank to Dart Bank to promote community banking and make a grassroots impact. She is making a large impact on her community and her team by being supportive and positive. She is also spearheading several projects to help meaningfully understand the bank’s numbers.


Easterly Elected to State Bar Board

Foster Swift litigator Robert Easterly was elected to the board of commissioners for District E for the State Bar of Michigan.

The board provides oversite to the State Bar on finance, public policy, professional standards, member services and communications. It is the governing body for the 42,000-plus lawyers in the state of Michigan.


NAI Mid-Michigan Transaction Highlights

NAI Mid-Michigan announced multiple transactions it has assisted.

The company recently assisted a client with the purchase of a six-building office portfolio at Office Park West on South Creyts Road in Lansing. Each building is sized at just over 5,000 square feet or 7,000 square feet for a total portfolio size of 37,125 square feet.

Asplundh Tree Expert Co., a full-service utility contractor with one Michigan location in Mount Pleasant, has expanded, adding a second Michigan location in Howell at 2810 Grand River Ave.

Fastenal Co. has expanded at Westland Commerce Center II, leasing an additional 5,200 square feet at 4310 S. Creyts Road in Lansing.

NAI Mid-Michigan announced the recent sale of 3276 E. Jolly Road in Lansing, a 5,288-square-foot office building. NAI represented both parties, with Jeff Shapiro representing the seller and Amanda Hopper representing the buyer.

NAI Mid-Michigan announced the recent sale of 16997 West Road, a 2.25-acre lot in East Lansing’s northern tier.

Krib’s Chiropractic is relocating and has entered into a long-term lease for 3,000 square feet at Briarwood Court, 3496 E. Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing.

NAI Mid-Michigan announced the recent sale of 3705 W. Jolly Road in Lansing, a 9,400-square-foot retail strip center with several long-term tenants.


Ingham Health Plan Appoints New Directors

The Ingham Health Plan Corp. has appointed new community partners to its board of directors. Ingham Health Plan is a nonprofit that provides access to basic medical and dental care for low-income, uninsured Ingham County residents. The appointments include:

  • Michelle Loubert, a physician at Care Free Medical Inc. and Spartan Street Medicine.
  • Dean Sienko, vice president for health programs at The Carter Center and former Ingham County health officer and medical director.
  • Derrell Slaughter, a member of the Ingham County board of commissioners and a consultant at Public Sector Consultants.


Attwood Magnet School Wins Best in Network Award

New Tech Network, a national nonprofit and design partner for comprehensive K-12 school change, has announced that Lansing’s Attwood New Tech Magnet School is the elementary winner of the Best in Network Award for the project “Tiny Home Builders: Animal Edition.”

The Best in Network Award is given by New Tech Network every year to a project that successfully combines active exploration, application, authenticity and academic rigor while creating rich learning experiences for students that challenge and inspire the network’s practice of project-based learning.

The fifth grade project at Attwood New Tech asked, “How can we design and build shelters that meet the needs of our homeless animals?”

Groups of students worked with the help of Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, the Capital Area Humane Society, WILX News 10 and Home Depot on researching and testing shelters. Though some of the final constructions were halted due to the coronavirus, students and teachers are eager to finish building.


Origami Rehabilitation Introduces New Medical Director

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center has appointed a new medical director, Dr. Marcy Schlinger.

Schlinger has 28 years of experience and specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Schlinger owns a full-time private practice in Okemos and remains a clinical associate professor for the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also faculty member of college’s continuing medical education department.

“I am excited to work with the extraordinary team of professionals at Origami,” Schlinger said. “Origami is an extremely valuable resource in this community, and I welcome the opportunity to continue the legacy of excellence in client care and recovery, as together we further the mission of Origami.”

Origami President and CEO Tammy Hannah said, “With Dr. Schlinger joining our team, we are excited for the opportunity to deepen our community partnerships further and enhance our strong commitment to positive outcomes for those we serve.”


NALS Installs New State Board

The association of legal professionals NALS of Michigan has elected a new board of directors. New directors include:

  • Laleise D. Curtiss, NALS of Detroit, was appointed president of the board.
  • Rashonda Wilson, NALS of Detroit, was appointed vice president of membership and marketing.
  • Heidi Hopper, NALS of Lansing, was appointed vice president of certification and education.
  • Kathy Rood, NALS of Lansing, was appointed executive secretary.
  • Natacha Valmont, NALS of West Michigan, was appointed treasurer.
  • Teresa Garber, NALS of West Michigan, was appointed parliamentarian.

In other NALS news, Erin Carr of NALS of Jackson County was presented with the 2020 Legal Professional of the Year Award.


Mason Joins Triterra

Triterra — a Lansing-based environmental consulting firm specializing in brownfield development, environmental consulting and natural resource management services — announced that Naomi Mason has joined the Triterra team as an environmental scientist. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from Alma College. Her work will focus on environmental due diligence services.

Mason conducts phase I environmental site assessments and phase II environmental site assessment  subsurface investigations. She will be helping clients understand environmental risk associated with properties, and she is familiar with regulatory requirements and considerations necessary for environmental due-diligence projects. Her responsibilities will include historical research, site investigation, data interpretations, coordinating field work and preparing technical reports.


Spartan Net Recognized for Student Housing Internet

Spartan Net, one of the leading fiber internet service providers in the state, and Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors announced they received national recognition by the Association for Passive Optical LAN for the industry’s first deployment of 10-gigabit internet to a unit in student housing. The national award is in partnership with Lightspeed Technologies, as Nokia was named the Innovation Gold Winner at the 2019 APOLAN Awards for the technology of “in-building 10G PON and Wi-Fi” at the Landmark on Grand River Avenue in downtown East Lansing.

“From design to support, Spartan Net continues to be a strong partner for Harbor Bay. The Center City District is a real game-changer for the city of East Lansing as well as the multifamily market,” said Brian Bell, chief operating officer of Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors.


Ford Joins Firm as Senior Counsel

Kiffi Y. Ford has joined the law firm of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP as senior counsel.

Ford brings 25 years of experience in labor and employment law with an emphasis on contracts, litigation, regulatory compliance, internal investigations, collective bargaining, arbitration and mediation. She also has a background in health law and corporate services. Ford will be practicing out of the firm’s Southfield and Lansing offices.

Previously, Ford spent almost 20 years at Dykema, where she represented and advised corporate business clients with respect to employment law and traditional labor law issues.

She has also been recognized as Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and as a Leading Lawyer in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business. In 2019, she was honored with the Wolverine Bar Association’s Golden Gavel award.