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Notable News October 2020

MSU Leader Selected as Public Policy Pioneer

The Michigan American Council on Education Women’s Network selected MaryLee Davis as one of the two 2020 Public Policy Pioneer honorees. Davis is an administrator at Michigan State University and a community leader.

Davis was the first woman administrator in the state of Michigan and in the Big Ten to work as a governmental affairs officer and was the first woman to serve in the position of the corporate secretary of the MSU board of trustees. She was also the first woman to serve as the board chair for Sparrow Health System.

The second honoree is Eva McCall Hamilton, the first woman to be elected to the Michigan Legislature. She was elected to the Michigan Senate by a 2-to-1 margin in 1920, which was the first election in which women could vote.

The Public Policy Pioneer award began in 2013 to highlight Michigan women who have impacted public policy or taken precedent-breaking action on behalf of women.


Clark Construction Announces Executive Promotions

Clark Construction Co. announced several promotions to the organization’s executive leadership team.

Laurelyn Hewitt was promoted to the role of vice president of human resources. Hewitt holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Walsh College and a Bachelor of Science in construction management from Lawrence Technological University. She has over 15 years of experience in commercial construction and field operations, and over 12 years of experience in human resources leadership.

Janice Suchan was promoted to vice president of marketing and business development. Suchan holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy and continues to serve on the school’s advisory board. She has received industry recognition as an AIA Detroit Young Architect of the Year and in Crain’s “40 Under 40.” The AIA also recognized her and her team with 12 AIA design awards.


Maner Costerisan Named Among Best Accounting Firms to Work For

Maner Costerisan was named as one of Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For in 2020. Along with 100 other accounting firms, Maner Costerisan was chosen as a part of a nationwide search by Accounting Today in partnership with Best Companies Group for creating a quality workplace for employees, as well as benefiting the economy, its workforce and business. Maner Costerisan has been named to the list for five consecutive years.

“We’re thrilled to again be part of this prestigious, national list of top accounting firms,” said Maner Costerisan President Jeff Stevens. “We’re very focused on creating a culture of growth, partnership and inclusivity. That commitment is what drives our team to constantly review and refine our workplace policies to ensure we are creating a positive, healthy and forward-thinking environment for our employees.”


Dewpoint Donates iPads for Sparrow Age-Friendly Initiative

Dewpoint Inc. of Lansing has donated 25 iPads to Sparrow Hospital for a pilot Age-Friendly initiative aimed at improving the health and health care experiences of vulnerable older adults in the community.

The donated iPads contain specialized materials and resources, and they will be provided to a small group of medical-surgical patients. The patients will be using the iPads to respond to Age-Friendly questions via Sparrow’s MyChart patient app aimed at improving their care.

The goal of the pilot is to be able to expand the Age-Friendly effort to the entire hospital. The iPads also include educational materials on how seniors can increase their mobility while in the hospital.

“When there is an opportunity to support local health care initiatives, the business community should step in,” said Ken Theis, president and CEO of Dewpoint. “This project is the very essence of what Dewpoint does: We bring business and technology together for the betterment of our clients and our community. We are happy to donate the laptops for such a worthwhile cause.”


Martin Waymire Adds to Team

Martin Waymire, a Lansing-based, full-service public relations and digital marketing firm with a focus on public policy, announced the addition of Account Executive Nate Darling and Assistant Account Executives Charlotte Taylor and Madison Wertz to its award-winning team.

Darling will support digital strategy and multimedia efforts. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in advertising with a minor in public relations.

Taylor is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in advertising management with a minor in public relations. Before joining Martine Waymire, she worked as a social media and marketing intern for the city of Lansing.

Wertz is also a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in media and information as well as a minor in interactive media design. She comes from Vlahakis Cos., where she led communications efforts for the real estate brokerage. She will support Martin Waymire’s digital communication and social media efforts.


NAI Mid-Michigan Offers Former LSJ Building

NAI Mid-Michigan is involved in the offering of the former Lansing State Journal headquarters. The building on the corner of East Lenawee Street and South Grand Avenue in downtown Lansing has been landmarked as a redevelopment property. The Eyde Co. purchased the site prior to the newspaper’s relocation in 2016.

The building is 92,299 square feet. Some of the iconic fixtures of the building are the tiled state seal in the main lobby and the 5-foot-wide slice of “They Ancient Tree,” which is a slice of the 137-year-old tree that was cut down to make way for the building.


Peckham Names New Chief Operating Officer

Peckham has named Lisa Webb Sharpe as its new chief operating officer. She began her appointment in late August and joins the C-team in leading the organization in the achievement of its mission and business operations.

“Lisa brings a deep well of experience, amazing expertise, and a dynamic and diverse skill set to Peckham,” said Jo Sinha, Peckham CEO. “Her decades-long career in public service will make her an excellent addition to our leadership team, helping us to forge new and exciting pathways to drive our mission and achieve our business goals.”

Sharpe will be responsible for overseeing the strategy and business operations of Peckham’s supply chain services, manufacturing and environmental services lines in addition to its marketing and business development division.