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Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

Professional Highlights from the Greater Lansing Area.

Airport Hires New Marketing Director

The  Capital Region Airport Authority hired Katherine Japinga as its new marketing director, overseeing marketing activities for the Capital Region International Airport, Mason Jewett Airport and Port Lansing.

“Katherine joins the CRAA management team ready to leverage her extensive knowledge of our state and region to drive effective integrated marketing strategies,” said airport authority President and CEO Nicole Noll-Williams. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her talents on our team as we continue to grow passenger traffic numbers during an exceptionally challenging time for the aviation industry.”

Japinga comes to the airport authority from the Michigan Senate, where she served as deputy communications director of the Senate Majority Communications Office. Prior to her work in the Senate, Japinga was part of the team at Marketing Resource Group, a full-service public relations agency.

“I’m looking forward to directing effective strategies that result in the growth of travel volume through the Capital Region International Airport,” Japinga said. “By working with our tremendous community partners, including area businesses and elected leaders, we will be well positioned to navigate nimbly and successfully through this period of change in the travel industry.”


GLAC Elects New Leadership

The Greater Lansing Area Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs announced its newly elected officers for the two-year term through June 2023.

Renee Morgan Freeman, president, joined in 2001;  is a life member; and has served on the local level as recording secretary, chaired its Annual Founders’ Day Awards Brunch for many years and served as chair of many other programs.

Life member Lural Baltimore will continue in her role as first vice president. She joined in 1985. She also serves as chair of the scholarship committee and as the district’s meeting coordinator.

Stacy Lewis has served as the club’s second vice president and youth adviser since 2019. She joined in 2013 and is now a life member. Lewis also has served on several programs and is the chair of the website committee.

ReShane L. Lonzo, financial secretary, joined in 2013. She is a life member and has chaired several program committees. While involved with many other community organizations, this is the first office Lonzo has held at the local level.

Surae Eaton, a retiree of Sparrow Health System, was elected as treasurer. She is one of the newest members, having joined in 2019. Eaton previously served as the club’s chaplain as well as chair of several program committees.

Henrietta Culmer, secretary, has been a member for 38 years and is a life member. She previously served as chair of the membership committee, women’s history program, the nominating committee on the local and district levels, and several other program committees.


Hart Joins Michigan Money Management as VP

David M. Hart joined Michigan Money Management in East Lansing as vice president of wealth management.

Hart spent the early part of his career working for Guggenheim Investments in Chicago, where he most recently held the title of regional vice president. In that role, he was responsible for business development and intermediary initiatives of Guggenheim’s core fixed income and multi-credit strategies to family offices, private wealth management teams and institutional consultants.

In his role at Michigan Money Management, Hart is responsible for all aspects of client service and investment due diligence. He helps guide the team’s wealth management practice, developing each client’s customized strategic portfolio allocations to help clients achieve their financial short- and long-term goals. Additionally, he is responsible for performing initial and ongoing investment manager selection and asset allocation modeling.


CASE Credit Union Celebrates 85 Years

CASE Credit Union marked its 85th anniversary over the summer with a celebration of financial education webinars, gifts and the chance for members to win a $500 Visa gift card.

“We are so proud to celebrate our 85 years here in Lansing and our dedication to providing area educators, students and community members with the highest level of financial support and solutions,” said Jeffrey Benson, president and CEO of CASE Credit Union. “More importantly, we are thankful for the continued support from our members over the years and look forward to serving their needs and the needs of their families and future generations for another 85 years and beyond.”


Bracken Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine

Jeffrey W. Bracken, an attorney in the Lansing office of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.

Bracken has been named to the 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers list for his work in construction litigation. The peer-review award recognizes attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5% of the lawyers in Michigan have been named to the list in the 16th annual publication.


McLaren, Walgreens Open Health Clinic in Okemos

Mclaren CareNow at Walgreens — an all-in-one, on-demand health care service delivered in one location — is welcoming patients inside the Walgreens at 2131 W. Grand River Ave. in Okemos.

“McLaren is thrilled to partner with Walgreens to bring this valuable care choice to residents in the Okemos community,” said Deborah Conlon, vice president of retail clinic operations at McLaren Health Management Group. “The clinic is truly a unique one-stop shop for walk-in care, lab testing and pharmacy services where patients can receive nearly everything they need to get better fast.”


Everett Joins M3 Group as Video Strategist

M3 Group, a Lansing-based full-service marketing and branding firm, welcomed R.J. Everett as the company’s new video strategist.

Everett graduated from Western Michigan University in 2019, where he pursued film, video and media studies. After college, he performed freelance work on films and television shows, including the Emmy-winning “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation” on CBS. He enjoys formulating a concept and bringing those ideas and visions to life. In his free time, Everett enjoys music, movies, sports, hanging out with friends and video games.


Michigan Works! Announces Hires, Promotions

Capital Area Michigan Works!  is growing and evolving its team in the tri-county region to continue to ensure that services to job seekers and employers meet their needs.

New staff members include Derek Manchip as accounting assistant and Naveed Ullah as new Americans navigator.

Manchip has worked in finance and accounting at Siren/Eaton Shelter, MTH Management, PM Environmental and Broadstripe Cable. He earned his associate degree in business accounting from Lansing Community College in 2006.

Ullah has master’s degrees in educational alimentation and leadership, education, and English. He is working on his Ph.D. in educational administration and leadership at Michigan State University. Ullah is fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi and is able to communicate in Arabic, Nepali, Pushto, Persian, Balochi, Hindko and Sindhi. As the new Americans navigator, Ullah supports refugees and immigrants, eliminating language and cultural barriers to ensure successful transition into Michigan’s workforce.

In addition to the new hires, three Michigan Works! staff members received promotions: Nick Chaffin was named program compliance manager, Tekea Norwood was named chief operating officer and Amirika Richardson is the new clean slate navigator.


Triterra Hires Feher, Oslosky

Triterra, a Lansing-based environmental consulting firm, announced the addition of two new staff members. Carrie Feher joined Triterra as an accounting specialist and Greg Oslosky was named as an associate geologist.

Feher holds a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources from Davenport University. Her work focuses on invoice processing and managing financial transactions, as well as maintaining vendor invoices and internal entries within the accounting system. Feher also assists with accounts receivable and preparing reports.

Oslosky’s role will include managing projects, helping grow Triterra in west Michigan and providing technical assistance. He acquired a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Oslosky has more than 17 years of experience as an environmental consultant, including soil and groundwater investigations under several state and federal programs, project management, due diligence environmental site assessments, LNAPL characterization assessments, hydrogeological assessments, and facility decommissioning. Olsosky is originally from Pittsburgh and moved to west Michigan with his family in 2019 to be closer to his wife’s family.


Chamber Recognizes Regional Female Leaders

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized six regional female leaders who are new to their positions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recognition was made during an executive welcome program held Sept. 8.

Leaders honored at the event included Helen Johnson of Sparrow Eaton Hospital, Cindy Kangas of the Capital Area Manufacturing Council, Michelle Lantz of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Julie Pingston of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, Carrie Rosingana of Capital Area Michigan Works!, and Nicole Noll-Williams of the Capital Region Airport Authority.

“We are particularly excited to recognize these leaders who represent the unprecedented growth in the number of outstanding women leaders in our region,” said Tim Daman, chamber president and CEO. “This particular group of leaders is particularly deserving of recognition in light of the circumstances under which they assumed their new position during a global pandemic. We are very proud of the work they are doing in their organizations and our region.”


Stoll Celebrates 30 Years in Fitness

Wendy Stoll, owner of Wendy Stoll Personal Training, is celebrating 30 years working in the health and fitness industry.

Stoll is a certified personal trainer who specializes in designing customized exercise and weight management programs for women. She has worked with people of all fitness levels and all ages. Stoll got her start in 1991 teaching group fitness classes at local gyms. She later opened a small group aerobics studio in west Lansing. Shortly after that, she decided she loved the individual attention side of personal training and changed her business plan. Stoll has written several health and fitness articles for local magazines.


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