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Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

Photographer Wins International Award
Local photographer Carol Spry took first place in the open color category for the 81st annual Detroit International Salon of Photography competition, which is an international competition.

carol spry

Spry’s photograph was an image titled “Cautious Fairy,” which was taken along the ledges in Grand Ledge.

Spry is a retired Sparrow Health System nurse and a member of the Motor City Camera Club. She has some of her work available at Ledge Craft Lane in Grand Ledge as well as the Katalyst in Old Town and Framers Edge in Okemos.


LCC Announces New Hires
Lansing Community College added Chelsea Ditz, Anthony Kruckeberg and Shon’ta Dwyer to leadership roles.

Ditz is the new executive director of human resources. She comes to LCC from her position as human resources director for the city of Rochester Hills. Ditz holds a law degree from Wayne State University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Ditz replaces retired director James Mitchell.

Shon'ta Dwyer

Kruckeberg has been hired as aviation maintenance technology program director. Kruckeberg is a 25-year Army veteran who served 10 years as a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic and 15 years as a Blackhawk helicopter test pilot. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history education and interdisciplinary studies in social sciences education.

Dwyer has been hired as dean of technical careers, a position she held on an interim basis. She has worked at LCC since 2015. She holds a master’s degree in administration with a concentration in leadership.


Tyus Appointed to Michigan Health Information Network
The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, Michigan’s state designated health information exchange, announced that Janée Tyus has been elected to its board of directors.

Tyus brings more than a decade of unique experience in clinical research, public policy, community engagement and nonprofit leadership to MiHIN to further its mission of improving health care delivery in Michigan through enhanced data sharing.

Tyus currently serves as the senior program director of the Mid-Michigan Community Health Access Program at the Greater Flint Health Coalition, a 501(c)3 designated nonprofit organization with a two-fold mission to improve the health status of Flint and Genesee County residents and to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of the health care system in the community.


Maner Costerisan Recognized for Young Accountants
Maner Costerisan has been named one of the best firms for young accountants by Accounting Today. The Michigan-based firm was ranked No. 9 on the list and No. 13 on the publication’s 2023 list of the 100 best firms to work for nationwide.

“We’re very excited and honored to be named one of the nation’s top 10 best firms for young accountants,” said Trey Williams, president of Maner Costerisan. “This recognition is especially important because it comes directly from the voices and feedback of our team. We take our culture and the progression of our staff very seriously, and this recognition reinforces our commitment to fostering a positive culture and environment where our staff can learn and thrive.”


Happy Feet Wins Charitable Giving Campaign
With 58% of the final vote, Happy Feet Pet Rescue won Eaton Community Bank’s fourth annual Charitable Giving Campaign and a $5,000 donation.

“What Eaton Community Bank does with this Charitable Giving Campaign is just amazing,” said Happy Feet co-founder Patience Cole. “There are so many wonderful organizations in our communities, and each of the five finalists are so deserving. Thank you so much; we’re so honored to receive this donation. We’re just so grateful to have the support of our community.”

Happy Feet Pet rescue

Eaton’s annual campaign lives on social media and is 100% community driven. Each year the bank announces the campaign’s start in early October across its social media channels with a public call for nominations.


Trezise, Thomas Honored for Volunteerism
Meridian Township Planning Commission Vice Chair Peter Trezise and Land Preservation Advisory Board member Steve Thomas were each presented with a Volunteer of the Year Award for their contributions to the township.

Trezise has served in several roles in the township, including the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. In addition, Trezise spent 16 years on the Okemos Public Schools board of education, led the Briarwood Homeowners Association and served on the Meridian Township brand development committee.

Thomas uses his skills as a landscape ecologist to help guide land management and preservation efforts. He also has stewarded Sower Woods Preserve in Meridian Township for over a decade and participated in the Meridian Conservation Corps since the program began.


So Elected to American College of Bond Counsel
Kester So, a member in the Lansing office of Dickinson Wright, was reelected to the board of directors of the American College of Bond Counsel.

So specializes in municipal finance, where he has served as bond counsel or underwriter’s counsel on a wide variety of bond issues, including bonds for health care, public power, higher education, transportation, unemployment insurance, tax increment financing, environmental, school bond loan fund, state and local building authorities, airports, water and sewer, solid waste disposal, tobacco securitizations, economic development bonds, and others.


MSUFCU Announces Aviation Scholarship Recipients
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union announced the first recipients of its Dreams Take Flight scholarship to help make flight time more accessible and affordable to area high school juniors and seniors interested in an aviation career.

This year’s selected recipients are Lillian Schneider, a junior at DeWitt High School, and Ty Wardin, a junior at St. Johns High School. MSUFCU’s program provides two $5,000 scholarships to assist with the costs associated with flight lessons.


The Aviation Careers Institute, a partnership between the Capital Region International Airport and Eaton Regional Education Service Agency, offers high school juniors and seniors in all school districts and academies in Eaton, Ingham and Clinton counties the unique opportunity to learn about careers in aviation; take part in classroom lessons; and utilize flight simulators to learn the basics of flight, plane management, and ground school.


Stoll Earns Training Credential
Wendy Stoll, owner of Wendy Stoll Personal Training, is celebrating 32 years working in the fitness industry and recently earned her women’s fitness specialist credential through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Stoll got her start in 1991 teaching group fitness classes at local gyms. She later opened a small group aerobics studio in west Lansing.