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Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

LCC Announces Chief Diversity Officer
Lansing Community College named Dale Dan as the college’s chief diversity officer following a national search.

Dan served as the chief diversity officer for Empire State University, part of the State University of New York system. Before that, she was dean of diversity, equity and inclusion and a professor of education and business for Bethel University in Minnesota. Her projects included DEI strategic planning; rebuilding recruitment and hiring systems to ensure fairness; and developing extensive diversity, equity and inclusion trainings for students, employees and leadership.

M3 Group Expands Team
M3 Group, a leader in branding, public relations and marketing, announced the hiring of three new team members: Cameron Marie Needham as vice president of marketing technology and development, Nicole Shuiling as account executive, and Noah Maldonado as junior creative visionary.

Needham joins M3 Group with more than 20 years of experience in design, marketing, technology and operations.

Shuiling brings six years of people-pleasing skills in real estate to her new role to assist with sales for M3 Group’s publications and events.

Maldonado previously worked as a creative assistant at the nonprofit City Life Lansing and as a marketing intern with Gillespie Group.

Children and Youth Leaders Join MSU Extension
Lisa Bottomley and Jodi Schulz have been named co-directors of the Michigan State University Extension Children and Youth Institute. Both have been serving in interim associate director roles. They replace Julie Chapin, who is providing support to the leadership transition and assisting with special projects and initiatives.

Quentin Tyler, director of MSU Extension, said that Bottomley and Schulz are well poised to lead the institute, which is home to the organization’s programming for children and youth.

Peckham Welcomes Vice President of Belonging
Peckham Inc. named Tina Alonzo as its vice president of belonging. The organization created the leadership position to strengthen diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategy.

Alonzo has a history in diversity and inclusion leadership, change management, and strategic planning and implementation, with her most recent experience leading organizational initiatives for more than 7,000 employees with Michigan State University’s Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration.

Sparrow Hospitals Honored for Performance
Sparrow Carson, Eaton and Ionia hospitals have been recognized by a national organization for outstanding patient care, performance and quality.

Sparrow Carson received the 2023 Performance Leadership Award for excellence in quality and patient perspective from the Chartis Center of Rural Health. Sparrow Eaton and Ionia received the 2023 Performance Leadership Award for excellence in outcomes.

Michaud, Walthorn Rise in Gillespie Ranks
Gillespie Group announced two promotions within their firm: Rachel Michaud now holds the position of president and chief operating officer, and Tricia Walthorn was named as chief financial officer.

Michaud has been a part of the Gillespie Group team for over 25 years, most recently holding the position of vice president. Walthorn previously held the director of finance role.

MSU Health Care Announces Leadership Transition
A strategic leadership transition took place at MSU Health Care as Kristine Allen, previously the chief nursing officer, assumed the title of chief operating officer.

As chief nursing officer, Allen has led the operational goals for the entire enterprise, ensuring a patient-centric approach and efficient day-to-day functioning. Another key responsibility was the optimization of the MSU Health Care Electronic Health Record platform.

Triterra Expands Team
Triterra, a Michigan-based environmental consulting firm, announced the addition of several new staff members.

Andrew Kranz joined Triterra as an environmental scientist working out of the Lansing office, Victoria Bowerman is an administrative assistant in the finance and admin department, Matt Wiley is a marketing assistant in the Lansing office, Allyson Phillips is an accounting specialist in the Lansing office, Jade Gillette is an associate scientist in the technical services department in Grand Rapids, and Adrianna Allen is an environmental scientist working as a part of the Lansing natural resources team.

Matrix Consulting Adds Clark Trombley
Matrix Consulting Engineers Inc., a mechanical and electrical Engineering firm, has added Clark Trombley Randers.

The union represents a milestone for Matrix Consulting, reinforcing the company’s commitment to staying at the forefront of engineering advancements and expanding its capabilities to better serve its clients.

Meridian Appoints New Trustee
Peter Trezise was selected to fill the vacant trustee seat on the Meridian Township board. The vacancy became available after former Trustee Courtney Wisinski resigned.

As a township resident of over 35 years, Trezise has spent his entire career working in the public sector. He is a licensed attorney with the state of Michigan and served as the assistant attorney general for 20 years.

Kline Named Partner of GFK
Nicholas S. Kline has been named a principal of Gallagher, Flintoff & Klein PLC.

Kline has 10 years of public accounting experience, and he works in the firm’s accounting and tax practice, providing consulting and tax services to closely-held and family-owned businesses and their owners. He joined GFK in 2019.

Maner Costerisan Announces Changes
Maner Costerisan announced five team members have been promoted to principal and Katie Hamilton has been appointed to the board of directors.

Hamilton oversees Maner’s tax department and is responsible for the firm’s tax growth strategy and client service.

The promotions of Jessica Fleet, Joel Korson, Nick Kossaras, Stephanie Kossaras and Clayton Stiffler to principal reflect the next phase of leadership for the firm.

Origami Recognized as Top Workplace
Origami Rehabilitation has been recognized as one of the 2023 Top Workplaces by the Detroit Free Press.

Origami Rehabilitation emerged as a standout in this year’s rankings, reflecting the company’s commitment to fostering a supportive work culture where employees can learn, grow and make a difference.

Martin Takes Part in Real Estate Report
Martin Commercial Properties President and CEO Van W. Martin has joined a cohort of real estate experts to unveil the challenges currently molding the commercial real estate landscape.

The Counselors of Real Estate delivers its “Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate” report annually. The organization is recognized for its independent analysis of real estate decisions spanning all facets of the market. The organization unites property professionals with government and academia representatives.

For more details on the report, visit