Young Professionals Honored at 10 Over the Next Ten

These residents under the age of 35 will be ones to watch in the coming years.

They are names residents might as well familiarize themselves with now — because they’ll likely be oft-repeated in the years to come as their contributions to the Greater Lansing region continue to climb.

The 15th annual 10 Over the Next Ten Awards were held Sept. 22 at the Graduate Hotel in East Lansing. The event recognizes Greater Lansing’s top 10 young professionals who are expected to significantly advance the local community over the next decade. The event was presented by Independent Bank and co-hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lansing 5:01.

The 2021 10 Over the Next Ten Award recipients are MiChaela Barker, community action network coordinator for the Ingham County Health Department; Elvin Caldwell, who serves as a legislative affairs consultant, closely monitoring, researching and assisting clients in developing public policy strategies; Brian Daniels, founder of the emPOWer Lansing boxing and fitness studio; Mallory DePrekel, state director and CEO of Communities in Schools of Michigan, a nonprofit that provides community support to students to help them to stay in school and achieve in life; Justin Hewson, business services manager of loan operations for Michigan State University Federal Credit Union; Nate Kirk, assistant vice president and mortgage loan officer for the mid-Michigan market of Commercial Bank; Quincie McCalla, a registered financial representative with Modern Woodmen of America, a member-owned fraternal financial services organization; Breina Pugh, community relations manager for the Lansing Board of Water and Light; Brian Sapita, director of government affairs for the Michigan Pharmacists Association; and Kirstyn Waldron, corporate philanthropy manager for Jackson National Life Insurance Co.

The winners of the 10 Over the Next Ten Awards are selected on professional achievement, community involvement and personal success. Nominees must be 35 years old or younger and must have worked in the tri-county region for a minimum of two years.

Nominations for the 2022 10 Over the Next Ten Awards will open in mid-summer.

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