Category: Top News Written by Amber Boggins/AJ Williams
1. Erebus 4 Story Haunted Attraction in Pontiac Prices vary throughout the week (Monday through Thursday - $23, Friday and Saturday - $28, Sunday $25). All Walgreens locations will also be selling tickets with a $3 discount. Erebus is at 18 South Perry Street in Pontiac. For complete ticketing information and a calendar of hours of operation, visit Erebus at www.HauntedPontiac.com.
2. Boating & Outdoor Festival The Boating and Outdoor Festival will be taking place at the Lake St. Clair Metropark September 20, 2012 through September 23, 2012. You will find boats, ATV’s paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and much more all for sale. There will also be product demonstrations, exhibits and special attractions. Tickets are $7 for those ages 12 and older. For more information please visit www.boatingandoutdoorfest.com or call (800) 932-2628 or (586) 463-4581.
3. Comedian Kevin Hart, 'Let Me Explain' Tour Date & Time: Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 PM Price: $75.50, $65.50 and $45.50 reserved Doors: 6:30 PM More Info: Special Superfan seating is also available.
4. You’ve Been Framed Join the Detroit Institute of Arts every Friday in September for its Drop-In Workshop, You’ve Been Framed. Create small picture frames using markers, gel pens and more to hold your favorite photos. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. and is free with museum admission. For more information, visit http://www.dia.org.
5. Painting With a Twist Office hours: Monday - Friday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Party studio available 7 days a week from 10am-10pm call to check availability This is a great place to have fun with your friends, or meet new friends; relax or just let your hair down and be you; or simply discover your inner artist. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint along with our artist to create your own work of art that you will take home at the end of the evening. Class Prices: $35 per person for a 2 hour class and $45 per person for a 3 hour class. Family Day and Senior's Day are $25 per person for a 2 hour class. Call 248 850-7182 to make a reservation http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/
6. Battle of the Brains Presented by Great Lakes Trivia Saturday Sep 22 - 7:00PM WWW.GREATLAKESTRIVIA.COM
7. Detroit Design Festival returns Sept. 19-23 The 2012 Detroit Design Festival will take place at venues along the Woodward Corridor, from Downtown Detroit to New Center, and in various neighborhoods throughout Detroit. The festival will feature dozens of Design Happenings, including installations, performances and workshops. Additionally, this year's festival will be programmed in concert with the London Design Festival and New York Urban Design Week. For more information visit www.detroitdesignfestival.com.
8. Learning bus tour for Social Workers Thinking Fresh About Detroit - Food Issues and Concerns* with Linda Yellin, LMSW and Core Learning, Inc Community Partners: Eastern Market Corp., Gleaners Food Bank, ROC - United, Earthworks Garden Price: $109.00 (5.0 CE Clock Hours Certificate, program material, lunch, bus) Friday: September 21,2012 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9. Tigers Vs. Twins at Comerica Park Sept 21 at 7:05p; Sept 22 at 4:05p; Sept 23 at 1:05p Go Online to Tigers.com for ticket information
10. Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo September 22, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Michigan Humane Society and the Detroit Zoological Society will host Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept.23, at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for immediate adoption from MHS and more than 20 additional organizations at the largest off-site pet adoption event in the country. There is no charge for admission or parking for this event, which is held under tents in the Detroit Zoo front parking lot, beneath the signature water tower, located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. For more information, please visit www.michiganhumane.org/ZOO or call (248) 283-1000.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 13:03
Category: Top News Written by Monica A. Morgan
DIA's Friends of African Arts 50th Anniversary Gala: Sharon Madison and Graham Beal, DIA DIrector, President and CEO
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:18
Category: Top News Written by Michigan Chronicle
The Detroit Board of Water Commissioners (BOWC) voted unanimously Friday to authorize the Department to move forward with a five-year contract with EMA Inc. The contact will allow EMA to proceed with the organizational optimization work initially recommended as part of the company’s 90-day operational assessment. With Friday’s vote, DWSD will negotiate a final contract with EMA which could begin as early as October 1. Under the five-year agreement, EMA will work with DWSD to develop new job designs, resulting in a reduction in the number of employee classifications from 267 to 31.
The scope of work will also include piloting those job designs and business process designs, developing an information technology master plan, examining human resources and payroll systems, optimizing the department’s CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System), and improving the reliability of equipment through improved asset management. For that work, EMA will receive compensation of approximately $17 million, with an additional $2.5 million set aside for expenses.
In addition to the services listed above, EMA will work on the development, assessment, and implementation of non-core outsourced services as originally identified within the 90-day operational assessment. Non-core services include building maintenance, grass cutting, snow removal, and janitorial services. Over the term of the agreement, it is anticipated that those outsourced services will come at a cost of roughly $21 million, resulting in an expected net savings to DWSD of more than $50 million.
“We are focused on a process to improve our compliance with the federal consent agreement and become more efficient,” said DWSD Director Sue McCormick. “We are not starting with a target number to achieve those savings. If we follow the process, the numbers will work themselves out.” Today’s vote followed an extensive period of due diligence by DWSD staff and the BOWC, which involved reviewing EMA’s history of recommendations and implementations in other municipalities. Especially noted were how the efforts of EMA improved compliance with federal regulations in those systems.
Chairman James Fausone thanked the Board members for spending the extensive amount of time necessary to review the due diligence information that was gathered, as well as the proposal from EMA and the recommendations to proceed from the Director and the Board’s technical advisor, Tarolyn Buckles. DWSD supplies high-quality drinking water to Detroit and 126 other communities in southeast Michigan. The Department provides wastewater services to Detroit and 76 other southeast Michigan communities.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:53
Category: Top News Written by Minehaha Forman
How does racially charged language make you feel?
You’ve heard of affirmative action, right?
Will your religious beliefs hinder your ability to make the distinction between immoral and illegal activities?
These are the questions Judge Nancy Edmunds, the prosecution, and defense attorneys have asked prospective jurors over and over again during the past week of jury selection in the alleged corruption trial involving former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and three of his associates.
Why are these queries important to the jury selection process? In order to conduct a fair trial in the city hall corruption case, the jury has to understand that there’s a difference between cronyism and affirmative action, that minority businesses are often favored due to affirmative action and government set-aside programs and not necessarily because public officials are running a racket.
But most importantly, prospective jurors –who have thus far been predominantly white or of non-African descent—must be prepared for fiery language on race relations. Jurors have to promise now that they won’t take any racial insults heard in the trial out on the defendants later.
“There’s going to be angry, racially charged language in this case that could be difficult to listen to. Will this affect your ability to judge fairly?” Edmunds asked one prospective juror after the next as the juror hunt continued on Friday morning.
The prospective jurors answered “no”, that racially charged comments wouldn’t blur their judgment, that they’d heard them before.
“Based on the historical events, do you understand why black people might make angry comments about white people?” John Shea, defense attorney for Bernard Kilpatrick asked a white male from the jury pool.
“Yes” was the common answer to the heavily repeated question.
Another topic that surfaced frequently was religion and how it related to moral and ethical ideas. Defendant Kwame Kilpatrick’s top lawyer, James Thomas, asked many of the prospective jurors the same question:
“Do you understand the difference between immoral and illegal activities?” he asked people who expressed interest in religion or said they were active in a church group. “Do you understand that we are not concerned with immoral activities but whether or not the defendants broke the law?
Thomas said he asked this question to make sure that selected jurors are not of the mindset that committing a religious sin is not the equivalent of breaking U.S. law. Most importantly, that they can set aside any religious or cultural beliefs in order to come to an unbiased verdict.
During Friday’s selection process, one of the prospective jurors who was African American was asked similar but differently slanted questions.
“Have you ever been a victim of discrimination?” Thomas asked one of the black females called in from the jury pool for questioning.
“If at the end of the day, the government proves beyond reasonable doubt that the defendants … [are guilty], would it be hard for you to give a guilty verdict?”
The woman said she would not have any trouble going by the evidence but recalled an instance when she had felt discriminated against.
Both the prosecution and defense attorneys agreed that she could be a fair juror in the trial if selected. Jury selection is expected to wrap up next week and the trial, which is expected to run four months. The defendants, Kwame and Bernard Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson and Victor Mercado are being charged by the U.S. government for allegedly turning city hall into a racket for personal gains. The case is completely unrelated to the text message scandal.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 10:57
Category: Top News Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
EAA partners with Focus: HOPE to provide the best IT solutions for its schools
The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA) recently announced it has partnered with Focus: HOPE to establish a technology team to service EAA school computers and server equipment. The partnership will help to ensure students and staff at the 15 EAA schools receive quick and effective solutions to IT issues.
“Technology is critical to the EAA’s new Student Centered Learning Model,” said EAA Chancellor Dr. John Wm. Covington. “Our partnership with Focus: HOPE ensures the EAA’s ability to maintain school equipment by providing the fastest response time in the most cost effective manner.”
In the EAA schools, each student has computer access. The new Student Centered Learning Model combined with individual attention and programs, means every EAA classroom will move from the traditional group-oriented teaching format to a personalized one where students learn and advance at their own pace.
EAA Chief Technology Officer Adel Haddad said the EAA has hired 27 certified technicians that are graduates of the Focus: HOPE Information Technologies Center (ITC) to support this new learning model. The graduates have a range of certifications from Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and A+ to Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) to Cisco Certified Entry-level Technician (CCENT).
The new EAA IT team is a diverse group with the majority of team members residing in Detroit. Team members range in age from 18-57 years. Longtime Focus: HOPE instructor Hermine Turner has been hired as the team’s supervisor. In addition to extensive training and certification, some team members bring business support experience to this assignment.
“We are pleased to partner with the Education Achievement Authority to support the technology needs of students and teachers,” said William F. Jones, Jr., CEO of Focus: HOPE. “Our graduates bring exceptional technical skills as well as customer service and communication skills to these jobs. But more importantly, they are excited to support learning opportunities for the EAA students. All of us recognize the importance of a good education in helping people achieve success in their lives.”
The Focus: HOPE team has been working since August 23. Each EAA school will have a computer technician on site to support computers for the students and teachers.
Sharon Jenkins, a graduate of Focus: HOPE’s PC Technology program, was anxious for school to start, working with students at Pershing High School. “I’m looking forward to making a difference,” she said.
The goal of the partnership is to provide top notch IT solutions for each EAA school, in addition to providing employment opportunities for Focus: HOPE’s ITC graduates, said Haddad.
“We will continue to provide the very best tools for our students,” said Covington. “Focus: HOPE has a well-established track record of excellent career training and we believe their certified IT technicians will serve as a good fit for the day-to-day Student Centered Learning Model. In addition, we’re excited to strengthen the economy by providing career opportunities to talented men and women.”
The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan is a new statewide system of schools that will operate the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in Michigan not achieving satisfactory results on a redesign plan or that are under an emergency manager. It is designed to provide a new, stable, financially responsible set of public schools that create the conditions, supports, tools and resources under which teachers can help students make significant academic gains. It began operating its initial schools in the 2012-2013 school year.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:32
Category: Top News Written by By Judge Damon J. Keith
PICTURED (from left) are the Honorable Charles W. Anderson III, Sharon Madison (event chair) Gail Ross, Rodney Howell, Laydell Wood Wyatt, Paralee Day and Dr. Robert E.L. Perkins.
As a longtime member of the City of Detroit Arts Commission and a member and honorary director of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), I take great pleasure in recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the DIA’s Friends of African and African American Art auxiliary.
In 1962, a group of art lovers came together to establish the DIA Founders Society’s African Art Gallery Committee. This new auxiliary, headed by Arthur D. Coar, was dedicated to the support and enrichment of the museum’s African collection. In 1992, the group broadened its mission to assist the museum in strengthening its African American art collection in addition to working to enhance the DIA’s collection of African art. It officially changed its name to the Friends of African and African American Art (FAAAA). This DIA auxiliary is today one of the museum’s oldest and most highly regarded organizations of its kind.
FAAAA’s mission is to raise funds to purchase significant works of art created by African, African American and other artists of the diaspora. Additionally, FAAAA plays a vital role in introducing young people to art and educating them through the many programs, tours, lectures and special exhibitions offered throughout the year.
FAAAA is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a yearlong series of events beginning Saturday, Sept. 15, and culminating with its signature annual fundraiser, Bal Africain© on June 15, 2013. Included in the anniversary celebration will be lectures on African American art, African art and art of the African diaspora. Among the events planned, but not yet finalized, are tours of collectors’ homes and an art auction.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, FAAAA hosts “The Summer of ’62,” a tribute to the year FAAAA was established as The African Art Gallery committee. This event is at 7 p.m. at the DIA. There will be a strolling supper and dancing, and guests are encouraged to dress in 1962 “cocktail glamour.” Over the years, I have attended many events given by FAAAA.
They have always been unique and wonderful – a good time raising money for a very good cause. If you’ve never experienced one of their spectacular parties, I urge you to attend what promises to be an exciting launch to a year-long celebration. I’m sure it will bring back fond memories to many of us who enjoyed the music and fashions of 1962.
Tickets are $150 each, with patron tickets at $500 for two people. Tickets can be purchased by calling (313) 833-4005 or at tickets.dia.org. Proceeds support FAAAA’s work on behalf of the DIA.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:27
Category: Top News Written by By Robert Weiner, John Horton and Richard Mann
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, one of North Carolina’s famous sons, the 2004 vice presidential nominee was clearly absent, and with him, the issue for which he had become a national spokesman. In 2004, John Edwards cemented himself as a symbol for the fight against poverty. However, since then his personal failures have forced him and his favorite issue off the map.
There is no question that the John Edwards case is a personal tragedy because of the former presidential and vice presidential candidate’s moral depravity – having an affair and illegitimate child while his wife had cancer, and obtaining a lot of money to cover it all up. It is a tragedy for Elizabeth Edwards, for himself and for the Democratic Party. It also has stopped his once rocketing career dead; he was a top tier presidential candidate in 2008.
CNN’s Candy Crowley recently said the Democratic Convention emphasized “the middle class, the middle class, and the middle class.” We are all for the middle, but what about those underneath? We know what Tampa and the Republican Convention appealed to — the top. Only the Democrats have any hope of bringing the bottom up.
In 2004 and 2008, Edwards spoke eloquently about “two Americas” and about poverty. As we watched C-Span re-run his 2004 convention speech recently, at first we felt a grating unease because of his personal misbehavior. But then the power of the speech took over; it was riveting. As he spoke, the issue was front and center. Since then, all we have heard on the issue is…silence.
Poverty exploded over the last decade with one in six people living below the poverty line, while the top American tiers have gotten progressively richer — since 2010 alone, 93% of all new wealth in America has gone to the top 1%. Detroit has a shocking 44% of its residents below the poverty level and Michigan as a whole has 21% below poverty. Meanwhile, the policies of both parties, whether under pressure to get anything done or due to coziness with campaign contributors, has been to give more and more tax breaks to the richest Americans despite evidence that jobs and GDP growth have not trickled down from the tax cuts. “Trickle down” has not worked since Hoover tried it. For all the Republican hoopla about tax breaks for the “job creators,” the ongoing Bush tax cuts clearly aren’t creating jobs.
Even though Edwards betrayed his family, his party and America, the country’s impoverished citizens should hope the issue makes a comeback. The nation needs a top spokesman for poverty. We have our corporate advocates… hey, Mitt Romney says “corporations are people” and we should talk about income disparity “in back rooms.” Romney and new running mate Paul Ryan want to slash Medicare, repeal national health insurance, privatize Social Security, ask college kids to find their tuition by borrowing from their parents, and cut a fifth of food stamps. This all sounds like we’ll have people back on the streets fending from garbage pails and in bread lines — a return to the pre-New Deal Days
The last time we had a real effort against poverty in America was Lyndon Johnson’s War On Poverty. Since then, the rich tax cutters have had a different kind of war on poverty — one expanding the numbers by giving to the rich and to military contractors. Democrats should again lead an America we will be proud of, one with values for all. However, without a big-time spokesman for an issue, one who tirelessly, vocally and with lots of media, presses and re-presses the point, policy and legislation, nothing real will happen. If there is a dedicated high profile advocate on the Hill or in a major position, yes, we can make the change.
One potential spokesman for the impoverished is John Conyers (D-Mich), newly empowered with his 40+ point primary win over credible opponents. By his job creation bill, The Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act of 2012, he hopes to create millions of new public jobs and provide job training. Led by Congressional Black Caucus Dean and Judiciary Committee top Democrat Conyers, his sharp legislative assistant Joel Segal, and Jobs for All Coalition National Director Mike Hersh, the effort has already received support from the NAACP, National Organization of Women (NOW), the AFL-CIO and national student groups. The bill has over 50 congressional cosponsors.
John Edwards, you launched a cause but blew it. We need a new-found hero to come to the fore and take America back to our proud values. Who will it be, or are we destined for more policies of the rich, by the rich and for the rich?
Robert Weiner is a former senior Clinton White House spokesman and former aide to Congressmen John Conyers, Charles Rangel, Claude Pepper and Ed Koch and Senator Ted Kennedy. He is a national columnist and radio-television commentator who covers the White House and Congress and wrote the epilogue to Bankole Thompson’s book, “Obama and Christian Loyalty. John Horton is former policy analyst at Robert Weiner Associates. Richard Mann is senior political assistant at Robert Weiner Associates and Solutions for Change.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:06
Category: Top News Written by Damon Autry
Bill Pickard, Don Coleman, Leon Richardson and Rodney O'Neal
One hundred Black presidents and CEOs. That sentence alone speaks volumes. It speaks to the heights to which African-Americans have risen in business. It speaks to the beauty of dreams and the focus, dedication and preparation necessary to attain them. But perhaps most importantly, it speaks more to the possibility of such achievements than the achievements themselves. It makes us all glow with pride, knowing that those who have ascended up the corporate or entrepreneurial ladder did so not with a faint heart, but with an undying and unyielding faith in themselves and their vision.
The men and women featured in this year’s edition of “Who’s Who in Black Detroit” have certainly overcome tough obstacles and made untold sacrifices to reach this level, both personal and professional. And maybe that’s what makes their accomplishments so admirable. To navigate the treacherous terrain of the business world and achieve what they have achieved is a telling statement and one that, again, speaks volumes.
There are entrepreneurs on the list and there are those who climbed the corporate ladder. Neither is less impressive than the other, but it should be pointed out that African-American-owned businesses are on the rise. From 2002 to 2007, the number of Black-owned businesses increased by 60.5 percent to 1.9 million, more than triple the national rate of 18.0 percent. Over the same period, receipts generated by Black-owned businesses increased 55.1 percent to $137.5 billion. In 2007, the retail trade, healthcare and social assistance sectors accounted for 27.4 percent of Black-owned business revenue. And with 32,490 establishments, Detroit ranked fourth in the nation of cities with Black-owned businesses, behind New York, Chicago and Houston.
The 100 Black presidents and CEOs featured in the publication make up a cross section of business disciplines and industries. These leaders represent the automotive, construction, education, healthcare, hospitality, media and the nonprofit industries and employ thousands of people in and around Southeast Michigan. These businessmen and businesswomen have proven to be the best and brightest at what they do; many of them have received industry awards, acknowledgements from their original equipment manufacturer (OEM), automotive clients or generally remained at the top of the list in their respective industry.
The economic impact of these companies is big for this region. Collectively, they total billions of dollars in annual revenue and contribute handsomely to the overall economic recovery and vibrancy in Southeast Michigan. Several individuals on the list operate multiple entities.
Dr. Bill Pickard not only heads Global Automotive Alliance, he also owns six McDonald’s franchises in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas. He is most proud of the fact that he’s assisted others with obtaining McDonald’s franchises. Leon Richardson of ChemicoMays operates the largest African-American-owned chemical management concern in North America, and his company’s stellar delivery of quality goods and services has earned it General Motors’ Supplier of the Year award three consecutive years. Don Coleman of GlobalHue runs the largest ad agency targeting minority consumers. His clients include Verizon Wireless, Walmart and Chrysler Group LLC, among others.
There’s Dr. Herman Gray, Children’s Hospital’s first African-American president; Mark Douglas, second-generation leader of Avis Ford in Southfield, taking the reins from his father, Walter Douglas; Gregory Jackson of Prestige Automotive, one of the first African-American-owned companies to gross more than $1 billion. There’s Bill Perkins of the Perkins Automotive Group; he is also the first African-American co-chair of the prestigious North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ron Hall Sr. of Bridgewater Interiors was awarded a $900 million contract with General Motors, the largest contract ever handed out to a minority business by GM.
The success stories that abound throughout the publication are inspirational and a testimony to the benefits of dedicated and focused hard work. Many of these individuals came from little, whereas others may have been provided a bit of a head start economically. Regardless of the origin of their journey, each individual, to one degree or another, withstood systemic pushback but persevered and ultimately reached their destination. They are all solid pillars in our community and deserving of being celebrated.
To obtain a copy of the 6th edition of “Who’s Who in Black Detroit,” visit www.whoswhopublishing.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:05
Category: Top News Written by Minni Forman
Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder today announced a plan to revitalize Belle Isle Park through a state-city partnership. The plan calls for a 30-year lease of the island park where the City would maintain ownership and the State would manage and fund park operations through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). According to Bing, the plan will restore Belle Isle to its initial beauty while and saving the city $275 million over the next 30 years.
“This is a win-win situation for the City and the entire State,” Bing told reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning. “We want the gem [that is] Belle Isle to be polished again.” Bing said he had spoken with several council members and is optimistic. “They are supportive of this. We all want the same thing … to make Belle Isle a safe, beautiful place for people to take their families.” If the City Council approves the plan, the first actions the DNR will take is to sharply up the safety patrols on the island and restore athletic fields and restroom areas, Snyder said.
There are also long-term projects for the island including more recreational activities and re-opening the aquarium, boathouse and canals. “We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with the City on a City-owned asset,” he told reporters. He said the proposal is an example of the State working “hand in hand” with the City. “This isn’t Detroit versus Michigan, this is Detroit, Michigan,” he said. If the lease is approved, Belle Isle will become a state park while maintaining city ownership.
The 36 recreation workers assigned to Belle Isle would not lose their jobs but instead be reassigned to other city parks and recreation centers, Bing said. According to George Jackson, CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the entire island will be under DNR control with the exception of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy greenhouse. Snyder said the funding for the Belle Isle improvements would come from bonds paid for by the DNR and a number of grants. But said he was not going to “focus on dollar amounts”.
Under the 30-year lease, all state park rules would apply to Belle Isle including an annual $10 fee for private vehicles to enter the island. There would be no entry fee for people on foot, bikes or buses. Bing said he thought the Belle Isle announcement should be bigger news than former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s federal corruption trial. “We can’t let negative things that have gone on in the past overshadow out future,” he said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:52
Category: Top News Written by Amber Bogins
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Susan Broman, of Grand Rapids, Melissa Cragg, of Grosse Pointe Park and Leslie Murphy, of Ann Arbor, to the Early Childhood Investment Corp. He also announced the reappointments of Shauna Barbeau, of Midland, and Lewis “Lew” Chamberlin, of Grand Rapids.
Created in 2005, the 18-member committee is the state’s leading group for information and investment in early childhood programs.
“These individuals bring diverse backgrounds and years of experience, and I am confident they will do great work to ensure the quality and effectiveness of Michigan’s early childhood programs,” said Snyder.
Broman is director of the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Great Start. Previously, she served as president of the Steelcase Foundation, which focuses on human services, health, education, community development, the arts and environment. Broman is chair of the Kent County Family Children Coordinating Council and former chair of the Council on Michigan Foundations’ “Early Matters” early childhood initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Western Michigan University. Broman is the designee of the Michigan Department of Education.
Cragg is the chief investment officer for The Fisher Group in Southfield, where she oversees investment management and strategy development. Previously, she served as treasurer and vice president of finance for the Detroit Medical Center, and as group manager and vice president for Comerica Bank. Cragg is treasurer for the Women’s Caring Program, and serves as a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s investment committee and Trinity Health’s investment subcommittee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Washington University in St. Louis. Cragg replaces Anne Mervenne.
Murphy is president and CEO of Murphy Consulting Inc., where she provides services to businesses, professional firms and nonprofit entities in the areas of corporate governance, work force development, culture enhancement and staff retention. Previously, she served as a group managing partner with Plante Moran PLLC. Murphy received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan. She replaces Douglas Luciani.
Barbeau is a family nurse practitioner with Health Delivery Inc. - Janes Street Academic Community Health Center in Saginaw, where she provides preventative and acute health care services to citizens of all ages. Previously, Barbeau worked as a family nurse practitioner in Spokane, Wash., and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a flight nurse captain. During Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom, she served as medical crew director, where she assisted returning injured servicemen and servicewomen. Barbeau holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Seattle University and Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., respectively.
Chamberlin is managing partner and CEO of the West Michigan White Caps minor league baseball team. He is a member of the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau board and the Convention/Arena Authority, which owns and operates VanAndel Arena and DeVos Place. Chamberlin also serves on the First Steps Commission, whose goal is to build a comprehensive system of support for Kent County’s youngest children, ages five and below. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Toledo.
Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire July 22, 2016, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 10:27
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