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Lawrence J. Burns, President & Chief Executive OfficerLawrence J. Burns, President & Chief Executive Officer

A Detroit native who has maintained close professional ties to Michigan throughout his career, Burns is a recognized leader in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as Vice President for Advancement at the University of Akron after more than two decades of health care and higher education development, marketing and executive experience in multiple leadership roles at the University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio. Mr. Burns is a firm believer of integrating all forms of communication elements of an organization including marketing, branding, fundraising, social media and community outreach.

Mr. Burns has also served in leadership positions at community organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Club, the Toledo Zoo, The Akron Roundtable as well as serving as chief diversity officer at the University of Toledo.This new position is a homecoming of sorts for Burns, who established his strong fundraising reputation working in development for Children’s Hospital of Michigan earlier in his career. Mr. Burns is a graduate of Central Michigan University and has been apart time instructor at UT in the areas of public relations and interpersonal communications.

Jodi Wong, Vice President of Operations

Jodi has more than 23 years of experience in healthcare philanthropy.  She is serving Vice President of Operations for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.  In addition to several years with the Foundation, her previous experience includes many years with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, St. John Hospital & Medical Center and St. John Health Foundation. Jodi is a graduate of the University of Michigan, a lifelong Detroiter and a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXII.  Wong is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has served on numerous boards. Contact Jodi at (313) 745-5423 or jwong@chmfoundation.org

Board of Trustees

Matt Friedman, Chair

Matt Friedman, Co-Founder of Tanner Friedman works with clients and leads teams on developing and implementing traditional and emerging communication strategies that support client business objectives. His clients have included an international airline, multiple global pharmaceutical companies and research universities, print and broadcast media companies, top nonprofit organizations, innovative entrepreneurial companies and leading professional service firms. Importantly, Friedman is a recognized crisis communications strategist, helping to guide organizations of all sizes though “bad news” and times of change.

His specialized experience includes working with virtually all facets of health care communications, handling litigation communications for high-profile legal matters, leading media relations operations for major business and political events, and strategic communications projects for multiple Division I college athletic departments and a “Power Five” athletic conference. Friedman is also an experienced media trainer, combining his news and PR experience to create customized training sessions for clients nationwide to learn how to tell their stories and deliver their messages through interviews with journalists.

He began his PR career at a large Detroit firm in the 1990s, after a track record of success in broadcast journalism. Most recently, he was the lead news producer for Detroit station WDIV-TV (NBC)’s 6pm news broadcast, at the time Michigan’s most watched evening news program. He also served as a news producer at at WKMG-TV (CBS) in Orlando, Florida and WSB-TV (ABC) in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the top news writer on the nation’s highest rated 11pm newscast. Friedman began his professional broadcasting career on-the-air and behind-the-scenes covering news and sports at WWJ-AM radio (CBS) in Detroit. He first started in communications at age 11 as a DJ and sports announcer at Metro Detroit community radio station WBFH-FM, where he eventually became the station’s operations manager. He now frequently serves as a broadcast news and PR analyst for newspapers, magazines, websites, TV and radio stations. Friedman also hosts a statewide Internet radio program focused on trends, “Communicating Business” on the Michigan Business Network.

Friedman is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. He served as News Director at WJPZ-FM, at the time the nations highest-rated collegiate broadcast outlet. He was inducted into the WJPZ Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.

A leader in the Michigan community, Friedman serves as Chair of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Boards of the Legacy Detroit Medical Center, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids, Charity Motors and the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation. He also chairs the Detroit Regional Chambers PR/Marketing Advisory Council. He’s previously served as Governance Chair for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Earlier in his career, Friedman received recognition for his leadership as one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 under 40” and DBusiness magazines “30 in their 30s,” for his business and community accomplishments before the age of forty. He resides with his family in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Cynthia N. Ford, Vice Chair

Cynthia serves as Vice Chair of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board of Trustees, subsequent to her seven-year tenure as Chair. Cynthia’s relationship with the Foundation began when Beth Fisher, a long-time Children’s Hospital trustee and close friend of Cynthia, asked her to join the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Board, sparking more than two decades of steadfast involvement with the hospital. Cynthia’s passion for children radiates through her charitable work with the Foundation and her myriad of community commitments. Other associations include a board member of the Detroit Zoological Society, Detroit Institute of Arts, Planned Parenthood of MI, Forgotten Harvest and The McGregor Fund and involved on a national level with the JDRF. She lives in Grosse Pointe Farms with her family.

Fred Minturn, Vice Chair and Treasurer

Fred joined the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board in 2011 and serves as Vice Chair and Treasurer. Fred has been President and CEO at MSX International since 2009. He oversees the company’s two divisions, Human Capital Solutions and Retail Network Solutions. MSXI has achieved double digit revenue and earnings growth in every year under Minturn’s leadership. Prior to his current position, he served as MSXI’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, successfully leading the company through the automotive crisis.

Minturn also serves on the board of directors for MSXI, the Automotive Hall of Fame, Veteran Owned Business and Business Leaders for Michigan. He was selected to Staffing Industry Analysts’ “Staffing 100” as one of the most influential people in the industry. In 2009, he was named Crain’s Detroit Business CFO of the Year and recently was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Fred’s lifetime philanthropic focus has been to improve the lives of children. From serving on the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education to chairing the CHMF Board of Trustees, Fred has graciously donated his expertise, resources and time to the betterment of Detroit-area youth. Fred graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Rita Margherio, Secretary

Rita serves as secretary of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board. She first became involvement with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan volunteering in the gift shop of Festival of Trees (FOT), which has contributed more than 7 million dollars to the Foundation and the hospital over the years. She has served on the Board of FOT for many years, chaired numerous FOT committees, including two as Board Chair, and has served as co-chair of a Festival of Trees event. Rita resides in Orchard Lake.

Mary Lu Angelilli, M.D.

Mary Lu Angelilli, M.D., F.A.A.P., is the interim chair of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Angelilli is a native of metropolitan Detroit. She received her medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Wayne State University. She completed her internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 1982, after which she practiced General Pediatrics in a Detroit-based community practice. In 1988, she began full time at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She also is the Specialist-in-Chief for Detroit Medical Center, the Department Chair of Pediatrics at Wayne State University and appointed President of University Pediatricians of the practice plan.

Dr. Angelilli is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served on several national committees, including 20 years on the Pediatric Research in the Practice Setting committee, where she became an expert in office-based research. In 2015, Dr. Angelilli became board-certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics. She has testified as an expert witness in more than 80 trials in various courts throughout Southeastern Michigan. She is a member of the Helfer Society, an honorary society for child abuse pediatricians.

Dr. Angelilli spends most of her time in administrative activities and sees patients in the General Pediatrics Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

John D. (Jack) Baker, M.D.

Jack was a founding member of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board of Trustees in 2003 and served as chair of the Foundation Board in 2011 when the Foundation assumed the philanthropy role of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He is currently Chair of the Grants and Compliance Committee of the Foundation.

Jack did his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and received his doctor of medicine degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency in ophthalmology was served at the Detroit Receiving Hospital and Kresge Eye Institute. He completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Jack holds the academic rank of Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is a former partner, now mostly retired from Children’s Eye Care Michigan, PC.

Jack is a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus where he served as President and Secretary for Programs and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Jack is a member of the Association for Research in Strabismus (Squint Club) and is a member for the Board of Directors of the Children’s Eye Foundation where he has served as president and board chair. Dr. Baker has published 49 original observations and 72 collaborative studies in ophthalmologic medical journals and 8 book chapters in ophthalmology text and reference books.

In 2016, Jack received the Parks Silver Medal Award from the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the Children’s Eye Foundation. This is the highest pediatric ophthalmology award given in North America. He also has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and awarded a Top Doctor in American for the past 20 years.

Jack’s whole professional life and a great deal of his personal life has been spent advocating for better children’s health with a focus on eye health and to provide a life of the best vision possible for children. He first spend time at Children’s Hospital of Michigan as a medical student in 1965, and his love for helping children and dedication for them to have healthy lives with good vision has continued since then. He has been on the staff of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan since 1973, serving as Chief of Ophthalmology from 1984 to 2004 and as Chair of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2010. Philanthropy has always been a large part of his wife’s and his involvement with CHM. When the hospital’s ownership changed, it was critically important to the Bakers that philanthropy dollars continue to be raised to support the research and education mission of CHM. This is critically important to attract the very best staff to CHM for the care of our children. We want and need to attract staff that are dedicated to research and education in addition to providing the best clinical medical care. Thus, he is committed that the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation continues to raise money to support the mission of the hospital. This support is for projects within the hospital and also to leverage the expertise of the CHM staff to provide health solutions in the broader community and in partnership with other organizations.

Michael S. Ben

Michael joined the board in December 2014. Michael is a partner in the Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP law firm, serving as practice group leader for securities and corporate governance. In this capacity he serves primarily as outside general counsel and SEC counsel for publicly traded companies. Ben graduated from Harvard Law School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he has been a volunteer mentor.

Steve J. Blahunka

Steve has been an advisor with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation since 2012, and became a Board Member in 2016.   Steve was a host committee member for the Big Shots, Little Stars event in conjunction with the International Auto Show and Dream, Hope, Discover – Celebrating 125 Years! He is honored to be a part of CHMF and all that the Foundation does to deliver pediatric research and community programs to the children throughout Michigan and the world.

Steve is a Vice President-Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Farmington Hills. As a portfolio manager, his practice specializes on wealth management and investment guidance for executives, physicians, business owners and retirees on their taxable and retirement investment portfolios. He holds a M.B.A from Wayne State University, received his B.S.B.A. from Central Michigan University and is a CRPC® – Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.

Charles D. Bullock

Chuck is a founder of the firm Stevenson and Bullock, P.L.C. and has been practicing law for over 20 years. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Tennessee Bar Association. In addition, he has served as a longtime Adjunct Professor at Western Michigan University, Thomas. M. Cooley Law School (Bankruptcy). He is a Trustee for The Pewabic Society, Inc. (Pewabic Pottery) and the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Chuck and his wife, Julie, are well known in the Metro-Detroit Philanthropic Community. He enjoys the social benefits of membership at the Detroit Athletic Club and Meadowbrook Country Club. His family resides in Plymouth, Michigan. He joined the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation in 2017 and serves as a member of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee.

James F. Carr, Jr.

Jim’s service to the Foundation is the continuance of a family legacy of commitment that began with Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Jim’s older brother, David, was diagnosed with Leukemia in the 1960s and Jim would accompany him to the hospital for his treatment. His mother, the late Joanne Cline Carr, was a longtime volunteer in the hematology-oncology clinic and was instrumental in establishing the Child Research Center League, the predecessor of the Children’s Research Center of Michigan at Children’s Hospital. Jim was the President of Carr Investment Company for 10 years and is now a retired investment counselor. Jim shares his time between Michigan and Florida with his wife, Diane.

Ajay Chawla

Ajay Chawla is an accomplished multifaceted leader with 17 plus years of experience in executive leadership, business development, and account management. Ajay also has an extraordinary blend of business acumen, operational expertise and technological savvy with a profound knowledge of multiple industries.  Ajay was also the founder and Chairman of Toast For Tykes, a non-profit started in 2001. TFT has contributed over $400,000 to various organizations that serve children in southeast Michigan. These organizations include Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Kids Kicking Cancer, University of Michigan Pediatric Burn Unit, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, and Catch. Ajay spends his spare time giving back to his High School, Brother Rice, where he has served as the lacrosse coach for the last 10 years., Ajay also serves on the Board of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Ajay is a graduate from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

Tom Constand

Tom Constand is the President & CEO of The Brain Injury Association of Michigan.  Prior to this role, Tom was co-owner of StarrConstand Business Communication, a full-service marketing agency. Before starting his own firm, Constand was account manager for the Franco Public Relations Group where he worked on the region’s winning bid for Super Bowl XL. He was previously managing director of the initial Detroit Sports Commission. Constand is board chair of the Boll Family YMCA of Detroit and a board member of the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA.

Douglas M. Etkin

Doug is the Principal of the Etkin Company, a noted Michigan real estate management and development firm with national clients. Doug and his family have a relationship with Children’s Hospital of Michigan that spans decades. Not only has Etkin Company made gifts to Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Foundation each holiday season as a tribute to their stakeholders, but in 2009, Doug and his mother, Toby, also made a significant contribution and honored Doug’s father with the naming of the Alex J. Etkin Specialty Center in Southfield. Doug has served as the president of the Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit and has a leadership role in the Urban Land Institute.

Luanne Thomas Ewald

Luanne’s entire career has been spent at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) which consists of eight hospitals and more than 100 ambulatory sites. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Prior to this role, she was the Vice President of Business Development for the DMC and CHM. Since 2007, she has been instrumental in opening ten Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Centers in the community. These outpatient facilities have resulted in major growth and increased physician and patient satisfaction. Her latest project, Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Troy, will include the states first pediatric free standing emergency department. She holds a bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University and Masters in Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University. Most recently in April 2016, she was awarded The 2016 Most Valuable Professional by Corp! Magazine.

Johnny Ginopolis

Johnny, a charter member of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board, operates one of the metro area’s best known dining spots—Ginopolis on the Grill in Farmington Hills. His relationship with Children’s Hospital of Michigan began more than 30 years ago when his young son, Georgie, was treated for a blood disease. Although Georgie didn’t survive, Johnny and his wife, Marion, were genuinely impressed with the doctors, nurses, and staff. For more than 25 years, Johnny helped organize an annual golf outing and “Taste of Excellence” event that raised more than $4 million for the hospital. In 2011, Johnny and Marion served as Honorary Chairpersons for the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview on behalf of the Foundation. Johnny and Marion are residents of West Bloomfield.

Peter Ginopolis

Peter joined the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board in 2013. Peter specializes in assisting high net worth families with their estate planning and insurance needs. Peter is active in his community and has served as co-chair of the Georgie Ginopolis Golf Classic for Children’s Hospital raising funds for hematology and oncology research. He has also played a role in creating three endowments; Georgie Ginopolis Endowment, the Ginopolis/Karmanos Endowment, and the Endowed Chair for Wayne State University. Peter is co-founder and chair of Leaders for Kids, the Foundation’s advisory board committed to encouraging the philanthropic efforts of the area’s emerging young leaders. He also serves on the executive board and board of trustees of CATCH, Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children, which benefits both Children’s Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital. He is also the chairman of CATCH’s annual golf outing. In 2000, he was recognized as the Oakland County Executive of the Year. Peter lives in West Bloomfield.

Brian Hermelin

Brian is managing partner of RockBridge Equity Partners, a private equity firm located in Livonia. He is the second of three generations of the Hermelin family with a close connection to Children’s Hospital. Brian’s father, David, was a long-time board member, and Brian’s oldest child was born with a serious medical condition and received treatment at the hospital. Brian served as treasurer of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board until 2011. Brian is also involved with other non-profit organizations, serving as a member of the board for the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, and ORT America. Brian and his family reside in Bingham Farms.

Mable V. Jones, Ph.D.

Mable joined the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board in 2012. She is the Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Contributions with AAA Michigan. One of Mable’s many responsibilities in her 32 years at AAA has been to oversee the organization’s commitment to saving lives and reducing injuries on the road by supporting programs that teach children about vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian safety. AAA’s contribution to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation supports community car seat safety checks provides car seats for needy families. Active in the southeastern Michigan community, Mable has received numerous accolades and serves on many boards, including United Negro College Fund, Crime Stoppers and Marion High School. Mable resides in Farmington.

Laura Kowalchik

Laura joined the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation in 2017. Laura is the CFO and Treasurer at Urban Science. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Richmond and an MBA from Indiana University.

Laura has been the Treasurer of the Daycroft Montessori Board of Trustees for the past four years and serves on the Kennrod Board, a non-profit organization providing tutoring services to underprivileged children. Laura and her children reside in Dexter.

Jack Krasula

Jack is the President and founder of Trustinus, LLC, a premier executive search firm. He is formerly the founder, CEO and President of Decision Consultants, Inc. (DCI), a privately held professional information technology services firm. He is also the host of Anything is Possible, a Sunday evening interview show on WJR AM-760 that features successful people who have come from humble beginnings and how they feel committed to giving back to the community.

Steven R. Lefkofsky

A civil litigation attorney with the firm he co-founded, Lefkofsky & Gorosh, P.C., Steven joined the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board in 2008. As a child, Steven was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, guiding him to a life of serving the children in his community and making a difference in the lives of children who suffer from childhood illnesses. Stephen resides in West Bloomfield with his wife and three children.

Edward C. Levy, Jr.

Ed is a local business and community leader. He serves as Executive Chairman of the Levy Companies and previously as President and CEO since 1969. Ed attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Business Administration. He is a longtime supporter of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. In addition to his service on the Foundation Board, Ed serves on a variety of boards including the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Citizens Research Council of Michigan and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Ed is also a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, Franklin Hills Country Club and the Economic Club of Detroit.

Michael J. Madison, CFA

Michael, a chartered financial analyst with over 25 years of experience in investment management, joined the Board of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation in 2012. He is Partner of Deroy & Devereaux Private Investment Counsel, Inc. Prior to joining DeRoy & Devereaux, he served as Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Loomis, Sayles & Co. where he was a member of the Equity Selection Committee for the Investment Counseling Group. He holds a BS/BA degree from Northeastern University and an MBA from the University of Detroit. In addition to his commitment to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, He also serves on the Board of Loyola High School (Detroit) and is a member of the CFA Institute. Michael, his wife Susan and their family reside in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Anita Masters Penta

Anita has served the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board since 2006. She became involved many years ago her nephew, Nicholas, was born with a heart defect, and she has worked tirelessly to give back any way she could. Through the Perri Family Foundation, she has provided philanthropic support for tissue research coordinated at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and supports the annual Visteon Golf Classic, benefiting the Foundation. Anita lives in Grosse Pointe Shores and is a transition specialist for the Redford Union Schools.

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Dick Purtan

Arguably the most recognized media personality in Detroit, Dick spent 45 years in radio and is best known as the host of “Purtan’s People” on Oldies 104.3 WOMC-FM from 1996-2010. He has been inducted into both the National Radio Halls of Fame and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. In recognition of his community involvement, the Detroit News named him “Michiganian of the Year” in 1993. He joined the Foundation Board in 2004 after serving on the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Board for over 25 years. Dick, whose daughter, Jackie, was saved at Children’s from a life-threatening illness as a child, has personally raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research. Dick and his wife Gail served as Honorary Chairpersons and were recognized at the 2012 NAIAS Charity Preview on behalf of the Foundation, for their innumerable philanthropic endeavors. They live in West Bloomfield and have six daughters.

Justice Kurtis T. Wilder

Justice Kurtis T. Wilder was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court by Governor Rick Snyder in May 2017. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Wilder was appointed by Governor John Engler to serve as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals from December 1998 to May 2017 and a judge of the Washtenaw County Trial Court from March 1992 to December 1998. Justice Wilder graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. degree in Political Science in 1981 and from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1984.

Justice Wilder has been active in many civic and philanthropic endeavors during his career. In addition to his service on the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, where he also is a member of the Grants and Compliance Committee, he serves on the Board of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Justice Wilder is an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.

Lyle M. Wolberg

Lyle is one of the founding partners of Telemus Capital – one of the nation’s largest independent investment advisory companies in the country. He has more than 21 years of industry experience across all facets of financial wealth planning and investment management. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lyle has been named as one of Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” – its annual list of emerging leaders in Southeast Michigan. In addition, Lyle is a Certified Financial Planner. He also serves on the Executive Board of Temple Shir Shalo, is Past President and Co-Founder of the Berkley Education Foundation. Lyle is an accomplished amateur golfer and also loves to travel with his wife and three children.

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