A Detroit native, Lawrence J. Burns returned to Detroit in January 2017 to lead the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation in their efforts to make a lasting, positive impact on Michigan children. The Foundation is now on a path to becoming a statewide community foundation for children and currently awards approximately 25% of its grants to community-based organizations. The CHM Foundation now has 40 community-based, service-oriented partners assisting children and their families. The CHM Foundation has surpassed the $50 million level of community support since 2011.
Mr. Burns has guided the Foundation’s development of a new brand platform that includes the first ever Five Focus Areas of Support. Mr. Burns spearheaded the search for a new Foundation office location which resulted in a convenient and centralized location in Detroit’s New Center area in the iconic Fisher Building. The Foundation launched a dynamic Planned Giving program that includes the Children’s Future Society and a professional Advisory group.
Mr. Burns hosts the popular WJR radio program known as Caring for Kids. The Foundation now has multiple partnerships with the likes of Crain’s Detroit Business, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers, the Mid-American Conference and many more. All partnerships are designed to spread the word about the support the Foundation is providing to assist children and their families. A Little Champion program, established in 2017, now honors young champions that have overcome major obstacles in their young lives.
The Foundation is now managing several community-based foundations that are emerging as community leaders all within the Foundation’s three mission-based pillars. Included is The Jamie Daniels Foundation in its mission of addressing the opioid addiction crisis.
Mr. Burns has recently led the effort to create the Michigan Advocates for Youth Behavioral Health. This advocacy collaboration is holding a Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Summit on May 14, 2019.
Mr. Burns is a member of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Macomb County Chamber, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Regional Chamber, Advisory Council member of the Root Cause Coalition, The Jamie Daniels Foundation Board of Trustees, and sits on the Executive Committee and Board of CATCH.
Mr. Burns is a graduate of Central Michigan University and previously served as Vice President for Advancement at the University of Akron following more than two decades of health care and higher education development, marketing and executive experience in multiple Executive leadership roles at the University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio. Mr. Burns has also served as President & CEO of both the Medical College of Ohio Foundation and the University of Akron Foundation.
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) 745-5855 or email@example.com
Doug Ferrick, Chief Development Officer
Doug brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic fund development, team building, and management to the Foundation. He most recently served as the Vice President of Donor Relations with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Prior to his work for the United way, Ferrick served as the Chief Development Officer and Capital Campaign Director for the Children’s Center of Wayne County. He also has worked for Matrix Human Services / Barat Child and Family Services in Detroit. He is now serving as the Chief Development Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Contact Doug at (313) 261-9888 or firstname.lastname@example.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, 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.
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.
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.
John A. Barker joined The Kresge Foundation in 2007 and is a managing director of the foundation’s Investment Office. Previously, he was an assistant investment director at the University of Notre Dame’s investment office. John earned a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and is credentialed by the CFA Institute as a chartered financial analyst. He serves on several nonprofit boards, including the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the advisory board for Forgotten Harvest.
Michael S. Ben
Michael joined the board in December 2014. Michael is a partner at Honigman LLP, 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. Mike graduated from Harvard Law School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he has been a volunteer mentor. He serves as Vice Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of the ChadTough Foundation.
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 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 is a graduate from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.
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.
Appointed to CEO in 2014, Daniel A. Cornwell brings over 20 years of experience to Cambridge Consulting Group, where his leadership has helped to solidify the company’s position as one of the largest privately held insurance and financial service consulting firms in Michigan. As CEO and Managing Partner, Dan is continually forging new paths at the firm including identifying and executing on growth strategies, managing business development and Corporate Governance, that keep the focus at Cambridge on serving the clients’ best interests.
In addition, Dan oversees the Wealth Strategies Practice Group, where he focuses on innovative strategies for Estate Planning, as well as creating custom plans for wealth preservation, wealth management and executive benefits programs. Dan is a big proponent of professional focus and educating the client. “Our estate planning strategies and financial planning processes help provide tremendous clarity for our clients,” he says. For the past several years, Dan has been selected by dBusiness and HOUR Magazine as a Five-Star Wealth Manager in Estate Planning, an honor bestowed on fewer than seven percent of financial professionals in Metro Detroit.
Dan believes in listening and accessibility, whether it’s in his leadership role at the firm or when it comes to serving clients. “There are no bad questions except the ones that aren’t asked,” he notes. He feels strongly that if Cambridge helps people, even when there’s no compensation involved , that in the long run everything will fall into place. “My clients, if they need help, are almost family to me.”
Giving back to the community is a lifelong commitment for Dan. He is a strong supporter of Detroit and is actively involved with several civic and business associations. He is also active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland & Macomb Counties, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit as well as other local organizations.
Dan resides in Bloomfield Hills with his wife and three children.
CREDENTIALS, DESIGNATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Walsh College, Bachelor of Science/Finance
- Board of Directors, Walsh College Foundation
- Planned Giving Board Member , Walsh College Alumni Association Board M ember, Detroit Country Day School (DCDS) Blue & Gold Club
- Finance Committee Member, Academy of Sacred Heart
- Five-Star Wealth Managers Award, Multi-Year Winner, dBusiness and HOUR Magazine
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, a charter member of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board, operates one of the metro area’s best known dining spots—Ginopolis 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 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 is managing partner of RockBridge Equity Partners, a private equity firm located in Detroit. 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.
Steve is an Executive Vice President with Hylant Group, a family owned, regional insurance brokerage with 14 offices in six states. Steve also has served for several years on the board of the World Wide Broker Network which services international clients in over 100 different countries across the globe. In addition, Steve also sits on the board of the Hylant Family Foundation as it supports dozens of charities across the Midwest.
A native Toledoan, Steve graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor of Science degree and has lived in the Detroit area for over 30 years.
Lorron James graduated from Arizona State University in 2005 and worked with the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team as the Community Affairs Coordinator, before deciding to move back to Detroit to learn the family business, James Group International (JGI). Renaissance Global Logistics (RGL), a subsidiary of JGI, runs the global consolidation export operation for Ford Motor Company, which ships to 16 countries across the world. JGI also has multi-modal capabilities for its customers and handles other logistics services for General Motors. Today, Lorron James serves as CEO of James Group International, President of Magnolia Automotive Services (Toyota JV in Mississippi and Indiana) and is President of TLX (Supply Chain Management IT Software).
Lorron’s community involvement includes United Way Cabinet, Emerging Philanthropists Group, Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan, Founders Junior Council – Detroit Institute of Arts, Financial Review Commission, Chairman of Detroit Wayne County Port Authority, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Rivière 28 (DRC), National Association of Black Suppliers, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, Southern Regional Minority Development Council, Detroit Athletic Club Foundation, Michigan High School/College Athlete of the Year Selection Committee (DAC), Detroit Regional Chamber – Leadership Detroit XXXI, Henry Clara Ford Estate Planning, Fleece & Thank You and a founding member of Leaders for Kids.
Mable V. Jones, Ph.D.
Mable joined the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board in 2012. She was 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.
Laura joined the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation in 2017. Laura is the CFO of Kenwal Steel, 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 five 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 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.
Erik Morganroth has been living in the Detroit Area his entire life. Morganroth has served on many local boards in the arts and healthcare sectors and actively promotes organ donation along with the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Erik owns Morganroth Real Estate and is active in all aspects of real estate development and investing in the Metro Detroit area. Erik joins the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation as a Trustee with extensive volunteer experience in many Michigan based organizations. He is specifically passionate about healthcare and all aspects of the protection and benefit of the physical and mental well-being of children. Morganroth has recently focused his interest in the Patient and Family Care Center area and has spoken locally and nationally on the topic.
Erik is an avid traveler, wine collector, art collector, and a recognized foodie having been published in local and national magazines about the food and wine industry. Morganroth is also committed to his community. He currently sits on the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center National Advisory Board, the Child Abuse and Neglect Council (CANCO), the Oakland County Sheriff’s Advisory Committee and the City of Birmingham Board of Zoning Appeal. Morganroth’s past volunteer experience includes being a board member of the Fanclub Foundation for the Arts, the Detroit Institute of Arts – Founders Junior Council, Michigan Opera Theater Young Professionals, the Karmanos Canter Institute Partners Board and is the founding co-chair of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Patient and Family Advisory Board. Erik has also been an avid speaker and contributor for the Gift of Life/Organ Procurement Agency of Michigan, the American Heart Association and the Food and Allergy Anaphylaxis Network.
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.
Ryan Ruzziconi is an attorney and served in a unique role leading one of the fastest growing health care companies in the United States. Mr. Ruzziconi received his B.A. with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1999 (a Chancellor’s Leadership Medallion recipient) and his law degree from Marquette University in 2003. After law school, Mr. Ruzziconi worked for a small corporate law firm in Wausau, Wisconsin, for two years before serving as Assistant General Counsel for Kolbe Millwork Company located in central Wisconsin. During his time at Kolbe, Mr. Ruzziconi oversaw the company’s legal issues in the United States, Canada, and China. Notable, in that time period, Mr. Ruzziconi negotiated a deal that established the first China based vendor of Kolbe products, including working with the Chinese government on import approval.
For the past 7 years, Mr. Ruzziconi served as Vice President and General Counsel for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, one of the largest independent specialty pharmacies in the United States. Mr. Ruzziconi was the first lawyer at Diplomat Pharmacy back in 2009, and over the years, he built and oversaw three (3) departments for the company – Legal, Human Resources and Compliance. Mr. Ruzziconi worked extensively with the Board of Directors, including advising on Board compliance, governance, strategic planning and compensation matters. Mr. Ruzziconi also handled all legal issues in the areas of SEC compliance, M&A, credit refinancing, litigation, pharmacy & payor contracting, and pharmacy licensing. During his time at Diplomat Pharmacy the company grew from revenues of roughly $200 million per year in 2010 – to revenues of $5 billion per year in 2016, including dramatic employee growth of 250 employees in 2010 to over 2,500 employees in 2016. Over that time period, Mr. Ruzziconi also lead the acquisition of nine (9) companies with a combined value of over $500 million.
Most notable during this period was Mr. Ruzziconi leading the IPO effort and legal negotiations to have Diplomat Pharmacy listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:DPLO) as a publicly traded company. The IPO encompassed over 15 million shares and $200 million dollars in value. On October 10, 2014, Mr. Ruzziconi also rang the opening bell of the NYSE. Just five (5) months later, in March of 2015, Mr. Ruzziconi oversaw Diplomat Pharmacy’s Follow-On Offering of company stock with a value over $284 million. Today, Diplomat Pharmacy shares average a daily volume of nearly one million trades on the NYSE.
In 2012, Mr. Ruzziconi was named as the Top General Counsel in Michigan (for a privately-held company) by Crain’s Business Magazine. In 2015 and 2017, Mr. Ruzziconi was named as one of the top 50 corporate lawyers in the state of Michigan by Detroit Business Magazine. Mr. Ruzziconi has appeared in several publications including Profile Magazine, INC Magazine, Crain’s Business Magazine, and the Detroit Free Press. Mr. Ruzziconi has also appeared on CNBC and Fox Business channel. On the personal side, he and his wife, Dawn, have two children, Alexis (15) and Rhys (7). Mr. Ruzziconi is also the Boys’ Varsity Tennis Coach at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan and USPTA teaching pro. He serves on the United State Tennis Association (USTA) Midwest Division Board – Nominating Committee.
Hon. Kurtis T. Wilder
Kurtis Wilder is Of Counsel to Butzel Long and practices in Butzel Long’s Detroit Office. Justice Wilder concentrates his practice in litigation and appeals.
Justice Wilder was appointed by Governor John Engler as judge of the Washtenaw County Circuit Court in March, 1992. In December, 1998 Governor Engler elevated Justice Wilder to the Michigan First District Court of Appeals where he served four terms from 1998-2017. On May 9, 2017, Governor Snyder appointed Justice Wilder to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Justice Wilder holds memberships in the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation; the Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Lawyers Division-Michigan Chapter; and the Wolverine Bar Association. He has served as a member of the Model Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, the Family Division Joint Rules Committee, and the Family Court Implementation Task Force. He is a Past President of the Michigan Judges Association and Past Chairman of the State Bar Judicial Conference.
Justice Wilder has been active in many civic and philanthropic endeavors during his career. He is a former chair of the State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board, former board chair of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, former board member of The Sphinx Organization, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Symphony, and American Red Cross, Washtenaw County Chapter. Justice Wilder currently serves on the Boards of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.
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.
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.
Andy Zaleski has more than 22 years of public accounting experience, advising both public and private multinational companies. He has developed and led numerous federal tax planning initiatives, including ones involving tax accounting methods and periods, cost segregation, and the domestic production activity deduction.
Andy has experience in various aspects of federal taxation, including complex planning and restructuring of multinational businesses with both corporate and flow-thru entities, multistate tax issues, controversy and appeal, income tax compliance, ASC 740 review, FIN 48 implementation, mergers and acquisitions, purchase price allocations in acquisitions, earnings and profits (E&P) studies, section 382 studies, and many others.
He has advised clients primarily in the manufacturing, distribution, healthcare and real estate industries. Andy is a frequent lecturer for both national and local technical training, as well as for outside professional and business groups. Andy’s professional affiliations include American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and Association for Corporate Growth.
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