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Posted on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 5:14 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including the SRSLY coalition and Ingenex Digital Marketing

By Staff


Jesse Kauffman

From new hires and promotions to industry awards, read on to learn about achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:

SRSLY, a community coalition dedicated to the prevention of destructive behavior in Chelsea youth, recently welcome Jesse Kauffman as the new program coordinator. His salary will be funded with a grant from The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug Free Communities Support Program. SRSLY receives support from Chelsea Community Hospital, the Coghlan Family Foundation, and the Drug Free Communities support program.

• Ann Arbor-based social media agency Ingenex Digital Marketing has hired Lindsay Blackwell as social media director and Jasmine Moeller as project manager.

• Organizers of the "Saline Salutes" awards program recently announced the 2012 honorees. Jill Durnen is being recognized as "Citizen of the Year" for her volunteer efforts in 2011 with the Business Development Association/Saline Main Street, Saline Area Chamber of Commerce and the Saline Rotary Club. Dr. Joseph Labuta will receive a lifetime achievement award for the creation and growth of the Saline New Horizons Band. Cindy Czubko will be presented with the George A. Anderson Vision Award for her leadership in creating a successful application for the City of Saline to become a select city in the Michigan Main Street program. Additionally, the Saline Youth Council will present its “Youth of the Year” Award to Maura McCann, a senior at Saline High School, for her volunteer service in the community and leadership roles at school and in local organizations. Finally, Saline Area Chamber of Commerce is adding its own award for “Lifetime Community Promotion and Development." This year’s awardee is Stan Poet, former facility manager of the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

• The Ann Arbor Professional Volunteer Corps elected new leadership in late February. The singles group provides volunteer support to nonprofit organizations in Washtenaw County. Margie VanTuyl was elected president. Other elected officers that make up the board for the 2012-2013 year are Lois Crawford of Ypsilanti, vice president; Karen Passiak of Ann Arbor, treasurer; and Tim Wellman of Plymouth, secretary. Five appointed officers complete the organization’s executive committee: Walter Cramer of Ann Arbor, projects chair; Jenny Shubow of Ann Arbor, socials co-chair; Linda Tubbs of Ann Arbor, communications chair and newsletter editor; Denice Virgo of Ann Arbor, membership chair; and Sue Lambarth of Brooklyn, socials co-chair.

• On March 15, the American Urological Association Foundation announced that a University of Michigan researcher was a recipient of a $1.2 million independent educational grant from Astellas. Dr. David Miller will use the grant to fund his project, "Physician Organization and the Efficiency of Surgical Specialty Care," which is being conducted under the mentorship of Dr. John Birkmeyer of the University of Michigan and Jonathan Skinner at Dartmouth College. The award provides up to five years of funding, on an escalating basis, in an effort to encourage and support the careers of young urologists who have demonstrated significant potential to be the future leaders of urology.

Red Roof recently announced the completion of its renovations for their Ann Arbor-University of Michigan North property. The Ann Arbor property renovations are a part of the brand-wide $90 million NextGen redesigned interior and exterior prototype, which debuted in December 2011 at the Miami Airport property. The Ann Arbor hotel is located at 3621 Plymouth Road.

• Gov. Rick Snyder on March 14 announced the appointment or re-appointment of several members to the Construction Code Commission. Appointed was Michael Boss of Howell, and reappointed were Nelson McMath of Ann Arbor and Sean O’Neil of South Lyon. Boss is director of professional services for Howell-based Boss Engineering Co. On the commission, he will represent professional engineers. McMath has served as president of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers - Local 9 since 2004. He will represent organized labor. O’Neil is the planning director for White Lake Township. He will represent the general public. Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire on Jan. 31, 2016.

• University of Michigan historian Deborah Dash Moore has been selected as recipient of the 2012 Lee Max Friedman Award Medal. The award will be presented in June 2012 at the Scholars Conference of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society in New York. The Lee Max Friedman Award Medal is awarded biennially by the American Jewish Historical Society to an individual deemed to have rendered distinguished service in the field of American Jewish history. In related news, Dash Moore has been named recipient, with co-editor Marion Kaplan, of the National Jewish Book Award for Gender & Jewish History (Indiana University Press, 2011) in the category of Anthologies and Collections.

• The Women's Caring Program board recently announced the appointment of eight directors-elect. WCP is a nonprofit organization based in Ann Arbor with the aim of helping working families who make too much for state child care assistance but don't make enough to afford quality, licensed child care and education programs. Among those appointed was Rachael Eubanks of Dexter, vice president of public finance at Robert W. Baird & Co.

XG Sciences Inc., a manufacturer of graphene nanoplatelets based in Lansing, has chosen Hile Design LLC for rebranding services, including a marketing strategy session. Hile Design is an Ann Arbor-based brand development and graphic design firm.

IMRA America Inc., a subsidiary of Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., and Tokyo-based DISCO Corp. have agreed to collaborate in the development of new lasers and processing systems for laser dicing of semiconductor materials. IMRA America is headquartered in Ann Arbor.

Fischer Honda of Ypsilanti has earned the 2011 Council of Excellence award. In 2011, the only 15 percent of Honda dealerships were recognized by Honda Financial Services as worthy of the Council of Excellence Award. The dealership is owned by Rick Fischer.

• The U-Haul Company of Central Michigan is offering 30 days of free storage (including U-Box Portable Storage) to residents of Michigan who have been affected by recent tornadoes. Families needing more information about the 30-days-free self-storage assistance program may contact U-Haul Moving and Storage of Ann Arbor a 734-994-1156 or U-Haul Moving and Storage of Ypsilanti at 734-434-9100.

• The Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor, with the support of six Chinese American organizations, presented a Chinese Food Festival on March 10 and raised $3,000 in funds for Washtenaw County nonprofit food bank organization Food Gatherers. The co-sponsoring organizations of the event were the Chinese Association of Greater Detroit, Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan, Michigan Chinese Women Association, Michigan Taiwanese American Organization and National Cheng-Kung University Alumni Association of Michigan. The event was supported by Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Royal Food Co., Chia Shiang restaurant, TK Wu restaurant and Ypbor Yan restaurant, all in Ann Arbor.

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