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Posted on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 : 5:14 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Fifth Third Bank and The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor

By Staff


Chelyn Poljan

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

• Fifth Third Bank recently announced the addition of Chelyn Poljan as the financial center manager for the Ann Arbor branch, located at 3315 Washtenaw Ave. She replaces Julia Sheill, who is now the financial center manager at Fifth Third Bank in Novi. In this new role, Poljan will be responsible directing and administering the activities within the financial center, increasing the level of service provided to customers, and promoting growth through the development of deposits and loans with new and existing relationships. Poljan is a resident of Howell.

• Two area practitioners from The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor recently graduated from the Advanced Clinical Training Program of Clearwater, Fla. in Nutritional Response Testing, an intense, six-month training program designed to help patients improve their overall health and well-being with specific analysis and natural nutritional supplements. Kerry Cradit, who has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and food science, and Amanda Childress, Pharm D, recently returned from completing the last 25 hours of a six-month training program in advanced clinical nutrition.

• Gov. Rick Snyder announced March 9 the appointments three Michigan residents to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors. The 35-member board is the governing body of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Among the three appointees was William Meyers of Ann Arbor. Meyers retired after years of service in public and corporate accounting. He worked for Price Waterhouse & Co. in Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C., including six years as an audit manager. Meyers also served as vice president and controller of TriMas Corp. He is a member of Financial Executives International and the Management Accountants Association. Appointees will serve two-year terms that expire on Feb. 18, 2014.

• Zebra Technologies Corp. recently appointed Alicia Torres as its new healthcare global practice leader. Zebra, based in Illinois, provides an extensive range of bar code and RFID solutions to help healthcare facilities identify, track and manage patients and caregivers, processes and assets. Torres comes to Zebra most recently from Rosebud Solutions, a healthcare software firm she founded and grew to a successful company, eventually purchased by McKesson Inc. In her new position, Torres will be based in Ann Arbor.

• Ann Arbor resident Dr. Thomas Waldinger, a dermatologist and author of several books about practicing medicine, was recently honored with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award. The national award, created to recognize physicians who demonstrate exceptional commitment to compassionate patient care, is given annually to one practicing dermatologist and is cosponsored with the Gold Foundation by The American Academy of Dermatology. The 2012 award was presented at the annual AAD meeting in San Diego, Calif. on March 16. Dr. Waldinger is a dermatologist who specializes in skin cancer and geriatric dermatology; he is a member of the medical staff at the Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn.

Teresa Miller has joined Edward Surovell Realtors as sales associates in the company’s Chelsea office, and Glenn Murdock has joined the Northville office as a sales associate. Miller lives in Chelsea with her family. Murdock grew up in Livonia and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. Surovell is headquartered in Ann Arbor.

• Cooley Law School has announced the promotion of three faculty members at its Ann Arbor campus. Mark Cooney was promoted to full professor. Before joining the Cooley faculty, Professor Cooney was in practice with Collins, Einhorn, Garrell & Ulanoff P.C., in Southfield. His areas of practice included legal-malpractice defense, medical-malpractice defense, insurance coverage and general tort defense. David Finnegan was promoted to full professor. Before coming to Cooley, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., specializing in domestic and international antitrust law, international investment dispute arbitration, government contracts investigations and related litigation. Mara Kent was promoted to full professor. She was in private practice as an appellate attorney before joining the Cooley faculty, specializing primarily in civil rights and employment law.

• MichBio, headquartered in Ann Arbor, recently announced the appointment of Wendy Wendel as the director of marketing and communications. In this role, she will oversee the planning and execution of the association's marketing, communications, public relations and social media efforts. She resides with her family in Canton. MichBio is the trade association committed to driving growth of Michigan's biosciences industry.

• U.S.News & World Report today released the 2013 Best Law Schools rankings online at, and the University of Michigan Law School came in at No. 10. The most comprehensive version of the upcoming Best Law Schools, including all the extended rankings and complete data, will be available online through the U.S. News Law School Compass.

• A.J. Boggs & Co. recently added Joyce Erickson to the company's Healthcare Solutions team, joining the Health IT group as a senior technical writer. A.J. Boggs & Co. is headquartered in East Lansing, with offices in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids.

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