|Chamber Pres. 1964-2014|
Parisian, George T. - Chamber President 1964. Parisian was the long-time general manager of Standard Block & Supply Company. With his brother Dick, the Parisians were involved with Standard for many years.
Carlyon, William R. - Chamber President 1965. Carlyon was manager of Consumers Power Company in Lansing, as well as serving on the Meridian Township Board and the Ingham County Health and Welfare Fund. He was president of Lansing Rotary from 1949-1950. Carlyon died April 7, 1985.
Warner, Benton "Ben” E., Jr. - Chamber President 1966. Warner was the general manager of the local George Worthington Company, a wholesale hardware and industrial distribution firm headquartered in Cleveland.
Goodell, John G. – Chamber President 1967. Goodell was born in May 1918. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he later created an endowed chair in Insurance Studies in the College of Business. He served as a pilot over the China/Burma/India Hump during World War II. Goodell was president of the Lansing Insurance Agency, was active in the Lansing Kiwanis Club, and served on the Capitol City Airport Board. Goodell died on December 18, 2008.
Voorhis, George - Chamber President 1968. Voorhis was the manager of the Lansing office of Michigan Bell Telephone Company and later served as the government relations manager for Michigan Bell statewide.
Legg, Louis E. Jr. – Chamber President 1969. Legg was born in 1928 and graduated from Michigan State University in 1950. He was president and is currently chairman of the Lansing Lumber Company, as well as 12 other construction or real estate related companies across Michigan and Indiana. He has served as chairman of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the State Building Commission of Michigan. Legg was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1964, elected to the Republican State Central Committee in 1965, and also served as chairman of the Ingham County Republican Committee. Legg‘s community service includes Lansing Rotary Club (president 1978-1979), E.W. Sparrow Hospital (director 1974-1989) Manufacturers Bank of Lansing (director 1967-1991), Lansing YMCA (president 1968), Parkwood YMCA (director 1960-1967) and many other officer and board positions.
Hatch, Clayton D. - Chamber President 1970. Hatch was a manager and vice president of the Warner and Swassey Company in Lansing, best known for making astronomical telescopes, turret lathes and machine tools. Hatch died on May 31, 1997 in Indian River, Michigan.
Crouse, Edward B. - Chamber President 1971. Crouse was the longtime manager and an owner of Heatherwood Farms, located on Michigan Ave. in Lansing. Crouse was later the owner of Peninsular Products. Crouse was heavily involved in the United Way, the Lansing Airport, Rotary Club and other organizations spanning 25 years. He was also a licensed pilot and flew extensively in a Lansing-built Waco airplane he owned.
Kauffman, Ralph "Bud” E. Jr. - Chamber President 1972. Kauffman worked in radio in Ohio and Colorado and was a disc jockey in the early years of WILS. He served in the US Army/Air Force in WW II and Korea. Kauffman went to work for, and later became president and CEO of, Abrams Arial Survey Company. He was also president of Lansing Rotary from 1976-1977, the Lansing City Club and the Lansing Fire Board. Kauffman died in May 2002.
Phillips, C. Max - Chamber President 1973. Phillips was born in 1921 and attended East Lansing High School and Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1943, he enlisted and became a P-47 fighter pilot in the South Pacific. After returning from the war and graduating from Wesleyan, he joined the family business, Paul Automotive Parts. He was also a member of the Lansing Lions Club and Walnut Hills Country Club and served on the Capital Savings and Loan Board of Directors. Phillips died in Florida in 2007.
Fisher, Robert A. - Chamber President 1974. Fisher attended Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School and was in the banking industry for many years. Fisher served on the board of directors and as treasurer of Cooley Law School from 1972-1980. In 1976, he was appointed professor and assistant dean at Cooley. The depth of his commitment to his community was expressed every day in his concern for people, and was reflected in numerous civic and service awards. Professor Fisher’s kindly demeanor and enthusiasm for teaching led twice to his winning the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award. He was president of Lansing Rotary from 1982-1983. Fisher died April 30, 2003.
Brown, Charles F. - Chamber President 1975. Brown served in the United States Navy and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1949. He then joined Consumers Power where he rose to regional manager in Jackson. He was transferred to Lansing in 1970 and Saginaw in 1976 to serve as the regional manager. In 1984, was named vice president of customer relations. In 1988, Brown accepted the position of senior vice president of Providence Gas Co. in Rhode Island. He was active in the United Way.
VanNess, Seward H. - Chamber President 1976. VanNess was the director of purchasing for Oldsmobile and was part of the leadership team that made the Oldsmobile Cutlass, the leading model seller in the United States several years in a row.
Anderton, James F. IV – Chamber President 1977. Anderton graduated from the Cranbrook School, Hobart College (BA), Cornell University (MBA) and Michigan State University (PhD). He was CEO of Summit Holdings Corporation, president of Lansing Community College, and founded and serves as CEO of Maplegrove Property Management. He has served as chairman of St. Lawrence Hospital; board member and chairman of the executive committee of First of America Bank; board member and executive committee member at Auto-Owners Insurance; president, Lansing Symphony Orchestra; board member, ATHENA Foundation; national chair of Teacher Education Accreditation Council; chairman, Institute of Scrap Iron & Steel; and Board of Trustees, Hobart & William Smith College.
Martin, Nanette "Nan” VanDervoort - Chamber President 1978. Martin was a Lansing area native and graduate of Michigan State University and served as president of the William G. Martin Co. In addition to her leadership in real estate, Martin was the first woman president of the Chamber. She served on numerous other area boards, including American Bank and Trust and the First of America Bank Holding Corp., East Lansing Board of Education (first woman president), Sparrow Hospital Service Auxiliary (charter member), Junior League of Lansing (president), YWCA Financial Advisory Board (chair), Salvation Army Advisory Board and MSU Alumni Assoc. (president), Greater Lansing Board of Realtors (president) and the United Way. Her son, Van Martin, is now head of CBRE/Martin. Martin died in June 2010.
Warren, J. Michael - Chamber President 1979. Warren was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1939. He was with the law firm of Foster, Swift Collins and Coey for several years and then started his own law firm of Warren Price & Cross, located in Okemos. He has been listed in Who’s Who in American Law starting in 1998. Warren died in January 2011.
Souders, Edward E. - Chamber President 1980. Souders was IBM's senior executive for national accounts in out-state Michigan. In 1983, he took early retirement from IBM and started Entre Computer Services. He and his wife Lillian sold the business in 2000 to Analysts International. Souders held leadership positions on boards of directors including Capitol National Bank, Capital Quality Initiative and Junior Achievement and served as chair of the Capital Region Community Foundation. He is currently active with multiple advisory boards and was recipient of the Chamber’s Community Service Award.
Williams, Wayne H. - Chamber President 1981. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Western Michigan University. Williams is the principal and general manager of Williams AutoWorld in Lansing. He was also a member of the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association and chaired its Industry Relations and Information Technology Committees. He has also been a director of Sparrow Hospital and First of America Bank, served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, and as director and treasurer of the Political Action Committee for Americans for Free International Trade. Williams now spends much of his time in Florida.
Browne, Ernest C. - Chamber President 1982. Browne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Wayne State University. He came to Lansing after serving eight years on the Detroit City Council. In his last year on the Council, he ran for Mayor in an unsuccessful race against Coleman Young. He served as vice president of Community and Civic Affairs for Michigan National Bank, chairman of the Chief Okemos and the Detroit Council of American Boy Scouts, president of the Greater Lansing Historical Council, and chairman of the board of the Greater Lansing Urban League. Browne died February 2, 2005.
Hofmann, J. Michael - Chamber President 1983. Hofmann graduated from Michigan State University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers and served as a captain in the U.S. Army. He served as president of American Bank & Trust, First of American Bank in Detroit, and Pulte Corporation’s Houston, Texas banking operation. During 1998, he formed Woodward Financial, Inc., which provides management advisory services to financial institutions and expert witness testimony on various banking matters. He served as president of the Colonial Village Kiwanis Club; director of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra; campaign director of the Capital Area United Way; organizer of the R. E. Olds Museum; board member of the Delta Township EDC and the Economic Club of Detroit; and was founding president of the Houston Credit Coalition. In 2009, he received the FDIC Alliance for Economic Inclusion Pioneer Award.
Roost, Francis J. "Jack” - Chamber President 1984. Roost worked on the Chamber’s continuing education program and was a member of the board of directors for several years before becoming president. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, became a CPA and a partner at Plante & Moran until 1993 when he joined AIS Equipment, and later, O’Leary Paint and Maplegrove Property Management. He has been active at South Baptist Church as a teacher of an adult Sunday school class and as a member of the board of deacons and the board of trustees.
Mertz, Martha - Chamber President 1985. Mertz is a successful real estate entrepreneur and is president and owner of Mayhood/Mertz Investment Inc. She was a founding partner in several development/management partnerships in the Lansing area. She is best known as the founder of the ATHENA Award, an international non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders, inspire women to reach their full potential, and create balance in leadership worldwide. She has received numerous awards including induction into Enterprising Women’s Hall of Fame (2006); the Visionary Award from Office Depot (2004); the Vassilissa Award in Moscow, Russia; and the Lansing ATHENA Award. She was named one of the Top 25 Women Business Owners in Michigan by National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and was selected as the Michigan Women-In-Business Advocate by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She currently lives in Arizona.
Cloutier, Norman L. - Chamber President 1986. Cloutier was born March 1, 1925 in Hartford and moved to the Lansing area in 1974. He retired as a captain from the U.S. Navy. He was a graduate of Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, and the Armed Forces Industrial College, Washington, DC. Cloutier was the dean of Lansing Community College's Division of Business from 1976-1984 and executive director of the college's Business and Industry Institute from 1984-1986. Cloutier died November 9, 1996 at the age of 71.
Gregory, Ralph S. - Chamber President 1987. Gregory was president of Grand River Equities. After leaving Lansing, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, In 1994, he founded The Virtual Office Inc. which, in 1995, changed its name to Intelligent Office, a franchise operation that provides office space and staff to handle client needs. Gregory became active in the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and also hosts a television show on Channel 8 in Boulder, which covers business issues.
Hanes, Patrick D. - Chamber President & Chairman 1988. Hanes graduated from Michigan State University and was in the first graduating class of Cooley Law School. He started practicing commercial law in 1976 and continues to do so today. In addition to years of service on the Chamber board, Hanes was the founding chair of the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club, a founding director of the ATHENA Foundation, and was the first male recipient of the ATHENA Award in the nation in 1992. Hanes served 11 years on the Williamston School Board, three years as president. He also was president of the Ingham County Bar Association, is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a "Pre-eminent" Michigan attorney, and has served as president and on the board of directors of numerous other volunteer organizations and business associations.
Brown, Charles W. - Chamber Chairman 1989. Brown graduated from Marshall University in West Virginia and obtained a master’s degree from Gonzaga University. He once worked on the Ohio River on a coal barge. Brown was employed by Motor Wheel Corporation and was part of the management group in 1987 that purchased Motor Wheel from Goodyear Corporation, which had acquired the company in 1964.
Werbelow, Judson M. – Chamber Chairman 1990. Werbelow graduated from the University of Arizona in 1952 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1954. He practiced law in Lansing with the Sinas Dramis and Dickinson Wright law firms until his retirement in 1996. He was a co-recipient, along with his wife Louise, of the Chamber’s Community Service Award in 1997. Werbelow also served as chairman of the Ingham County Social Services Board, president of the Ingham County Bar Association, a member of the Michigan Civil Service Commission, commissioner of the Lansing Board of Water & Light, and served on the boards of other community service organizations. In 1992, he received the Ingham County Bar Association Distinguished Volunteer Award.
Pandy, Joseph, Jr. - Chamber Chairman 1991. Pandy was hired as director of the Lansing Board of Water & Light in 1984 and was named general manager in 1992, a position he held until 2002. He was active in many community organizations including the Lansing Rotary.
Cook, Linda J. - Chamber Chairman 1992. Cook was in senior management with the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors (GM). During more than 20 years at GM, she concentrated efforts in marketing, communications, industry-government relations and strategic business planning. Her GM duties included director of business planning - GM Commercial Trucks, and director of public affairs for GM's North American Operations. She gave ATHENA a prominent place in GM. Following her GM career, Cook developed a freelance communications business, consulting clients in the automotive, healthcare, hospitality, and trade association sectors. Most recently, she serves as vice president of Compass International, located in Buena Park, California.
Kinning, Robert K. - Chamber Chairman 1993. Kinning moved to Lansing in 1986 when he was named president and CEO of First of America Bank-Central and describes his Lansing experience as a career highlight. Kinning served as chairman of Sparrow Hospital; was heavily involved with the Capital Choice economic development program; and received the Distinguished Citizens Award from the Boy Scouts. Prior to Lansing, Kinning was involved in community services in the Muskegon area serving as president of the North Muskegon School Board, chairman of United Way and president of Rotary. In 1994, Kinning left for Chicago to become chairman and CEO of First of America Bank-Illinois. He now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia and spends his summers at Gun Lake, Michigan.
Arnett, Richard L. - Chamber Chairman 1994. Arnett was born in Sidney, Ohio on October 16, 1946, and attended and graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in June 1968. Arnett joined Ernst & Young in Columbus, Ohio and transferred to Lansing in January 1983, where he served as managing partner in 1993 and 1994. He also worked in the Detroit office of Ernst & Young until January 1997, when he was transferred to Dallas, Texas. Arnett was the United Way-Fund Allocation Chair in 1992, East Lansing Rotary president in 1993, Health Council of Michigan Treasurer and Dallas Rotary Club Community Outreach chair. Arnett retired in 2006 and lives in Bonita Springs, Florida and South Haven, Michigan.
Reid, Joseph D - Chamber Chairman 1995. Reid was a well-known, highly regarded and successful attorney in private practice for many years and was an adjunct law professor at Cooley Law School before creating Capitol Bancorp Limited. Reid serves as CEO of Capitol Bancorp, which is a publicly traded, multi-billion dollar national community banking company with a network of separately chartered banks throughout the United States. Founded in 1988, Capitol Bancorp Limited was built on a set of core values where customers, shareholders and employees are the priority. The company currently has banking locations throughout the continental United States with executive offices in Lansing and Phoenix, Arizona. Reid has chaired numerous boards and community organizations.
Samper, Marianne E. - Chamber Chair 1996. Samper served as legal counsel to the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board for four years prior to 1996. Samper was a partner and president of the East Lansing law firm of Willingham & Cote', where she practiced civil litigation from 1977-1998. Subsequently, Samper was appointed to the Michigan Parole Board for eight years, and most recently, served as the administrator of Clemency for the State of Michigan until March 2011. She taught as an adjunct faculty member at Cooley Law School, as well as serving on a number of bar association and community boards. Samper was a 1996 ATHENA Award recipient and continues to actively support that program by serving on the ATHENAPowerLink Governing Board. Samper is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a "Pre-eminent" Michigan attorney.
Davis, Jack C. - Chamber Chairman 1997. Davis is an attorney with the Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting law firm. He practices in the areas of real estate and business law and has been recognized in "Best Lawyers of America”, "Super Lawyers” and as "Pre-eminent Attorney” by Martindale-Hubble. His community service includes chair of the Regional Panel to retain General Motors and past president of the Lansing School District Board of Education. He has received the Distinguished Volunteer Attorney Award from the Ingham County Bar Association and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. Davis has been a member of delegations to China (1987), the former USSR (1989), and Eastern Bloc countries (1990) to advise on law reform necessary for the development of a free market economy.
Rock, John - Chamber Chairman 1998. Rock was the son of a Chevrolet dealer and learned how to sell cars working at his family’s dealership. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1959 with a degree in psychology and began his General Motors career as a district manager trainee with Buick in 1960. Rock became one of General Motors’ true maverick managers. In 1992, GM appointed Rock general manager of Oldsmobile following stints in Australia, at Buick, at the marketing headquarters, and running GMC. Under Rock, Olds employees and dealers went through Saturn’s training program and earned the respect of most Olds dealers. He was credited with adding many vintage Oldsmobile’s to the GM Heritage Center. Rock died November 16, 2007 at his ranch in Hot Springs, S.D. He was 71.
Ruis, Richard - Chamber Chairman 1999. Ruis graduated from Michigan State University in 1974 with a master’s of business administration in finance. He joined First of America in 1983 and was named president of its Mt. Pleasant bank in 1987, and the Mid-Michigan Regional bank headquartered in Bay City in 1994. In 1996, he became president of First of America Central, its Lansing-based bank. Ruis served the Lansing Regional Chamber as chairman of the Capital Choice Program (1997-1998) and as chairman of the Chamber board (1999). He retired from National City Bank in 2002. He resides in Ludington with his wife Helen.
Damore, Joseph - Chamber Chairman 2000. Damore earned a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Thiel College. He served 14 years as president and CEO of Sparrow Health System. In 2004, he accepted the position of president/CEO of Mission Hospital System in Ashville, NC. His interest in health care dates back to age 11 when he became gravely ill with a rare blood disease and a priest actually administered him his last rites. Having survived the illness, his passion became, and remains, providing quality health care.
Butler III, James W. - Chamber Chairman 2001. Butler attended Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia, earning his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a highly decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War; receiving the Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendation Medal, two Purple Hearts and four Bronze Stars for heroism in ground combat. Butler was the business unit executive for IBM Global Government Systems for numerous states and is currently Director of the Urban Revitalization Division for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. He serves on the board for Sparrow Health System, Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, Lansing Economic Development Corporation, United Way, and Cooley Law School.
Chirgwin, Thomas D. - Chamber Chairman 2002. Chirgwin is the former regional president of Comerica Bank. He retired from Comerica in June 2006 after a 37-year career in the banking industry, including 29 years with Comerica and its predecessor banks in Lansing. Chirgwin has been very active in community boards, including serving as chairman of the Capitol Area United Way in 2003. He received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Chief Okemos Council Boy Scouts of America in 2002. Chirgwin now resides in Okemos and Harbor Springs.
Lezotte, Barbara - Chamber Chair 2003. Lezotte earned both her masters and bachelor’s degrees in journalism from Michigan State University and received national public relations accreditation in 1988. Lezotte founded Lezotte Miller Public Relations Inc. in 1995 and counsel’s clients in the association, corporate, non-profit and government agency sectors on public policy issues, crisis communication and strategic planning. In 2004, the Central Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America named her "PACEMaker of the Year”. Lezotte served six years on the Chamber’s board of directors and led their Marketing Communication Committee for several years.
Litos, Dennis M. - Chamber Chairman 2004. Litos earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University, a master’s degree in Management at Central Michigan University, and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Trinity University. While chair of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Litos was president and CEO of Ingham Regional Medical Center and the Ingham Regional Medical Center Foundation. He is currently a principal with Health Management Associates, an independent national research and consulting firm specializing in complex health care program and policy issues.
Hughes, Robert B. - Chamber Chairman 2005 & 2006. Hughes is originally from New Jersey and attended Michigan State University on a track scholarship. After serving in the military, he permanently settled in the Lansing area. Hughes is an advisor for Principal Financial Group and has been inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame. He has been recognized in the insurance industry for being a staunch proponent for licensing, legislative and advocacy issues. He is a past president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and served on boards of numerous volunteer organizations including the Parkwood Branch of the YMCA. He has received numerous awards recognizing his community service.
Goodenough, Brian - Chamber Chairman 2007. Goodenough is a native of Flushing, Michigan, attended Central Michigan University, and received his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a shareholder at Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, where he chairs the Workers Compensation Practice Group in addition to practicing municipal law. Recognized by clients and peers, he was named Attorney of the Year in 2003 by Michigan’s largest insurer of municipalities and has been included in Best Lawyers in America in Municipal, Real Estate and Workers’ Compensation law for more than a decade. Additionally, he has held leadership roles in several business and charitable organizations.
Blockett, Charles, Jr. - Chamber Chairman 2008. Blockett graduated from Wayne State University and the University of Detroit (MPA). He also completed the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. For 15 years, he was responsible for the State of Michigan’s classification and selection system. He is a past president and honorary life member of the International Personnel Management Association, past chair of the Capital Region Community Foundation and Greater Lansing Convention and Exhibition Authority, and a recipient of the Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award. He is vice chair of the Michigan Civil Service Commission, and president of Charles Blockett, Jr. and Associates, a human resource consulting firm.
Truscott, John - Chamber Chairman 2009. Truscott graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a major in political science. Truscott is one of the foremost experts in public relations and politics in Michigan. For more than a decade, Truscott served as director of communications and press secretary to Michigan Gov. John Engler. When Engler took office, Truscott was the youngest press secretary in the country and became the longest serving press secretary for any governor. He serves as a member of the Sparrow Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and Ele’s Place Board of Directors. Governor Snyder appointed Truscott to the Michigan Community Service Commission in October 2011. Truscott is one of the two top communications consultants who joined forces in January 2011 to form Truscott Rossman, a bipartisan strategic communications firm with offices in Lansing, Detroit and Grand Rapids.
Verchereau, Vic - Chairman 2010. Verchereau has been the vice president of marketing with Farm Bureau Insurance since 2005, providing direction and leadership to more than 500 managing partners, agents and staff members of the company, all of whom provide insurance services to nearly 300,000 households throughout Michigan. Verchereau has held numerous management positions with Farm Bureau since joining the company in 1980 including regional director of agencies. As agency manager, Verchereau earned the Distinguished Manager Award each year from 1998-2002, the highest award given to Farm Bureau Insurance Agency managers, setting a company record for achievement.
Simon, Ronald - Chamber Chairman 2011. Simon started at Auto-Owners Insurance in data processing and held various management positions including assistant vice president in applications development. In the early 1990s, he was vice president, actuarial; vice president, property and casualty underwriting/actuarial; and senior vice president, property and casualty. In 2003, he was the underwriting/actuarial and treasurer; first vice president in 2004; president in 2005; CEO in 2008; and chairman of the board in 2009. He retired in 2010. Simon has served on the Michigan Basic Property Association's Actuarial Committee; as chair of the MCCA (Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association) Board; board member of Michigan Dyslexia Board and LEAP, Inc.; and the vice chair of the Sparrow Foundation Board.
McKeague, Nancy Palmer – Chamber Chair 2012. McKeague was born April 12, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of Central Michigan University. She is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. She serves on the board of Accident Fund Holdings, Sparrow Physicians Health Network, the Sparrow Foundation, and is on the executive committee for Volunteers of America. McKeague was the 2011 recipient of the Lansing ATHENA Award.
Cunningham, Paula – Chamber Chair 2013. Paula D. Cunningham is President and CEO of Capitol National Bank (CNB). Cunningham is the third president of Capitol National Bank, which has been in the community for more than 30 years. She is the first woman and the first African American to ever hold this position. Prior to joining Capitol National Bank Ms. Cunningham was the first woman to be President of Lansing Community College from October 2000 until February 2006. Lansing Community College has more than 30,000 students and is the State’s 3rd largest community college. As President of Lansing Community College, she successfully led a community millage campaign to generate an additional $9 million for the institution into perpetuity.ain building on the LCC campus was officially named the Paula D. Cunningham Administration Building in 2006. This is the only building named after a woman in downtown Lansing.
Kimble, William (Bill) J., PE - Chamber Chair 2014. Kimble assumed the Chairman and CEO role for C2AE in early 2010, where he oversees and coordinates the firm’s business, strategic and technical activities to ensure that C2AE provides quality services to our valued clients. He is actively involved in corporate management for the firm’s six offices: Michigan - Lansing, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Escanaba, Kalamazoo and New York office in Canton. Bill is very active and is an avid supporter of various community events surrounding the Lansing area and serves on many boards. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Kansas, New York and Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Kalamazoo College and his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University, which are both in the state of Michigan.