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Grand River Connection elects its 2014-2015 Board of Directors

Thursday, November 13, 2014   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release                                                                               Andrea Kerbuski

November 13, 2014                                                                                        517.290.2767



Grand River Connection elects its 2014-2015 Board of Directors 

Lansing, MI—Grand River Connection, a young professionals organization, has elected its 2014-2015 Board of Directors. Two of the board members are new to the board including Hannah Leibinger, chair of communications and Tyler Dyke, chair of sponsorship and finance. Below is a full list of board members:

President: Brian Gallagher is an attorney with the Employee Benefits practice group at Fraser Trebilcock.  He also serves on the boards of Highfields and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Secretary: Pete Brown is an Attorney at The Gallagher Law Firm, PLC in East Lansing.   Pete is a civil litigation attorney specializing in real estate litigation, commercial litigation, and creditor’s rights.  Pete frequently represents financial institutions, businesses, and individuals in a variety of real estate and commercial disputes. 

Treasurer: Olivia Edgar is a CPA who works as a Supervisor in the Finance Department at Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.  She graduated with her BA in Accounting and her MS in Accounting from Michigan State University. Olivia enjoys volunteering throughout the greater Lansing area and spending time with friends and family.

Vice President and Chair of Networking Programs: Rachael Ruis is the Alumni Relations Coordinator at Michigan State University's College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Rachael previously served as an electronic communications manager for the Communications and Brand Strategy Office at MSU. She is a two-time alumna of MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in journalism (specialization in public relations) and a master’s degree in public relations.

Vice President and Chair of Special Events: Andrea Ragan is the Executive Director of the Capital Area IT Council, responsible for providing resources to IT employers in the greater Lansing area. She currently serves as a board member for ITEC. She is a Northern Michigan native and received her Bachelor's degree in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at Michigan State University and has been a Lansing enthusiast ever since.

Chair of Communications: Hannah Leibinger, the Account Strategist at Piper & Gold Public Relations, Hannah uses her organization and project management skills to complete client projects. As the former communications assistant for Capital Area Michigan Works!, Hannah managed social media and digital media, wrote weekly columns, assisted media relations by creating and distributing media materials, monitored media outlets and developed marketing reports. Hannah is a recent graduate from Michigan State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a Specialization in Public Relations.

Chair of Sponsorship and Finance: Tyler Dyke grew up in the Lansing area and graduated from MSU in 2004. After graduating, he moved to Chicago and then to Tampa, FL for a few years. He returned to Lansing in the fall of 2008. Today, Tyler is a securities examiner for the State of Michigan where he examines and investigates state-registered broker-dealers and investment advisers with assets under management of up to $100 million. Tyler enjoys being involved in his community. He serves as an At-Large chairperson on the Michigan Pride board of directors, as a member of the planning committees for the Lansing Happy Hour Club and Old Town's Festival of the Moon and Sun, and as a Firekeeper with The Firecracker Foundation.

Chair of Membership: Katherine Becsey is currently an Account Coordinator at Marketing Resource Group, Inc. (MRG). She has a wide range of experience and skills from writing press releases and marketing materials, to handling campaign fundraising events for Michigan Supreme Court Justices David Viviano and Brian Zahra, to running community outreach programs and efforts for Wolverine Pipe Line Company and Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water. Katherine is a graduate of Michigan State University with a master’s degree in Public Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Advertising. 

Chair of Media: Andrea Kerbuski is the Director of Public Relations for Olympia Group. She also runs a fashion blog and works with brands including Dodge, Kohl’s, Tresemme and more. She has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources communications from Michigan State University and is currently working on her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications at Eastern Michigan University. 

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