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Region’s Top Young Professionals Recognized at 10 Over the Next Ten Awards

Wednesday, September 26, 2018  
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The 12th annual 10 Over the Next Ten awards were held on Tuesday, September 25 at the University Club of Michigan State University. This event recognizesd Greater Lansing’s top young professionals who are expected to contribute significantly to our community over the next ten years. The event was co-hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and Grand River Connection (GRC).

Congratulations to the 2018 10 Over the Next Ten award recipients:

Tamera Carter serves as the Downtown Lansing member experience manager at Lake Trust Credit Union. Tamera serves the Lansing community with a variety of volunteer and business efforts, such as being a representative of Lake Trust Credit Unions partnership with Impression 5 Science Center. They have been working towards providing and creating Member Service Business Relationships and developing financial literacy for our youth. In her free time, Tamera is a devoted church member of Tabernacle of David, where she serves on two ministries: Hospitality Guest Services, and the Designed for Praise Dance Team. She also has been a volunteer at the Hawk Island Triathlon Race for over eight years. She volunteers with Grade School Portfolio Reviews and Mock Interviews at local at local high schools and career fairs, and has served dinners at the City Rescue Mission of Lansing for two years.

Katie Hamilton is a partner in the tax department at Maner CPA. She joined Maner after working 12 years at Plante Moran. While at Plante Moran, she was a member in the firm’s Tax Technology User Group (charged with advancing technology in the tax department firm wide), a member of the Work Flex committee (reinforcing the work-life balance initiative and culture), an advocate of their Women in Leadership program, and was a co-chair of their P&M Cares Initiative, which supports a local charity through initiatives put together by the co-chairs. She was Plante Moran s first two-time Naslund Award Winner in 2010 and 2011which is presented to one of the firm’s 2,500 staff, celebrating the individual who has contributed the most constructive and effective suggestions for firm improvement. She is a Past President of the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council, Advisory Council member at the Wharton Center, and has been actively involved in ATHENA WIN and the ATHENA Ignite Leadership Conference.

Katharine Japinga is deputy director of the Majority Communications Office of the Michigan State Senate. The office assists with and manages all communication-related materials for its members. Among her responsibilities are to assist with the development of overall caucus messaging, talking points, and individual member messaging, assist with the overall development of the Senate Republican media plan to promote the caucus agenda and member initiatives, and create and execute a comprehensive social media plan. Katharine is actively engaged in the community, including serving as current president of Grand River Connection, and board member of the Public Relations Society of America Central Michigan Chapter (CMPRSA). She also serves CMPRSA as Pace Awards Committee Awards and Entries Chair. She is also a St. Vincent Catholic Charities Guardian Society member.

Brian Johnson is an account manager for a MarxModa, a statewide certified Herman Miller dealership. He is responsible for new business development in the central part of Michigan, as well as the continued support of strategic accounts in the region. This includes, but is not limited to, Consumers Energy, Peckham and Michigan State University. He was born and raised in Eaton Rapids and describes himself as a “proud Greyhound.” He graduated from Hope College, Magna Cum Laude, in 2010 and returned home to work and raise a family. He has been an ambassador for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce for five years. He joined Downtown Lansing, Inc. in 2018, in line with his strong passion for supporting downtown Lansing and helping to attract and retain business in the area.

Camera Lewis is social media coordinator for the Michigan Department of Corrections. She manages all of MDOC’s public facing accounts, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Michigan.gov website and their podcast. Before she joined the department there wasn’t a communications office and MDOC was not able to proactively raise awareness about the issues offenders in the system face and the struggles the MDOC staff deal with on a daily basis. As a result of the social media strategy she put in place, the department has seen an increase in following of MDOC’s social media communications and helped create advocates of prison reform and awareness of offender success. She serves as chair of Inclusion, Diversity, Ethics and Advocacy for the Central Michigan Publication Society of America. She was asked to be a department coordinator for the State Employees Charitable Campaign, a campaign focused on soliciting giving through state of Michigan employees payroll deduction.

Rachel Lewis is branch director for Bethany Christian Services. She has worked as a foster care case manager, foster care adoption specialist, pregnancy counselor and foster home licensing specialist. In 2015 she was promoted program manager of Child Welfare Services. She worked for two years to grow the child welfare program of the East Lansing office, and in June 2017, the office was moved from being a satellite program to branch status, making her the first branch director of the East Lansing office, one of eight locations in the state of Michigan. In February 2018, she was also named service line director for state adoptions, where she oversees the state adoption contract programs for all of the eight Bethany Branches in Michigan, which finalizes approximately 350 adoptions per year. She currently serves as President of the East Lansing Schools Board of Education and chair of the community investment committee for the Capital Region Community Foundation.

Greg Rokisky is marketing manager for the Michigan Association of School Boards. He was recently named 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year by the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He likes to combine his passion for Lansing with his active involvement with the Public Relations Society of America. He speaks with MSU public relations students at least once a semester and shares his enthusiasm for the Lansing region. He has also been involved with Old Town Commercial Association, Grand River Connection and the Lansing Arts Council. He also shares his love for Lansing while connected to several national non-profits, including Imagine Dragons, nonprofit, The Tyler Robinson Foundation, which provides financial assistance to pediatric cancer families.

Alexander Rusek is an associate attorney with White Law PLLC. He practices both criminal and civil litigation, and has been involved in some of the highest-profile cases in recent years, including the Flint Water Crisis and Nasser civil litigation. His practice focuses on business law & litigation, complex civil litigation, criminal law and appellate law. Rusek is a board member of the Ingham County Bar Association, president of the Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, ex officio board member of the Ingham County Bar Foundation, board member of the MSU College of Law Alumni Association, treasurer of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners Equal Opportunity Committee, member of the Rotary Club of Lansing, member of multiple local and national bar associations, and Democratic Precinct Delegate for Lansing’s Ward 1, Precinct 6. He is a 2016 recipient of the Ingham County Bar’s “Top 5 Under 35” award.

Stanley Samuel is director of construction for Wolverine Development Corporation. His role includes all aspects of the company’s operations including transaction and investment analysis and property administration. He has led several commercial developments to house nationally known names such as McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Rallys, USPS, PPG and others. He considers his greatest achievement was being recognized by the South Lansing Business Association with the Take Pride in the South Side award. This exceedingly challenging commercial redevelopment project located at 6527 S. Cedar Street, which is today an impressive retail structure in South Lansing, was built on a functionally and structurally obsolete site. Stanley has served on the Bath Township Construction Board of Appeals and its Downton Development Authority. He also serves on Michigan State University’s Construction Management Alumni Advisory Board and plays an active role in the School of Planning Design and Construction,

Christine Zarkovich is manager of business development for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. In this role, she supports local businesses by helping them grow, offering strategic advice and helping Chamber members maximize the value of their membership. She also facilitates and emcees local business grand openings, anniversary celebrations, collaborative mergers, and ground-breaking ceremonies on behalf of the Lansing Regional Chamber. In addition, she leads and provides guidance to the Chamber Ambassador committee. Christine serves on the board of Downtown Lansing, Inc, including serving as chair of the Economic Vitality Committee. She is also a member of the Meridian Area Business Association, President of the South Lansing Business Association and Secretary of the Lansing Community College Foundation.

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) works relentlessly to help businesses connect, grow and thrive. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including www.lansingchamber.org, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), Instagram (@LansingRegionalChamber), LinkedIn and YouTube.

The Grand River Connection seeks to develop a stronger network to support Lansing and East Lansing's young and vital workforce. Our diverse, non-partisan group provides fun, social, and professional connections that encourage economic growth and community involvement where we live, work, and play.


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