Category Archives: Associate Members

Associate Member Highlight: BCBSM

bcbsm-logoAssociate Member news from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan awards $25,000 to Exalta Health.  Grant expands opportunities for low-income, uninsured Michiganders!

On January 9, it was announced that Exalta Health, formerly Health Intervention Services, was awarded a grant of $25,000 by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. This grant is part of the more than $1 million of support distributed to safety net clinics statewide by Blue Cross.

Fifty free and low-cost health care clinics across the state will share $740,000 in grants from Blue Cross to expand access to medical and dental care, and five Federally Qualified Health Centers will receive nearly $370,000 to help build their capacity to care for vulnerable patients and support innovation and transformation within Michigan’s safety net.

Annually for the last 12 years, Blue Cross has contributed to Exalta Health to provide medical, dental and mental health care for Michigan’s under and uninsured population in the Burton Heights area of Grand Rapids.

“We are honored to be the largest, private donor to Michigan’s free clinics across the state,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of Strategy, Government and Public Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “Our clinic partners are able to reach tens of thousands of individuals who otherwise have nowhere to turn. Their work takes us closer to ensuring all Michiganders have access to care outside of the emergency room setting.”

In the next year, Exalta Health expects to treat more than 2,000 vulnerable patients providing over 10,000 services that contribute to good health. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 8.5 percent of Michigan citizens are uninsured, which is a 3.9 percent drop from 2010. Over 70% of the patients at Exalta Health are uninsured.

“Safety net providers offer vital, primary health care and dental care services to people across the state and play a key role in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s mission of expanding access to health care services, enhancing quality of care for patients and addressing major health issues to create a healthier Michigan,” said Rossi.

Bill Paxton, President of Exalta Health, said, “We are delighted to again receive a grant as part of Michigan’s safety-net clinic system. Blue Cross is a great partner in our efforts to provide comprehensive medical and dental services to the community.”

Exalta Health, formerly Health Intervention Services, was established in 1996 to serve underprivileged women with faith-centered medical care. The mission quickly expanded to include all those without access to health care. Located in the Burton Heights area of Grand Rapids since 1998, HIS has become a trusted resource for healthcare in the West Michigan community.

In 2017, HIS changed its name to Exalta Health to more accurately communicate the organization’s focus. Progress has also brought other positive changes including integrating behavioral health into the medical health team, measuring the impact on patients and the community, identifying social factors that impact health, and supporting people where they live and work.

Exalta Health reflects the spirit of Christ by providing compassionate, accessible healthcare. Current services include medical, vision, dental, behavioral health and spiritual care. Service is provided to people of any ethnicity, language, gender, disability, religion or creed. Through a professional staff and over 130 volunteers, Exalta Health provides quality healthcare services that are both affordable and accessible.

 

Associate Member Highlight: Michigan High School Athletic Association

MHSAA-041816a_800The MHSAA was originally created in the 1924-25 school year to serve as the service organization for interscholastic athletics in the state of Michigan. It is a charter member of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

In 1976, the MHSAA was made a private, non-profit corporation of voluntary membership by a state Attorney General’s ruling and moved from offices in downtown Lansing to East Lansing – first on Trowbridge Road; and since 1996, on Ramblewood Drive.

As a private, non-profit corporation, the MHSAA receives no tax dollars from the state of Michigan or the federal government. Its membership, made up of public, private, and parochial schools, pay no membership dues or tournament entry fees — the only one of two such associations nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools.

Through their boards of education, member schools voluntarily join the MHSAA each and every year, vowing by formal resolution to abide by and enforce common rules for educational athletics. Membership is optional: schools may conduct a complete program of interscholastic athletics and may participate against MHSAA member schools in regular-season competition without joining the MHSAA.

John R. Johnson, Communications Director for MHSAA, says “The opportunities for athletic participation for Michigan secondary schools has grown from the original program of football, basketball, track, and baseball for boys to a total of 28 sport activities in which tournaments for boys and girls are organized and conducted by the MHSAA. If one considers the breakdown of the 28 sports into categories of male, female, classes and divisions by enrollment, and Upper and Lower Peninsula, there is a total of 120 separate tournaments in which schools vie for a championship trophy. Nearly 300,000 young men and women take part in these activities each year.”

Visit the MHSAA website here.

Associate Member Highlight: Maner Costerisan

maner-costerisan_350Founded in 1906, Maner Costerisan is a full-service public accounting and business advisory firm dedicated to providing quality and reliable services, targeted to specific client needs. Over the years, they have grown into the largest locally-owned firm in mid-Michigan, serving clients of all sizes and across a range of industries.

With a staff of more than 100 individuals, their clients can rest assured they will receive the necessary attention and expertise to obtain the best possible results for their unique situations. They take an active role in the professional development of their people through in-house training and continuing education from both regional and national organizations.

5 Facts About Maner Costerisan:

    • Maner Costerisan is a full-service public accounting and business advisory firm dedicated to providing quality and reliable services targeted to specific client needs. At Maner Costerisan, our primary focus and number one priority is the satisfaction and success of our clients.
    • Maner Costerisan is named one of Accounting Today’s 2016 Best Accounting Firms to Work For.
    • Maner Costerisan’s Glory Days Softball team finished the regular season 9-1 and won their league. They also went into the year-end tournament as the #1 seed and won the championship. The Glory Days Kickball team won the Meridian Township Fall league with a 10-1-1 record.
    • In 2016 Maner Costerisan was ranked #13 in Accounting Today’s “Fastest Growing Accounting Firms.”
    • Visit www.manercpa.com for information regarding our accounting services and www.manersolutions.com for information regarding our software and IT services.

Associate Member Resource: Thanksgiving Tips from the Michigan Restaurant Association

mirestaurantThe Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA), an associate member of the MAB, is pleased to provide you with some facts and information for use in your news and programming this Thanksgiving season:

  1. Thousands Dine Out for Thanksgiving in Michigan – download here.
  2. Six Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips – download here.

The MRA is the recognized leader of Michigan’s hospitality industry, providing essential services to the food service community. Founded in 1921, the MRA represents nearly 4,500 Michigan food service establishments. The industry plays an integral role in Michigan’s economy, employing more than 421,000 people and creating $15.4 billion in annual sales.

The MRA’s mission is to enhance the food service and hospitality industry through advocacy, education, and leadership.

Associate Member Highlight: HOMTV’s Internship Program Celebrates 35 Years!

homtv-internship-photoBy: Brandie Yates
HOMTV Internship Coordinator and 2007 HOMTV Alum

They say everything gets better with age and the HOMTV Internship Program is no exception. In 1981, interns began working at the station making 2016 the 35th year of the program. HOMTV’s Internship Program is like no other, providing hands-on training and experience to those wishing to begin their careers in the television and communications industry. Since the first HOMTV intern, approximately 1,000 interns have successfully completed the Internship Program and over 500 have moved on to work in the field of journalism, television production, film production and the communications industry both nationally and internationally, creating a strong HOMTV Alumni Network.

homtv-internship-photo-2_300“HOMTV was the first real step in my broadcasting career, the internship not only gave me the basic tools to shoot, write, edit and present, it also helped me develop my style as a broadcaster and gave me great friends and an incredible network along the way. Without HOMTV I don’t think I would’ve made it to Vegas so early in my career,” said 2014 HOMTV Alum Miguel Martinez-Valle, Reporter and MMJ for FOX5 Local Las Vegas KVVU-TV.

“At HOMTV I learned many of the behind the scenes and on-camera skills that helped launch me as a producer for national television shows and film,” said 1994 HOMTV Alum Jennifer Hutchins, Segment Producer at CBS / Dr. Phil Show and Co-Founder at Indie Film Seminars.

“As a graduate of one of the top 5 universities in the country for communications, it would be understandable to point to my degree from Michigan State University as a contributor for my professional successes. Although MSU certainly did its part to prepare me for a career in communications, I actually owe more to the internship program at HOMTV. Not only did I receive “real-world” training, I also made connections that to this day have served me as I’ve advanced in my career. In the nearly 30 years since my graduation from MSU, I have never come across another program that so thoroughly prepares individuals for the workforce in broadcast, journalism, public relations and marketing,” said 1986 HOMTV Alum Amy (Guild) McGraw, Vice President of Marketing at Tropical Financial Credit Union.

Each year interns continue to be a valuable asset to the Meridian Township community, volunteering around 14,000 hours serving as production crew and on-air talent for nearly 90 official Township meetings and over 600 HOMTV programs, as well as producing more than 1,000 stories and PSA’s.

This year, HOMTV is celebrating this significant milestone and looks forward to continuing the HOMTV Internship Program as an established and exemplary hands-on training program to retain and foster talent for the professional television and communications industry.

Associate Member Highlight: WTHS-FM (Hope College)

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WTHS Student Staff
WTHS Student Staff

WTHS 89.9 FM started as a science experiment in 1956 when students Richard Brockmeier and Jack Hellriegel transmitted a signal from their dorm room through the wiring of the then new Kollen Hall on the Hope College campus. Today, WTHS, “The Voice of Hope College,” celebrates 60 years of broadcasting along the lakeshore from Grand Haven to South Haven and global streaming at wths.hope.edu.

WTHS is totally student-run and is housed in the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication. A student Executive Board staff oversees all aspects of the station from choosing the format and music to hiring and training the student air staff. WTHS keeps their listeners informed about activities on campus, local news, sports, current events and the latest in alternative college music.

For more information on WTHS stop by their web site wths.hope.edu.

Associate Member Highlight: The Michigan Association of School Boards

PrintThe Michigan Association of School Boards is a voluntary, nonprofit association of local and intermediate boards of education located throughout the State of Michigan.  Their membership is comprised of 600+ boards of education, representing nearly all public school districts in the state.

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MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba

MASB was officially organized in 1949 to advance the quality of public education in our state, promote high standards in providing educational programs, help school board members keep informed about education issues, represent the interests of boards of education and promote public understanding about school boards and citizen involvement in our schools. The Association’s first statewide conference was held in the fall of 1948, prior to MASB’s legal incorporation April 19, 1949.

The mission of the Michigan Association of School Boards is to provide quality educational leadership services for all Michigan boards of education, and to advocate for student achievement and public education.

MASB’s Brand – MASB had identified five characteristics by which it would like to be defined. These characteristics represent what they want to be as an association and what they seek to deliver to their members.

  • Value and Quality—Our priority will be delivering outstanding, quality service driven by the needs of our members that is of high value to all Michigan boards of education.
  • Influential Leadership—We will demonstrate influential leadership through unrelenting advocacy for our cause, perceived clout among education, legislative, government and community leaders and achieved results of our public policy initiatives.
  • Trust-Based Relationships—The quality of our relationships with our colleagues at MASB, with our members and with others who have a stake in the future of Michigan’s education system, will be based on trust and supported by ongoing, open communication.
  • Visionary Thinking—Awareness of the larger, evolving context in which we work will be at the forefront of continual assessment and planning, ensuring that MASB strategies and actions are progressive and that we anticipate the long-term implications of our work.
  • Agile Operations—Our systems, processes and procedures will be designed for adaptability and flexibility, enabling timely, effective action that meets the evolving needs of our constituents and facilitates accomplishment of our vision and goals.

Fun facts about MASB:

  • MASB’s current Executive Director, Don Wotruba, started as an intern with the association.
  • One quarter of MASB’s membership changes every two years with the November election. In 2016, there are approximately 1,600 school board seats up for election and at least half of those seats will be filled with new school board members.
  • State Superintendent, Brian Whiston, was a school board member (Waterford School District).
  • Currently, the longest serving school board member has served 45 years…and there are three of them (the longest serving school board member in the history of MASB served for 58 years).
  • Almost all public schools in Michigan are members of MASB.

Visit their website here.

Associate Member Highlight: The Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency

Lyman&Sheets_350The Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency was formed in 1874 by the state’s first insurance commissioner and is a full service insurance firm offering property, general liability, workers’ compensation, builder’s risk, auto, crime, directors & officers liability, professional liability, special event liability, international exposures, fiduciary liability, kidnap and ransom and employee benefits among other insurance coverages.

The firm provides insurance coverage in over 45 states and in multiple countries across the globe. The Agency has worked with multiple broadcast operations throughout the United States and have successfully handled several claims including property damage, fires, lighting strikes, workers’ compensation, auto crashes, Director’s & Officers liability claims and crime, among multiple other losses.

Lyman & Sheets is privileged to serve as the managing general agent for a number of insurance programs and we offer special expertise in developing insurance solutions for the broadcast sector. Lyman & Sheets excels at identifying areas of exposure and developing affordable solutions to protect the financial integrity of MAB members.

Visit their website here.

Extra:  Lyman & Sheet’s Peter Dewan, when asked for some “fun facts” from the MAB, answered:

  • I’ve been in the insurance industry for 22 years. I worked in government for 12 years previously.
  • I’m a graduate of Michigan State.
  • I like to golf, bike, cook, read, travel and spend time with my family.
  • My wife and I have been married 26 years and we have 3 children, two sons and a daughter. 2 in college and 1 still in high school.
  • Our family likes to take trips to National Parks for summer vacations. We have been to Yosemite and will be visiting Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon this summer. Picture of Yosemite below.
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The Dewan family at Yosemite National Park.  Thanks for sharing Peter!

 

Associate Member Highlight: Speedy Spots

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The staff of Speedy Spots, Inc. and Audio Acres

audio_acres_300After graduating from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts (now known as “Specs Howard School of Media Arts”) in Southfield and Siena Heights University in Adrian, Chelsea native Jeff Van Riper spent several years at television and radio stations in Escanaba, Suburban Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Jackson and Alpena. In 1998, Jeff discovered a service niche of providing high-quality voice overs to these stations with quick turnaround, at a very affordable cost, and with outstanding customer service.

Control Room

Nearly 20 years later, SpeedySpots.com has produced nearly two million English and Spanish-language voice overs for customers worldwide. Repetition is reputation, and Speedy Spots’ staff, along with specially-selected voice talents from across North and South America, have fully realized the formula that has made Speedy Spots so successful: “Do it fast, do it well and do it for an affordable price.”

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In 2015, Jeff expanded upon this effective concept with the introduction of Audio Acres (AudioAcres.com), a small-scale, state-of-the-art recording studio. Audio Acres provides the latest in digital audio and video technology, while still being an affordable option for solo singer-songwriters, small acoustic and electric combos, audiobooks and Student Audition videos. You can see more on their Facebook page (FaceBook/AudioAcres).

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Chelsea, Michigan headquarters

Together, Speedy Spots and Audio Acres can provide a wide range of high-quality audio-visual services, that won’t exceed your budget or your deadline. Their staff is the finest you will find anywhere and is the reason for their continued success. Find out what they can do for you at www.speedyspots.com or www.audioacres.com.

Associate Member Highlight: VetBiz Central

300logo_vetbiz_300VetBiz Central is a non-profit organziation assisting veterans since 2005, serving Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.  The organization helps veterans, active duty, guard, and reserve members in the formation and expansion of their businesses.

Services provided include:

  • Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Mentoring Programs and Activities
  • Advocacy Services
  • Procurement Counseling

On November 10, 2016, VetBiz Central will hold their 11th annual veteran “Meet & Greet” at the Holiday Inn Flint/Grand Blanc. The event is to help veterans meet company buyers, meet government buyers, and network.  For more details, click here.

The VetBizCentral website may be accessed here.