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Henry Ford Allegiance Health Welcomes New Board Members

Henry Ford Allegiance Health begins 2022 with changes to its Board of Trustees, which include the addition of new Vice Chair, Daniel Phelan, Ph.D., President and CEO, Jackson College, and Cathy Hendrian, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CMS Energy Corporation.

Dr. Phelan will serve alongside Board Chair Martha Fuerstenau, President/CEO, American 1 Credit Union. He will also join both the Board Executive & Governance Committee and the Board Quality Committee. Dr. Phelan previously served on the Henry Ford Allegiance Health Improvement Organization (HIO) Committee. In addition to his role at Jackson College since 2001, Dr. Phelan chairs the Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement and serves on the Board of Directors for the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges and the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education.

In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Cathy Hendrian will also join the Henry Ford Allegiance HIO Committee. Professionally, Hendrian is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for CMS Energy Corporation and Consumers Energy Company. Hendrian has overall responsibility for the company’s people and culture strategy. This includes cultivating a culture and creating an employee experience in which all co-workers can thrive and succeed. Hendrian’s responsibilities also extend to traditional human resources activities, such as employee benefits, compensation, organization and workforce development, diversity and inclusion, and all human resources services for nearly 8,000 employees.

“Cathy and Dan are exceptional individuals serving within respected institutions in our community,” said Martha Fuerstenau, Board Chair, Henry Ford Allegiance Health. “They bring with them a wealth of experience and a passion for the community we serve. There is no doubt we will benefit from their leadership and guidance.”

Kati Sellers Joins Willis and Machnik Financial Services As Certified Securities Operations Professional


Willis and Machnik Financial Services announced today the addition of Kati Sellers, Certified Securities Operations Professional, to its team. In her new role, Sellers will manage operations and client relations as the firm looks to expand its presence across southern Michigan.

“We’re very excited to have Kati join the Willis and Machnik family,” said Daniel Machnik Managing Partner of Willis and Machnik Financial Services. “We’re confident that her experience and talents will enable our team to continue giving clients strategic financial advice as well as confidence that they have true partners in their journey.”

Sellers comes to Willis and Machnik from County National Bank in Hillsdale, Michigan where she spent the past 10 years in roles including Wealth Management Operations Officer. She went on to earn the prestigious Certified Securities Operations Professional (CSOP) certification before becoming the bank’s Trust Operations Officer. The CSOP credential signifies comprehensive training and proficiency in types of securities; regulation and compliance; controls, reconciliation, and audit; and industry structures.

Sellers is a native to Hillsdale County. She graduated from Reading High School before earning her Bachelor of Science with a dual focus in Finance and General Management from Grand Valley State University. Her professional background equips her to evaluate internal processes and systems to improve firm efficiencies while nurturing positive client experiences.

American 1 Credit Union Contributes More Than $280k to Community Initiatives and More Than 100 Hours of Volunteer Time in 2021

While 2021 was another year of challenges and uncertainty due to the prolongation of the coronavirus pandemic, American 1 Credit Union continued to make a positive impact on the communities it serves through sponsorships, donations, and volunteer efforts.

“At American 1, we are passionate and committed to being boldly generous and community-focused,” said Martha Fuerstenau, President/CEO of American 1. “Our Executive Team, Board of Directors, and American 1 staff are proud to make a difference in the communities we’re part of.”

Through the American 1 Volunteer Time Off program, American 1 team members volunteered 123 hours to local non-profit organizations. And throughout the year, American 1 gave to over 100 organizations in Jackson, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Washtenaw, Calhoun, and Wayne counties with donations totaling $280,897.99. Some of the most notable American 1 community initiatives throughout 2021 included:

  • $150,000 to the Jackson School of the Arts for the Capital Campaign project
  • $15,000 to the Jackson Area Pickleball Association
  • $13,000 to Hot Air Jubilee for the Presenting Sponsorship
  • $10,000 to the American Heart Association for a Heart Ball Sponsorship
  • $10,000 to the American 1 Scholarship Fund, which benefits recent high school graduates
  • $6,500 to the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Week and Expo

Additionally, American 1 and TRUE Community partnered on the Hit ‘Em Fore Hospice Golf Benefit for the third year, which supports the Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home. The two credit unions recorded a record-breaking fundraising event by donating more than $71,000 to the hospice home.

“I think we all can agree 2021 was another difficult year because of COVID-19, but the American 1 team was determined to find ways to continue to give back to our communities,” said Janelle Merritt, VP of Community Partnerships at American 1. “We once again look forward to making a difference in the communities we serve and remain committed to giving back, however and wherever we can!”  

Ella Sharp Museum Announces New Director of Development and Communications 

The Ella Sharp Museum is pleased to name Shawn Stenberg as the new Director of Development and Communications. 

Shawn will oversee fundraising, community relations, and communications at the non-profit organization which includes the Merriman-Sharp Hillside Farm, Mildred I. Hadwin Center for Art and History, and the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium.

Shawn joins Ella Sharp Museum as a veteran with extensive experience in both corporate and government entities. He brings a wealth of knowledge in collaborating with different constituents and diverse groups. Shawn has over 30 years in leadership, process improvement, and business experience as well as 20 years in philanthropic and government project management experience.

“I am looking forward to working with Shawn and having him join the Ella Sharp Museum team,” said Julie Johnson, Executive Director of Ella Sharp Museum.

Shawn will join Ella Sharp Museum in February of 2022. 

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