Good News August 2012

KAREN SURDENIK NAMED MANAGING PARTNER OF WORKSITE WELLNESS CONSULTING FIRM Cooper & Partners — which has office locations in both Lansing and Grand Rapids — announced that Karen Surdenik has been named managing partner of the Worksite Wellness Consulting firm. Surdenik was formerly employer relations specialist for Aegis Health Group, serving as a consultant to Sparrow Hospital. She advised organizations on Worksite Wellness program development, execution, evaluation and industry trends and oversaw more than 50 client relationships. Surdenik has been in Worksite Wellness for more than seven years managing client programs for the two leading Health Networks in the mid-Michigan market. As managing partner, Surdenik will direct the firm’s initiatives in consulting, network development and workshops. HIGHFIELDS HONORS STAFF WITH DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD Highfields has named Lori Bargesser of Grass Lake the recipient of the Carl J. Latona Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes staff members who exemplify integrity, passion to help others, perseverance and commitment to excellence. Bargesser is the supervisor of the multi-systemic therapy program, which works with families to keep youth out of juvenile detention. She will be recognized at an employee awards dinner and at the annual meeting of the board of directors. Founded in 1962, Highfields Inc. is a nonprofit organization in its 50th year of providing homebased counseling, residential care, experiential education and support programs for families, youth and communities throughout mid-Michigan. NEW DOWNTOWN GALLERY LA FILLE BLENDS INTERIOR DECORATING AND ARTISTRY With an artistic background ranging from cabinet refinishing to decorative art, artist and owner Tiffany Klein brings an eclectic mix to a historic building in downtown Lansing. Situated in the former Mills Supply Building, La Fille Gallery gives residents the opportunity to outfit their homes with custom designer fabrics, American made Vanguard Furniture designed to your exact specifications, as well as specialized artwork and custom wall finishes. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony took place in mid-June. For more info call (517) 243-1902 or visit CHILD AND FAMILY CHARITIES ANNOUNCE AWARDS FROM CAPITAL REGION COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Child and Family Charities’ Teen Court Program was awarded a grant in the amount of $5,200 from the Capital Region Community Foundation. Teen Court is a program that annually helps 200 local at-risk teens and their families through four areas of Juvenile Justice: juvenile justice diversion, intervention, prevention and education. In addition, Child and Family Charities’ Child Welfare Program for children and youth in foster care received a grant in the amount of $2,000 from the Youth Action Committee of the Capital Region Community Foundation to “Fill the Closet.” This is a pantry in the building of Child and Family Charities main offices containing clothing items to be given to children and teens in foster care upon arrival. ENTER MASON LOGO CONTEST NOW THROUGH AUG. 15 The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce invites residents of zip codes 48854 and 48819 to compete in a contest for the best original logo design for Mason’s upcoming 2015 sesquicentennial. Individuals must register to participate in the contest by Wednesday, Aug.15 using the official registration form available at the MACC Visitors Center, 148 E. Ash St., Mason. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. It is also downloadable in the special event forms section of the Chamber’s homepage at Logo artwork is due Friday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. Up to three pieces of artwork may be entered. Winning artwork will be announced and displayed Thursday, Oct. 11. The winning design will be used on all printed and electronic promotions of sesquicentennial events. The winner will also recieve a $100 gift certificate and a prize package worth an additional $100. Second and third place prizes are also available. MICHIGAN WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES THE 2012 INDUCTEES Eight notable women and one women’s organization were selected by independent juries for induction into the 2012 class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. The women will be honored at a benefit dinner on Thursday, Oct.18 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. The 2012 Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame honorees in the Contemporary Category are:
  • Dr. Gladys Beckwith of Lansing
  • Patricia Caruso of Sault Ste. Marie
  • Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray of Grand Rapids
  • Judith Karandjeff of Lansing
  • Les Meres et Debutantes Club of Greater Lansing
  • Serena Williams, born in Saginaw
The 2012 Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame honorees in the Historical Category are:
  • Dr. L. Anna Ballard (1848-1934) of Lansing
  • Eva McCall Hamilton (1871-1948) of Grand Rapids
  • Mary E. McCoy (1846-1923) of Detroit For tickets to the event or more info visit after Wednesday, Aug. 1 or call (517) 484-1880 x203.
The Hall of Fame, established in 1983, was created by the Michigan Women’s Studies Association (MWSA). Biographical information, photographs and lesson plans relating to the inductees may be found at

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