Capital Area Michigan Works! Hires new Leader Capital Area Michigan Works!, which administers federally and state funded programs to help connect employers and job seekers, has promoted chief operating officer and president, Edythe Hatter-Williams to Chief Executive Officer. She is the first African American and female to lead the organization. Hatter-Williams began her career operating employment and training programs for at-risk youth in the Flint Community Schools. She joined Capital Area Michigan Works! in 1997 as a planning specialist. In 2000, she was promoted to chief operating officer, and then to president in 2012. As chief executive officer, Hatter-Williams plans to maintain the agency as a workforce leader that will be a collaborator in the effort to increase economic prosperity in the greater Lansing region. Talent recruitment and retention are critical to this effort. While much of the talent discussion centers around post-secondary talent, Hatter-Williams believes that k-12 education must be included in the talent conversation. Hatter-Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in office administration and a master’s degree in central office administration both from Eastern Michigan University. Capital Area Michigan Works! is a network of resources that partners with businesses to develop recruiting and retention strategies and partners with job seekers to enhance education and career opportunities. Mayberry Homes Owners Bob and Karen Schroeder Inducted Into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame Mayberry Homes Owners Bob and Karen Schroeder were inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame (HOF), during ceremonies held at Ferris State University earlier this fall. The ceremonies marked the first time in the 11-year history of the program that a woman was inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame. Karen Schroeder was one of three women to receive the prestigious honor. Bob and Karen Schroeder founded Mayberry Homes in 2002. During the years, the company has built a reputation as a leader in the homebuilding industry, focusing on quality, family homes that offer new home buyers a unique blend of old-world values and cutting-edge technologies. Since opening its headquarters in East Lansing, Mayberry has added offices in Midland and Traverse City. Granger Celebrates Five Year Renewable Energy Anniversary with BWL by Donating 5 Cents per Curby Cart Customer to Pennies for Power Granger is proud to announce its participation in Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Pennies for Power program to help families struggling to pay their utility bills. In celebration of five successful years of bringing renewable energy to residents through a partnership with the BWL, Granger will contribute five pennies per Curby cart customer in the BWL service territory each month for the next year. Granger is projecting its total donation for the coming year to be more than $14,000, which would be the largest one-time donation in the history of the Pennies for Power program. As Granger’s customer base grows throughout the next year, so will its contribution to the deserving Pennies for Power program. Five years ago Granger and the BWL partnered to bring renewable energy to residents in the greater Lansing area. When trash generated by greater Lansing residents decomposes in a landfill, it produces landfill gas. The station has seven engines with the capacity to generate enough power for about 10,000 homes in the BWL service territory. BWL also receives landfill-generated renewable energy from the Granger Grand River Generating Station in Grand Ledge. Combined, the stations can produce enough power for nearly 14,000 homes. Ameriprise Financial Volunteers Help Fight Hunger at a Habitat for Humanity Lansing Home Build Ameriprise Financial advisors, employees and clients recently joined forces to help ensure Lansing-area families have nutritious meals to share this holiday season. Organized by Stephanie Milosavlevski, from Ameriprise Financial in Okemos, 18 volunteers worked on a Habitat for Humanity Lansing home build project, and held a food drive in effort to help the one in six Americans, including 16 million children, who struggle with hunger. The event was part of an annual national day of service organized by Ameriprise in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading anti-hunger organization. More than 9,000 Ameriprise financial advisors, employees and clients from across all 50 states spent the day helping more than 375 hunger-relief organizations prepare for increased demand for services around the holiday season. Michigan Health & Hospital Association VP Wins Prestigious Human Resources Award Nancy McKeague, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), has won the 2013 Human Resources Professional of the Year award from the American Society of Employers (ASE). Under McKeague’s leadership, the MHA twice earned the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence and was listed as one of America’s Best Places to Work in Health Care in 2010 and 2012 by Modern Healthcare Magazine. She is actively involved with legislative, regulatory and administrative agencies at the state and federal levels on issues related to employer-sponsored benefit plans, insurance, labor and employment law and workforce issues.