Region’s Best Young Professionals Recognized at 10 Over the Next Ten Awards The greater Lansing region’s top young professionals who are expected to contribute significantly to our community over the next 10 years were recognized at the 10 Over the Next Ten awards held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the University Club of Michigan State University. The seventh annual event was co-hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and Grand River Connection. Following are the recipients of the 2013 10 Over the Next Ten awards: Josh Hovey, a nationally accredited public relations counselor (APR) and vice president of Truscott Rossman, a Michigan-based public relations firm; Peter Spadafore, who works as legislative director for Acuitas, LLC, an advocacy firm based in downtown Lansing, where he focuses on appropriations and policy analysis on a wide range of issues; Brian Gallagher is an attorney at the Fraser Trebilcock law firm specializing in employee benefits; Nicole Szymczak who has been the communications and marketing director for Lansing Community College since December of 2011; Andrea Kerbuski, the chief communications officer for Capital Area Michigan Works!, and a lifestyle photographer and personal style blogger for Blonde Bedhead; Nikali Luke, the president and co-owner of Simplified Accounting & Tax Service PC where he specializes in individual and corporation income tax preparation; Emily Caswell who serves as the publications director at M3 Group; Andrea Ragan, the executive director of the Capital Area IT Council; Timothy Schmitt, a community development analyst for the City of East Lansing; and Joseph Lee Yang who works as the director of operations for the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing. The winners of the 10 Over the Next Ten awards were judged based on their professional achievement, community involvement and personal success. Applicants were required to be 35-years-old or younger, professionally centered in the tri-county area (Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton) and with a minimum of two years working in the Mid-Michigan Community. Capitol National Bank’s Lori Garcia Elected as President of the Board of The Information Technology Empowerment Center Capitol National Bank’s chief operating officer, Lori Garcia, has been elected as the new president of the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC). The ITEC is an independent nonprofit dedicated to preparing Lansing-area children and adults to participate in a global knowledge economy by increasing their technology skills. As Capitol National Bank’s chief operating officer, Garcia is responsible for the day-to-day operation of major organizational components and a significant contribution to the formulation, development, recommendation, implementation and administration of bank-wide policies and business goals. The Information Technology Empowerment Center is devoted to making an impact in the Lansing community by working with high school, middle school and adult students in the subjects of robotics, writing and digital media. $67,000 Awarded to Mason Public Schools The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) recently awarded a total of $67,000 to benefit the students and staff of the Mason Public Schools. Of this total, $40,000 was donated to the Mason Public School District for technology. This amount exceeded MPSF’s seven-year commitment to donate $30,000 annually to fund the Mason Technology Infusion Program (MTIP). The remaining $27,000 was given to the principals of each of the Mason Public Schools. Mason High School and Mason Middle School each received $9,000 while each of the three elementary schools — Alaiedon Elementary, Steele Elementary and North Aurelius Elementary — each received a $3,000 donation. Those wishing to make a donation to support the efforts of the MPSF can do so online at www.masonpsf.org. Publicom Hires New Account/ Media Planner Publicom, Inc., a full-service marketing communications firm, welcomes Taryn Proctor as account/media planner. Her responsibilities include account coordination, project management and media planning and buying. Most recently, Proctor was associate planner for Posterscope, a worldwide communications firm that specializes in out-of-home (OOH) advertising. A graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in advertising, she also studied at Montcalm Community College, Sidney, Mich., and internationally in Wittenberg, Germany, London, England, and Sydney, Australia. The Carson City native calls St. Johns her new home. Children’s Therapy Corner Brings Pediatric Therapy Services to Lansing-Area Families CBRE|Martin (CBRE) is pleased to announce that Children’s Therapy Corner (CTC) has leased 3,505 square feet within The Woodlands office park at 2378 Woodlake Drive, located just off of the Okemos Road and I-96 interchange in Okemos. CTC specializes in quality therapeutic services for children with physical, sensory, cognitive and communication needs. It employs a multi-disciplinary team approach to collaborate on effective therapeutic care plans. Services at the Okemos CTC facility include speech-language pathology, and physical and occupational therapy.