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Walsh College Alumni Association ~ Candidates for the Board of Directors

The 2016-17 election includes nominated candidates for the Executive Board of Directors for the WCAA. This Board will serve the term of October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. As members of the alumni association in good standing you are welcomed to vote for the candidates that will represent this year. Place your selection for your candidates here: Walsh College Alumni Association Ballot

Candidates for President

*Candidate with most votes will serve as President of the WCAA/ second runner up will serve as Vice President

Alex Schwallbach - BBA '04, MSM '07

I get involved with the WCAA because I greatly value my degrees from Walsh College and I enjoy giving back to the communities in which I live and work. My original reason for joining the WCAA was to assist a student(s) to finish their degree from a financial perspective.

My hope was to provide the needed funding to push someone to graduate. The idea being when they went to apply for a job instead of checking high school or some college they could instead check the bachelor degree checkbox. Since then my aspirations have grown a bit in that I would like to someday create my own scholarship. In the mean time I would continue to work with the board in creating another endowed scholarship in addition to the one we already have.

Lisa Mattern - BBA '06, MBA '10

Becoming President of the WCAA board would be an honor and a privilege. It would represent another accomplishment in my life. It would continue my quest to be a great role model for my children. It would allow me to join a great group of diverse people to share ideas and bring excitement to the Alumni Association. What I would bring to the board is my years of experience in the working world and be able to share the changes that have occurred. It would also enable me to keep current on the rising trends. I have very creative ideas and enjoy brainstorming to make things better. I enjoy networking and socializing as well as educating. I am an excellent public speaker and can motivate people to see things more realistically. I look forward to sharing these with you and the fellow board members.

Lisa Mattern, Owner of Cruise Planners-Lisa & Dan Mattern, a Travel Planner Franchise, joined the WCAA Board in 2015. Since 2015, Mattern has been active participant and sponsor of many WCAA events. Because of Ms. Mattern’s involvement and commitment to the WCAA, she was invited to join the board and in October 2015, she became an active board member. Mattern is proud to be a female business owner. As a travel planner, Lisa works closely with her clients and helps them create lifelong memories. She works with them to find the perfect trip all while staying within their budget. She also participates in the Sterling Heights Public Library Community Series as a speaker bringing travel related information to the attendees. Previously, Ms. Mattern worked in the home improvement industry as an Operations Manager for over 20 years. In this role, she was responsible for all of the associates in the retail stores, scheduling, customer service, operational accuracy, audits, cash handling, training, and auditing. She received her AA-Liberal Arts, AA- general Business, BBA –Business Management (Walsh) and MBA – Strategic Leadership (Walsh). In addition to being on the WCAA board, she is also an active volunteer for Kid’s Burn Camp, a member of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America and a SOAR trained volunteer for burn survivors. Ms. Mattern is married to Dan; they have been married for 27 years. Together they have two children. Their son, Andrew, is 26 and lives in New Hampshire. He is a paramedic and a drummer in a touring band. Their daughter, Katryna, is 21 and a senior at Grand Valley State University where she is studying Psychology. Lisa envisions the role of the alumni association as a path to guide all graduates and help build upon both academic experiences and personal relationships. As the alumni association grows, so will the community as we can foster the interests of many people and build great relationships within our community.


Candidate for Secretary

Brian Kieler - MSSL MS '11

Senior Loan Officer at IFF, joined the WCAA Board in 2012. Since 2012 Kieler has been active on a number of committees and currently serves as the Boar President. At IFF, Kieler is responsible for managing borrower relationships and obtaining, underwriting, getting approval, facilitating closing, and monitoring loans to IFF clients. In this role, he evaluates more complex loan requests and loan requests requiring coordination with the IFF Real Estate Services Program. Previously, Mr. Kieler was Vice President for Huntington Bank in their Community Development Lending Group.

Mr. Kieler was responsible for the portfolio management of the community development loans involving low income housing tax credits and new market tax credits. Mr. Kieler has more than 14 years of financial services and lending experience. He received his B.A. in English and M.B.A. with a Finance concentration from Oakland University, M.S. in Strategic Leadership from Walsh College, and is currently pursuing his D.B.A. in Strategy and Innovation focusing on the use of incentives to fund private/ public partnerships in urban redevelopment.

In addition to being the President of the Alumni Board at Walsh College, Kieler is a Board Member of Venture Inc. (non-profit that focuses on affordable housing development) affiliated to Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency, and has served on other boards focusing on social and economic development over the years. Kieler views the role of the alumni association as an environment to foster and build upon both academic experiences and personal relationships between Walsh College, alumni, and the communities where we work and play.


Candidates for Treasurer

Christine McCoy - MAC '13

Christine McCoy graduated from Walsh College in 2012 with a Master’s of Accountancy. She has been active with the WCAA since 2013, has served as a board member since 2014, and has been on both the Finance and Golf Committees for the past three years. Christine is a CPA and is the Tax Manager at Partyka & Company, P.C. in Warren, MI.


I have truly enjoyed my time as a member of the WCAA board. It’s been a great opportunity to meet many professionals in several different fields. I’ve made new friends and been exposed to opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t experience. I am running for the treasurer position so that I can continue to use my skills to better the board and the entire WCAA. ~Chrissy




Applauding Alumni

Michael Draska, BBA '92, MSF '95

As the owner of Draska Investments, Michael Draska is able to help people in all communities with a wide range of financial products and services. His goal is to help take the mystery out of investing, help to manage risk and plan for retirement. He has 20+ plus years of financial experience and is a registered FINRA Broker.

But that is not the only reason Draska is our applauding alumni! From July 22 to July 24, there was a “Quake on the Lake”(http://www.quakeonthelake.org/) and Draska was at the heart of it all. As the Vice-Chair of Operations Management and Volunteers, Draska made sure that the event was seamless and exciting for all ages. As a Walsh College alumni and a former WCAA Board President, Michael invited alumni to join him on Pontiac Lake for a weekend of fun, food, and hydroplane racing.

Read more about Michael Draska, BBA '92, MSF '95

Award Nominations

We are proud of our alumni and we know you are too. Nominating individuals for awards is a great way to recognize the difference they make in their communities and industries. As a way to showcase our students and alumni, we encourage you to consider nominating individuals who deserve recognition.

Read about Award Nominations. What award can we nominate you to receive? Let us know! Contact the Alumni Relations Officeat (248) 823-1298.

To be featured in Applauding Alumni or nominate an alumnus, contact the Alumni Relations Office at (248) 823-1298.

Upcoming WCAA Events

OctoberBoard Meeting

Looking for a way to stay involved with Walsh College? Become a part of the Walsh College Alumni Association. Mark your calendar and come to the Troy campus on Thursday,Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. The Board meeting will be held in the Upper Level Boardroom on the second level of the new building. All alumni are invited to join the WCAA meeting and are welcomed to become an active part of the association. Committee members are needed for our yearly programming and we encourage everyone to get involved.

Some committees to consider includeMarketing/Communications, Finance, Community Outreach, Special Events, and Alumni Programming.

Can't make theOctober 6thmeeting? Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 1st, 2016 for the last meeting of 2016.

For more information or to learn more about the WCAA, contact MiVida Burrus at 248.823.1298 or email mburrus@walshcollege.edu



Evening Networking

Are you a new alumnus? Need to increase your network? Looking to reconnect with former classmates?Join the alumni association at the next networking event on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from5:30 to 7:30pmat:StrayCat Lounge,40813 Garfield Road,Clinton Twp, Mich.Enjoy hot appetizers sponsored by the WCAA, music, conversation, and networking with your hosts. Registration is required and seating is limited for this event. For more info contact Lisa Mattern at lmattern4@gmail.com or Register today forEvening Networking.


Community Projects

Come on out and join your fellow alumni to give back to the community!

#HashtagLunchbag meets monthly to prepare and distribute lunches for those less fortunate throughout Detroit. The group meets on the last Sunday of every month at Marygrove College in Detroit.

It’s a movement dedicated to utilizing social media to bring awareness and eliminate hunger needs in local communities.

We will pack until we've met our goal for the event of total amount of lunches. Once we've met that we will head out to pass out to the community. #HashtagLunchbag asks volunteers to bring a $10 donation to help cover the cost of groceries for their upcoming events (although it’s not mandatory).

Meet at Marygrove College:

8425 W. McNichols Rd. Detroit,MI 48221

Madame Cadillac Building-Main Dinning Hall

Sunday September 25th2016

Attend just one date or attend all three!

Assembly: 10:30 a.m sharp Distribution:12 p.m.

More information is available at the following:

HashTag Registration

Web site: http://www.hashtaglunchbag.org

Facebook: Hashtaglunchbag Detroit


Gleaners DTE Energy Farm

Come on out and join your fellow alumni to give back to the community!

Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to 535 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Gleaners collects 34.5 million pounds of food a year and distributes 79,000 meals each day including providing nourishing food and nutrition education to 84,700 children a year. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.

Our work at the Detroit distribution center will involve sorting and packing nonperishable food and fresh produce, folding plastic food drive bags, picking partner orders, and more! Register Today for Gleaners DTE


Meet at Gleaners:

2131 Beaufait
Detroit, MI 48207
Saturday September 10th, 2016
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Warehouse safety: Please wear closed-toed shoes!

More information is available at the following:

Web site: http://www.gcfb.org

Facebook: Gleaners Community Food Bank

If you have questions then please contact Bill Ferguson at wferguson@alumni.walshcollege.edu.

Career Services

Career Services is hosting many events in the next few months. Come out and learn more!

Check out Career Services Current Events for all of the August Events.

Thursday, Sept 1 Accountemps Meet & Greet 4:00p-6:00p Barry Center Lobby
Thursday, Sept 8 Plante Moran Presentation* 4:30p-5:30p  Success Center Rm 123
Wednesday, Sept 21 UHY Meet & Greet 4:00p-6:00p Barry Center Lobby

*Register for Presentations in WalshCareerLink.com under Events/Workshops

Need help preparing for On Campus Recruiting (OCR) or the Career Fair?

Fall Career Fair in Troy, Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 1 - 4pm

  • The list of employers attending the Fall Career Fair is on the website (http://www.walshcollege.edu/careerfair) and updated weekly until the event.

  • We are looking for volunteers for the Fall Career Fair to assist employers with carrying their displays and finding their tables. Please contact Liz Gawel if interested - 248.823.1237 or egawel@walshcollege.edu

For more information and application instructions log on to WalshCareerLink.comLooking forTips and Tools you can use in your job search, click http://www.walshcollege.edu/JobSearchSuccessfor Careers Services Blog posts that truly inspire and inform. View over 600 job postings at WalshCareerLink.com.

For more information on Career Services contact,Liz Gawel at (248) 823-1237

Walsh College LaunchPad

LaunchPad Member News

Walsh College LaunchPad News:

Congratulations to Walsh LaunchPad member and Alum, Julie Andreae one of the co-founders of Secure Beginnings who will have their breathable crib mattress now available at Buy Buy Baby, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com. The SafeSleep Breathable Crib Mattress is tested as a safer alternative to conventionally designed crib mattresses with fiber fill, based on a CPSC approved testing lab’s findings. This mattress features an extra-firm, breathable comfort-contour design that both alleviates potential pressure on your baby's head and creates a safe, breathable surface for a baby sleeping face-down.



Take a step back in time and attend the Renaissance Festival which runs every weekend from August 20th through October 2nd. Along with the many Renaissance festival stage acts performed daily such as, juggling, sword fighting and, jousting, LaunchPad member and Alum Leanna Haun of Picasso’s Grapevine will be there offering a daily Royal Painting. Each patron will receive wine and food parings while making their very own masterpiece to take home. Leanna has also custom designed a unique piece of art to align with the different themes of each weekend. More information about the event is available here.






The Walsh College LaunchPad team is proud of LaunchPad member and MBA candidate Crystal Trupiano of her new business venture. Read about her LaunchPad success story here.






SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2016; 4:30pm-6:30pm, for the Walshpreneur Showcase and Forum at the Troy Campus. More details to follow in upcoming e-News.


Do you have an idea that you would like to turn into a business, but don’t know where to begin? Sign up today to become a member of LaunchPad by visiting: http://www.walshcollege.edu/launchpad and click on the Join Now button.



College Events

2016 WalshCollege Oktoberfest!

Open to all Alumni and Students of Walsh College

You are cordially and officially invitedto join your fellow alumni at thefifth annual celebration! Held Friday, October 14 at the Troy campus from 6-9 p.m. The event features: beer, wine, food, music, raffle drawing, networking, and much more.

Withover 300 attendees you surely don't want to miss this annualgathering! Best of all it's free! If you're interested in attending or volunteering, complete theregistration form.

Must be 21 year old to attend.http://www.walshcollege.edu/walshoktoberfest


Student Success Series

This series is to offer students, and alumni educational resources and information relevant to business topics, while cultivating meaningful and sustainable relationships. Those relationships stem from learning and meeting with successful business leaders, and industry professionals, that can help you build your network, and personal brand.

This series is aimed at enhancing life at Walsh College in and outside of the classroom, by connecting students and alumni on an intimate, and professional level.

Join us on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 with Kaufman Financial

Seating is limited so register now at : Student Speaker Series