RCAA- New Member Nominees
March, 2018 Class
Induction Date: 3/14/18
1) Lori Athey
Profession: Business Administrator Lead, Biostatistics Dept. Public Health, U of M
Sponsor: Griffin Reames
Community Service: Has hosted 8 High School Exchange Students, and has a history as an animal rescuer at her farm. Active with her kids’ school activities and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building. She has “adopted” abandoned elderly in nursing homes to help during the end of their years and has cleaned and cooked for people returning from home from hospitals. She has not previously belonged to a service club but has spent her life in service to others and has expressed interest in our STRIVE program. She has demonstrated a singular devotion to excellence in support of the Department’s research mission.
2) Kathleen (Kati) Bauer
Profession: Sr. Counselor to the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at the U ofM.
Sponsors: Rosemarie Rowney, Norma Sarkar.
Community Service: Led many teams and groups within the UM. First non-medical member of the UM’s Hospital Patient safety committee. She’s also a member of the Patient Family Care Committee and the Hospital Speaker Bureau and has led the United Way Campaign efforts for the UM’s Academic Innovation area. She’s third generation UM employee. Currently part of visitors’ planning committee for the Chelsea Area BNI (networking group) and past Secretary and President of Chelsea Homemakers Group.
3) Lauren Heinonen
Profession: Assistant Clinical Scientist, DalCor Pharmaceuticals
Sponsors: Agnes Reading, Jennifer Schwartz
Community Service: Probably qualify as the Club’s youngest member (graduating from UM spring ’17. While at UM she was Class Officer (one of 4 top student positions for 2 years) President of Green Initiative Group for 3 years, UM’s Recyclemainia resident participation leadership team at Martha Cook, and Tennis Team Captain for 1 year. Has been a mentor for STRIVE since October and will be coaching Girls on the Run this Spring. Interested in Rotaract, Interact, and Rotary Readers/Tutors.
4) Toni Johnson-Gupta
Profession: Community Volunteer
Sponsors: Collyer Smith, Laura Thomas
Community Service: I have spent time substituting as a school nurse and providing volunteer service around my community. I am currently the President of the Board of Directors for the homeowners association for Riding Oaks Estates. I also play an active role in production of performances for Ballet Chelsea Performance Company, volunteering as well as overseeing logistics as a Chairwoman. I am a member with the United States Figure Skating Association. I belong to the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club and participate as a competition judge. I volunteer at the City of Ann Arbor’s Veterans Memorial Park Rink in the basic skills program for the skating director. I enjoy volunteering at St. Francis of Assisi, tutoring elementary classes in math and chaperoning scheduled field trips. Along with my mother and three daughters, I am a proud member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. I am so honored to be a part of each and every one of these programs. I am interested in working with Junior Rotarians.
5) Heather Kendrick
Profession: UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance, M-Prize Competition Program Director
Sponsors: Ken Fischer, Janet Torno
Community Service: Heather has served as Miss Michigan and that role is considered a Year of Service, and Heather spends the majority of her time as Michigan’s Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and in our public school system. Heather has volunteered with a number of organizations at state and local levels including ArtRoad non-profit, Living Arts (Detroit), The Neutral Zone, Habitat for Humanity (Blue Water & Michigan), Food Gatherers, Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra and the School for Strings of St. Clair County. She has traveled to Costa Rica and Atlantic City, NJ, on volunteer projects, and feels her largest contribution is working with teams of people, leading and organizing new projects/logistics, and ultimately connecting with those in served communities to create a meaningful and mutually beneficial experiences.
6) Fernando Ortiz
Profession: Valeo Financial Advisors, Financial Advisor
Sponsors: Dallas Dort, Paul Glendon
Community Service: Over the past couple of years, he took the lead, representing Valeo, in introducing the Ann Arbor Area Brackets for Good charitable event that
helped raise awareness and funds for up to 64 area non-profit organizations. Also has served as an Investment Co. member for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Development co. member for Hope Medical Clinic, Bd. Member and treasurer for Kerrytown Concert House, member of Washtenaw Estate Planning Council and Bd. Trustee for American Sailing Institute.
7) Darlene Sosenko
Profession: Personal Trainer, Owner of Joy Studio
Sponsors: Beth Fitzsimmons, Rick Price, Karen Kerry
Community Service: Youth athletic coach and volunteers at her church nursery school. She is interested in Rotary as a good way to become more involved with the community and a good service organization for volunteer opportunities. She has served as personal trainer for several Rotarians and Karen Kerry has coached Darlene’s daughter in soccer. She has not decided which committee(s) she would prefer to be involved with.
8) Carolina Typaldos
Profession: UM, Michigan Medicine, Operations Manager for Adult Infusion and Hematology Clinic at the UM Cancer Center
Sponsors: David Keren, Betsy Hammond
Community Service: I have a long history of serving the community. Community Service has always been part of my life since I was in Catholic school back in Panama. Being able to give back is something that I find enriching. This desire to serve has also been shared by those around me. While living in Ann Arbor, I have had the opportunity to serve the community in various roles. From 2007 through 2011 I was an active member of the Junior League of Ann Arbor. Within the league, I held various roles and contributed to member projects within our community. The Junior League supports community organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Ozone House, Neutral Zone, Girls on the Run, Meals on Wheels, etc. Since 2015, I have been a Parent Advisor for the Mott Neonatal ICU. After having three kids spend time in the NICU, I felt it was important for me to give back by offering my perspective as a NICU parent. Within the group, I advise NICU staff in designing a care environment that is inclusive of the needs of the patients and families. Since 2016, I have also been a volunteer for the Jewish Family Services organization supporting refugee families who are being relocated to Washtenaw County. I am currently being trained as a “facilitator” in a program that provides refugee women with the necessary skills to start their own business. Women participate in a 12 week program to learn life skills, financial independence, business skills, etc., and they are then given the opportunity to apply for a small grant to start their own business.
9) Karen Wasco
Profession: Language, & Literacy Clinician/speech-language pathology.
Sponsors: Joanne Pierson, Ken Arbogast-Wilson, Agnes Reading
Community Service: Karen has volunteered at nursing homes where she has participated in communication opportunities for patients during meals and social events. She is the Box Top Coordinator for Logan elementary PTSO and has served as parent chaperone for several field trips. She has also volunteered with clients who have suffered aphasia as a result of stroke and worked with member Don Faber following his stroke. She is interested in Rotary Readers/Tutors and Rotate Your Food committee activities. She reports that one of the wonderful aspects of giving in the community is meeting new people and having fun.
10) Karen Driggs
Profession: Retailing, Healthy Vending and Morel Co.
Community Service: Past President of Junior League of Toledo, Ohio Board member of Arts Commission of Toledo (a Mayoral Appointment) Board Member of Greater Toledo Chapter of American Red Cross Was awarded Toledo’s “Twenty Under 40” for her business and volunteer achievements. Recently she joined A2Y Chamber of Commerce in Ann Arbor Past member of Rotary Membership Committee.
11) Dawn Johnson
Profession: UM, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Associate Director
Community Service: Extensive board experience: Tampa Art Fair Board (10 years), Tampa Life Enrichment Center (seniors and the arts), Tampa Metropolitan Ministries (serving the homeless). Ann Arbor Art Fair Board Dawn found all of the above meaningful. She sees her contributions as learning how to better collaborate, learning how to share resources, and emphasizing art and education. Former chair of Membership Committee.