Jo Brownlie is the director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or “OLLI” at Saginaw Valley State University. Jo established OLLI in September 2001. Since then, membership has grown to over 1,400. OLLI is part of the Center for Business and Economic Development.
Jo has been with SVSU for 27 years. Previous positions were in the areas of continuing education and economic development. She has an MBA from SVSU and an undergraduate degree from CMU in broadcasting and journalism. She lives in Saginaw with her husband, Tim.
Paul Chaffee is a learner and sometimes teacher who has logged 48 years of writing and reporting experience, and whose moments are enriched by adding value to people and organizations. After closing out a journalism career in 2009 as editor and publisher of The Saginaw News, he created the executive communications consultation firm of Paul C. Chaffee LLC. His diverse portfolio of clients has included a multibillion-dollar corporation, a first-responder medical company and a university.
Margaret E. Clark, a Saginaw native, has a B.S. degree from Central Michigan University. She started her career as a teacher at Saginaw High School, served 12 years on the STCS Board of Education and, after obtaining additional certification, directed the Salvation Army Day Care. Currently she serves on the boards of Field Neurosciences Institute and the Historical Society of Saginaw County. In addition, she is on the Senior Enrichment Committee of the Saginaw Community Foundation and the Coordinating Committee of CAC, also known as Bishop’s Breakfast. For the past several years she has been on the Steering Committee for the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra Holiday Housewalk. Margaret enjoys golf, gardening, bridge and her Investment Club, along with time spent with her three children and six grandchildren.
Gary Dunbar, Ph. D.
Gary L. Dunbar received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Biopsychology from Eckerd College and M.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Biology from Central Michigan University, before receiving his Ph. D. in Psychobiology from Clark University in 1988. Presently, he is the John G. Kulhavi Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Neuroscience Program at Central Michigan University. He also serves as the Executive Director of Field Neurosciences Institute in Saginaw, Michigan. He is the former President of the Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, former President of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN), and presently serves as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. His teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of behavioral neuroscience. In 1997, he received the Michigan Professor of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support for Education, and a Distinguished Faculty Member award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities in 1998.
He has published several book chapters and articles on recovery of function after brain injury or disease. Most of his recent research has focused on testing the efficacy of transplants of genetically-altered adult stem cells and pharmacological treatments for neuroanatomical and behavioral deficits in animal models of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases. His research has been supported from grants and contracts, including awards from public (NIH and NSF) and private sources.
Ray Lacina is a Professor at Delta College, where he teaches writing and a smattering of literature, and where he has served as Chair of the English Division and of the eLearning Committee. Ray holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Toronto; while living in the city, he worked for several years in corporate Canada. He has also taught and lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He and his wife Shona are heavily engaged in community education and interfaith activities, and he has served on the board of Creative 360 in Midland, where he lives with his wife and son.
Having graduated from University of Michigan with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of Architecture, David has worked hard to become an outstanding architect who is a leader in the profession and in his community. At the age of thirty-nine, David Layman, AIA, became President of Hooker DeJong, Inc., Architects, Engineers, & Planners. He is dedicated to making Hooker DeJong Architects, Inc. an exceptional, national architectural firm that is dedicated to customer service and satisfaction. He leads by doing. His leadership has supported the growth and professional development of Hooker DeJong and all its employees.
David serves on many volunteer boards and has chaired or co-chaired several charitable efforts during his tenure as President and CEO of Hooker DeJong. As a practicing architect, David has served as a Project Manager for many developments and has satisfied clients in multiple sectors including multi-family housing, health care, financial institutions, governmental buildings and educational facilities. David supports the professional development and growth of his team through continuing education, support of architectural interns, leadership training and mentoring. With his award-winning architectural work, he has built a strong following of satisfied and repeat clients.
Eileen MaloneBeach, Ph. D.
Eileen E. MaloneBeach is a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Central Michigan University. Dr. MaloneBeach received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Penn State University. She assumed a faculty position at the University of Alabama prior to coming to CMU in 1995, where she has served as the Coordinator of the Gerontology Programs for 15 years. She teaches introductory classes in gerontology and graduate courses in gerontological theory and public policy and aging. Her research interests are in the areas of service delivery to rural elders, grandparenthood, ageism, and interventions to mitigate ageism in young children.
Betty received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. Her professional background includes experience in long term care as well as volunteer health care organizations. She is a member of the Saginaw County Dementia Advisory Board, Professional Alliance for Senior Services, Midland Associates for Senior Care, Genesee County Commission on Aging, and Marketing Associates for Senior Health.
Sara Parkin is an activist who campaigns on behalf of those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer ‘s disease. She encourages people to be proactive in all aspects of their health, and especially advocates early awareness and diagnosis of all forms of dementia. She is a Regional Council member for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter Central Michigan Region. As a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, she is a frequent guest speaker at events throughout the region and promotes fundraising for Alzheimer’s research. Sara views her own diagnosis of Early Stage Alzheimer’s as a blessing because she feels empowered to live her life and focus on helping others with this disease learn how to find the support they need to live with such a diagnosis.
Lynn Schutter started her career in the healthcare industry after graduating from Ferris State University in 1988. She held a variety of positions at Covenant Healthcare including Utilization Review Coordinator, Medical Staff Coordinator and Physician Services Liaison. In 2001, Lynn assumed the role of Director of Community Relations and Strategic Planning at Mobile Medical Response, Inc. She is responsible for marketing, advertising, websites and social media, fundraising and event planning, patient satisfaction and employee relations initiatives.
Lynn serves on the Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan Board of Directors, is a Diplomat for the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce and past Co-Chair for St. Mary’s of Michigan Cornette Ball. Lynn is also closely involved with the Shocks and Saves® initiatives, which provides AEDs, community CPR training, and awareness of cardiovascular health in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Mee-Sook Song, Ph. D.
Mee-Sook Song obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Alberta, Canada. She had postdoctoral trainings at University of Alberta and University of British Columbia, with extensive research expertise gained in neuropharmacology and neuroscience. During her Ph.D. and postdoctoral trainings, she studied mechanisms of brain cell pathology in neurological and psychiatric disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and depression. Using both cell culture and animal models, Mee-Sook studied neuronal death and glial activation at the cellular and molecular levels. In addition, she develops neurorescue/ neuroprotection strategies using pharmacological and genetic manipulations of those mechanisms involved in initiating neuropathology. Mee-Sook joined Field Neuroscience Institute and Central Michigan University in March 2012. She currently focuses her research on cell-based therapies using genetically engineered stem cells for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Her goal is for her biomedical research using animal and cell models to become directly translatable to future clinical applications.
Mee-Sook feels very blessed with a wonderful husband Kee-Chan, also a neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia and an amazing son Jung, who plays Canadian Junior A league hockey.