Through a passion for involvement and developing her peers, Naomi Burton serves on the boards of several local professional organizations. Burton is the secretary for the marketing professionals group, MarketLansing and the special events chair for Grand River Connection, Lansing’s young professionals group, where she plans monthly business breakfasts and group outings to Tigers games, Lansing Symphony Orchestra performances and more. Naomi is also the communications chair for the Central Michigan Public Relations Society of America, where she runs the society’s social media accounts and coordinates internal communication to members.
Combining a love for animals and a track record of successful event management, Amy Morris is the secretary and treasurer for the Capital Area Schutzhund Club, where she handles the club’s finances and coordinates dog shows. She also sits on the board of the Michigan Animal Health Foundation and volunteers regularly at Woodworth Elementary School.
With her extensive graphic design, event-planning and new media skills, Andrea Ness has been a key advocate and fundraiser for research for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare, genetic skin condition.
Raising EB awareness in Michigan, Andrea helped lead the effort in the creation of the now 2nd Annual Aubrey’s Butterfly 5K for EB in Dimondale. It’s inaugural year had over 500 registrants, volunteers and spectators on race day and helped to raise over $10,000 for Debra of America. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, October 21, 2012 in Dimondale. For more information, click here.
Andrea has created websites and coordinated events and social media campaigns for children with EB. With the focus on family advocacy, these campaigns have resulted in local and national press, winning the public support of national legislators, and most important, raising thousands of dollars. The Save Jax social media campaign that Andrea devised and executed in spring 2012 secured a major state Medicaid approval for an EB child.
Andrea has been on the board of the Central Michigan Public Relations Society of America for many years, in many roles. Starting as PACE chair, helping with both the New Professionals group and the start of the Social Media Lunch and Learn series, and moving through the line as Communications Chair and now Director-at-large.
As someone whose family has benefitted from the support of community-based organizations during challenging financial times, Rose Tantraphol is grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s board of directors. The food bank is a not- for- profit that provides emergency food to individuals and families in need in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties – and on July 1, 2012, the Greater Lansing Food Bank and the Mid-Michigan Food Bank will consolidate to create one regional food banking organization focused on feeding those in our community who might otherwise go hungry. Rose also serves as a board member of the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan, which is dedicated to supporting global business growth tied to Michigan and its diverse corporations.