Board of Advocacy and Resource Development brings health leaders together at Oakland University

Board of Advocacy and Resource Development brings health leaders together at OU
SHS Board of Advocacy and Resource Development
Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences recently formed a new Board of Advocacy and Resource Development, which will help support various academic, research and community engagement programs.

Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences has brought together more than a dozen leaders in health to form a new Board of Advocacy and Resource Development (BOARD), which will help support academic, research and community engagement programs in interdisciplinary health sciences, clinical and diagnostic sciences, public and environmental wellness, and human movement science.

“Our BOARD membership provides an impressive array of experience and connectivity reaching across Southeast Michigan,” said Dr. Kevin Ball, who serves as dean and professor for the School of Health Sciences.

“The members of our Board of Advocacy and Resource Development are each committed in their own careers to help bring about positive change in community health and well-being, and collaboratively, we will now accelerate the ability to provide exceptional experiential learning opportunities for our students,” Ball added.

The 14 members of the Board of Advocacy and Resource Development include:

Michael Antaran

• Michael J. Antaran, founder and CEO of Marvel Apps LLC & CARROT Pass LLC. Before founding Marvel Apps, Antaran spent the majority of his professional career as one of the auto industry’s leading powertrain and engine systems experts at DaimlerChrysler (1997-2008) and General Motors (2009-2012). Antaran left GM in 2012 to devote his full energies to Marvel Apps that since has been annually recognized as one of Southeast Michigan’s top app developers and was honored as a “Top 50 Company to Watch” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. In 2015, CARROT, through its leading health and wellness focused app, was selected as the official tech partner for the Michigan State Fair, and Antaran was one of just 16 U.S. entrepreneurs selected to participate in a special business development program hosted jointly by Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg in New York City.

In addition, Antaran was selected by the New Enterprise Forum to participate in its entrepreneur coaching program, was chosen to be a May 2017 NEF Showcase Presenter at Ann Arbor Spark, and was invited to present at the 2017 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium. For his leadership, Antaran was invited by his alma mater, Oakland University, to give the Commencement Address to the school’s December 2017 graduating class.

Reyna Colombo

• Reyna Colombo is the director of rehabilitation at Beaumont Troy, where her leadership and management expertise led to the development of multiple rehabilitation clinics and a variety of specialty programs designed to improve health and wellness in the community.

Colombo helped develop and implement Beaumont’s Cancer Survivorship and Rehabilitation Program, designed to provide comprehensive wellness education to patients diagnosed with cancer at the earliest point in their care to preserve function and quality of life. She has also shared her PRISM philosophy and knowledge in the design and implementation of an Oncology Rehab Program at several national conferences including American Physical Therapy Association (APTA); Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) and at the Next Generation Comprehensive Breast Centers of Excellence meeting (2016).

Kathy Forzley

• Kathy Forzley was appointed by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson as the director of the Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services in 2017. In this role, she provides oversight of the Health Division, Children’s Village and Homeland Security divisions. Forzley provides strategic direction and management expertise to these departments, ensuring an outcome-driven approach, increased collaboration, and a dedication to improving health and quality of life for anyone who lives, works and plays in Oakland County.

Under her oversight, Forzley has created and sustained numerous award-winning community initiatives such as Healthy Pontiac, We Can!, Homeless Healthcare Collaboration, and a county-wide health improvement initiative known as Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland (ECHO). Forzley has also assumed a lead role advocating for health initiatives on a regional and statewide level through participation on the Michigan Public Health Advisory Commission, Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Commission, Southeastern Michigan Health Association, Michigan Association of Local Public Health, Oakland County Human Trafficking Task Force, and has recently been selected to serve on the Michigan Governor’s Public Health Advisory Council.

Arthur Griggs

• Arthur Griggs is retired from a 30-year career at Oakland University as assistant vice president of Academic Affairs.

Prior to this position, Griggs served as assistant dean in the School of Health Sciences at Oakland. During this time, he was involved in both the Study to Determine the Adequacy of Medical and Health Professional Education in the Oakland University General Area (1978-1980) and the early Steering Committee activities (2008-2009) of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Prior to coming to OU, he was a senior research assistant in the Oncology Research Laboratory at Providence Hospital.

In November 2017, Griggs was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as a Distinguished Volunteer for his service at Oakland University He has been a member of the Pioneer Club at OU since it was established in 2014 and currently co-chairs the organization, which is comprised of retired staff and faculty.

Darryl Hill

• Darryl Hill is current senior vice president of safety at FirstGroup of America, the largest transportation services company in North America and the U.K. He has also served in senior environmental, health, and safety roles at ABB, Johnson Controls and Abbott.

A major career highlight is Hill served as American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) president during 2010-11, which was the 100th anniversary for the oldest professional safety organization. He also received the highest Society honor as Fellow in 2013. In addition, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve a three-year term on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors.

Robert Jarski

• Dr. Robert Jarski served as a full-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, the University of Florida and Oakland University where he was full professor in the School of Health Sciences with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine.

Jarski was the founding director of the OU Complementary Medicine and Wellness Graduate Certificate Program and has more than six years of clinical experience as a certified physician assistant. Professor emeritus status was conferred in 2013 and Jarski continues as a lecturer and research advisor for OU students. In addition, he is a referee for four professional journals, has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals or books, and presents at national and state conferences.

Greg Jordan

• Greg Jordan has been the director of University of Recreation and Well-Being at Oakland University since October 1996. He came to Oakland two years prior to the opening of the Recreation Center and was able to participate in and influence the construction of the facility, as well as develop the department from the ground up, hiring staff and developing the mission, vision and values of the program. Involvement in National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) has provided Jordan the opportunity to stay current and relevant with trends and issues within higher education. He has served NIRSA in many ways at the state, regional and national levels, serving as the president of NIRSA in 2006, along with multiple appointments to various boards and leadership groups. Jordan was also recognized as the recipient of the NIRSA Honor Award, the Association’s highest and most prestigious award, in 2017.

Ewa Matuszewski

• Ewa Matuszewski is the CEO and a co-founder of MedNetOne Health Solutions and a champion of innovative primary care and chronic care initiatives, including the Community Care Travel Team, which received the Eagle Award from the Greater Detroit Area Health Council in 2010. Her areas of expertise include health policy analysis, physician workforce strategies, physician practice environment, primary care team leadership, primary care practice management/governance interface and quality improvement and validation within physician practices. Matuszewski is also a practice mentor with the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Practice Enhancement Forum, a guest lecturer at the Doctors’ Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, a member of the Michigan Primary Care Consortium and co-chair of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Physician Group Incentive Program (PGIP) Patient Centered Medical Home Committee. She is also a founding member of the Michigan Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Master Trainers Organization, American Medical Group Association and the Michigan Primary Care Consortium. For her career leadership, Matuszewski was invited by Oakland University to give the Commencement Address to the school’s April 2017 graduating class.

Telva McGruder

• Telva McGruder is the director of Global Facilities Engineering and Manufacturing Operations for General Motors. Named to this position in August 2016, McGruder leads facility engineering for the GM global footprint as well as facility management strategy for North American manufacturing facilities. McGruder provides a people-first approach focusing on health and safety.

Previously, McGruder was the die program manager for Global Body Manufacturing Engineering. In this role, she led the team responsible for tool and die strategy, planning, quality and launch for global vehicle programs. Prior to this role, she held positions of increasing responsibility and influence within manufacturing engineering and at several manufacturing locations.

McGruder serves as a mentor for FIRST FRC high school robotics teams and is a volunteer for A World in Motion, an SAE program. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.

Moon J Pak

• Moon J. Pak, a well-respected, community-engaged medical physician in the Oakland County region with over 35 years of experience, is best known to Oakland University as the founder of OU’s health and medical programs, and to Michigan’s Korean community as a passionate advocate and leader. For his pioneering leadership from the early 1970s, the School of Health Sciences chose to honor Dr. Pak with its first ever Health Achievement Leadership Legacy (HALL) Award, which presented at the inaugural Healthology Symposium in 2017. Throughout his enterprising career at OU, Dr. Pak served in progressive academic leadership roles as a former associate professor of biological sciences, associate provost, and as the founding director of the Center for Health Sciences (now the School for Health Sciences). Most remarkably, it was Pak who , nearly three decades ago, provided the university with a great vision, leading the OU community in early discussions with the goal of starting the university’s own medical school, which is know the successful Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Tom Spring

• Tom Spring is currently the director of Wellness and Community Programs for the Health Alliance Plan of Michigan. His position has oversight of corporate wellness, community health promotion, as well as community relations and outreach initiatives serving members, employers and community partners.

Formerly, Spring was a senior director of strategic accounts at WebMD Health Services with responsibility for internal and new business strategy focused on health systems’ health promotion programs. He also spent 12 years at Beaumont Hospital in corporate wellness, community health education, and clinical exercise physiology focused on non-invasive cardiology, rehabilitation, and metabolic health management.

Spring has served elected and appointed positions as lead of the Michigan Society for Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab, several national committees with the ACSM and AACVPR (including AACVPR Fellowship), and currently serves on boards for the Michigan Wellness Council, Humble Design, Playworks of Michigan.

Teresa Stayer

• Teresa Stayer is the vice president Spectra Med Inc., a multi-specialty facility inclusive of physical therapy, focusing on hands on techniques of myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and lymphatic drainage for the relief of pain and restoration of function.

She previously served as the director of Rehabilitation Services for North Oakland Medical Center and has been a guest lecturer at Oakland University, Beaumont, Sparrow, Botsford, and Providence Hospitals. Stayer also received the Oakland University Physical Therapy Professional Recognition Award was appointed to the OU Alumni Association Board, serving on the Scholarship and Alumni Awards Committee, along with the OU Health and Sciences Visitor Board. In addition, she established the Stayer/Spectra Med Scholarship, which is awarded to two fourth year physical therapy students.

Rheanne Suszek

• Rheanne Suszek is the executive director of the North Oakland Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Metro Detroit located in Auburn Hills, Mich. In addition to her efforts in community development, she is responsible for all YMCA operations, including fiscal management, volunteer development, staff supervision and program development.

In her 11 years with the YMCA, Suszek has served as the past executive director of the Macomb Family YMCA, operations director for the Beaumont Wellness Center in partnership with the YMCA, and membership and marketing director with the Birmingham Family YMCA.

John Waugh

• John Waugh is currently the system vice president for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine product line in the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. He has responsibility for the shared Core Laboratories at Henry Ford Hospital, five community hospitals, over 30 ambulatory centers and a growing laboratory outreach business. In addition, Waugh also oversees administrative leadership, human resources, finance, supply chain, IT and strategic planning.

Waugh has twice chaired the Laboratory Committee of one of the largest group purchasing organization in the US, is on the Board of Directors of the Compass Group, and is a member of the Administrative and Finance Committees for Michigan Co-Tenancy Laboratories. He has also been an invited speaker for the Executive War College and G2 Intelligence, and has consulted on clinical diagnostics, completing over 600 engagements with people in 25 countries.

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