Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

Four alumni from Detroit and Chicago join Alma College’s Board of Trustees.

The Alma College Board of Trustees welcomes four new members, effective July 1, 2014. Joining the 32-member board are:

• Brian Bartes ’86, chief financial officer with Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit. A former member of the alumni board, Bartes is active with Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan and Eastern Market Corporation and is a member of the Detroit Economic Club. He is the author of the book, “Life Lessons: A Guide to Creating and Living Your Best Life” (2011).

• David Devine ’90, director of global capacity management with General Motors in Detroit. A former president of the Alumni Association and presidential search committee member, Devine’s career with GM has included executive stops in Detroit, Flint, Charleston, W.V., Cincinnati, Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Germany, Shanghai, China, and Seoul, South Korea.

• Darryl Schimeck ’82, president and CEO of Optimer Brands in Chicago. A member of the Chicago President’s Advisory Council, Schimeck also served as chairman with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago and was formerly president and CEO of Veolia ES Industrial Services. In June 2013, he climbed Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps.

• Danette Taylor ’84, senior staff neurologist with Henry Ford Health Systems in West Bloomfield. Active in Alma College events both on campus and in the Detroit area, Taylor is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council for the Greater Michigan Alzheimer’s Association. She also teaches part time at Michigan State University.

Serving as Board of Trustee officers in 2014-15 will be Stephen F. Meyer ’80, chair; Mike Sherman ’74, vice chair; David Buhl ’79, treasurer; Daniel Henris, assistant treasurer; Marcia Nunn ’73, secretary; and Sandee Gadde, assistant secretary.

Story published on June 16, 2014