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NEWS Vol. 71 • No. 1

Winter 2014

Inside: The Next 100 Years Keeping Families Together Hope & Healing After Trauma

Page 12 TLC held a special event, “After the Violence: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook,” where participants created glass tiles as part of a larger piece of artwork that signifies a commitment to peace and community.

Starr is dedicated to the mission of creating positive environments where children and families flourish. Starr News Winter 2014 Volume 71 • No. 1 Starr Commonwealth is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. Starr Commonwealth is a non-profit organization serving children and families regardless of race, religion, color or national origin. Founded in 1913, Starr is licensed by the states of Michigan and Ohio. The Albion campus is a Michigan Historic Site. Starr Commonwealth receives funds from social agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals. Kyle Caldwell, Chairman of the Board Martin L. Mitchell, Ed. D., President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher L. Smith, B.B.A., C.P.A., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Wm. Chuck Jackson, MA, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Elizabeth A. Carey, MSW, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Gary Q. Tester, MRC, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer 13725 Starr Commonwealth Rd. Albion, MI 49224-9525 800.837.5591

Table of Contents President’s Message


The Next 100 Years


Keeping Families Together


Alumni Spotlight


Hope & Healing After Trauma


Chaplain’s Message


Honor/Memorial Gifts


president’s letter The unwavering belief in Founder Floyd Starr’s vision will carry Starr into second century of serving children and families. n this, our 101st year of serving children and families, we continue to support thousands of children and their families every week at Starr, staying true to the beliefs of our founder.


It is a privilege for me, as president of Starr, to share the tremendous impact our organization has had and continues to have on the young people we serve.

Floyd Starr steered our organization through many years of significant growth, largely through our campus in Albion, Mich., where he established a relatively large residential program.

One of our alumni is featured in this edition of Starr News, Stanley Thomas. He is a great example of how a life can be changed for the better by caring adults who see greatness in every child.

I know he would have been thrilled to see the reach his movement now has in communities across the U.S. As we launch into our second century, our dedicated staff are helping to transform young lives in a wide range of settings, and using their expertise to support other professionals in their work with children.

This impact would not be possible without committed staff and the support of our board of trustees, our partners and our donors. As we plan for our second century, this support is as vital as ever and I would like to thank everyone who is helping us keep Floyd Starr’s vision alive for today’s children and families.

If you are new to Starr’s Whether it is helping a Floyd Starr created a small organization for boys in child with mental health 1913 that currently reaches 1.5 million people each year. work, I encourage you to not only read more of what issues in the home and safeguarding the family support network, provid- we are doing for children and families, but to contact us, either in person or online. Our staff ing strength-based residential support for young will be delighted to provide the information you people with behavioral challenges, delivering need. college preparatory education, or helping young people increase their independence through tranThank you for your ongoing support. sitional living services, our staff is focused on the unique strengths of each child. This approach is unleashing the potential of young people and, in doing so, it is supporting families and communities.

Martin L. Mitchell, Ed.D. President & CEO 3


next 100 years As Starr continues to evolve as an organization heading into its second century, the commitment to helping children and families reach their potential remains as strong as ever.


hat will the movement founded by Floyd Starr accomplish in its second century? The answers to this question are many and varied. After a century Starr’s reach now extends to all 50 states and over 60 countries and, according to president and chief executive officer Dr. Martin Mitchell, the aim is to increase Starr’s impact in communities around the world.

U.S. and internationally.

Starr has grown from its early years as a small residential program in rural Michigan to become one of the nation’s most respected and influential knowledge leaders in the field of positive youth development.

Starr continues to transform young lives every day through residential programs on the Albion campus, using internationally respected therapeutic models, including the Circle of Courage, with its focus on building resilience in young people, their families and communities. Recent developments have brought a collaboration with the internationally respected Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences and its Four Core Goals model, which is specifically designed to better support and educate children with neurological differences.

As showcased in Starr’s 100th anniversary celebration on Founder’s Day 2013, the organization now demonstrates the impact of Floyd Starr’s philosophy through a diverse range of programs in communities across the

“Even our longest standing programs on our residential campus are continually evolving to make sure they are meeting the needs of young people and their families in the best possible way,” Dr. Mitchell said. “And yet, the 5

Mitchell said. “The geographical scope of the programs is international, the client interactions involved are very different and their continued growth requires us to be highly responsive to the needs of a competitive market. What does not change is the desired outcome of children, families and communities being equipped with the resilience needed to deal with social and emotional trauma.”

Being there for communities With the human services sector continuing its shift toward community-based services, Starr is well positioned to grow its impact in this field. Starr Global Learning Network programs deliver several trainings around the world each year.

values that underpin our work remain largely unchanged since they were set out by Floyd Starr in 1913. The value we place in believing in the greatness of every child is as high as ever.”

A vision imported from Albion Professionals around the world are using approaches designed by Starr’s Global Learning Network and driven by Floyd Starr’s vision of positive environments in which children can overcome their challenges and flourish. From school counselors in Newtown, Conn., to tsunami victims in Southeast Asia, the Starr movement is making a difference. The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) has trained over 6,000 TLC certified Trauma and Loss School Specialists and Clinical Specialists to provide trauma-informed practices to chil6

dren, adolescents, families, schools and communities. Reclaiming Youth International, another pillar of the Starr Global Learning Network, has equipped professionals through trainings, programs and strategies to better serve children and youth who are in conflict in family, school and communities. The Circle of Courage model, which guides Starr’s direct service programs, is influencing the work of professionals across North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. “The Starr Global Learning Network represents a very different type of business than the programs most people know us for,” Dr.

Having operated community-based services across Michigan and Ohio for nearly 30 years, Starr continues to find new ways to meet people where they are. PsychSystems, an in-home behavioral health program that joined Starr in February 2013, has continued its growth with the opening of an autism treatment center in Harper Woods near Detroit’s east side. The center already serves eight families in need of diagnostic services and treatment, and the need for this service is expected to double in the next six months. Starr’s longstanding programs in Battle Creek and Detroit continue to serve hundreds of families. The intensive in-home mental health

“Even our longest standing programs on our residential campus are continually evolving to make sure they are meeting the needs of young people and their families in the best possible way.” - Dr. Martin L. Mitchell

program in Battle Creek supports over 100 children and their families across Calhoun County, reflecting a strong partnership with Summit Pointe. Starr Detroit’s Supervised Independent Living, Youth Assistance and Residential Transition and Re-integration Support programs help young people toward brighter futures and greater independence. “Like many other industries, the human services sector is increasingly flexible in how it serves people,” Dr. Mitchell said. “At Starr, we have many years of experience in taking a person-centered approach through services available directly in the community, and we are pleased to be reaching new populations with our expertise in areas such as autism and other neurological differences.”

Prevention is the best cure Starr’s impact on young people is increasingly oriented around prevention, and utilizes the organization’s deep understanding of how young people can go off track if they lack the right level of support on a social or emotional level. Through Starr’s education programs, notably Starr Detroit Academy, hundreds of children are being supported to reach their potential every day and the aim is to open new schools in the Detroit area in the coming years. “Providing a stable, supportive environment for children early in life is necessary to help them flourish in the long term,” Dr. Mitchell said. “Unfortunately many children do not receive that support and do not have access to high-quality educational services that work with the

In its second century, Starr continues with the goal of bringing out the greatness in every child.

whole child. Through Starr Detroit Academy and the growth of our educational services, we can make a significant contribution to the positive development of children, thus positively impacting the communities in which our children and their families live.” The early success of Starr Detroit Academy has created significant demand among parents from across Detroit for what the school offers. Over 750 K-6 students are enrolled in the academy with the plan to add seventh grade in September 2014.

Values that measure up to the challenge With the rapid changes that the human services sector is experiencing, the vision and values laid out

by Floyd Starr in 1913 are continually tested, and yet they continue to set Starr apart from many service providers. In addition to maintaining the organization’s core values, Starr continuously monitors trends in the field with the goal of offering the most impactful and relevant services possible. “As an active member of the national conversations that take place on issues of child and family services, we frequently see other approaches being used, and while there are some fine examples of organizations doing great things for children, we are confident that the Starr approach stands tall in the industry,” Dr. Mitchell said. “Our challenge now is to continue to find innovative ways to reach the greatest possible number of children, families and communities.” 7

keeping families

TOGETHER Since 1999, Starr has operated in-home mental health services aimed at preserving family ties and preventing out-of-home placements. 83


It is estimated that roughly 17 percent of Calhoun County residents -- nearly 23,000 people -- suffered from a mental health disorder in 2013, according to the Calhoun County Community Health Needs Assessment.



tarr is undoubtedly best known for serving children in residential care for the past century. But many of its current programs are aimed at preventing just that – out-of-home placements. In Battle Creek, Starr provides an in-home mental health program for children, with the hope of keeping families together. “Unification is a vital aspect of any healthy family,” said Stan Russell, the intensive in-home manager at Starr’s Battle Creek location. “We are committed to preserving family relationships whenever possible and appropriate.” Nearly one in four Americans experience a diagnosable mental illness in any given year, according to the University of Washington School of Social Work. One in six experience one or more severe mental illnesses throughout their lives, creating a potentially devastating impact on families. Children are affected by severe mental illnesses at a lower rate than other age populations -- roughly 4 million in the U.S. -- but if not treated properly, children may be removed from the home, causing family disintegration. To combat this pervasive challenge, Starr has operated in-home mental health services for children, ages 4-17, in Battle Creek since 1999. The organization receives referrals from Summit Pointe, which also holds contracts with two other home-based service providers in Calhoun County. In the program’s 15 years, it has developed into a far-reaching endeavor, currently serving 108 families through therapy, case management, advocacy, support for children and

families, and much more. “By helping to treat family members as well as the child, the longevity of positive outcomes is greatly increased, as well as the likelihood of the child remaining in the home,” Russell said. “Although our census is at 108, most of these children have at least one parent and sibling, so the program actually impacts closer to 400 or more individuals.” According to Russell, home-based treatment provides more intensive services than outpatient while less restrictive than residential. At Starr the in-home program works with each family for a minimum of two hours per week, but there is the capability to utilize more hours on an as-needed basis.

tunities where they can flourish within their treatment goals and objectives,” said Kim Fatato, who worked with the in-home program for many years and continues in a consultative role to ensure high-quality care. “What better place than assisting families in their own homes and local community environments.” Entering the family’s own environment allows clinicians to facilitate change that lasts by stabilizing the child and family. In many cases, this avoids an outof-home placement that may have further weakened the family structure. Preventing children from entering foster care or residential programs by equipping families with the tools and skills to succeed in their own home is the ultimate goal.

In order to offer the best quality of care for families, there may be more than one assigned prima“We work with families in which ry clinician, along with clinician there is a child who has had treatassistants, paraprofessionals, case ment failure in less intense treatmanagers, or ments or the psychiatrists “Our goal is to promote severity level is working to each family’s definition of so high that he support the or she is inapfamily’s goals success and make sure that propriate for and objecwe provide opportunities a less intense tives. where they can flourish treatment,” RusSome of the within their treatment goals sell said. “This is a true theraadditional and objectives.” py program in services ofKim Fatato which treatment fered include individual and family counseling, as plans are tailored to each child and family member. well as psychiatric services. Therapists are also trained in trauma-in“Families are supported outside of formed care through The National the home, including during court Institute for Trauma and Loss in visits if necessary, at school and at Children, a program of the Starr psychiatric or other medical apGlobal Learning Network. pointments. This allows us to apply therapies to real-world situations, “Our goal is to promote each ultimately helping the child reach family’s definition of success and his or her potential.” make sure that we provide oppor-




Starr alumnus Stanley Thomas has faced numerous life challenges. Despite this, he maintains a positive outlook and insists Starr and his faith are the biggest reasons why.


ike too many young people, Stanley Thomas was a product of a dysfunctional home environment. His mother left the family when Thomas was just 2 years old, and his father struggled to care for two young sons. His father would marry a woman who Thomas says disliked him from the very beginning of their tumultuous relationship. These challenges sent Thomas down a path of negativity, taking his anger and frustration out on anyone or anything in his way. Now 71, Thomas describes his childhood as lonely, constantly yearning for the affection of others. When he didn’t receive that support, he would act out. “I was getting into trouble all the

time,” Thomas said. “Consequently I put myself in several bad positions. When I was younger, I wanted to blame my behavior on all of my problems. I learned later in life that I put myself in these situations, and that’s what led to me coming to Starr Commonwealth.” When Thomas arrived on Starr’s Albion campus, he was defiant and abrasive. But unlike back home in Indiana, Thomas was in the company of caring adults. “At Starr I met so many people who changed my life,” Thomas said. “No one will ever understand how much (Starr founder) Floyd Starr meant to me. He is one of the most influential people on the path my life ended up taking.” Thomas recalls several instanc-

es where Uncle Floyd would call children into his office and read to them at night. He would read stories and scripture, to which Thomas credits his devotion to Christianity and lifelong mission of spreading the word of God. “Long before I became a preacher, my interest in the Bible really came from my time at Starr,” Thomas said. “I really think God put me on the path to Starr Commonwealth, and that inevitably changed the course of my life. Without Starr, there’s no telling where I’d of been.” Upon leaving Starr, one prominent man told Stan that by the time he turned 21, he would be in prison. Thomas ventured back home and reentered the rocky relationship

with his father and stepmother. He had yet to make significant changes in his life. And yet, from that moment, Thomas made it a point to prove the man wrong. “That really got stuck in my mind,” Thomas said. “He was right. If I didn’t change what I was doing, I was going to end up in prison. I didn’t want that to be my life story, so I devoted myself to God.” Thomas would meet a young woman named Jane soon after. He says he was immediately interested in her and believed this was a girl he could date. The couple has now been married for 51 years. “Jane’s father told me that the family would give their blessing on our marriage, but I had to go to Bible College with her,” Thomas said. “Her family had saved enough money to send her to college, just as they had done for others in the family. Back then, because we were married, Jane got to go for free and since we both would work for the college, we just had to pay for mine. Her father offered to use the money saved for Jane on my education. I was really honored by that gesture and had to take him up on the offer.”

decision to leave college before graduating.

In 2012, Starr honored Thomas with the Distinguished Alumni Award at Founder’s Day. He also delivered a powerful message during the morning chapel service.

“I talked to Jane and I told her what I had planned to do,” Thomas said. “I told her that nowhere in the Bible is there a person who needed “I’ve never been so proud in my life,” Thomas said. “I was absolutely a degree to spread God’s word. I blown away decided that I “I’ve been through a lot, to receive the didn’t either.” Distinguished but I can honestly say He began his Alumni career preach- that Starr has given me a Award. Selfing to small strong foundation for the ishly I felt churches in vindicated. rest of my life.” Kentucky and - Stanley Thomas I felt despite eventually people conmoved to other churches over the stantly telling me I’d never amount next few years. As people began to to anything, I had achieved the hear Thomas speak, they realized impossible. I’ve never had a lot of he had something special – an abil- money, but I have peace of mind, ity to connect and relate to others and that’s a great accomplishment. and their struggles. For this, I thank God and Starr.” Meanwhile Thomas and his wife had started a family. They were the proud parents of two sons, Jim and Larry, who Thomas would make sure grew up under the care of loving parents.

Jane’s family had a great influence on his life. The environment of a Christian home, loving parents and caring siblings, he said, made a difference in the path he would take.

Tragically Thomas’ oldest son, Jim, would lose a battle with cancer at age 40. The loss took a significant toll on Thomas, as he later made the decision to retire from a church he had served for 31 ½ years. He wouldn’t stay on the sidelines for long, however, as he had come to the realization that preaching was a source of comfort for him and his family.

Thomas attended Kentucky Christian College for two and a half years, meanwhile turning 21 in the process. He had made it to this milestone and proved doubters wrong. Thomas was finally on a productive path. School was proving difficult for Thomas, however, as he continually struggled. It was at that point when he made the

“I realized that you never retire from God,” Thomas said. “I just felt it was my duty to continue to serve people through preaching. I am humbled that people can get something out of listening to me. It’s a privilege to be able to help someone else in their time of need, but this was something that was therapeutic for me as well.”

Thomas, who lives today in Brownstown, Ind., with his wife, continues to serve his community through preaching, though sadly he would experience another tragedy with his other son. Aug. 28, 2013, Thomas’ son, Larry, who was an avid motorcycle rider, was involved in a fatal accident shortly after leaving his parent’s home. His wife, Margie, survived the incident. “It has been unimaginably difficult to lose both our boys,” Thomas said. “We have struggled with the losses, but Jane and I believe that God has given us the strength to continue spreading God’s message. “I’ve been through a lot, but I can honestly say that Starr has given me a strong foundation for the rest of my life. I will be eternally grateful for what I learned there. I pray that other young people who have been to Starr will have been blessed as much as I have by the teachings and encouragement that I received there. It truly changed my life.”


hope & healing

after trauma “After the Violence: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook,” a Nov. 14 event held by TLC, showed participants the difficulty of the ongoing healing process and the power of resilience.


mmediately following a traumatic event like the shootings that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, it can be difficult to imagine positive outcomes from such a tragedy. As the town continues to grieve the seemingly inconceivable loss of 20 children and six school staff members, there has been an outpouring of support from across the country and around the world. There is a lot to be learned from events like these, especially the importance of realizing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. On Nov. 14, 2013, The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC), a program of Starr’s Global Learning Network, held a special event, “After the Violence: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook.”

Over 100 professionals from various backgrounds attended the presentation, which was aimed at working through lessons learned from traumatic events, specifically the Sandy Hook school shooting. The purpose was not to relive moments specific to the shooting but rather to hear about the difficult healing process that occurs in the weeks and months afterward. “We hold a special event every November, and as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy was near, we felt it was a relevant and important topic,” said Dr. Caelan Kuban, the director of TLC. “There has been an increase in school shootings over the past few years, and it’s something that’s on the minds of educators and trauma practitioners across the country. “At TLC we see trauma as an experience, not a diagnostic category. There is no one way to deal with trauma

or respond to it. But we can learn a lot from those who’ve experienced events like these.” Presenters included Dr. Anthony Salvatore, an assistant principal at Newtown Middle School; Susan Connelly, a school counselor at Newtown Middle School; Gerard Lawson, a counselor at Virginia Tech; and Laura Serazin and Misty Ramos, bereavement and grief counselors at Cornerstone of Hope. While the presenters all had very different experiences with trauma, there was one common theme woven throughout the presentations: kindness. “It sounds so simple, but one of the most important things each presenter talked about was being kind to others,” Kuban said. “Something as simple as saying hello to someone can make a huge impact. If we all practice more acts of kindness, perhaps tragedies like this can be avoided.” Other participants at the conference expressed the emotion and power of the presentations. “Trauma is a sensory experience. That is a basic concept, but it really screamed out,” said Barb Dorrington, a social worker from London, Ontario, Canada who has been involved with TLC for several years. “The presenters gave of themselves, spoke from their hearts. It was very emotional but also incredibly inspiring.” The goal of the event was to help practitioners know what to expect in the days and weeks following a traumatic event. Both Kuban and Dorrington said the presenters emphasized the need for selfcare for those who are working

Event participants each created a mosaic tile as part of a larger piece of artwork for Newtown.

with victims. “We have to make sure we have enough oxygen to do the work,” Dorrington said. “Self-care is critical. If I don’t take time for myself, pace myself, ask for help at times, I will burn out. We have a difficult job to do after these types of events.”

graciously donated it back to Starr and TLC. It was installed at Starr’s public charter school, Starr Detroit Academy.

The presenters also spoke of it taking a while to make progress after a traumatic incident, but there is hope moving forward. The support Newtown received inspired a great sense of community that continued at the TLC event.

“There was a deep connection at the event,” Kuban said. “The presenters shared so much and gave such candid responses. The art activity allowed our participants to give something back to the presenters and express generosity. It was such an honor for the presenters to then give the artwork back to TLC, and it will be proudly displayed for years to come.

Participants contributed handmade mosaic glass tiles as part of a large piece of artwork. This unique piece, which reads “We Choose Peace” and is adorned with the TLC and Newtown logos, was given to Newtown Schools, which then

“Hopefully each of our participants got as much as I did out of the event. I can’t thank our presenters enough for their willingness to share their experiences and offer hope in the aftermath of such a devastating tragedy.”


chaplain’s message

Chaplain Ken Ponds

Despite numerous organizational changes in past years, Starr is positioned to flourish in the future with a renewed focus on Founder Floyd Starr’s mission.


few days ago, in a reflective moment, I chuckled at the thought of how a person views things differently with age.

When I was younger, except for a few verses, chapter 9:2-7 and what are called the “Suffering Servant” passages, chapter 53, for example, I did not have much interest in the Biblical book of Isaiah. There were more than a few reasons for my youthful arrogance. However, as I have aged, I’ve come to see and, in rare moments of insight, begun to appreciate, Isaiah’s writing and how Christians have used Isaiah’s prophetic words as affirmation of what was to come.

Starr Commonwealth as we now know it is transforming, and new branches continue to sprout. This field of work is also evolving rapidly, and Starr is determined to stay ahead of the curve. What does this mean for the young people and families we serve? What does it mean for those of us who are doing the serving? But in the midst of confusion, Isaiah says in chapter 12:1, “A day is coming when people will sing.” It may look challenging now, but wait! Floyd Starr, Uncle Floyd as he’s known, began a great and vitally important work 100 years ago.

As visionary as he was, even he could not have fully imagined the many opportunities that Now whether Isaiah’s words reawait Starr Commonwealth ally support their interpretation is a question for theologians While Starr has changed over its first 100 years, and its programs over the next the dedication to children and families has not. 100 years. to ponder and not a chaplain ministering to young people in a small town in What these will be, I can only speculate, and allow Michigan. those who know much better than I -- Starr Commonwealth’s executive team and board of trustees -However, Isaiah’s words speak of something greater to share their vision and enthusiasm for the next 100 to come; something different which God is about to years of Starr’s work. do. A changing of how things are. The old fades into the past, and a new thing is about to emerge. Today, I believe this is true of Starr.


No matter what, our job continues to involve making love visible in the lives of young people and their families.

Honor & Memorial gifts In Honor of:

MICHAEL J. BAKER Mr. and Mrs. James D. Query LEONARD BEARD Mrs. Kathleen Beard SUSAN L. BEAZLEY Mrs. Sylvia S. Richey JENNA COPENHAVER Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Wilson JOHN DAVIS Mr. Richard Davis JEROME A. DIXON Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dixon CALEB DONOVICK Dr. Valerie Perdue ROBERT M. FAILING Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Raber ANDREW FOJTIK Mrs. Patsy Fojtik GEORGE D. GOODMAN Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Puttkammer DAVID J. HERRING Mr. John E. Herring MR. AND MRS. MILES JONES Mrs. Evelyne Jones MR. AND MRS. RONALD JONES Mrs. Evelyne Jones ERIC KIRCH Ms. Betty Kirch CAELAN K. KUBAN Mr. and Mrs. Michael McElroy KATHIE MAITLAND Mr. Mark A. Zarbailov RUSSELL G. MAWBY Dr. and Mrs. Henry J. Brown MARTIN L. MITCHELL Mrs. Joan Gary MARCELLA MOOTZ Miss Anna Lee Teets Miss Sara Lou Teets JOAN STAUDT PRACY Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Failing SYLVIA STARR RICHEY Ms. Susan Beazley MADELINE I. SHAW-HAYWOOD Dr. Anthony Shaw Dr. and Mrs. Brian Shaw ROBERTA TERAPAK Ms. Anne Powell-Riley

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HONOR GIFTS are thoughtful ways to remember a special person and/or a special occasion, such as a birth, birthday, anniversary, graduation, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, while also helping Starr children. Honor gifts also may be made online at MEMORIAL GIFTS offer an enduring tribute to the memory of a friend or loved one, while extending a helping hand to the children of Starr. Memorial donations also may be made online at The current gifts reflect the period from 10-25-2013 to 1-30-2014. Donors are listed below the name of the person in whose memory or honor they contributed.


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Officers Martin L. Mitchell, Ed.D. President Chief Executive Officer Christopher L. Smith, BBA., CPA Executive Vice President Chief Financial Officer Wm. Chuck Jackson, MA Executive Vice President Chief Clinical Officer Elizabeth A. Carey, MSW Executive Vice President Chief Strategy Officer Gary Q. Tester, MRC Executive Vice President Chief Development Officer

Board of Trustees Kyle Caldwell, Chair Program Director Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Flint, MI Honorable John Hallacy, Vice Chair District Court Judge 10th District Court Battle Creek, MI Tom Kolassa, Secretary Senior Vice President Hub International Battle Creek, MI Wally Bakare Vice President, Operations Time Warner Cable Mid Ohio Division Columbus, OH Scott Bennett Vice President UBS Financial Services Birmingham, MI Craig Carrel President and Partner Team 1 Plastics Albion, MI Doug Clark Senior Vice President Masterworks Poulsbo, WA Joseph Gesmundo Co-Founder AVB, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Lawrence Givens Blackmond and Givens, Inc. Southfield, MI

George A. Goodman Ypsilanti, MI Laura Koziarski Child Advocate Battle Creek, MI Jack Kresnak Journalist / Child Advocate Livonia, MI Dr. Pamela Lemerand Professor Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI Kenneth Miller Chief Executive Officer Principal Partner Millennium Restaurant Group Kalamazoo, MI Randy Neumann Vice President J.F. Daley, Inc. San Antonio, TX William C. Rands Managing Partner Sagres Partners, L.P. Grosse Pointe, MI Cornelia Romanowski Educator Shavertown, PA Mary E. Rutan Human Resources Director (Retired) Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Erick Stewart President Stewart Industries LLC Battle Creek, MI Gary Taylor Owner Taylor Auto Sales Inc. Van Wert, OH

Bruce Vande Vusse Attorney Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. Farmington Hills, MI George Wilson General Agent Wilson Insurance Services Gilbert Wiseman Agency Flint, MI

Trustees Emeritus Margaret Starr Leutheuser Daughter of Floyd Starr Haverford, PA Michael J. Gable Human Resources Executive Orlans Associates, PC Troy, MI George D. Goodman Executive Director (Retired) Michigan Municipal League Ann Arbor, MI Dr. Russell G. Mawby Chairman Emeritus W.K. Kellogg Foundation Battle Creek, MI Honorable Eugene A. Moore Chief Probate Judge (Retired) Oakland County Pontiac, MI William K. Stoffer Chairman and CEO Albion Machine & Tool Co. Albion, MI

Honorary Trustees Anne Willson DuprĂŠ Granddaughter of Floyd Starr Toronto, Canada Diana Starr Langley Montecito, CA Sylvia Starr Richey Granddaughter of Floyd Starr Seal Beach, CA

President Emeritus Arlin E. Ness President Emeritus Anthem, AZ

Starr News - Winter 2014  
Starr News - Winter 2014