Secretary to the Board of Control
Wickes Hall 349
SVSU Board of Control
Saginaw Valley State University is a public institution governed by a Board of Control appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan. The eight members serve staggered eight-year terms. Current members are:
Scott L. Carmona
Hometown: Bay City MI
Term Ends July 21, 2019
Scott L. Carmona
Mr. Carmona earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Saginaw Valley State University. Mr. Carmona has distinguished himself as a successful business leader, experienced developer and visionary community leader. He is the owner of Sunrise National Distributors, Inc., a Michigan-based, national distributor of automotive aftermarket products. He also is the owner of several real estate development companies and serves as the managing member.
Scott has received numerous professional honors including: Distinguished Laureate of Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame (2006); SVSU Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Science, Engineering & Technology (2005) and SVSU’s Business and Industrial Development Institute Entrepreneur of the Year (1997).
A steadfast community supporter, Scott lends his expertise to a variety of civic and professional boards and organizations including the Bay County Growth Alliance, Dow Bay Area Family YMCA (Past President) and the McLaren Bay Special Care Hospital board of directors.
Mr. Carmona sits on the SVSU Engineering Advisory Board and the SVSU Foundation Board, and is a contributor to the SVSU Engineering Racing Lab. Scott’s generous philanthropic efforts focus on youth and education by granting over 50 scholarships annually.
Scott and his wife, Nancy, live in Bay City. They have two sons, Ryan (Amanda) and Eric.
JoAnn Crary is the President of Saginaw Future, a non-profit economic development organization. She has held that position since 1993. Crary completed her undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and has a Masters degree from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional. She was recently awarded the Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member designations by the International Economic Development Council.
Crary is a member of the MEDC Collaborative Development Council, an advisory group representing the 10 economic development regions in Michigan. She was the 2015 Chair of the 5000 member International Economic Development Council’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Committee for Professional Conduct and the Economic Development Research Partners. In 2016, Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder appointed JoAnn to serve on the 21st Century Economy Commission to help recommend a vision for Michigan’s economic future.
JoAnn serves on many local boards and commissions including the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, Dow Chemical Community Advisory Panel, City of Saginaw Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Huntington Bank Market Area Board and Saginaw Valley State University Board of Fellows.
Hometown: Pinckney MI
Term Ends July 21, 2021
Dennis is Founder and Director of Rysenia Capital Solutions, LLC, a professional services firm which provides comprehensive business practice consulting services to small and middle market companies. Previously, Durco was President and Chief Financial Officer for Michigan Orthopedic Services, LLC. Durco also held various Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer position for several entrepreneurial companies including consumer products, software, and laser guided navigation. These experiences included frequent international travel abroad. Durco became a certified public accountant while employed at Price Waterhouse during the first six years of his career. Durco is a member of the American Institute of CPA's, the Michigan Society of CPA's, and is an original member of the Bank of Ann Arbor's Technology Industry Group. He is presently a board member for the Common Bond Basketball Club, Inc., Livingston County Catholic Charities, and has held various Board positions during his career both in the for profit and not for profit sector. Durco holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from The Ohio State University graduating from the Honors Accounting program.
Lindsay Stevens Eggers serves as the President and COO for Stevens Group, Inc., a nationwide family-owned moving & storage company that’s been doing business for more than 110 years. Prior to her current role, she served as the Vice President of Finance at Stevens. As a key leader since 2009, Lindsay leads her team to act with accountability, focus and excellence.
Previous to her career at Stevens, Lindsay worked at Accenture Consulting, specializing in PeopleSoft Financial Software Implementations. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from Ross School of Business and Bachelor of Science Business Administration Degree (graduating Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Colorado.
She currently serves as President and COO for the Stevens Group, Inc. Board of Directors, a Saginaw Advisory Board member for Chemical Bank, a Board member of the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member for the READ Association of Saginaw, Trustee for the Bay Area Community Foundation, member of the Bay Area Community Foundation Women’s Philanthropy Circle, serves as the Treasurer for Linwood Beach Association and volunteers as a Sunday School teacher for Church of The Hills in Bellaire, Michigan. Lindsay was previously the Junior and Senior High School Youth Group Director at First Presbyterian Church, served as a Board and Finance Committee Member for the YMCA, was Chairman of the Next Generation Affinity Group for the Stevens Center for Family Business and was Chairman of the READ Association of Saginaw.
Mr. Kulkarni is the founder and CEO of the software company InfoReady Corporation and the IT consulting firm GDI Infotech, Inc. He also serves on the board of directors for Ann Arbor SPARK and leads the organization’s Foreign Direct Investment Committee. Mr. Kulkarni holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mumbai University in India and a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from West Virginia University.
Hometown: Saginaw MI
Term Ends July 21, 2021
John is the retired CEO of Yeo & Yeo, PC, (a Certified Public Accounting Firm that is ranked as one of the top 100 largest CPA firms in the country) a position he held for 15 years. He spent over 40 years with the company throughout his career. Kunitzer is a certified public accountant who graduated from SVSU in 1973 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He has been actively involved in the community over the years, serving as chairman of the Saginaw County United Way fund raising campaign, past president of the Saginaw Valley Rotary Club, past member of the city of Saginaw Hospital Finance Authority, past president of The Saginaw Club. He currently is a member of the Saginaw Diocese Finance Committee, board member of the Michigan Catholic Conference Lay Employees’ Pension Board, a member of the Saginaw Valley Rotary, and serves on the Saginaw Township Pay Planning Commission.
Hometown: Saginaw MI
Term Ends July 21, 2023
Vicki L. Rupp
Ms. Rupp was appointed to the SVSU Board of Control in 2015. She recently retired from The Dow Chemical Company as the corporate director of service management in the Business Services Group. Her career with Dow has included responsibilities as research & development director supporting multiple business, global regulatory affairs director, global remediation director and global director of business process services.
Hometown: Midland MI
Term Ends July 21, 2019
Jenee L. Velasquez
Jenée L. Velasquez is the executive director for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, where she began in October of 2005. Prior to this appointment, she served Midland County’s economic development corporation in two capacities: first as manager of Economic Development Services and then as its chief executive officer. She was Midland’s first Downtown Development Authority coordinator. Prior to Midland, Velasquez worked for the Manhattan, Kansas, Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Velasquez has maintained strong ties to the community through several board involvements, including the Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control, for which she serves as chair. She serves on the Academic, Student Services and Personnel subcommittee. As a member of the SVSU board, she has worked tirelessly as an advocate for SVSU. She served as campaign co-chair for the Talent. Opportunity. Promise. private fundraising campaign, which raised $28 million, including a $5 million gift from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. This gift created the STEM Scholars Network, which provides funding to support SVSU student and faculty research, as well as outreach efforts. Velasquez also serves as a board member of the Michigan Non-Profit Association, MidMichigan Health, Michigan Municipal League Foundation, Chemical Bank advisory board, and many others.
Her service to the community has been recognized in multiple capacities through the course of her career. In 2018, Velasquez was inducted into the Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan’s Hall of Fame. In 2016, she was named by Crain’s Business Detroit to its 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan. In 2013, she received the YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Community Leadership, and in 2012, she received the Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay Region Award and Margaret Ann “Ranny” Riecker Meritorious Service Award. Velasquez is a Paul Harris Fellow, recipient of the RUBY and ATHENA Awards and a graduate of Leadership Midland and Leadership Michigan.
Velasquez completed a B.S. in business administration from Kansas State University and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University. She also completed an executive education course at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.