Secretary to the Board of Control
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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:
John D. Cherry
Hometown: Clio MI
Term Ends July 21, 2027
John D. Cherry
John Cherry Jr. served as the 62nd Lieutenant Governor of Michigan under Governor Jennifer Granholm. He dedicated over 20 years to the Michigan Legislature as a State Representative, State Senator and Senate Minority Leader. He also served as chair of the Michigan Commission on Higher Education.
After his term as Lt. Governor, Cherry became CEO and President of his own public affairs consulting firm.
He currently serves as chairman of the St. Andrew's Society of Detroit Board of Trustees, vice president of the Council of Scottish Clan and Associations Board of Trustees and as president of Clan MacLachlan Association of North America.
Cherry holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan - Flint. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Saginaw Valley State University and an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Central Michigan University.
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 R. Durco
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.
Term Ends July 21, 2023
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 M. Kunitzer
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.
Rajkumari 'Raj' Wiener is the former Director of the Michigan Department of Public Health, Chief of the Bureau of Health Facilities and Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation.
It is after she served in these capacities that she founded Wiener Associates, PLC, a law firm specializing in health care, environmental and human services law, lobbying and policy consulting.
Wiener, a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, currently serves on its Foundation Board of Directors. She received a Master of Sport Administration from Central Michigan University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Columbus School of Law.
She currently serves on the Sparrow Health System Community Care Board and the Williamston Sunrise Rotary.