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Cameron becomes partner in U.P. law firm

The U.P.-wide law firm of Rettig, Rademacher, Clark, Bray and Cameron, P.C. may sound familiar to many – except for the last name on the list, Gabe Cameron.

That's just because you're not used to the sound yet, but he's the latest partner to be named to the law firm, which has offices in Escanaba, Marquette, Iron Mountain and Menominee.

Cameron is no stranger to the U.P. Born in the Sault and raised in Ontonagon until 1991, when his family moved downstate, Cameron came back to raise his own kids in the U.P. recently.

Cameron got a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University, and got his J.D. degree in 2006 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He was working at the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office when he got the chance to work up north again.

"We saw Gabe's passion and devotion in helping injured workers acquire both workers compensation and Social Security disability benefits," says senior partner Jim Rettig. "That's why we wanted him at our firm."

The firm hired Cameron in 2007, and he moved to Gladstone with his family: wife Jessica is an optometrist practicing in Escanaba and Manistique, and they have two children, Charlie and Chloe.

"I've always loved the U.P. and knew it was where I wanted to raise my kids. So when the opportunity presented itself to move back here, I jumped at it," says Cameron.

Cameron specializes in workers' compensation and Social Security disability cases.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Jim Rettig, Rettig, Rademacher, Clark, Bray and Cameron, P.C.

Job Title: Law Firm Partner
Company: Rettig Rademacher Clark Bray and Cameron, P.C.
College: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Peter Stratton is the new general manager at Riverside Toyota in Escanaba

Riverside Toyota in Escanaba announced it has a new general manager, Peter Stratton, who will direct the sales and customer relations divisions.

Stratton has been in the automotive business for more than 20 years, and has been a longtime sales consultant. Several times, he's been named among the Top 20 Toyota Motors Sales Consultants in the U.S., for serving customers with excellence and commitment.

He says he'll apply those same principals as general manager of Riverside Toyota.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to work with a franchise group that has such a long and dedicated history to the people of Escanaba, Green Bay and beyond," Stratton says. "I look forward to the opportunities that Toyota and our dealership will offer to our customers."

Riverside Auto Sales has its corporate headquarters in Escanaba, and also has locations in Marquette, Iron Mountain and Marinette.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Peter Stratton, Riverside Toyota

Job Title: General Manager
Company: Riverside Auto Group

CCI Systems hires Paula Meads as chief financial officer

A U.P. native is returning home in the latest hire at Iron Mountain's CCI Systems, Inc., a provider of communication network services.

Paula Meads has been hired as the company's chief financial officer and will be beginning her new job soon. Meads grew up in Manistique, then earned a bachelor's degree in accounting at Michigan Technological University and a master's degree in accounting at Kaplan University.

She'll be relocating to Iron Mountain with husband Marty and son Mitchell to work for CCI Systems. Meads also has a daughter, Malory, a student at the University of Alabama.

Her new role will involved collaboration with other top CCI executives to analyze and define a long-term strategy for the company, as well as overseeing all organizational development, financial and accounting operations, and providing financial planning for the company.

"We're very excited to have Paula join the CCI team. She brings a wealth of experience in achieving both business and financial objectives. She will be a valuable asset to CCI, ensuring we move into the future strong for those who depend on our products and services," says John Jamar, CCI President and CEO.

Meads joins CCI with years of experience as a financial executive, including experience in information technology management, organizational development, financial reporting, cash flow, budget administration, auditing tax management, contract management and all aspects of accounting.

She has previously worked for OSA Holdings, LLC, Diamond Resorts International and Tandem HealthCare, doing national and international business.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: John Jamar, CCI Systems, Inc.

Job Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: CCI Systems
College: Michigan Technological University, Accounting, Houghton, Michigan

Zwickey hired on as Baraga Memorial CEO

Baraga County Memorial Hospital has hired a new CEO, to come on board in January. Tim Zwickey was brought on to replace John Tembreull, who announced his retirement in the spring of 2010. Tembreull has served as the hospital's head administrator for 24 years.

The hospital's executive committee started the search process after Tembreull's announcement, and hired Zwickey as a result of their CEO search.

Zwickey is a native of Minnesota, most recently of Willow River, Minn. For the past 12 years, he was employed by Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics, holding four different executive positions. Essentia runs 11 hospitals and 27 clinics in rural areas in Minnesota, Idaho, Wisconsin and Montana. Most recently, Zwickey was the interim chief operating officer at Great Falls Clinic Medical Center.

"He has a lot of experience as a health care administrator," says Bill Coffey, chair of the board of trustees for Baraga County Memorial Hospital. "We were especially impressed with him because we're a critical access hospital, and he has critical access hospital experience."

Zwickey has extensive experience working with critical access hospitals, which are hospitals like BCMH with 15 or fewer beds.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in accounting and business administration, as well as holding a Masters degree in business administration. In addition, he is licensed as a nursing home administrator.

He is married to wife Michele, who also has more than twenty years experience in the health care field, and they have three children, ages 27, 18 and 17. The family is looking forward to relocating to the area, as their interests include snowmobiling, four-wheeling, sailing, camping and traveling.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Bill Coffey, Baraga County Memorial Hospital

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Baraga County Memorial Hospital
College: , Business Administration

CCI Systems promotes Kae McGuire, hires Ted Shroyer in sales department

CCI Systems, based in Iron Mountain, has been busy making some moves in their sales line-up. The company announced the promotion of Kae McGuire to the director of sales position and the hiring of Ted Shroyer as senior account manager for network sales recently.

As director of sales, McGuire's responsibilities will include development and implementation of the corporate and departmental marketing plans. She will be researching and analyzing the market to estimate customer pricing and gain competitive information. McGuire will play a key role in advertising, sales support and lead generation.

"Kae has been a valuable resource to CCI Systems," says Joe Smith, vice president of marketing and business development for CCI. "I am looking forward to the impact she will have on our sales team and our customer experience. She brings a proven track record of over 20 years of sales and marketing experience to CCI Systems."

McGuire has been with CCI since September of 2009 as the fulfillment services manager.

McGuire graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Majoring in Marketing, she received a dual minor in Decision Sciences and Merchandising. She now resides in Kingsford, Michigan, with her husband and two children.

Shroyer will be responsible for developing new accounts, managing customer relationships and project oversight. He joins CCI with more than 25 years of experience in the cable television and video technologies industry that includes technical sales management, technical support management, video products repair management, systems engineering, field service technical support and repair of video products.

Shroyer has worked with Cisco and Scientific Atlantic for the majority of his career.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Joe Smith, CCI Systems

Job Title:
Company: CCI Systems

Tuma named vice president of Marquette General Medical Group of 140 providers

Scott Tuma's career has been one of steady advancement, so this fall's announcement from Marquette General Health System that his new job title is vice president is no surprise.

Tuma, of Marquette, has been named vice president of the Marquette General Medical Group. He will lead about 140 MGHS-employed health care providers, as well as more than 400 support staff.

Most recently, Tuma has been the director of operation for the medical group, and before that was chief operating officer for Bell Medical Center. His resume also includes having been Bell Hospital's director of human resources, United Rentals regional human resource director, and working in employee and labor relations for Cliffs at the Tilden Mine.

His educational background includes an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree in management from Northern Michigan University. Tuma is a native of Mt. Pleasant and lives in Marquette with his family. He also is a co-founder and race director for the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic, and is involved in the Superiorland Cross Country Ski Club and Youth League.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Jennifer Heikkila, Marquette General Health System

Job Title: Vice President
Company: Marquette General Hospital
College: Northern Michigan University, Administration, Marquette, MI

Lake State introduces new members of college's faculty

When introducing new faculty for a new year, most colleges and universities probably only have to send out a quick note with one or two mugshots attached. At Lake Superior State University, they fully believe in going big or just going home, so when they hire new staff to work with their student population, they have to take a group picture.

LSSU announced the hiring of 12 new faculty members for this fall semester. Included in the hiring are:

Jodi Chesebro is an accounting instructor in the School of Business who graduated cum laude from LSSU in 2006 with multiple majors in accounting, business education and business administration-management.

Gordon Nakagawa joins the College of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences as a visiting professor of diversity and communication. He holds a bachelor of science and master of arts degree in interpersonal communications from Ohio University. He obtained a doctorate in communication studies from Southern Illinois University.

Benjamin Lassester joins the chemistry department as an assistant professor, filling in for Prof. Marshall Werner, who is on sabbatical this year. Lassester holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Texas A&M University and a baccalaureate from the University of Dallas, also in biochemistry.

Jun Li comes to LSSU as an assistant professor of biology, fish health, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was a research associate in immunology in their pathology department. Li holds a doctorate in fish physiology and pathobiology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong; a master's in fish genetics and virology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences; and a baccalaureate in microbiology and immunology from Wuhan University, China.

Yevgeny Medvedev replaces long-time French professor Marcel Pichot, who retired this past spring after more than 30 years at LSSU. Medvedev -- who is no relation to Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev -- has a freshly minted doctorate in French literature from the University of Toronto; a master of philosophy and art in French lit from Columbia University; and a B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from UCLA.

Joseph Moening joins the School of Engineering as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. Moening received his doctorate in electrical engineering this past August from the University of Toledo, Ohio, for perfecting techniques in laser micromachining.

Jason Pilarski joins the School of English and Language Studies and as an instructor of English. He taught college composition and technical writing at Northern Michigan University this past spring while completing a master of arts degree that examined writing genres in speculative fiction, poetry, and novels. Pilarski's baccalaureate in English writing, also from NMU.

Mary Reynolds-Keegan joins the Nursing faculty as an assistant professor. Reynolds-Keegan holds an LPN diploma, registered nursing degree, and master's in nursing administration from Northern Michigan University, where she also earned a post-master's nurse educator certificate. She is a candidate for a doctorate of nursing practice from Oakland University, Rochester, Minn.

Patrick Santoro has hired into the School of Communication Studies and Performing Arts as an assistant professor. He comes to LSSU from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he earneda doctorate. He holds a bachelor's degree in humanities and Master of Arts in performance from the University of South Florida.

Paula Jo Shingler migrates from adjunct clinical nursing instructor to assistant professor in LSSU's School of Nursing. Shingler holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mercy College in Detroit, and a master's in nursing education from Michigan State.

Robert Cooper is a full-time instructor in the School of English and Language Studies. Cooper holds bachelor's degrees from Nippising University (North Bay, Ont.) and the University of New Brunswick, as well as a master's of education from the University of Toronto.

Jamiee Gerrie comes aboard as an instructor in the School of Nursing after a 16-year career at War Memorial Hospital in the Sault, Gerrie got her B.S. in nursing from LSSU.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior State University

Job Title: Faculty
Company: Lake Superior State University

Bay Area Medical Center hires new CEO

There's a new chief executive officer and president of the Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette following an eight-month search that involved interviewing several qualified candidates.

The Bay Area center, which is a key medical facility for Menominee, Mich. residents as well, had formed a search committee to help find the right individual. Ed Harding was selected to fill the position and is expected to begin his new duties in December.

Harding has been President and CEO at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Wisc., just outside Madison, since 2000. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in 1985, and Master's degree in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1990.

Prior to his arrival at Columbus Community Hospital, he served as Vice President of Planning, Marketing and Professional Services for Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa from 1993 to 2000. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is Board Certified in Healthcare Planning and Managed Care.

"I am genuinely excited about this opportunity and so is my family," Harding says. "I am proud of what we were able to accomplish at Columbus Community Hospital, but also realize that I am at that point in my 25 year career where I have a personal need for a further challenge and I think BAMC is a perfect fit. I look forward to joining the team at Bay Area Medical Center and assist in building upon past success."

BAMC launched its search for a new CEO at the beginning of 2010, following the departure of David Olson, who took the position of President of Columbia St Mary's in Ozaukee, Wisc.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Ed Harding, Bay Area Medical Center

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Bay Area Medical Center
College: University of Wisconsin-Stout, Management, Menomonie, WI

Bay de Noc Community College hires new network administrator

Jason Erickson found himself in a place he was really looking forward being recently: Home.

Erickson returned back to the Gladstone area thanks to his new job at Bay De Noc College where he was recently hired at the new Network System Administrator.

Before coming to Bay, Erickson was at Perry Public Schools in Perry, Mich. As the System Administrator, and before that was at Big Bay Broadband as a Network Administrator.

"I'm excited to move back to the Upper Peninsula, and to see where the technology will take us in the years to come," says Erickson.

Erickson was born and raised in Gladstone and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking and system administration from Michigan Technological University. He has also obtained an Associates of Applies Science in Automation Technology and Computer Systems Technology from bay College.

His interests include basketball, volleyball, snowboarding, video game and backpacking. He his married and his wife, Annie, recently graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Job Title: Network Administrator
Company: Bay de Noc Community College
College: Michigan Technological University, Science, Houghton, MI

Cynthia Thompson brings two decades experience to WBUP

Cynthia Thompson was recently hired as the news director for WBUP and WBKP television stations in Marquette.

Thompson has a history of more than two decades in the Upper Peninsula and in the media. She holds degrees in broadcasting and film as well as speech communication from the University of Central Missouri. Thompson began her career in journalism in 1988 when she moved to the U.P. to join her husband, Frank, at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. She began her television career as a reporter and news anchor at WLUC in Negaunee, Mich.

Since 1996, Thompson went on to hold a variety of radio and television positions including announcer, commercial spokesperson, consultant and managing short and long term promotions. She said one of her favorite employment opportunities was as a basic public speaking instructor at Lake Region State College in North Dakota.

Thompson's new position as news director includes taking over anchoring the 5:30 p.m. newscast at ABC 10 in addition to overseeing the news and sports departments and staffs.

Thompson enjoys volunteering, gardening, reading, helping her husband restore old cars, motorcycling and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two daughters.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Cynthia Thompson, WBUP

Job Title: News Director
Company: ABC 5 and 10
College: University of Central Missouri, Communication, Warrensburg, MO

Aspirus Keweenaw adds experienced cardiologist to staff

Aspirus Keweenaw announced recently the addition of cardiologist Mohammad Jan, MD, FACC to its campus. Jan will be practicing at the Apsirus Heart and Vascular Institute.

Before coming to the Upper Peninsula, Jan was involved in private practice in the Ohio cities of Dayton and Springfield where he specialized in cardiology, stress testing, echocardiography, nuclear stress testing and diagnostic cardiac catheterization.

Patients will be able to see Jan in his primary office at Aspirus Keweenaw, located in Larium, four days a week. He will be traveling to Ontonagon one day a week for patient care. His practice will be supported by nurse Gail Koskiniemi, RN, and receptionist Korynn Kotajarvi at the cardiology clinic office as Aspirus Keweenaw.

Jan is a member of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Society of AT Angiography and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and is Vascular certified.

He received his medical degree from Khyber Medical College in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1967. He completed his residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Brooklyn, NY in 1972 and his fellowship in cardiology at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia in 1973 and at Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio in 1974.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Mohammad Jan, Aspirus Systems

Job Title: Cardiologist
Company: Aspirus Keweenaw
College: Khyber Medical College, Medical, Peshawar, Pakistan

Marquette General Health System hires new neurologist with 18 years experience

Marquette General Health System has announced the addition of a third neurologist to its Marquette General Neurology practice in Marquette.

Dr. Joav Kofman will be joining Dr. Roman Politi and Dr. P.C. Gupta at the Marquette General Brain and Spine Center, which was formerly the Marquette General Neuroscience Center.

Kofman is relocating from Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, where he has been treating patients with a range of neurological problems for the last eight years. In total, he has been practicing for more than 18 years.

He is a board-certified neurologist and completed a fellowship in electromyography and neuromuscular disease at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. Prior to that, Kofman completed residencies at two Chicago hospitals: Columbus Hospital and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. His medical degree is from the Chicago Medical School.

Kofman specializes in providing diagnosis and treatment for nervous system disorders, which includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves. He also treats movement and muscle disorders, and will address other conditions, including pain, memory loss, brain and spinal tumors, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and muscular dystrophy.

According to MGHS Information Services, patients might need a neurology consultation if they have dizziness, seizures, blackouts, numbness, tingling, weakness, paralysis, or lack of coordination.

Job Title: Neurologist
Company: Marquette General Hospital
College: Chicago Medical School, Medical, Chicago, IL

LSSU names DeLap Dean of College of Engineering, Technology and Economic Development

Ronald DeLap will have a few more responsibilities at Lake Superior State University starting July 1. The assistant professor of electrical engineering was recently named the Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Economic Development, a post he will take effective July 1.

"It is an honor and a blessing to be chosen for this leadership position," says DeLap. "We have outstanding faculty and staff in the college, and I look forward to working together to accomplish great things for LSSU and for our students."

DeLap is no stranger to leadership. He brings with him 22 years experience in the U.S. Air Force as a research engineer, during which time he was involved in project management and led teams of more than 200 engineers, scientists and support staff. During his time with the Air Force, DeLap worked on major system design efforts and had the opportunity to work with members of Congress, senior Air Force officers and industry leaders.

DeLap also worked as a systems engineer for Delphi Automotive.

His teaching background includes three years at the high-school level as well as at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright State University, Saginaw Valley State University, UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.

DeLap holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

He is a native of Midland, Michigan, and a 1973 graduate of Midland High School.

In his new role as dean, DeLap will oversee a college that offers degrees in engineering management; computer, electrical, mechanical, and general engineering, as well as industrial, manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, and general engineering technology. The program also features certificates in manufacturing and post-graduate robotics.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Ronald DeLap, LSSU

Job Title: Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Economic Development
Company: Lake Superior State University
College: University of Michigan, Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI

Rhonda Peterson’s 13 years with CCI Systems leads to promotion to director of engineering

Rhonda Peterson has been a long-time member of the CCI Systems staff and that dedication has paid off. CCI recently announced Peterson is being promoted to the position of director of engineering operations for the company, which is based in Iron Mountain.

"Rhonda has been a huge asset for our team since she started with CCI in 1997," says Rick Hurzeler, a CCI vice president. "She has deep knowledge in both fiber optic and coaxial design and has extensive experience working with many different operators."

Peterson will be responsible for staffing and execution of projects, supervising project managers, creating and refining processes related to project management, project accruals and invoicing as well as creating project guidelines.

Peterson has been a consistent performer for CCI since she started working for them as a CAD route drafter. From there, she worked her way up and was most recently a project manager.

During her time with CCI, Peterson has:

- Assisted in the development of the engineering database to track 135,000 miles of upgrade engineering for Charter Communications in 2000.
- Developed the Project Coordinator and Project Coordinator Assistant Programs to manage the engineering work for 135,000 miles of upgrade for Charter Communications in 2000.
- Led the CCI team to develop Bresnan mapping standards for 3,000 miles of upgrade in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Montana in 2003.
- Led the CCI team to develop Fiber As-built Management (FAM) documentation standards in 2007.

Peterson achieved her Bachelor's Degree from St. Norbert College. She resides in Norway, Mich., with her husband, Roger, and two children.

Job Title: Director of Engineering
Company: CCI Systems
College: St. Norbert College, Engineering, De Pere, WI

Michelle Kroupa-Kulik joins staff at Munising Memorial

Licensed pediatrician Michelle Kroupa-Kulik, MD, will be joining the staff of Munising Memorial Hospital this summer, beginning to see patients in June. She previously practiced general medicine at the Munising Tribal Health Center, which is operated by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She completed her pediatric residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Job Title: Pediatrician
Company: Munising Memorial Hospital
College: Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, Lansing, Michigan

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