Acting Director Levin Introduces New Executive Office Staff

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    Acting Director Levin Introduces New Executive Office Staff

    Three new faces have joined the DELEG executive staff, Acting Director Andy Levin announced August 26.

    In his announcement, Acting Director Levin said that the governor has made it clear that she wants DELEG to continue to lead the charge in her effort to make Michigan a global center of renewable energy production and related manufacturing.

―We have many fantastic colleagues in the Bureau of Energy Systems,

    Public Service Commission, Bureau of Workforce Transformation, Bureau of Construction Codes and elsewhere working hard to help realize the Governor‘s vision,‖ Acting Director Levin said. ―It is my pleasure to announce the team I have put together in the DELEG executive office to help me coordinate all of this great work.‖

    Deborah Canja. Deb Canja is serving as Senior Executive Assistant to Acting Director Andy Levin where she is focusing on alternative energy initiatives and assisting the Director with DELEG issues. She is on special assignment from the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation where she serves as Deputy General Counsel.

    Deb grew up in Lansing. She attended the University of Michigan and received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from Loyola Law School. After graduation from law school, Deb returned to Michigan and worked as a public interest attorney with the Michigan Citizens Lobby. She then spent twelve years as a Michigan Assistant Attorney General during which time she represented the Insurance Bureau, Department of Corrections, Prosecuting Attorneys and the DNR. After leaving state service to care for an ailing family member, she spent the next six years focusing on family and community and served as president of her neighborhood association and coach of the middle school Science Olympiad team. In 2001 Deb became the executive director of CAUSE a

    statewide nonprofit organization that trains parents to advocate for children with special needs. She later co-founded and continues to serve as the CEO of Bridges4Kids, a nonprofit organization that operates an internet information portal providing help to parents and teachers of children from birth through K-12.

    In 2005 Deb joined Michigan Equities Realty, a commercial real estate firm, as a commercial leasing agent. She also became the president of Michigan Regional CREW, a professional association of women in commercial real estate from the mid-Michigan area. In 2007 she was elected to the Board of Trustees of Lansing Community College and was reelected in 2009. She currently serves as chair of the board. In addition, Deb represents Lansing Community College on the Lansing School District‘s Promise Zone Authority Board. She returned to state service in 2009.

    Deb comes from a tradition of public service. Her father, Alex, was a teacher and coach and former deputy state superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Michigan and served under five state superintendents. Her mother, Tess, was the former executive director of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan, served as the national president of AARP and continues to be involved in senior

issues at both national and state levels. Deb has two sons Brian, a

    member of the US Air Force and now in the AF Reserves, who is studying to become an optometrist, and Scott, who is in dental school. In her free time Deb enjoys interior decorating and reading nonfiction.

    Beth Sommers. Beth Sommers has been serving as the Green Jobs Specialist for DELEG‘s Bureau of Workforce Transformation for a year before transitioning to the executive office energy team on a special project basis. As the Green Jobs Specialist, Beth was charged with spearheading the Green Job Initiative and working with employers and educators to meet the needs of employers and expand the skilled workforce in Michigan‘s emerging Green industry. She came to DELEG with nearly 15 years of engineering and program management experience in various alternative energy industries, including advanced energy storage and clean transportation technologies. Beth will be responsible for the promotion of clean energy activities through the collaboration of events and communications, facilitating bi-weekly energy project team meetings, as well as other clean energy special assignments. Beth was most recently employed with Chrysler LLC and DaimlerChrysler Corporation, where she served on the Program Management team and managed the communication and strategic departments of the Hybrid Development Center and the Two-Mode Hybrid collaboration with General Motors, BMW Group, and Daimler AG. Beth also served as the deputy program manager in the Department of Energy Fuel Cell Fleet and Infrastructure Validation Program, and represented DaimlerChrysler in numerous government and technical organizations, auto shows and conferences, and various media and public relations events.

    Beth also served as a research scientist and project manager for Energy Conversion Devices and its subsidiaries, Ovonic Battery Company and Texaco Ovonic Hydrogen Systems. She co-authored nine international patents on advanced battery material development and assisted in bringing these materials and other advanced energy storage metal hydrides to pilot production and a variety of applications and programs, including GM‘s EV1 NiMH battery pack.

    She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota, and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

    Beth lives in Goodrich with her two children, Brock (16) and Kennedy (13) and enjoys spending her free time watching, playing and coaching soccer and volleyball.

    Tremaine Phillips. Tremaine is the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director. In his role at DELEG, Tremaine works closely with Acting Director Levin to streamline energy efficiency programs and funding in the city of Detroit, while also working to facilitate opportunities in key sectors of Michigan‘s clean energy economy. Prior to working at DELEG, Tremaine was the Energy Program Associate for the Michigan Environmental Council.

    A graduate of Michigan State University, Tremaine earned a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy, and a specialization in Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Studies. During his academic career, Tremaine worked as a student researcher for MSU‘s Cost

    and Returns Environmental Stewardship Team (CREST), student assistant for Director of the Office of Campus Sustainability, and conducted research in Brazil through the Nissan-WWF Environmental Leadership Program. Upon graduation, Tremaine was honored with the distinguished Richard Lee Featherstone Award for his leadership and intellectual curiosity outside of the traditional university curriculum.

    As an engaged resident of the Greater Lansing community, Tremaine is a co-founder and president of Accelerate Lansing, co-chair of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership Talent Attraction Strategy Team, board member of the Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition and active member of the Lansing chapter of the NAACP.

    Born outside of Youngstown, Ohio, Tremaine has lived in Michigan since early 2000. In his spare time, Tremaine enjoys spending time with family and friends, climbing, running, and studying cosmology.

A Message from the Director

    I have always believed in open communication and efforts to reach across traditional boundaries to encourage teamwork and make better use of our time and efforts. A great example of that is now taking place

    theach week in the Ottawa 4 floor conference room as representatives from up to nine different state departments and agencies come together to share information and work together to diversify Michigan‘s economy into alternative energy sectors.

    Wind, solar, battery and smart grid, bioenergy, energy efficiency and geothermal technologies are offering substantial opportunities for new Michigan jobs and green growth. The groups meeting in the Ottawa building are focused on each of those areas and include representatives from the DELEG Executive Office, the Governor‘s office, the Bureau of

    Energy Systems (BES), the Public Service Commission (PSC), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Bureau of Workforce Transformation (BWT), the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE), the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Department of Human Services (DHS).

    As I chair these meetings I am continually impressed with the knowledge and commitment of those at the table and more than ever convinced of the value of cross agency collaboration. During one meeting the PSC mentioned that Flint had an innovative waste management proposal before it utilizing cutting edge vortex technology, but no funding for testing. The BES was able to help find funding. During another the PSC and the BES realized that each was engaged in studies that address energy efficiency in new housing and that coordination would help both studies. The entire topic of how energy efficiency and weatherization measures might increase the market value of housing is now on the agenda for discussion between DELEG, BES, PSC, MSHDA, BWT and DHS. The DNRE has shared information on biofuels and concerns about air quality and the PSC has been able to gather support for legislation that would make funding available for businesses to add charging stations for electric vehicles.

    Diversifying Michigan‘s economy has been a main goal of Governor Granholm. Her efforts and those of our incredible DELEG employees,

    including those in the PSC, BES, BWT and Construction Codes, along with those of our partners in MSHDA, DHS and DNRE, are making it happen. Business Facilities Magazine recently ranked Michigan third among all 50 states in its list of Alternative Energy Industry Leaders. We now lead the nation in lithium ion battery manufacturing with 16 facilities and we are the home of the world‘s largest producer of polycrystalline silicone material for solar panels. Our wind turbine component manufacturing sector is steadily growing.

As we continue to share, communicate and collaborate, Michigan‘s newly

    diversified economy is moving forward, bringing new jobs that mean a brighter, cleaner, greener future.


Andrew S. Levin

    Acting Director

    Decorative Spring Lake Streetlights Retrofitted with Energy Efficient LED Lamps

    The Village of Spring Lake recently retrofitted 91 streetlights with energy efficient LEG lamps, thanks to funds from DELEG‘s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    ―We applaud the Village of Spring Lake for completing this project using a local contractor and American-made products,‖ DELEG Acting

    Director Andy Levin said.

    Improving energy efficiency will continue to be a priority for Spring Lake. Village Manager Ryan Cotton explained that completion of this project will serve as the kickoff for an addtional $16,000 investment in lighting retrofits yet this year.

MIOSHA Staff Gain Insight from

    Leaders on Leading Panel

    By Martha Yoder, MIOSHA Deputy Director

    The first Leaders on Leading panel was held as part of the MIOSHA Leadership Institute on August 10, 2010.

    The panel featured six leaders from outside MIOSHA who shared their perspectives, vision and advice for MIOSHA current and future leaders. Nearly 60 MIOSHA staff attended. The evaluations were very positive.

The panelists were:

    Chuck Clark, CEO, Clark Construction Company, Lansing;

    Rob Coppersmith, vice president, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA);

    Stephen Geskey, director, Unemployment Insurance Agency, DELEG; Andy Herbert, plant manager, Woodhaven Stamping Plant, Ford Motor Company;

    Dr. George Metropoulos, past president, Michigan Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association;

    Gregg Smith, CEO, New Center Stamping, Detroit.

    Jack Pyle, president of communications firm Face to Face Matters, served as moderator. Jack was instrumental in developing our initial MIOSHA Leadership Institute.

    In response to a question about how leadership challenges were handled, our panelists said:

    Greg Smith ―Develop your organization your people by building

    relationships. Motivate the team. Find the right people and work together. Don‘t take advantage of people. Have a clear vision of where the team is headed. Take on risk and control your destiny!‖

    Andy Herbert ―Following a fatality in 2008, we needed to review every aspect of our organization and identify what needed to change and what steps were needed to make the changes. Once that was accomplished, as a leader you have to preach it, do it, out there on the floor. You must follow-up to be sure that it is happening.‖

    Stephen Geskey ―For the past two years we have been working on a culture transformation. Key is respect for individuals in the agency, a willingness to take calculated risks, and meeting/talking with people.‖

    The session was videotaped for staff not able to attend, and CDs are available for loan. Please contact Kurt Wanamaker at if you would like to view a CD of this panel discussion.

    Photo cutline: Members of the Leaders on Leading panel, from left: Chuck Clark, Rob Coppersmith, Stephen Geskey, Andy Herbert, Dr. George Metropoulos, and Gregg Smith.

    Photo cutline: The audience enjoys a lighthearted moment during the Leaders on Leading panel.

USDA Commends UIA

    In a recent meeting with representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor‘s (USDOL) Region V Office, UIA staff was told that Michigan‘s unemployment insurance program has been one of the best in the country in terms of its reaction to the nation‘s fiscal troubles.

    ―Michigan has been one of the most innovative and proactive states in responding to the economic crisis,‖ the representatives said.

    The representatives cited the rapid creation of a fourth call center, the hiring of hundreds of additional staff, establishment of the ViPR Unit and the opening of additional problem resolution offices.

    ―Michigan has the knowledge, skills and experience that are needed to get UI programs up and running quickly, which has helped to get money into the state‘s economy,‖ they said.

    MIOSHA Invites Employers and Workers to Meet for Coffee, Learn about Benefits of Workplace Safety and Health

    The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is

    th celebrating its 35 anniversary during 2010. The agency uses

    milestone anniversary years to promote the benefits of workplace safety and health in protecting workers and improving the business bottom line.

    On August 16, MIOSHA sponsored 35 ―Coffee with MIOSHA‖ events across the state to reach new audiences to help ―Connect MIOSHA to Industry.‖ MIOSHA is partnering with BIGGBY COFFEE to sponsor events at 25 BIGGBY COFFEE shops throughout Michigan, and also held 10 events at independent shops. Approximately 85 MIOSHA staff participated in these events.

    ‖Recently we‘ve seen several dramatic examples of the costs of reacting to workplace incidents far exceeding the costs of preventing them,‖ said MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski. ―This unique partnership with BIGGBY COFFEE offers their customers the opportunity to share a cup of coffee with MIOSHA staff and learn the benefits of workplace safety and health.‖

The ―Coffee with MIOSHA‖ events provided an informal opportunity for

    employers and workers to meet with MIOSHA representatives (consultative and enforcement) to ask questions, obtain information on program services and resources, learn about MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI) opportunities, and establish rapport. Most locations included a MIOSHA representative from general industry safety, construction safety, and an industrial hygienist.

    ―This nontraditional approach helped us reach nearly 400 workers and employers and was a very successful event,‖ Doug said. ―The visitors

    our staff met with were very excited to be able to ‗Connect with MIOSHA‘ in this casual setting and strongly recommended we repeat this approach next year.‖

    BIGGBY COFFEE‘s director of marketing Nicole Maison said that BIGGBY generated buzz about the event by pushing the information out via its e-mail program and via social media. This allowed customers to see which sites were hosting the program and be a part of it. Stores also had signs printed and in the stores to help educate their regular daily customer base.

    ―The event went successfully and stores thought it was nice to see new customers walk in the doors. It was great to partner with MIOSHA so that we could get information out to our customers,‖ Nicole said.

    MIOSHA was created by Public Act 154 of 1974 and became effective in 1975. For more information about the MIOSHA program, visit the MIOSHA website at:, or contact the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division at (517) 322-1809.

    Photo cutline: A happy customer at the Auburn Hills BIGGBY smiles at the camera as onstruction safety officer Scott Hodge, seated, shares safety information.

    Photo cutline: At the Novi BIGGBY, CET senior industrial hygienist Kristin Osterkamp (seated, left) shares information with an official from the local fire department and a customer.

    Photo cutline: Asbestos Program Industrial Hygienist Scott Thelen (left) and General Industry Safety Officer Todd Strong (right) present a certificate of appreciation to Matt Morgan, owner of the BIGGBY COFFEE in Jackson.

    Photo cutline: Asbestos Program Industrial Hygienist Scott Thelen (left) and General Industry Safety Officer Todd Strong (right) present a certificate of appreciation to Matt Morgan, owner of the BIGGBY COFFEE in Jackson.

    A Wet and Wild Time was Had by All at UIA Fundraiser in Detroit

    On August 6, staff from the Unemployment Insurance Agency at Cadillac Place and the Detroit RICC held a fundraiser that left UIA Director Steve Geskey a little wet around the gills. The fundraiser‘s main attraction was a dunk tank with Steve as the featured ―dunkee.‖ For just $1, staff had the opportunity to test their skills at tossing a ball and hitting a target that sent Steve splashing into a cold water-filled tank. Fortunately for the fundraiser but unfortunately for Steve, many staff participated and many had excellent aim and good throwing arms. Besides being fun, the event raised $240 for a good cause. The UIA Unity Committee, which sponsored the fundraiser, will be donating the money to an organization called ―Looking for My Sister.‖ The organization provides services and shelter to men, women and children who have escaped or are trying to escape domestic violence.

    Photo cutline: UIA Director Steve Geskey winces with the anticipation of taking another plunge into an icy cold dunk tank.

    Photo cutline: Some treats you never outgrow. Kimberly Williams with the UIA Center for Learning and Development enjoys a fresh serving of cotton candy at the UIA fundraiser.

    Photo cutline: Nothing refreshes like an ice cold snow cone on a hot August day! Pam Newsome-Hartman with the Detroit RICC serves up a variety of flavors for her coworkers.

Saginaw RICC Beats Goals at Recent Blood Drive

    By Debra Sellner, Saginaw RICC

    Thank you to all who made our recent blood drive a success. A special thank you to the management team at the Saginaw RICC for allowing us the opportunity to host a blood drive here.

     Our goal was to get 20 pints of blood. Our final count was 21 pints actually donated! That is an increase of two pints from our last drive. It great to see continuous improvement with each drive.

    Additionally, we had seven first time donors, an increase of four over last time.

    To those who were able to donate, we appreciate what you did and hope you continue to donate in the future. To those who tried and were unable to donate, we hope you continue to try in the future. For those of you who did not sign up we hope you will consider it in the future.

DELEG Golf Outing 2010

    Ledge Meadows August 13

    The annual DELEG golf outing was held on August 13 at the Ledge Meadows golf course in Grand Ledge. A total of 108 DELEG employees, family members, and friends played, with first place going to the all men‘s team of Scott McFall, Chad Hartwick, Fred Rombyer and Justin Lustig with a score of 58. The winning all women‘s team was made up of Conni

    Thelen, Lynn Simons, Ruth Miller, and Brenda Schneider with a score of 72. The winning mixed team consisted of Bob Davis, Sherrie Davis, Dave Smith, and Grace Smith, with a score of 64. Mark your calendars for next year‘s outing — Friday, August 12, 2011.

    Photo cutline: The members of the winning women‘s team stop for a photo op (l-r): Ruth Miller, Lynn Simons, Conni Thelen and Brenda Schneider.

    Photo cutline: Ready to roll! A total of 47 teams gather to participate in the annual DELEG golf outing, held at Ledge Meadows in Grand Ledge.

    Photo cutline: Front Row: Charlie Collier, Linda Archer (retired),

    Terrilyn Jones, Staci Smith, Doug Kalinowski, & Conni Thelen. Back Row: Robin Spaulding, Connie O‘Neill, George Zagresky, Jimmy Hindman, Chuck Lorish (retired), Chad Ignatowski (resigned), & Craig Newell (retired).

    Photo cutline: OFIR staffers Mark Weigold, Brenda Gardner and Geno Bozzo watch as their teammate Jim Westrin addresses the ball.

    Photo cutline: Mel Lewis, second from right, joins the winning mixed team of Bob Davis, Dave Smith, Grace Smith, and Sherrie Davis.

    Photo cutline: Tammy Hernandez, Michael West, Michele Walker, and Bill Jones (DELEG retiree)

    Photo cutline: Frank Stevens, Sparky Hutting, Karen Towne and Paula Stevens

    Photo cutline: Larry Burnette, Chuck Lorish, and Robin Spaulding

    Photo cutline: Pat Dawdy, Bonnie Dawdy, Connie Droste, and Todd Droste

Photo cutline: An example of a problem that plagued one team all day

    putts that stopped just short of dropping into the cup.

Son of OFIR Employee Deemed ―Best of the Good‖

    Mike Cena, son of Linda Cena, manager of the Securities Section of the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR), is a winner of a 2010 Good Kid Scholarship.

    Lansing State Journal columnist John Schneider, a co-creator of the Good Kid Scholarship program along with Rick Galardi of DeWitt Township, announced the winners in his August 26 column.

    Mike, a 2010 Mason High School graduate, will study mechanical engineering at Michigan State University. In her letter nominating Mike for a scholarship, mom Linda wrote that Mike became ―the rock‖ on which she constantly leaned during her father‘s battle with cancer, and following his death, her mother‘s massive stroke.

    ―Mike slept on that cold hospital floor so Grandpa wouldn‘t be alone when he woke up during the night. After my dad died my mom had a massive stroke and Mike took right over helping out with her,‖ Linda said, ―My son spent his senior year taking care of everyone else, and I can‘t think of a better kid.‖

    The other two recipients of the $1,000 scholarships were:

    • Chris Ripley, Lansing Catholic High School. Chris will apply his scholarship toward tuition at Lansing Community College, where he‘ll study to become a firefighter.

    • Eric Parry, Holt High School. Eric will study forensic biology at Ferris State University.

    The Good Kid Scholarships were conceived by Schneider and Galardi 17 years ago as a way to reward those high school seniors who go out of their way to be helpful, kind, and compassionate, according to Schneider.

    ―These are kids who aren‘t necessarily top athletes, or scholars, but who excel in participatory compassion, kindness, good citizenship,‖ Schneider wrote.

    Schneider said the program is not about grade point averages, or the number of clubs a kid belongs to, but instead rewards kids with generous spirits, and a willingness to employ them to improve the world, in ways small and large.

    The sponsors of the scholarships are Rick and Nancy Galardi of DeWitt Township, the LeRoy and Lois Henry family, and Playmakers.

The 2010 SECC Campaign Kicks Off

    From now until October 15, the employees of the State of Michigan will be asked to contribute money for a variety of causes which support the communities in which they live, work, volunteer, and raise their families.

    Through the State Employees Charitable Campaign, we are being asked as employees of the State of Michigan to pledge to a charity (ies) of our choice through payroll deduction, check, credit card, or direct bill.

    In doing so, we proudly join thousands of employers everywhere in inviting workers to do their part in helping meet community needs

    related to: arts, culture, children, disabled, education, environment, families, health care, homelessness, hunger, seniors.

    The SECC is the umbrella agency for more than a thousand charitable organizations that provide a variety of assistance locally, nationally, and internationally. The SECC makes it easy for all of us to donate to the charitable causes that are meaningful to us.

    Last year, the generous employees of the State of Michigan gave a total of $1.5 million, and the State Employees Charitable Campaign has raised close to $44 million since its inception.

For a complete listing of kick-off activities, FAQ‘s, participating

    umbrella organizations and member agencies, and 25-word description of each charities mission and contact information, you are encouraged to visit For questions and inquiries directly related to DELEG feel free to contact Nicole Sunstrum, our 2010 department coordinator, at

On the Move

MIOSHA Construction Safety Officer DeWayne Cord Retires

    DeWayne Cord, senior safety officer in the Construction Safety and Health Division of MIOSHA, retired July 30, 2010 after 16 years. Dewayne‘s work area was in southwest Michigan where he worked

    diligently to protect workers on construction jobsites.

    Prior to his tenure with MIOSHA, DeWayne was a cement mason and also

    stthserved 14 months in Vietnam with the 1 Signal Brigade of the 25

    Infantry Division.

    Dewayne bought a new pickup truck and travel trailer just before he retired and is now enjoying his retirement traveling, camping, and kayaking with his wife and family.

    Photo cutline: MIOSHA Deputy Director Martha Yoder presents commendation letters to DeWayne Cord at his retirement party. The map in the background shows all the places he and his wife want to visit during his retirement.

UIA‘s ―Soup Lady‖ Retires

    You haven‘t seen her on the cooking channels or read her best selling cookbook yet. But maybe, just maybe, in the near future you will have the delectable pleasure of eating some of the best soup this side of the Mississippi, created by the Unemployment Insurance Agency‘s own Carley Raleigh.

    Carley has been a manager with UIA since 2002 and was affectionately known as the ―soup lady‖ at the Saginaw RICC. Unlike her more famous counterparts, Carley has created her famous chicken tortilla, stuffed pepper and potato soup under the watchful eyes and hungry bellies of her co-workers in the RICC lunchroom.

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