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John Johnson, PDG, Board Chair
John Johnson, J.D., joined the St. Joseph Township Lions Club in 1982 and has since held every officer position in the Club. He has received several awards for his contributions to Lionism, including a Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lion of the Year, the Ken E. Lautzenheiser Award and the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation. Mr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University and a juris doctorate at Wayne State University Law School.
Robert Sturgis, PDG, Vice-Chair
Robert Sturgis is a retired tool and die maker at General Motors and has been an active Lions Club member for more than 30 years, serving on numerous district and state committees. He was Lions District 11 D-1 Governor from 1999-00. In Lionism, Mr. Sturgis is a Melvin Jones Fellow with two International President’s Leadership Medals and five International President’s Certificates of Appreciation. He attended Flint Junior College and the General Motors Institute.
William (Bill) Munsell, Treasurer
Bill Munsell was a Financial Aid Director at Lake Superior State University for 30 years before retiring in 1998. He is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club and the Lions of Michigan Service Foundation Board. Mr. Munsell volunteers for the United Way and the Boy Scouts of America and is also president of the Upper Peninsula Board of Realtors.
Terry Walters, PDG, Secretary
Terry Walters worked in the education field for 39 years, beginning as a middle school math teacher for the Dexter School System and retiring from Saline Area Schools in 2005 as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. He has been a member of the Dexter Lions for 13 years and has received several awards for his contributions to Lionism, including the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the Ken Lautzenheiser Award, the Wendell Doty Award and the International Presidential Medal. Mr. Walters received a bachelor’s in match education from Michigan State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University.
Gary Babcock, PDG, Past Board Chair
Gary Babcock has been a Lion for more than 30 years. He has served multiple officer positions, including District Governor, Vice District Governor, Cabinet Treasurer, Zone Chairman and is Treasurer of the Lions of Michigan Foundation. Mr. Babcock is also a trustee and board member for the Napoleon United Methodist Church. He was awarded the Lions Clubs International Distinguished Leadership Medal, the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the John S. and Noel Benefactor Awards, the Ken Lautzenheiser Service Award, two International President’s Appreciation Awards and two District Governor’s Appreciation Awards. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ferris State University.
Busharat Ahmad, M.D., FACS
Busharat Ahmad, M.D., practiced ophthalmology for more than 30 years and was president of the Eye Bank Association of America from 1984-85. He is currently a representative of the American Academy of Ophthalmology to the American Council on Transplantation and the HUDA Charitable Medical Clinic. Dr. Ahmad has received several awards for his contributions to medicine, including the George Tarjan Memorial Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Presidential Citation from Michigan State Medical Society, the Exemplary Service Award, the Benjamin Rush Award from the American Medical Association and the Man of the Year Award from Kiwanis International.
William D. Barr, Ed.D., PDG
“Doc” Barr, Ed.D., worked in the education field for more than 40 years, holding a variety of positions from elementary school teacher to superintendent of schools. He received a doctorate in education from Wayne State University and has worked in a supervisory capacity in the areas of curriculum development, school bond issue elections and computer network development. Mr. Barr is a longtime member of the Novi Lions Club.
Don Brown has worked as a Sales Consultant at Tapper Automotive in Paw Paw for 32 years. He organizes community affairs for Tapper Automotive and has been an active public member, coaching youth and high school sports.
Mr. Brown has been a part of the Lions Club for 28 years, serving as the district president three times, taking on a variety of other leadership positions and receiving multiple awards for his contributions.
Edwin Harwood is a Member of Harwood Investment Strategies in Monroe. In August 2014, he was named one of Monroe County’s “20 Before 40: Rising Stars Making a Difference in Their Communities” by the Monroe News & Bedford Now. Mr. Harwood also serves as a member of the Executive Board for Caring Alternatives, Inc., is a member of the Rotary Club of Monroe and is on the Ann Arbor Local Officers’ Compensation Commission. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan.
Susan MacKellar, CEP
Susan MacKellar has owned and operated Paper Moon Wedding and Event Specialists since 1980. She has served as a board member for numerous community organizations, including the Midland Chamber of Commerce, Circle Mall Business Association, Northwood University’s Town & Campus, MidMichigan Hospitals and Campfire Boys and Girls. Ms. MacKellar is the recipient of Northwood University’s Distinguished Women’s Award, the Girl Scouts of America Women of Distinction Award and the Athena Award. She is a licensed residential builder in Michigan, and was formerly a licensed private pilot until she could no longer pass a flight physical because of vision loss. She received a cornea transplant in March of 2009.
William (Bill) Simpson, PDG
Bill Simpson, a Michigan business owner and operator for 30 years, is a trustee for the Lions of Michigan Foundation. He has also served as a Lions District Governor from 2012-13 and is a graduate of both the Lions Higgins Lake Leadership Training and graduate schools. Through Lionism, Mr. Simpson was presented with the Ken Lautzenheiser award, the Melvin Jones Fellowship and the International President’s Leadership Award. He has also served on the City of Big Rapids Planning Board for five years. Mr. Simpson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Michigan University.
Zajac has been a dairy farmer for more than 32 years and a co-owner of a small business for 14 years. She’s an active member of the Kingston Lions Club and has served as a district governor and on multiple district committees. Zajac is a volunteer medical first responder for the Kingston Fire and Rescue and serves on the Kingston Township zone board of appeals. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from Michigan State University and a teacher certification in biology and history from Saginaw Valley State University.
Patty Jo Herndon, Non-Officer Member
Patty Jo serves on the Eversight Board, as well as Eversight Michigan. She is the President and CEO of the Michigan Donor Family Council and also serves as the President of the Gift of Life Foundation. Patty Jo became involved in the organ donation community following the passing of her sister, Ellen, in 1997. Patty Jo remembers walking out of the hospital room, after saying goodbye to Ellen, and the emergency room doctor holding her hands and telling her what an incredible gift that the family was giving at such a difficult time. Donating Ellen’s organs has affected her family in a positive way, as Ellen is living on in others. In 2015, her sister, Maureen, passed away and her corneas were donated, which will help provide scientists with the resources they need to find new cures and treatments for blinding eye conditions. Patty Jo retired in 2012, after 30 years in the insurance industry. She and her husband reside in Plymouth, MI and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Diana Kern, Executive Director
Diana joined Eversight Michigan in January, 2016. As part of her role, she oversees operations and drives philanthropic development in support of Eversight’s ongoing efforts to restore sight and prevent blindness through cornea donation, transplantation and research. Diana brings more than a decade of nonprofit experience to Eversight, including work in areas of fund development, budget management and staff development. She most recently worked as Vice President of Programs for NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work), an Ann Arbor-based organization that provides educational, consultative and technological tools and solutions to nonprofit organizations. Diana is a graduate of Oakland University, and has a long and extensive history as a volunteer in the Ann Arbor community.
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