A Warm Welcome to New CAS Alumni Board Officers & Members

Posted on: January 14, 2014

SpartyWe are so very fortunate to have such an extraordinary pool of talented (and well educated) alumni to draw from for the CAS Alumni Board. When you have an alumni base that truly sees Spartans as family and wants the absolute best for our university, college and students, the opportunities are limitless.

Our alumni board members serve first and foremost as role models, mentors and inspiration to our students. Our students know that our alumni, too, walked the halls of the CAS building as students, wondering what the future held for them not so long ago. When alumni come back to share their expertise, students listen intently and pepper them with lots of questions.

Another important contribution board members make is providing suggestions to me, the department chairs, faculty and staff to ensure the college stays ahead of the curve when it comes to providing formal and informal learning opportunities for students. Our board members live on the forefront of today's marketplace and know firsthand what our students need to know and do to succeed.

Hopefully you read about new alumni board President Clark Bunting (B.A. Advertising '77; M.A. Communication '84) in the CAS News Alumni All-Stars feature last week. This week, the new Alumni Board Vice President Phil Bertolini (B.A. Telecommunications '85) is featured, and in the following weeks, CAS News will profile new Treasurer Erika Myers (B.A., Journalism '97), and new board members as well.

In addition to serving as president of the CAS Alumni Board, Clark Bunting is also the new president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association. He has served one three-year term on the board and began his second term in January. This former president of the Discovery Channel and native Detroiter bleeds Spartan green and was honored with MSU's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. Bunting was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters by MSU in 2001, when he was invited to deliver the commencement speech.

Fellow Spartan Phil Bertolini, our new board VP, has also had a stellar career in the IT arena and currently serves as deputy county executive and CIO for Oakland County. He was a 2010 CAS Outstanding Alumni Award recipient and just completed his first three-year term on the CAS Alumni Board. Bertolini is known as an innovator, recognized in 2012 in a White House ceremony as a "Champion of Change" for doing extraordinary things to make a difference in communities. He also was recognized as one of only four people by Crain's Detroit Business as a 2013 CIO of the year.

Erika Myers, our new board treasurer, is a project manager for Stryker and serves on the National Board of Directors for MSU's Alumni Association as well. She joined the CAS Alumni Board in 2009 and is in her second three-year term. Much of Erika's career has focused on the health care industry, working with medical device and pharmaceutical companies. At Stryker, she manages social media platforms, email marketing, global surgical education portals, the user-interface pipeline for mobile applications and websites. She is also notorious for running.

Four new board members officially began their first terms on the CAS Alumni Board this January and include:

  • M. L. Elrick, a 1990 journalism graduate and investigative reporter with WJBKcascas-TV/Channel 2 in the Detroit area. Elrick has been a frequent guest speaker at CAS and was awarded the 2013 CAS Outstanding Alumni Award.
  • Jeff Genthner, a 1980 telecommunication graduate and senior vice president and general manager for Fox Sports South. Genthner has visited the college several times in the past few years. Most recently, he participated in the 2013 Spartan Sports Journalism Classic and was a guest on WKAR's Current Sports TV with host and fellow alum Al Martin, which aired Jan. 1, 2014. He was awarded the CAS Outstanding Alumni Award in 2013.
  • Susan Goldberg is a 1984 journalism graduate and executive editor for federal, state and local news with Bloomberg News. Goldberg has established an annual scholarship in her name for the School of Journalism and was a 2005 CAS Outstanding Alumni Award recipient.
  • Chelsey Susin Kantor is a 2007 advertising graduate and product marketing manager for G+ Thought Leadership. She has been active in the Media Sandbox since its inception and received the 2013 CAS Rising Star Award.

Please join me in welcoming these dynamic new members to the board. With Clark, Phil and Erika as officers and these new additions to the board, complemented by 12 equally impressive alumni already on the board, you can expect to see CAS outreach efforts become quite exciting and fun in the future.

Hopefully you are as thrilled as I am about our new board officers and members and will reach out to our Alumni Relations Coordinator Rachael Zylstra and Senior Director of Advancement Meredith Jagutis to explore how you can support the college.

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