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Long-Serving MPAS Board Members Retire

Image of Board Member Susan Odgers with Representative Schmidt, Kate Pew Wolters and Elmer L. Cerano

Odgers, Swegles both served as President of the Board of Directors in their tenure

(LANSING)-Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) paid tribute to retiring board members, Susan Odgers and Frederick (Rick) Swegles, at their September Board of Directors meeting.

“Both Susan and Rick’s positive impact on the agency’s ability to fulfill our mission will be evident for decades to come,” said Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of MPAS.

Susan Odgers served on the Board of Directors for 17 years, serving as president from 1999-2001. Susan led in the selection of a new executive director in 2001 and  helped establish the fundraising committee and essay award. Susan is a well respected advocate for individuals with disabilities and has spoken at the National Disability Rights Network  (NDRN) annual conference in Washington D.C. and has met with state and national policy makers on behalf of the agency and those the agency represents.

Image of Rick Swegles with MPAS award and State of Michigan tributeRick Swegles served on the Board of Directors for 16 years. In that time he held the office of   treasurer from 1999 to 2001, vice president from 2001 to 2003 and president from 2003 to 2005. Rick advocated on behalf of the agency and its clients with state and national policy makers while maintaining a law practice which also dedicated a portion of its efforts to assisting clients on disability related issues

“Both of our outgoing board members educated policy makers and advocated for the rights of persons with disabilities with great passion and persuasion,” continued Cerano. “MPAS wholeheartedly wishes Rick and Susan the best of luck as they continue their advocacy mission.”

Both Susan and Rick received honorary tributes signed by Gov. Rick Snyder from their respective state representatives and senators.





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September 24, 2013