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Two MPAS Board Members Serve Out Their Terms

In compliance with Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. Board of Directors term limits, Ms. Donna DePalma and Mr. Ron Bush officially concluded their terms on the MPAS Board of Directors at the close of the September 16, 2014 annual meeting.

Ron Bush was elected to the Board of Directors in 2004 and served as the secretary of the Board from October 2007 through September 2009.  Through the years he maintained a friendly, supportive and inquisitive demeanor while consistently expecting excellence in the work that MPAS does.  "Ron never shied away from asking the hard questions and I know the agency is better because of that," said Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of MPAS. "He has an unquestionable loyalty to the mission of MPAS and we are indebted to him for his stellar service as a board member."

Donna DePalma joined the Board in 2002 and served twice as the secretary of the Board, from October 2005 through September 2007 and again from October 2009 through September 2011. Donna's hands-on experience with people with disabilities gave MPAS a perspective that has remained invaluable. "Donna was always willing to volunteer her time and talents regardless of the assignment," said Cerano. "Donna's participation in the MPAS Legislative Luncheons and her understanding of the public policy role and responsibilities of MPAS helped to increase the organization's credibility and standing with the state legislature."

The two vacant seats resulting from the departure of Mr. Bush and Ms. DePalma were filled by Douglas P. Olsen of East Lansing and Paul Palmer of Lansing.

Ms. Donna DePalma (top, middle) and Mr. Ron Bush (bottom, middle) with (From L to R) Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of MPAS, and Thomas Landry, First Vice President of the MPAS Board of Directors.

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September 26, 2014