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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

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Mark W. Mercer D.D.S.

Dr. Mercer is a 1973 graduate of LSSU with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University Of Detroit School Of Dentistry in 1979. Following graduation he opened a private dental practice in St Ignace Michigan. Dr. Mercer also works with his wife, Dr. Johnna Driscoll at her dental practice in Petoskey Michigan. He served on the LSSU Foundation Board from 1982 to 1995 and as its chair in 1987 to 1988. He currently is the chair of Mackinac Associates, the fund raising arm of the Mackinac Island State Parks Commission. He has also served on several other foundation boards in the past.

Dr. Mercer and his wife and daughter live in Harbor Springs Michigan and have two other grown children.

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