Lake Superior State University
Lake Superior State University
 
Related Sites

 

Alum Success

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.

Board of Trustees

Member

Sandi Frost Steensma (formerly Parrish)

Sandi Frost Steensma is President and Founder of Parrish Consulting, a non-profit consulting business specializing in annual fundraising, capacity building, capital campaigns, and endowment fundraising. Sandi has more than 20 years of experience in successful fundraising serving as a consultant and/or serving agencies as Development Director and/or Executive Director. She worked as a consultant for a regional firm for eight years prior to founding Parrish Consulting in 2007 and served Hospice of Michigan as statewide Director of Development and as Executive Director of the Grand Rapids office. In addition to achieving her CFRE more than fifteen years ago, Sandi was named a member of the prestigious Kellogg Foundation College of Consultants in 2008.

Sandi has worked with many types of non-profit agencies including arts organizations, health care agencies, social services agencies, libraries and associations. She has served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors and has trained at local, statewide and national conferences. Sandi holds her BA from the University of Colorado and her Masters of Management from Aquinas College. She is a graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids and was a 2007 Fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership program at Michigan State University.

Sandi is active in many community organizations and served as an elected County Commissioner serving Cascade Township, Lowell Township, Bowne Township and Caledonia Township from 2007-2014. Her colleagues elected her Chair of the County Commission in January 2010, 2011 and again in 2012.

In January 2014, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Sandi to the Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees.

Top Engineers

SME

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Tied with: Eastern Michigan University

Second Place
Lawrence Technological University

Third Place
Western Michigan University

Other participants included: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ferris State University

2000 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Region 6 Conference

Student Design and Build Competition

March 25, 2000
Lansing, Mich.

[ more ]

Apply Today!

Home » Sandi Frost Steensma
Share this page with your friends: