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Elaina Marinik

My education at Lake State taught me not only the basics of exercise science and health and wellness but prepared me for my future research career. I became involved in national organizations, improved my networking skills to create working relationships, and ended up with an amazing paid internship that turned into a 3-year research professional position at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Now in graduate school pursuing a doctorate degree at Virginia Tech, I rely on the knowledge I acquired at Lake State and put it to practice daily while discussing health-related topics in class or conducting obesity and inflammation research in our laboratory.

Elaina Marinik
Exercise Science Alum,
Graduate Student,
Virginia Tech.

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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.

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Liberal Studies
Remus, MI

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