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Maria DiValentin

"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

Board of Trustees


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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Geoff works as a paramedic for Kinross EMS. During holidays and school breaks he works in the Detroit metro area for Medic One Ambulance and Hart Medical EMS as a paramedic for both agencies. [ more ]

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