Tim Ayers, Professional Advisory Board

Mr. Timothy Ayres (2017) 
Fluid Chillers, Inc.
2730 Alpha Access Street
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 484-9190

More about Timothy Ayres

  • Graduated from LSSU in December 1990
  • Graduated with B.S. in Business Administration
  • President of Fluid Chillers, Inc. located in Lansing, MI
  • Lives in Mason, MI
Jay Brogan, Professional Advisory Board

Mr. James (Jay) Brogan III (Chairman) 2012
Hiawatha Communications, Inc.
108 W. Superior Street
Munising, MI 49862
(906) 387-0052

More About Mr. James Brogan III

  • Graduated LSSU in 1989
  • Has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and an Associate of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology
  • President, Chief Executive and a member of the Board of Directors of Hiawatha Communications Inc. located in Munising, MI
  • Vice President and Managing Partner of Peninsula Fiber Network LLC, located in Marquette, MI
Pat Caruso

More About Ms. Patricia L. Caruso

  • Received a B.A. in political science and sociology from LSSU
  • Graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Arts in comprehensive occupational education
  • Spent 23 years with Michigan Department of Corrections
    • Nine years as a warden
    • Seven plus years as the Director of the Department
    • Served as a cabinet member to Governor Jennifer Granholm
    • Retired January 1, 2011
  • Married to her husband Stan for 40 years and has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren

Mr. Samuel Gilbert (2019)
Credit Research Analyst
Victory Capital Advisors, Inc.
480 Pierce Street, 3 rd Floor
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 530-7166

More About Mr. Samuel Gilbert

More About Mr. Kerry M. Jones

  • Graduated from Ferris State University in 1984, received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administrative(insurance)
  • 32 years in the insurance industry
  • Retired from his independent insurance agency in 2016
  • Licensed Insurance Counselor, Certified Insurance Counselor and a Licensed Resident Agent in the state of MI.
Brenda Lippens, Professional Advisory Board

Ms. Brenda S. Lippens (2014)
President & CEO
Delta County Credit Union
P.O. Box 756, 2600 1 st Avenue S.
Escanaba, MI 49829
(906) 786-7213

More About Ms. Brenda S. Lippens

  • Graduated LSSU in 1987 with a bachelors in Accounting
  • Received her MBA though LSSU in 1992
  • Has been both President and CEO at Delta County Credit Union since 2002
  • Worked 17 years for a community bank
  • Serves on the PAB at LSSU, also on Bay College’s Accounting Advisory board since 1989
  • Has two daughters
  • Enjoys reading, traveling and spending time at her cottage
JoAnne Lussier, Professional Advisory Board

Ms. JoAnne Lussier (2012)
Sault Area Career Center
904 Marquette Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(906) 635-3839 Ext. 5901

More About Ms. JoAnne Lussier

  • Attended LSSU and received an Associate’s Degree in Office Administration
  • Received her Bachelor’s in Secondary Education from Northern Michigan University
  • Received her Master’s Degree from Ferris State University in CTE Administration
  • Currently in her 9th year as Director of Career Technical Education at Sault Area High School and Career Center
  • Taught Business education at the Sault Area High School and Malcolm High School
  • Taught Computers at the Sault Area Middle School and grades K-8 at St. Mary’s School
Cathy Mason, Professional Advisory Board

Ms. Cathy Mason (2012)
Senior Vice-President
Central Savings Bank
511 Bingham Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(906) 253-1201

More About Ms. Cathy Mason

  • Graduated LSSU in 1980
  • Joined the LSSU Professional Advisory Board in 2012
  • Started career at Central Savings Bank in 1978
    • Began as clerk-typist and worked her way up to Sr. Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Directors
  • Member of the War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
  • Enjoys volunteering, traveling, certified in scuba diving, and loves to garden.
  • Lives in Brimley, MI
  • Married to her husband Steve for 39 years and has two children

More About Ms. Katie Pepin

  • Graduated LSSU in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with honors
  • Controller of Precision Edge Surgical Products Company LLC
  • Certified Public Accountant in August of 1991
  • Over 30 years of diverse experience in Public, Tax, Non-Profit, ERP system, and Manufacturing Accounting
  • Board of Control Distinguished Scholarship Recipient for LSSU
Peter Petainen International Bridge Administration, Professional Advisory Board

More About Mr. Peter Petainen

  • Graduated LSSU with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • The General Manager of the International Bridge Administrative
  • Administrative entity within the Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Became IBA General Manager in 2016
  • Has experience as an independent auditor, a licensed commercial pilot, and served as an officer in the Canadian Forces
  • Lives in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario with his wife and kids

Ms. Ferne Sherlund (2018)
Human Resource Manager
Superior Fabrication Company LLC
17499 South Dolan
Kincheloe, MI 49788
(906) 495-5634 X115 or (906) 203-0877 (Cell)

More About Ms. Ferne Sherlund