Tim Ayers, Professional Advisory Board

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

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

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

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