Ron Long – Director & President
Ron has committed his time/energy to our club, and has previously been very hands on, and active in the Tuscola County MSU Alumni Club, serving as Treasure, Vice President, and President. Ron graduated from MSU in 1982 with a Business Bachelor of Arts-Accounting degree. Ron is married to Olga, and has five children ages 19-28. Ron has been a resident of Livingston County for four years. Ron is currently the President and CEO of First National Bank in Howell. Ron would like to meet more fellow Spartans, and recruit additional Spartans, to get involved in our club. Ron looks forward to a long, and fruitful membership with the Livingston County Alumni Association.
Jillian Yancho – Director & Vice President
Jillian was born and raised in Grand Rapids to a strong Spartan tradition (8 alumni family members to date). She received her BA from James Madison College (International Relations) at MSU in 1993. Following that she worked as a lobbyist for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association for five years. She decided to return to State to obtain her teaching certificate in elementary education. Jillian taught in Brighton and Fenton until her first child was born. She and her husband David (MSU alumni 1993) live in Howell with their three children. Currently, she substitute teaches in Hartland and volunteers as a Girl Scout leader and catechism teacher. Jillian is an avid Spartan fan and enjoys attending various sporting events with her family.
Janine Novak – Director & Secretary
Janine Novak graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management, and an M.B.A. in Materials and Logistics Management. Janine was born in Battle Creek, and grew up on a dairy farm in Eaton County. Bruce, Janine’s husband is also an MSU graduate in Finance. Janine and Bruce moved to Brighton in 1997 after being transferred from General Motors in Lansing to South East Michigan. Both are avid MSU fans attending football, basketball, and Wharton Center performances when time permits.
Lois Halsted – Director & Chairperson, Scholarship Committee
Lois (Greenleaf) Halsted grew up not only in Lansing, but also in Columbus, Ohio. The daughter of an Agric. Professor at both universities, Lois had no problem choosing her future profession. She taught middle school children in Monroe Co. for 32 years. Lee, Lois’s husband and she graduated from MSU in 69 and 70 respectively. In 1973, Lee returned to study Optometry at OSU and Lois easily found a teaching position in Worthington. Returning to Michigan in 1977 with a MS in reading, curriculum and development, Lois and Lee settled in Plymouth. They are avid MSU supporters and proud to say their children, Kristen and her husband are also Alums. In 2006, the Halsteds moved to Livingston County. Both are active in Rotary Clubs and volunteer at Gleaner’s Shared Harvest Pantry. Lois is an adult literacy trainer. She works with Livingston County Literacy Coalition placing adults who need literacy help here in the county with trained adult tutors. The Halsteds enjoy living in the Howell area so much and wonder why they didn’t make the move sooner. “We are so much closer to MSU activities!”
Christina Kafkakis – Director
Christina was born in Flint, and after seeing her brother attend MSU, decided that it was the only place for her. Graduating with a degree in Food Technology & Management in 1998, she has worked in quality control, technical services, sales & marketing, and account management.
In 2001, she moved to Livingston County. In 2005, she and Nick (BSEE, ’95) were married at the Alumni Memorial Chapel, with their reception at the Union. Of course, Sparty was in attendance! In 2009, she began her portrait photography business, Christina Maria Photo and Design. Christina, Nick, and their four children reside in Brighton.
Besides her family & photography, Christina loves to golf, bowl, cook, read, and play various word games including Scrabble®. She is a founding member of LAMB, a support group for parents whom have suffered the loss of a baby, and is also a volunteer photographer for Flashes of Hope, a charitable photography association.
Anne Parker – Director Emeritus
Born in Chicago, graduated from high school in Louisiana and made one of the best decisions of her life to attend MSU.
Anne graduated in 1965 with a degree in Accounting. She is retired from General Motors.
Anne and Jim have been residents of Livingston County for fourteen years. They are season ticket holders of football and basketball for well over thirty years.
Norm Crain – Director
Norm, a native of Livingston County, started in the automobile business in 1979 at a Chrysler dealership in Livonia, then moved to a GM dealer in 1981 and spent the majority of my 30 plus years at GM dealerships. He started in sales and held multiple positions including sales and business management. Norm finished his career as a division manager and trainer, with a company that worked with dealers across the country offering computer software and training for sales and financing. Since retiring in 2009, he has taken up wood working, enjoying a variety of projects such as, outdoor furniture, boxes of all kinds, indoor furniture, also wood furniture refinishing, and resotration. He is currently a full time bus driver for Hartland Public Schools. Norm and JoAnne are avid Spartans attending a variety of sporting events and Wharton Center.
Lorna (Rau) Durand – Director
Michigan State University, B.A., 1972-Special Education; Marygrove College, M.A., 1976-Special Education; Eastern Michigan University, Specialist in Arts, 1986-Elementary and Special Education Administration. I was a teacher and administrator in Livonia Public Schools for 37 years. I retired in 2010 and am currently involved with Livonia Public Schools as a Foundation Board Member; St. George Lutheran Church Council as Recording Secretary; “Stand Up, Speak Up” program as a participant developing programs to empower children to effectively deal with bullying behaviors; Livingston County Literacy Coalition as a Steering Committee Member; and the MSU Alumni Club of Livingston County. I am married, reside in Genoa Township and have three daughters and six grandchildren.
Linda Purchase – Director Emeritus
Linda graduated from the College of Nursing in 1981. When she started the nursing program, it was the School of Nursing. It was a proud moment when the nursing program was recognized as a College. Linda is a small business owner and has been an independent nurse case manager for nearly 20 years. The skills she acquired at MSU have helped her to be successful.
Linda and her husband Dave, with the family, tailgate and attend football games together. All their grandchildren love being on campus. She has been involved with the MSU Livingston County Alumni Club since its inception and has been on the planning committee for the two fundraising Spartan Galas that have been held to date. She and Dave have used their MSU decked out ambulance in the local 4th of July parade to promote interest in our Club. And yes, the lights flash green and white!!
Lindsey Ross – Director & Chairperson, Young Alumni
Lindsey is a 2005 graduate of the MSU College of Social Science with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Relations and Interdisciplinary Studies. She also received her MBA from the University of Phoenix (earned while working full time in admissions for the University). Currently Lindsey is employed as a Senior Technical Recruiter at HRU Technical Resources, a technical recruiting and staffing company with 30 years of specialization in the recruitment and placement of Engineering, Supervisory, IT as well as a variety of other Technical professionals. During her undergraduate coursework at MSU she served as an in school coordinator for the Young Spartan Program recruiting volunteers for reading and math tutoring opportunities aiding elementary school students in the Lansing and East Lansing public school districts.
Lindsey and her husband, Stephen Ross (also a graduate of Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business – Supply Chain) recently bought their first home in Brighton and have a great desire to get involved in our community – especially our Livingston County Spartan community!
Jack Sisak – Director
Jack grew up in Racine, WI and made his decision to attend MSU after visiting the campus for a scholarship competition. He completed a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. He then completed a four year stint in the Air Force as a C5A navigator, and a three year stint at Penn State University as a research engineer. He returned to Michigan in 1979 to take a position at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) in Ann Arbor, ERIM was acquired by General Dynamics in 2005. John has been working for ERIM/GD for the past 35 years. In 1986 Jack and his wife Kate moved from enemy territory (Ann Arbor), to Pinckney, in Livingston County. Jack and Kate currently reside in Howell, They are avid Spartan fans, having had season tickets for football, and hockey for many years.
Delores Corden – Director
Growing up & watching one family member after the other taking the plunge at MSU, Delores decided upon high school graduation to test the waters herself, and she never looked back! Green & White for life! Including EMU where she earned her MA!
Delores commuted to Detroit for 40 years to enlighten the minds of the visually impaired! (And, yes, there are amazing, dedicated teachers in DPS)! Delores and her MSU husband have been wed for 46 (whew!) years, have three children, all with majors in the medical field! So proud! Interestingly, Pam toured with Disney on Ice, taking Bob & Delores to far-away places including Europe & Australia!
Retirement has allowed her to switch gears, besides relaxing with my morning Java, she volunteers in the community, dabbles in line dancing, attends MSU basketball home games, & enjoys her most precious gifts of all, five grandsons!!!!
Elizeth Ayala-Rodriguez – Director
Elizeth is a current MSU undergrad alumni expected to graduate May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social science and triple minor; the first is a Health & Society minor from the college of Social Science, the second is a minor in Health Promotion from the college of Education and the third minor in Bioethics Health & Society from the college of Human Medicine.
She has worked in the medical field since 2007 and anticipates to pursue a career in health administration in a local hospital.
Excited to graduate and sad to leave MSU, Elizeth joined the Livingston Alumni Association in hopes to be an inspiring MSU representative and to remain connected to the university after graduation. Outside of school, she loves to spend time with her family and friends as well as take trips around the lovely state of Michigan.