Instructor -- Ali Goodhall
Instructor -- Amanda Huszti
Instructor -- Terry King
Terry is the CEO of Action Leaders Inc; a consulting, training, and coaching organization that helps small businesses outpace their competition and business leaders transform themselves into vibrant, self-confident, value driven achievers. Before establishing Action Leaders, Terry spent 10 years as a human resources innovator and trendsetter, as well as 5 years as a paramedic. Terry also has 9 years experience as a customer service manager, training employees to deliver the highest standards of performance. Terry is no stranger to helping people. He has spent over 18 years as an innovator and corporate leader, training, motivating and guiding people into rewarding careers. Terry is an energetic and dynamic motivational speaker. Terry does and has served on several boards in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Instructor -- Annie McGuigan Fenton
Instructor -- Janet Rentsch
Janet is the Director of Sponsored Programs at Saginaw Valley State University. Janet is responsible in assisting faculty and staff in identifying funding sources; crafting a competitive proposal, including analysis of the proposal; assisting faculty with boilerplate and technical/business elements of the application; and steering the application through the administrative processes and offices, including Internal Review Board and compliance training once funded. Janet also guide the internal application and review at the University (7 programs yearly), instruct on agency priorities, communicate with program officers, and instruct on how to develop a grant application to address targeted areas within the faculty member’s discipline and interest. This approach yields a high success rate, keeps the investigator in high responsibility mode, receives funding, and keeps the faculty engaged in the larger part of the research enterprise. This process also prepared faculty and staff to mentor colleagues in their fields of research. During the FY10 fiscal period—July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010—$3,690,499 was awarded for research and sponsored projects. In addition to support for research-related activities, grants and contracts support education, student services, and program development projects. A total of 100 proposals were submitted to external sponsors during fiscal year 2010. Janet lives in Midland with her husband; their four sons were educated in Midland and attended colleges in Michigan.
Instructor -- Chris Tointon
Chris Tointon is president and chief executive officer of Greater Midland Community Centers, Inc. He joined GMCC in 2003 as executive director of the Midland Community Center and was promoted to his current role in 2005.Chris is a native of Illinois and came to Midland from Elmhurst, Ill., where he was executive director of the Elmhurst YMCA. He began his career in recreation and social services at the age of 12, when he became the leader of his local parks and recreation department’s t-ball program. Chris has held a variety of roles, including camp counselor, sports coordinator, senior program director, operations director and executive director of recreation organizations throughout the Midwest. He is a member of the Midland Kids First Executive Board, Midland Downtown Development Authority Creating Cool Committee, Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership Institute Steering Committee, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Regional Customer Advisory Panel. Chris is a Rotarian and a graduate of both Leadership Midland and Leadership Michigan. In 2006, Chris was awarded the Ruby Award, which honors individuals younger than 40 for excelling in their professions. And in 2009, he was named a Rising Star by Junior Achievement of Central Michigan. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from North Central College in Illinois. He resides in Midland with his wife Becca and his two young children.
Instructor -- Leanne Van Beek
Leanne VanBeek is the Director of Corporate Services for the Greater Midland Community Centers, Inc. In that role, she is responsible for marketing and communications, including building and shaping market brand, growing community presence, and establishing beneficial partnerships. Additionally, Leanne serves as project manager for strategic initiatives in marketing, communications, employee development, company culture, and performance management, and also leads Greater Reach, the consulting services arm of Greater Midland. She is a certified trainer and leads trainings related to on-boarding and orientation, program and service expectations, employee development and performance management, work team dynamics, and compliance trainings as needed. Leanne has a decade of experience in the non-profit wellness and recreation industry. She is cited for her strong skills in communication and presentation, building collaboration across the organization, and ability to develop employees.