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Alumni Spotlight: Terry Beurer ’80 Takes on Statewide Leadership Role in Michigan

By Doug Goodnough

Terry Beurer ’80

Terry Beurer ’80 considers himself to be a people person. As someone who supervises staff in Michigan’s 83 counties, drives approximately 4,000 miles per month and has to be able to respond at a moment’s notice, he has to be.

Beurer, who was named the director of Field Operations for the Michigan Department of Human Services in January, said he is ready for the new challenge his promotion offers.

“In my job, it’s something new every day,” said Beurer, who served as acting director for six months before being named permanent director. “I am heavily involved in labor relations and personnel issues (as well as) the day-to-day operations of the county offices to make sure we are pushing forward the mission and the vision of the department.” Read more . . .

Alumni Spotlight: Spreading Goodwill in West Michigan

Kathy Crosby ’93, ’06/MA Has Spent her 30-year career helping others

By Sara Catlett

Kathy Crosby ’93, ’06/MA
Goodwill of Greater
Grand Rapids CEO

Editor’s Note: This is an edited feature that ran in the November 2011 issue of Women’s Lifestyle Magazine. This is used with permission.

You can never be too kind or too generous.” These are the words of Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids CEO Kathy Crosby’s screen saver, which set the pace for her work each day. Her 30-year career with Goodwill has been motivated by these principals from the start.

Crosby ’93, ’06/MA started her career with Goodwill in 1980 as an office clerk in Detroit. A self-proclaimed late bloomer, she started college in her 30s, earning her Bach- elor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Siena Heights University’s Metro Detroit Program. From there she went on to earn her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from SHU. In the late 1990s, she transferred to the Goodwill office in Bethesda, Md., where she won a scholarship to the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, earning her executive MBA in 2006. Read more . . .

Alumni Spotlight: Reporting for Duty

Beth McCullough ’86 is on the Front Lines of Homeless Education with Roadmap to Graduation Program

Beth McCullough
Siena Heights ’86

Before 2001, there weren’t many students reported homeless in Lenawee County.

However, Beth Friedline McCullough knew there were, plenty of them, in fact, when she started as the homeless liaison for Adrian Public Schools more than 11 years ago.

“Some people politely said, ‘We didn’t have homeless people until you came.’” McCullough said. “I said, ‘That’s not true. It’s just because nobody counted.’”

Last year, more than 600 students were reported homeless in Lenawee County. The 1986 Siena Heights University graduate has made it her mission to make sure these students are counted—and count. Since she helped start the unique Roadmap to Graduation program more than seven years ago, 87 percent of those homeless students go on to attend college—and 100 percent graduate. In fact, two of her 13 students last year were valedictorians of their graduating class.
Read more . . .