Community Foundation Board of Directors
Dr. Martin Brown, Chiropractor, Macomb Chiropractic Centers, P.C.
Dr. Martin Brown is a Chiropractic Physician and the Clinic Director of Macomb Chiropractic Centers, P.C. He is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and serves as president of the Macomb County Chiropractic Association. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1981 and his doctorate from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1985. He is licensed to practice in five states and Canada. He has practiced in Sterling Heights since 1986. He serves as president of the Sterling Heights Community Foundation. He also an active member of the Sterling Heights Rotary Club and Sterling Heights Fraternal Order of Police Associate Lodge 118.
Douglas Dinning, Attorney
Doug Dinning attended Michigan State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors and a Juris Doctorate. Dinning is admitted to practice in all Michigan Courts and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Dinning is a member of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys; National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys; the Michigan Real Property Law Section; the Michigan Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and the Macomb County Bar Association Family Law Section.
Dinning has extensive experience in divorce and family law and currently holds a Certificate of Completion in the area of Family Law issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
In addition to family law, Dinning represents two public school districts, handles real estate transactions, including leases and purchase of residential and commercial property, civil litigation, corporations and business, contracts, employment agreements, traffic and misdemeanor defense and student discipline cases.
Dinning has been rated "AV Preeminent for Ten Years" the highest possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review.Dinning is a Board Member and past Board Chairman of Christian Financial Credit Union in addition to serving on the Sterling Heights Community Foundation.
Michael Lazzara, CPAMichael J. Lazzara, CPA, MBA, CVA, heads the CPA firm of Lazzara & Company of Clinton Township, business advisers and consultants. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He has also served with the Sterling Heights Area Chamber of Commerce, the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Daoud Foundation.
John Bozymowski, MISDJohn A. Bozymowski, president of the Macomb Intermediate School District Board of Education, is also a retired General Motors senior manufacturing engineer. Mr. Bozymowski serves as director on the Michigan Works-Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board and is a member of its Education and Adult Programs Committee. He serves as a director and secretary of the Executive Committee of the Traffic Safety Association of Macomb County. Bozymowski is a member of the Base Community Council at Selfridge Air National Guard and has served as president of the Sterling Heights Rotary Club. The Advisor/Source Newspaper and Sterling Heights Area Chamber of Commerce recognized his outstanding contributions to this community and bestowed on him the distinction of the prestigious "A Step Above" award in 2001.
Melanie D. Davis, APR, President & CEO Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Melanie D. Davis, APR is President & CEO for the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In this role, Melanie will be responsible for the organization’s operations and planning/execution of its strategic plan. She will develop the organization’s annual program of work including developing products, programs, services and events that meet member needs. She will also work to enhance the organization’s brand in the community while encouraging membership growth. Melanie will also bring her knowledge and experience to help launch and grow the newly formed Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation.
Previously, Melanie served as executive director for the Adcraft Club of Detroit, president for Macomb County Chamber and vice president of marketing and communications for the Detroit Regional Chamber. She has spent the last 20+ years in these roles developing a robust track record of increasing revenue growth, acquiring new memberships and executing an integrated approach to serving the needs of the members she served. In her past roles, she was responsible for developing strategic marketing plans for several programs, products and services as well as assisting with the development of several publications and marketing materials. Melanie has also spent time as an adjunct professor in public relations for Eastern Michigan University and in marketing at Macomb Community College. She currently serves on the Board Nominating Committee for the Girl Scouts for Southeastern Michigan and the Detroit Creative Corridor Center’s Advisory Board. In the past, she has also served on the boards for the American Red Cross – Southeast Michigan Chapter, the Public Relations Society of America - Detroit Chapter and the Anton Art Center and was a member of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Communications Committee, the Super Bowl Host Committee Communications Action Team and the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau Image TAG (tourism action group). Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and Master of Arts degree in public relations and organizational communication from Wayne State University in Detroit. Melanie is an accredited member of the public relations profession and a graduate of Institutes for Organization Management (a training program designed specifically for chamber of commerce and association management professionals), the Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Detroit XXV and Leadership Macomb X. Melanie lives in Sterling Heights, Michigan with her husband, son and daughter.
Herb Harbaugh, Pastor, Memorial Baptist Church
Angie Lommen, BAE Systems
Angela Lommen currently serves as the Program Director, Support & Technical Services for BAE Systems in Sterling Heights. Lommen joined BAE Systems in 1998, serving in supply chain and business management roles before being named the Finance Director (2010-2013). Prior to BAE Systems, she was a Grants and Contracts Officer at the University of North Dakota, spending nine years supporting energy and environmental research and development. She has also served on boards of community organizations and Omnitech Robotics, LLC. Angie is a certified Project Management Professional and earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.Regarded as one of the world’s largest defense and space industry companies, BAE Systems recently opened a $58 million research and engineering center in Sterling Heights.
Wayne Oehmke, Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc.
Wayne serves as Business Development Specialist for Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick headquartered in Shelby Township. Wayne is Past President & CEO of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and served in that position for eight years. Prior to joining the staff, he served on the Chamber's board of 13 years, including four years as President & CEO.
A life-long resident of Macomb Township, he served 49 years in the newspaper industry prior to joining the Chamber. He started in the newspaper business as an apprentice in the composition department of the Macomb Daily. he subsequently held publisher positions at the Advisor & Source, Richmond Newspapers, the Voice, Tri-County News, Suburban Lifestyles and the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak.
In addition to the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation, he is also a board member oft he Macomb Charitable Foundation, The Friends of Macomb Foundation and the Macomb Twp. Historical Commission.
Karl G. Oskoian, Oskoian Communications, LLC
Karl G. Oskoian was appointed Executive Director in April 2015. Previously Mr. Oskoian served as president of the Sterling Heights Community Foundation since 1994. He retired as manager of marketing communications and public affairs for General Dynamics Land Systems in 2013 and now heads a private communications company. Prior to joining General Dynamics, Oskoian worked at Chrysler Corporation and at General Motors Corporation in planning, manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and field assignments.
He has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including the Warren, Center Line, Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce (1993-1999), Warren Family YMCA (1991-1998), American Heart Association's West Central Macomb Region (1998-1999), the Macomb Symphony Orchestra (1995-1999) and the Macomb Foundation (1997-2000). Oskoian chaired Macomb County, Michigan's, Focus Macomb Business Sector which resulted in a growth plan for the County and the introduction of a County Executive position.
Oskoian has also been on the business contributions committee of the Greater Detroit Area Chamber of Commerce (1989-1997) and the Council of Michigan Foundations (1998-2004). He served as the Greater Michigan Armed Forces Week Steering Committee Chair (1995-1998) and as a member of the Detroit Tigers Youth Baseball Advisory Committee (2002-2003).
He has been honored with Macomb County’s Patron of the Arts Award (1992), a State of Michigan Proclamation for Support of the Arts (1992), and as the driving force behind the City of Sterling Heights “Spirit Award” to General Dynamics (2000). He received General Dynamics Land Systems’ Diversity Council’s Fellow Award (2000) and was honored as one of General Dynamics first Ethics Fellows (1987). Oskoian received both Congressional and State of Michigan recognition (2004) for his dedicated service and accomplishments in the City of Sterling Heights, Michigan. He received defense industry Teamwork and Integration Awards from the Boeing Company (2005, 2006, 2007) for his work on the Industry’s Future Combat Systems team. The USMC recognized Oskoian (2007) for his work on the dedication of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Oskoian has published defense-related articles worldwide and has received numerous industry and community awards for communications excellence. He has a bachelor of Industrial Administration degree from Kettering University.