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Patterson names new manager of Homeland Security Division

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed Thomas G. Hardesty as manager of the county’s Homeland Security Division, a position he begins today. Hardesty will be responsible for ensuring the county’s preparedness for natural or manmade hazards.

“Thom’s extensive background in law enforcement will be an asset to our Homeland Security Division,” Patterson said. “I have confidence in his 30 years of experience, education, and training.”

Hardesty, who retired in 2014 as deputy director of the Auburn Hills Emergency Services Police Division, has served as the administrator for the Oakland County Medical Examiner since October of 2015. He is looking forward to his new responsibilities as he transitions into the county’s emergency manager position.

“I’m grateful to Mr. Patterson for the opportunity to serve the county in such an important role,” Hardesty said. “As manager of the Homeland Security Division, I will work with our communities to keep our residents and visitors safe.”

Hardesty, 52, joined the Auburn Hills Police Department as a patrolman in 1989. He rose through the ranks serving as detective from 1992-1998, road patrol sergeant from 1998-2001, lieutenant of the Technical Services Division from 2001-2003, lieutenant of the Patrol Operations Division from 2003-2006, and lieutenant of the Criminal Investigations Division from 2006-2012 when he became deputy director of the Emergency Services Police Division. He began his law enforcement career as a Beverly Hills public safety officer in 1987.

Hardesty earned a bachelor of arts in management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University (2001) and a master of public administration in criminal justice administration from the University of Michigan in Flint (2008). He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (2008), Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command (2002), and the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy (1987). He belongs to the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and the Oakland County Chiefs of Police.

A Davison resident, Hardesty and his wife Stephanie have five children. 

Drive in, drop off hazardous household waste at NoHaz collections set for Oakland County communities

With nearly 5 million pounds of household hazardous waste properly disposed of since its inception in 2003, the NoHaz Consortium is providing Oakland County residents with an opportunity to do the safe and responsible thing with their household waste.

NoHaz collection events are scheduled from April through October, giving residents convenient opportunities to get rid of everything from outdated computers and dead batteries to paints, pesticides and more. Last year, nearly 4,600 residents loaded up their vehicles, drove to collection events and dropped off more than 633,140 pounds of household hazardous waste

“Oakland County residents have embraced the NoHaz program and responsibly and properly disposed of almost 5 million pounds of hazardous household waste since the program began in 2003,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “I encourage them to take advantage of one of the upcoming collection events and thank them for their participation.”

All 2017 NoHaz collection events run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays as follows:
  • June 24, Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road., Rochester
  • July  22, North Sashabaw Elementary School, 5290 Maybee Road., Clarkston
  • Sept.16, Oakland Community College, Highland Lakes Campus, 7350 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford
  • Oct.  28, Wildwood Amphitheater, 2700 Joslyn Court, Orion Township
Residents of the 16 NoHaz Consortium communities may dispose of their HHW for a nominal fee of $10, $15 or at no charge, depending on their community. Any Oakland County resident who does not reside in a NoHaz community may dispose of acceptable materials at any collection event, for a fee of $50.

NoHaz communities are Addison Township, Groveland Township, Independence Township, Lake Angelus, Lake Orion Village, Leonard Village, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township, Oxford Village, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Rose Township, Springfield Township and Waterford Township.

Dozens of different household waste products are accepted including: household paints, stains, driveway sealer, asphalt roofing tar, computers, televisions, laptops, DVD/VCR players, cables, accessories, game systems, electronic games, motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, batteries, pesticides, fungicides, pool chemicals, muriatic acid, aerosols, cleaners, polishes, needles, syringes, inhalers, EpiPens, medication (excluding controlled substances), propane cylinders and tanks, fluorescent lamps and mercury. A complete list of accepted materials can be found at www.nohaz.com.

The NoHaz Consortium is a group of communities that provide residents a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible way to dispose of household hazardous waste. Collection events are coordinated and administered by the Planning Division of the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. The Planning Division makes arrangements for the safe and responsible disposal of the materials received.

NoHaz also sponsored a poster contest to educate and engage elementary students about the importance of recycling and proper disposal of household hazardous waste.

The winners are:
  • First place – Nicole Schroeder, fifth grade, Deerfield Elementary School, Avondale Schools,Rochester Hills
  • Second place – Adriana Dimovski, fourth grade, Holy Family Regional School, Rochester Hills
  • Third place – Claire Varzaru, fifth grade, Orion Oaks Elementary, Lake Orion
They will each receive a certificate, a gift card and their artwork is featured on 2017 NoHaz posters.

Get out of the house for fun at Oakland County parks

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You can stop looking for an island resort to take in some zip lining or climbing. Opportunities are right in your back yard at Oakland County's 13 public parks.

While offering some of the region's most pristine land, Oakland County parks provide recreation choices galore, from geocaching to field sports, hunting, fishing, bicycle motocrossing, water and winter sports and, of course, picnicking.

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OCC partners with Secretary of State for motorcycle safety courses

Ready to experience the open road on two wheels? Oakland Community College (OCC) and Michigan Secretary of State are offering three Motorcycle Safety programs through June.  A motorcycle endorsement is required to drive on public roads; the motorcycle safety course is required for teens.

Basic Rider Course- Web Enhanced: Designed for someone who has minimal experience operating a motorcycle, this course focuses on the development of basic riding skills. 3 hours of online preparation is to be completed prior to class start date. This course is offered Apr. 22-23; Apr. 29-May 1; May13-15; June 3-5; June 10-12 and June 24-26.

Basic Rider Course- Traditional: Same content and course duration as the Basic Rider Course-Web Enhanced, however this is all in-person instruction. Available May 20 –May 22.

Returning Rider Course: A one-day course designed for the experienced but unlicensed rider to become licensed and legal. Many experienced, licensed riders use this course as a refresher and skills tune up. This session takes place May 7 or June 18.

Courses will be held at OCC's Auburn Hills campus at 2900 Featherstone Road. Full details on each course are available here or contact the office at (248) 232-4167.

To obtain an endorsement, drivers must successfully pass a motorcycle safety course, OR pass a written and vision test at a Secretary of State office, obtain a motorcycle temporary instruction permit which allows drivers to practice riding legally on the streets, pass a motorcycle skills test at a third-party testing organization like OCC, and present your skills test certificate at a branch office.

Michigan has 488,765 residents with a motorcycle endorsement on their driver's license and 249,547 registered motorcycles.

Detroit-area chefs explore magical part of Italy

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Luciano DelSignore, one of metro Detroit’s most celebrated chefs, traces his love of food back to Italy’s Abruzzo region.

There, he spent summers on his grandparents’ farm, learning and helping them tend to livestock, harvest fruits and vegetables. Food in Abruzzo, he says, is rarely mucked up with too many ingredients, remembering how he gathered eggs for his grandmother and how those eggs ended up an breakfast dish.

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Pontiac nonprofit leaders boost skills through OU certificate program

When Oakland University leaders launched a Nonprofit Management Certificate program in 2016, part of their mission was to engage and support the surrounding region, including the city of Pontiac, with which the university shares a strategic partnership. 
 
Kevin Corcoran, dean of OU’s College of Arts and Sciences, said “the certificate is exactly the kind of program that uses the talent and expertise of our faculty and staff to serve our community and strengthen our region.” 
 
With a focus on promoting community development, the university recently awarded full-tuition scholarships to six individuals in the program who have strong ties to nonprofit organizations in Pontiac.
 
Tamara Orza-Ramos is the founder of Instituto de Capacitación Socioeconómica (Institute of Socioeconomic Empowerment), a nonprofit serving Pontiac’s Hispanic community by connecting residents with opportunities to strengthen their economic, social, educational and civic powers.
 
Kermit Williams is a Pontiac city councilman, as well as a board member for Pontiac-based nonprofits High Place Community Outreach, a summer enrichment program; Identify Your Dreams Foundation, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children who have lost a family member to violence; and Leaders of the Future, which provides leadership training and community service opportunities for high school students.
 
Coleman Yoakum is the director of the Micah 6 Community, a nonprofit focused on improving health and wellness, stabilizing neighborhoods and fostering spiritual growth in Pontiac. He is also a board member for Leaders of the Future and Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County.
 
Ryan Russell is the assistant director of Dream Center of Pontiac, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization committed to building a resilient and self-sustainable community by addressing hunger, poverty, addiction, education and human trafficking. He is also the program director for the Oakland County Sheriff Police Athletic League, which provides recreation opportunities for Pontiac youth and builds connections between the department and community.
 
Kristen Lambert is a registered art therapist and president of the board at The Art Experience, a Pontiac-based community nonprofit art studio dedicated to improving lives through the arts.
 
Norbert Burrows is president of the Street Sweepers Team, a group that works with other nonprofits to provide scholarships and mentoring programs for youth in Pontiac.
 
The scholarship recipients are working toward completing the yearlong program, which follows curriculum guidelines from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and is composed of six courses:
  • Management Best Practices in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Entrepreneurship and Fund Development
  • Financial Management and Accountability for Nonprofit Managers
  • Performance Metrics in Nonprofit Management
  • Leadership and Human Resource Management in NPOs
  • Communication, Marketing and Outreach for Nonprofit Managers
Each course consists of classroom and online instruction, which allows for a more comprehensive education, according to program coordinator Suzanne Rossi.
 
“Typically, our students are working professionals who can only devote so much time to the classroom,” she said. “The online aspect provides some flexibility and allows for more information to be covered.”
 
The courses are taught by executive leaders with a wealth of expertise in the nonprofit sector. Among those leaders is Gary Dembs, founder and president of the Non-Profit Personnel Network, who teaches the course in Leadership and Human Resource Management in NPOs.
 
Dembs said Oakland’s certificate program fills a “definitive need” in the community, given the lack of formal education focused on nonprofits and the robust job growth in the sector.
 
“The nonprofit sector is the fastest-growing job sector in the country, when you take into account all the jobs in government, education, health care, human services, arts and culture, and trade associations,” said Dembs. “But there aren’t a lot of programs that teach people how to operate a nonprofit. The students in our program get real-world perspectives and up-to-the-minute information on trends in this sector.”
 
For more information about the program, visit the website.
 

Life is purr-fect for cat adoption cafe in Ferndale

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Walk into the Catfé Lounge in Ferndale and you’ll find yourself in the company of kitties looking to share a space with you on any number of red sofas. Part of the Ferndale Cat Shelter, the café is a 1,000-square-foot public space where cats of all ages mingle with that day’s visitors.

The goal? To convince guests that the cat they didn’t know they wanted is ready to come home.

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More than $157,000 raised by walkers and sponsors of OLHSA's 27th annual Walk for Warmth

OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, hosted its 27th annual Walk for Warmth events, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, on Feb. 4, 2017 at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and Feb. 18, 2017 at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center. More than 1,000 participants, in the form of walkers, sponsors and volunteers, came together to raise funds for the Emergency Utility Assistance Program that keeps Oakland and Livingston county families safe and warm in their homes.

So far the total amount raised through Walk for Warmth is at $157,648 with $75,422 from the Oakland Walk for Warmth and $80,206 from the Livingston County Walk for Warmth. To reach the $180,000 goal, $24,352 is needed.

"People who seek our assistance struggle every day to stretch their limited resources to meet all their basic needs,” said Susan Harding, OLHSA CEO. “Funds raised at the Walk for Warmth events help them make their resources go a bit further and improve the quality of their life.”

Every dollar raised goes to heating homes in Oakland and Livingston counties, including many with young children and elderly, who are most vulnerable to cold and illness. Donations stay in the county where they are raised.

At both events this year participants of all ages enjoyed exercising indoors, giveaways, children’s activities, a free commemorative t-shirt and interacting with various mascots, including those from the  Detroit Zoo, Rainforest Café and SEA LIFE Michigan. In Oakland County, PK from 89X kicked things off and walkers received goodie bags, blood pressure screenings and massages. In Livingston County, KSI was honored as Team of the Year, receiving tributes from state legislators, and walkers enjoyed a photo booth, life-size penguin balloon display, refreshments and more.

There’s still time to help OLHSA reach its goal of raising $180,000 for the emergency utility assistance program. To donate visit, www.crowdrise.com/WalkforWarmthOakland2017 for Oakland County and
www.crowdrise.com/WalkforWarmthLivingston2017 for Livingston County.

Walk for Warmth is Oakland County and Livingston County’s premier walk-a-thon event, giving back 100 percent of proceeds to the Emergency Utility Assistance Program at OLHSA, A Community Action Agency.

OLHSA is a Community Action Agency improving the quality of life for people facing crisis while strengthening families, communities, seniors and youth since 1964. Over 209,000 services were provided in 2016 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives. www.olhsa.org

Last call to register for Oakland County's 32nd annual Economic Outlook Luncheon set for April 27

Online registration closes Friday for the 32nd annual Oakland County Economic Outlook Forecast luncheon, which is set for April 27 at the Detroit Marriott Troy.

University of Michigan economists Dr. Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes will present a three-year projection on employment prospects in private manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors with breakdowns for all industry categories for Oakland County. The outlook report is a main component for Oakland County’s long-term planning and promotion activities. Every attendee receives a copy of the summary report.

“Their perspective on the county’s economic health is both insightful and helpful,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “The event is always sold out and these seats will go fast.”

Tickets are $50 per person can be purchased online at www.AdvantageOakland.Eventbrite.com. Registration closes Friday or when capacity is reached. More than 600 people attended the event in 2016. The Detroit Marriott Troy is at 200 W. Big Beaver Road, east of Interstate 75, in Troy. The luncheon begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.

The luncheon is hosted by Chase, Oakland Community College and the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. 

Patterson: Make emergency plan for severe weather

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson urges families to download and fill out an emergency plan during Severe Weather Awareness Week in Oakland County which takes place April 16 - 22, 20??17. Just go to OakGov.com/HomelandSecurity? and click on the link for the Family Emergency Plan.
 
“When families, schools and businesses are prepared for severe weather, it saves lives and property,” Patterson said. “In fact, we’ve made it easy for every family to have an emergency plan. Just go to our website, print the severe weather plan, and fill in your family’s vital information. It just takes a few minutes.”
 
Patterson declared the week of April 16 - 22, 2017 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Oakland County. The county’s Homeland Security Division will engage in various public education activities that week. Plus, it will conduct a countywide test of the Oakland County Outdoor Warning System on Wednesday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.
 
During the 2016 severe weather season, there were 42 storm-based warnings issued for Michigan and two recorded tornadoes (the average is five). The warning lead time average was 14.9 minutes for all severe weather events.
 
“Homeland Security puts a lot of effort into educating individuals about severe weather safety and the Outdoor Warning System,” said George Miller, director of the Oakland County Health and Human Services Department, who oversees Homeland Security Division. “The April 19 siren test will be an opportunity for individuals, schools and businesses to test their emergency preparedness plans.”
 
For more information about emergency preparedness or Severe Weather Awareness Week, go to 
OakGov.com/Homela?ndSecurity. To reach Oakland County Homeland Security Division by phone, call 248-858-5300.
 

Great Lakes National Cemetery to honor Vietnam veterans

What: A Vietnam War Anniversary commemoration ceremony to thank and honor Veterans of the Vietnam War.

When: April 1, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.

Where: Great Lakes National Cemetery Ceremony Assembly area (Rostrum, Amphitheater)

Contact: Roy Luera, Cemetery Director - Office: 248-328-0386

Background: The Department of Veterans Affairs Great Lakes National Cemetery will honor the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of the Armed Forces with an anniversary event. The event will commemorate Vietnam War Veterans and include a pinning ceremony to all Vietnam Veterans in attendance.

The lapel pins will be presented in a dignified manner to each Vietnam veteran during the event, and include accompanying remarks to reflect the nation’s thanks for their service and sacrifice.

Oakland County rises to one of the top 10 healthiest counties in Michigan

Oakland County is the 10th healthiest county in Michigan, ranking ahead of neighboring Wayne and Macomb counties in health outcomes, according to the County Health Rankings Report released today. Oakland enters the top 10 for the first time since the rankings began in 2003, while maintaining the number two ranking in health behaviors for the fourth year in a row and significantly improving in the quality of life measure, moving to the top five.

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson credits this achievement to his administration’s focus on quality of life initiatives, including Energizing Connections for a Healthier Oakland (ECHO), a countywide health improvement initiative focused on achieving a community where every person that lives, works, attends school, worships, or plays in Oakland County is a healthy person.

“Promoting active and healthy lifestyles is at the heart of our public health programs and quality of life initiatives,” Patterson said. “ECHO is one among several programs where we work with community partners to find shared solutions and innovative ways to make Oakland County a healthier place to live, work, and play.”

Oakland County has improved or maintained its position in 32 areas of measure in the County Health Rankings Report produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Those areas include quality of life, health behaviors, access to exercise opportunities, adult obesity, teen birth rate, unemployment, and violent crime rate.

“These results reflect the hard work and commitment of the Oakland County Health Division’s numerous community collaborative efforts, work of our partners, and our dedication to improve the overall health and quality of life for residents,” said Kathy Forzley, health officer for Oakland County. “We are pleased with the rankings and are encouraged to continue to work to advance the well-being of our residents.”

The report is the only tool of its kind that measures the overall health of the nation’s more than 3,100 counties. It highlights key health factors that affect health, including health behaviors, access to and quality of clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. For more information about the rankings or to review the report, go to oakgov.com/health.

Oakland County Health Division has a variety of programs and services that support healthy lifestyles by promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors, improving infant health, increasing accessibility of health services, ensuring a safe and clean environment, preparing for emergencies, and reducing the threat and preventing the spread of diseases.

For up-to-date public health information, visit www.oakgov.com/health, follow the Health Division on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @publichealthOC, or call Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533.

Into the lab with Pontiac's Exferimentation Brewing

For co-owners Eric Benton, Andrew Stamper, and Scott Boughton, it's passion that has them brewing beer until 3 a.m..long after their shifts in the automotive industry have ended for the day.

The three friends opened Exferimentation in July 2016, though they started working on their quirky signature beers for several years before that. The co-owners consider themselves the "mad scientists" of the brewing trade, eschewing the traditional ales and lagers for something more unique. Hence the name http://exferimentationbrewing.com/Exferimentation, from"Experimenting with fermentation."

There's Clownpocalypse, a toasted coconut cream ale born out of a conversation co-owner Eric Benton had about a zombie clown apocalypse. There's the Pink Tickler, a hibiscus wheat beer that's also the brewery's most popular. And there's a red ale with rosemary, cayenne pepper, and black pepper, a pineapple-rhubarb wheat beer, and a lemon-coriander sour beer, to name just a few. The trio is always working on other unique flavor combinations, testing them out on their all too willing loyalty program members, the Mad Scientist Club.

It all started out so innocently.

"We started homebrewing on my back porch and progressed from there to a small industrial space in Rochester," says Benton. "We had a club and brewed ten gallons at a time. We had that for 18 months, and by the time we got to the end of the 18 months, we had 30 people showing up and drinking all of our beer. They were drinking more than we could make," says Benton. "We figured that it was time to go pro."

Though it may seem like a current trend, homebrewing has been around for thousands of years. And like the many brewers before them, the Exferimentation crew learned how to brew beer through the trial-and-error process. Come up with an idea, see what works, let people try it, and proceed based on their enthusiasm for the product.

Keeping their focus on the beer, Exferimentation has spent the bulk of their money so far on brewing equipment. Work on the tasting room, a storefront in downtown Pontiac, was done themselves. The trio rehabbed the floors, installed the tile, and built the bar and tables all by hand. And this done in the evenings and weekends, working around their "regular jobs."

In searching for the right space for their bar, Exferimentation looked at a couple of locations before finding downtown Pontiac. The historic storefronts, walkability, and the potential for economic revival made it obvious that it was the city that Exerimentation was about to call home.

"We didn't know that we wanted Pontiac until we went into Pontiac to look. And then we absolutely knew that we wanted Pontiac," says Benton.

Benton's big on the city's future, saying that he thinks it's about two to three businesses away from a development tipping point, leading to it becoming a bustling destination for a night on the town.

The building where Exferimentation is located, 7 N. Saginaw St., is already abuzz. Directly across from the recently renovated Flagstar Strand Theatre, 7 N. Saginaw St. hosts a vintage clothing store and, not one, but two breweries. Five days after Exferimentation signed the lease on their storefront, Fillmore 13 Brewery signed theirs. The two breweries share a hall. But the competition doesn't irk the Exferimentation team one bit. All it means, says Benton, is that there are more people drawn downtown.

Part of that, he says, is that he knows craft beer fans are the type to try as many new beers as possible, and not settle into a single establishment. It's a "the more, the merrier" situation that creates the foot traffic a business desires. 
 
And in talking about beer towns, Benton has his eyes set on a certain city in west Michigan known for its dozens of breweries, which holds the title of Beer City, USA.

"Look out Grand Rapids, here comes Pontiac."

Name and title: Eric Benton, co-owner (other owners are Andy Stamper and Scott Boughton)

Year Exferimentation opened: Opened 7/21/16

One interesting job you had before running Exferimentation: I was the chocolate and frappucino buyer for Starbucks.

What's the best brewery soundtrack: Best soundtrack to me is Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons.

What's your favorite beer flavor of all time: We love citrus around here, especially grapefruit. It's becoming commonplace these days, but grapefruit with its slight bitterness fits just right with an IPA.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.

Patterson appoints first woman to lead Health and Human Services

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed Kathleen Forzley to be the next director of the Department of Health and Human Services. Forzley will be the first woman to lead the department which oversees the county’s Health Division, Homeland Security Division, and Children’s Village. She will replace George Miller who retires April 28.

“Kathy Forzley will do an outstanding job as director of the Health and Human Services Department,” Patterson said. “Her leadership overseeing more than 40 public health programs as the county’s health officer has not only garnered many national and statewide awards but also has bolstered Oakland County’s reputation for excellence in public health.”

Forzley said she welcomes the challenges that go with being director of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“I’m grateful Brooks has confidence in my experience to take the reins of his largest department,” Forzley said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunities that come with the additional responsibilities.”

Forzley is the first woman to take the top spot in Health and Human Services, but she is not the first woman to break such barriers in Oakland County government. Patterson also appointed the first women to be directors of other major county departments. They are:
  • Management and Budget (Laurie Van Pelt, director)
  • Human Resources (Judith Eaton, retired)
  • Corporation Council (Judith Cunningham, retired)
  • Risk Management (Julie Secontine, currently Michigan fire marshal)
  • Economic Development & Community Affairs (Maureen Donohue Krauss, currently chief economic development officer for the Indy Chamber).
With a focus on population health improvement, Forzley has worked to align community partners and resources to address complex health issues through numerous collaborative efforts, including the creation of Oakland County’s health improvement initiative known as Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland (ECHO). She also has served in leadership roles for health initiatives on a regional and statewide level through her participation on the Michigan Public Health Advisory Commission, Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Commission, Southeastern Michigan Health Association Board, and is the current President of the Michigan Association of Local Public Health.

“Kathy was the visionary for the Energizing Connections for a Healthier Oakland (ECHO) initiative which is redefining public health,” said George Miller, the retiring director. “She has the knowledge and the work ethic to take on such a large department. I am extremely pleased that Mr. Patterson has chosen her to be my successor.”

Forzley, a Troy resident, has been the county’s health officer and manager of the Oakland County Health Division since 2008. She served as the administrator for Oakland County Environmental Health Services from 2003-2008. Prior to that, she was an environmental health services supervisor from 2001-2003. She joined Oakland County in 1992 as a public health sanitarian. Forzley holds a master of public administration degree and dual Bachelor of Arts in biology and Bachelor of Science in environmental health degrees, all from Oakland University. Forzley and her husband, Murray, have three daughters and one grandson.

Country Day student wins national art honor

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Detroit Country Day School senior student Rishuv Mehta earned the Best in Category award for Digital Arts in a national 2D3D art contest sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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