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Olivet College to recognize state leaders
May 10, 2013

Olivet College will recognize some of Michigan’s finest leaders as part of its 17th annual Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner Thursday, May 16 at the Country Club of Lansing.

The 2013 honorees are leaders in their chosen professions and reflect the college’s vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.

As executive director of the Insurance Institute of Michigan, Peter A. Kuhnmuench leads a statewide trade association representing more than 90 property and casualty insurance companies and related organizations. He is responsible for directing the government relations program, regulatory activities and legal representation of the industry as directed by its board.

Prior to joining the Insurance Institute of Michigan, Kuhnmuench served as director of legislative affairs for the Auto Dealers of Michigan, LLC, where he coordinated a joint legislative office representing the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association from 2000 to 2004.

Previous to that, he served as vice president of governmental affairs for the Michigan Retailers Association, and as a legislative analyst for the Michigan Department of Commerce, Financial Institutions Bureau.

Kuhnmuench earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Michigan Society of Association Executives, board member of the Capital Area Transportation Authority, and founding board member and past president of the Michigan Political History Society.

Margaret Kyser-Schmidt, executive director of Eaton Community Palliative Care, has long and consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the lives of Michigan’s citizens through philanthropic endeavors or non-profit business, in particular in Eaton County through her volunteering and leadership with the Red Cross and even more significantly with her leadership, volunteer development and fundraising for hospice care.

Kyser-Schmidt received hospice training while a volunteer at Eaton Rapids Medical Center in 1984 and was the first volunteer in the Eaton County Hospice Program, serving the first hospice patient in the county. A neighbor asked her to serve on the board of directors of Eaton County Hospice and she moved on to the executive board. Soon after, she was named vice president and eventually was named president of the board in 1985. The hospice program grew under Kyser-Schmidt’s tenure, and she was named executive director in 1993, a position she currently still serves.

Kyser-Schmidt’s work with hospice volunteers has been acknowledged by former governor Jennifer Granholm, who recognized her and Eaton County Hospice with the Exemplary Community Service Award for their recruitment, training, empowerment and motivation of volunteers in hospice care.

In addition, Kyser-Schmidt has served as volunteer president of the board of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Michigan. She has served as chair of volunteers at Eaton Rapids Medical Center, chair of Mid-Michigan Red Cross and chair of the board of directors of Mid-Michigan Red Cross, all volunteer positions.

Justice Conrad Mallett, Jr. is an accomplished healthcare CEO, with experience as chief administrative officer and general counsel for one of Michigan’s largest and most important healthcare systems, Detroit Medical Center. He is recognized as a powerful advocate for healthcare equity, customer service excellence, financial discipline, and effective, compassionate delivery of care.

Mallett’s career background includes eight years as member of the Michigan Supreme Court, two as chief justice, and service as chief operating officer for the city of Detroit. He was appointed chief administrative officer of Detroit Medical Center in January 2012, after serving as president and chief executive officer of Detroit Medical Center’s Sinai-Grace Hospital from 2003 until 2011. Prior to that, Mallett served as chief legal and administrative officer of the Detroit Medical Center beginning in 2003.

Previously, he served as president and general counsel of La-Van Hawkins Food Group, LLC, and chief operating officer for the city of Detroit. From 1999 to 2002, Mallett was general counsel and chief administrative officer of the Detroit Medical Center.

Mallett was also a partner in the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone. He was a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1990 to 1999 and served a two-year term as chief justice beginning in 1997. Mallet is a director of Kelly Services, Inc.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Oakland University.

Tickets to attend the Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner are $75, which includes a $40 tax deductible donation to Olivet College. For more information, contact Mary Anne McMullen, director of special events, at (269) 749-7131 or

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