Olivet College to recognize three state leaders
Jun 07, 2006
OLIVET, Mich. Olivet College will recognize three of Michigans finest leaders as part of its Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner Thursday, June 15, 2006 in the colleges Kirk Center. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the Olivet College Annual Scholarship Fund.
The 2006 honorees are leaders in their chosen professions and reflect the colleges academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.
Neal Ballheim is co-owner of Ballheim Funeral Home in Ecorse. In 2003, he was designated as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Less than one-tenth of Michigans licensed funeral directors have achieved this honor.
Ballheims service efforts span from Mexico to India and numerous countries in between. As head of the World Community Service Committee and former governor of Rotary Internationals District 6400, he has led humanitarian efforts to Europe, South America, Russia, Korea, China, Japan and India. Ballheim has personally financed orphanages in Mexico and Honduras and has traveled to Cuba as a representative of Rotary International.
Ballheim attended Olivet College from 1955-57.
Delois Whitaker Caldwell is president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. She is responsible for the administration of the organization, providing people who are unemployed or underemployed opportunities to become independent, self-supporting citizens through training, work experience and competitive employment in the community.
Some of the programs she has developed include vocational support for individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, vocational preparation and introduction to building trade skills for young minority males, and the development of a Ben and Jerrys ice cream franchise to train at-risk youth.
She served as director of the Family Services Administration within the Michigan Department of Human Services from 1991-97, where she oversaw the development of the states policies, programs and operations designed to strengthen and support Michigans families.
David Hollister is president and chief executive officer of Prima Civitas Foundation, an agency that works to coordinate education, business and government leaders to strengthen mid-Michigans economy. He served as mayor of the city of Lansing from 1994-2003. His accomplishments included building a new regional transportation center, bringing minor league baseball to the city, and striking a partnership with the state of Michigan that included constructing new infrastructure for the legislature, the Supreme Court and various other departments.
Recognizing his ability to effectively encourage investments and grow partnerships, Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed him director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth in January 2003, a position he held until earlier this year.
For more information, call (269) 749-7164.