Four new trustees are being welcomed to the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation Board. They began their service to the college and the Foundation in October 2012.
Gary Gunia is President and owner of Technical Packaging Systems, Inc. The company manufactures end-of-line packaging systems. Gary has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Western Michigan University and also attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He has worked on WMU’s Gary Fund athletic fund-raising campaign for 30 years and has lived in the Kalamazoo area since 1973. Gary and his wife Ann have three grown children.
Cindy Kole is Senior VP and Market Executive for PNC Bank and is a 34-year veteran of banking in the Kalamazoo area. The Vicksburg resident is a board member of the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Heyl Scholarship Fund and The Park Club. She is a trustee of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and was previously on the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation. Cindy and her husband Kevin have two grown children.
Gary Kushner is President and CEO of Kushner & Company, a leader in the field of HR strategy and employee benefits. He has advised three U.S. Presidents on health care and has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the U.S. House Small Business Committee on employee benefit issues. A frequent resource to the media, Mr. Kushner contributes to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, AP, Knight-Ridder, the Kiplinger Washington Newsletter, CNN News, Fortune, MSNBC and Good Morning America among others. Additionally, he served on the Editorial Review Board of HR Management magazine. Gary is a 32-year-resident of Kalamazoo and loves the community. He and his wife Synthia have three grown children.
Denise Neely, BSN, MBA, is the vice president, chief nursing officer (CNO) for Bronson Healthcare Group. Since 2005, Neely has served as director of service lines and regional business development at Bronson. She has more than 30 years of experience in nursing, clinical operations and healthcare leadership. She began her nursing career at Bronson Hospital in 1980. From 1991 to 2005, she held leadership positions at Southern Hills Hospital in Nashville, TN, Saint Thomas Health Services, also in Nashville, the Bureau of TennCare, and University Hospital Methodist Health Systems in Memphis Tenn. Neely earned her Bachelor's degree in nursing from Nazareth College and Master's degree in business administration from Belmont University's Jack Massy School of Business in Nashville.