Three new trustees are replacing three outgoing members on the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation Board of Trustees. Cynthia Cole, Denise Neely and Ed Bernard have left the board. New to the board are Dannie Alexander, Patrick Allkins, and Michael Way.
“We’re thankful for the years of service we received from Cynthia, Denise, and Ed and we’re looking forward to working with our new trustees,” said Steve Doherty, Executive Director for the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation.
Alexander is Vice President, Client and Community Relations Director at PNC Financial Services Group with responsibility for marketing, charitable contributions, community investments, corporate sponsorships and brand management. Prior to joining PNC, he worked at Western Michigan University for 10 years, serving in leadership roles in the areas of student recruitment and development, academic advising, business operations, facility management and athletic operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master of arts degree from WMU. He is active in the community and is a graduate of Leadership Kalamazoo and the First 50 program.
Allkins is the founder of Frizkin Enterprises, the holding company that owns OnStaff USA, OnCore USA, and SkillQuest. He is currently President and CEO. He founded Frizkin Enterprises in 1985 with a national franchise and struck out on his own in 2001. OnStaff has grown from one office in Kalamazoo to six offices in Southwest Michigan and is the largest recruiting firm in Southwest Michigan.
Allkins served one tour in Vietnam with the United States Army. He has a degree in psychology from WMU. He is an active and driving force at OnStaff, using his 25 years of experience to drive staff education, visibility and accountability. He is active in many professional and service organizations, including Kalamazoo Rotary, Chamber of Commerce. He is also a United Way volunteer.
Way has been with Bronson Methodist Hospital for more than 22 years, leading support service areas such as facility development, materials management, contract management, and real estate management.
He received a bachelor’s of science degree in Health Services Administration from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Finance from WMU. He is also a certified purchasing manager as designated by the national association of purchasing management. Way has acquired a thorough background in healthcare contract negotiations, facility planning and development and real estate management. He has led Bronson’s environmental initiatives, resulting in receiving the Healthcare Environmental Leadership Award multiple times, the ENERGY STAR Label from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recognition from the Green Guide as one of America's Top Ten Green Hospitals.
He has been involved in several professional and community organizations, including: Leadership Kalamazoo, Vine Ventures Board of Directors, Hospital Network Incorporated Board of Directors, Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management, and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.
The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation serves as an independent 501 (c) (3) charitable organization for the support and benefit of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, its students, faculty, staff and affiliated entities.
Established in 1980, the Foundation accepts and administers both unrestricted contributions and those designated for specific purposes, such as student scholarships, the purchase of necessary equipment to improve instruction, and construction of new facilities.