Walsh College Board of Trustees Elects Bournias, Kulak to Foundation Board of Directors

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has elected Laurie Bournias, first vice president and wealth management advisor, Merrill Lynch; and Denise Kulak, owner and operator, Other Fun Stuff, LLC; to three-year terms on the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors.

Established in 2004, the Walsh College Foundation serves as the official fundraising arm of the College. The Foundation encourages private giving and ensures the integrity of the College’s philanthropy program.

It is staffed by employees of the College and led by volunteers who are business, industry, and community leaders. Walsh alumni comprise 72 percent of the 25-member Foundation Board of Directors.

Bournias graduated from Walsh College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance. She joined Merrill Lynch in 1994. As a wealth management advisor, Bournias works with an exclusive group of high net-worth individuals, families, and businesses in developing and implementing strategies to manage their wealth.

She holds the prestigious Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Additionally, Bournias has received the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation.

Kulak earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Walsh College in 2000. At Other Fun Stuff, which is a unique, creative gift boutique she founded in 2012 in Birmingham, Mich., Kulak personally manages customer service, product, pricing, promotion, and financials. She has spent more than 20 years in various retail roles.

Kulak has received several awards and recognitions of her business and commitment to others, including the 2014 Best of MichBusiness “One Person Wonder” award and as a finalist in the Entrepreneur-YOU business plan competition. Kulak is also a member of Blackstone LaunchPad at Walsh College, which provides Walsh students and alumni with the support they need to develop and launch their own business ideas or concepts. It is free of charge to Walsh students and alumni and helps transform untested ideas into vital businesses.

“Both of these extraordinary women are accomplished leaders in their industries and are passionate about serving their alma mater and their communities,” said Audrey Olmstead, vice president and chief development officer, Walsh College.

”Laurie offers financial expertise earned through a large financial organization, while Denise brings entrepreneurial spirit and savvy to promoting quality of life through creativity,” she added. “These two Walsh alumnae will bring important experience from diverse viewpoints to the Walsh Foundation in the years ahead.”

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Walsh College Elects Kathleen O’Callaghan Hickey to its Foundation Board

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has elected Kathleen O’Callaghan Hickey, member attorney at the Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC, to the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Hickey represents lenders in commercial loan originations. Her practice encompasses secured transactions and counsel to lenders on lender liability and loan structure issues. She is a former co-chair of Bodman’s Banking Practice Group and is a current member of the firm’s executive management committee.

Established in 2004, the Walsh College Foundation serves as the official fundraising arm of the College. The Foundation encourages private giving and ensures the integrity of the College’s philanthropy program. It is staffed by employees of the College and led by volunteers who are business, industry, and community leaders.

Before joining Bodman, Hickey clerked for the Honorable Richard M. Maher of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She has lectured for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education on commercial loan documentation matters.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1977 and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1984.

Hickey is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 under Banking and Finance Law, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 under Banking & Finance, Michigan Super Lawyers 2007 under The Top 50 Women, and Michigan Super Lawyers 2007-2013 under Banking. She is listed as a 2014 “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness magazine. Hickey serves on the Detroit Community Council of Sister to Sister: Everyone has a Heart Foundation, Inc.

She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and State Bar of Michigan.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.