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Walsh Appoints Business Leaders to Board of Trustees

Walsh is pleased to announce the appointment of four business leaders to its Board of Trustees: Jackie Buchanan, Michael Davenport, Dennis J. Harder and Brian Pilarski.

“We are excited to welcome these outstanding professionals to our Board of Trustees,” said Walsh President and CEO, Marsha Kelliher. “Each of them brings a unique perspective and expertise, and they all have a strong commitment to Walsh.”

Jackie Buchanan, President and CEO of Genisys Credit Union, received her Bachelor of Accountancy from Walsh. Under her leadership, Genisys has grown to be one of the largest credit unions in Michigan and was named an S&P Top 50 Best Performing Credit Union. Genisys is known as one of the most technologically advanced credit unions in the country and has high customer satisfaction ratings because of its innovative online banking and award-winning mobile applications.

Michael Davenport is the Founder and Chief Security Consultant of TrilogySecurity, Inc., a cybersecurity consulting and managed services firm. Davenport attended Michigan State University and holds several industry certifications and professional licenses. With more than 25 years of cybersecurity experience, Davenport regularly speaks on cybersecurity and provides IT security strategic planning and risk management for various organizations. TrilogySecurity provides cybersecurity assessment, investigation, and advisory services to all industries including healthcare, financial, manufacturing, industrial and education.

Dennis J. Harder is the Managing Director & Detroit Region Head for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Harder holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh and is a former adjunct assistant professor of Finance and Economics. He is the Vice Chair of the Walsh College Foundation Board, co-chairs Walsh’s Leadership Awards special events committee and is a member of the Archie Waring Society.

Brian Pilarski is a Business Insurance Advisor at Brown & Brown of Detroit. As a successful sales professional within the organization, Pilarski has been inducted into the Champions’ Club (a distinction only 8 out of 1000 share) and teaches technical and sales classes to other agents enrolled in Brown & Brown University. Pilarski holds a Master of Science in Management degree from Walsh, is a member of the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors and in 2015 was named Graduate of the Last Decade. He has also created the Brian M. Pilarski Endowed Scholarship for Walsh, which will help graduate students complete their degrees.


Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (