Jackson News Briefs July 29, 2022

Southern Michigan Bank & Trust Welcomes New Members to Jackson Market Team

John Waldron, President of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust (SMBT) Jackson Market recently announced the appointment of Bill Jors, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending; Angela Job, Commercial Lending Specialist; Alison Kreger, credit analyst; and Brooke Miles, Commercial Lending Administrative Assistant.

Bill Jors earned a bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor College and brings over thirty years of community experience. banking live in the jackson Region at his New role at From South. More recently, Days has been Vice President of Business Development at County National Bank (CNB) before joining Southern as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending. He also hosted a Jackson Community Banking radio To display on WKHM970 a m for 22 years share his knowledge and live.

A for life resident of the Region, Days has been Mayor of the Town of jackson of 2016-2017. He previously served as a board member for the Jackson Area Association of Realtors, the Jackson Community Foreclosure Task Force, the Jackson Economic Development Corporation and the Jackson Downtown Development Authority. Jors currently serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, the Ella Sharp Museum, and the Jackson District Library. He has a daughter, Amanda, and is engaged in the fall.

Angela Use is a graduate of Central Michigan University and has work in the banking industry for 13 years. Previously, she was a loan portfolio manager at CNB before joining Southern as a commercial loan specialist. Job grew up in Hillsdale, MI, and now lives in Jackson with her husband, Tom.

Alison Kreger graduate of Michigan State University and began his bank career in 2010 at Flagstar Bank, where she held the positions of Warehouse Lending Processor and Credit Analyst. In 2017, Kreger moved to CNB where she served as a business analyst and eventually a credit specialist, before taking on her most recent role at Southern as a credit analyst. Kreger has a son named Carter. She volunteers for Junior Achievement and the Rotary Club of Jackson.

Brooke Miles is a graduate of Michigan State University. Prior to joining Southern as a Commercial Loans Administrative Assistant, she was a Commercial Loans Processing Officer at CNB. Miles lives in Jackson with her husband, Zach. She is a greedy volunteer with the Michigan State National Agro-marketing Association.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bill, Angela, Alison and Brooke to the Southern team,” said Waldron. “I have had the privilege of working with these banking professionals in the past, and we look forward to bringing their extensive experience in the Jackson area to our clients.”

South Central Michigan Virtual School Welcome Clifton Foster as New Dean of Students

Jackson Public Schools is pleased to announce that Mr. Cliff Foster is the new Dean of Students at South Central Michigan Virtual School.

In 2000, Mr. Foster received his undergraduate degree in economics and management from Albion College. After working several years in residential treatment programs, Mr. Foster began his career in education in 2003, serving 13 years as a behavioral specialist with Battle Creek Public Schools. In 2007, he received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. In 2016, he transitioned to the Lansing School District, where he served two years as a Student Services Specialist and four years as an Elementary/Middle School Principal.

Mr. Foster currently holds a Michigan State Administrator’s Certification for the K-12 Principal position and offers over 20 years of experience working with youth.

“Over the past 20 years, I have had the opportunity to hone my leadership skills and develop a deeper understanding of the importance of building relationships and letting those relationships serve as platform for personal development,” Mr. Foster said. “My background in developing programs, supervising and evaluating staff has created environments where people are positioned to do their best to set and achieve goals. I look forward to collaborating with my talents, skills, and abilities with Jackson Public Schools. »

Jeff Beal, JPS Superintendent, said, “I’m thrilled to welcome Clifton Foster to our SCMV Viking family! His experience and expertise will help our program continue to grow as we provide online education to K-12 students and work with our parents and students to ensure they succeed no matter where they learn from.

Waterfalls Elementary School Announcement Crescenda Jones Like new Director

Jackson Public Schools is pleased to announce Crescenda Jones as the new Principal of Cascades Elementary School.

Ms. Crescenda Jones graduated from Flint Northwestern High School in 1988. She attended Eastern Michigan University to earn her bachelor’s degree in children’s literature and communication and completed a teacher certification program. M/s.

Jones completed her master’s degree in 2005 at Marygrove College with a major in the art of teaching and earned her second master’s degree in instructional leadership in 2013.

Crescenda brings over 20 years of experience as a teacher, administrator and educational consultant to our community. She has a track record of success and brings strong skills in student and parent engagement, systems thinking, teacher development and coaching, and data-driven leadership.

Mrs. Jones is married to Randy Gibson. They have been married for four years and have merged their families. Together they have 4 children, Aspen (24), Timothy (16), Jessica (26) and Deanna (24). Crescenda enjoys spending time with her family and her fur babies (Leah and Wynton).

“I am truly honored to be part of the Cascades and JPS community, which has already given me such a warm welcome! From a few interactions with JPS staff, it is abundantly clear that JPS is a unique and special place to work,” Ms Jones said. “I look forward and excited to begin what promises to be an EXCELLENT year at Cascades Elementary as we strive to provide our students with a rigorous, relevant, and relationship-building academic experience.” As Director, it is important to me that everyone who walks through our doors, staff, students and parents, is thrilled to be here! »

JPS Superintendent Jeff Beal said, Jackson Public Schools is very pleased to bring a talented educator and proven leader to Cascades Elementary School. I believe our families, staff and students will be in good hands as we welcome Crescenda Jones to our Viking family. His experience working with staff and students will make the 2022-2023 school year a great time to be a Viking! »

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra receives a grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation

The show will continue in part thanks to the Consumers Energy Foundation, which recently awarded the Jackson Symphony Orchestra a grant that is integral to the success of the JSO’s Signature Series.

The Consumers Energy Foundation awarded the Jackson Symphony Orchestra a grant of $35,000, an increase of $5,000 from previous years. The grant will support the JSO Signature Series, which consists of five concerts held at the Potter Center on the Jackson College campus and Weatherwax Hall in downtown Jackson. The Consumers Energy Foundation will remain the principal partner and sponsor of the Signature Series.

“We know that arts and culture are vital to the health of Michigan communities, and the JSO is an example of how an arts organization can enrich our own hometown,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, Secretary/Treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are delighted to provide this support to the JSO and help expand their rich musical heritage.

“The continued support of the Consumers Energy Foundation helps make what we do possible,” said Steve Trosin, Executive Director of the JSO. “Honestly, we couldn’t ask for a better community partner. We are extremely grateful for what they have done for us and what they continue to do for us. Their sponsorship as a Premier Partner helps underwrite the entire Signature Series. This is possible thanks to their support.

This year’s Signature Series celebrates the many organizations and individuals in the Jackson community. The Jackson Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with award-winning conductor Stephen Osmond and feature the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Ballet, Jackson native speed painter Evan Struck and the Jackson Chorale. The music chosen for this season has been written by composers from a variety of backgrounds, including household names like Shostakovich, Sibelius and Mahler as well as works by Ravel and Mussorgsky.

None of this would be possible without the support of the community, including this most recent grant.

“The Consumers Energy Foundation provides support to the community and is a great example of good corporate citizenship,” said Belle Coty, Director of Funds and Audience Development for the JSO. “The foundation invests so much money in Consumers Energy’s hometown and helps the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and so many other organizations do what they do and improve life in the community.”

The Signature Series, part of the JSO’s 73rd concert season, kicks off with “The Maestro Returns” on October 1 at the Potter Center and concludes with “Epic Mahler” on April 22. Season tickets are available at jacksonsymphony.org. New subscribers get 50% off the cost of subscriptions. Single-event tickets go on sale September 1.

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