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Snyder makes appointments to Lake Superior State University Board

Jan. 21, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Dr. Mark Mercer, of Harbor Springs, and Sandi Frost Steensma, of Grand Rapids, to the Lake Superior State University Board of Control.

The eight-person board is the governing body of the university.

“Mark and Sandi are talented professionals and they will be valuable assets to the board and the university,” Snyder said.

Mercer has practiced general dentistry in St. Ignace since 1979, and has been active in numerous professional associations including the American Academy of Laser Dentistry, the Michigan Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. Mercer is also a conservationist, serving as an active member of Michigan Ducks Unlimited and Michigan Wildlife Foundation. He is also the past chairman of the LSSU Foundation Board. Mercer earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Lake Superior State University and his D.D.S. from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry. He replaces E. Gary Toffolo.

Steensma is president and founder of Parrish Consulting, a business specializing in annual fundraising, capacity building and endowment fundraising. The company was named a Top 50 Women-Owned Business in 2013 by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She is a graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids and was a 2007 Fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. She is active in many community organizations, and currently serves as a Kent County commissioner. Steensma earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and a master’s of management from Aquinas College. She replaces Jenny Kronk.

Members serve eight-year terms expiring Jan. 27, 2022, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.