The Department of Finance and Commercial Law alumni awards recognize alumni who have contributed significantly to their community and exemplified the mission and values of the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.
David Ellis, B.B.A.’74, MBA'80
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management
West Shore Bank
David Ellis has been in the trust and personal financial advisory business more than 40 years. He founded Ellis Capital Management in 1997. As president and CEO, he provided investment advisory services to individuals and trusts on the premise of offering a high level of personal financial service and protecting peoples’ wealth. He also founded Ellis Fiduciary Services, which provided trustee, probate and conservator administration services in West Michigan. He recently merged his business with West Shore Bank of Ludington, Michigan.
Darrell Lindman, B.A.’75,
Attorney, Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis, & Dunlap
Darrell Lindman has more than 35 years of experience in the field of employee benefits law. He represents numerous business entities and has a large concentration of exempt organization clients, including one of Michigan's largest health care systems, Michigan's largest church pension plan, governmental entities, associations and a national fraternal benefit society. Heavily involved in his community, he serves on the boards of multiple organizations.
Lisa Lopiccolo Gallagher, B.A.'02, M.B.A.'06
Human Resource Representative, State Farm Insurance Company
Lisa Lopiccolo Gallagher is a graduate of Western Michigan University, returning to earn her MBA in 2006. She also holds her chartered property casualty underwriter designation from The Institutes.
Since 2001, Gallagher has been employed with State Farm Insurance Companies and has spent the last 10 years working in human resources. Some of her many responsibilities include serving as a consultant and advisor to leadership on succession planning, performance management and conflict resolution. She has also held leadership roles on several enterprise initiatives.
Gallagher still remains close to her alma mater, serving as part-time instructor for the finance and commercial law department at WMU. As the instructor for risk and insurance, Gallagher connects with students by sharing industry knowledge relevant to her professional experiences. She is also a long-time volunteer and supporter of Junior Achievement of southwest Michigan and remains actively involved with the West Michigan School of Middle Eastern Dance.
Gallagher’s awards and recognitions include the graduate creative scholars award and the undergraduate research and creative activities award, among others. Gallagher and her husband are proud parents of three outgoing boys: Braeden, Declan and Caelan.
- Joseph B. Hemker (2014)
- Darren M. Timmeney (2013)
- Richard M. Fosmoen (2012)
- Todd A. Sanford (2011)