WMU News

Gov. Engler appoints four new trustees

May 4, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- During the past three weeks, Michigan Gov. John Engler has announced four new appointments to the WMU Board of Trustees. All four are expected to be sworn in May 30 at the trustees' next regular meeting.

On Wednesday, May 2, Gov. Engler appointed Vernice Anthony of Detroit to a term expiring in 2004. She replaces William Carmody. Peter L. Aseritis of Williamsburg, Mich., replaces Lori Waddles and was appointed to a term expiring in 2006.

Sarah DeNooyer of Kalamazoo and Dan Pero of Dimondale, Mich., were appointed to terms on the board expiring in 2008. Their appointments were announced April 13. DeNooyer and Pero replace Joan Krause and George Franklin, respectively.

Vernice Anthony is senior vice president for corporate affairs and community health for St. John Health System, Detroit. She previously served on the board of governors of Wayne State University, in 1998, and was director of the Michigan Department of Public Health from 1991 to 1995. Anthony holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Wayne State and a master's degree from the University of Michigan.

Peter L. Aseritis is a WMU alumnus and is president of Portfolio Performance Analysis, Inc., in Traverse City, Mich. He received a bachelor of business administration in finance from WMU in 1973 and earned an MBA in finance from Penn State in 1982. He is a life member of the WMU Alumni Association and a member of the President's Circle of major donors.

Sarah DeNooyer is a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident who has been actively involved with the Third Christian Reformed Church, Kalamazoo Christian Schools, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Guidance Clinic of Kalamazoo. A 1981 graduate of Michigan State University, she served as a clothing buyer for Kalamazoo's Redwood & Ross from 1981 to 1985.

Dan Pero is a WMU alumnus and previously served as a WMU trustee in 1997 until relocation to Florida caused him to step down. He is a partner in the Lansing-based public relations firm Sterling Corp. Previously, he was managing director for the Michigan office of public relations firm Weber-Shandwick Worldwide and vice president for Eckerd Corp., a national retail drug firm with headquarters in Florida. Prior to his work in the private sector, the 1973 WMU graduate was Gov. Engler's chief of staff. He also is a member of the Pontiac Stadium Building Authority and a past member of the Michigan Judicial Commission.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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