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Past Heroes – 2005

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2005 - Steve Grobbel
2005 - Dr. Raghunath Khetan
Research Engineer
2005 - Coach Mike Lane
Research Engineer
2005 - Lois Mann
2005 - Kris Marshall
Mentoring Executive
2005 - John Primrose
Scouting Executive
2005 - Dolores Gonzalez-Ramirez
Social Worker
2005 - Carol Rosenberg
Executive Director
2005 - Dana Stearns
2005 - Professor Maureen Tippen
Nursing Director
Everyday Hero
Steve Grobbel
Attorney for Bellance, Beattie & DeLisle, P.C.

About this Everyday Hero

For practicing his profession with integrity, for being an inspiration to his peers, and for maintaining balance in his life. His nominators call him, "dedicated intellectually and emotionally to the practice of inspired advocate for the less fortunate.unselfish with his time.and a well-balanced individual." His selflessness and compassion for others is underscored by countless hours of volunteering with the 5th grade students at Washington Elementary School, his pro bono advocacy with Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services, and his defense of clients without attorneys in the Harper Woods District Court.

To learn more about Bellanca, Beattie & DeLisle, P.C., click here.

Everyday Hero
Dr. Raghunath Khetan
Research Engineer for Delphi & Founder & Director of ICAE

About this Everyday Hero

For dedication and innovation in the field of Engineering Research and for founding The Indus Center for Academic Excellence. Dr. Khetan has served his company and his industry with distinction as a respected leader in the field of math-based manufacturing engineering. He founded ICAE in 1994 to encourage talented children to excel in critical thinking, math and science. He unselfishly gives up more than forty weekends a year to teach classes, recruit teachers and raise the funds needed to sustain its vision. Where before, Oakland County students barely competed in state and national competitions, they now excel; and because of ICAE many will go on to careers that will help Michigan and America compete globally.

To learn more about ICAE, click here.

Everyday Hero
Coach Mike Lane
Hall of Fame Swim Coach & Champion of Excellence

About this Everyday Hero

For a distinguished career in coaching and for continuing into retirement to be a "life coach" to many. "Mr. Lane" coached Bloomfield Hills Andover to 15 state championships and the Birmingham Country Club and Bloomfield Surf Club to 28 League championships over a 33-year career. He’s an inductee in three Coaching Halls of Fame. But even more significant, he instilled the habits of excellence in everyone he coached and mentored along the way. The parents of a down-syndrome child wrote in support of his Award: "Our child will always remember the respect you showed her in teaching her to swim. When she was in your pool, you made her feel equal to the other children. We’ll never forget your kindness so freely offered and for giving her the opportunity to say, ‘I can do it!’ Since retiring, Mike is currently running the Skandalaris Family Foundation.

To learn more about this foundation, click here.

Everyday Hero
Lois Mann
Teacher & Extraordinary Neighbor

About this Everyday Hero

Students, young and old, celebrate Lois Mann for bringing her creative imagination to the classroom and for making learning fun. Turning a closet into a planetarium, making castles out of refrigerator boxes, and writing "small-moment" stories instilled in many the desire to learn at an early age. The Fairfax Players and Penny Carnival, created in memory of a family member who died young, has become a neighborhood institution. Whether tutoring the neighborhood children, reminding young people to put others first, or just teaching with her heart, Lois Mann embodies the very best qualities of an Everyday Hero.

Everyday Hero
Lois Mann
President & CEO Winning Futures – Founder of The Metro Detroit Mentoring Collaboration

About this Everyday Hero

For helping to make Michigan a national model for mentoring. Under her leadership, "Winning Futures" became a model for school-based mentoring programs, provided mentoring for more than thirteen thousand students, and awarded more than a million dollars in scholarships. In 2003, she founded the Metropolitan Detroit Mentoring Collaboration to enhance the impact of mentorship through collaborative relationships. A leader of contagious energy, a strong vision creator, and an inspirational mentor for teens and mentoring executives alike.

To learn more about Winning Futures, click here.

Everyday Hero
John Primrose
Scouting Executive, Boy Scouts of America

About this Everyday Hero

Scouting Executive for the Boy Scouts of America

For passion and vision throughout his career as a leader and for living the principles of the Scout Oath by "doing his best", every day. In the words of his nominators: "His selflessness as a leader set new standards and left a lasting impression on many. He led by example, making certain that every camper got the best effort from his staff, every session." In 10 years in Detroit he increased Scouting’s membership, led the drive to build the new Dauch Scout Center, and developed a nation-wide camping assistance program so that children in need could attend camp too. He formed lasting partnerships within the community; and most important, he left things better than he found them.

To learn more about the Boy Scouts of America, click here.

Everyday Hero
Dolores Gonzalez-Ramirez
LA VIDA Program Manager, Community Health & Social Services

About this Everyday Hero

For courage in dealing with the dangerous and complex field of domestic violence and for tireless dedication in succeeding where others have failed. Under her leadership, LA VIDA has become a ground-breaking program for the prevention of domestic violence and the education of its victims in the Southwest Detroit community. Gonzalez-Ramirez displays skill, patience, and undying compassion in guiding victims to a better understanding of the causes of their situation and in making better life decisions. Her nominators call her "a lifeline for her community" whose efforts have saved lives and someone who is always there for those who need her.

Everyday Hero
Carol Rosenberg
Executive Director, Jewish Home & Aging Services

About this Everyday Hero

For tireless outreach and undying commitment in assuring dignity for the elderly and for being an advocate of cultural diversity. A loving relationship with her grandparents influenced her passion for older adults, led to her creating an innovative school-based sensitivity program for young people, and to her being named recipient of the Herbert Shore Outstanding Mentor Award. Carol is an Everyday Hero to so many because of her unique ability to mentor from the heart with passion and humor.

For more information on the Jewish Home & Aging Services, click here.

Everyday Hero
Dana Stearns
Manager, Domino’s Pizza Partners Foundation

About this Everyday Hero

For inspiring leadership in helping to create the Domino’s Mueller Endowment Fund and for embodying the best attributes of the Domino’s corporate culture. In an extremely challenging business climate, Dana and her team revitalized an important company program, handled thousands of requests for assistance with integrity and compassion, raised employee contributions to new levels, and established the endowment fund to assure the Foundation’s future. In the words of her nominators; "Dana makes us thankful that she is here; she is clearly one of the reasons that Domino’s is such a great company."

To learn more about the Domino’s Pizza Partners Foundation, click here.

Everyday Hero
Professor Maureen Tippen
Nursing Professor, University of Michigan – Flint

About this Everyday Hero

For dedication to the nursing profession, and for extraordinary commitment to community, regional, and international service. "A True Hero" is how Bradley Kowalk described Professor Tippen in his essay that led to her nomination: "Living in America, people can get too comfortable with their lives and forget to reach out to other people. Too many look to always improve their lives, yet are naïve to the fact that there are millions of other people who could use a pair of shoes more than they could use an extra Big Mac. She could be like so many Americans, sitting inside her air-conditioned house, and enjoying the good life. Instead, she gives herself up to the needs of others. "I’m sure Professor Tippen would say that doing all you can to help others is really the good life."

To learn more about Professor Tippen’s Midwest Medical Mission, click here.