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Board of Trustees as of January 1, 2021

Amna P. Seibold

Amna P. Seibold (Chair)

Appointed December 20, 2016 by Governor Rick Snyder

Amna Seibold, mayor of East Grand Rapids, joined the Ferris Board in January of 2017. She served as mayor of East Grand Rapids from 2011 to 2019, after six years of service as a city commissioner and five years as a planning commissioner. A 1975 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, she attended Albion College and later earned her master’s degree in health administration from the University of Michigan. She is also the director of pathology at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2024, filling the seat previously held by Alisha Baker.


Ana L. Ramirez-Saenz

Ana L. Ramirez-Saenz (Vice Chair)

Appointed December 31, 2014 by Governor Rick Snyder

Ana Ramirez-Saenz is CEO and owner of La Fuente Consulting LLC, diversity and inclusion consultancy, established in 2000. She was previously the marketing and training manager for Steelcase Financial and an assistant product manager for Turnstone, at Steelcase Inc. She currently serves as the Board Secretary and Chair of the board development and governance committee, and a past finance chair of the finance committee of Clark Retirement Community; serves on the board of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids and is member and events chair for Ellington Academy for Arts and Technology. She earned both a bachelor's degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She resides in Caledonia and will serve a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022, filling the seat previously held by Sueann Walz.


Rupesh K. Srivastava

Rupesh K. Srivastava (Secretary)

Appointed December 31, 2014 by Governor Rick Snyder

Rupesh Srivastava is president, CEO and founder of both Youngsoft Inc. and H2H Solutions. He serves on the boards of TIE Detroit, Youngtronics LLC, ESSPl and Ferris State University. He is also a founding member of Ynotlearn and Car4nurses. He was a Crain's Detroit Business "40 under 40" honoree in 2005, was awarded the First Global Entrepreneur of The Year award by Times Now in 2014, Pride of India Gold Award in 2006, and received the Salute to Excellence Award from the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce in 2007. He earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ranchi University in Jharkhand state in India. He resides in Wixom and will serve a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022, filling the seat previously held by D. William Lakin.


Lori A. Gwizdala

LaShanda R. Thomas (Member-at-Large)

Appointed December 20, 2016 by Governor Rick Snyder

LaShanda R. Thomas, a certified public accountant, joined the Ferris Board in January of 2017. A certified public accountant for more than 20 years, Thomas established The Clairmount Group, PLC, Certified Public Accountants, in 2002, where she is the managing partner. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is active in her community and is a member of the local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, and The Links, Incorporated. She resides in Grosse Pointe and will serve a term expiring Dec. 31, 2024, filling the seat previously held by Arthur Tebo.


George K. Heartwell, III

George K. Heartwell

Appointed December 28, 2020 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer

George K. Heartwell, III is the former mayor of Grand Rapids. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English Literature from Albion College and a Master of Divinity from the Western Theological Seminary. Heartwell currently serves as a member of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, Newaygo Economic Development Corporation, Environmental Law and Policy Center Michigan Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Newaygo and for Garfield Township. He will serve a term expiring December 31, 2028, filling the seat previously held by Robert Hegbloom.  


Kurt A. Hofman

Kurt A. Hofman

Appointed October 17, 2018 by Governor Rick Snyder

Kurt Hofman, Ferris alumnus and executive vice president at RoMan Manufacturing, joined the Board in January 2019. Hofman earned an associate degree in Welding Engineering Technology from Ferris’ College of Engineering Technology in 1983 and a bachelor's degree in Welding Engineering from Arizona State University. He serves on the advisory board for Ferris’ Welding Engineering Technology program and is chair-elect for The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, he has served the industry in various roles including those of Chairman of the Western Michigan Section of the American Welding Society and member of the Board of Directors of the Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance where he chaired various committees. Hofman resides in Grand Rapids and will serve a term expiring Dec. 31, 2026, filling the seat previously held by Gary Granger.


Kari L. Sederburg

Kari L. Sederburg

Appointed October 17, 2018 by Governor Rick Snyder

Kari Sederburg is senior program officer with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in Lansing. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Ferris’ College of Business in 2002 and her master’s degree in public administration from Ohio University. She resides in East Lansing and will serve a term expiring Dec. 31, 2026, filling the seat previously held by Paul Boyer.


LaShanda R. Thomas

Ronald E. Snead

Appointed December 28, 2020 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Ronald E. Snead, Sr., of Stanwood, is retired from Dixien, LLC, a supplier of metal stampings and plastic molded parts to the automotive industry, where he served as vice president of corporate relations. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees and was the first African American alumnus of Ferris to chair the Board of Trustees. He is the recipient of the 1995 Ferris Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Giants William Glenn Trailblazer Award in 2011. Snead is appointed for a term  expiring December 31, 2028, filling the seat previously held by Lori Gwizdala.