The members of the Board of Trustees have many roles supporting the University.

Their roles include:

  • Directing the president who, in turn, manages the University
  • Providing vital policy leadership and oversight in critical areas
  • Evaluating the extent to which the Central Administration effectively supports the faculty and students in their pursuits
  • Overseeing the University’s financial performance
  • Actively participating in academic planning
  • Donating to and oversight of the advancement function, which seeks funds to support the University.
  • Long-range planning
  • Helping to define the philosophy of the University
Dr. Lambert E. Althaver

Dr. Lambert E. Althaver

Retired Chairman & CEO
The Walbro Corporation

Cass City, Michigan

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Lambert E. Althaver retired in 1998 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Walbro Corporation, a publicly owned manufacturer of fuel system products for the global automotive and outdoor power equipment markets. The Company had subsidiaries and joint ventures throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Belgium, the U.K., Japan, South Korea and China.

Mr. Althaver was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1931. He attended Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Following two years in the military, he joined Walbro Corporation in 1954 as an accountant.

In 1958, Mr. Althaver was named Assistant to the President. He was promoted to Vice President-Finance in 1965, and Executive Vice President in 1970. In 1977, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 1982 became Chief Executive Officer. He served on the Board of Directors of Walbro Corporation from 1968 until his retirement, and he was named Chairman in 1987.

Mr. Althaver served as President of the Village of Cass City, Michigan, from 1965-1984; from 1987 to 2000; and from 2004 to 2007. He retired in 2004 after ten years as founding Chairman of the Tuscola (County) Area Airport Authority. He was a Director of the Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation for 20 years, and was a Commissioner of the County Planning Commission.

Mr. Althaver has been active in the Boy Scouts of America, receiving the Distinguished Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver Awards, and served as a member of the Executive Board of the Lake Huron Area Council from 1988 to 2000.

He has served as a Director of the Cass City Arts Council, and he was a Director and Business Manager of the Village Bach Festival in Cass City for 20 years. He has been a Director of Artrain USA for more than 30 years and served as Chairman of the Board of that organization from 1996 to 2003.

He was named Citizen of the Year in 1978 by the Cass City Chamber of Commerce and is a Paul Harris Society member of Rotary International, having also served twice as President of his local Rotary Club. In 1997, he was named an Outstanding Business Leader by Northwood University (Midland, Michigan). He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Northwood University in 2000 and, in 2003, was given the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Northwood.

In 1998, Mr. Althaver was elected to the Board of the American Business Conference, a coalition of mid-size growth companies, headquartered in Washington, D.C. In 1998, he was also appointed to the Board of Hills and Dales General Hospital in Cass City where he serves as Treasurer and, from 1999 to 2002 he was on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce from 1986-1992.

Member of Executive and Compensation; Chair of Nominating; Vice Chair of Finance and Audit

Dr. Phillip D. Brady

Dr. Phillip D. Brady

Alexandria, VA

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Phillip Brady is senior vice president, Government Affairs for Phillips 66. Located in Washington, D.C., he is responsible for the company's federal, state and international policy and governmental affairs efforts. He has over 30 years of experience serving in government and related positions in Washington, D.C.

Before joining Phillips 66 in August 2012, Brady had served as president of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) since June 2001). In this position, he directed a stsaff that carried out the activities of the association in government and industry relations, education and dealership operations, and public affairs. Prior to joining NADA, Brady served five years as the vice president and general counsel for the American Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Earlier in his career, Brady served two presidents in senior White House positions. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Congress.

Brady graduated with honors from both the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University School of Law. He was also awarded an honorary doctor of laws from Northwood University, and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2006.

Vice Chair of Advancement

Dr. Daniel G. DeVos

Dr. Daniel G. DeVos (’80 Alum)

Chairman, President & CEO
DP Fox Ventures, LLC

Ada, Michigan

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Daniel DeVos is chairman and chief executive officer of DP Fox Ventures, LLC, a diversified management company with interests in real estate, transportation, and sports and entertainment.

DeVos also is chair of the Orlando Magic (NBA), and president and chief executive officer of the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL). In addition, DeVos is chairman and chief executive officer of Georgian International, Ltd., president and chief executive officer of Fox Motor Group and a partner in CWD Real Estate Investments. DeVos is also a member of the board of directors of Alticor, parent company of Amway.

In the community, DeVos is the current board president of Hope Network and a member of the Hope Network Foundation board and is a board member of the West Michigan Sports Commission. He is a past chairman of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

DeVos earned a bachelor’s degree in 1980 and an honorary doctor of laws in 1999 from Northwood University. Over the years Northwood has honored him as an Outstanding Alumni awardee, Outstanding Business Leader, and Automobile Dealer Education awardee. He has served on Northwood’s Board of Trustees since 1997.

Chair of Executive; Member of Advancement, Compensation and Nominating

James C. Fabiano

James C. Fabiano II

Fabiano Brothers, Inc.

Freeland, Michigan

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James Fabiano, II is the president of Fabiano Brothers, Inc., a wine and beer distribution company headquartered in Freeland, Michigan. Fabiano Brothers serves 17 counties in Central, Eastern and Northern Michigan.

Fabiano is a native of Mount Pleasant, Michigan and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Central Michigan University.

His involvement in the community includes memberships on the boards of Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, Saginaw Community Foundation, Junior Achievement of Central Michigan, and Bay Future.

Fabiano has served as a trustee for Northwood University since 2007 and is also a member of Northwood-Michigan’s Board of Governors.

Vice Chair of Nominating; Member of Communications and Recruitment

Richard J. Garber

Richard J. Garber

President, Garber Management Group

Saginaw, MI

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Dick Garber is President of Garber Management Group, Inc. the umbrella organization for fourteen automobile dealerships representing fourteen franchises in Michigan, Illinois, Florida and New York. The organization also includes its own financial company Gateway Financial Solutions, and RightWay Automotive, an independent used vehicle chain which operates in over 25 sales locations in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Garber Management Group is ranked the 13th largest privately held Michigan company outside of Detroit.

In the community, Dick has been active on numerous boards for non-profit organizations and foundations. Currently he is the Chair of the Temple Theatre Foundation, President of the Saginaw Society of Crippled Children, Past Chair and Board member of Saginaw Future, Inc, and Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Child Abuse and Neglect Council.

In 2002, Dick became the owner and governor of an Ontario Hockey League Franchise, now the Saginaw Spirit, which is in its 13th season at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw.

Dick is a 1978 graduate of Northwood University and has been honored as one of Northwood University’s Outstanding Business Leaders and received the Outstanding Alumni award. He joined the Northwood University Board of Trustees in 2014.

Member of Advancement, Communications and Recruitment, and Investment

Robert Grubb

Robert Grubb (’80 Alum)

Co-founder and CEO
Alliant National Title Insurance Company, Inc.

Longmont, Colorado

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Robert Grubb serves on the Northwood University Board of Trustees. Grubb also served as national co-chair of Northwood’s most recent capital campaign along with his wife, Julie, and is a member of Northwood’s Board of Governors.

Grubb earned an associate’s degree in banking and finance, an associate’s degree in automotive marketing and a bachelor’s degree in management from Northwood University in 1980. He studied for his M.B.A degree at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

Northwood University honored Grubb with its Outstanding Alumni Award in 1993 and an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2008. In 1999 Dr. Grubb and Mrs. Grubb established the Samuel R. Marotta Faculty Ethics Award in partnership with the late Dr. Dale Haywood. The award is bestowed by each graduating class to the professor who most inspired students to think beyond themselves about the impact of their actions on others.

Grubb is a co-founder and chief executive officer of Alliant National Title Insurance Company, Inc., headquartered in Longmont, CO. Alliant National is a growing title insurance underwriter currently operating in 17 states. The company is unique in how it serves independent title agents helping them to expand their businesses, reduce their costs and risks, in a non-competitive partnership. Grubb is a seasoned executive who has started and grown companies operating internationally and domestically. He has founded, built and operated a number of other companies over the past 25 years and served as a director oror advisor to a number of companies. Grubb has served in a variety of leadership positions in the Young Presidents Organization and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Underwriter Section of the American Land Title Association. He has provided his time and energy to help a range of nonprofit organizations.

Grubb and his wife reside near Longmont, Colorado.

Chair of Advancement; Member of Executive

Rick Guirlinger

Rick Guirlinger

Bourke Services

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Rick Guirlinger, president of Bourke Services, is the retired Vice President of Special Projects for General Parts International, Inc., d/b/a/ CARQUEST Auto Parts, WORLDPAC, Inc., and other subsidiaries. He is a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs and received his CPA Certificate of Examination in 1977. Guirlinger lends his expertise to various community boards and committees, some of which include the Triangle Community Foundation, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Wake County Schools and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. He is married to Annette and has two grown sons. Rick has a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and is a MBA graduate of the DeVos Graduate School of Management.

Dr John R Hantz

Dr. John R. Hantz (’84 Alum)

Hantz Group, Inc.

Detroit, Michigan

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John R. Hantz, President and CEO of Hantz Group, Inc., is nationally recognized as a dynamic and creative leader in the financial community. The Hantz Group, Inc, founded in 1998, has more than 600 employees with 20 offices serving communities in Michigan and Ohio, and more than $4 billion in assets under management.

John founded Hantz Bank in 2010, quickly becoming one of the fastest growing community banks in Michigan with six branches and continued planned growth into the future.

Today, under John’s leadership, Hantz Group, Inc. continues to expand its assets beyond a full-service financial holding company.

Prior to founding Hantz Group, Inc. John was a Group Vice President for American Express Financial Advisors’ largest and most successful cluster in Metropolitan Detroit. During his tenure at American Express, Hantz was credited with turning around a number of lagging markets.

John is widely known for his innovative management techniques and his ability to implement change. He is a visionary who sees opportunity in obstacles, with the capability to turn them into advantages. This is evident among Hantz Group’s subsidiaries like Hantz Farms, which is slated to be the world’s largest center for urban agriculture.

He earned his BA from Northwood University where he majored in Economics and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University Business School. In 2004, John was the recipient of an honorary Juris Doctorate from Northwood University.

Mr. Hantz is a supporter of many community projects, a strong advocate of educational programs and is active in Michigan’s higher education system. John is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northwood University, Chairman of the Investment Committee and is a former Chairman of Northwood University’s Board of Governors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and serves on the Finance Committee.

Mr. Hantz is a long time Detroit resident who has dedicated his time, energy and vast resources to the revitalization of the City.

Chair of Investment; Member of Executive, and Finance and Audit

Dr. John A Hohman

Dr. John A. Hohman

Monroe Auto Equipment Company

Sand Point, Michigan & Stuart, Florida

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John "Jack" Hohman served as vice president of the Manufacturers Sales Division of Monroe Auto Equipment Company. Since his retirement from Monroe he has directed a retail battery operation with his son, Robert. In 1970, he founded Monroe Cablevision. He was also a partner in Raisin Valley Title Company and has owned a retail travel company specializing in cruises.

Hohman is past chairman of Northwood University’s Board of Trustees and has served on the board since 1976. He received Northwood’s Automotive Aftermarket Education Award in 1975.

He is a graduate of Hillsdale College and also received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Northwood in 1986.

Chair of Compensation; Member of Executive, and Advancement

Edward J. McBrien

Edward J. McBrien (’81 Alum)

President, Sales and Distributor Operations

Hinsdale, Illinois

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Ed is President of Sales and Distributor Operations for MillerCoors and is chiefly responsible for revenue, profit contribution, and share growth. MillerCoors is the second largest brewer in the U.S., with annual sales of $7.5 billion, more than 30 brand families, and 9,000 employees.

Ed joined Coors Brewing Company in October 1994 as Retail Account Director responsible for chain customers in the Midwest. He was promoted to Midwest Area Vice President in 1995, East Region Vice President in 1999, Vice President, Key Accounts in 2003, and Chief Revenue Officer in 2005. In 2008 Coors Brewing Company and Miller Brewing Company merged and Ed was appointed President of the Western Division for MillerCoors. He was then promoted to President of Sales and Distributor Operations in 2010. Ed’s extensive background also includes a number of sales positions at Procter & Gamble for 13 years prior to joining Coors.

Ed is actively involved in several community organizations. Currently, he sits on the Board of Trustees for Northwood University, Midland, Michigan. He also serves on the Chicago Advisory Board for Project C.U.R.E. (the leading volunteer distributor of medical supplies across the world) and the Chicago United CEO Council (promoting multiracial leadership development). Ed earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University and was the Senior Class Valedictorian as well as the Academic Athlete of the Year. He is married and has two children.

Vice Chair of Investment; Member of Academic

Rick Guirlinger

Steve Madincea


London, England

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Steve Madincea is a 1982 graduate of Northwood University and lives just outside of London, England where he operates his business, PRISM, the largest and most successful sponsorship agency partner. PRISM’s enthusiastic and highly experienced teams have worked with brands and events around the world since 1993 and offer industry leading sponsorship insight, content generation and flawless activation. Through Madincea’s leadership, PRISM has grown globally securing numerous industry awards for blue-chip clients around the world. Since 1999 PRISM has been part of the world’s largest communications groups, WPP Group Plc. Madincea and his wife Jackie have three children. He was named an Outstanding Business Leader of Northwood University in 2015.

Dr. Terry L. Neese

Dr. Terry L. Neese

President and Co-Founder

Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Dr. Neese has spent over thirty (30) years finding careers for men and women. She has dedicated her career to assist/mentor others in their search for life/work sustainability as the founder of Terry Neese Personnel Services. TNPS is a multi-million dollar staffing firm located in Oklahoma and Dr. Neese’s daughter, Kim Neese, now leads the firm as President.

She has served many non-profits: national president, National Association of Women Business Owners; Co-Founder, Women Impacting Public Policy; Distinguished Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis, US/Afghan Women’s Council and the National Women’s Business Council to name a few. She traveled to all fifty states and dozens of countries.

Neese founded the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women in 2006. In 2007, after spending time and conversations with women in Afghanistan, her skills and her heart lead her to develop the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program to empower more women around the world. She is also a pilot, a motivator, and dedicated to her family.

Vice Chair of Academic

Jennifer T. Panning

Jennifer T. Panning (’92 Alum)

Artisan Tile Inc.

Brighton, Michigan

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Dr. William A. Parlberg

Dr. William A. Parlberg (’79 & ’00 Alum)

President and COO
Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, Michigan

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As president and chief operating officer, William Parlberg oversees all day-to-day operations and is responsible for the financial performance for Zehnder’s Restaurant, Zehnder’s Retail Division, The Fortress Golf Course and Zehnder’s Splash Village and Waterpark. Parlberg joined the company in 1975 as a dishwasher and has held several senior management positions prior to his promotion to president in 2001.

He is a 1979 graduate of Northwood University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management and associate’s degree in hotel and restaurant management. He was named salutatorian of his graduating class. In 2000, he graduated from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management from Northwood University with his MBA.

Parlberg is very active in community activities and has served as one of the youngest presidents of the Frankenmuth Rotary Club. He has held numerous positions with Rotary International. He served as president of St. John’s Lutheran Church and chaired its new building finance committee in 1998. Other current activities include positions on the boards of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce, and Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Vice Chair of Communications and Recruitment; Member of Finance and Audit

Dr. Maureen L. Smith

Dr. Maureen L. Smith


Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Born and educated in New York, Maureen Smith attended St. John’s University Law School and then joined her family’s business. Moving to Florida in the early 1950’s, she and her father established the first beeper system in Miami. Later she bought and operated Airbeep, Inc. in Wisconsin and her father’s Cleveland Telephone Answering Service. In 1982, they partnered with The Washington Post to found Cellular One.

An active volunteer leader, she has been a major force in the development of Northwood University’s Florida campus, serving on its Board of Governors and as a long-time chair of the Ft. Lauderdale chapter of Northwood National Women’s Board & Friends. In 1991, Smith received an honorary doctorate degree from Northwood and the Distinguished Women’s award in 1996.

She is a member of St. Anthony’s Foundation, the Federated Women’s Club, Coral Ridge Women’s Club, a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and an honorary alumnus of Pinecrest School, Ft. Lauderdale, which cited her for significant leadership in the development of their educational programs.

Smith has served as a Northwood trustee since 1991.

Member of Advancement

Noelle M. Walsh

Noelle M. Walsh

Corporate Vice President Supply Chain,
The Dow Chemical Company

Midland, MI

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Noelle Walsh is the Corporate Vice President of Supply Chain for The Dow Chemical Company, focusing on driving an integrated, low cost to serve and reliable organization committed to our customers.

She started her career in the Design Engineering office of Brown & Root (UK), in London from 1985 to 1987, during which time she was seconded to BP (Scotland) for six months and also worked offshore.

Walsh joined The Dow Chemical Company in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, in 1987. She has held a variety of manufacturing and engineering leadership positions as well as business leadership positions across Dow businesses globally. Through Dow, she has also lived in Stade, Germany; Freeport, Texas; and Midland, Michigan.

Noelle is an active leader in Dow’s Women’s Innovation Network.

She joined Northwood’s Board of Trustees in May, 2014.

Walsh holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in chemical engineering from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. She is presently located in Midland, Michigan, with her family.

Member of Academic and Advancement

Dr. Albert F. Zehnder

Dr. Albert F. Zehnder

Chairman and CEO
Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, Michigan

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As Chairman and C.E.O., Albert F. Zehnder directs all strategic planning of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth; the Fortress, Zehnder’s 18-hole golf course and Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark. He joined the company in 1976 and now serves as CEO of the company and Chairman on the company’s board of directors.

A graduate of Valparaiso University (IN), Zehnder earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976.

He served as a delegate to the 1987-88 Michigan Governor’s Conference on Small Business, has been a board member of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce serving as its president, 1986-87. Zehnder was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Frankenmuth Chapter of Rotary International. He is the past president of the Frankenmuth Historical Association Board of Trustees. He is past president of the Library of Michigan Foundation, a past board member of the Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau and current board member of First Merit Bank Saginaw. Zehnder also serves as Trustee of the Frankenmuth School District, Vice President of the Frankenmuth Downtown Development Association, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Northwood University where he was recognized nationally as one of Northwood University’s Outstanding Business Leaders for 2004. In 2007 Northwood University recognized him with an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree.

Zehnder, his wife Karen and his four children, are residents of Frankenmuth.

Chair of Finance and Audit; Member of Executive, Compensation, and Nominating

Trustees Emeriti

Dr. Robert M. Fairchild, President, Fairchild Management Company
Dr. John J. Ferron
Lynn Ferron
Dr. Jerome M. (Jerry) Fullinwider, Vice Chairman, Hillwood International Energy
Dr. Louis J. Furlo, Sr., Chairman of the Board, Morley Companies, Inc.
Dr. Christi Harris, President and CEO, The Christi Harris Companies, Inc.
Lyttleton T. Harris IV
Dr. Marjorie McIntyre Hohman
Dr. Leo C. Jerome, President, Story Automotive Group
Dr. Cleve L. Killingsworth, Jr.
Dr. Terence F. Moore
Dr. Macauley Whiting, Jr.