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LRBOI
Wieland-Davco


Meet the team.

 

 

Betsy ZietlowI
Contract Administrator

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
Contract Administrator—The Wieland-Davco Corporation, February 2008 to Present
Office Manager/Accounting Manager, Davenport Masonry Inc, 14.5 Years
Office Manager, Schiffer Mason Contractors Inc, 9 Years

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS
Lansing Chapter Construction Financial Management Association, Past President
Construction Finance Mgt. Assoc., 5 Year Forecast Committee, 2011—2012
Construction Finance Mgt. Assoc. Chapter Resource Committee, 2011—2012

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Business Administration, Baker College Online, 2008
Associates of Business Management, Baker College Online, 2006
Holt High School Graduate, 1983

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Delhi Township Planning Commission
CFMA (Construction Financial Management)
American Cancer Society– Relay For Life
First Presbyterian Church Holt, Investment Committee

PROJECT EXPERIENCE
Unisolar GV2.2
Greenville, Michigan
$18 million

Unisolar GV1.2
Greenville, Michigan
$18 million

Unisolar
Battle Creek, Michigan
$35-40 million

Unisolar AH2 Machine Move
Auburn Hills, Michigan
$1.7 million

Michigan Dental Association
Okemos, Michigan
$4.2 million

Eby-Brown Company, LLC
Ypsilanti, Michigan
$3.3 million

Greenstone Farm Credit Services
East Lansing, Michigan
$8.6 million

Spring Arbor University
Kresge Student Center
Spring Arbor, MI
$2.5 Million
Oakwood Lots 27 & 28
Lansing, Michigan
$1.2 million

Bombardier Aerospace—CIASTA
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
New CIASTA Facility
$12.9 million

Northland Corporation
Greenville, Michigan
$9.2 million

Mahle and Mahle Expansion
St. Johns, Michigan
$3.5 million

Mahle 2 Warehouse
St. Johns, Michigan
$2.4 million

Formex II Tool Room Addition
Saltillo, Mexico
$1.6 million

Blue Diamond Steel Casting
Pigeon, Michigan
$5.7 million

Draths Corporation
Lansing, Michigan
$1.9 million

Spring Arbor University
University Hall
Spring Arbor, Michigan
$7.2 million

Audubon Behavioral Healthcare
Longview, Texas—$3 million
Lufkin, Texas—$3 million

Regional Commerce Center
Shreveport, Louisiana
$9.6 million

North DeSoto High School
Stonewall, Louisiana
$6.5 million

Vehtek Systems, Inc.
Bowling Green, OH
$37 Million

Freedom Center
Fenton, MI
$3.2 Million

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Manistee, MI
$10 Million

City of Sturgis PSUB
Sturgis, MI
$3.4 Million

 

 

 

Virgil J. Johnson
 
Tribal Council member and Task
Force Co‐Chair

Background:

‘Virg’ Johnson was educated at Manistee High School and attended Muskegon Area Skill Training Center
(Machine Tool Certificate). He received his Associates Degree from Ferris
State University in their School of Technology followed by his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ferris. He also went through the Michigan Apprenticeship Program as a Tool and Die Maker.
 
A U. S. Army veteran, Virg worked at Dow Corning Corporation as a Senior Industry Consultant/Area
Supervisor and Mentor for Engineers as a Group Leader and Project Leader. He holds 4 US Patents in
Silicone He is the owner of
Little River Consulting and consults for Silicone Fabrication; LIM Business
Development and Habitat Restoration (Wildlife).
 
At Little River since 2003, he chairs
the Natural Resource Commission; is secretary for the Binojeeuk
Commission; secretary for the Commerce Commission; sits on the Board of Directors for Muschigon; is
secretary of the Warrior Society and is an instructor for the Little River Hunter Safety Program.

Virg has presented many technical papers through North America to groups such as the National Plastic
Exposition (Medical Division); University of Milwaukee; Medical Device Manufacturers; Rubber World,
Rubber and Plastics News and the Silicone National Symposium.

 

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Matt Getchell,
Leed® AP

Senior Project Manager

 

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
Senior Project Manager—The Wieland-Davco Corporation, 2007 to Present
Project Manager, The Wieland-Davco Corporation, 1999-2007
Estimator, The Wieland-Davco Corporation, 1998-99
Site Superintendent, The Wieland-Davco Corporation, 1998
Site Superintendent, Centex Homes, 3 Years

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science, Building Construction Management, Michigan State University, 1995
Duncanville High School Graduate, 1990
Certified Storm Water Operator
PROJECT EXPERIENCE
Greenstone Farm Credit Services
Lansing, Michigan
77,000 SF
$9.1 Million

Unisolar
Battle Creek, Michigan
276,000 SF
$35-50 Million

Michigan Dental Association
Okemos, Michigan
27,000 SF, 2-Story
$4.3 Million

Country Club Professional Centre
(Dental Office)
Adrian, Michigan
10,000 SF

St. Luke Lutheran Church
Haslett, Michigan
25,000 SF

Greater Lansing Association
of Realtors
Lansing, Michigan
35,000 SF

Faith Baptist Church
Greenville, Michigan
27,000 SF

Friendship Baptist Church
Lansing, Michigan
37,000 SF

Williamston Free Methodist Church
Williamston, Michigan
27,000 SF
$2.1 Million

Best Buy
Midland, Michigan
20,000 SF

British Colonial Hotel &
Commerce Exchange Building
Nassau, Bahamas
7 Story Hotel Renovation
$31.8 Million

Dr. Schaefer/Dr. Ward
Professional Building
Dentist Office
Lansing, Michigan
16,000 SF
$2.3 Million

Maynard Professional Centre
East Lansing, Michigan
(4) buildings, 57,346 SF
Warmels & Comstock, 15,000 SF
Abraham/Gaffney, 10,500 SF
Great Lakes Comnet, 16,846 SF
Alliance OBGYN, 15,000 SF

American Master Products
South Lyons, Michigan
24,000 SF Pre-Engineered Metal
Building
$1.4 Million

Grace Community Church
Nashville, Michigan
22,000 SF

South Ocean Resort
Nassau, Bahamas
Hotel Restoration
$2 million

Webberville United Methodist Church
Webberville, Michigan
16,000 SF
$1.5 Million

Alpine Immanuel Baptist Church
Comstock Park, Michigan
13,500 SF
$1.1 Million

Hopevale Church
Saginaw, Michigan
52,000 SF
$6.5 Million

Dart Container
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
285,000 SF
$7.5 Million

Granger Energy
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
15,000 SF
$1.9 Million

Dart Container
Leola, Pennsylvania
400,000 SF

LorAnn Oils
Pre-Engineered Metal Bldg.
Lansing, Michigan
$347,000

Freedom Center Church
Renovation, Addition
Fenton, Michigan
$3.3 Million

Audubon Behavioral (2)
New 19,000 SF Hospitals
Longview and Lufkin, Texas
$6.9 Million

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Manistee, Michigan
55,000 SF
Government Facility
$10 Million

First Apostolic Lutheran Church
Howell, Michigan

Chelsea Free Methodist Church
Chelsea, MI
22,000 SF

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Jerry Risch,
Leed® AP

Project Superintendent

 

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
Project Superintendent—The Wieland-Davco Corporation, February 1992 to Present
Residential Builder, 4 Years

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS
LEED® AP Certified

EDUCATION
Williamston High School Graduate, 1985

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Mission Trips to Honduras and Mexico

PROJECT EXPERIENCE
Greenstone Farm Credit Services
East Lansing, Michigan
70,000 square feet
$9 Million

United Solar Ovonics GV1
Greenville, Michigan
Solar Cell Manufacturing
$50 Million

Calvary Baptist Church
Stick Built Worship Facility
$1.8 Million

General Mills
Chanhassen, Minnesota
60,000 square feet

Shaheen Chevrolet
Lansing, Michigan
64,000 square feet

Dr. Pepper
Grand Ledge, Michigan
40,000 square feet

Omni-Tech Industries
St. Johns, Michigan
35,000 square feet

Dart Container Corporation
Leola, Pennsylvania
300,000 square feet

United Solar Ovonics
Battle Creek, Michigan
Solar Cell Manufacturing
$50 Million

Capital Honda
Okemos, Michigan
25,000 square feet

Dart Container Corporation
Campbellford, Ontario Canada
5,000 square feet (truck garage)

All American Ford
Big Rapids, Michigan
22,000 square feet

Zion Industries
Grand Ledge, Michigan
15,000 square feet

Schaefer/ Ward Dentistry
2 Story Steel and Wood Construc-
tion
16,000 square feet

Two Men and a Truck
Lansing, Michigan
International Headquarters
35,000 square feet

Grand Ledge Ford
Grand Ledge, Michigan
CATA Bus Garage
Lansing, Michigan
27,000 square feet

Bridgewater Interiors
Lansing, Michigan
55,000 square feet

Greenstone Farm Credit Services
Coleman, Wisconsin
55,000 square feet

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Michael J. Ceplina
 
Tribal Council member and
Governmental Task Force member

 


Background:                 

Michael Ceplina moved to Manistee in 2002. His first job was with the tribe as a security officer with the Little River Casino Resort. From there he went on to work for the tribes’ Treatment Plant and was an operator for water and wastewater for over four years. Currently, he holds a license in water and wastewater. Next, Ceplina worked as a surveillance operator at the Resort and was then elected to serve on the Tribal Council where he has served since 2011. Ceplina says that, “Tribal Council has given me many challenging, yet exciting jobs such as; making tribal laws, overseeing the budget, Natural Resource and Gaming Commission meetings and being part of the Governmental Task Force for the new government center.”

 

 

Robert J. Memberto
 
Director of Commerce and Alternate
Governmental Task Force Member for Ogema


Background:

Robert J. Memberto was educated at Muskegon Oakridge High School and is a U.S Army veteran who attended Muskegon Community College obtaining his Corrections certificate and later attended Ferris State University majoring in Criminal Justice and attended Northern Michigan College in Traverse City, MI majoring in Business Administration while he was employed by the Grand Traverse Band Economic Development Corporation.
From 1994 to 2006 Robert held both gaming and non gaming positions ranging from Project Manager to General Manager and was a member the Executive Committee of GTB/EDC until leaving to come to work for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in 2006.
Robert has been involved in a wide variety of community and economic development projects, both gaming and non gaming alike. Some of his past projects include the Little River Trading Post Gas Station, Aki Community Center, Several low-income and market rental housing projects, the New Turtle Creek Casino Project, and several hotel and casino remodeling projects.
Robert was involved with several of the early working committees at the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians from 1995 to 1998 and resides in Manistee with his wife Shelly and their children.

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David Layman, AIA
Principal-In-Charge, President

 

 

Name: David Layman, AIA

Position: Principal-In-Charge, President

Project vision: Through the detailed exploration of needs and environmental commitments, this project has evolved into a great example of technology and practical solutions coming together to serve many generations of the LRBOI. High efficiency lighting, photovoltaics, pervious paving, grey water re-use and a geothermal heating and cooling system will all strive to reduce their footprint.  The emphasis on Tribal and Michigan made products will allow LRBOI to positively affect local economies while reducing wasteful transportation of products from suppliers abroad.

Professional History: As President and CEO, David Layman provides broad oversight on all aspects of Hooker DeJong projects from concept through completion. His primary responsibility is to ensure that all Hooker DeJong work meets the highest quality standards and that client expectations are fully satisfied. David has over 15 years experience in designing governmental and municipal facilities.

Education
University of Michigan
Master of Architecture
Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Registration
Registered Architect, States of Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, New York
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
36 CFR 61 Qualified Historical Architect
Licensed Residential Builder, State of Michigan
Licensed Real Estate Agent, State of Michigan

Affiliations


AIA Grand Valley Chapter
American Heart Association, Past Volunteer
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
American Red Cross, Past Board Member
Baker College Interior Design Department Advisory Board
Gerald R. Ford Boy Scout Council, Lifelong Eagle Scout
Habitat for Humanity, Past Volunteer
Lakeshore United Way, Past Board Member
Leadership Muskegon, Advisory Committee
Michigan Housing Council, Board Member
Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Volunteer
Muskegon Area Sister Cities, Board Chairman
Service 1 Credit Union, Board Member

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Frank Bednarek
Project Coordinator

 

Project vision: Strategic decision making, open communication, and collaboration among the team to develop a new center accessible to the Native American population. By incorporating sustainable, local products and methodologies while respecting traditions and the environment will make this center a great example of long term commitment to the community for years to come.

Professional History: Before joining Hooker | DeJong, Frank served as the County Administrator/Controller for Muskegon County for seventeen years and twelve years prior as the chief financial officer.  He has consulted with public and non-profit management in the areas of strategic planning, health strategies, economic development strategies, community planning, development alternatives, planning for the future, financial assessments and evaluation of crosscutting issues in the public sector.  Frank serves as the main point of contact and is heavily involved in the pre-planning phase to ensure that strategic objectives and budgetary are accurately set forth and reflected in the design.

Education
Bachelor of Arts - History and Political Science, Kent State University
Master of Arts - Public Administration, Kent State University 


Affiliations
Mercy Health Partners, Trustee/Mission Committee (Chairman)
Muskegon Museum of Art Collections Committee (Chairman)
Rotarian
Alliance for Health Board
Co-Chair, Capital Campaign for Every Woman’s Place Shelter Home
Co-Chair, READ Muskegon Scrabble Tournament Fund Raiser

Recognition
Patricia B. Johnson Leadership Award
Martin Luther King Jr. Award
Michigan Counties Employee of the Year Award
Practitioner of the Year Award
West Michigan Chapter American Society for Public Administration      
Honorary Inductee, Grand Valley State University, Public Administration Honor Society

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Chad Grinwis, AIA
Project Architect

Project vision: LRBOI has allowed us to approach this project in a unique way, we have worked very closely with the LRBOI Task Force and Staff to ensure that 7 generations (and beyond) will be able to shape and mold this building into an effective Governmental Center meeting current and future needs. This team oriented approach has allowed this project to transform into a beautiful example of the long term commitment LRBOI has made to the environment, its people and Michigan as a whole.
           
Professional History: As Project Architect, Chad oversees the project delivery from start to finish and manages a team of technical design staff.  During the past few years with our team, Chad has been trained in each of our specialized areas including governmental facilities, affordable housing, senior living, commercial, financial, and clinical health services.  Chad’s attention to detail and conscientious nature are exceptional.  With his skill set, Chad is innately prepared to manage project activities for your project.  More simply stated—he is a client favorite.

Education
Lawrence Technological University
Southfield, MI
Bachelors in Architecture 1997
Bachelor of Science Architecture 1995

Professional Registration
AIA Registered Architect

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Andrea Riegler
Architectual Support

Project vision: The Governmental Center represents a commitment to community based decision making, open office planning and a new level of transparency will allow LRBOI to work in a natural communicative manner conducive to increasing creative and timely responses to everyday tasks and decisions.

Professional History: Andrea supports the Project Architect throughout the design development, construction documentation, bid negotiation and construction administration phases of the project. In the construction documentation phase, Andrea assists in preparing construction documents for client review as well as assembles and present documents for bid, permit and construction. Her attention to detail assures that every project is coordinated and documented properly.

Andrea has extensive experience in all phases of historic restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use projects including building condition reports, historic evaluations and surveys, production of construction documents, construction administration, and design review for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. In the roles of project manager, designer, and historic architect, she has worked on various commercial and government projects and is fully experienced in investment tax credit projects. Andrea possesses outstanding research, synthesis, writing, and editing skills.

Education
University of Colorado
Masters of Architecture

University of Michigan
Bachelor of Sciences in Architecture

36 CFR 61 Qualified Historical Architect

Professional Affiliations
Downtown Muskegon Now Board Member 2011 – Present

Presentations
Featured presenter at The Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s 31st Annual Statewide
Preservation Conference, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, May 19, 2011, “Just Add People”

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Rob Gustafson
Engineering Director

Project vision: To provide a facility that offers the flexibility to meet the needs of the tribe for years to come ensuring sustainability and stewardships of the environment out front.

Professional History: Rob’s primary responsibility will be collaborating with the design team and the client stakeholders to develop and advise on engineering systems.   He manages our technical team with respect to site, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering.  Rob provides input and advice to the Project Architect regarding applicable code compliance issues associated with the engineering systems; oversee the design and selection of all systems and equipment to meet all mechanical, HVAC and plumbing as well as electrical requirements. He oversees the construction of the engineering system to verify that it meets the design intent.

Education
Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science
Mechanical Engineering

Affiliations
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Gerald R. Ford Boy Scout Council (Lifelong Eagle Scout)
Muskegon Exchange Club

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Larry Ward
Electrical Engineer

Project vision: The tribal government center is a great example of LRBOI’s long term commitment to the environment and the community. 

Professional History: Larry has over thirty-nine years of experience as an electrical engineer.  He is a crucial member of our engineering team.  Larry has technical experience in sizing electrical service for intensive demand, as well as a whole range of practical applications.  Larry is also our “energy miser” of sorts.  He has loads of ideas in creating strategies for sustainability among the various electrical systems.  His perspective will help you achieve market advantage through energy savings, which gives him the most electric personality among our corporate ranks.

Education
Bachelors Degree
Electronics Engineering Technology
DeVry Institute of Technology

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Candace M. Chapman
Tribal Council Elect, Nine -County Representative

Project vision: Simply stated, the primary focus of this milestone is to serve as a centralized location for governmental operations and to improve access to departmental services for Tribal Members. The energy efficient design of this complex will also minimize operational costs and significantly reduce expenses associated with current building maintenance and upkeep.

Professional History: In addition to early employment as an independent child-care provider, and property manager, Chapman went to work for the Little River Band in December of 1999. She began as the Tribe’s Community Relations Coordinator and later became the Intake Specialist for the Band’s Muskegon Office. Since June of 2009, her service continues as one of six Nine-County Representatives on the Tribal Council. She is honored to work as the Liaison to the Binojeeuk Commission - a body charged with protection of Tribal Children, and to serve as a Legislative Emissary to the National Congress of American Indians, an organization committed to developing consensus on national issues that impact tribal sovereignty of American Indian and Alaska Natives.

Personal Attributes: As a life –long resident of the Muskegon Area, Chapman has worked with many local school systems to promote cultural sensitivity. Her interests include the protection of Native American women against domestic violence and Indian Child Welfare. She is a dedicated sponsor to many local animal rescue programs and animal rights protection groups such as Defenders of Wildlife and the National Humane Society. And, as a cancer survivor, Chapman also enjoys volunteering time to support the cause of finding a cure.

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Pat Ruiter
Tribal Council, 9 County Area Representative

Background: Pat was educated at Holton High School and has been a member of Tribal Council for 10 plus years. Pat has been involved in a wide variety of projects while on Council ranging from gaming additions, housing projects and the community centers. Pat enjoys serving the citizens of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

Pat enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with her family. Pat resides in Baldwin, MI with her husband and soul mate of 53 years Bob.

 

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Larry B. Romanelli
Elected Ogema for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

Background: Elected to the position of Tribal Ogema on June 20th, 2007 for LRBOI

Married 42 years to wife Michele.

4 children, all grown and on their own. 7 grandchildren; 6 boys and 1 girl whose ages range from 3- 18 years of age.

Romanelli is Ottawa from the Thunder Clan and his tribal name is Nimkees, Little Thunder. He is the current President of the United Tribes of Michigan and Chairman of CORA, the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority.

Professionally, Romanelli was a self-employed building contractor for 20+ years and owner of Mega-trend Construction Company.

Mr. Romanelli worked for Michigan Indian Employment and Training Services Inc. in Muskegon and Grand Rapids for over 10 years as both an Employment Training Representative and later as the Employment Coordinator/Office Manager. Romanelli has been active in the tribal community since the mid 1960’s.

 

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Roberto J. Memberto
Director of Commerce and Alternate Governmental Task Force Member for Ogema

Background: Robert J. Memberto was educated at Muskegon Oakridge High School and is a U.S Army veteran who attended Muskegon Community College obtaining his correction certificate and later attended Ferris State University majoring in Criminal Justice and Northern Michigan College in Traverse City, MI majoring in Business Administration while he was employed by the Grand Traverse Band Economic Development Corporation. Robert held both gaming and non gaming positions ranging from Project Manager to General Manager and was a member the Executive Committee of GTB/EDC until leaving to come to work for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in 2006.

Robert has been involved in a wide variety of community and economic development projects, both gaming and non gaming alike. Some of his past projects include the Little River Trading Post Gas Station, Aki Community Center, Several low-income and market rental housing projects, the New Turtle Creek Casino Project, several Hotel and Casino remodeling projects.

Robert was involved with several of the early working committees at the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians from 1995 to 1998.

He is the owner of Little River Consulting and consults for Silicone Fabrication; LIM Business Development and Habitat Restoration (Wildlife).

At Little River since 2003, he chairs the Natural Resource Commission; is secretary for the Binojeeuk Commission; secretary for the Commerce Commission; sits on the Board of Directors for Muschigon; is secretary of the Warrior Society and is an instructor for the Little River Hunter Safety Program.

Virg has presented many technical papers through North America to groups such as the National Plastic Exposition (Medical Division); University of Milwaukee; Medical Device Manufacturers; Rubber World, Rubber and Plastics News and the Silicone National Symposium.

His first job was with the tribe as a security officer with the Little River Casino Resort. From there he went on to work for the tribes’ Treatment Plant and was an operator for water and wastewater for over four years. Currently, he holds a license in water and wastewater. Next, Ceplina worked as a surveillance operator at the Resort and was then elected to serve on the Tribal Council where he has served since 2011. Ceplina says that, “Tribal Council has given me many challenging, yet exciting jobs such as; making tribal laws, overseeing the budget, Natural Resource and Gaming Commission meetings and being part of the Governmental Task Force for the new government center.”

 

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