LEAP Updates Organizational Structure, Welcomes New Staff in Support of Strategic Vision
LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) has been moving forward with the implementation of the LEAP Forward strategic plan, approved by the LEAP board in 2018.
Throughout the first half of 2019, LEAP has been restructuring to support a focus on innovation, business attraction and communications programs in line with the plan goals and objectives.
“LEAP is taking very intentional steps to advance economic growth across the tri-county region,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “With support from LEAP’s Executive Leadership Committee and the LEAP board of directors, we spent many months outlining a strategic vision for LEAP. This vision is comprehensive and is focused on providing the most effective, sustainable economic development programming in the country for Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties and our contractual clients.”
Earlier this year, LEAP’s former Director of Diversity and Inclusion and executive assistant to the president and CEO, Tedi Parsons, moved on from LEAP to launch his own business, The Professionals Forum. In addition, LEAP’s financial controller Marchelle Smith, retired from LEAP in spring and new economy division specialist Siso Dhladhla moved on to start a personal business. Tedi, Marchelle and Siso made crucial contributions to LEAP. Tedi, in spearheading the Diversity Lansing initiative, the first diversity program of its kind in the region, Marchelle in managing eight straight years of clean organizational audits ensuring the LEAP organization’s finances are ethical, transparent and strong, and Siso in supporting programming for both youth and adult entrepreneurs, provided great leadership to LEAP. LEAP will miss Tedi, Marchelle and Siso and we wish them all the best of luck into the future.
With key staff moving on, LEAP welcomed new staff and elevated key positions to align with LEAP’s strategic economic development goals:
- Elle Sorovigas has been hired as LEAP’s new vice president of finance. Elle is an experienced accountant and attorney who also teaches accounting at Lansing Community College.
- Debbie Engel has been hired to serve as the executive assistant to the president/CEO and Director of Operations. Debbie has deep experience in working with professional boards, recently at the Michigan Townships Association.
- Hannah Bryant has been hired as an economic development specialist to support the City of Lansing’s contracted economic development work with LEAP. Hannah is an MSU grad who comes to LEAP with a background in construction management and urban planning.
- Karl Dorshimer, a seasoned and respected leader within the economic development profession, has been elevated to vice president of economic development.
- Victoria Meadows, LEAP’s marketing and communications director since 2017, has been elevated to vice president of marketing and communications.
Moving into the third quarter of 2019, LEAP is stronger than ever—together—and remain committed to working relentlessly every day, to grow, retain and attract business to the Lansing region.
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all--working every day to grow, retain and attract business.