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100 years of experience to lead Michigan Veteran Health System

LANSING, Mich. – Five months after the creation of the Michigan Veteran Health System – an integrated health care system providing quality residential, long‐term health care to veterans of all eras through Michigan’s two state veterans homes – CEO Leslie Shanlian today announced her full leadership team.

Together, the seven-person team has more than 100 years of experience in the public and private sectors, positioning MVHS to evolve to match the needs of those who served and continue offering care to veterans with needs ranging from post-traumatic stress to chronic presumptive conditions to end-of-life support.

“This is an exciting time for the Michigan Veteran Health System,” Shanlian said. “With this highly skilled team in place, we can create a unified vision for modern member care while preparing for the next generation of veterans who will live at our state veterans homes.”

Four newly appointed vice presidents will work with Shanlian and COOs Scott Blakeney and Brad Slagle and to align the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette into one integrated health system with standard processes and procedures designed to:

  • Adopt best practices in both home management and service delivery.
  • Place the homes in line with industry standards.
  • Increase consistency and standardization in each home.
  • Facilitate compliance with federal and state standards.
  • Modernize current systems of operation.
  • Provide quality and affordable health care to Michigan veterans now and in the future.

“For almost 130 years, since the end of the Civil War, Michigan veterans have had a place they could call home, where they could live with their fellow veterans and receive compassionate, highly skilled care,” Shanlian said. “Under MVHS, we will continue that tradition as we explore new ways to provide care for the next 130 years. This team has the knowledge, experience and passion to do just that.”

The MVHS leadership team includes:

Vice President of Nursing Services Eugenia Dumlao-Reedy will oversee all aspects of culture change and care in daily operations for MVHS. She has more than 20 years of experience in state government as a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) trained surveyor, nurse trainer and survey monitor in long-term care. Dumlao-Reedy previously worked in the private sector as a clinical instructor and initiated the nurse practitioner program in the Philippines.

She holds master’s degrees in nursing and pastoral studies and a certificate in special education.

Vice President of Social Services Dawne Velianoff has more than a decade of experience as an advocate, policy maker and grant writer. She previously worked as a director for Matrix Human Services, overseeing their community center and social service programs. She also has experience opening skilled-nursing facilities to ensure CMS certification as well as working for the AARP Foundation and Henry Ford Village, the state’s largest continuing care retirement community.

Her career with the state began in the Aging and Adult Services Agency, where she managed the state’s Medicare/Medicaid assistance program and served as the federal legal services developer. She also led the governor’s elder abuse prevention initiative.

Velianoff earned her master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University and holds a second master’s degree in urban planning, specializing in community development and housing.

Vice President of Business Services Ryan Engle previously worked for General Mills, leading operations and project management for the Yoplait brand. Engle earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and is currently pursuing his master’s of business administration from Grand Valley State University.

Engle is a former infantry officer and captain in the U.S. Marine Corps with deployments to Afghanistan as a rifle platoon commander and machinegun platoon commander. His military awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V.”

Vice President of Operations Steve Rolston comes to MVHS with experience founding a hospice as well as running a skilled-nursing facility. As a former CEO of an assisted and independent living facility, he has developed many partnerships in order to provide diverse services. Rolston will be involved as an operations resource for the health system and will explore ways the homes can partner to provide additional services to the state’s veterans.

Rounding out the team are the two COOs who manage the day-to-day operations of each home.

Since 2005, D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans COO Brad Slagle has been a proactive leader, using his accounting background and personable character to create a homelike environment for veterans to live. He served as business manager and deputy administrator of the home from 1999 to 2005 and has 10 years of experience working in the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Slagle is active in the National Association for State Veterans Homes and is a past president of the board. He has held his license as a nursing home administrator since 2001.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan and an associate’s degree in accounting from Bay de Noc Community College.

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans COO Scott Blakeney joined the MVHS team in December. He previously worked for the Michigan Department of Community Health, where he was responsible for marketing, increasing employee engagement, process improvement, property management and various health-related programs. He has also worked with private companies in retail operations, international petroleum marketing and multi-unit restaurant management.

Blakeney earned a bachelor of business administration from Eastern Michigan University.

MDHHS Recognizes TV, Furniture and Appliance Tip-Over Prevention Awareness Day

LANSING, Mich. – Every 45 minutes a child in the United States ends up in an emergency department because of a TV tipping over. That’s why this last Saturday, February 6, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraged residents to keep their loved ones safe by observing TV, Furniture and Appliance Tip-Over Prevention Awareness Day.

“Over the past ten years, there has been a 31 percent increase in TV-tip-over related injuries. Fortunately, this is a reversible trend,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of the MDHHS. “Furniture, Appliance, and TV Tip-Over Prevention Awareness Day falls ahead of Super Bowl Sunday – an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the preventive measures families can take to improve the safety of their homes.”

Between 2008 and 2010, there were an estimated 25,300 injuries annually in the United States in children age 17 and under related to TV, furniture and appliance tip-overs. In preparation for Super Bowl Sunday when many people gather to watch the game, MDHHS is reminding all residents ensure furniture and TVs are properly secured.

It is estimated that only one in four adults anchor their TV to a wall. Residents should always follow the product instructions to ensure a secure installation, and using furniture straps or a bracket to mount flat-screen TVs to the wall are often recommended preventative measures.

Heavy, old-style tube TVs should only be placed on a low (below knee-level), stable piece of furniture. While bookshelves, cabinets, and dressers with drawers should be secured to a wall with a brace or strap, it’s important to remember that even low pieces of furniture can move or fall over especially if they have drawers that pull out.

For information about your local coalition and web-based resources such as instruction videos, tip sheets, and even directions on how to recycle your old TV, visit the Safe Kids Michigan Coalition website at

You can also visit Safe Kids Worldwide at for more tips on keeping your home safe.

Schuette Announces $470 Million National Settlement with HSBC, Michigan Borrowers Will Benefit

Agreement will provide monetary relief, require HSBC to change mortgage loans service process to better protect borrowers

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced a $470 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage related abuses. Michigan borrowers are expected to receive over $3.5 million as part of the nationwide settlement.

The money will provide direct payments to borrowers for past foreclosure abuses, loan modifications and other relief for borrowers in need of assistance. The settlement also includes more rigorous mortgage servicing standards, and grants oversight authority to an independent monitor.

“This settlement will provide needed financial relief to Michigan borrowers who were negatively affected by unfair mortgage practices executed by HSBC,” said Schuette. “The settlement also includes further protections and stricter operating practices to make sure HSBC treats its borrowers much more fairly in the future.”

Additional parties to the settlement include: 48 other states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

National Mortgage Settlements in Michigan

The settlement complements the $25 billion 2012 National Mortgage Settlement (NMS)  and the SunTrust Mortgage Inc. Settlement of over half a billion dollars. Like the previous settlements, HSBC’s settlement stems from allegations of misconduct related to mortgage loans, including origination, servicing and foreclosure.

Borrowers Eligible for Payment

Michigan borrowers whose loans were serviced by HSBC and who lost their home to foreclosure from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2012 and encountered servicing abuse will be eligible for a payment from the national $59.3 million fund for payments to borrowers. The borrower payment amount will depend on how many borrowers file claims.

Eligible borrowers will be contacted directly with instructions for receiving a payment. Additional information will be posted on the Attorney General’s website at when it becomes available.  Consumers can also call the Attorney General’s Office toll-free at 1-877-765-8388.

Settlement Requirements

Apart from payments to borrowers who have gone through foreclosure, the HSBC agreement also requires the company to provide loan modifications or other relief to some borrowers. The modifications, which HSBC chooses through an extensive list of options, include principal reductions and refinancing for underwater mortgages. HSBC decides how many loans and which loans to modify, but must meet certain minimum targets. Because HSBC receives only partial settlement credit for many types of loan modifications, the settlement will provide relief to borrowers that will exceed the overall minimum amount.

Mortgage Servicing Standards

The settlement requires HSBC to substantially change how it services mortgage loans, handles foreclosures, and ensures the accuracy of information provided in federal bankruptcy court.

The terms will prevent past foreclosure abuses, such as robo-signing, improper documentation, and lost paperwork.

The settlement’s consumer protections and standards include:

  • Making foreclosure a last resort by first requiring HSBC to evaluate homeowners for other loss mitigation options;
  • Restricting foreclosure while the homeowner is being considered for a loan modification;
  • Procedures and timelines for reviewing loan modification applications;
  • Giving homeowners the right to appeal denials;
  • Requiring a single point of contact for borrowers seeking information about their loans and maintaining adequate staff to handle calls.

Independent Monitor
The National Mortgage Settlement’s independent monitor, Joseph A. Smith Jr., will oversee HSBC agreement compliance for one year. Smith served as the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks from 2002 until 2012, and is also the former Chairman of the Conference of State Banks Supervisors (CSBS). Smith will oversee implementation of the servicing standards required by the agreement; impose penalties of up to $1 million per violation (or up to $5 million for certain repeat violations); and issue public reports that identify whether HSBC complied or fell short of the standards imposed by the settlement.

Additional Terms

The agreement resolves potential violations of civil law based on HSBC’s deficient mortgage loan origination and servicing activities. The agreement does not prevent state or federal authorities from pursuing criminal enforcement actions related to this or other conduct by HSBC, or from punishing other wrongful conduct

Additionally, the agreement does not prevent any action by individual borrowers who wish to bring their own lawsuits.

The agreement has been filed as a consent judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The Jel Sert Company Issues a Voluntary Recall of Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filling due to Possible Salmonella Risk

Recall: Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

February 5, 2016

Contact:  Consumers – Jel Sert – 866-853-1969

Firm Press Release

The Jel Sert Company of West Chicago, Illinois, is issuing a voluntary recall notice for 52 cases of Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filling, 4.16 ounce carton that was used for sales samples and gift packages distributed nationwide, because it has the possibility to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illness such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

There have been no reported illnesses related to this product to date. The product was not available to consumers on store shelves, only through directly provided sales samples and gift packages.

The product can be identified with the following information:
Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filling 4.16 ounce carton
Lot number on cartons: WC5257
UPC Code 7239202925
Best before date: September 2017

The recall was issued in an abundance of caution after the supplier of the banana chips used in the filling notified Jel Sert of possible contamination.

If you have the recalled product, please dispose of the product and if you have questions contact Jel Sert at the toll free number: 866-853-1969 at any time.

DEQ Sustainability Webinar Series

DEQ Sustainability Webinar Series

The DEQ Pollution Prevention and Stewardship Unit proudly presents this series of webinars produced in partnership with our voluntary partners. This series is intended to promote meaningful engagement with our current and future customers around the topic of business sustainability.

The Business of Sustainability

February 18
2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Business of Sustainability webinar will explore the interrelationship between stakeholder preferences, business leadership and environmental regulations and how these drivers can affect sustainable business practices.

Consumers increasingly support responsible corporate behavior with their purchasing power, while companies also work to provide products that meet the social needs of the consumer at an affordable cost.

In order to meet consumer demand, control environmental impact, and foster positive social engagement, corporations are establishing a new unofficial code of conduct that values the internalization of social and environmental impacts. Delivering upon this new code requires a massive cultural shift in how businesses operate.  Successful companies must deftly manage under shifting expectations and be increasingly concerned with the conduct of their integrated business partners.

This webinar will examine case studies and trends to illustrate how these factors are helping to advance society toward a safer and more sustainable future through business practices. Presenters include Natalie Pryde, Principal Scientist with T and M Associates, and Maryann Sanders, Sr. Regulatory Compliance Specialist with Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

This webinar is geared to professionals tasked in developing business sustainability programs as well as research & development staff or project managers creating new products or processes.

Reg and Info


Ms. Pryde, Principal Scientist with T and M Associates, has worked in both industry and environmental health and safety compliance services for over 25 years.  She has considerable experience integrating compliance programs at many organizational levels and jurisdictional boundaries in the areas of environmental, health and safety, dangerous goods transportation, and product regulations.  Her experience includes participation in three Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Industry Working Groups, support of green chemistry and engineering programs, and business advisory services with regard to product stewardship and waste minimization.  In addition, she has developed training and guidance documents for multiple facilities around the world.  She is passionate about supporting and promoting sustainability practices and is recognized for her ability to develop policies, programs, guidance, and training for employees at all levels.


Ms. Maryann Sanders, Sr. Regulatory Compliance Specialist with Haley & Aldrich, Inc., has been providing her expertise in the areas of microbiology, toxicology, and regulatory compliance for more than 30 years.  Her expertise in regulatory compliance, toxicology, and microbiology have allowed her to assist various companies in meeting global regulatory compliance obligations, managing internal standards and sustainability goals and meeting stakeholder expectations.  Ms. Sanders has provided expert testimony to the European Commission, worked directly with the US EPA and FDA on behalf of clients to mitigate compliance issues, and developed innovative scientific solutions allowing companies to get their products to market not only meeting increasing complex regulatory requirements but addressing other non-regulatory drivers.

Don’t miss out on this great schedule

of sustainability webinars!

March 17, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Creating a Culture of Sustainability

Creating a culture of sustainability can seem like a daunting task. This webinar will offer a structure to integrate sustainability within your organization and a pathway to begin your journey towards sustainability or to further the efforts you already have in place. Topics will include integration within your business plan and vision, the importance of goals and reporting, employee engagement, and accountability.  This webinar is geared towards small business leaders and professionals who are looking for opportunities to cultivate a culture of sustainability within their business.  A culture change is not just a directive from management but a true bottom up, top down approach to sustainable operations including influencing customer and supplier behavior.

April 2016
Energy Audit/Conservation

May 2016
Water Audit/Conservation

June 2016
Waste Audit/Waste Reduction

July 2016
Green Chemistry 101, produced in partnership with Steelcase, Inc.

August 2016
Triple Zero

September 2016
Food Waste

October 2016
EMS/ISO 14001

November 2016
H2O Strategy/Green Infrastructure

January 2017
Triple Bottom Line

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Introduction to MAERS Workshops

 February 24
AQD 101 Webinar – Stack Testing: What is it and why is it necessary?

March 1
Waste to By-Product Webinar – Reforms to Part 121 of the Michigan Natural and Environmental Protection Act

March 16
AQD 101 Webinar – Air Monitoring: History and Rationale

April – November
Air Permit to Install Workshop Series

April 13
AQD 101 Webinar: Fugitive Dust Regulations and Fugitive Dust Plans

May 18
AQD 101 Webinar: Enforcement – I received an Air Quality Violation Notice. Now what?

June 21-22
2016 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference

MDHHS releases emails related to the Genesee County Legionnaires Disease investigations

LANSING, Mich. – The mission of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is to promote public health. Through the department’s dedication to protect residents against potential health threats, we can build a better, healthier future for families in our state.

“To be successful in this mission, we rely on strong relationships with our partners at the local level including primary care providers, community organizations, health plans, and most importantly our local health departments,” said Nick Lyon, director of MDHHS. “This is true in normal times, and it is essential during emergencies like the Flint water crisis.”

Recent comments in the media are inconsistent with the collaboration that has taken place between the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Genesee County Health Department. MDHHS is releasing some of its earliest email conversations between its epidemiologists and the Genesee County Health Department regarding legionella cases.

The MDHHS partnership with the Genesee County Health Department is central to providing Flint residents with the health resources they need to overcome obstacles in both the short and long terms. MDHHS and the Genesee County Health Department have worked side by side to deliver health services, exchange data and ideas, and to be there for the Flint community that is understandably worried and frustrated during this crisis.

“We know that the Legionnaires outbreaks have added to public concerns,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with MDHHS. “We want Flint to know we take these concerns seriously – that we have investigated these cases and committed our staff to support and guide the local investigations.”

In the fall of 2014, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services was aware of an increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases in Genesee County and it was determined that additional support from the state was needed. The state stepped in to offer that support. Within a month, state epidemiologists were actively conducting interviews with cases and medical record reviews to make sure that Flint residents had the joint resources of local and state experts.

MDHHS and GCHD worked together on the initial public health response which centers around outreach to the healthcare community to promote testing of suspect cases. MDHHS offered communications resources to develop public messages, created a healthcare provider message for the Genesee County Health Department, and laid out distribution guidance.

MDHHS shared this information with federal partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that the steps taken were the appropriate measures to protect the health of residents in Flint.

Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is engaged with environmental health officials on the local and national levels to proactively address the potential for future Legionnaires disease cases.

While there have been no additional cases of Legionnaires Disease in months locally, MDHHS is currently working with experts and providers to prevent future outbreaks. MDHHS continues to distribute water filters, develop and share educational materials, provide behavioral health services, fund nurse case managers, provide fresh foods and expand the Pathways to Potential program in Flint.

Director Lyon added, “When it comes to health, our team and the partners we turn to for support have not lost sight of our mission: protect the health of our residents by bridging the gaps to promote more and better opportunities for success in Flint.”


Team Osan commemorates 65th anniversary of Battle of Bayonet Hill

U.S. and South Korean military officials gathered to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Hill 180, also referred to as the Battle of Bayonet Hill.

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SAREX in the Arabian Gulf

U.S. Army Central Soldiers partnered with Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 during a search and rescue exercise in the Arabian Gulf on Feb. 2. The units tested their ability to cooperate in a joint personnel recovery effort during a downed aircraft scenario.

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Flintlock 16 kicks off in Senegal

The annual Flintlock exercise kicked off, Feb. 8, in Thies with an opening ceremony that brought together senior leaders and guests representing participating countries. This year, more than 30 nations are attending Flintlock.

Read more here:: Flintlock 16 kicks off in Senegal

Acting Army secretary visits Bagram Airfield

Ascertaining the needs of deployed Soldiers was a paramount concern for the acting Army secretary when he visited Bagram Airfield, Feb. 4-6.

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