Monroe County CC Trustees Sworn In: James E. DeVries and Marjorie A. Kreps were sworn in as trustees of Monroe County Community College last week during a regular meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees. DeVries and Kreps were administered the oath of office by Judge Michael Weipert of Monroe County’s 38th Circuit Court.  Both will serve six-year terms. The Board of Trustees also elected officers.  By a unanimous vote, William J. Bacarella, Jr. was elected chair, William H. Braunlich was elected vice chair and Linda S. Lauer was elected secretary.  Each officer will serve for a two-year term. Suzanne M. Wetzel was named treasurer of the Board of Trustees for a two-year term.  Wetzel is the college’s vice president of administration and executive director of The Foundation at MCCC. In other action, the Board of Trustees scheduled a special meeting for Monday, February 18 at 6 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the parameters of the presidential search. MCCC President Dr. David E. Nixon announced in November that he plans to retire at the end of his current employment contract, which expires July 31. Nixon is in his 10th year as president of MCCC.

Rave Names Chris Lakatos Marketing and Communication Manager: Sterling Heights-based Rave Computer Association Inc., a computer systems integrator and consultant, Friday announced that Chris Lakatos had joined Rave as marketing and communications manager. She brings more than 12 years’ experience in public relations, digital content creation, strategic marketing and events. Prior to joining Rave Computer, Lakatos spent two years managing projects for Fortune 50 and 500 companies like The Dow Chemical Co., Styron and Innotek through Scott and Miller Group, a Saginaw, MI, marketing and communications agency. With her skills in Web site and collateral development, social media campaign launches, enterprise level events and digital media production, she has helped clients find their voice, spread their message and gain new customers. Founded in 1988, Rave Computer is a technology consultant and computer manufacturer providing commercial-off-the-shelf and custom engineered solutions optimized for specific customer requirements. Rave exemplifies this philosophy by delivering exceptional service, support, and sustainability. Driven by a focus on long-term relationships with customers, Rave Computer, an ISO9001:2008 certified company, continues to grow in recognition throughout the OEM, ISV, and Defense industries. For more details about Rave Computer, visit them online at or call (800) 966-7283.

Truven Health Analytics Names Michael L. Taylor, MD, Chief Medical Officer: Truven Health Analytics, formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters, announced that Michael Taylor, M.D., has been appointed chief medical officer. He was previously vice president and national business leader for Truven Health Analytics. As chief medical officer, Taylor will develop and deepen relationships with customers, advise on product development, and provide counsel to Truven Health Analytics management on business strategy and medical issues. Taylor is a physician executive with extensive experience in population health. He joined Truven Health Analytics in 2011 from Caterpillar Inc., where he was the medical director for health promotion and disease management. Taylor was directly responsible for Caterpillar’s wellness program, with over 100,000 participants in the US. This comprehensive program, which included health promotion exams, biometric screening, tobacco cessation, and diabetes prevention and management programs, was part of an overall effort that led to a healthcare cost trend well below the national average over an 8 year period at Caterpillar. A board-certified internist, Taylor earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he also did his residency. Before joining Caterpillar, he served as corporate medical director for Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems in Pekin, Ill. He also provided primary care for many years in a multi-physician internal medicine practice. Dr. Taylor is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Taylor succeeds outgoing chief medical officer Raymond Fabius, M.D., who is leaving the company to pursue new business interests. Truven delivers information, analysis and services to the health care industry. More at

Berigea hires new investment associate: Farmington Hills-based Berigea, Michigan’s largest and most active venture and expansion stage capital investor, said Friday it has hired William Blake III. In this role, Blake will identify and analyze potential investments, conduct financial modeling and industry research, work with portfolio companies, and assist with deal execution, negotiation and fundraising. Blake was previously an investment banking associate at P&M Corporate Finance in Southfield, where he supported the management of middle market transactions on both the buy and sell sides, advising clients on acquisitions, divestitures and refinancings. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Beringea offers advice,guidance and capital to support growing companies from offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. Industries served include health care, life sciences, clean technology, advanced manufacturing, media, Internet technologies and specialized consumer products. It is co-manager of the InvestMichigan Growth Capital and Mezzanine funds in the U.S., as well as the ProVen VCT family of funds in the U.K., among others. More at