Region’s Top Young Professionals Honored at Chamber Event

Ten young professionals in the Greater Lansing region were recently recognized at the 10 Over the Next Ten awards, presented by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Grand River Connection.

The event at the University Club of Michigan State University recognized the area’s young movers and shakers who are expected to contribute to the Greater Lansing community significantly.

Those recognized during the Sept. 24 event are:

Dr. Farhan Bhatti is a board-certified family physician and CEO of Care Free Medical in Lansing. Care Free Medical provides primary and preventative medical, dental, behavioral health and optometry services to uninsured and underserved people in the Lansing area.

Priscilla Bordayo is CEO of Word Up, a nonprofit that focuses on rehabilitation and restoration for both victims and perpetrators of incest. Bordayo believes incest is a repeated cycle and generational curse, and she works with lawmakers to change statutes that will help end the culture of abuse.

Kara Christy is the occupational therapy clinical supervisor and certified brain injury specialist at Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center. With nine years working with people who have sustained a neurological injury, Christy specializes in cognitive remediation and vision therapy. She also is Origami’s occupational therapy fieldwork coordinator.

Joel R. Conn is vice president and account manager for Friedland Industries Inc., a scrap processing and recycling firm in Lansing. He also assists in teaching environmental science classes at Lansing Community College about the economics and the role recycling plays in everyday life, providing students tours of Friedland’s facilities.

Aylysh Gallagher is an Ingham County assistant prosecuting attorney and is one of the youngest vertical prosecutors in the history of the office. Gallagher has almost exclusively prosecuted domestic violence cases since 2015, giving a voice to victims of domestic violence.

Amy Jackson (Harris) is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood of Lansing. From her years as a project manager and entrepreneur, Jackson (Harris) has built a reputation of friendly customer care and her ability to help buyers to obtain the best value for their dream homes.

Dan Opsommer sits on the Meridian Township board of trustees and serves as supervisor pro-tem. In 2017, he helped draft and won voter approval for a millage campaign to fund police and fire pensions, and this year drafted a successful road improvement project to rehabilitate 150 miles of neighborhood roads in the township.

Lindsay Peters is the director of marketing and fund development for the Eaton Rapids Medical Center, managing social media, promotion, community engagement and fundraising to ensure the hospital remains competitive. She also is the director of the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation.

Andrew “Andy” Wirostek is CEO of Wirostek Lighting, which performs energy analyses for clients across the country. He offers expertise in lighting, controls, utility, rebate analysis, HVAC, project management and Energy Star certification.

Mary ZumBrunnen is the founder and CEO of One-Community Consulting, where she has worked for nearly 20 years across communities at home and abroad, focusing on sustainable development to improve quality of life.



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