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Darlene Trudell to serve as new executive director of DMBA


The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (DMBA) recently announced that Darlene Trudell will serve as executive director of the organization. She replaces outgoing Executive Director Mitzy Sharp Futro who is leaving the organization after six years at the helm.

Trudell recently served as a facilitator on behalf of the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources dealing with the critical issue of student literacy and growing our future workforce in Michigan. She also served as Executive Vice President for The Engineering Society of Detroit. Through her company, Trudell Leadership Consultants LLC, she helped clients grow their organizations and ensure their sustainability through innovative nonprofit management, board governance, strategic planning, membership engagement, and public relations.

Trudell is a board member of the City of Southfield Zoning Board of Appeals and the Skyline Club; she is past chairwoman of the Michigan Society of Association Executives; and a member of the American Society of Association Executives, Michigan Society of Association Executives, Project Management Institute, and the Michigan Society of Planning Officials. She also served as executive director for the Building Owners and Managers Association of Metropolitan Detroit and vice president of Corporate Relations for the American Academy of Medical Administrators.  Trudell was awarded the Michigan Society of Association Executives Gavel Award for helping to develop their Diamond Awards Program and received the MSAE Key Award for outstanding Board service.

Trudell received her B.S. from Wayne State University and her M.S.A. from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives.

The DMBA also welcomes three new members to its board of directors. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Edward Ewell, attorney Jenice Mitchell Ford of Clark Hill in Detroit, and attorney Joanne Geha Swanson of Kerr Russell in Detroit have joined the board of directors for the 2015-2016 term.


Casino names Louis Theros vice president and general counsel
MGM Grand Detroit has appointed Louis Theros as vice president and general counsel. The twenty-six year law veteran will report directly to Steve Zanella, president and chief operating officer.
As a member of MGM Grand Detroit’s executive committee and the company’s internal legal counsel, Theros is responsible for ensuring that business practices, policies and dealings of MGM Grand Detroit meet regulatory requirements. The position brings Theros in-house with a company that he previously represented as outside council.
Prior to joining MGM Grand Detroit, Theros served as vice president and as a member of the board of directors at Detroit-based Butzel Long, following over twenty years at Dickinson Wright.
 Theros is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.