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Keller Almassian announces Super Lawyer designations

The Law Firm of Keller & Almassian, PLC, announces the selection of its attorneys as 2011 Michigan Super Lawyers within the following practice areas: A. Todd Almassian in the specialty of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law; Michael D. Almassian in the area of Business Litigation; and James R. Oppenhuizen in the area of Bankruptcy: Consumer.

Harold Mast appointed to Commission on Services to the Aging

Gov. Rick Snyder has announced appointments to the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging.

“These skilled individuals will provide their talents and expertise in health and long-term care. I look forward to their work as we continue to provide our aging and vulnerable Michigan citizens with quality care and service,” Snyder said.

Harold Mast, along with Shannon English, Jerry Irby, Jeffrey Schade and Kristie Zamora, was appointed to the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging, a 15-member body which advises the governor and Legislature on coordinating and administrating of state programs and priorities affecting Michigan’s older citizens. A majority of members must be at least 60 years of age and no more than eight may be from the same political party.

Mast, of Kentwood, is owner and principal consultant of Harold J. Mast Consulting LLC. He previously served as executive director of Genesis Nonprofit Housing Corp., director of the Residential Program for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and in facility planning at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Mast is a Kent County commissioner, a member of the Kent County Veterans Advisory Committee and of the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging Senior Advisory Council. He earned a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa. Mast will represent Republicans.

Shannon English is a physician at Advantage Health Saint Mary’s Medical Group in Grand Rapids, whose specialties include geriatric medicine. 

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring July 28, 2014. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Karen Messick, Chief Operating Officer of Pilgrim’s Manor, was also appointed to the the Michigan Long-Term Care Supports and Services Advisory Commission.