Secretary to the Board of Control
Wickes Hall 349
SVSU Board of Control
Saginaw Valley State University is a public institution governed by a Board of Control appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan. The eight members serve staggered eight-year terms. Current members are:
Scott L. Carmona
Term Ends July 21, 2019
Scott L. Carmona
Scott graduated from SVSU with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and applied science. He is president of Sunrise National Distributors Inc., managing member of several real estate developments, and a founding member of the Blue Water Angels and the 100 Club of Bay City. He is the former president of the board for the YMCA of Bay City and volunteers on the Bay County Growth Alliance and SVSU Board of Fellows. Scott and Nancy have two sons: Ryan, a 2008 graduate of SVSU, and Eric, a current SVSU student.
Dennis is Founder and Director of Rysenia Capital Solutions, LLC, a professional services firm which provides comprehensive business practice consulting services to small and middle market companies. Previously, Durco was President and Chief Financial Officer for Michigan Orthopedic Services, LLC. Durco also held various Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer position for several entrepreneurial companies including consumer products, software, and laser guided navigation. These experiences included frequent international travel abroad. Durco became a certified public accountant while employed at Price Waterhouse during the first six years of his career. Durco is a member of the American Institute of CPA's, the Michigan Society of CPA's, and is an original member of the Bank of Ann Arbor's Technology Industry Group. He is presently a board member for the Common Bond Basketball Club, Inc., Livingston County Catholic Charities, and has held various Board positions during his career both in the for profit and not for profit sector. Durco holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from The Ohio State University graduating from the Honors Accounting program.
A resident of Saginaw, Cathy Ferguson holds a B.S. degree from Ferris State University and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, but does not actively practice law at this time. Among other civic activities, Dr. Ferguson is a volunteer with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra.
David R. Gamez recently retired as President and CEO of Health Delivery, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that operates several year-round medical and dental centers, seasonal migrant clinics and mobile medical and dental services throughout Lower Michigan. He presently volunteers for several community organizations and provides consultation services for the National Center for Farmworker Health based in Austin, Texas.
Gamez began his career as a registered nurse at Saginaw General Hospital, serving as a clinical instructor for the hospital’s school of nursing, as well as emergency room supervisor and head nurse of the Intensive Care Department. He is a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), and the National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH). Gamez is also a board member of the Saginaw County Crime Prevention Council, the Hispanic Coalition for Better Education, the Saginaw Promise Zone Authority, and Central Michigan's School of Health Professions Advisory Board. He served on the Board of Trustees of Delta College, and is presently on the Board of Control of Saginaw Valley State University.
Gamez was the recipient of the Delta College Distinguished Alumni Award, and has been recognized as Distinguished Alumni by Central Michigan University and Saginaw High School. He was also awarded the Outstanding Community College Alumnus Award from the Michigan Association of Community Colleges.
In 2008, Delta College awarded him "The Spirit of Willie Thompson Multicultural Community Service Award." He also received The NAACP Freedom Fund Salute to Saginaw Heroes Award. In 2012, he was the recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement in Migrant Health Award” by NACHC. Gamez was selected as a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar, and was appointed as a W.K. Kellogg Fellow, traveling to South Africa and Brazil as part of the Kellogg leadership development program. He is a member of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance ( KFLA).
Gamez earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Michigan University. He also attended the University of Michigan’s On Job/On Campus program in Health Care Administration. Gamez is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
John is the retired CEO of Yeo & Yeo, PC, a position he held for 15 years. He currently serves as principal for the company, providing accounting, tax and consulting services and assists on special projects. He spent nearly 40 years with the company throughout his career. Kunitzer is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of CPA's and the Michigan Association of CPA's. He is involved with the city of Saginaw Hospital Finance Authority, past president of The Saginaw Club, and member and past president of the Saginaw Rotary Club. Kunitzer holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University.
Ms. Rupp was appointed to the SVSU Board of Control in 2015. She recently retired from The Dow Chemical Company as the corporate director of service management in the Business Services Group. Her career with Dow has included responsibilities as research & development director supporting multiple business, global regulatory affairs director, global remediation director and global director of business process services.
Jenee L. Velasquez began as the first Executive Director for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation in October of 2005. She served as Chief Executive Officer of Midland County’s economic development corporation, Midland Tomorrow, beginning in 1999. For two years prior to that, she served as Midland Tomorrow’s Manager of Economic Development Services. She was Midland’s first Downtown Development Authority Coordinator. Prior to living in Midland, Mrs. Velasquez worked for the Manhattan, Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau. She earned a B.S. in business administration from Kansas State University and her M.B.A. from Michigan State University as well as completing an executive education course at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Her current community activities include serving as a member of the Chemical Bank Midland Community Bank Advisory Board, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Board, Chair of the Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control, Saginaw Valley State University Board of Fellows, Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control Business, Finance, Audit and Facilities Standing Committee, Past Chair of the Delta College Foundation Board, Past Chair of the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Authority, Vice President and Assistant Secretary for The Michigan Baseball Foundation - Grants Committee Chair, Chair of the Midland Entranceway Initiative Task Force, Past Chair for Michigan Non-Profit Association Board, Greater Midland Community Centers Trustees Board, Past Chair for Leadership Michigan Advisory Board, MidMichigan Health Board and Planning Committee, Midland County Juvenile Care Center Advisory Board, Midland County Drug Court Steering Committee, Chair of the Midland City and County Joint Building Authority, Midland Rotary Foundation Board, Michigan Municipal League Foundation Board, Robert C. Reinhardt Library Trust Fund, Council of Michigan Foundations Public Policy Committee, Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, Midland Rotary Club, Local Development Finance Authority Board, Dow Community Advisory Panel, Junior Achievement Classroom Volunteer, Leadership Midland Alumni, and 1000 Leaders/Leadership Saginaw Alumni.
Recognitions include being named in 2016 to Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan by Crain’s Business Detroit, the 2013 YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Community Leader, the 2012 Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay Region Award, the 2012 Margaret Ann “Ranny” Riecker Meritorious Service Award, Zonta Club of Midland 2010 Woman of Distinction Award, 2009 Junior Achievement of Central Michigan Rising Star, 2006 Ruby Award, Girl Scouts of Mitten Bay 2003 Woman of Distinction Recipient, 2002 Midland Leader of the Year, 2002 Chamber of Commerce Commonwealth Award for Innovation, 2000 ATHENA Award Recipient, Northwood University Silver Circle Recipient, Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and Midland Rotary Club Golden Goose. She is a past president of the Leadership Midland Alumni Association and Midland Rotary Club and Past District Secretary for Rotary District 6310.