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
Bay City, MI
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.
A resident of Saginaw, David Gamez holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Delta College, and a bachelor’s degree in health education and master’s in public health education from Central Michigan University. He is former president and chief executive officer of Health Delivery, Inc. in Saginaw. This non-profit federally qualified health center provides health care to migrant farm workers in fourteen counties and operates five community health centers in inner-city Saginaw.
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.
A native of Flint, Mr. McInnis completed a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from SVSU in 1988. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Fathead, LLC since February 2009. Prior to Fathead, Mr. McInnis worked for 26 years at Quicken Loans, including serving as president and chief operating officer from 2002 to 2009. He joined the company in 1993 as a mortgage banker and rose through the ranks to become a branch manager and regional branch manager. In 1999, McInnis was promoted to vice president of Rock Financial, a company that consisted of 32 branches in seven states; he also became president of Rock Home Loans at Michigan National Bank, a joint venture between Rock Financial and Michigan National Bank. He was part of a group of investors that purchased Quicken Loans back from Intuit in 2002 and he remains an active investor.
Ms. Rupp graduated from SVSU with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Chemistry and completed Leadership in the Global Enterprise program sponsored by Thunderbird International Management School. She is currently the corporate director of service management in the Business Services Group for The Dow Chemical Company. 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. She was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna of SVSU and is currently a member of the SVSU Foundation Board.
A resident of Midland, she 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. She is chairwoman of the Delta College Foundation Board, the Midland Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Authority, the Midland Entranceway Initiative Task Force and volunteers on the SVSU Board of Fellows. 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.