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Honorary Life Members

December 14, 2017

The Family & Children Services Board of Directors recently conferred the title of Honorary Life Member on four longtime friends of the agency: Ed Bauman, James B. “Chip” Falahee, Jr., Craig H. Lubben,and Florence Upjohn Orosz

Honorary non-voting life memberships are based on the recipients’ years of service to the agency, their leadership on the board or campaigns, and their special contributions to the improvement of social and economic conditions in our communities. 

They join these current Honorary Life Members:

  • Robert E. Boughner
  • Ross E. Chapman
  • Barbara L. James
  • Barbara J. Kreis
  • Mary E. McLean
  • Ann V. Parfet
  • James A. Shamp
  • Elaine Van Leeuwen
  • Donald Vander Kooy
  • Larry J. Wilson

Ed Bauman was a Family & Children Services board member for 16 years (1997-2013). His board roles included President, Endowment Committee co-chair, Finance Committee member, and Independent Audit Committee member. He’s also been a 20-year Community Member and longtime Battle Creek volunteer for the agency.

Ed graduated from Aquinas College with an accounting degree and had a 35-year career at The Kellogg Company, working in the accounting, finance and procurement areas. Since retiring in 2009, he’s worked for the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo and has been the bookkeeper for a number of churches in Southwest Michigan. For the past two years he’s been the business manager for Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools and he’s long been involved in fundraisers for Catholic parishes and schools in the Battle Creek area. He’s also been finance committee chair at St Joseph Parish (Battle Creek) for 40 years and a trustee for Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools Foundation.

“Words cannot describe my thoughts regarding becoming an Honorary Life Member of Family & Children Services,” Ed says. “It is an honor to be listed on this distinguished list of individuals that have contributed so much to this agency. It was always a privilege to represent our great staff who are dedicated and make sacrifices every day to further the mission of the agency.”

James B. “Chip” Falahee, Jr. has served as a Family & Children Services board member for 20 years (1995-2003, 2005-2017), serving as President, “Making Room for Hope” Campaign cabinet member, and member of the Executive, Finance, and CEO Search Committees. He’s also been a 22-year Community Member and in 2016 was named President Emeritus.

Chip is senior vice president, legal and legislative affairs, for Bronson Healthcare Group. He joined Bronson in 1987 and has more than 40 years of experience in health care law and legislation. He is a frequent speaker about health care policy and reform and is a founding member, past president, and a Fellow of the Health Care Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and a board member of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.

Chip received his law degree at Wayne State University Law School and undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Honorary Life Member recognition,” Chip says. “It has truly been a privilege to have been associated with Family & Children Services for the past 20 years and to experience the extraordinary efforts the staff of Family & Children Services take to support, strengthen and preserve the safety, well-being and dignity of hundreds of children, individuals and families.”

Craig H. Lubben was a Family & Children Services board member for 18 years (1991-1996, 2001-2013). His board roles included President, “Making Room for Hope” Campaign co-chair, and membership on the Executive, Operations, Independent Audit, Finance, and Personnel Committees. He’s also been a 26-year Community Member for the agency.

Craig is an attorney with Miller Johnson law firm in its Kalamazoo office. His practice focuses on representing business entities, executives, medical professionals, and other individuals in commercial disputes in state and federal court and in various alternative dispute forums. He has practiced law since 1981 and is admitted to practice in all Michigan state, federal, and appellate courts.

Craig received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Calvin College.

“Throughout my long association with this Agency, I have been impressed, inspired by, and grateful for the expertise and compassion that the caregivers at Family & Children Services show to vulnerable families and children in our community,” Craig says. “I am honored by their recognition of me as an Honorary Life Member. It has been a privilege for me to support the good work of the people of this Agency. They are the ones who make a difference for our community.”

Florence Upjohn Orosz served on the Family & Children Services board for 13 years (1992-98, 2006-13). While on the board, she served as an Endowment Committee member and as Development Committee chair and member. She also served as the agency’s “Circle of Hope” Campaign co-chair and on the “Making Room for Hope” Campaign cabinet. She continues to volunteer her time and expertise on the agency’s Development Committee and she’s been a Community Member for 25 years.

Florence earned her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

After practicing law for several years in Kalamazoo, she embarked on a long career of service to Kalamazoo-area nonprofit organizations. This has included board service for Planned Parenthood Kalamazoo Health Center, Senior Services, The Consultation Center, and the Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation where she currently serves as president. She has also volunteered on fundraising campaigns for Ministry with Community, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and other area nonprofits.

“It’s been inspirational to work with such dedicated Family & Children Services board members, staff members, and volunteers,” Florence says. “It’s been a real joy, a real privilege. Congratulations to my fellow new Honorary Life Members, Ed, Chip and Craig. I am honored to be part of such an outstanding group of dedicated volunteers.”

Anne Stefanov