Daily Briefs

Attorney named ‘Volunteer of the Year’

 St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center (SVSF) has named John Paul Hessburg as their Volunteer of the Year. Hessburg will be honored at SVSF’s Celebrate the Center event on April 10 at the Detroit Athletic Club from 8-9:30 a.m.

Every year, SVSF picks a special volunteer to honor at this breakfast event. This year is especially exciting, as it marks the Center’s 175th anniversary.

Hessburg is a lawyer with Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook, and provides pro bono legal support to SVSF when needed. He also acts as a member of the board of trustees and the corporate board, and has volunteered on a couple of physical plant initiatives with his wife and sons.

Although he’s been volunteering with SVSF since 2007, his connection to the center runs even deeper than that. His parents introduced him to SVSF as a young child, and his aunt, Sister Marie Judith, worked there for many years.

“Initially I became a volunteer for the center because it was (and still is) an organization that is very important to my aunt,” said Hessburg. “Over the years the center’s mission has become very important to me as well.”

This connection to SVSF’s roots makes Hessburg the perfect Volunteer of the Year for the 175th anniversary.

“I think it is important to never forget how the center got to where it is today,” said Hessburg, going on to thank the Daughters of Charity who founded the Center in 1844.

Hessburg notes that SVSF’s staff is one of the reasons he continues to volunteer today.
“Their selfless devotion to the people they have the privilege to serve is inspiring,” he says. SVSF’s staff will be honored at Celebrate the Center, along with the students.

Individual tickets for Celebrate the Center are on sale for $35. Special celebration tickets are available for $75 and include a special edition SVSF Center Fleece Vest. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, visit https://www.svsfcenter.org/celebrate-the-center/.


Education law firm launches Human Resources Services

Lusk Albertson, a Michigan-based education law firm, announced this month the launch of LA Human Resources Services. The service is designed to provide school leaders with human resources expertise specific to the unique issues confronted by school districts at a reasonable cost.

Cynthia Marchese, MS, has joined Lusk Albertson as human resources advisor and will lead the firm’s efforts. Marchese has more than 15 years of HR experience in education and most recently served as the Director of Human Resources for Midland Public Schools.  

In her new role, Marchese will work directly with school districts to provide HR support and guidance. LA Human Resources Services will provide “on-demand” support for labor negotiations, recruitment support, compliance counsel, professional development training opportunities, and employment policy creation and review, among other HR-focused activities.

Marchese holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Administration from Concordia University and Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management & Marketing from Northwood University.