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Joe Serra Joins McLaren’s Board of Directors

GRAND BLANC — McLaren Health Care announced that Joseph Serra, president of Serra Automotive, has been appointed to the McLaren Health Care Board of Directors. Phil Incarnati, president and CEO of McLaren Health Care, cited Serra’s “strong business sense and experience across the state of Michigan and nationwide” as a benefit to the organization’s growth. Serra began his career in the automotive industry in 1982 and has grown Serra Automotive into one of the largest privately held automotive groups in the country. His extensive community service record includes the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Baker College, Orchards Children’s Services, Albion College and the Detroit and Flint Auto Dealers Associations. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Albion College, and a certificate in Strategic Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. — R.S.

Annual “Shoes That Fit” Distribution Day this Friday

FLINT — Employees at Genesys, Hurley and McLaren are coming together again to sponsor the 17th annual “Shoes That Fit Connie’s Kidz” program for Flint Community Schools . School staff identifies students in need of shoes and employees at the three hospitals purchase them. On Friday, December 15 volunteers will sort the shoes for delivery to students during the week of Dec. 18, just before Christmas break.. Payless Shoe Source stores offered discounts to hospital employees participating in the program and also volunteer to help on distribution day. This year, the hospitals are providing almost 1,400 pairs of shoes to students – 45 percent of all Flint elementary students. A six-pack of socks also is included with each pair. — R.S.

Leadership NOW graduates share plans for Horticulture Program

FLINT — On Dec. 6, Leadership NOW’s third cohort celebrated completion of the intensive leadership development program, offered through the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Genesee County. Over the past year, the cohort has undergone more than100 hours of training and one-on-one coaching, focused on honing personal leadership styles and developing effective partnerships. During the celebration ceremony, the 18-member cohort shared their plans for a sustainable, collaborative community project – a requirement for completing the program. Their plan is to expand the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint’s horticulture program by utilizing an existing hoop house garden to plant, grow and harvest food. The curriculum core of this plan will engage children in learning about nutrition; planting and harvesting food; and learning to cook healthy meals with the food they’ve grown. For more information about Leadership NOW, which will launch its fourth cohort in January, visit or call 810-600-1404. — R.S.

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