Swanson, Sassack, Avery to be honored as ‘Distinguished Alumni’

GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc High School Alumni Association will recognize three Bobcat grads as Distinguished Alumni during the Homecoming festivities on Friday.

James Avery, Scott Sassack, and Chris Swanson will receive the Charlie A. Carmody Distinguished Alumni Award this year.

Avery has served on the Grand Blanc Community Schools Board of Education since 2010 and the Genesee Intermediate School District Board of Education since 2019.

Avery graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 1984, and continued his studies at the University of Michigan- Flint, ultimately earning a degree in education.

He has worked in the automotive industry and in education, and currently serves as the director of Talent Development for the Flint and Genesee Group.

He is an ordained deacon at the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church and a mentor for several boys’ mentorship programs.

Sassack co-owns and operates Great Harvest Bread Company in Grand Blanc, which he opened with his father, Bob Sassack, in 2003.

He graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 1985, and Western Michigan University in 1991. Sassack holds a degree in business communications.

He is active in the local community and was the grand marshal for the 2019 homecoming parade.

Swanson, a 1990 graduate, has served as the Genesee County sheriff since early 2020. Before taking office, he served as undersheriff from 2011 to 2020.

Swanson attended the University of Michigan where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration in 1994 and a master’s degree in criminal justice in 1998.

He has been involved with the Genesee County Sheriff’s office since a summer internship in 1991, and is a licensed paramedic and certified medical examiner.

Swanson also is an author and motivational speaker with his own life coaching practice. — L.R.