Board of Trustees welcomes new chair, vice chair

DETROIT -- Lizabeth Ardisana, CEO of Dearborn-based technical and communications services firm ASG Renaissance, was elected by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees at its December meeting as its new chair, effective immediately.

Ardisana served as the board’s vice chair under previous chair David Baker Lewis, who remains on the board as a Trustee. Dr. Herman B. Gray, president of Detroit Children’s Hospital, was elected to serve as vice chair.

A Cuban-American who has served on the Foundation’s board since 2006, Ardisana was the first woman elected to chair the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has served as a Trustee for numerous local organizations such as Focus: Hope, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, Oakwood Healthcare, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Citizens Bank, Kettering University and Michigan Colleges Fund.

ASG Renaissance, which Ardisana co-founded in 1987, now has about 250 employees and offices in Detroit, Dearborn and Farmington Hills, Michigan; Orange County, California, Washington, D.C., Charleston, South Carolina, and Ontario, Canada.

Baker Lewis is Chairman and CEO of Lewis & Munday. He’s served on the Foundation’s board since 2006.

Robert S. Taubman was also honored at the December meeting for his 11 years of service as a Trustee. The chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers, Inc. has retired from the board.

Created in 1960, the Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to helping children in metropolitan Detroit by improving their homes, schools and neighborhoods.