Three community leaders join Lourdes College board

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Monday, 08 August 2011 04:00
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SYLVANIA—Lourdes College president Robert C. Helmer announced the appointment of three new members to its board of trustees.

Russell Ebeid, Michael Fischer and Sylvania Franciscan Sister Joan Jurski were to begin their terms July 1.

Mr. Ebeid serves as president of Guardian Industries Corporation’s Glass USA Division. He has been named among “Who’s Who in the World” since 1991 and was previously named the National Arab American Business Man of the Year in 2003. He has been an honored guest with the kings of Belgium, Jordan, Luxembourg and Spain, the queen of England, chancellor of Germany, presidents of Russia and Venezuela, crown prince of the United Arab Emirates and the last Communist Prime Minister of Hungary.  In this capacity, governments have knighted him with the Order of Merit three times over.

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Mr. Ebeid is the primary benefactor of the Ebeid Hospice Residence of Toledo, the Ebeid Student Center of Lourdes and the Ebeid Family Scholarship Fund that allows underprivileged Arab-American students to attend Kettering University. He is a member of the board of trustees for the National Arab American Museum and has served as director of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Fischer is the founder and CEO of Fischer Tool & Die Corporation. He is a journeyman tool and die maker and graduate of The University of Toledo. An active member of the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan community, he has served in many organizations including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Greater Toledo Area YMCA/JCC. Mr. Fischer also serves on the board of trustees for ProMedica Continuing Care Services and is a founding director of Signature Bank, NA, located in Toledo.

Sr. Jurski has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania since 1953.  She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Detroit. Her ministries include elementary school teacher in Michigan and Minnesota for 14 years, religion and history teacher at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Mich., Toledo diocesan high school coordinator and coordinator of a homeless shelter in Boston.

Since 1991, Sr. Jurski has been the diocesan director of the Office of Peace and Justice and Parish Social Ministry for the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C. Additionally, she serves as a member of the board of trustees at St. Joseph Foundation. This September, Sr. Jurski is to become the first director of the Franciscan Spirituality Experiences, located on the Motherhouse grounds.

Lourdes also announced its 2011-2012 Alumni Association board officers: president Deb Olejownik of DJC Consulting & Support Services, LLC, vice president Jeff Knaggs of General Motors and secretary Janice Walsh of Lourdes College.

Alumni Association members at-large include: Debbie Blair, Patrick Clear, Greg Evans, Tim Galvin, Diane Keil-Roe, Brooke Neptune, Oriana Orozco, Frank Reynolds, Michele Stansley, Brandon Tucker, Adrianne Subleski, Christie Swiczkoski and Todd Williams.