Notre Dame names new trustee; board committee members also announced

For immediate release: April 22, 2019

Experienced financial services professional and school parent Noel Villajuan approved as trustee on April 8. Two new members of advancement committee also named.

PONTIAC, Mich. — Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy announced today that on April 8, 2019, its Board of Trustees approved the nomination of Noel Villajuan as a school trustee. The board also announced today that Bruce Barron and Michael Genord, M.D., have accepted positions on its advancement committee. 
Noel Villajuan and his wife, Emily, have been active members of the Notre Dame community since 2015 when they first enrolled their son Augustin, now in fifth grade, in Notre Dame's lower school. Their daughter, Ellory, currently a first grader, also is enrolled in Notre Dame’s lower school. In addition, Noel has been a member of the board’s strategic planning committee since August of 2018.
"We are fortunate to have someone like Noel join our board as a trustee," said Stephen V. Pangori, chair of NDPMA's Board of Trustees. "His business and finance acumen along with his devotion to the Notre Dame mission will serve to be genuine assets for our students, faculty and staff. He joins a board that is totally focused on maintaining NDPMA's reputation as one of the top Catholic schools in southeast Michigan."
With more than 18 years of financial services experience, Villajuan, who is a Certified Financial Planner(TM) professional, currently is a director in the Private Client Services division of Midwest-based Sequoia Financial Group, LLC, a financial services firm providing financial planning, asset management, family wealth and retirement planning services to individual clients, families and institutions. In addition to Sequoia, he has worked with a number of other financial-services companies, including Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments. A longtime proponent of the arts, Villajuan previously has served on the boards of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings ensemble and the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet.
"I am a strong advocate of the school and now as a board member, I am very excited to do what I can to help the school continue its mission of developing compassionate, inquisitive students on their path to becoming generous and caring citizens to everyone in our society," said Villajuan, who is a member of the Holy Name Catholic Community in Birmingham, Mich.  
Currently a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Villajuan earned a BA in English from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and his Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 
New members added to NDPMA's board advancement committee

Bruce Barron, who recently was named to the board's advancement committee, served as a school trustee from 2002-2012 and chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2006-2012. He previously served on the board's committee on trustees, and advancement and finance committees. Currently, he is president and CEO of Oxford, Mich.-based Barron Industries, a full-service manufacturer of ferrous and non-ferrous precision investment castings, rapid prototypes, machined components, fabrications and assemblies. 
Barron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and currently serves on the Board of Directors of St. Catherine of Siena Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school located in Wixom, Mich. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. In addition, Barron holds memberships in the National Defense Industries Association, Association of the U.S. Army, Investment Casting Institute, Michigan Israel Business Bridge and the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association.
Barron and his wife, Lissa, are residents of Oakland Township and members of St. Joseph Catholic Church and parish, located in Lake Orion. They have four children: Elizabeth NDP’09, P.J. NDP’10, Sara NDP’12, and Michaella. 
Michael Genord, M.D., also named today to the board's advancement committee, is a senior vice president and chief medical officer of Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a Michigan-based, nonprofit health plan. He is also president and CEO of HAP Midwest Health Plan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HAP. Prior to joining Health Alliance Plan, Genord was the chief medical officer of HealthPlus as well as its president and CEO before merging with HAP in 2016. He is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who worked in private practice for 16 years while holding leadership roles at Beaumont Health System and United Physicians Group. 

Genord earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, a master’s degree in business administration from MSU’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He has served on the boards of the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Greater Detroit-area Health Council, and the Michigan State Medical Society, and is a past president of the Oakland County Medical Society.
Genord and his wife, Jill, reside in Rochester and are members of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rochester. They have four children, all graduates of Notre Dame Prep: Alexandra NDP'11, Hannah NDP'13, Ian NDP'16 and Claire NDP'18.

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The upper school enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three Notre Dame schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at