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August 28, 2020

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Three trustees and new committee chair named, bringing critical expertise and commitment to school's governing body.

Clockwise, from top left: Michael Genord, M.D., Daron Gifford, Mia Ambrose-Burbank and David Rice. 

With approval by the Society of Mary Provincial Very Rev. Paul Frechette, s.m., Notre Dame announced today that its Board of Trustees appointed Michael Genord, M.D., Daron Gifford and David Rice as members, effective August 12, 2020. Also announced today is the appointment of current trustee Mia Ambrose-Burbank as chair of the board's diversity, equity and inclusion committee, which was formed last February. 

“The credentials, experience, leadership skills and core Notre Dame values that Mike, Daron and Dave bring to our board are extensive and far-reaching,” said Stephen V. Pangori, chair of NDPMA's Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the entire board, I look forward to their perspectives and insight as the board continues with the implementation of its ambitious strategic plan. I'm confident that they will build upon our school's many successes by governing with the utmost integrity and commitment. Mia's dedication to high academic performance, diversity, and inclusive excellence in equal measures will continue to help us build on the progress we have already made at NDPMA."  

Michael Genord, M.D.

Currently a member of the board’s advancement committee, Genord is president and chief executive officer of Health Alliance Plan and executive vice president of Henry Ford Health System. He also serves as president and CEO of HAP Empowered Health Plan, Inc., a licensed HMO and 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. He also 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.

Daron Gifford

Gifford, who is chair emeritus for Notre Dame and previously served as a trustee for 10 years, is a partner with Plante & Moran, an accounting and consulting firm based in Michigan, where he leads the strategy and automotive industry consulting practices. Prior to this, he served as managing director at Santa Maria Associates in Rochester, Mich., which focused on advanced vehicle technologies related to energy and environment. Gifford also served in positions of increasing responsibilities at Deloitte, A.T. Kearney, KPMG and gedas AG (Volkswagen). He began his career as a manufacturing and engineering manager at General Motors and Gould Electronics.

Currently a resident of Bingham Farms, Mich., Gifford holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from Kettering University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the finance committee and parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Troy, Michigan. 

Gifford and his wife, Linda, have five children: Meredith Scott NDP'02, currently a teacher and the theatre director for NDPMA; Samuel; Joseph NDP'11; Veronica Chacko and Stephen Wineski. 

David Rice

Rice, who serves on NDPMA board’s education and student affairs committee, is chief financial officer at Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Camaco-Amvian Inc., a privately held automotive supplier of metal seat structures. Prior to this, he was the vice president and chief financial officer of Horizon Global Corp., a global towing and trailering solutions provider in Troy, Mich. Before Horizon, Rice was the division finance officer with TriMas Corp. in Bloomfield Hills.
A 1981 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Mich., Rice, whose late father, Harold, was a beloved veteran teacher at NDHS and NDP, received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Wayne State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. He and his family are active parishioners of the St. Isidore Catholic Community in Macomb, Mich.

Mia Ambrose-Burbank

Burbank, first appointed to Notre Dame's board in 2018, has more than 20 years of business, finance and entrepreneurial experience as president and co-founder of Vendor Managed Solutions Inc. (VMS365 Inc.), a leading technology-driven maintenance, repair and operations company based in Troy, Mich., providing total inventory and maintenance solutions to corporations across the country. Prior to VMS365 Inc., she served as a principal and co-founder at SDE Business Partnering (a joint venture with EDS/AT Kearney) focused on IT staffing and commodities with accounts in the automotive, manufacturing and educational markets. Before this, Burbank served in consulting and business development leadership roles with EDS and a Tier-1 automotive supplier. 

Burbank, currently a resident of Clarkston, Mich., holds a BA degree in finance from the University of Detroit Mercy and has participated in the Executive MBA Program sponsored by the Tuck School at Dartmouth University. She and her husband, Antonio, have three children: Rukyra NDP'10, Nadia NDP'17 and current Notre Dame student Brandon NDP'24. Burbank and her family are members of Kensington Church located in Lake Orion, Mich. 

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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. Notre Dame Preparatory 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 pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three 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 National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at

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