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Flint, Michigan; July 22, 2016

McFarlan Charitable Corporation (Flint, Michigan) and Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (Southfield, Michigan) have announced the appointment of Erica Thrash-Sall as the Executive Director for the McFarlan organization effective September 1, 2016.

The appointment of Ms. Thrash-Sall coincides with the commencement of a comprehensive Management Agreement between the McFarlan Charitable Corporation (McFarlan) and Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM). Under this Agreement PVM will be responsible for the management of McFarlan’s multiple entities and Ms. Thrash-Sall will serve as PVM’s senior executive charged with leading this important new relationship. McFarlan’s community-based Board of Directors will retain the ultimate governing authority for this non-profit system.

McFarlan was founded in 1926 and currently serves over 300 individuals in three Flint senior communities; The McFarlan Home and two communities known as Court Street Commons (visit www.mcfarlanresidential.com). PVM was founded in 1945 and serves over 4,500 individuals in over 25 diverse communities across Michigan’s lower peninsula (visit www.pvm.org). Following periodic discussions for several years, McFarlan and PVM entered into a Letter of Intent in May 2016 and executed the final Management Agreement in late June 2016.

Ms. Thrash-Sall is a proud Flint native, having graduated from Powers Catholic High School, with family members continuing to reside there. She holds an MBA degree from Lawrence Technological University and a BA degree from the University of South Carolina. For the past ten years she held increasingly responsible management positions at St. John Providence, a major part of the national Ascension Health system. Her areas of focus were community health and community benefits, Enterprising Health™ business accelerator, fund development and volunteer coordination. Prior positions included Girl Scouts of Macomb County, Freedom House, Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. She has provided leadership in the arenas of strategic project management, fundraising and grants management, as well as board development, budgeting, quality and compliance management. She has served on the boards of non-profit organizations, including: The Grosse Pointe Academy, Lakers Aquatic Club and Freedom House. Ms. Thrash-Sall and her family are planning to move back to the Flint area in the next two months.

Robert Bessert, President and Chair of the McFarlan Board of Directors stated “We are looking forward to the leadership that Erica Thrash-Sall will provide to build on our ninety years of service to the Flint area and guide our organization well into the future”.

Erica Thrash-Sall said “I am delighted to serve as McFarlan’s first Executive Director. With McFarlan’s dedicated board and guidance from PVM, we are well positioned to advance senior care services in the Flint area”.

Roger Myers, President and Chief Executive Officer for PVM commented “PVM is honored to be partnering with McFarlan through this new Management Agreement, and to begin our service to the greater Flint community. We are pleased to welcome Ms. Thrash-Sall to her executive position”.


Lynn Alexander
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