Walsh College Board of Trustees Elects Bournias, Kulak to Foundation Board of Directors

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has elected Laurie Bournias, first vice president and wealth management advisor, Merrill Lynch; and Denise Kulak, owner and operator, Other Fun Stuff, LLC; to three-year terms on the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors.

Established in 2004, the Walsh College Foundation serves as the official fundraising arm of the College. The Foundation encourages private giving and ensures the integrity of the College’s philanthropy program.

It is staffed by employees of the College and led by volunteers who are business, industry, and community leaders. Walsh alumni comprise 72 percent of the 25-member Foundation Board of Directors.

Bournias graduated from Walsh College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance. She joined Merrill Lynch in 1994. As a wealth management advisor, Bournias works with an exclusive group of high net-worth individuals, families, and businesses in developing and implementing strategies to manage their wealth.

She holds the prestigious Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Additionally, Bournias has received the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation.

Kulak earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Walsh College in 2000. At Other Fun Stuff, which is a unique, creative gift boutique she founded in 2012 in Birmingham, Mich., Kulak personally manages customer service, product, pricing, promotion, and financials. She has spent more than 20 years in various retail roles.

Kulak has received several awards and recognitions of her business and commitment to others, including the 2014 Best of MichBusiness “One Person Wonder” award and as a finalist in the Entrepreneur-YOU business plan competition. Kulak is also a member of Blackstone LaunchPad at Walsh College, which provides Walsh students and alumni with the support they need to develop and launch their own business ideas or concepts. It is free of charge to Walsh students and alumni and helps transform untested ideas into vital businesses.

“Both of these extraordinary women are accomplished leaders in their industries and are passionate about serving their alma mater and their communities,” said Audrey Olmstead, vice president and chief development officer, Walsh College.

”Laurie offers financial expertise earned through a large financial organization, while Denise brings entrepreneurial spirit and savvy to promoting quality of life through creativity,” she added. “These two Walsh alumnae will bring important experience from diverse viewpoints to the Walsh Foundation in the years ahead.”

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