Michigan Blood Adds Two Members to Board of Directors
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:26PM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Derek Bailey, MSW, Consultant and former Tribal Chief
for Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Paul Keep, Director of Print for MLive Media Group


John Perras, Chairman of the Board for Michigan Blood, announced today at the June Board of Directors meeting held in Grand Rapids that two new members have accepted board positions. Derek Bailey, MSW, a Principal with 7th Legacy Consulting in Traverse City, and Paul Keep, Director of Print for the MLive Media Group, will join Michigan Blood’s board effective immediately.

Derek Bailey is based in Traverse City, where he served as the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Chairman from 2008-2012. As Tribal Chairman, Bailey also served as a Board Member of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the Grand Traverse Resort and Casinos, and he was elected Chairman of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc., a State Board comprised of the Tribal Chairman of twelve federally recognized Tribes of Michigan. Bailey also served as Chairman of CORA (Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority) in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. As Principal of 7th Legacy Consulting, Bailey consults with businesses and community leaders on government relations, communications, training, and tribal outreach.  He also currently serves as a board member of the Suttons Bay Public Schools Board of Education, the Father Fred Foundation, and Michigan Indian Employment and Training Services; as well as an adjunct professor for Grand Valley State University’s School of Social Work (Master’s Program). He has years of experience as a prevention and substance abuse counselor and family resource specialist.

Paul Keep is a seasoned journalist who has covered much of the Lower Peninsula throughout his 30+ year career with Booth Newspapers /Mlive. He began as a reporter at the Kalamazoo Gazette, and quickly advanced to news editor at The Muskegon Chronicle, then editor of The Bay City Times and editor of The Flint Journal.  Keep was named editor of The Muskegon Chronicle in 2006 and added the publisher title in 2007. In 2009, he became editor of the company's largest newspaper, The Grand Rapids Press. In early 2012, Booth Newspapers and MLive were merged into a new company called MLive Media Group and Keep was named director of print. In this capacity, he oversees the production of the company's eight newspapers: annarbor.com, The Bay City Times, The Flint Journal, The Grand Rapids Press, The Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, The Muskegon Chronicle and The Saginaw News.  Keep currently serves as a trustee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Junior Achievement of West Michigan and the Alliance for Health.

Board Chairman John Perras notes: “We are thrilled to welcome Derek and Paul to our board of directors.  The scope and diverse nature of their talents and experience is a tremendous asset and they will both provide excellent direction, balance and perspective to our board.”

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