Board of Trustees

Ramirez-Saenz and Srivastava to serve eight year terms

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed two new members to the Ferris State University board of trustees.

Ana Ramirez-Saenz and Rupesh Srivastava each began an eight-year term on January 1, 2015.

“Ana and Rupesh are talented professionals and bring valuable experience to the board,” said Governor Snyder in a statement. “I am confident they will do great work for Ferris State.”

Ramirez-Saenz, of Rockford, is CEO and owner of La Fuente Consulting LLC. She previously worked in various management positions with Steelcase Inc. Ramirez-Saenz received a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Srivastava is the founder, President and CEO of Youngsoft Inc. and H2H Solutions, both technology consulting firms. He is also a board member at Lawrence Tech University and is chairman of TiE Detroit. Srivastava received a bachelor’s degree from Ranchi University in India.

With Ramirez-Saenz and Srivastava, the Ferris board of trustees also includes Gary Granger, of Byron Center; Alisha Baker, of Mount Clemens; Paul Boyer, of Ada; Erin Brown, of East Lansing; Lori Gwizdala, of Bay City; and Arthur Tebo, of Walloon Lake. The board of trustees, appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the State Senate, govern the University and appoint its President. The President serves as an “ex-officio” member of the board without voting rights.

The new appointees replaced outgoing board members William Laken, of Clinton Twp., and Sueann Walz, of Big Rapids. Both Laken and Walz were appointed by former Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Ferris President David Eisler said in a statement, “We are very grateful for the many contributions of Sueann Walz and Bill Lakin as members of our Board of Trustees. Both have been very actively engaged with the university, our programs, students and our campus community.  Ferris State University has been fortunate to have them as trustees and we have all benefited from their distinguished service.”

In December of 2014, Governor Snyder also made appointments to the boards of Michigan universities Grand Valley, Western, Central, Northern, Tech and Eastern.

Ramirez-Saenz and Srivastava are both currently serving terms set to expire on December 31, 2022. For more information on the board of trustees, visit