Norbert Bufka was born and raised on a farm in Leelanau County, Michigan. He has a BA in history from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a MA in Latin from Illinois State University, and Master of pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University New Orleans. He taught American History and Latin at Bad Axe High School for seven years. He had his own life and health insurance agency for over twenty years. He also was a stock broker and financial planner. He owned his own computer software business for several years at the beginning of the age of personal computers. He wrote and published several applications for insurance agents and companies. In connection with his studies through distance learning from Loyola, he became a trained facilitator. He finished his working career as a Director of Faith Formation at Assumption Parish in Midland, Michigan.
He has been a prolific writer over the years. He began with letters to the editor and later about 100 op-ed columns for the Midland Daily News for nearly eight years. In retirement he has been researching and writing 15 books about local Michigan history, Pope Francis and religion, and politics. His columns and information about the books are on his website: http://www.thisonly.org/
Bufka served on the Board of the Helen M. Casey Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution for five years and helped plan programs sponsored by the Helen Casey Center. . He was also an active member of the Midland Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice 2001-2010. He was one of the founders of the Midland Area Interfaith Friends. He has been an active member of Blessed Sacrament Parish since 1972.
He has been married to Sue more than 50 years and lives in Midland. They have one daughter and one son.
Dr. John Bunch received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. His dissertation investigated perceptions of fairness concerning pay distributions when salary budgets were declining. He has taught at Lehigh University, Kansas State University, and Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. At Benedictine College, he served as an Associate Professor and held various positions including Department Chair, Acting Director of the Cray Center for Entrepreneurial Services, Academic Director of the EMBA program, Division head, and the Coordinator of the Institute for Professional Ethics and Responsibility. Dr. Bunch's research and teaching interests have included Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Internet based Entrepreneurship support programs/networks, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Justice. He has also been an active member of the Academy of Management and created list serves for both the Entrepreneurship Division and Conflict Management Division in the early 90's serving as the list manager for both divisions for many years. In the Midwest Academy of Management he participated primarily in the Entrepreneurship and Case Writing programs.
John grew up in Ann Arbor and received a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1977. He began his career as a Psychiatric Child Care Worker at Ypsilanti State Hospital and transferred to the Training and Staff development Department there in 1978. He taught at Lehigh University from 1984-1988 while ABD and completed his Ph.D. in 1989. John then taught at Kansas State University until 1997 when he moved to Benedictine College as Department Chair. At Benedictine, John founded the Institute for Professional Ethics and Responsibility and was the lead faculty member teaching Business Ethics, and Corporate Social Responsibility. He taught Entrepreneurship at both Kansas State University and Benedictine college and was involved in economic development programs through the Mid American Commercialization Corporation (MACC) at Kansas State University, Enterprise Facilitation, and the Chamber of Commerce in Atchison, KS. In addition to the above, his areas of interest include ethics and social responsibility as applied to entrepreneurial activity, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in the arts, and community Entrepreneurial ‘ecosystems.’
Greg was born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area. He attended Michigan State University earning a BS in Civil Engineering. He has had numerous courses and training in business throughout his career in industry. After graduating from MSU, Greg worked for over 30 years with a major industrial employer in Midland, Michigan. Through these years he experienced a number of different career paths within the same corporation, including engineering design, technical service, product development, Human Resources and Project Management. Through this experience he has traveled and worked with people in many areas of the world including Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Greg currently substitute teaches, volunteers and is a member of the Parent Information Committee in the Midland Public Schools. He is a Planning Commission member and a member of the Local Officers Compensation Committee - both for the City of Midland. In addition, Greg is a Precinct Delegate in the City of Midland and is the Vice Chair for the Midland County Democratic Party.
He is married, has four children and four grand children.
Haseeb was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign earning a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After graduating from UIUC, Haseeb began working for a major chemical company as a Process Research and Development Engineer. He continues to work there today.
He sits on the board of Tri-Cities Refugee Welcome, is a member of Rotary and is active in the Midland community. His interests are primarily in the effects of gerrymandering, inequality in the justice system, and the value of science education.