About the panelists
| Susan Tompor |
Personal finance columnist, Detroit Free Press
Susan Tompor has been writing about retirement issues for longer than she expects she will be able to be retired. She has been a personal finance columnist for the Free Press since 1996, and was previously a columnist for the Detroit News. Susan and John Gallagher addressed the fears of baby boomers after the 2008 financial crisis in a series on retirement in September 2010. She was named best financial columnist in the Midwest three times by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has received awards from the Michigan Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of Michigan State University and earned her MBA at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.
| Randal Charlton |
Executive director, Techtown
Randal Charlton, a self-described serial entrepreneur, is executive director of TechTown at Wayne State University, which offers business mentoring, consulting, incubation, and startup services to area businesses. Before TechTown, Charlton co-founded Asterand, a supplier of human tissues for drug discovery and development and the first –and largest - tenant of TechTown. He was named TechTown entrepreneur of the year in 2005. In 2007, Charlton stepped down from the company to become the executive director of TechTown. In 2008, he won the New Enterprise Forum’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. Charlton was one of Crain’s Detroit Business’s 2009 Newsmakers of the Year.
| Peter Lichtenberg |
Director, Institute of Gerontology
Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D. is the Director of both the Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and the Founding Director of the Wayne State University Lifespan Alliance. Dr. Lichtenberg is also a Professor of Psychology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a clinical psychologist and obtained his Ph.D. at Purdue University in 1986 and completed post doctoral training in geriatric neuropsychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Lichtenberg received his diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology in 1997. Dr.Lichtenberg has been at Wayne State University since 1991 first as the Associate Director of Psychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and since 1998 as the Director of the Institute of Gerontology.
| Marick Masters |
Marick F. Masters is currently Director of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University, where he is a Professor of Business and Adjunct Professor of Political Science. Labor@Wayne includes the Labor Studies Center, Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues, the undergraduate labor studies major, and the Master of Arts in Industrial Relations. Masters serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Labor Research and the International Journal of E-Politics. He previously served on the editorial board of the Journal of Management. Professor Masters received his Ph.D. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois in 1983.
| Jacqueline Morrison |
State director, AARP Michigan
Jacqueline Morrison has been with AARP since January 2005 and has served as interim state director for Michigan, associate state director for community outreach, interim state director for Ohio, and senior manager of state operations. Prior to joining AARP, Morrison had more than 15 years experience in non-profit community development, advocacy and leadership. She served as president of Transformation Management Consultants, senior vice president for programs at the Detroit Urban League and public health consultant at Wayne State University. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan.
| Tim Wintermute |
Executive director, Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
Timothy P. Wintermute is the executive director of the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation, which woks enhance the quality of lives for senior citizens in Metropolitan Detroit. Mr. Wintermute has worked in the field of aging since 1971, when he helped low income seniors as a community advocate and organizer in New York City. In 1978 he became the associate director and then director of a national nonprofit organization that developed and managed affordable senior housing. From 1983 until joining Hannan in 1993, he was a consultant to organizations that managed and developed housing programs for seniors. Mr. Wintermute has a B.A. in philosophy from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.