Meet Your School Board
Brendan Walsh, President
Brendan Walsh was first appointed to the Board in August 2005, then elected to a four-year seat in May 2006. He is a lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe Park and a Grosse Pointe South graduate. Mr. Walsh earned a B.A. and a teacher's certificate (English, Latin) from the University of Michigan -Ann Arbor. Mr. Walsh taught at the high school level before entering the private sector. He is a consultant for a publicly held information technology firm. Mr. Walsh and his wife Sarah are the parents of three children who attend Defer Elementary. His term expires December 31, 2010.
Alice Kosinski, Vice President
Alice Kosinski is a 1976 University of Michigan graduate, a Registered Nurse, wife, and mother. She is in charge of the office bookkeeping for her husband Michael, an orthopaedic surgeon. Alice and Michael have three children, one of whom has graduated, two in high school at GP South. She co-founded the Special Education Parents PTO and is also a technology enthusiast who established several district building websites. She is a Certified Board Member through classes taken with the Michigan Association of School Boards. Her term expires December 31, 2009.
Angela Kennedy, Secretary
Angela Kennedy was elected to the Board in June 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American government from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Vanderbilt University. Mrs. Kennedy was formerly a clerk for a U.S. District Court judge and a staff attorney for a large health and retirement fund. She and her husband, Charles, reside in the City of Grosse Pointe with their two children, Elizabeth Anne and Matthew. Her term expires December 31, 2008.
Fred Minturn, Treasurer
Fred Minturn was elected to the Board in May 2006. He is a resident of Grosse Pointe Shores and also serves on the Shores Council. Fred is also a Grosse Pointe North graduate. Mr. Minturn earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Western Michigan University. Currently he is the Chief Financial Officer of a multi-national corporation. Mr. Minturn and his wife Michelle are the parents of three children, one current student and two North graduates. His term expires December 31, 2010.
Joan Dindoffer, Trustee
Joan Dindoffer was elected to the Board in June 1997. She holds a B. A. in political science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. She is currently Vice President in the Wealth and Institutional Management Division of Comerica Bank, and serves on the Tax Council of the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Dindoffer has been awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Michigan Association of School Boards, having completed board certification and training. She and her husband, Fred, live in Grosse Pointe Park and are the parents of three recent Grosse Pointe South graduates. Ms. Dindoffer was Board Secretary from 1997-00, Vice-President from 2000-02, President from 2002-04, and Treasurer from 2005-06. Her term expires December 31, 2009.
Ahmed Ismail, Trustee
Ahmed Ismail was elected to the School Board in June 2004. He attended Poupard Elementary School, Parcells Middle School, Grosse Pointe South High School and then graduated as a member of the charter class of Grosse Pointe North High School. Mr. Ismail presently serves as president of Grosse Pointe Woods-based Speedi Photo and Digital Imaging Center, as president of a commercial construction consulting firm, PHC Construction Corporation, and as president of a real estate development firm, Clarkston Holdings, Ltd. In addition to his School Board service, Mr. Ismail serves as a member of the Education Board of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as a member of the City of Grosse Pointe Woods Planning Commission, and as chairman of the Architectural Review Board of Independence Township’s Avington Park residential community. Since joining the School Board in June 2004, Mr. Ismail has been awarded the Certified Board Member Award and the Award of Merit by the Michigan Association of School Boards. He and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Grosse Pointe Woods with their sons, Jonathan, Scott and Alex. His term expires December 31, 2008.
John Steininger, Trustee
John Steininger was elected to the Board in November 2007. He is a lifelong resident of the Grosse Pointes and a 1968 Graduate of Grosse Pointe High School. He earned a B.S in Education and a teaching certificate from Wayne State University in 1974. In the mid-1970’s he founded Grosse Pointe Moving & Storage, a local business that serves the Detroit metropolitan area. Mr. Steininger is a board member of the Grosse Pointe South Gridiron Club and the creator of the GP South Blue Devils Coupon Book. He resides in Grosse Pointe Farms and is the father of one son who graduated from GP South in June 2007. His term expires December 31, 2011.