Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Elects New Trustees, Advisors

DETROIT–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has elected Steve J.
Blahunka, Ajay Chawla and the Hon. Kurtis T. Wilder as trustees and
Michael Klein, M.D. and Seetha Shankaran, M.D. as advisors for the
Foundation’s Grants and Compliance Committee.

Steve J. Blahunka is a vice president and financial advisor for Merrill
Lynch Global Wealth Management in Farmington Hills. Blahunka previously
held senior level positions for the Learning Care Group, Inc., a
national franchiser of child care centers; Mapal, Inc., an automotive
supplier; and Millcraft Paper.

Ajay Chawla is president and CEO of CS Fasteners, a retail and
automotive company. Prior to founding CS Fasteners, Chawla held
management positions at Lason Corporation, and CMGI. He established
Toast for Tykes, a non-profit corporation that has contributed more than
$400,000 to child-serving organizations in southeast Michigan including
the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Kids Kicking Cancer and the
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.

The Honorable Kurtis T. Wilder has served as a judge on the Michigan
Court of Appeals since 2004 and previously was a circuit court judge for
Washtenaw County. Judge Wilder was a litigation attorney for Butzel
Long, P.C. and Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. earlier in his
career. He is a past president of the Michigan Judges Association.

Michael Klein, M.D. holds the Arvin I. Philippart, M.D. Endowed Chair in
Pediatric Research at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. In addition,
he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University. Dr. Klein was a
professor of surgery and vice chair of the Department of Pediatric
Surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine from 1997 until
2009. He served as surgeon-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Michigan
during the same time period.

Seetha Shankaran, M.D. is a professor of pediatrics and director of the
division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Wayne State University School
of Medicine. In addition, she is director of Regional Neonatal Programs
for the Detroit Medical Center and serves as a neonatologist at
Children’s Hospital of Medicine. She has received multiple research
grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development, the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National
Institute of Mental Health.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Established in 2003, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health
and healthcare of the children of Michigan. This is accomplished through
philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, research, and
community benefit programs. The Foundation granted $5.7 million in 2014
for vital pediatric health initiatives. The Foundation is an independent
public charity governed by a community board of 29 directors, and is a
501(c) (3) charitable organization. Learn more at


Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
Leslie Fleming, Director
of Communications and Annual Giving