2009-12-27 / Newsweekly
Vizard named GM of Seasons Change
David Vizard, who concluded a 32-year newspaper career in May, will now be in charge of the Thumb-based home health care agency’s dayto day operations. The announcement was made recently by Charlotte Bieri, Seasons Change CEO and owner. Seasons Change provides virtually all in-home care needs to patients in 13 mid-Michigan counties.
“We are pleased to have a manager with Dave’s experience and communications skills,” Bieri said. “Dave has always been activelyinvolved in community events where he has worked and lived, and I expect that to continue.”
For the past 25 years, Vizard has been a newsroom manager as well as a newspaper executive, serving in a variety of capacities.
Vizard, who is a native of the Thumb and now resides in Caseville Township with his wife, Barbara, has been activelyinvolved in several public service committees and boards, including the Bay County Prevention Network, the Arenac County Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking and Saginaw Survivors of Suicide.
As News Editor and a regular columnist with The Bay City Times, Vizard launched “Help Send Santa to Baghdad,” an annual, volunteerdriven campaign to collect and send Christmas gifts to American troops serving in the Middle East. In six years, the campaign has sent more than 10 tons in gifts items and raised nearly $30,000 to fund the effort, which was sponsored by The Bay City Times.
“When I left the newspaper business, I was not ready to quit serving the public,” said Vizard, who has also been an adjunct professor of journalism at Kirtland Community College, Roscommon. “Health care is a growing industry and it’s a new way for me to continue helping people. I am excited about learning a new industry and joining the professional team at Seasons Change.”
The Seasons Change central office is in Pigeon and the agency also conducts business from satellite offices in Caro and Bad Axe. The home health care agency is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
Vizard also has created and conducted a series of workshops for non-profit agencies. The workshops are designed to help nonprofits deliver their messages to the public in a world of changing communications systems.
The veteran communicator also creates public presentations. His most recent production was a slide show, entitled “History in the Making – a Journalist’s View of People and Events.” It was created for the Huron County Historical Society’s annual dinner, which was held earlier this month.
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