DSRA Leadership 2021

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DSRA Board of Directors effective 2/4/2021.

Board Member Res Role Phone Email Term Bio
Bruce GumpBruce Gump OH Board Chair;
Legislative Committee
330-770-6021 email Class I
Mary MillerMary Miller OH Board Vice-Chair 937-371-8530 email Class II
Ron BeeberRon Beeber MI Treasurer;
Finance Committee;
Fund Raising Committee
313-498-0155 email Class I
John NorrisJohn Norris FL Secretary;
941-312-2120 email Class II
Beth BernthalBeth Bernthal MI Board Member 989-652-4572 email Class II
Michael HissamMichael Hissam PA Board Member;
814-797-5144 email Class I
Tom RoseTom Rose OH Board Member 937-886-5696 email Class II


Board Member - Michael Hissam

Employer info:   Delphi-A Ciudad Juarez, Chih., Mexico
Service dates:   1975 - 2009   33.5 years

Brief Work History:

  • Instructor: Mass Media Arts. Jouranlism, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Owner/President of Trans-National Executive Communications since 2009;
    communication consultant, executive
  • Regional director communications Mexico: 1993-2009
  • Senior staff assistant, Communications, Packard Electric: 1979-1993

Brief Volunteer History:

  • DSRA Board member, media & internal/external communications - 2010-current
  • Producer, DSRA On-the-Line audio updates
  • El Paso Foreign Trade Association – Board Member 1995-2009
  • Advisor, School of Marketing and Business – University of Texas at El Paso
  • Paso del Norte Group - member (communications committee)

Specific Skills:

  • Communications strategist; media relations, internal communications media; media awareness training; podcaster; writer
  • Issue analysis; key message development
  • Government relations -- messaging
  • DSRA internal and external/media communications; On-the-Line audios producer

Other Qualifications: 

  • Internationally recognized for communications innovation, leadership
  • Executive communications coaching


Michael J. Hissam

Michael J. Hissam, president and founder of Trans-National Executive Communications, leads a bilingual, multi-faceted large- and small-business consulting and executive communication skills team based in El Paso, Texas.  Prior to forming his own enterprise, Hissam directed public relations, communications, and regional media relations departments for General Motors and Delphi since 1979, with an emphasis on Mexico and border trade issues.  During that period, he served as an instructor and consultant for corporate executive communications skills development. He has served as news director at several radio stations in Cleveland and northeastern Ohio.

In addition to his work for GM and Delphi, Hissam was an associate professor of journalism and mass communications in the Kent State University system in Ohio.  He earned three “Gold Quill of Excellence Awards” from the International Association of Business Communicators, as well as more than a dozen awards for internal and external communication initiatives from General Motors.  Additionally in Ohio, he taught Spanish for continuing education programs for five years.

Based in Ciudad Juarez/El Paso and New Mexico since 1993, he worked with or was interviewed by many leading U.S. and international news media.  He addressed governmental (cabinet, congressional, gubernatorial, presidential candidate, defense) and non-governmental economic development organizations, as well as labor and activist groups regionally and in Washington or Mexico City concerning the maquiladora business model.  Additionally, he served 15 years as a director of the Foreign Trade Association and as a resource for the tri-national Border Trade Alliance.

Hissam graduated from Cleveland State University with a business degree specializing in finance and economics.  He currently is a master’s candidate in Mass Media and Journalism at the Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  He completed the advanced leadership program through the Center for Creative Leadership.  He has developed executive and business communication courses concerning media, issue management, and presentation skills -- in English and in Spanish.  His company also provides internal, external and governmental communication planning services to align communications to business strategies.  Mr. Hissam may be contacted via DSRA web form or at 814-797-5144.


Board Member - John Norris

Employer info:   Delphi Powertrain, Auburn Hills MI
Service dates:   1978 - 2008   30.5 Years

Work History: 

  • Sales Manager, Delphi Powertrain Division, Troy/Auburn Hills Michigan, Aftermarket; 2001-2008.
  • Integration Manager, Delphi Energy & Chassis Michigan, Mergers & Acquisitions; 2000-2001.
  • Sales Manager, Delphi Energy & Chassis Michigan, Joint Ventures & Alliances; 1997-2000.
  • Regional Manager / International Sales Manager for GM/Delco Remy in the United Kingdom, Japan, Asia-Pacific, and Indiana; 1980-1997.

Volunteer History:

  • DSRA Board Member | Secretary: membership, administration & communications, 2009-current.
  • Guide Team Member, Trinity United Methodist Church, Bradenton FL, current.
  • Board Member | Secretary, Runyan Lake Inc., Michigan, homeowners association, 1997-2009.
  • USA regional contact, Bedford School, United Kingdom, Old Bedfordians alumni association, 1987-2016.

Specific Skills:

  • Excellent communication, supervisory, organization, coaching and administration skills.
  • Strong computer and e-communication skills.
  • Experienced as a team player, and in successfully executing projects and assignments, in both corporate and volunteer environments.

Other Qualifications: 

  • Proven leadership skills, as corporate manager and as volunteer Board member.
  • Believer and implementer of transparency in operations, procedures, and communications.
  • Believe in volunteering time, expertise, and experience for the benefit of the entire group.

Strong belief that we will win!

Board Member - Mary Miller

Employer info:   Delphi AHG Needmore Rd Brake Operations, Dayton, Ohio
Service dates:   1977 - 2008   31 years 2 months

Brief Work History

Organizational Learning and Development & Salaried Personnel Manager, Needmore Road Operations (2004-2008)

  • Managed all aspects of Salaried Personnel
  • Supported implementation of business strategies by delivering effective organizational development leadership and services.
  • Focus areas: organizational learning, leadership development, change management, and implementation of strategic training plan. 

Brief Volunteer History

  • Current Board Member for DSRA
  • Past Board Member for the Organizational Development Network - Miami Valley Chapter, Dayton, OH
  • Past member of Parish Council and Lector at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Kettering, OH

Specific Skills

  • HR leadership and experience. 

Other Qualifications

  • Passionate desire to win benefits for Delphi retirees.
  • Ability to work with others and build collaborative relationships supporting DSRA goals and objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills.
  • Willingness to work in a transparent environment, offering an “open door” to members.