Directors & Officers
The twelve Directors of the Cryonics Institute Board are elected for three years in groups of four every September at the Annual General Meeting held at the Cryonics Institute facility. All Officers of the Cryonics Institute are Directors. The Officers are elected from amongst the Directors.
Dennis Kowalski is a Fire Fighter and a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic (NREMT-P) for the city of Milwaukee. He is also certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), advanced pediatric life support (PALS), and as a CPR Instructor for the American Heart Association. As a Fire Fighter and Paramedic Dennis has had a lot of experience dealing with life and death. His training and skills have given him numerous opportunities to be a part of saving lives while helping others in great distress. *CI OFFICER*
CI Director Andy Zawacki is also the Chief Operations Officer and Secretary of the Cryonics Institute. Some of his responsibilities at CI are processing membership sign-ups, preparing documents for members, membership database entries, facility & patient maintenance, preparing cryostats for service and patient suspensions. Andy Zawacki has been working for the Cryonics Institute since 1985. * CI OFFICER*
Steve Luyckx was born in Detroit, Michigan, the fifth of six children. He graduated from Michigan State in 1986 with a BA in Logistics and a Master’s degree in Finance a few years later. His professional career includes Kraft Foods, Chrysler/DaimlerChrysler Financial and in 2009 became the President of Open Dealer Exchange (a joint venture between CDK and Reynolds to automate the vehicle purchase process). He first became interested in Cryonics when a neighbor friend who was an important influence in his life introduced the topic. He has been one of the longest serving board members dating back almost 30 years and has attended every annual meeting since 1988. Steve is also active in financial planning primarily for friends and family. His corporate and personal finance background has served CI well as he has been generous with his insights and experience as a member of CI's investment committee and "inside auditor" of CI's financial/accounting practices. He continues to reside in Michigan only a few miles from CI facilities with his wife and three adult children. Over the last 25 years he has been an avid long-distance runner and more recently taken up endurance bike riding on the beautiful MI gravel and paved road. *CI OFFICER*
Stephan Beauregard was born at LaSalle (Quebec) Canada. He succeeded in increasing the number of fans & made our CI FB pages more attractive & dynamic with articles & daily discussions. Stephan has also served to promote the Cryonics Institute's communications initiative, media awareness, public education & convince people to opt for Cryonics & CI. Stephan is known for his frankness, his spoken franc & his great determination.
Debbie Fleming is 46 and currently lives in Palm Bay Florida with her two hairy children; Morgan (dog) and Peaches (cat). She started working at a local semiconductor company 20 years ago in an entry level position and has worked her way to her current position as an Engineering Tech. Her most recent accomplishment was obtaining her bachelor's degree in Organizational Management. Her father, John Bull, was involved in Cryonics since the very first days back in the 60s and was the long-time editor of Long Life magazine.
Kevin Doyle holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University and a M.E.Sc from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Toronto. Kevin has worked in Nuclear Power Generation for many years and also has experience with optimization projects in the health care and equipment maintenance fields as well as the area of organizational behavior. In addition, he has run a large-scale beef farm all his life, providing hands-on experience of ground-level work and organization. He presently operates his own consulting organization.
Nicholas Vandermeulen, born in 1994, has been a funded member of the Cryonics Institute and contracted with Suspended Animation since 2014. In the year of 2017, Nicholas acquired an Associate in Arts degree of Biotechnology and married his wife Nicole Rodriguez who is also a funded member of CI. As an experienced photographer, cinematographer, and graphic designer, Nicholas is working to continue enhancing the image of CI and achieve the vision of its membership. Ultimately, Nicholas aims to significantly influence the developing science and technology of cryonic preservation to ensure the patients are revived in the future.
Constance M. Ettinger, J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence), is a native of Michigan, and a resident of that state. She currently resides in Franklin, Michigan with her husband, David Ettinger, who is himself an attorney with a large Detroit law firm and the son of Robert Ettinger. Connie and David met at the University of Michigan as law students, and Connie is a long-time legal professional as well, having received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. She has been a licensed attorney for 19 years, previously specializing in personnel and employment law. *CI OFFICER*
Pat Heller is a Certified Public Accountant, though for the most part he deals in Rare Coins and Precious Metals. He is the owner and chief executive officer of Liberty Coin Service, of Lansing, Michigan. He became Treasurer of CI in 1980, and has also served as Vice President of CI. He took office as Vice President in late 1995, following Andrea Foote, and stepped down in 2001, though he continues as Director and Treasurer. *CI OFFICER*
Joseph Kowalsky was born and raised in the Detroit area in an Orthodox Jewish home. Both his parents are teachers, a fact he feels encouraged his own lifelong love of learning. He recalls that he first became aware of cryonics when a seventh grade science teacher brought some cryonics material to class. Joe was hooked: for the next fifteen years Joe kept abreast of the movement, eventually becoming an Associate member of the Immortalist Society. *CI OFFICER*
Paul Hagen is a native of Michigan who has been living in Waupaca, Wisconsin for the past twenty years. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelors in Finance in 1986. For several years he worked in the banking industry doing customer service and lending. His most recent position in banking was as a Personal Banker at a regional Wisconsin institution, Associated Bank. Currently Paul works for the State of Wisconsin as a Financial Specialist assisting Veterans with financial counseling, Medicaid claims, and funeral trusts.