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Dec 8, 2023

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Piast Institute Announces
Three New Board Members

Hamtramck, MI – The Piast Institute is pleased to welcome three new members to the Piast Institute Board of Directors: Judge Alexis Grace Krot, Levi F. Smith, J.D. and Dominik A. Stecula, Ph.D.

Judge Krot is the current Presiding Judge at the 31st District Court in Hamtramck. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where she received a B.S. in Management and acquired a M.A. in Business Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy.  She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.  Judge Krot is a supportive and involved member of HDFCC and the Hamtramck community.

Levi Smith has served as a commercial real estate broker and has been involved in corporate real estate and real estate development for most of his career. He was responsible for developing 100K sq. ft. of office/medical buildings, as well as over 200 residential condominiums.  He received a B.A. in American History from the American University in Washington, D.C.  He furthered his education by attending Wayne State University in Detroit where he obtained his Juris Doctorate. Levi Smith is a seasoned presenter, negotiator and business person with the ability to forge solid relationships with partners and key stakeholders.

Dominik Stecula, Ph.D. currently is a Martin Fishbein Postdoctoral Fellow in the Annenberg Center for Advanced Study in Communication, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania as well as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Public Opinion and Political Representation, Simon Fraser University.  He received a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and continued his education with an M.A. in Political Science from McGill University, Montreal. He obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Stecula, who has himself written extensively, collaborated often with Dr. Radzilowski, co-founder of the Piast Institute.

The Piast Institute is delighted to add such esteemed members to the Piast Institute Board. 

The Piast Institute, which is celebrating 15 years of service, is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) research and social resource organization that is devoted to Polish and Polish American affairs. It is also one of fifty-two United States Census Information Centers (CIC), and one of two located in Michigan. The Piast Institute develops conferences, seminars, publications, public programs, lectures and exhibits that provide information about Poland, Poles and Polish Americans. A key element of its community service is the Hamtramck Drug Free Community Coalition (HDFCC) which the Institute founded in 2007 to serve the immigrant, racial and ethnic groups of the community and its youth.


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