LARA Executive Team

Mike Zimmer, Chief Deputy Director Mike Zimmer, Director
Mike Zimmer is the Director for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. As Director, Zimmer oversees the administrative operations of LARA as well as assigned oversight of the Michigan Office for New Americans, the Office of Regulatory Reinvention, and the Office of Reinventing Performance in Michigan. In addition, he is the Director of the Office of Good Government. Immediately prior to being named Director, Zimmer served as the Chief Deputy Director of LARA. Zimmer also previously served as deputy director of the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules and as director of the Bureau of Hearings in the former Department of Consumer and Industry Services. In addition, he served as the Director of the Office of Regulatory Reform under former Governor John Engler and worked for the Senate Majority Floor Leader. Zimmer earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his juris doctor from George Washington University.
Shelly Edgerton, Deputy Director Shelly Edgerton, Chief Deputy Director
Shelly Edgerton is LARA's Chief Deputy Director as well as the department's Chief Data Systems Officer, with responsibility for Licensing and Regulation as well as serving as LARA's primary executive level liaison with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. She is charged with oversight of the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, the Bureau of Construction Codes, the Bureau of Professional Licensing, and Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing, as well as the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs. Prior to joining LARA, Edgerton dedicated 27 years of service to the state Legislature where she served most recently in the capacity of Deputy Senate Majority Counsel in the Senate Majority Policy Office. She also previously held titles of Assistant Senate Majority Counsel and Chief of Staff for Senator Dave Honigman. Edgerton earned her bachelor's degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University. She went on to receive her juris doctor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Allan Pohl, Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer

Allan Pohl, Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer
Al Pohl is a Deputy Director and LARA's Chief Financial Officer. As Deputy Director, Pohl oversees the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Fire Services, and the Liquor Control Commission, as well as Finance and Administrative Services. Al has worked in state government financial management for more than 40 years. He began his career in 1974 in the Department of Management and Budget's Central Accounting Division. In 1985 he began working for the Department of Commerce in the Financial Management Division and in 1993 became the Chief Accountant for the department (now LARA). In 2003 he was appointed as the CFO and Director of Finance and Administrative Services for LARA. He earned a B.A. in business administration from Northwood University and a M.S.A. from Central Michigan University.

  LARA Deputy Director Wanda Stokes Wanda Stokes, Deputy Director
Wanda M. Stokes is a Deputy Director with responsibility for Litigation Risk Management. She also provides oversight to the Bureau of Employment Relations, the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Workers' Compensation Agency, and administration of the Freedom of Information Act. Prior to joining LARA, Stokes served over 15 years in the Michigan Department of Attorney General where she was head of the Consumer Protection Practice Group and Division Chief for Licensing & Regulation. She also held leadership positions as the Chief of Staff and Bureau Chief for the Child and Family Services Bureau, as well as an Assistant Attorney General litigator in the Corrections, Child Support, and Public Employment, Elections and Tort Divisions. Stokes also worked for many years in the private sector, most notably as an attorney and Director of Personnel at Auto-Owners Insurance Company, and spent more than ten years in the Office of General Counsel for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn. Stokes earned her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.