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LARA Executive Team

  Steve Arwood, Acting Director

Steve Arwood, Director
Governor Rick Snyder appointed Steve Arwood on Jan. 31, 2013 as Director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Chief Regulatory Officer to serve in a leadership role in reinventing the State's regulatory and licensing environment. He has served as LARA Deputy Director overseeing the Unemployment Insurance Agency and Employment Security and Workplace Safety, which includes MIOSHA, Employment Relations, and Workers' Compensation. He joined LARA in 2011 from Windlab Developments, USA, LTD, where he served as U.S. Regional Director. He has worked in wind energy development, conservation, and business development since 1999. He previously served as deputy director and other executive management positions at the Michigan Jobs Commission under Governor John Engler. He has also served as director for the House of Representatives Programs and Policy, and the National Federation for Independent Business-Michigan. Arwood is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University.

   
  Mike Zimmer, Chief Deputy Director Mike Zimmer, Chief Deputy Director
Mike Zimmer is Chief Deputy Director for LARA and Executive Director of the Michigan Administrative Hearing System. As Chief Deputy Director, Zimmer oversees the administrative operations of LARA as well as assigned oversight of the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons and the Michigan Public Service Commission. Zimmer previously served as deputy director of the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules. He also served as director of the Bureau of Hearings in the former Department of Consumer and Industry Services; 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, Deputy Director
Shelly Edgerton is a Deputy Director for LARA with responsibility for Licensing and Regulation. She is charged with oversight of Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, the Bureaus of Fire Services, Construction Codes and Health Care Services. 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.
   
   
  Stephanie Comai, Deputy Director  Stephanie Comai, Deputy Director
Stephanie Comai is a LARA Deputy Director with oversight of Employment, Security and Workplace Safety. She is charged with oversight of MIOSHA, the Unemployment Insurance Agency, and Employment Relations. Prior to joining LARA, Comai served as the Director of Revenue and Partnership Enhancement for the Michigan Department of Human Services. She was a member of the Board of Trustees at Central Michigan University from 2003-2010. She also chaired the State Management Issues Committee for Governor Snyder's Transition Office during 2010. Working for Governor John Engler, Comai directed the E-Michigan Office, which developed the Michigan.gov web portal. She held several additional positions in state government in the Engler Administration focusing on enhanced technology use, executive staff recruitment, implementation of policy initiatives, and fiscal efficiencies. Earlier in her career, she worked in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor. She has a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. 
   
  Kevin Elsenheimer, LARA Deputy Director Kevin Elsenheimer, Deputy Director
Kevin Elsenheimer is a LARA Deputy Director and Director of the Workers’ Compensation Agency. As a Deputy Director Elsenheimer oversees the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs and the Office of Regulatory Reinvention. Prior to serving in the Snyder administration, he served as Minority Leader in the Michigan House of Representatives, and retired in 2010 as State Representative for the 105th District as a result of term limits. Elsenheimer served as a school board trustee for five years prior to coming to the legislature. An attorney, Kevin is a former assistant prosecutor and owner of a law firm which represents municipalities throughout the state of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University and Northwestern Michigan College, receiving his juris doctor from Wayne State University Law School.
   
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