- What is the Commission and when do they meet?
The Commission consists of 25 members appointed by the Governor. The voting members of the Commission elect one of the members to serve as chairperson of the Commission. Members serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as members of the Commission.
Julie Calley was elected as Ionia County Commissioner for District 7 in 2008. Within her home county, she serves on the Ionia County Community Mental Health Board Authority, the Community Corrections Board, the Tax Allocation Board, and the Board of Public Works. Prior to her time in the public sector, she spent a decade employed in residential and commercial property management. She is a youth leader for multiple programs within her hometown church and has previously worked with Junior Achievement. Julie holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Northwood University. She has been a MCSC member since 2011.
Diana Rodriguez-Algra previously served as the Executive Director of the Volunteer Centers of Michigan. Prior to this she was the Service-Learning Coordinator for the Michigan Community Service Commission. In this role she was responsible for advancing the use of service-learning among policy and educational organizations. Her other positions have included serving as the Volunteer Services Liaison for the Family Independence Agency within the director office. Diana served for four years as the first Director of AmeriCorps State/ National programs at the Corporation for National and Community Service. In this position she oversaw the selection and distribution of over $526 million dollars in federal support for National Service Programs. Right before she left Michigan for Washington, she served as the first director of Michigan Community Service Commission established by Governor Engler in 1991. Ms. Rodriguez-Algra has been an MCSC member since 2010.
Michigan State Police
Col. Kriste Etue, of Brighton, is the director of the Michigan State Police. She began her career with the Department of State Police in 1987 as a member of the 101st Trooper Recruit School. She previously served as deputy director and commander of the Administrative Services Bureau. Col. Etue earned an associate’s degree from Kalamazoo Valley College and is a graduate of the 206th Session of the FBI National Academy. She represents experts in the delivery of human, educational, environmental, or public safety services and replaces David Andrews.
Consumers Energy Foundation
Carolyn Bloodworth is a 31-year employee of Consumers Energy and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation and the CMS Energy Foundation. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the foundations, Carolyn is also Director of Corporate Giving and Education for CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. Her responsibilities involve corporate charitable contribution activities, administration of the corporation's dues and memberships, oversight for the company's K-12 electric and natural gas safety education programs, and coordination of various community relations activities, including volunteer promotion and recognition. Carolyn serves on the board of directors of the Michigan FFA Association, the Council of Michigan Foundations, the Michigan Nonprofit Association and The LEAGUE Michigan, a program of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. She serves on the board of regents for Baker College - Jackson, is a member of the United Way of Jackson County's Community Solutions Coordinating Council and the Jackson Public School District's Promise Zone Authority board. She has served as a director of ConnectMichigan Alliance, Food Bank Council of Michigan, WKAR's Community Advisory Board, Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge, Jackson County's Promise to Youth Alliance, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County and the Nonprofit Network. She has been an MCSC member since 2008 and was elected as Chair in September 2011.
Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Kyle Caldwell is the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. He is the former program director for C.S. Mott Foundation's Pathways Out of Poverty Program. Previously, he worked as president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, president and CEO of ConnectMichigan Alliance, executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, director of corporate and foundation relations for the Office for Institutional Advancement at Olivet College, and director of special projects for the Michigan Community Service Commission. He is a member of the National Council of Nonprofits, Points of Light, Nonprofit Vote, Starr Commonwealth, Council of Michigan Foundations Public Policy Committee, and Michigan Association of United Ways. He has been a MCSC member since 2013.
Heidi Magyar, of Laingsburg, is the director of community outreach programs for Southeastern Michigan for General Motors. She has served in numerous capacities at GM. Magyar holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Michigan-Flint. She represents experts in the delivery of human, educational, environmental, and public safety services.
Council of Michigan Foundations
President and CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations, Mr. Collier has been an MCSC member since 2000. He serves on numerous boards including the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Association of United Ways, and Michigan Municipal League. His career in philanthropy includes service as a program officer with the C.S. Mott Foundation, grants director for the Gannett Foundation, executive director of Rotary Charities of Traverse City, and founding director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Michael Hill is the Superintendent for the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. Throughout his 21-year professional career, he has held various positions within the education field. He currently volunteers as a youth coach in football, baseball, softball and basketball. He is President of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Northwest Lower Michigan and Chairman of Leadership Grand Traverse for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also co-chair of the five county Traverse Bay Area Poverty Reduction Initiative. In 2005, Mike led an initiative in the Traverse City area to secure a grant of over one half million dollars to construct and operate a Youth Health and Wellness Center. This health center currently serves students ages 10-21 who may not have access to affordable, quality health care. Mr. Hill has served on the MCSC as State Superintendent Michael Flanagan's representative since 2009.
Maria Wilson Holmes is the Director of Community Investment, External Affairs for Comcast’s Heartland Region. She has been employed in the cable industry for more than 30 years, primarily focused on three areas: programming, government affairs, and community investment. Maria began her career as an executive producer in local origination productions and is an award winning producer. In her current role, Maria is responsible to oversee national initiatives which include employee engagement programs such as Comcast Cares Day, United Way, Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, Comcast Foundation Grants and Internet Essentials. Maria serves on several boards and committees including the Plymouth United Way, Women in Cable Telecommunications, and Washtenaw Literacy Advisory Board. She has been professionally recognized with various awards including the BPW Young Professional Woman, ATHENA Award, Carla Laufer Award (WICT) and numerous video/production awards. Her leadership has resulted in several company awards and recognitions as well. Maria attended Eastern Michigan University with a major in Telecommunications and minor in Marketing. Maria has been a member of the Commission since 2015.
Student, University of Notre Dame
Katharine Janes is a junior at the University of Notre Dame, where she maintains a 3.984 GPA in the Glynn Family Honors Program. She is a double major in Economics and Political Science. During her time at Notre Dame, Katharine has served as a vice president of the Community Alliance to Serve Hispanics, where she tutors English to non-native speakers; research assistant with the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study; co-leader of a work group of the International Development Research Council; member of the Reilly Student Committee with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions; and secretary of her a cappella group, Halftime. She has also interned with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Senate, and a nongovernmental organization in Ecuador. While in high school at Sacred Heart Academy in Mount Pleasant, Michigan (where she graduated as valedictorian), Katharine was president of the Youth Advisory Committee at the Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation, board member of the LEAGUE Michigan Commission at the Michigan Nonprofit Association, co-chair of the Michigan Community Foundations' Youth Project Committee at the Council of Michigan Foundations, and co-founder of a school-wide anti-bullying organization called Students for Students. She has recorded over 1,500 hours of community service during her high school and college years. Katharine has been an MCSC member since 2013.
Kolt Communications, Inc.
Robert Kolt is the president and CEO of Kolt Communications, Inc., a privately owned communications corporation with offices located in Okemos, Michigan. In 1991, Kolt Communications began providing a variety of communication counseling services to both public and private sector clients statewide including: public relations, advertising and media consulting. Robert Kolt is also an instructor in the Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing Department in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Robert Kolt also serves as volunteer president of AARP Michigan, representing 1.4 million age 50+ residents in the state. Mr. Kolt is involved in many community and philanthropic efforts. Along with his duties as president of AARP Michigan, Kolt is a board member of the Capital Region Community Foundation and is currently chair-elect of the board with a term as chair beginning in 2013. He serves on the board of the Michigan Nurses Foundation, which supports the nursing profession with educational scholarships and research. Robert Kolt has also served as a member of the board of the Capital Area United Way, and was a longtime member of the Lansing Rotary Club serving as president of the board of the Lansing Rotary Foundation. Robert Kolt has also served on the volunteer associates board of the Michigan State University Museum, and Kolt helped to establish the Lugnuts Charities, the charitable organization formed by the owners of the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball team. He has been a member of the MCSC since 2012.
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
Christine Lanning, of Battle Creek is the Tribal Council Treasurer of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. As a Tribal Council member, Lanning chairs the Elders Committee, Culture Committee and the FKCH Audit Committee. She is also the Treasurer of the FireKeepers Development Board which owns and manages FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, MI. She is on the Board of Directors for the Safe Place Domestic Violence Shelter in the Battle Creek area where she an active volunteer, and is involved with several task forces, including VAWA (Violence Against Women Act). Lanning earned an associate degree in applied science from Ferris State University. She has been an MCSC Commissioner since 2015.
The Dow Chemical Company
Nancy Lamb is the Public Affairs Director for Michigan Operations at The Dow Chemical Company. In this role, she is responsible for strategic site communications, media, community relations, and employee communications for Dow’s Michigan Operations manufacturing site. She began her career at Dow in 1990 and has led marketing efforts for a variety of divisions. Nancy holds a Master's degree from Western Michigan University, resides in Midland, MI with her family, and serves on multiple boards and committees in the Great Lakes Bay Region representing business, education, economic development and the arts. She has been an MCSC Commissioner since 2015.
Michael J. Lavoie is a 1975 honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta) from 1975-77. He received his law degree with honors from the University of Detroit in 1980. After law school, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit where he rose to become Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division. He joined Butzel Long in private practice in 1986 and is a leading member of their business litigation practice group. Mr. Lavoie has served for several years as the President of the Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and has also served for many years as a board member and officer of the Pontiac Alumni Foundation engaged in youth mentoring and related activities. Mr. Lavoie is also the President of Friends of Burkina Faso, a national association of former Peace Corps volunteers who served in Burkina Faso. Mr. Lavoie has been an MCSC member since October 2011.
Saint Mary’s Foundation
Michelle Rabideau, of Grand Rapids, is the president of the Saint Mary’s Foundation, the charitable arm of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. She serves as president of the East Grand Rapids Board of Education and on the board of the Michigan Woman’s Foundation and the Center for Community Leadership. Rabideau earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in public administration from Grand Valley State University. She represents experts in the delivery of human, educational, environmental and public safety services.
Greenstone Farm Credit
Peter Lemmer is senior vice president and chief legal counsel for Greenstone Farm Credit Services. He has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney, including more than 20 years in the position of chief legal counsel. He is an active member of the Michigan Bar Association and American Corporate Counsel Association. He was recently presented with the prestigious Phelps-Martin Award for Community Service for his volunteer work with local youth and refugee groups. He has been a MCSC member since 2013.
Kristen Lingenfelter works at Lingenfelter Motorsports, a licensed dealer that buys and sells rare performance and collectors' cars. Each month, Lingenfelter Motorsports hosts or takes part in a charity event to support local people, clubs, foundations, and charities. Additionally, Ms. Lingenfelter remains active with many nonprofit organizations in Michigan, manages the Lingenfelter Foundation, and is an advocate for the Alzheimer's Association. She also serves as the Ambassador to Congressman Mike Rogers' office. In 2012, she was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as one of 60 distinguished volunteers of the year. She has been a MCSC member since 2013.
Fred M. Mester P.C. Law
Fred Mester retired as a Circuit Judge in 2008 from the Sixth Circuit Court after 26 years. He is currently in private practice in Birmingham handling arbitration, facilitation, mediation and consultation services. Prior to becoming a Circuit Judge, Fred Mester served as Court Administrator/Judicial Assistant for the Sixth Circuit; Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office; and Assistant United States Attorney. He is a former President of the Federal Bar Association, Detroit Chapter, National First Vice President, Federal Bar Association; former Chairman, Advisory Committee to the Professional Assistance Committee, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Fred Mester is the Founder and President of the Pontiac Alumni Foundation whose mission is a Certainty of Opportunity for the children of the City of Pontiac through its four tier program: mentoring, tutoring, community service and enrichment. He has been involved with many community service programs, including serving as Chairperson of the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic having served over 15,000 clients in the Tri-County area; former President and Founder of Reading to Reduce Recidivism. He is a member of Board of Directors, Salvation Army (Pontiac Division); Common Ground Sanctuary; and Charter Board Member of the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University. He has been an MCSC member since October 2011.
David J. Price is the retired Executive Director of MARO, an association that represents providers of employment and training services for persons with disabilities and other barriers. He serves on numerous boards including the Lansing Board of Water and Light, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, the Charyl Stockwell Charter Academy and the Glen Erin Pipe Band. A 30-year resident of Lansing, he holds a Bachelor's Degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH and has completed graduate coursework in Therapeutic Recreation at Central Michigan University. David and his wife, Marcie Alling, also recruit host families for Japanese students that attend Michigan State University. He has been a MCSC member since 2012.
Lansing Public Schools
Jerry is the President of the Lansing Schools Education Association, representing the teachers of Lansing, an affiliate of the Michigan Education Association. Jerry has served as a special education teacher in the states of Kansas, Massachusetts and Michigan. He is serving in his 9th year as President of the Lansing Teachers where he serves as a teacher advocate and partner with the Lansing School Board and administration. He has been living and working in the Lansing area partnering with business and labor for the past 23 years providing services to students, parents and staff throughout the Lansing community. Jerry has served in a number of capacities professionally and socially and currently is proud to serve with his fellow board members on the Capital Area United Way Board. Mr. Swartz has been a MCSC Commissioner since 2010.
John Truscott, President and Principal of Truscott Rossman, is one of the foremost experts in public relations and politics in Michigan. For over a decade, John served as Director of Communications and Press Secretary to Michigan Gov. John Engler. He was responsible for developing communication strategies for the Engler Administration, wrote speeches and press releases. John chaired the Emergency Public Information Committee by appointment of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The committee was mandated by Congress and analyzed the country's preparedness in communicating during a crisis, especially bio-terrorism and major public health incidents. Active in volunteer and philanthropic activities, John is also a community leader and serves as Past Chairman of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Sparrow Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. He is a sponsor and supporter of Ele's Place and has volunteered for the March of Dimes, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Chance at Childhood Foundation, Easter Seals and Toys for Tots. Mr. Truscott has been an MCSC member since October 2011.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
Lorna G. Utley has been President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit since October 2007. She has responsibility for leading an organization of 300 employees in meeting Goodwill’s mission of putting people with employment challenges to work. Prior to joining Goodwill, Utley was the President, GM Foundation and Director, Diversity Initiatives and Philanthropy after many years as a GM Human Resources professional. Ms. Utley earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in business, and a Master of Science in Industrial Relations also from Purdue University’s Krannert Business School. Ms. Utley currently is the Treasurer for Synergy Partners, LLC, the founding President of the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education, a member of Wayne State University’s Business School Board of Visitors, board member of Michigan Nonprofit, member of the Detroit Athletic Club’s Athletic Committee, past-Chair of Inforum, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Detroit. In June 2012, she began a three-year term on the Goodwill Industries International Board. Utley has been an MCSC Commissioner since 2015.
Dayne Walling is the former Mayor of the City of Flint. Under his leadership, the City of Flint adopted its first comprehensive master plan in more than 50 years. As an AmeriCorps alum, Walling values the power of citizens and volunteers and is leading the effort to expand national service in Flint and utilize volunteers to address Flint’s greatest challenges. Walling serves on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and is Chairman of the national Manufacturing Alliance of Communities. Walling previously worked in the public, nonprofit and private sectors and was a Rhodes Scholar from Michigan State University. Walling’s higher education portfolio includes: B.A. in Social Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University; a second B.A. in Modern History from St. Peter's College, University of Oxford; and a M.A. in Urban Studies from Goldsmith's College, University of London. Walling is an active member of Court Street United Methodist Church in Flint. Walling has been an MCSC Commissioner since 2015.
Corporation for National and Community Service
Cathy has been with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) since December 2000 when she began as State Program Specialist in the Albany, NY Field Office. In February 2005, she accepted the position of State Program Director (SPD) for the CNCS South Carolina Field Office and moved to Columbia, SC, serving in that role for the next seven years. As a native of the Great Lakes State, she accepted a May 2012 transfer to serve as SPD in the CNCS Michigan Field Office. As an employee at CNCS, she has collaborated closely with three State Commissions on National and Community Service in NY, SC and MI. Prior to her employment at CNCS, she worked for nine years at Catholic Human Services as the project director for two CNCS Senior Corps Programs in the ten county region of NWMI. Earlier work experience included case management for the Medicaid Waiver Program for the Area Agency on Aging of NWMI and coordinator of the Respite Care/Information and Referral Program with the same agency. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Central Michigan University and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Eastern Michigan University.