On March 4, Governor Snyder appointed the following people to be members of the Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board:
Jayashree Kommareddi, of Grand Blanc, will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2018. Ms. Kommareddi is the office manager for Prasad Kommareddi, M.D. She previously held leadership positions with the Genesee County Medical Society Alliance, Michigan State Medical Society and the American Democracy Project at the University of Michigan-Flint. She currently serves on the boards of the Mott Children's Health Center in Flint and Genesee County's Free Medical Clinic. She also recently chaired the initiative on child sex trafficking for the Michigan Women's Commission. Kommareddi earned both a bachelor's and master's degree from Delhi University in India. She represents individuals with experience and expertise in the field of intervention in or prevention of human trafficking or treatment of human trafficking survivors.
Matt Lori, of Constantine, is senior deputy director of the Policy, Planning, and Legislative Services Administration at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Lori serves as a designated representative from the Department of Health and Human Services. He is also serving on the state's Human Trafficking Commission.
Sheila Meshinski, of Macomb, will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2018. Meshinski is the staff development instructor for emergency services at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. She has been an emergency nurse for more than 35 years and has served as a sexual assault and forensic nurse. Ms. Meshinski earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nazareth College. She represents registered professional nurses with experience in an emergency department, emergency room, or trauma center of a hospital.
Dr. Dena Nazer, of Detroit, will serve a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2017. Dr. Nazer is chief of the child protection team at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University, and performs medical evaluations of suspected child sexual abuse victims at Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center. She completed her pediatric residency and a fellowship in child abuse and neglect at Wayne State University and earned her medical degree from the University of Jordan. Dr. Nazer represents individuals licensed to practice medicine and recommended by the Speaker of the House.
Brigette Robarge, of Belleville, is serving a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2019. Ms. Robarge is a human trafficking survivor and is working toward an associate degree in liberal arts at Schoolcraft Community College. She represents human trafficking survivors.
Ruth Rondon, of Wyoming, will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2020. Ms. Rondon is retired, most recently serving as a clerk for the Kent County Register of Deeds. She also worked for the Kent County Health Department. She is a board member for Red Cord Community, a support organization for women who have survived commercial sexual exploitation and/or drug addiction. She represents human trafficking survivors.
Dr. Lori Ryland, of Battle Creek, will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2018. Dr. Ryland is a doctoral psychologist, board-certified behavior analyst, and a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor. She is the clinical director for Skywood Recovery, Foundations Recovery Network-Universal Health Services, and is an adjunct instructor for the addictions certification program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ryland holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate from Western Michigan University. She represents mental health professionals.
Dr. Subburaman Sivakumar, of Northville Township, will serve a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2017. Dr. Sivakumar is president of Subburaman Sivakumar Medical Group and medical director and CEO of Michigan Academic Hospitalist Group. He is also a physician at St. Mary Mercy Hospital where he serves on the Medical Executive Committee, and he is a member of the strategy council at St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Sivakumar earned his medical degree from Tirunelveli Medical College. He represents individuals licensed to practice medicine and recommended by the Senate Majority Leader.
Steve Yager, of Lansing, is executive director of the Children’s Services Agency at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, he oversees adoption efforts, foster care and measures to protect children from abuse and neglect. Yager has more than 31 years of child welfare experience, including 28 years with the State of Michigan. He has worked as a frontline child welfare worker in Children’s Protective Services, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice and Foster Home Licensing and held several supervisory positions, including county director. He also was the longest serving director of the Office of Family Advocate from 2000 to 2008. Yager is a strong advocate for the well-being and protection of children and has experience working collaboratively with the state Legislature, community partners and other child welfare stakeholders. He will serve as a representative of the department.