Authority Board Members

The Authority Board generally meets once a month in Lansing. The members provide policy direction to the MSHDA staff, authorize bond issues, approve development loan commitments, and evaluate programs.

Five of the board members are appointed by the Governor, with confirmation by the State Senate, for terms of four years. The remaining members are directors of state departments.

Roger Curtis
Department of Talent & Economic Development

Scott Wierda
Vice Chair
CWD Real Estate Investment

Board Member

Nick Khouri
Board Member
State Treasurer
Michigan Department of Treasury

Carl English
Board Member

Deb Muchmore
Board Member
Kandler, Reed, Khoury & Muchmore

Kirk T. Steudle
Board Member
Michigan Department of Transportation

Tyrone Hamilton
Resident Member
Hamilton Productions

Board Member Biographies


Roger Curtis, Board Chair
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: December 2, 2016
Term expires at the pleasure of the Governor

Roger Curtis is the director of the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED). The department works to ensure that the state can efficiently and effectively develop, administer and coordinate Michigan’s economic, housing, and talent development initiatives and programs.

Roger was the president of Michigan International Speedway for 10 years. Under his leadership, MIS hosted two annual NASCAR races – bringing an estimated $414 million in economic activity to the state.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University.

Roger delegates MSHDA board representation to Jeremy Hendges.

Jeremy Hendges
Jeremy Hendges currently serves as Chief Deputy Director at TED with a focus on ensuring that people, job providers, and communities have the tools they need to succeed.

Prior to joining TED, Jeremy worked in the Michigan Legislature for just over 12 years holding a variety of positions on legislative policy and process. 

Scott Wierda, Vice Chair
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: October 2, 2013 – March 10, 2015
Reappointed by Governor Snyder | Term: March 10, 2015 – March 19, 2019

Scott Wierda is principal and managing partner of CWD Real Estate Investment. He is also co-owner and founder of Jade Pig Ventures, a Grand Rapids-based full service commercial real estate investment and development firm. Established in 1995, the company includes grocery anchored shopping centers, mixed-use centers, single tenant retail, restaurant, and office users as well as medical office buildings.

Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hope College. He serves as a Republican member on the Authority board.

Carl English
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: April 18, 2014 – March 10, 2018

Carl English is retired as the vice chairman of American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric companies in the U.S., with operations in 11 states. He previously served as chief operating officer of American Electric Power; president of AEP Utilities and chief executive officer of Consumers Energy’s Natural Gas Operations. 

Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Michigan State University. He serves as a Republican member of the Authority board. 

Tyrone Hamilton
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: October 2, 2013 – March 10, 2014
Reappointed by Governor Snyder | Term: March 10, 2014 – March 10, 2018

Tyrone Hamilton is the owner of Hamilton Productions, where he works as a disc jockey, singer and keyboard player. Tyrone also provides musical therapy in nursing homes. 

Tyrone serves as the board resident member as required by MSHDA’s Act. 

Nick Khouri
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: April 19, 2015
Term expires at the pleasure of the Governor

Prior to being named State Treasurer, Director Nick Khouri was senior vice president of corporate affairs at DTE Energy in Detroit, where he oversaw governmental and regulatory relations, community affairs and communications.

Director Khouri earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Michigan and a master’s degree in economics from Michigan State University.

Nick delegates MSHDA Board representation to Eric Scorsone.

Eric Scorsone
Dr. Eric Scorsone is senior deputy state treasurer overseeing the Bureau of Local Government, Bureau of State and Local Bond Finance and Bureau of Higher Education Services.

He is on a leave of absence as associate professor and director for the Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy at Michigan State University. Dr. Scorsone has been widely cited on state and local government finance issues in Time, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, NPR, New York Times and others. He is also a co-editor of the Handbook of Local Government Fiscal Health.

Dr. Scorsone received a Ph.D. from Colorado State University, M.S. from Michigan State University and B.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.

Deb Muchmore
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: April 18, 2014 – March 10, 2018

Deb Muchmore is a partner at Kandler Reed Khoury & Muchmore (KRKM) where she serves as a government and public affairs expert. With more than 31 years of experience, she assists local, national and international organizations in developing and implementing business strategies and navigating crisis situations.

Deb is an author of several business publications on a range of topics that include energy, natural resources, education and talent production, tax policy and others.

Deb is a Michigan State University alumnae, receiving her bachelor’s degree in advertising. She serves as an Independent member of the Authority board.

Kirk T. Steudle
Appointed by Governor Granholm | Term: October 5, 2010
Reappointed by Governor Snyder | Term: January 21, 2011
Term expires at the pleasure of the governor

Director Kirk Steudle is a registered professional engineer who rose through the ranks of the Michigan Department of Transportation to his current position as state transportation director.

Director Steudle delegates his MSHDA Board representation to Mike Kapp.

Mike Kapp
Mike Knapp is the administrator of MDOT’s Office of Economic Development where he oversees several transportation-related community economic development programs including the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF), the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), the Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program and the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) program.

Prior to his years at MDOT, Mike was an analyst and consultant for Public Sector Consultants, Inc. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in public administration and economics from Michigan State University.