Appointments made to Natural Resources Commission

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Rex Schlaybaugh Jr., of Birmingham, and Annoesjka Steinman, of Muskegon, to the Natural Resources Commission.

The seven-member commission works with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in ways to conserve, protect, manage, use and enjoy the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

"I look forward to Rex and Annoesjka's contributions as we continue efforts to enhance, promote and protect our state's natural resources," Snyder said.

Schlaybaugh has been a member of the Dykema law firm for 38 years. He served as chair and CEO of the firm for a three-year term that expired Dec. 31, 2011. Schlaybaugh is an avid fly fisherman and serves on the boards of the Detroit Economic Club, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. He previously served as a member and chairman of the Oakland University Board of Trustees. Schlaybaugh earned a bachelor's degree from Albion College and a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law. He replaces Hurley Coleman.

Steinman is the executive director and CEO of the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids and has worked in water and land management roles in Michigan for the past 11 years. Steinman previously worked for the Ottawa/Muskegon Conservation Districts, managed the Mona Lake Watershed Council and served as a member on the Muskegon Community Foundation Board and Norton Shores City Council. Steinman earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Florida and a master's degree in natural resources management from Grand Valley State University. She replaces Mary Brown.

Both appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2015. The appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.