SBA Board of Trustees

Present members of the Board of Trustees, and the Executive Director of the Authority are as follows:

PATRICK J. DEVLIN, Chairperson (Trustee since June 30, 2005; term expires August 21, 2018). Mr. Devlin is the secretary and treasurer of the Greater Detroit Building & Construction Trades Council. He had previously been the Business Manager of Sprinkler Fitters Local 704. Mr. Devlin also serves on the State of Michigan Mechanical Board of Rules, Red Cross Southeast Michigan Chapter, Blue-Cross Blue Shield, Greater Detroit Health Care Coalition and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Mr. Devlin resides in Livonia.

CAROL A. WALTERS (Trustee since March 24, 2010; term expires August 21, 2017). Ms. Walters is president of Walters & Associates, Inc., a financial advisory firm that has assisted corporations, non-profits and governmental institutions in managing and organizing complex financial transactions since 1989. Her experience has included advising the State of Michigan on issuance of tax exempt securities, managing ratings for the sale of public debt and raising funds for major development projects. She has previously held posts for the State of Michigan as executive director of the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority, executive director of the Commerce Department's Economic & Community Development offices and director of federal-state relations for the Commerce and Labor Departments. She currently serves as President and Chairperson of the Women's Caring Program, an officer and member of the of the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and a board member of Inforum of Michigan, (formerly Detroit Women's Economic Club) and the Michigan Association of Counties Service Corporation.

STEPHEN R. D’ARCY (Trustee since October 28, 2013, term expires August 21, 2017). Mr. D’Arcy is a partner with Quantum Group LLC, an investment and consulting vehicle focusing on strategy, shareholder value and wealth maximization. Clients include organizations in the Automotive, Asset Management, Government, Not-For-Profit and Health Care Sectors. He is also an Audit Committee Director for both the Penske Corporation and Premier Inc. He previously spent a large part of his career as an audit partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, was Chairman of the Detroit Medical Center and Director with Vanguard Health Systems. In addition to the State Building Authority Board, he currently serves on a number of community and professional boards including the Hudson Webber Foundation where he serves as Audit Committee Chair and Trustee, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra where he serves as Trustee, the Autism Alliance of Michigan where he serves as Chairman, and the Citizens Research Council of Michigan where he serves as Trustee. Mr. D’Arcy received a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1976.

LINDA ORLANS (Trustee since June 5, 2015, term expires August 21, 2019). Ms. Orlans is a practicing attorney, lean law advocate and entrepreneur. She is founder and principal of Orlans Group which is comprised of Orlans Associates, PC, Orlans Moran PLLC, Atlantic Law Group, eTitle, eVantange, eAMC and Towne Auction. All of the Orlans Group firms are Certified Women’s Business Enterprises. Ms. Orlans serves in leadership roles for a number of organizations including the Chair of the Board of Trustees at MSU LAW School, Beaumont Hospital’s First Words Society, Board of Directors at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Opera Theaters, Inforum Center for Leadership and The Heat and Warmth Fund. She is a graduate of Wayne State University and Michigan State University College of Law.

DALE P. ZAHN (Trustee since May 5, 2017; term expires August 21,2020). Dale P. Zahn is a resident of Holland, Michigan.  He is and has been the CEO of the West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS since 2000. Prior he was Executive Vice-President of the Greater Davenport Board of REALTORS in Iowa. Dale has a BA degree from St. Joseph's College in Indiana and is a Certificate Program Graduate of the Duke University Non-Profit Management program. Dale has been a both a municipal and township trustee in Illinois. He was inducted into the Dr. Almon R 'Bud' Smith Leadership Society of the National Association of REALTORS in 2014, was named Lakeshore Fair Housing Advocate by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan and was named Distinguished Service Award recipient by the Michigan Environmental Health Association in 2016. He currently is a member of the Ottawa County Groundwater Task Force and is a former member of the Ottawa County Fair Board. A former broadcaster and writer of newspaper columns, Zahn was one of only 700 out of 1.2 million to be inducted into the REALTORS RPAC Hall of Fame in 2016.


DEBORAH M. ROBERTS, Executive Director. Ms. Roberts has been employed with the State in various positions since 1987. She was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Authority in 2002, and Executive Director in 2006. Ms. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University and is a registered certified public accountant.