Human Trafficking Commission Members

On April 28, 2017, Governor Snyder appointed the following people to be members of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission: 

Kelly Carter is the Chair of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission.  She has been an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General for over 15 years with past assignments including the High Tech Crime Unit, Child Protection Unit and the Mortgage Fraud Unit.  Just after Attorney General Schuette took office, Kelly was tapped to join the new Human Trafficking Unit where she prosecutes human traffickers.  She has convicted nearly a dozen people under the state’s human trafficking statute.  She regularly contributes to the Attorney General’s improvements to Michigan’s law, testifying on over a dozen occasions before Michigan House and Senate subcommittees considering legislation involving child sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  She also frequently trains on human trafficking throughout Michigan.

Beth Emmitt, of Byron Center, is currently the deputy chief of staff for Governor Snyder. She has worked in state government for more than 12 years, previously serving as the Department of State liaison to the Michigan Women’s Commission. Ms. Emmitt earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hope College.  She is also a 2010 graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program and will serve as the designated representative from within the office of the Governor. 

David Leyton, of Flint, is the Prosecutor for Genesee County. He was previously Flint Township Clerk and a partner of Leyton & Kasle PLC.  He is past-president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and served as a member of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission. Mr. Leyton earned a bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Toledo and a law degree from Cooley Law School. He represents county prosecuting attorneys.

Matt Lori is senior deputy director of Policy, Planning and Legislative Services Administration for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).  He oversees Michigan Rehabilitation Services, the Bureau of Community Services, Health Policy, Legislative Affairs divisions, and the Office of Planning, which includes the Certificate of Need program and the innovative Pathways to Potential model that places caseworkers in schools and at other community locations to remove barriers to success.  Mr. Lori previously served as MDHHS health care reform administrator – helping to improve and innovate Michigan’s health care delivery systems.  Prior to joining MDHHS, he was elected three times to represent the 59th District in the Michigan House, and he served 20 years as sheriff for St. Joseph County.  Mr. Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University, and is a 156th Session graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA.

Kathy Maitland, of Sterling Heights, is executive director of the Michigan Abolitionist Project. She also worked in various roles for Hewlett Packard. She has been active in anti-human trafficking work and prevention efforts since 2012. Ms. Maitland earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University. She represents individuals recommended by the Senate Majority Leader.

Dr. Matthew S. Mingus, of Kalamazoo, is Professor of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University, where he has been since 1998.  He was a visiting professor in China in 2013-14, served as a senior governance advisor for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq in 2009-10, and was the Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance in 2005-06.  His research focuses heavily on cross-border issues and comparative systems of federalism/decentralization, and he has five years of non-profit management experience in programs focused on community-based substance abuse prevention.  Matthew represents individuals nominated by the Senate Majority Leader.

Deborah Monroe is a senior partner, peer specialist, and recovery educator at Recovery Concepts of Michigan.  She served as a medical administrative assistant at Family Practice and an office clerk at the law office of Charles Roehl.  Monroe is a certified peer support specialist, advance level wrap facilitator, certified recovery coach, and certified medical administrative assistant.  She represents survivors.

Cheryl Pezon, of Michigan Center, is the Director of the Bureau of Professional Licensing in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. She previously served as a policy analyst in the Senate Majority Policy Office and worked as an attorney in private practice.  Ms. Pezon earned a bachelor’s degree in employment relations and psychology from Michigan State University and a law degree from Michigan State University. She serves as the designee of the Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Edward Price, of Oak Park, is a Michigan State Police detective sergeant in the Second District Special Investigation Section.  Det. Sgt. Price is assigned to the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force, an FBI Task Force that investigates the exploitation of children by means of sex trafficking.  He is the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office of Human Trafficking liaison for the Michigan State Police and is a member of the U.S. Eastern District of Michigan Project Safe Childhood Training Team.  He serves as the designee of the Director of the Michigan State Police.

Michelle Rick, of DeWitt, is the 29th Circuit Court’s family court judge and also presides over the criminal division. Judge Rick is a legislative and executive committee member of the Michigan Judicial Association and a member of the Gratiot County Community Corrections Board.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law.  She represents circuit court judges.

Tom Tiderington, of Plymouth, has been chief of the Plymouth Township Police Department since 2001. He helped found the first human trafficking special investigations division in Ft. Lauderdale during his time in the department. Mr. Tiderington earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Mercy College of Detroit and a bachelor’s degree in police administration from Florida Atlantic University.  He represents law enforcement.

Amanda Van Essen, of Hudsonville, is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  She attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has a law degree with a concentration in constitutional law and civil rights.  She is the Attorney-Guardian Ad-Litem for Ottawa County.  She is a Captain in the Michigan Army National Guard and acts as Brigade Judge Advocate.  She also acts as Special Victim Counsel for the Michigan National Guard.  Amanda represents individuals nominated by the speaker of the House.