Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to the Board of Audiology

Thursday, May 31, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Richard Baldwin of Haslett and the reappointment of Melissa Somers of Petoskey to the Michigan Board of Audiology.

The nine-member board licenses and regulates audiologists practicing in Michigan.

“I thank Richard and Melissa for their dedication to Board of Audiology,” Snyder said. “Their previous work in this field gives me confidence they will be great assets to this board.”


Baldwin retired in 2013 as the council coordinator for the Michigan Department of Social Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech and psychology and a master’s degree in education from Western Michigan University. Baldwin also has a doctorate in deaf education from Kansas University. He will represent the general public and replace Diantha Hicks.


Somers is a partner otolaryngologist at Petoskey Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists and is a member of the Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Surgical Services Executive Committee and Quality Control Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a doctorate degree from Chicago Medical School. She will continue to represent those licensed to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine and surgery who hold a certificate of qualification from the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Baldwin will serve the remainder of a four-year term to expire June 30, 2020, and Somers will serve a four-year term to expire June 30, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.