Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to 11 boards and committees

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced 37 appointments and reappointments to multiple boards and committees.

“I thank each individual for their service to the state of Michigan,” Snyder said. “These boards and committees help ensure the Michiganders are given the opportunity to live a higher quality of life.”

Michigan Municipal Services Authority

Appointments:
Jessica Moy of Okemos is executive director of the Michigan Infrastructure Council. She serves on the Computer Information Technologies Advisory Committee and the GIS Curriculum Advisory Committee for Lansing Community College, is chair of the Corporate Sponsorships Committee for Helping Women Period and is the founder of Building Relationships for Every Woman (BREW). Moy holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan, a master’s in geography from Michigan State University, and is a certified human resources specialist through the Michigan State University School of Human Resources and Labor Relations Executive Education Program. She will replace Stacie Behler.

Dominick Pallone of DeWitt was initially appointed to the authority in April of 2016. He is the chief deputy director for the Michigan Association of Health Plans and earned his bachelor’s degree in arts and international relations from Michigan State University, James Madison College. He will replace Stacie Behler on the Executive Committee.

Kelli Scott of Battle Creek was initially appointed to the authority and its Executive Committee in August of 2017. She will serve as chair of the authority and the Executive Committee at the pleasure of the Governor.

Moy will serve a term on the authority expiring at the pleasure of the Governor, and Pallone will serve a term on the Executive Committee expiring Sept. 17, 2022.

Early Childhood Investment Corporation

Appointments:
Sharyl Smith of Farmington Hills is the vice president of marketing, planning and business development at McLaren Health Care. She currently serves as board chair for the American Heart Association of Southeast Michigan, on the board of the Detroit Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program Foundation and is a past board member of the Macomb Health & Fitness Foundation. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She will replace Guadalupe Lara.

Jennifer Archey of Rochester Hills is the lead teacher for Lowry Early Childhood Center at Oakland University, is a freelance copy editor for Readers Digest trade books division, and previously was lead teacher at Saint Mary of the Hills Preschool. Archey earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University and master’s in early childhood education from Oakland University. She will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Jeff Mills.

Smith will serve a four-year term expiring July 22, 2022 and Archey will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring July 21, 2021.

Criminal Justice Policy Commission

Reappointments:
Jennifer Strange of Traverse City is a behavioral health program manager for Traverse Health Clinic and previously was a clinical social worker with the Michigan Department of Corrections and an adjunct instructor at Baker College of Cadillac and Grand Valley State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social and criminal justice and master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Additionally, she earned a master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She will continue to represent mental health professionals.

Paul Stutesman of Three Rivers is chief judge of the 45th Circuit Court in St. Joseph County. He was first appointed in 2005, after spending a decade in private practice. Stutesman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University and a law degree from DePaul University. He will continue to represent circuit court judges.

Sheryl Kubiak of Milford is the dean for the School of Social Work at Wayne State University and previously served as a professor at Michigan State University. Her areas of specialty include jails and prisons, interpersonal violence and sexual assault and mental health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Madonna University, and a master’s in social work and doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan. She will continue to represent the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring March 1, 2022.

State Boundary Commission

Appointment:
Richard Datema of Petoskey retired in 2014 as a professional field surveyor for KEBS, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from Michigan State University and studied survey engineering at Ferris State University. He will replace David Doyle.

Robin Beltramini was first appointed to the commission in February of 2017. She will serve as commission chair at the pleasure of the Governor.

Datema will serve a three-year term expiring Nov. 15, 2021. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect

Appointments:
Lisa Sullivan of DeWitt is a probate and family division judge in Clinton County and serves as a member of the Michigan Probate Judges Association Executive Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a secondary teaching certificate from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She will represent judges and attorneys and replace Dorene Allen.

Rachel Rancilio of Fennville was elected as a family and juvenile division judge for the Macomb County Circuit Court on Nov. 8, 2016 and previously served as a partner in the law firm of Fischer, Garon, Hoyumpa & Rancilio. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and a law degree from Wayne State University School of Law. She will represent  judges and attorneys and replace John Hohman.

Reappointments:
Sterling Riethman of Kalamazoo is a marketing specialist at Bell’s Brewery. She previously served as a board member for the Downtown Kalamazoo Retail & Restaurant Association, a task force member of Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated, and as a member of the junior leadership committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Riethman holds a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and will continue to represent adult former child victims of child abuse or neglect.
 

Tana Bridge of Canton is a professor of social work and the director of the master’s program at Eastern Michigan University. Bridge holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s in social work from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in theoretical evaluation and research from Wayne State University. She will continue to represent mental health professionals.

Frederick Gruber of Riverview is the co-founder and executive director of Michigan Children’s Law Center, a group of 25 attorneys who represent children in neglect and delinquency cases in the Wayne County Juvenile Court, custody cases in the Wayne County Family Court, and in delinquency and custody cases in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Gruber earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wayne State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Cheryl Lohmeyer of Monroe is a Monroe County probate judge and previously served as a member of the Monroe County Child Protective Attorney Consortium. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She will continue to represent judges and attorneys.

Tana Bridge will serve as chair for a term expiring at the pleasure of the Governor.

Members will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

Agricultural Preservation Fund Board

Appointments:
Carl Bednarski of Pigeon is president of the Michigan Farm Bureau, previously serving as the 6th district director on the Michigan Farm Bureau board of directors. Bednarski is a founding member of the Michigan Sugar Cooperative, served on the Michigan Sugar board of directors and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He will replace Eddie Moore.

Margaret (Peg) Kohring of Sawyer is the senior associate at The Conservation Fund, where she focuses on technical support for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers across the nation. Kohring earned her bachelor’s degree in natural resources and master’s in botany particularly plant taxonomy and land conservation from Michigan State University. She will replace Wayne Wood.

Reappointments:
Brian Bourdages of Traverse City is the special projects manager at Tamarack Holdings, LLC. He previously served as farmland program manager at Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and has more than 15 years of experience focusing on farmland protection. Bourdages earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University.

Jonathan Jarosz of Bay City is the executive director of Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy. He previously worked as director of university outreach for the University of Michigan-Flint, Midwest field representative for the Land Trust Alliance, and as a conservation planner for The Little Forks Conservancy. Jarosz earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from Wayne State University and a master’s in resource development from Michigan State University.

Kenneth DeCock of Armada Township is the owner of DeCock & Sons, LLC. He is a third-generation fruit and produce farmer operating Boyka’s Farm Market and has been involved with farmland preservation in Macomb County since 1997. He has served on the Macomb County Conservation District Board of Directors and on the Michigan State Fair & Exposition Center Authority. 

Members will serve four-year terms expiring June 10, 2022.

Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

Appointments:
Matthew Hauser of Redford is director of legal affairs for Spartan Consulting, Inc., founder and president of X Enterprises, manager of Benson Diamond Jewelers and a law clerk for the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Complex Litigation Division. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and is working toward a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration at Michigan State University. He will represent the general public and replace Steve Ebben.

Walker Foland of Grand Blanc is an emergency physician for Covenant Health Care, a clinical assistant professor at Central Michigan University Medical School and serves on clinical faculty at Michigan State University. He also serves as a SWAT team physician and a Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) instructor for the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office. Foland was named 2018 Physician of the Year by the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians. He holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Michigan State University. He will represent physicians and replace David Waterson.

Reappointment:
Craig Glines of Riverview is the designated institutional official at Beaumont Hospital – Farmington Hills as well as the designated institutional official, director of medical education, chief of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Beaumont Hospital - Trenton. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Michigan Osteopathic Association. Glines holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, a master’s in business administration from Madonna University, and a doctorate in osteopathy from Michigan State University. He will continue to represent physicians.

Hauser will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2021. Foland and Glines will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Library of Michigan Board of Trustees

Reappointment:
Elaine Didier of Plymouth is director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. Prior to assuming her current position, she was dean and professor at the Kresge Library at Oakland University. Didier studied at Oxford University and earned her bachelor’s degree in English, master’s in library science, and doctorate in library science from the University of Michigan. She will continue to represent librarians from a special library.

Didier will serve a three-year term expiring Oct. 1, 2021.

Michigan Board of Physical Therapy

Appointment:
Allison Ives of Marcellus is a legislative aide in the office of State Rep. Julie Alexander. She previously served as an intern in the office of State Sen. John Proos and works seasonally as an election inspector. Ives is pursuing an associate degree in general studies at Glen Oaks Community College. She will represent the general public and replace Jeff Munford.

Marcellus will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2021. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Developmental Disabilities Council

Appointments:
Jamie Junior of Detroit is a leadership fellow and peer facilitator for MI Disability Rights Coalition and a financial education AmeriCorps Member for Community Economic Development Association of Michigan Wayne Metro Community Action Agency. She holds an associate degree in business administration from the Detroit College of Business. She will represent individuals with developmental disabilities and replace Paul Palmer. 

Bonnie Gonzalez of Muskegon is a certified peer mentor and previously served as an executive board member, board secretary, and vice chair to recipient rights for Health West. She attended Southern New Hampshire University. She will represent individuals with developmental disabilities and replace Heidi DeVries.

Reappointments:
Richard Kline of Grand Rapids serves as the senior deputy director of the Aging and Adult Services Agency for the state of Michigan, and previously served in the role of executive director of the Beztak Corporation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Grand Valley State University. He will continue to represent an individual from the state agency that administers funds provided under the Older Americans Act of 1965. 
 

Sharon Milberger of Farmington Hills is the director of Developmental Disabilities Institute through Wayne State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and a master’s and doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health. She will continue to represent an individual representing a university center for excellence in developmental disabilities education, research, and service. 

Mark McWilliams of Lansing is the director of public policy and media relations for Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of California. He will continue to represent an individual representing the protection and advocacy system with sufficient authority to engage in policy planning and implementation.

Steven Johnson of West Olive retired as a financial advisor from Chemical Bank. He is the president and founder of OASIS Communities of West Michigan, LLC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University and a master’s in financial services from the American College. He will continue to represent a parent or guardian of a child with developmental disabilities.

Junior will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Sept. 30, 2021. Milberger and McWilliams will serve four-year terms expiring Sept. 30, 2021. Gonzalez, Kline and Johnson will serve four-year terms expiring Sept. 30, 2022.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force

Reappointments:
Jon Cool of Grand Rapids is the president of the Michigan Railroads Association and previously served as a legislative liaison for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and will continue to represent a member of a statewide freight railroad association nominated by the president of the association.

Katie Jones of Northville is regional counsel for the North Central region of Michigan for Allstate Insurance Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. She will continue to represent a member of a statewide property and casualty insurance association, nominated by the president or chief executive officer of the association.

Michael Olson of Battle Creek is the public safety director for Emmett Charter Township and previously served in the roles of public safety director for the City of Marshall, as the director of training operations for Homeland Security Corporation and served with the Michigan Department of State Police. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public service administration from Sienna Heights University.

Robert (Bob) Sweeney of St. Ignace is the chief executive officer of the Mackinac Bridge Authority since 2002 and has been with the Department of Transportation for more than 22 years. Sweeney holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University. He will continue to represent a member nominated by the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

Scott Baldwin of Fort Gratiot is a sergeant for the patrol division at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office. He holds an associate degree in criminal justice from St. Clair Community College and a certifiable police officer certificate from the Macomb Basic Police Academy. He is the nominee of the president of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and will continue to represent county sheriffs.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring July 31, 2022.

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