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Utility Consumer Participation Board appointments announced

Thursday, June 23, 2011 

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced appointments to the Utility Consumer Participation Board.

Paul Isely, Jacqueline Jones and James D. Maclnnes are appointed and Conan Smith is reappointed to the board, which was created to provide grants to qualified applicants that represent the interests of Michigan's residential energy (gas, electric and other fuel) utility customers at proceedings before the Michigan Public Service Commission.

"These individuals will work to provide a fair and efficient process for residential energy customers in Michigan," Snyder said.

Isely, of Grand Rapids, is a professor and chair of the economics department at Grand Valley State University. He previously served as a reviewer for the Southern Economics Journal. Isely earned bachelor's degrees in economics and physics from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Purdue University. He replaces Harry Trebing.

Jones, of Detroit, is vice president of public policy for United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She previously served as executive director of Black Family Development Inc., a non-profit organization. Jones is also a co-chair of the Southeast Michigan Public Policy Council. She earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Arkansas State University and a master's degree in sociology from Wayne State University. She replaces Sister Monica Kostielney.

Maclnnes, of Beulah, is CEO and co-owner of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville and also operates a consulting engineering business, Renewable Power Solutions. Maclnnes serves on the boards of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Fifth Third Bank-West Michigan. He earned both a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in business administration from the University of California and is a licensed professional engineer. Maclnnes replaces Alexander Issac. 

Smith, of Ann Arbor, is the executive director of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance. He also serves as chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and on the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments executive committee. He earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing and literature from the University of Michigan.

Appointees will serve two-year terms expiring Jan. 13, 2013, and are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.