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Appointments made to Michigan Historical Commission

Thursday, March 1, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Kimberly Johnson, of Pontiac, and Richard Micka, of Monroe, to the Michigan Historical Commission.

Since 1913, the Michigan Historical Commission has been the public agency for state history programs and is responsible for approving Michigan historical markers. The seven-member council includes appointments made by the governor, speaker of the House and Senate majority leader.

"Kimberly and Richard bring such great experience to this commission," said Snyder. "I am confident they will do exceptional work in interpreting and preserving Michigan's history."   

Johnson is founder and president of Kimberly Consulting Inc., where she specializes in project and campaign management for nonprofit organizations. She previously served as managing director of the Detroit Opera House, executive director of the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit, director of development for the Detroit Science Center, and managing director for the Renaissance City Chamber Players in Detroit. Johnson received the 1997 Spirit of Detroit Award and holds a bachelor's degree in theater arts from Michigan State University. She will represent the general public for a four-year term ending May 21, 2013 and replaces Thomas Farrell, who resigned.  

Micka retired as vice president of administration for LA-Z BOY Inc. after 36 years of service. He is co-chair of the experiential tourism committee for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Steering Committee, and serves as a member of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Historical Society, Michigan Archaeological Society- River Raisin Chapter, Genealogical Society of Monroe County and on the leadership council for the Community Foundation of Monroe County. Micka served seven years in the U.S. Air Force and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Detroit. He will represent the general public for the remainder of a four-year term ending May 21, 2012, following the death of Samuel Logan.

Both appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.