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Governor makes appointments to Board of Speech Language Pathology

Thursday, January 10, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced four appointments to the Michigan Board of Speech Language Pathology.  

The 11-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with regulating the licensure and practice of speech-language pathologists.


"These individuals are great choices for this board and I am thankful for their willingness to serve," said Snyder.   


Patrisha Mervenne, of Bloomfield Hills, is manager of rehabilitation services and speech language pathology for Children's Hospital of Michigan's Novi and Westland inpatient and rehabilitation units, a position she has held since 2002. She has been with the Children's Hospital of Michigan since 1991, previously serving as a speech language pathologist. Mervenne holds a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and a master's degree in speech-language pathology, both from Marquette University in Wisconsin. She will represent professionals and replaces Lizbeth Stevens.


Melissa Pynnonen, of Ann Arbor, is an associate professor and director of Otolaryngology Health Services Research for the University of Michigan Medical Center. She also is a consulting physician for the Veteran's Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Previously, Pynnonen served as co-director of the Michigan Sinus Center. She earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences from Western Michigan University and a medical degree from the University of Michigan. Pynnonen will represent physicians and replaces Jeanette Meyer.


Jeffrey Weingarten, of Grosse Pointe Woods, is a physician and president of Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants PC. He also serves as medical director for Providence Hospital's Voice and Communications Center. Weingarten is an executive board member and former president of the Michigan Otolaryngological Society. He also is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology and the Michigan State Medical Society. Weingarten holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois - Urbana and a medical degree from Rush University in Chicago. He will represent physicians and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Vasu Divi.  


Lynée Wells, of Grand Rapids, is a community planner and project manager for Williams & Works, a position she has held since 2005. Previously, she served as a senior planner for Consensus Planning in Albuquerque, N.M. and as a project assistant and historian for the University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and Planning. Wells received a certificate in international business and a bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico. She will represent the general public and replaces Thomas Koepe.


Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2016, with the exception of Weingarten who will serve the remainder of a term that expires Dec. 31, 2013. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.