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Appointments made to Michigan Humanities Council

Monday, February 11, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has made four appointments to the Michigan Humanities Council.

The council fosters quality cultural programs, bringing together humanities scholars and the public for fundraising and community engagement.


"These outstanding Michiganders bring valuable experiences to the board," said Snyder. "I am confident they will effectively serve in these roles."


Dean Bach, of West Bloomfield, is owner and operator of Ferndale-based Dino's Restaurant, Lounge and Catering. He previously served in the United States Marine Corps. Bach is treasurer of the Central Michigan University Center for Charter Schools ACE Academy, a board member and founder of the Ferndale Film Foundation, a member of the Michigan Restaurant Association and a member of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority board of directors, where he also serves as chair of the promotions and events committee. He replaces Jorge Chinea.  


Brian Brunner, of Mount Pleasant, is director of the Central Michigan University athletic department's Chippewa Athletic Fund. He previously served as the athletic fund's assistant director, and worked as a sports reporter and blogger for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as a staff writer for the Saginaw News and as a blogger for Brunner holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University and is pursuing a master's degree in public administration. He replaces D.J. Hoffman.


Jody Egen, of Monroe, is the city of Wyandotte's director of museums and cultural affairs, a position she has held since 2005. She previously served as a supervisor and presentation specialist at The Henry Ford's Greenfield Village. Egen earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Wayne State University and a master's degree in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University. She replaces Eva Evans.


Steve Wilson, of Grand Rapids, is president of the Frey Foundation, one of the state's largest family foundations. He previously served as executive director of the Ruth Mott Foundation, president of the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau and president of the Flint Convention and Visitors Bureau. Wilson received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan - Flint. He replaces Shakil Khan.  


Appointees will serve three-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2015, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.