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Appointments made to Veterans' Facilities Board of Managers

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Robert Johnson, of Kingsley, and Lino Pretto, of Holt, to the Michigan Veterans' Facilities Board of Managers.

The seven-member volunteer board oversees admissions and member affairs at veterans' homes in Marquette and Grand Rapids. Members represent the interest of veterans in both advisory and advocacy roles and are nominated for board service by fellow veterans and peers in veteran organizations across the state. Board members offer a variety of professional skills that improve and enhance operations at Michigan's veterans' homes.

"Robert and Lino bring valuable experiences to the board and I am confident they will do great work on behalf of Michigan veterans," said Snyder.

Johnson is a senior technical analyst for Consumers Energy in Traverse City, a position he has held since 2002. He previously served 20 years as an aviation electronics technician in the United States Coast Guard. Johnson is a member of the American Legion Post 35, where he also serves as finance officer. He holds an associate degree in computer information and systems from Miami-Dade Community College in Florida, bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Davenport University and the University of Michigan - Flint, respectively, and is pursuing a doctorate in business administration from Baker College. Johnson will represent the American Legion and replaces Francis Veldman.

Pretto retired from the United States Navy as a chief petty officer after 24 years of service. He is a member of the Governor's Advisory Board for Veterans Affairs, and serves as commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart - Michigan Chapter 37 and Disabled American Veterans - Michigan Chapter 8. Pretto earned a bachelor's degree in history from Michigan State University. He will represent veterans and replaces Willard Coffey.

Appointees will serve three-year terms that expire Feb. 28, 2016, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.