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Appointment made to Commission on Services to the Aging

Gov. Rick Snyder recently appointed Michael Burri, of Grand Rapids, to the state Commission on Services to the Aging.

He will serve out the remainder of a three-year term that expires July 28, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Owen Bieber.

"I thank Michael for his willingness to serve on this important commission," Snyder said.

Burri will represent Republicans on the commission. He owns and operates Michael Burri Builders and helps build and remodel homes for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. He also serves as commander of the United Veterans Council for Kent County, is a past commander of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard, and is a volunteer with the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. In 2007, he received the American Red Cross Community Hero's Award. Burri is a licensed builder and attended Grand Rapids Community College.

Burri's appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

The 15-member board advises the governor and legislature on the coordination and administration of state programs and changes to federal and state programs related to aging priorities. No more than eight members can be from the same political party.