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Snyder makes appointments to Board of Chiropractic

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Elizabeth Griffin, of Mattawan, Nick Hawatmeh, of Warren, and Lanette VanWagenen, of East Lansing, to the Michigan Board of Chiropractic.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the nine-member board sets entry-level competency standards for health practitioners and verifies continuing education during licensure, protecting and promoting the public's health, safety and welfare.

“I am thankful that these appointees are willing to serve on this important board,” Snyder said.

Griffin is a guest teacher for Mattawan Consolidated Schools and serves as a Van Buren County commissioner. She previously served as a teacher at Parchment Middle School. Griffin is also a former gymnast and gymnastics coach. She is active in the community, serving on the Area Agency for Aging, Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency, lead chair of Mattawan Early Elementary School Parent Association, and as vice president-elect of Van Buren County Republican Women.

Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and a master’s degree in secondary English from Old Dominion University. She also participated in the Michigan Excellence in Public Service Series. She will represent the general public and replaces Constance Erskine.

Hawatmeh is the vice chair of grassroots for the Michigan Republican Party and is active in the community, serving as a Macomb County Meals on Wheels volunteer and on the 8 Mile Boulevard Association. Hawatmeh has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wayne State University and a degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He will represent the general public and replaces Julann Vittone.

VanWagenen is the owner of Manitou Pontoon Boats/Triton Industries Inc. She previously managed the office of UPTILT Inc. VanWagenen serves as the president of the Friends of East Lansing Public Library. She will represent the general public and replaces Mark Stuart.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.