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Snyder makes reappointments to State 9-1-1 Committee

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Yvette Collins, of Lansing, and Donald Welch, of Ann Arbor, to the State 9-1-1 Committee.

The 21-member committee, housed within the Michigan Department of State Police, promotes the successful development, implementation and operation of 911 systems throughout Michigan.

“Don and Yvette have been valuable committee members and I am thankful that they will continue to work to improve Michigan’s 911 systems,” Snyder said.

Collins is a Michigan legislative affairs area director for AT&T. In this role she is the MI External wireless coordinator and lead on issues relevant to the AT&T state organization. She previously worked as a regulatory affairs manager for AT&T. Her experience includes work as an advertising services marketing assistant manager for Ameritech. Collins holds a bachelor of applied science in management from Davenport University. She will represent the commercial mobile radio service.

Welch is the president and CEO of Merit Network Inc., a position he has held since 2006. Prior to his service with Merit, Welch worked for H-E-B in San Antonio, as director of enterprise technology and merchandising applications. He had a 24-year career with the U.S. Army, leaving as the chief information officer for the Academic Division at West Point. He also served as a software engineering professor at West Point. Welch earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanics from West Point, a master’s degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland. He will continue to represent the general public.

Members will serve two-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2015, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.