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Snyder makes appointments to Michigan Strategic Fund

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Jody Vanderwel, of Holland, and Terri Jo Umlor, of Kingsley, to the Michigan Strategic Fund board of directors.

The Michigan Strategic Fund was created in 1984 and has broad authority to promote economic development and create jobs.

“Jody and Terri have tremendous financial backgrounds and I look forward to the positive contributions they will make to the Strategic Fund board,” Snyder said.

Vanderwel is the president of Grand Angels LLC, a West Michigan investment group, a role that she has served in since 2005. She previously served in private legal practice and was corporate counsel and vice president for corporate giving at Herman Miller Inc. She is a member of the Michigan Venture Capital Association Board, the Michigan Accelerator Fund I Advisory Board and the Fuller Theological Seminary Board. Vanderwel holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and German from the University of Colorado and a degree from Washington University School of Law. She will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2017, and replaces Richard Rassel Jr.

Umlor is the chief financial officer, executive vice president, and human resources director for Springfield Inc. Springfield is a general construction company specializing in Michigan roofing solutions and has evolved into a complete commercial service provider. Umlor holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and English as well as teaching certificates from Spring Arbor University and Central Michigan University. She will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2015, and replaces Sabrina Keeley, who resigned.

Appointments to the Michigan Strategic Fund board of directors are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.