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Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Commission on Services to the Aging

Thursday, July 10, 2014

 LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Matthew Adeyanju, of Big Rapids, and Sibyl Ellis, of Mt. Pleasant, and the reappointments of Jerry Irby, of Marquette, Kristie Zamora, of Flint, Jeffery Schade, of Midland, and Harold Mast, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging.

The commission is a 15-member body appointed by the governor to offer oversight on the administration of state programs and priorities affecting older Michiganders. A majority of the members must be at least 60 years of age and no more than eight may be from the same political party.

“This is a talented group of appointees and I am confident they will continue to ensure that more older adults have the opportunity to live healthy and independent lives,” Snyder said.

Adeyanju is the dean of Ferris State University’s College of Health Professions. He previously served as professor and chair for the Department of Social and Public Health in the College of Health Sciences and Professions and as campus program coordinator for the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Program at Ohio University. Adeyanju earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He will represent independents and replaces Shannon English.

Ellis is retired from Someplace Special Inc. She has served as mayor and city commissioner and was on the board of trustees for the Michigan Municipal League, and the United Way of Michigan where she was president of the Isabella County chapter. She also served on the Judicial Tenure Commission. Ellis earned a degree from Michigan State University. She will represent Republicans and will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Michael Burri.

Irby is retired from Prudential Insurance Co. and serves as a juvenile court diversion mentor for Marquette County Juvenile Court. He has served on the Marquette County Commission and as mayor of Marquette. He will continue to represent Republicans.

Mast is the president and owner of Harold Mast Consulting LLC. He has extensive experience in health care and human service organizations, previously serving as the executive director of Genesis Non-Profit Housing Corp. and in numerous positions for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Mast served in the Navy and the Navy Reserves. He is a Kent County commissioner. Mast earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Calvin College and a master’s degree in health care administration and organization from the University of Iowa. He will continue to represent Republicans and serve as chair of the commission.

Schade is the president and CEO of The Peplinski Group, where he oversees 10 long-term care facilities and one assisted living facility. He previously served as the director of operations for The Peplinski Group and administrator for North Woods Nursing Center. He serves on the board of directors of The ProSure Fund, Health Care Association of Michigan and Healthcare Industry Liability Insurance Program. Schade earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University and completed the nursing home administrator program at Michigan State University. He will continue to represent Republicans.

Zamora is the coordinator of arts, culture and film for Oakland County. She is the founding editor of Prosper, an electronic newsletter for economic development and community affairs. She previously served as the coordinator of exhibitions for the Flint Institute of Arts. Zamora earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and art history from Kalamazoo College. She will continue to represent independents.

Members serve three-year terms expiring July 28, 2017. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.