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Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to Elevator Safety Board

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Douglas Datema, of Grand Rapids, Terri Flint, of Fenton, Brett Karl, of Novi, and Michael Vandervennet, of Dearborn Heights, and the reappointment of David Kuras, of Warren, to the Elevator Safety Board.

The 11-member board, housed in the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, is responsible for guidelines, preparation of examinations, and issuance of elevator contractor licenses.

"I thank these experienced appointees for their willingness to serve on this board," Snyder said.

Datema is general manager for Otis Elevator and has been in the industry for 27 years. He served as a field operations manager, account and project executive, and manufacturing engineer at Otis Elevator. Datema earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and an MBA from St. Ambrose University. He represents manufacturers of elevators used in this state and replaces David Taylor.

Flint is asset supervisor for facilities management at the University of Michigan. She served as the work flow planner and elevator shop contract manager intermediate at the University of Michigan and as superintendent at Millar Elevator Service Co. Flint is certified as a qualified elevator inspector and completed the American Society of Mechanical Engineers courses. She earned her State of Michigan Class A elevator contractor’s license, State of Michigan Class A journeypersons’license, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She represents elevator owners and lessees and replaces David Flint.

Karl is a technical consultant for ServiceNow. He served as a senior technical consultant and pre-sales engineer for iDashbaord and as a software analyst for Compuware Corp. Karl earned an associate degree from Oakland Community College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. He represents the general public and replaces Eric Patrick Thomas.

Vandervennet is a business agent for the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local #36 and an instructor at the National Elevator Industry Educational Program in Detroit. He has more than 29 years of field experience in the industry. Vandervennet is a licensed journeyperson in Michigan and Detroit. He earned his associate degree from Ivy Tech Community College. He represents the elevator constructors union and replaces William Joseph Kogelschatz.

Kuras is business manager and financial secretary for the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local #36 and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. He was elected delegate to the national conventions in 1996, 2001 and 2006. Kuras earned his State of Michigan Class A and city of Detroit elevator journeyperson licenses. He continues to represent elevator constructors unions.

Vandervennet and Datema will serve four-year terms expiring July 22, 2017. Karl, Flint, and Kuras will serve four-year terms expiring July 22, 2018. Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.