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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Scott Ayotte, of Kentwood, and Jin-Kyu Koh, of Northville, to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.

The 21-member commission housed in the Michigan Department of Civil Rights advances the full and equal participation of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan.

"Scott and Jin-Kyu join the Commission with a strong background of professional experience. I thank them for their willingness to serve," said Snyder.

Ayotte has worked with Spectrum Health since 2012, where he is currently serving as an organizational diversity specialist. He previously worked with Fifth Third Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Ayotte serves on the board of directors for the American Red Cross of West Michigan, the Grand Rapids Women’s Resource Center, Disability Advocates of Kent County, and the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center. He earned a bachelor of arts in business and economics from Grand Valley State University and a law degree from Cooley Law School with Western Michigan University. He replaces Mumtaz Haque.

Koh is an attorney with Dykema, where he is the leader of the Corporate Finance Practice Group in the business services department, as well as the leader of the Korean Business Team. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a law degree from American University. He replaces Ramesh Verma.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Nov. 30, 2018. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.