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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission

Thursday, December 3, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Laura Reyes-Kopack, of Livonia, and the reappointments of Rasha Demashkieh, of Fort Gratiot, and Deloris Hunt, of Farmington Hills, to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

The eight-member board protects civil rights and investigates alleged discrimination. No more than four members can be from the same political party.

"These individuals bring immense knowledge and experienced backgrounds to the commission," Snyder said. "I am confident they will do great work."

Kopack is the director of governmental affairs and community relations for the Mechanical Contractors-Detroit. She has been a practicing attorney for over thirty years and also serves as president and legal counsel of Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc. Kopack earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy. She represents Republicans and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Augustin Arbulu.

Demashkieh is a pharmacist at CVS/Caremark in Port Huron. She has served on the Port Huron Area School District Board of Education since 2003, and also serves on the Visiting Nurses Association Board in Port Huron, the St. Clair County Community Foundation Board, and the ACCESS Board of Trustees. Demashkieh earned a bachelor's degree from the Wayne State University Pharmacy School. She continues to represent Independents.

Hunt is senior vice president and chief of human resources for the Detroit Medical Center. Hunt is a member of the American Management Association, the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Association, the Society of Human Resources Management, and a board member and lifetime member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources of Greater Detroit. She earned a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Central Michigan University. She continues to represent Democrats.

Kopack will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2016. Both Hunt and Demashkieh will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2019. The appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.