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Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Natural Resources Commission

Thursday, December 10, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Vicki Pontz, of Portland, and Rex Schlaybaugh, of Harbor Springs, to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

The seven-member commission works to conserve, protect, and manage the state's natural resources. No more than four members may be from the same political party.

"Michigan’s natural resources are an invaluable part of our state. Vicki and Rex bring diverse experiences to the commission and I am confident they will do great work on behalf of the Great Lakes State," Snyder said.

Pontz is the director of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy. She previously served as the director of the Environmental Stewardship Division at the Michigan Department of Agriculture. She also worked at the Michigan Farm Bureau as a regional representative, a legislative research and communication specialist, and as the legislative counsel. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is a graduate of the Natural Resource and Environmental Leadership Institute. She continues to represent independents.

Schlaybaugh has been a member of the Dykema Law Firm for 38 years, currently serves as chairman emeritus and previously as CEO. He is also a former member and chairman of the Oakland University board of trustees. He serves on the boards of the Detroit Economic Club, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. Schlaybaugh earned a bachelor's degree from Albion College and a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law. He continues to represent Republicans.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2019. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.