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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment and reappointment to the Michigan State Transportation Commission

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of George Heartwell, of Newaygo, and the reappointment of Lynn Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids, to the State Transportation Commission.

The six-member commission is the policy-making body for all state transportation programs. No more than three members may be from the same political party.

"I appreciate George and Lynn’s service on this important board as we continue our work of providing safe and reliable transportation for all Michiganders,” Snyder said.

Heartwell recently retired as the mayor of Grand Rapids and previously served as the president and CEO of Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in divinity from Western Theological Seminary. Heartwell will represent independents and replaces Jerrold Jung, who resigned.

Todd Wyett is appointed as chair to serve at the pleasure of the governor, and replaces Jerrold Jung.

Afendoulis is director of corporate communications at Universal Forest Products, Inc., in Grand Rapids. She currently serves on the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce board, is a parish council member for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and serves on the capital campaign cabinet for St. Cecilia Music Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. Afendoulis continues to represent independents.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 21, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.