LARA Executive Team
Orlene Hawks, Director
Orlene Hawks is the director for the Michigan Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining LARA, she led the state’s Operation Excellence project dealing with Dept. of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations. Hawks previously served five years as the director of the Office of Children’s Ombudsman (OCO.) Before joining the OCO, she managed the Quality and Program Services section in the Dept. of Community Health. She also managed the Child, Adolescent and Family Health Services section, directed the Office of Statutory and Legislative Compliance and served as Legislative Liaison for DHHS. Hawks earned her bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Social Science with a Business Emphasis from Michigan State University.
Kim Gaedeke, Chief Deputy Director
Kim Gaedeke is LARA’s chief deputy director and oversees the Bureau of Professional Licensing, the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, the Bureau of Employment Relations, the Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau, and the Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA.) She has held positions in the U.S. Congress, the Michigan House of Representatives and has worked in the private sector. In 2012, Kim joined LARA as assistant deputy director, has served as a division director and then acting director for the Bureau of Health Care Services. Following department reorganization, Kim was selected to serve as director of the Bureau of Professional Licensing in April 2015. Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and a minor in Marketing from Western Michigan University.
Adam Sandoval, Deputy Director
Adam Sandoval is LARA’s deputy director and oversees the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), FOIA, the Michigan Administrative Hearing System (MAHS), and the Workers’ Compensation Agency. Adam most recently served as a division director at MRA and prior to that served as deputy legal counsel in the governor’s office and as Office of Regulatory Reinvention director. He has previously held positions at MAHS as an administrative law judge, Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA) as an appeals coordinator, and the Wage and Hour Division as an investigator. Adam has also worked as an attorney in private practice. Adam graduated from Cooley Law School with his juris doctorate and from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree.