LARA Executive Team

LARA Director Orlene Hawks 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' (MDHHS) 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 (DCH). 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 DCH. Hawks earned her bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Social Science with a Business Emphasis from Michigan State University.
LARA Chief Deputy Director Kim Gaedeke 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.
LARA Deputy Director Adam Sandoval Adam Sandoval, Deputy Director
Adam Sandoval is LARA's deputy director and oversees the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), FOIA, the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules (MOAHR), 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 MOAHR 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.

Deputy Director Courtney Pendelton Courtney Pendolton, Deputy Director
Courtney Pendleton is LARA's deputy director and oversees the Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL), Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC), Bureau of Fire Services (BFS), Corporations, Securities, and Commercial Licensing (CSCL) and the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission.  Courtney has been part of the LARA Executive Leadership team since February 2019, where she has served as the Department's liaison to the Governor's office and its Appointments Division and to the Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining LARA, Courtney has held various positions, including investigator and departmental specialist with the Office of Children's Ombudsman, and has worked for the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Treasury.  She has over 20 years of state government experience and is a graduate from the University of Phoenix.