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Meet the Michigan Liquor Control Commissioners

Pat Gagliardi

Chair Patrick Gagliardi

Patrick M. Gagliardi was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer as an Administrative Commissioner to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in August 2019 for a term expiring June 12, 2023.  At the time of his initial appointment, he was designated as Chair of the Commission by the Governor.  He is a former member of the House of Representatives where he also served as the Democratic Floor Leader, and chair of the Tourism Committee and the Oversight and Ethics Committee. Since his time in the House of Representatives, he has served as a Commissioner on the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, consultant and owner of Gagliardi Associates, LLC, and director of corporate and foundation relations for Lake Superior State University.  Gagliardi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Lake Superior State University.

Commissioner Dennis Olshove

Administrative Commissioner Dennis Olshove

Dennis Olshove was appointed as an Administrative Commission to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in June 2012 and has been reappointed twice.  His current expires on June 12, 2026.  Olshove retired in 2010 after serving eight years as a Michigan State Senator, representing much of Macomb County. Previously, he served as Macomb County Commissioner, Michigan State Representative and as an administrative assistant in the office of State Rep. Curtis Hertel. In 2009, Olshove received the Michigan State Medical Society Legislative Leadership Award. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State University.

Commissioner Kristin Beltzer

Administrative Commissioner Kristin Beltzer

Kristin Beltzer was appointed as an Administrative Commissioner to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in April 2022 for a term that expires on June 12, 2023. With over 25 years in executive leadership and senior management, Kristin Beltzer founded KB Collaborative in 2019, a business consulting and public affairs firm. Prior to stepping into the entrepreneurial world, she served as the Director of Appointments in the Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder, as well as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for business development, strategy, and providing management and policy direction to the organization. She also worked for former Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus and spent 17 years on the staff of the Michigan Legislature. Kristin also chaired the Haslett Board of Education, serving as a trustee from 2003-2016, in addition to serving on the Michigan Education Trust Board of Directors (MET), the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Education for PrepNet Virtual Academy, a Grand Valley State University sanctioned charter school in West Michigan, and as a Board Trustee for PARC, a center serving adults and children with developmental disabilities in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Kristin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Michigan State University, and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Western Michigan University. 

Lee Gonzales

Hearing Commissioner Lee Gonzales

Lee Gonzales was appointed by Governor Whitmer as a Hearing Commissioner in September 2020 for a term that expires June 12, 2024. Before joining the Commission, he was Deputy Director of Legislative & External Affairs at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Gonzalez was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives for three terms (2005-2010), where he served on the Appropriations Committee, chairing the Subcommittee on Transportation.  He served as Genesee County Assistant Treasurer, playing a key role in starting the state’s first Land Bank.  He also served as Genesee County’s Development Director and project manager for the Flint/Genesee County Job Corps Center (a public-private partnership). Gonzales earned Bachelor of Arts in Urban Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Michigan-Flint. He completed the Senior Executives in State & Local Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Gonzales and his wife Brenda have three children and eight grandchildren.

Edward Toma

Hearing Commissioner Edward Toma

Edward Toma was appointed as a Hearing Commissioner for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in September 2020 for a term that expires June 12, 2024.  Prior to his appointment, he served as an investigator and regulation agent in the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s Enforcement Division, a position he held since 2009.  In that role, he conducted enforcement, background, and licensing investigations as well as financial audits and undercover operations for the Commission.  Prior to his time with the Commission, he worked in the alcohol retail and restaurant industry for several years.  Toma holds a Bachelor of Integrative Studies in Mechanical Engineering and Biological Science from Oakland University.