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MDARD Executive Office

The Executive Office is the administrative direction and policy office for the department. Under the guidance of the Director and Chief Deputy Director, daily operation and program oversight are carried out for all programs and divisions. 

Contact Information

Gary McDowell
Director
McDowellG@Michigan.gov
517-284-5716

Kenneth McFarlane
Chief Deputy Director
McFarlaneK@Michigan.gov
517-898-9947 (cell)
517-284-5718 (ofc)

Ashley Steffen
Legislative Liaison
SteffenA1@Michigan.gov
517-242-2282

Sylvia Renteria
Director of Finance & Budget
RenteriaS@Michigan.gov
517-599-3605 (cell/ofc)

Jennifer Holton
Director of Communications
HoltonJ@Michigan.gov
517-284-5724

Brad Deacon
Emergency Management Coordinator
DeaconB9@Michigan.gov
517-284-5729