Gov. Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to the Michigan Women's Commission

Lansing, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder announced three appointments and three reappointments to the Michigan Women's Commission.


Nicole DeMarco of East Lansing is an office advisor for CBRE, a full service commercial real estate firm.  She also serves as the assistant coach for the Michigan State University cheerleading and dance team.  DeMarco earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Michigan State University and is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of Michigan.  She will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Darlene Lee.

Alisha Meneely of Byron Center is the director of community outreach for the Michigan Child Protector Registry.  She previously served as director of outreach for the Education Action Group.  Meneely earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Michigan State University and will replace Rose Brandow.

Kelli Saunders of Lansing is the executive director for Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and previously served as the director of public affairs to former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.  Saunders earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Aquinas College and master's degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University.  She will replace Janice Nearon.


Cathleen Knauf of St. Joseph is the founder of Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, an organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness of human trafficking in today's society.  She earned a bachelor's degree in group social studies from Grand Valley State University and a master's degree in special education from Western Michigan University.

Deidre Lambert-Bounds of Troy is the chief operating office and partner of Ignite Social Media.  Lambert-Bounds also serves on the executive board for the Sphinx Organization, is an advisor to MI Education Trust and works on the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference planning committee.

Renee Haley of Harrison has been the director of veterans' services in Clare county for 10 years.  She served in the United States Army, where she was deployed and served in Desert Storm.

DeMarco will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring July 15, 2019.  Meneely, Saunders, Knauf, Lambert-Bounds and Haley will serve three-year terms expiring July 15, 2021.  Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.