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Kelli Saunders, Byron Center

Saunders currently works for the Small Business Association of Michigan as the Executive Advisor and Director of Office Administration where she co-leads government relations, coalition building, board coordination and day-to-day operations.  Prior to this role she worked for the Edward Lowe Foundation as the Senior Executive Specialist based in Lansing. Additionally, she had worked in state government for 12 years. As the Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor Brian Calley, she worked on complex legislative issues and built coalitions to help Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens. Her work on disability advocacy by developing the MI Hidden Talent Initiative, promoting comradery in state government through the implementation of the Relentless Positive Traction 5K Run/Walk, and also successfully fundraising and planning the 2016 National Lt. Governor’s Association Summer Conference in Grand Rapids has been a part of Michigan’s comeback. Saunders also worked for Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land as her Director of Public Affairs, focusing on the organ donor registry and the enhanced driver’s license. She is the current President of the Gerald R. Ford Republican Women’s Club in Kent County. She lives in Byron Center and received her bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College.