Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments

Snyder makes appointments to 16 boards and commissions

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced 29 appointments and reappointments to multiple boards and commissions.

“I thank the appointees for using their skills and experience to improve the quality of life for all Michiganders,” Snyder said. “I am confident they will be excellent additions to their respective boards and commissions.”

Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging

Appointments:
Mark Bomberg of Gladstone recently retired as the long-term care division director for the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) – U.P. Area Agency on Aging. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Marquette University and a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Michigan University. He will represent Republicans and fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Harold Mast.

Renee Cortright of Troy is the executive director of the Older Persons’ Commission in Rochester and the executive director of the Birmingham Area Senior Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in housing studies from the University of Minnesota and a certificate in aging and disabilities from Boston University’s Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research. She will represent Republicans and fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Milton (Jerry) Doucette.

Members will serve the remainder of a three-year terms expiring July 28, 2020. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

State Teacher Tenure Commission

Appointment:
William Wooster of Milford is a middle school teacher at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. He is active in the community, coaching cross country, basketball and track. He currently is treasurer of the Michigan Educational Credit Union Board of Directors. Wooster earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from the University of Detroit Mercy. He will represent classroom instructors and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Jeffyn Herioux.

Wooster will serve the remainder of a five-year term expiring Aug. 31, 2020.

Civil Rights Commission

Appointments:
Regina Gasco-Bentley of Petoskey is the chairperson of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. She has served on the Little Traverse Bay Bands Tribal Council for 13 years, previously serving as secretary and legislative leader for the council. She will represent Independents and replace Mumtaz Haque.

Denise Grim of Novi is the owner of DYG Public Relations, Marketing & Special Events, LLC and previously served as the executive director of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. Grim holds an associate degree in management from Oakland Community College and a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and management from Regent University. She will represent Republicans and replace Ricardo Resio.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees

Appointments:
Sue Jandernoa of West Olive currently serves on the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, Broadway Grand Rapids Board of Directors and ArtPrize Grand Rapids Board of Directors. She previously worked as an elementary educator in East Grand Rapids Public Schools. Jandernoa earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University and will replace David Hooker.

Elizabeth (Beth) Emmitt of Byron Center is the deputy chief of staff for the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder and has served in his administration since 2011. She has previous experience as director of constituent relations in the office of former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. Emmitt earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from Hope College and was a 2010 fellow with the Michigan Political Leadership Program. She will replace John Kennedy.

Members will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2026. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Oakland University Board of Control

Appointments:
Brian Calley of Portland has been serving as lieutenant governor alongside Gov. Snyder since their election in 2010. As lieutenant governor, he also serves as president and presiding officer of the Michigan Senate. Calley previously served as a state representative and an Ionia County commissioner. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. He will replace Ronald Robinson.

Dennis Muchmore of Laingsburg is co-leader of the Government Relations and Regulatory Practice of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn, PLC. He previously served as chief of staff for the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder, principal of Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates and senior vice president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Muchmore holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and English from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public administration from Michigan State University. He will replace Mark Schlussel.

Calley will serve an eight-year term commencing on Dec. 31, 2018 and expiring Aug.11, 2026. Muchmore will serve an eight-year term expiring Aug. 11, 2026. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents

Appointment:
Richard Baird of Bath is a senior advisor and transformation manager for Gov. Rick Snyder. He currently is treasurer for the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and serves on the board for the American Center for Mobility. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history, religion, and economics from Albion College and honorary doctorates from Albion College and Eastern Michigan University. He will replace Mike Morris.

Reappointment:
Michael Hawks of Okemos was initially appointed to the Board by Governor Snyder in 2011 and is an owner and officer of Governmental Consultant Services, Inc. (GCSI). He previously served as a legislative analyst for the communications office of the Michigan House of Representatives and as chief of staff for the Michigan Speaker of the House in 1989. Hawks holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s in higher education administration from Michigan State University.

Members will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2026. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees

Appointments:
Travis Weber of Detroit is chief legal counsel for the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder. He previously served as deputy legal counsel and a senior policy advisor for the Michigan House of Representatives Republican Policy Office and as an associate for Clark Hill, PLC. Weber currently serves on the board of advisors for the Michigan chapter of The Federalist Society, on the board of commissioners for the State Bar of Michigan and as a committee member for the State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. He will replace Rick Popp.

Stephen Young of Lansing is an owner and officer of Governmental Consultant Services Inc. (GCSI and previously served as a manager of tax and regulatory affairs for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Young attended Northern Michigan University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Michigan State University. He will replace Scott Holman.

Members will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2026. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Western Michigan University Board of Control

Appointments:
Shelly Edgerton of Plainwell is the director and chief data systems officer at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University and her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She will replace Kenneth Miller.

David Behen of Saline is the vice president and chief information officer of LA-Z-BOY. He previously served as the director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and state chief information officer for the state of Michigan. Behen earned his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s in public administration from Eastern Michigan University. He will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of William Pickard. Behen.

Reappointment:
Lynn Chen-Zhang of Portage is a partner and COO with Zhang Financial, one of the nation’s leading fee-only wealth management groups. Additionally, she has been a member of the WMU Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2009 and is currently the president of the foundation. She also serves on WMU Foundation’s Investment Committee and the Committee on Directors. She is a CFP® and a CPA. Chen-Zhang received her master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her master’s degree in accountancy from Western Michigan University.

Behen will serve the remainder of an eight-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2020. Edgerton and Chen-Zhang will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2026. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Liquor Control Commission

Reappointment:
Dennis Olshove of Warren was initially appointed to the Liquor Control Commission in 2012. He was a former Michigan state senator, Macomb County commissioner, and Michigan state representative. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State University and will continue to represent Democrats.

Olshove will serve a four-year term expiring June 12, 2022. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Mackinac Bridge Authority

Appointment:
Brad Canale of Marquette is CEO of the Northern Michigan University Foundation. He previously served as executive director of advancement for the University of Michigan College of Engineering and is a former member of the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board of Directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and will represent Republicans and fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Barbara Arens.

Canale will serve the remainder of a six-year term expiring June 30, 2020. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Medical Marihuana Licensing Board

Reappointment:
Nichole Cover of Mattawan is a licensed pharmacist and healthcare supervisor for Walgreens. She currently serves as chair of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and previously served as the board’s representative on the Controlled Substance Advisory Commission. Cover holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and will continue to represent Independents.

Cover will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Appointment:
Nheena Ittner of Marquette is the director of the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette and previously worked as a high school art teacher. She is secretary of the Upper Peninsula Hospice Foundation, past president and board member of the Marquette Economic Club and past chair of the Michigan Museums Association Board. She was previously appointed to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs by former Gov. Granholm, serving from 2005-2013. Ittner holds a bachelor’s degree in arts education from the University of Michigan and will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Christian Gaines.

Ittner will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring Sept. 1, 2020. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development

Appointments:
Patricia Bergdahl of Skandia is the office manager at Bergdahl’s Inc in Skandia and previously she served as deputy treasurer of Skandia Township. Bergdahl is an active volunteer the Skandia Township 4-H, Gwinn Area Schools and Marquette County Fair. She will represent Independents and replace Diane Hanson.

Charlie Meintz of Stephenson is the owner of Pleasant View Dairy Farm in Stephenson. He also is a Menominee County Board commissioner, previously serving as chair of the board. He will represent Republicans and replace Robert Kennedy.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Manufactured Housing Commission

Reappointment:
Bryan Davis of Redford is a journeyman carpenter and a business agent for the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters. He holds a journeyman certificate from Detroit Carpenter’s Apprenticeship and will continue to represent organized labor.

Davis will serve a three-year term expiring May 9, 2021. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Natural Resources Commission

Appointment:
Keith Creagh of Williamston is the director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, previously serving as director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Creagh earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Michigan Technological University and will represent Independents and replace J.R. Richardson.

Creagh will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

Appointments:
Jessica Cruz of Marquette is chief diversity and inclusion officer for Northern Michigan University. She previously served as the executive director and co-founder of the Center for Latin Studies at Ferris State University. Cruz holds bachelor’s degrees in French and public/non-profit administration from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Art, Master of Education and a doctorate in international educational development from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Kelsey Switzer.

Jesse Bernal of Grand Rapids is the vice president for inclusion and equity at Grand Valley State University, where he also serves as adjunct faculty in the College of Education – Adult and Higher Education Program. Bernal is chair of the Michigan Association of State Universities Chief Diversity Office Committee, vice chair of the National Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education Midwest chapter and serves on the Grand Rapids Public Museum Board of Trustees and the Arbor Circle Board of Directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Westmont College and a master’s and doctorate in education from the University of California. He will replace Noel Garcia.

Reappointments:
Juanita Bocanegra of Holland is an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office and she previously served as a summer associate, law clerk, and attorney for Rhoades McKee, PC. Bocanegra holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Grand Valley State University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Anthony Garcia-Rubio of Cadillac retired in 2013 as general manager of Heraduras Mexican restaurant. He is a member of the Cadillac Area Honor Guard, a volunteer member of Hospice of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Disabled American Veterans.

Sonya Hernandez of Muskegon is an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapids Community College and the director of the Y Achievers and Youth in Government program for YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. She also serves on the school board for Reeths-Puffer Public Schools. Hernandez earned an associate degree from Muskegon Community College and a bachelor’s in Spanish and master’s in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University.

Cruz will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring Dec. 10, 2019. Bernal, Bocanegra, Garcia-Rubio and Hernandez serve three-year terms expiring Dec.10, 2021. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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