Appointments made to State Fire Safety Board

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed John Enkemann, Donald Hicks, Ralph Hodek, Richard Miller, Kassandra Renneberg and Leslie Rodwell to the State Fire Safety Board.

The board develops fire safety rules covering the construction, operation and maintenance of schools, health care facilities, prisons, state owned and leased facilities and other public buildings.

"The appointees will provide the board with their experience, talents and skill. I look forward to their support in continuing to ensure Michigan's public buildings and workers are properly equipped for fire safety," Snyder said.

Enkemann, of Northville, is executive vice president and CEO of Albert Kahn Associates Inc. in Detroit. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the International Code Council, and previously served on the Michigan Board of Architects. He earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Lawrence Technological University. Enkemann will represent architects and replaces Jacqueline Hoist.

Hicks, of Freeland, is the senior loss prevention engineer for the Dow Corning Corporation in Midland. He previously worked for Industrial Risk Insurers and Belk Store Services in Charlotte, NC. Hicks earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina. He will represent the chemical manufacturing industry and fills a vacancy.

Hodek, of Houghton, is an associate professor of civil engineering at Michigan Technological University. He is a past chair of the Michigan Board of Professional Engineers and a previous member of the Michigan Board of Land Surveyors. Hodek earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology, a master's degree from Michigan Tech and a PhD in geotechnical engineering from Purdue University. He will represent professional engineers and replaces Earl Howard.

Miller, of Dearborn, is the fire chief for the City of Dearborn. He earned an associate's degree in fire science from Henry Ford Community College, and a bachelor's degree in fire science and occupational safety and health from Madonna University. Miller will represent fire departments in the Lower Peninsula and replaces Charles Prichett.

Renneberg, of Riverdale, is the co-owner of Riverdale Tavern Inc., where she has worked for 31 years. She is a member and vice president of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association. Renneberg will represent individuals who own a place of public assemblage and replaces Gerald Smith.

Rodwell, of Howell, is deputy chief and fire marshal for the Howell Area Fire Department. He previously served as a patrolman and firearms instructor for the city of Howell Police Department. Rodwell also serves as a fire service instructor and state certified fire inspector for the state of Michigan. He completed professional development programs administered through Lansing Community College, the Oakland Police Academy, Michigan State University, and the Michigan State Police. Rodwell will represent fire departments in the Lower Peninsula and replaces James Dundas.

The appointees will serve four-year terms expiring July 15, 2015. The appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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