Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to the Michigan Veterans' Facilities Board of Managers

Thursday, May 31, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of James Ausdemore of Pinckney and Harold Mast of Kentwood as well as the reappointments of Paul Mead of Traverse City and Ronald Schrieber of Roscommon to the Michigan Veterans Facilities Board of Managers.

The seven-member volunteer board oversees admissions and member affairs at the state’s veterans' homes in Marquette and Grand Rapids. Members represent the interest of veterans in advisory and advocacy roles and are nominated for board service by fellow veterans and peers in veteran’s organizations across the state.

"I thank these individuals for their dedication to ensuring veterans are taken care of and their voices are heard," Snyder said.


Ausdemore served with the Michigan Army National Guard and the U.S. Army, completing tours of duty in Korea, Vietnam and Europe. He is a member of the American Legion, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and the Retired Army Officers Association. Ausdemore holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in education from the University of Nebraska. He will represent Veterans of Foreign Wars and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Christi Cook.

Mast is the president and owner of Harold Mast Consulting, LLC. He has served over 20 years as Kent County Commissioner, as well as serving in the active reserves with the Navy Medical Corps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Calvin College and a master’s degree in health care administration and organization from the University of Iowa. Mast will represent veterans.


Mead is a founding partner of Grand Traverse Strategic Partners, a strategy and planning consultancy. He received a master of applied project management certificate from Villanova University and an associate of applied science in accounting from Oakland College. He will continue to represent American Veterans (AMVETS).

Schrieber retired with the rank of master sergeant after serving in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years. He later served as a department field service officer for the Disabled American Veterans Department of Michigan where he helped veterans and their families obtain benefits from local, state and federal government. Schrieber holds an associate degree in business from Kirtland Community College and will continue to represent Disabled American Veterans.

Ausdemore and Mast will serve the remainder of three-year terms expiring Feb. 28, 2020. Mead and Schrieber will serve three-year terms expiring Feb. 28, 2021. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.