Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments

Snyder makes appointments to 13 boards and commissions

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced 27 appointments and reappointments to multiple boards and commissions.

“I thank these highly qualified individuals for serving the state of Michigan,” Snyder said. “I am confident the work they do on these boards and commissions will positively impact the state for years to come.”

State of Michigan Retirement Board

Reappointments:
Matthew Fedorchuk of Okemos is the deputy director of the Michigan Civil Service Commission. He serves on the Michigan Corrections Officers Training Council and is an executive board member with the National Association of State Personnel Executives. Fedorchuk holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social sciences and a master’s degree in public administration from Michigan State University. He will continue to represent a member of the State Employees’ Retirement System.

Col. John Wojcik of Grand Ledge is general counsel for the Michigan National Guard. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, and a law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School. Wojcik will continue to represent a current or former officer or enlisted person in the Michigan military establishment who is a member or retiree under the Michigan Military Provisions.

Fedorchuk will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2020, and Wojcik will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022.

Crime Victim Services Commission

Appointment:
Karen Gray Sheffield of Detroit is the corporate director for Ascension Southeast Michigan Community Health and previously served as the executive director of The Safe Center, Inc. and as a family support specialist for the city of Detroit Health Department/W.S.U. Center for Urban Studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and relations and a master’s degree in counseling from Wayne State University. She will represent community-based victim advocates and Democrats and replace Karen Hall.

Reappointment:
Brian Mackie of Ann Arbor is the prosecuting attorney for Washtenaw County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Eastern Michigan University and a law degree from Wayne State University. He will continue to represent county prosecuting attorneys and Democrats.

Members will serve three-year terms expiring Sept. 27, 2021. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees

Appointment:
Timothy Lukenda of Brimley is the president and CEO of Extendicare Inc. He previously served as a board member of the Health Care Association of Michigan and the American Healthcare Association. Lukenda holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame as well as a bachelor’s degree in laws and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Western Ontario. He will replace Douglas Bovin.

Lukenda will serve the remainder of an eight-year term expiring Jan. 27, 2026. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Central Michigan University Board of Trustees

Appointments:
Edward Plawecki of Plymouth is general counsel and director of government relations at UHY Advisors MI, Inc. Prior to joining the firm, he served as general counsel and director of government relations for various major corporations. Plawecki received his bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University and law degree from the Detroit College of Law. He will replace Bill Kanine.

Todd J. Anson of Charlevoix is a lawyer and entrepreneur who serves as a managing member of One Pacific Sports. He co-founded real estate development company Cisterra Partners and is a past recipient of E&Y’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in San Diego. as well as a former Managing Partner at a large California law firm. Additionally, Anson taught at the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in its MBA program as a member of its adjunct faculty from 1985-1990. He is a venture investor and has served on numerous corporate boards including Armor Express and currently is a director of Grand Rapids based UV Angel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University and a law degree from the University of Michigan. He will replace Patricia Mooradian.

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

Certificate of Need Commission

Reappointments:
Debra Guido-Allen of Sterling Heights is the vice president and chief nursing officer for Beaumont Health and Hospital in Troy. She is a member of the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives and serves on the Beaumont Health System Board of Directors. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oakland University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the American Intercontinental University. Guido-Allen will continue to represent nurses and Democrats.

Melanie Lalonde of Grosse Pointe Park is a senior analyst of U.S. health care programs for General Motors. She previously worked for Delta Dental Plan of Michigan as a senior benefits consultant and as a manager of health and welfare benefits for The Auto Club Group. Lalonde holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies focused in employment relations from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in human resources from Central Michigan University, and a certificate in professional human resource management from Eastern Michigan University. She will continue to represent companies who are self-insured for health coverage and Republicans.

Members will serve three-year terms expiring Jan. 1, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board (Children’s Trust Fund)

Reappointments:
Lauren Rakolta of Birmingham is owner, president and CEO of Devon Facility Management. Previously, she owned and managed her own consulting group, specializing in legislative, political and finance strategies. Rakolta holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Florida Atlantic University. She will continue to represent the business community.

Stanley Hannah of Novi is senior manager at Plante Moran, LLC and previously served as a senior organizational consultant at Young Samuel Chambers, LTD. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University as well as a master’s in education and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. He will continue to represent the business community.

William (Willie) Dubas of South Haven is a safety instructor for Operating Engineers Local 324 Journeyman and Apprentice Training Fund and is a Livingston County and Community Awareness Task Force volunteer. He completed the Wayne State Labor School certificate program and holds a West Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety and health specialist certificate for construction and general industry. He will continue to represent organized labor and volunteers in child abuse and neglect prevention services.

Members will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 19, 2021. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Civil Service Commission

Appointment:
Jeff Steffel of Springport is an adjunct professor responsible for legal instruction at the Grand Valley State University Police academy and previously served in various roles with the Michigan State Police. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Additionally, he graduated from the 164th session of the FBI National Academy. Steffel (Independent) will replace Robert Swanson (Democrat).

Steffel will serve an eight-year term expiring Dec.31, 2026.

Farm Produce Insurance Authority

Appointment:
William Willson of Perry is the general operations manager of Maple Front Farms. He earned a certificate in ag business management from Michigan State University, Institute of Agricultural Technology. Wilson will represent producers from the largest Michigan organization representing general farm interests in Michigan and replace Aaron Somers.

Wilson will serve a three-year term expiring June 20, 2021. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Ferris State University Board of Control

Appointments:
Kari Sederburg of East Lansing is a senior program officer with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in Lansing and previously served as the executive director of the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency. Sederburg received her bachelor’s degree in business from Ferris State University and her master’s degree in public administration from Ohio University. She will replace Paul Boyer.

Kurt Hofman of Grand Rapids is the executive vice president at RoMan Manufacturing, Inc. Hofman also serves on the advisory board for the Ferris State University Welding Engineering Technology program and is an instructor for the Resistance Welding Manufacturing Association, American Welding Society and Society of Manufacturing Engineers in various welding schools. He earned an associate degree in welding technology from Ferris State University and a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering from Arizona State University. He will replace Gary Granger.

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

Michigan Gaming Control Board

Reappointment:
Robert (Bob) Anthony of Northville retired as a senior risk and quality partner of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP and previously served as a member of the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Global Audit Policy Board. Anthony earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. He will continue to represent Republicans and serve as chair at the pleasure of the Governor.

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

Health Information Technology Commission

Appointments:
Jack Harris of Lansing is the chief technology officer for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. He holds associate degrees in science and data processing from Lansing Community College. He will serve as the designee of the director of DTMB and replace Rodney Davenport.

Jonathan (Jack) Kufahl of Jackson is the chief information security officer for Michigan Medicine and serves as vice president and incorporation officer for the Michigan Healthcare Cybersecurity Council. Kufahl holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Illinois State University. He will represent hospitals and fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Meredith Harper.

Nicholas D’Isa of Haslett is the director of legal and compliance for Physician Health Plan and previously served as assistant inspector general for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University and a law degree from Thomas M. Colley Law School. D’Isa will represent health plans or other third-party payers and replace Nick Smith.

Heather Somand of Ann Arbor is a licensed controlled substance pharmacist and pharmacy preceptor. Additionally, she is the manager of medication use informatics and technology teams for Michigan Medicine. She holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Somand will represent pharmacists and replace Jill Castiglione.

Jim VanderMey of Byron Center is the chief innovation officer for Open System Technologies (OST) and and has more than 30 years of health information technology experience. He previously served as an enterprise architect and director of technical services for Priority Health and Spectrum Health and currently serves on the advisory board for the Computer Science Department of Calvin College. He will represent the health information technology field and replace Irita Matthews.

Reappointment:
Thomas Simmer of Ann Arbor is the senior vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and also serves on the board of directors for the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He will continue to represent nonprofit health care corporations operating pursuant to the nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act.

Harris and Kufahl will serve the remainder of four-year terms expiring Aug. 3, 2020 and Aug. 3, 2021, respectively. D’Isa, Somand, VanderMey and Simmer will serve four-year terms expiring Aug. 3, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Technological University Board of Control

Appointments:
John Bacon of Ann Arbor is a New York Times Best Selling author and has worked for more than two decades as a writer, speaker, radio commentator, college lecturer and hockey coach. He currently teaches at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of Michigan. Bacon earned his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan. He will replace Julie Fream.

Jeffrey Littmann of Grosse Pointe Park is a life trustee and chairman of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. For more than 25 years, Littmann served as the director and CFO of Buffalo Bills, Inc., operating within the National Football League. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in taxation from Walsh College and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law. He will replace Terry Woychowski.

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

Rural Development Fund Board

Appointment:
Justin Horvath of Owosso is the president and CEO of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership (SEDP) and previously served as a councilman for the city of Owosso. Horvath earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. He will represent the Lower Peninsula and Independents and fill a vacancy.

Reappointment:
Margaret Minerick of Sagola is president and partner for Sagola Hardwoods, Inc, and previously worked as secretary, treasurer and partner for Minerick Logging, Inc. Minerick is past chair of the Michigan Forest Products Council and currently serves as treasurer for the Lake State Lumber Association. She will continue to represent the Upper Peninsula and Republicans.

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

###