Governor Whitmer Appoints Suzanna Shkreli as Director of the Office of Children's Ombudsman, Katherine Peretick to the Michigan Public Service Commission 

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December 21, 2020 

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Governor Whitmer Appoints Suzanna Shkreli as Director of the Office of Children’s Ombudsman, Katherine Peretick to the Michigan Public Service Commission 

 

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Deputy Legal Counsel Suzanna Shkreli will serve as Director of the Office of Children’s Ombudsman (OCO) and Katherine L. Peretick will serve as a Commissioner with the Michigan Public Service Commission. 

 

Suzanna Shkreli currently serves as deputy legal counsel in the Executive Office of the Governor. Prior to her service in the governor’s office, Shkreli served as an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office in the Child Protection Unit where she prosecuted crimes against children involving physical and sexual abuse. Shkreli has also conducted training for law enforcement officials throughout Albania on Crime Victims’ Rights on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Prosecutorial Development and Training (OPDAT). 

 

As a member of the Executive Office, Shkreli currently represents the Governor on the Human Trafficking Commission and the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Tracking and Reporting Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oakland University and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Shkreli is appointed to succeed Judge Lisa McCormick who was appointed to the 30th Circuit Court of Ingham County. She will serve for a term commencing January 4, 2021 and expiring at the pleasure of the Governor. As Director, Shkreli will serve as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. 

 

“Suzy is a tough, whip-smart public servant who has spent years working on behalf of the children of Michigan, and she has served as a key member of my team as we have worked to protect all Michiganders from the COVID-19 pandemic this year,” said Governor Whitmer. “While she will be sorely missed in my office, I and everyone on our team know that Suzy is the right person to serve as Director of the Office of Children’s Ombudsman.”  

 

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Michigan in my role as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Whitmer,” said Shkreli. “I am humbled and grateful to the Governor for the opportunity to continue my work on behalf of the children of our state. Protecting Michigan’s children is a tremendous responsibility, and I am deeply committed to the mission of this office.” 

 

The OCO is housed in the Department of Technology, Management and Budget as an independent agency. The mission of the Office of the Children's Ombudsman is to help improve Michigan's child welfare system through independently investigating complaints, advocating for children, and recommending changes to improve law, policy, and practice for the benefit of current and future generations. 

 

This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

 

Katherine L. Peretick currently serves as the director of engineering for NRStor, Inc., an energy storage project developer. Prior to her current position, she was a project engineering manager with General Compressiona grid-scale energy storage technology company. Peretick has also worked as a mechanical engineer with Vestas Wind Systems A/S in Denmark, India and Portland, Oregon, and was a member of their Leadership Development Program. In 2020, she was named to the Energy News Network 40 Under 40.  

 

Peretick is vice president of Advancing Women in Energy and a member of Michigan Clean Energy Leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan. Peretick is appointed as an Independent and is succeeding Sally Talberg who has resigned to join the board of directors of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). She will join Chairman Dan Scripps and Commissioner Tremaine Phillips on the Commission and serve for a term commencing January 4, 2021 and expiring July 2, 2021.  

 

“Katherine is an independent thinker whose deep understanding of energy storage, renewable energy, and smart grid systems will help Michigan benefit from the changes taking place in the energy sector, said Governor Whitmer. “Katherine is more than qualified to work on behalf of Michiganders at the Commission. She will bring a fresh perspective and deep private sector leadership experience to the role and will be a tremendous asset for our state. “ 

 

“Katherine will be the first engineer in recent memory to serve as a member of the Michigan Public Service Commission, “ said MPSC Chairman Dan Scripps. “Her background and significant expertise in energy innovation will be a great addition to the Commission and will better enable it to fulfill its mission of protecting the public by ensuring safe, reliable, and accessible energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for Michigan’s resident." 

 

"I'm sincerely honored to have the opportunity to join the Michigan Public Service Commission and continue the great work being done to ensure safe, reliable, and accessible energy and telecommunications services with long-term affordability,” said Peretick. I'm looking forward to continuing the legacy of former Chairman Sally Talberg's dedication to fair and balanced regulation in conjunction with continuing Commissioner Phillips and Chairman Scripps."  

 

The mission of the Michigan Public Service Commission is to ensure safe, reliable, and accessible energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for Michigan residents. 

 

This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.  

 

 

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