Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

June 30, 2021 

Contact: press@michigan.gov  

  

Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions 

  

LANSING, Mich. - Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments to the Michigan Board of Accountancy, Michigan Board of Acupuncture, Michigan Beef Industry Commission, Michigan Cherry Committee, Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science, Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, Michigan Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Pharmacy, Michigan Public Service Commission, Michigan Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons, Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission, Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority Board of Directors, Board of Law Examiners, and the Municipal Stability Board. 

 

Michigan Board of Accountancy 

 

Antonio C. Brown, of Lathrup Village, is certified public accountant and the chief financial officer of the Detroit Public Library. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master of Education from Wayne State University. Mr. Brown is appointed to represent certified public accountants for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. He succeeds David Barrons whose term expired June 30, 2021. 

 

Christonna C. Campbell, of Romulus, is recently retired from the Washtenaw County Department of Human Services where she served as a service program manager. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Ms. Campbell is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Jennifer Kluge whose term expired June 30, 2021. 

 

Kathleen Isleib, of Negaunee, is a certified public accountant and an accounting instructor at Northern Michigan University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Accounting Science from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Isleib is appointed to represent a full-time instructor of accounting above the elementary level at an accredited college or university for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Ola M. Smith whose term expired June 30, 2021. 

 

The Michigan State Board of Accountancy is responsible for the certification, licensure, and regulation of certified public accountants and public accounting firms in Michigan.    

  

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.   

 

Michigan Board of Acupuncture 

 

Zhiling Trowbridge, M.D., of Grand Rapids, most recently served as a physician with Spectrum Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and a Doctor of Medicine from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and she studied acupuncture at the Harvard Structural Acupuncture program and Helms Medical Institute. Dr. Trowbridge is reappointed to represent a physician licensed under part 170 or 175 who has met the requirement in section 16513(2)(b), for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. 

 

The Michigan Board of Acupuncture works with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to oversee the practice of approximately 89 acupuncturists. Underlying all duties is the responsibility of the board to promote and protect the public's health, safety, and welfare, which is implemented by the Board by ascertaining minimal entry level competency of acupuncturists. The Board also has the obligation to take disciplinary action against registrants who have adversely affected the public's health, safety, and welfare.      

       

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

 

Michigan Beef Industry Commission 

 

Jon Haindl, of Cooks, is the owner and operator of Jarhian Farm. He holds a degree in agriculture education from Michigan State University. Mr. Haindl is reappointed to represent cattle growers for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring May 31, 2024. 

 

Leon D. Knirk, of Quincy, is the owner of LDK Farms. He holds an associates degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and a bachelor's degree from Davenport University. Mr. Knirk is appointed to represent cattle feeders for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring May 31, 2024. He succeeds Dale Oeschger whose term expired May 31, 2021.  

 

Jennifer L. Lewis, of Jonesville, is the human resources director and manager of Pleasant View Dairy. She is the district 2 director and an executive committee member of the Michigan Farm Bureau and treasurer of the Hillsdale County Dairy Promoters. Mrs. Lewis is appointed to represent dairy farmers for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring May 31, 2024. She succeeds Leonard Brown whose term expired May 31, 2021.  

 

The Michigan Beef Industry Commission was created under Public Act 291 in 1972 to promote the sale of beef and beef products. The Commission, the Beef Promotion and Research Board, and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association work together in a coordinated state and national effort to promote beef and veal products in order to hold market share and increase the demand for beef and veal.  

    

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

 

Michigan Cherry Committee 

 

Juliette King McAvoy, of Central Lake, is the vice president of sales and marketing for King Orchards, Inc. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Agri-Business Management and Horticulture from Michigan State University. Ms. King McAvoy is reappointed to represent District 1 tart cherry growers for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring February 1, 2024. 

 

Emily A. Miezio, of Suttons Bay, is the receiving station manager for Cherry Bay Orchards. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hope College and a Master of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University. Ms. Miezio is reappointed to represent District 1 tart cherry growers for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring February 1, 2024. 

 

The Michigan Cherry Committee was developed for the purpose of improving the economic position of the Michigan red tart and sweet cherry growers by creating greater marketing opportunities for their fruit. The Committee conducts advertising and promotion programs, assembles, and disseminates market information, and supports research into new marketing methods.    

  

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

 

Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science 

 

Richard E. Bowerman, II, of Munising, is the funeral director and vice president of Bowerman Funeral Home, Inc. He holds an associate's degree in mortuary science from Worhsam College of Mortuary Science and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lakeland College. Mr. Bowerman is appointed to represent professionals for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. He succeeds Mark Canale whose term expires June 30, 2021. 

 

Mark T. Evely, Ph.D., of Swartz Creek, is the chair of the Wayne State University Department of Applied Health Sciences and an assistant professor and program director for the mortuary science program. Dr. Evely is also a funeral director for the A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors and Harry J. Will Funeral Home. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Wayne State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Dr. Evely is appointed to represent professionals for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. He succeeds Kathleen Barone whose term expires June 30, 2021,  

 

Charlotte N. Goutimy, of Dearborn, is the supervisor of the Department of Business Operations for Henry Ford Health System. She holds an associate's degree in commerce and arts from Henry Ford Community College. Ms. Goutimy is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Thomas Chrzanowski whose term expires June 30, 2021. 

 

The Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science was created to license and regulate the practice of mortuary science and funeral establishments in Michigan. The Board works with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to oversee the practice of mortuary science licensees, residential trainees, and funeral homes.    

    

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.    

 

Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy 

 

Bernard Lawler, of Grand Blanc, is a consultant with Bernard Lawler Enterprise. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan-Flint. Mr. Lawler is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. He succeeds Samantha West whose term expires June 30, 2021. 

 

Illami Romero Martinez-King, of Lansing, is a marriage and family therapist and owner of Holistic Vida Therapy, LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Family Community Service from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University. Ms. Romero Martinez-King is appointed to represent licensed marriage and family therapists for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Laura Mammen whose term expires June 30, 2021. 

 

The Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy was created to license and regulate the practice of marriage and family therapy in Michigan, which is the provision of guidance, testing, discussions, therapy, instruction, or advice that is intended to avoid, eliminate, relieve, manage, or resolve marital or family conflict or discord, to create, improve, or restore marital or family harmony, or to prepare couples for marriage. Underlying all duties is the responsibility of the Board to promote and protect the public's health, safety, and welfare.    

  

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

 

Michigan Board of Nursing 

 

Kimberly M. Cox, of Davison, is a registered nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Ascension Genesys Hospital and the chief union steward for Teamsters Local 332. She holds an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Mott Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ferris State University. Ms. Cox is appointed to represent registered professional nurses with a baccalaureate degree engaged in nursing practice or nursing administration, for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Sarah Coker whose term expired June 30, 2021.  

 

Stephanie L. DePetro, of Marquette, is a registered nurse with the UP Health System. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University. Ms. DePetro is appointed to represent registered professional nurses with a baccalaureate degree engaged in nursing practice or nursing administration, for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Tiffany McDonald whose term expired June 30, 2021. 

 

Patricia A. Duncan, of Canton, is a licensed practical nurse and the dermatology lab monitoring program manager for the University of Michigan Health System. She earned her LPN from the MDTA School of Practical Nursing and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education and Human Services from Spring Arbor University. Ms. Duncan is appointed to represent license practical nurses for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Tatyana Chatman whose term expired June 30, 2021. 

 

Lori A. Glenn, DNP, of Huntington Woods, is a certified nurse midwife with Hurley Medical Center and a clinical associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy McAuley School of Nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Detroit, Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Glenn is reappointed to represent nurse midwives for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. 

 

Toni Schmittling, DNPA, of Farmington Hills, is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with Northstar Anesthesia and Sinai-Grace Hospital and the president and owner of Collaborative Anesthesia Staffing Solutions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science from the University of Detroit, and a Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from the University of Michigan-Flint. Ms. Schmittling is appointed to represent nurse anesthetists for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Glenn O'Connor whose term expired June 30, 2021. 

 

Nanette L. Watson, DNP, of Ithaca, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with Family Health Psychiatric and Counseling. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University, Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Oakland University. Ms. Watson is appointed to represent nurse practitioners for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Kristin Ahrens whose term expired June 30, 2021. 

 

The Michigan Board of Nursing was created to establish qualifications for nurse licensure, to establish standards for education and approve nurse education programs, develop and implement criteria for assurance of continued competency, and take disciplinary action against licensees when the health, safety, and welfare of the public has been adversely affected.    

  

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

 

Michigan Board of Pharmacy 

 

Pierre Boutros, PharmD, of Birmingham, is the principal and CEO of OneCare LTC, LLC. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Mr. Boutros is appointed to represent pharmacists for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. He succeeds Kathleen Pawlicki whose term expire June 30, 2021. 

 

Kyle A. McCree, of Grand Blanc, is the director of state government affairs for Consumers Energy. He holds a Bachelor of Business Sciences in Finance from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. Mr. McCree is reappointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. 

 

The Michigan Board of Pharmacy was enacted as part of the Public Health Code to oversee the practice of pharmacy as a health service, the clinical application of which includes the encouragement of safety and efficacy in the prescribing, dispensing, administering and use of drugs and related articles for the prevention of illness and the maintenance and management of health. The Public Health Code mandates certain responsibilities and duties for a health professional licensing board including promoting and protecting the public's health, safety, and welfare.      

 

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.    

 

Michigan Public Service Commission 

 

Katherine L. Peretick, of Plymouth, is a current commissioner with the Michigan Public Service Commission. Prior to her appointment in December 2020, Peretick was the director of engineering for NRStor, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan. Ms. Peretick is reappointed to represent Independents for a term commencing July 3, 2021 and expiring July 2, 2027. 

 

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.   

 

Michigan Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons 

 

Maggie L. Badgley, of Cheboygan, is the finance manager for M&M Plumbing Heating and Cooling, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Krak√≥w University of Economics in Poland and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. Ms. Badgley is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2024. She succeeds Robert Craig whose term expired June 30, 2020.  

 

Christopher M. Germain, of Escanaba, is a realtor with Premier Real Estate, Inc. He holds an Institute One Certification from Holloway's Real Estate Institute. Mr. Germain is reappointed to represent real estate brokers and salespersons for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. 

 

Andrew Gutman, of Novi, is the president of Farbman Group. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University. Mr. Gutman is appointed to represent real estate brokers and salespersons for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. He succeeds Ronald Zupko whose term expired June 30, 2021.  

 

Christian Rodriguez, of Lansing, is a consultant with MDG Associates. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University. Mr. Rodriguez is reappointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. 

 

The Michigan Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons was created to license and regulate the practice of real estate brokers and salespersons in Michigan. The Board works with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to oversee the practice of real estate salespersons, associate real estate brokers, real estate brokers, and branch offices.   

  

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.    

 

Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission 

 

Ruben Martinez, Ph.D., of East Lansing, is a professor of sociology and director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from the University of Southern Colorado, Master of Arts in Sociology from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California. Dr. Martinez is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring June 5, 2025. He succeeds Jason Hanselman whose term expired June 5, 2021.  

 

Todd Skinner, of Paw Paw, is the deputy director of the Office of Domestic Preparedness at the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Skinner has worked as an inspector for the Unarmed Combat Commission and is a volunteer high school wrestling coach. He studied law enforcement at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Mr. Skinner is appointed to represent boxing for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring June 5, 2025. He succeeds Bruce Hundley whose term expired June 5, 2021.  

 

Corey A. Taylor, of Grand Blanc, is the dental health coordinator for the Genesee Health Plan. Ms. Taylor is the mentor to two-time Olympic Gold medalist boxer Claressa Shields. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Jackson State University. Ms. Taylor is appointed to represent boxing for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring June 5, 2025. She succeeds Jeff Styers whose term expired June 5, 2021.  

 

The Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission is the successor to the Michigan Boxing Commission and is responsible for the regulation of professional boxing and mixed martial arts. The Commission and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs are vested with management, control, and jurisdiction over all professional boxing, professional or amateur mixed martial arts, or unarmed combat contests or events conducted in this state.     

  

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.   

 

Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority Board of Directors 

 

Brian D. Eggers, Sr., of Linwood, is the principal and founder of AKT Peerless Environmental Services. He is the current chair of the MUSTA Board of Directors and co-chair of the Michigan Water Use Advisory Council. Mr. Eggers is reappointed to represent a statewide business association that includes owners or operators of refined petroleum underground storage tanks. He will serve for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring May 25, 2024. 

 

Kevin Lepak, of Detroit, is an advanced HES professional with Marathon Petroleum Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from Wayne State University. Mr. Lepak is appointed to represent petroleum refiners for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring May 25, 2024. He succeeds Greg Gould whose term expired May 25, 2021.  

 

The Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority Board of Directors governs the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA). The Authority serves Michigan's petroleum underground storage tank owners and operators, local units of government, and country road commissions by managing the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund, Legacy Release Program, and Public Highway Cleanup Program on a sound fiscal basis.    

  

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.   

 

Board of Law Examiners 

 

Michael Fawaz, of Royal Oak, is a commercial litigation and appellate attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Fawaz is appointed for a term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2026. He succeeds Judge Christopher M. Murray whose term expired June 30, 2021.  

 

The Board of Law Examiners is responsible the investigation and examination of all persons who initially apply for admission to the bar of this state. The Board may adopt suitable regulations, subject to approval by the Supreme Court, concerning the performance of its functions and duties.  

  

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.   

 

Municipal Stability Board 

 

Robert H. Cinabro, of Kalamazoo, is the retired Kalamazoo city attorney and city commissioner and is the owner of Richard H. Cinabro, PLC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School. Mr. Cinabro is appointed to represent employees and retirees for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring May 1, 2024. He succeeds Barry Howard whose term expired May 1, 2020.  

 

John M. Lamerato, of Sterling Heights, is the former city controller and treasurer for the City of Grosse Pointe Farms. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Aquinas College and a Master of Arts in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University. Mr. Lamerato is reappointed to represent local officials for a term commencing June 30, 2021 and expiring May 1, 2025. 

 

The Municipal Stability Board is housed within the Michigan Department of Treasury and was created to review and update a list of best practices and strategies that will assist an underfunded local unit of government in developing a corrective action plan, and to review and vote on the approval of an action plan submitted by a local unit of government.  

   

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

 

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