Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

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July 28, 2022

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Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments to the Michigan Board of Architects, Michigan Blueberry Commission, Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board, Michigan-Indiana State Line Commission, Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority Board of Directors, Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority Board of Directors, Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan Women’s Commission, Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board, Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Board of Trustees.

Michigan Board of Architects

Matthew Slagle, of Grand Rapids, is a senior designer and director for TowerPinkster’s K-12 education division. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado. Mr. Slagle is reappointed to represent architects for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring March 31, 2026.

Johnnie Wilson, of Sterling Heights, is a support coordinator for JOAK American Homes. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University and currently attends Oakland University to receive her applied behavioral analysis degree. Ms. Wilson is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring March 31, 2026. She succeeds Joseph Welmers whose term expired on March 31, 2022.

The Michigan Board of Architects was created under Article 20 of Public Act 299 of 1980, as amended, to regulate the practice of architecture, which is defined as “professional services, such as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design, review of materials and completed phases of work in construction, alteration or repair in connection with a public or private structure, building, equipment, works or project, when the professional service requires the application of a principle of architecture or architectural design.”

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

Michigan Blueberry Commission

Eric R. Jawor, of Muskegon, is a partner owner of Jawor Brothers Blueberries. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. Mr. Jawor is reappointed to represent District 1 for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring December 31, 2024.

David M. Reenders, of Grand Haven, is the owner and president of Crossroads Blueberry Farm. He has received an associate’s degree in business management from Muskegon Community College. Mr. Reenders is appointed to represent District 1 for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring December 31, 2024. He succeeds Shelly Hartman whose term expired December 31, 2021.

Jason Thomas, of Grand Junction, is a 4th generation farmer and owner of Thomas Blueberries Incorporated. He attended Western Michigan University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications, the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana where he received a Master of Arts in Mexican Literature of the 20th Century, and California Institute of Integral Studies where he received a Master of Arts in Integrative Health Studies. Mr. Thomas is appointed to represent District 2 for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring December 31, 2024. He succeeds Cheryl Sullins whose term expired December 31, 2021.

The Michigan Blueberry Commission is housed within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and was created through the farmer-initiated process outlined in the Agricultural Commodities Marketing Act. The Commission was created with the goal of improving the economic position and competitiveness of the Michigan blueberry industry by supporting research, education, and promotion programs.

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

Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board

Elizabeth D. Boyd, of Lansing, is the owner of Liz Boyd Public Relations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Master of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University. Ms. Boyd is appointed to represent the business community for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring October 1, 2025. She succeeds Rob Fowler whose term expired October 1, 2021.

Gilda Jacobs, of Huntington Woods, is recently retired after serving as the CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan. Ms. Jacobs is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring October 1, 2025. She succeeds Keith Pretty whose term expired October 1, 2021.

Rev. Dr. Jimmy Womack, of Detroit, is a retired anesthesiologist and a former State Representative and Detroit School Board member. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dillard University, Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, and his medical degree from Meharry Medical College. Rev. Dr. Womack is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring October 1, 2025. He succeeds Tim Damschroder whose term expired October 1, 2021.

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board was created by the Nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act. The Fund’s purpose is to benefit health and wellness through funding of programs for minor children and seniors through the state with a significant focus on infant mortality, wellness and fitness programs, access to healthy food, technology enhancements, health-related transportation needs, and foodborne illness prevention.

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

Michigan-Indiana State Line Commission

John G. Kamer, of Eau Claire, currently serves as the Berrien County surveyor, a position he has held since 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in surveying from Ferris State University. Mr. Kamer is appointed to represent a licensed surveyor who is a resident of Berrien County. He will serve for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring July 28, 2024.

Michael Lodzinski, of Cement City, is the Hillsdale County surveyor, a position he has held since 2005. He is also the owner of Lodzinski & Associates and holds a bachelor’s degree in surveying from The Ohio State University. Mr. Lodzinski is appointed to represent a licensed surveyor who is a resident of Hillsdale County. He will serve for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring July 28, 2024.

Christian F. Marbach, of Edwardsburg, is the president of Marbach, Brady & Weaver. He is a licensed professional surveyor in both Michigan and Indiana and holds a bachelor’s degree in land surveying engineering from Purdue University. Mr. Marbach is appointed to represent a licensed surveyor who is a resident of Cass County. He will serve for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring July 28, 2024.

David W. Mostrom, of Sturgis, currently serves as the vice president of Mostrom & Associates Incorporated. He received his Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying from Ferris State University. Mr. Mostrom is appointed to represent a licensed surveyor who is a resident of St. Joseph County. He will serve for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring July 28, 2024

The Michigan Indiana State Line Commission was created in 2022 and has been tasked with administering a survey and remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana state line. The committee shall recover or reestablish monuments at the mileposts and intermediate monument control points of the Michigan-Indiana state line as established in the 1827 federal survey that defined that line. The commission also shall recover or reestablish monuments at the posts originally set at or near the shores of lakes and large rivers of the Michigan-Indiana state line. The commission shall review the survey upon completion of each milepost.

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

Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority Board of Directors

Richard Bratschi, of Williamson, is the owner and operator of the Lake Lansing Road Mobil Service, Inc. He is a member of the Lansing Township Downtown Development Authority. Mr. Bratschi is reappointed to represent independent petroleum marketers for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring May 25, 2025.

Jennifer K. McKay, of Petoskey, is the policy director for Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council with 17 years of professional experience in environmental policymaking. She graduated from Michigan State University with a political science degree. Ms. McKay is reappointed to represent an individual from a statewide environmental organization. She will serve for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring May 25, 2025.

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.

Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority Board of Directors

MaryAnne P. Shannon, Ph.D., of Sault Ste. Marie, is a retired professor of nursing for Sault College. She is a veteran medical corpsman for the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and a founding member of the American Legion Mackinac Island Post #299. Dr. Shannon earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. She is reappointed to represent members with professional knowledge, skill, or experience in long-term care, health care licensure or finance, or medicine who represent the interests of one or more congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations. She will serve for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring April 15, 2026.

The Michigan Veterans’ Facilities Board of Directors exercises certain regulatory and governance authority regarding admission and member affairs at Michigan’s two veterans’ homes. The Board of Directors represents the interest of the veterans’ community in both advisory and advocacy roles.

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

Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine

Evette Chavez, of Lansing, is currently a fiscal and human resources officer in the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan State University. She has earned certificates from Lansing Community College and the Lansing Computer Institute. Ms. Chavez is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring December 31, 2025. She succeeds Peter Levine whose term expired on December 31, 2021.

The Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine works with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to oversee the practice of veterinary medicine and ascertain minimal entry level competency of health practitioners. The Public Health Code mandates certain responsibilities and duties for a health professional licensing board. Underlying all duties is the responsibility of the Board to promote and protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

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

Michigan Women’s Commission

Lisa K. Cawley, of Ann Arbor, is the managing director for the Health & Public Service Industry Group at Accenture, LLP. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Ms. Cawley is appointed for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring July 15, 2025. She succeeds JoAnn Chavez whose term expired July 15, 2022.

Charity Dean, of Detroit, is the president and CEO of the Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Mrs. Dean is reappointed for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring July 15, 2025.

Muna Jondy, of Flint, is currently the sole practitioner for the Law Office of Muna Jondy and has run her practice since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Manitoba Law School, and a Masters of Laws in Public Law from Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Jondy is reappointed for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring July 15, 2025.

D. Sue Townsel, of West Bloomfield, is the manager for pediatric oncology at Beaumont Health. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Wayne State University. Ms. Townsel is appointed for a term commencing July 28, 2022 and expiring July 15, 2025. She succeeds Whitney Gravelle whose term expired July 15, 2022.

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