Michigan.gov press release:
Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to 18 boards and committees
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced 29 appointments and reappointments to multiple boards and committees.
“I thank these individuals for their devotion to the residents of Michigan,” Snyder said. “The appointees each have a wide variety of experience that will be helpful in continuing Michigan’s success for future generations."
Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Sue Snyder of Ann Arbor is currently Michigan’s First Lady. In 2015, she launched the Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault initiative with the goal of changing the culture surrounding campus sexual assault in Michigan. Snyder has since hosted four statewide educational summits to raise awareness and partnered with the Michigan State Police to create the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program to help institutions develop innovative, evidence-based prevention strategies. Under Gov. Snyder’s leadership and with bipartisan support from the Michigan Legislature, more than $2.5 million in General Fund dollars have been allocated to this program since 2015. Snyder also convened a workgroup of experts to create a resource handbook and website for sexual assault survivors, their family and friends in addition to developing a roadmap of best practices for prevention on campus. Most recently, Snyder helped launch Michigan’s first sexual assault hotline that provides 24/7, free and confidential counseling to all survivors of sexual assault and abuse. She will replace Jacqueline Schafer.
Thomas Cameron of Northville Township is the District 1 judge of the Michigan First District Court of Appeals and serves as the Criminal Justice Bureau chief for the Michigan Department of Attorney General. He previously served as the 3rd Circuit Court judge in Wayne County. Cameron earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western Michigan University and a law degree from Wayne State University Law School.
Elizabeth Hines of Ann Arbor is the chief judge of the 15th District Court for the city of Ann Arbor, where she primarily handles criminal cases, including a specialized domestic violence docket. She previously served as assistant prosecuting attorney for Washtenaw County. Hines earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Yvonne Brantley of Bay City is a lieutenant for the Michigan State Police in Flint and previously served as a sergeant for the Michigan State Police in Freeland. She has extensive training in sexual assault, exploitation, and domestic violence. Brantley earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Delta College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University.
Snyder will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring Dec. 4, 2020. Cameron, Hines, and Brantley will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 4, 2021. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine
Jean Hudson of Haslett is an associate small animal veterinarian for Laingsburg Animal Hospital and owns a small jewelry-making business called Woodhull Designs. She holds a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University. She will represent veterinarians and replace Anne Rice.
Hudson will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Michigan Task Force on Physician's Assistants
Christina Hopps of Rockford is a vascular surgery physician assistant for the vein center of Spectrum Health Medical Group and serves as a physician assistant for Mercy Health Physician Partners. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and business administration from Aquinas College and a master’s in physician assistant studies from the University of Detroit Mercy. She will represent physician’s assistants and replace Joan Eddy.
CaShawndra Range of Belleville is a physician assistant for St. Joseph Mercy Health Systems’ Neurosurgery Department in Ann Arbor and also is a physician assistant for Comprehensive Urology in Westland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology/zoology from the University of Michigan and a master’s in physician assistant studies from Emory University. She will continue to represent physician’s assistants.
Members will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board
Stacy Doctoroff of Huntington Woods is a therapist and the owner of Stacy K. Doctoroff LLPC, LLC. She served 10 years as a paralegal before pursuing a counseling career. Doctoroff holds a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Grand Valley State University and a master’s in counseling from Oakland University. She will represent mental health professionals and replace Lori Ryland.
Jayashree Kommareddi of Grand Blanc is the part time office manager for Prasad Kommareddi, MD. She currently serves on the boards of the Mott Children's Health Center in Flint and at Genesee County's Free Medical Clinic. She previously served as chair of the human trafficking initiative of the Michigan Women's Commission. Kommareddi holds a master's degree in sociology from Delhi University in India. She will continue to serve as chair at the pleasure of the Governor and represent individuals with experience and expertise in the field of intervention in or prevention of human trafficking or treatment of human trafficking survivors.
Sheila Meshinski of Macomb is the staff development instructor for emergency services at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. She also serves as a staff registered nurse for the emergency department of the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan and is an instructor for emergency and critical care nursing at Oakland University. Meshinski holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nazareth College. She will continue to represent registered professional nurses with experience in an emergency department, emergency room or trauma center of a hospital.
Members will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2022.
Michigan Board of Psychology
Mindy Bradish-Orta of Leslie is president and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO of Experience Jackson, and president and CEO of Anchor Initiative. She also hosts “Living Today” on WILX TV 10, where she interviews guests on topics ranging from health and fitness, to home improvement and entertainment. Bradish-Orta earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies from Kalamazoo College. She will represent the general public and replace Dennis Keyes.
Bradish-Orta will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
Matthew Hartig of Marshall is a Calhoun County Deputy Sheriff and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Olivet College. He will serve as the nominee of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Michigan and replace Brian Earle.
Hartig will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Michigan Board of Cosmetology
Kelly Coffee-Tavi of East Lansing is an administrative assistant to Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and previously served as a legislative intern in the office of Congressman Fred Upton. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University. Coffee-Tavi will represent the general public and replace Andrea Schroeder.
Cindy Straley of Alpena is the owner of TRU Salon and Beauty Store of Suite Salon Spa in Alpena. She previously owned Inspire Salon Spa in Alpena and was a distributor sales consultant for ManocoBlue. Straley is a graduate of the Alpena Hollywood School of Beauty. She will represent cosmetologists and replace Angela River.
Members will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Electrical Administrative Board
Robert Werbrouck of Wyoming is the vice president of business development at Consolidated Electrical Contractors and earned his electrical apprenticeship from Grand Rapids Community College. He will represent electrical journeymen and replace Ernest Harju.
Scott Weaver will serve as chair at the pleasure of the Governor.
Werbrouck will serve a four-year term expiring July 31, 2022. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Electronic Recording Commission
Justin Roebuck of West Olive is the county clerk and register of deeds for Ottawa County and previously served as the elections coordinator for the Ottawa County Clerk. He serves as co-chair of the Michigan Association of County Clerks Legislative Committee, as a board member of the Zeeland Historical Society and as a member of the United County Officers Association and the Michigan Association of Register of Deeds Legislative Committee. Roebuck holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Hillsdale College. He will continue to represent county registers of deeds.
Roebuck will serve a two-year term expiring January 1, 2021.
Michigan Board of Massage Therapy
Carolyn Harden of Haslett is a senior appointments associate in the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder. She previously worked in the office of former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and attended Lansing Community College. Harden will represent the general public and replace Teresa Rivard.
Stacey Murray of Williamston is the professional development coordinator for the Michigan House of Representatives human resources. She previously served as a policy liaison for former Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, director of external affairs for former Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, and the Senate Majority special projects and fundraising director for former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop. Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources communication from Michigan State University. She will represent the general public and fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judy Robinson.
Harden and Murray will serve the remainder of four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2020, respectively.
Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
Madeline Timmer of Portland is a strategy advisor/executive assistant in the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder. She previously was president of Two Rivers Public Affairs, of counsel for The Sterling Corporation, and the finance director for the House Republican Campaign Committee. Timmer holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University. She will represent the general public and replace Carolyn Harden.
Timmer will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring June 30, 2022. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Board of Boiler Rules
Brian Zayler of Greenville is the district sales manager for Lochinvar, LLC and previously owned and operated Zayler’s Plumbing and Heating for over 15 years. He earned his associate degree in applied sciences in electronics programming from Ferris State University. He will represent water tube boiler manufacturers and fill a vacancy.
Zayler will serve a four-year term expiring July 31, 2021. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Michigan Board of Physical Therapy
Morgan Kennedy of Ann Arbor is a licensed physical therapist assistant for Probility Physical Therapy in Howell. She holds an associate degree as a physical therapy assistant from Baker College and a bachelor’s degree in clinical exercise science from Grand Valley State University. She will represent physical therapist assistants and replace Barbara Simmons.
Kennedy will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Public Health Advisory Council
James Baker of Three Rivers is the public services director and city engineer for Kalamazoo. He has more than 16 years of municipal experience in water resources and served a key role in connecting the city of Parchment to the Kalamazoo public drinking water earlier this year. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Western Michigan University and will represent local directors of public works and replace Douglas La Fave.
Rory Lafferty of Canton is the director of government affairs for Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a nonprofit health plan in Detroit, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University. He will represent a non-profit health or environmental organization and replace Jesse Thomas.
Members will serve four-year terms expiring Nov. 1, 2022.
Ski Area Safety Board
Matthew Torreano of Marquette is an outreach specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is an avid skier who previously worked as a ski instructor at Marquette Mountain. Torreano earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Northern Michigan University. He will represent public members from the Upper Peninsula with ski experience and replace James Grundstrom.
Torreano will serve a four-year term expiring June 8, 2022. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Michigan Board of Speech Language Pathology
Jodi Waldman of Okemos is a licensed speech-language pathologist and the owner of Waldman Speech Therapy, LLC. She also serves as a speech-language pathologist for Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center and as clinical faculty for the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. Waldman holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University. She will continue to represent professionals.
Waldman will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Correctional Officers’ Training Council
Christopher Mills of Grand Rapids is a media and external relations specialist for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and currently serves on the Kent County Community Corrections Advisory Board. Mills holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Calvin College. He will represent the general public and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Steven Rand.
Mills will serve a three-year term expiring March 29, 2021.
Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board
Kyle Weber of Watervliet is a sixth-generation owner and general operations manager for Weber Orchards and a supervisor of Wise Farms & Storage, an apple packinghouse. He also is an executive assistant for MM Farms, which grows asparagus, cucumbers, apples, and peaches. Weber holds an associate degree in agricultural business management from Michigan State University and will continue to represent growers-at-large.
Dwight Fuehring of Mears is the owner/operator of Fuehring Farms, LLC, as well as the assistant chief of the Hart Fire Department. Fuehring holds a certificate in agricultural science, fruit and vegetable production from Michigan State University and will continue to represent North-Central Michigan growers.
Members will serve three-year terms to expire Nov. 13, 2021. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
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