Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to committees

Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced a range of appointments and reappointments to multiple boards and committees. Several of the appointments included lawyers and judges.

“I thank each individual for their service to the state of Michigan,” Snyder said. “These boards and committees help ensure the Michiganders are given the opportunity to live a higher quality of life.”

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Criminal Justice Policy Commission

Reappointments:

Jennifer Strange of Traverse City is a behavioral health program manager for Traverse Health Clinic and previously was a clinical social worker with the Michigan Department of Corrections and an adjunct instructor at Baker College of Cadillac and Grand Valley State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social and criminal justice and master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Additionally, she earned a master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She will continue to represent mental health professionals.

Paul Stutesman of Three Rivers is chief judge of the 45th Circuit Court in St. Joseph County. He was first appointed in 2005, after spending a decade in private practice. Stutesman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University and a law degree from DePaul University. He will continue to represent circuit court judges.

Sheryl Kubiak of Milford is the dean for the School of Social Work at Wayne State University and previously served as a professor at Michigan State University. Her areas of specialty include jails and prisons, interpersonal violence and sexual assault and mental health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Madonna University, and a master’s in social work and doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan. She will continue to represent the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring March 1, 2022.

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Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect

Appointments:

Lisa Sullivan of DeWitt is a probate and family division judge in Clinton County and serves as a member of the Michigan Probate Judges Association Executive Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a secondary teaching certificate from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She will represent judges and attorneys and replace Dorene Allen.

Rachel Rancilio of Fennville was elected as a family and juvenile division judge for the Macomb County Circuit Court on Nov. 8, 2016 and previously served as a partner in the law firm of Fischer, Garon, Hoyumpa & Rancilio. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and a law degree from Wayne State University School of Law. She will represent adult former child victims of child abuse or neglect and fill a vacancy.

Reappointments:

Sterling Riethman of Kalamazoo is a marketing specialist at Bell’s Brewery. She previously served as a board member for the Downtown Kalamazoo Retail & Restaurant Association, a task force member of Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated, and as a member of the junior leadership committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Riethman holds a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and will continue to represent adult former child victims of child abuse or neglect.

Tana Bridge of Canton is a professor of social work and the director of the master’s program at Eastern Michigan University. Bridge holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s in social work from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in theoretical evaluation and research from Wayne State University. She will continue to represent mental health professionals.

Frederick Gruber of Riverview is the co-founder and executive director of Michigan Children’s Law Center, a group of 25 attorneys who represent children in neglect and delinquency cases in the Wayne County Juvenile Court, custody cases in the Wayne County Family Court, and in delinquency and custody cases in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Gruber earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wayne State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Cheryl Lohmeyer of Monroe is a Monroe County probate judge and previously served as a member of the Monroe County Child Protective Attorney Consortium. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She will continue to represent judges and attorneys.

Tana Bridge will serve as chair for a term expiring at the pleasure of the Governor.

Members will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

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Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

Appointments:

Matthew Hauser of Redford is director of legal affairs for Spartan Consulting, Inc., founder and president of X Enterprises, manager of Benson Diamond Jewelers and a law clerk for the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Complex Litigation Division. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and is working toward a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration at Michigan State University. He will represent the general public and replace Steve Ebben.

Walker Foland of Grand Blanc is an emergency physician for Covenant Health Care, a clinical assistant professor at Central Michigan University Medical School and serves on clinical faculty at Michigan State University. He also serves as a SWAT team physician and a Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) instructor for the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office. Foland was named 2018 Physician of the Year by the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians. He holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Michigan State University. He will represent physicians and replace David Waterson.

Reappointment:

Craig Glines of Riverview is the designated institutional official at Beaumont Hospital – Farmington Hills as well as the designated institutional official, director of medical education, chief of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Beaumont Hospital - Trenton. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Michigan Osteopathic Association. Glines holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, a master’s in business administration from Madonna University, and a doctorate in osteopathy from Michigan State University. He will continue to represent physicians.

Hauser will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2021. Foland and Glines will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force

Reappointments:

Jon Cool of Grand Rapids is the president of the Michigan Railroads Association and previously served as a legislative liaison for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and will continue to represent a member of a statewide freight railroad association nominated by the president of the association.

Katie Jones of Northville is regional counsel for the North Central region of Michigan for Allstate Insurance Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. She will continue to represent a member of a statewide property and casualty insurance association, nominated by the president or chief executive officer of the association.

Michael Olson of Battle Creek is the public safety director for Emmett Charter Township and previously served in the roles of public safety director for the City of Marshall, as the director of training operations for Homeland Security Corporation and served with the Michigan Department of State Police. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public service administration from Sienna Heights University.

Robert (Bob) Sweeney of St. Ignace is the chief executive officer of the Mackinac Bridge Authority since 2002 and has been with the Department of Transportation for more than 22 years. Sweeney holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University. He will continue to represent a member nominated by the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

Scott Baldwin of Fort Gratiot is a sergeant for the patrol division at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office. He holds an associate degree in criminal justice from St. Clair Community College and a certifiable police officer certificate from the Macomb Basic Police Academy. He is the nominee of the president of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and will continue to represent county sheriffs.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring July 31, 2022.
 

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