Muskegon woman appointed to Black Leadership Advisory Council Health Committee

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Nov. 16 made appointments to the Black Leadership Advisory Council.

In addition, advisory committees will be formed specializing in select fields, including education, community safety, health, and business.

Alexis Dye, Muskegon, communications and development manager for Hackley Community Care, chair of the Muskegon Health Disparities Coalition and a board member with Community encompass, will serve as Chair of the Health Committee.

Advisory Council members include James E. Atterberry, Sr., Benton Harbor, founder and pastor at the Brotherhood of All Nations COGIC Church; Donna L. Bell, Ph.D., Southfield, global director of technology at Ford Motor Company; Christopher Burtley, attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP; Jerry L. Clayton, Sr., Washtenaw County Sheriff; Kelli A. Ellsworth Etchison, East Lansing, chief marketing & diversity officer for LAFCU; Justin N. Onwenu, Detroit, an environmental justice organizer for Sierra Club; Kelsey Perdue, Grand Rapids, project director of Kids Count in Michigan for the Michigan League of Public Policy; Kathy Purnell, Ph.D., Kalamazoo, a staff attorney with Justice for Our Neighbors-Michigan; Rochelle Riley, Detroit,  director of arts and culture for the City of Detroit; Theresa Roach, Flint, program director of active communities for the Crim Fitness Foundation; Joel Rutherford, Warren, chair of the Official Democratic Black Caucus of Macomb County; Michele Samuels, Farmington Hills, vice president,  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Seydi Sarr, Detroit, founder of the African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs (ABISA); Michelle Sourie Robinson, West Bloomfield, president and CEO of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council; Carl M. Williams, Saginaw, vice president of the NAACP Saginaw Chapter; and Robert Womack, Grand Rapids, county commissioner in Kent County.

Rep. Brenda Carter, Pontiac, will serve as an honorary representative of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus.

Karen Carter, Midland, chief human resources officer and chief inclusion officer for Dow Chemical Company, will serve as Chair of the Business Leaders Committee.

The Black Leadership Advisory Council is housed in the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and will act in an advisory capacity to the Governor.

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


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