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    Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

    LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the following appointments to the Commission on Services to the Aging, Michigan Board of Cosmetology, Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators, Michigan Board of Optometry, Michigan Board of Real Estate Appraisers, Michigan Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons, Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission, and the Michigan Public Safety Communications Interoperability Board.

    Commission on Services to the Aging

    Mark G. Bomberg, of Gladstone, is the former director of the U.P. Long-Term Care Division for the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress, where he retired after 34 years of service in 2018. Mr. Bomberg volunteers with the Delta County United Way and Rotary Club. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. Mr. Bomberg is reappointed to represent Republicans for a term commencing July 29, 2020 and expiring July 28, 2023.

    Nancy W. Duncan, of Lansing, is the former deputy state budget director, a position she held from 1998 until 2017. Ms. Duncan is a board member for the Michigan League for Public Policy and volunteers with the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing and Sparrow Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Albion College. Ms. Duncan is reappointed to represent Independents for a term commencing July 29, 2020 and expiring July 28, 2023.

    Walid A. Gammouh, of Macomb, is a social work consultant with the Arab American and Chaldean Council and an associate pastor with the Arabic Evangelical Alliance Church. He holds a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University. Mr. Gammouh is appointed to represent Republicans for a term commencing July 29, 2020 and expiring July 28, 2023. He succeeds Olusola Matthew Adeyanju whose term expires July 28, 2020.

    Michael L. Pohnl, of East Lansing, is the former deputy director of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency. Mr. Pohnl volunteers as a cook in Lansing-area homeless shelters. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University. Mr. Pohnl is appointed to represent Independents for a term commencing July 29, 2020 and expiring July 28, 2023. He succeeds Renee Cortright whose term expires July 28, 2020.

    Kristie E. Zamora, of Flint, is the arts, culture and film coordinator for Oakland County, editor of the Oakland County Prosper, and chair of the Michigan State Advisory Council on Aging. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Art History from Kalamazoo College. Ms. Zamora is reappointed to represent Independents for a term commencing July 29, 2020 and expiring July 28, 2023.

    The Commission on Services to the Aging advises the Governor and Legislature on coordination and administration of state programs, changes in federal and state programs, and the nature and magnitude of aging priorities. The Commission also reviews and approves grants made by OSA and participates in development of the state plan and budget as required by the federal Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended.

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

    Michigan Board of Cosmetology

    Fletcher Bland, of Detroit, is a pastor at Right Hands of Fellowship International Ministries in Detroit and a contract parliamentarian with the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He attended the labor studies program at Wayne State University. Mr. Bland is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. He succeeds Kelly Coffee-Tavi who has resigned.

    The Michigan Board of Cosmetology was created to license and regulate the practice of cosmetology in Michigan. The statute defines cosmetology as one of the following services or a combination of the following services: hair care services, skin care services, manicuring services, and electrology. The members of the cosmetology industry who are licensed by the department include public and private schools of cosmetology, beauty shops, cosmetologists, manicurists, cosmetology instructors, electrologists, estheticians, and natural hair culturists.

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

    Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators

    Daryl K. Henderson, II, of Southfield, is the vice president of operations for Pioneer Healthcare Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University. Mr. Henderson is appointed to represent nursing home administrators for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024. He succeeds Kimberly Kimbrough-Wozniak whose term expired June 30, 2020.

    Paul D. Pruitt, of Spring Lake, is the chief operating officer for Mission Point Healthcare Services. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornerstone University. Mr. Pruitt is appointed to represent nursing home administrators for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024. He succeeds Margaret Chatti whose term expired June 30, 2020.

    Rita D. Williams, of Detroit, is a budget analyst for Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Williams is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024. She succeeds Kristine Dozeman whose term expired June 30, 2020.

    The Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators was created to license nursing home administrators who plan, organize, direct, and control the total operation of nursing homes on behalf of the governing board or owner of a nursing home. The Board promotes and protects the public’s health, safety, and welfare by ascertaining minimal entry-level competency of nursing home administrators.

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

    Michigan Board of Optometry

    Robert S. Buckingham, O.D., Ph.D., of Big Rapids, is the director of institutional research at Alderson Broaddus University, an adjunct faculty member at Michigan College of Optometry, and director of basketball operations at Ferris State University. He earned his Doctor of Optometry Degree at Ferris State College of Optometry and Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Western Michigan University. Dr. Buckingham is appointed to represent optometrists for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024. He succeeds John Kaminski whose term expired June 30, 2020.

    Velma J. Overman, of Inkster, is the executive director of Operation Refuge, a non-profit food pantry in Inkster. She is also a pastor of outreach at Christ Temple City of Refuge in Inkster and 1st vice president of the Western Wayne County NAACP. Mrs. Overman is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2022. She succeeds Thomas Terres who has resigned.

    Bradley W. Taylor, D.O., of Saint Helen, is an optometrist with Ostego Family Vision. Dr. Taylor recently retired as the chief of Ophthalmic Services and a Lieutenant Colonel with the Air National Guard after over 20 years of service. He earned his Doctor of Optometry from Ferris State College of Optometry. Dr. Taylor is appointed to represent optometrists for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024. He succeeds Nancy Peterson-Klein whose term expired June 30, 2020.

    Samuel M. Wapner, D.O., of West Bloomfield, is a recently retired optometrist and owner of Lynn Optical Associates, P.C. in Pontiac. Dr. Wapner earned his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry and he also holds T.P.A and D.P.A certifications from the Michigan College of Optometry. Dr. Wapner is appointed to represent optometrists for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024. He succeeds Carl Powers whose term expired June 30, 2020.

    The Michigan Board of Optometry was enacted as part of the Public Health Code to license optometrists in this state. The Board promotes and protects the public’s health, safety, and welfare by ascertaining minimal entry level competency of health practitioners and verifying continuing education during licensure. The Board also has the obligation to take disciplinary action against licensees who have adversely affected the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

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

    Michigan Board of Real Estate Appraisers

    Delbert Denkins, of Berrien Springs, is the appraisal review manager and first vice president of Chemical Bank and the owner and chief appraiser at Denkins Appraisal & Consulting, LLC. He holds a master’s degree in management, strategy, and leadership from Michigan State University. Mr. Denkins is reappointed to represent certified general real estate appraisers for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024.

    Jumana Judeh, of Livonia, is the CEO of Judeh & Associates appraisal firm, a commercial and residential appraisal and consulting firm for real property. She holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University. Ms. Judeh is appointed to represent certified general real estate appraisers for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024. She succeeds Martin Wagar whose term expired June 30, 2020.

    David M. Mook, of Bay City, is a retired employment services advisor for Delta College Corporate Services and a former plant manager for General Motors. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Mr. Mook is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024. He succeeds Christian Rodriguez whose term expired June 30, 2020.

    The Michigan Board of Real Estate Appraisers works with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to oversee the practice of approximately 6,011 limited real estate appraisers, state licensed appraisers, certified general appraisers, and certified residential appraisers.

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

    Michigan Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons

    Christopher M. Germain, of Escanaba, is a realtor with Premier Real Estate, Inc., president of the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors, and a captain with the Ford River Township Fire Department. He holds an Institute One Certification from Holloway’s Real Estate Institute. Mr. Germain is appointed to represent real estate brokers and salespersons for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2021. He succeeds Sara Storch-Lipnitz who has resigned.

    Christian Rodriguez, of East Lansing, is a consultant with MDG Associates. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University. Mr. Rodriguez is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2021. He succeeds Patrick Dean who has resigned.

    Natalie J. Rowe, of Kalamazoo, is a real estate broker and owner of RE/MAX Advantage in Portage. She is the District 6 director for the Michigan Realtors and chair of the Michigan Realtors Broker Summit Task Force. Ms. Rowe is reappointed to represent real estate brokers and salespersons for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024.

    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 Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission

    Ronald L. Griffin, of Roscommon, is the Wayne County chaplain and a pastor at Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ. He holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Wayne State University. Reverend Griffin is appointed to represent a member who is a police chaplain for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024. He succeeds Ken Rochell whose term expired June 30, 2020.

    Deodge M. Hill, of Canton, is a physician assistant and the CEO and co-owner of I Am Health and Wellness of Belleville. She holds a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Wayne State University. Ms. Hill is reappointed to represent a member nominated by the chief of police of a municipal police department of a municipality with a population of more than 500,000 who is a survivor of an officer of that police department killed while on duty. She will serve for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024.

    Mary D. Johnson, of Okemos, is the captain at the Michigan State University Police Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Ms. Johnson is reappointed to represent a member nominated by the Michigan State Troopers Association who is a survivor of an officer of the Michigan State Police killed while on duty. She will serve for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024.

    The Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission, created by Public Act 177 of 2004, was established to oversee the financing, design, and construction of Michigan’s Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

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

    Michigan Public Safety Communications Interoperability Board

    Sean McCarthy, of Warren, is the technical service manager for the Macomb County Office of Emergency Management. Mr. McCarthy is appointed to represent local emergency first responders for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring April 30, 2024. He succeeds Lawrence Schloegl whose term expired April 30, 2020.

    Kenneth Morris, of Lowell, is a paramedic and the executive vice president of Life E.M.S Ambulance. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Aquinas College and earned his paramedic degree from Grand Valley State University. Mr. Morris is reappointed to represent local emergency first responders for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring April 30, 2024.

    Edward B. Viverette, of North Muskegon, is the chief of the North Muskegon Police Department and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Chief Viverette is appointed to represent local emergency first responders for a term commencing July 17, 2020 and expiring April 30, 2024. He succeeds Troy Stern whose term expired April 30, 2020.

    The Michigan Public Safety Communications Interoperability Board oversees the Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), an 800/700 MHz radio system and telecommunications network that also provides public safety specific applications integrated into the network. The Board is responsible for advising the Governor on all interoperability aspects of current and future technology in the state to ensure the public safety community is well prepared today and in the future with the emergency communications ecosystem.

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

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