Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

29 September, 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 Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Board of DirectorsBoard of Barber ExaminersBoard of CosmetologyMichigan Board of DentistryMichigan Board of NursingMichigan State Waterways Commissionand the Municipal Stability Board. 

 

Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Board of Directors 

 

Steve Cooper, of Shelby Township, is the director of public safety for the Oak Park Police DepartmentHe holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy's 227th sessionMr. Cooper is reappointed to represent law enforcement officials for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring July 1, 2026 

 

William J. Patterson, of Lansing, is a claims coordinator for Auto Owners Insurance CompanyHe holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Western Michigan UniversityMr. Patterson is reappointed to represent auto insurance providers doing business in this state for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring July 1, 2026 

 

Nicole Quisenberry, of Ortonville, is currently retired after serving as a sergeant for the Oakland County Sheriff’s DepartmentShe holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Child Psychology from Eastern Michigan UniversityMs. Quisenberry is appointed to represent a purchaser of auto insurance in this state for a term commencing October 20, 2022, and expiring July 1, 2026She succeeds Eugene Adamczyk whose term expired July 1, 2022 

 

Daniel Pfannes, of Canton, is the deputy director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and a former undersheriff for the Wayne County Sheriff’s DepartmentHe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Supervision and Management from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from University of Detroit. Mr. Pfannes is reappointed to represent law enforcement officials for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring July 1, 2026The Governor has designated Mr. Pfannes to serve as chair of the Board.  

 

The Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority assesses the scope of the problem of motor vehicle theft, analyzes various methods of combating the problem, establishes a plan for providing financial support to combat motor vehicle theft and grants funds for theft prevention teams. 

 

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

 

Board of Barber Examiners 

 

Ali H. Alhashemi, of Dearborn, is a licensed barber and the CEO of Uppercutz BarbershopHe is also a personal barber for the Detroit Lions football team, and is the founder of The Groomed Man, a line of personal hair and body care products. Mr. Alhashemi is appointed to represent a barber who has practiced for 3 years before appointment for a term commencing October 1, 2022, and expiring September 30, 2026He succeeds Arif El-Boukari whose term expires September 30, 2022 

 

Michael Parker, of Jackson, is the owner and operator of Mikey's Barber Shop and a football coach for Parkside Middle School. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Studies from Siena Heights University, and he attended the Barber/Styling College of Lansing. Mr. Parker is appointed to represent a barber who has practiced for 3 years before appointment for a term commencing October 1, 2022, and expiring September 30, 2026He succeeds Peter Delisse whose term expires September 30, 2022 

 

Aries Rodgers, of Macomb, is the master barber for Barber Station Detroit LLC, and has been working in the profession for over 21 years. He received his associate’s degree in business from Macomb Community College. Mr. Rodgers is appointed to represent a barber who has practiced for 3 years before appointment for a term commencing October 1, 2022, and expiring September 30, 2025He succeeds Jeffrey Jenson whose term expires September 30, 2021. 

 

Phillip D. Smith III, of Brooklyn, is a licensed barber and the owner of The Grand Barbershop, LLCHe attended the Barber/Styling College of Lansing. Mr. Smith is reappointed to represent a barber who has practiced for 3 years before appointment for a term commencing September 30, 2022, and expiring September 30, 2025 

 

The Michigan Board of Barber Examiners was created to regulate the services of barbers, barber students, barber colleges, barber instructors, student instructors, and barbershops in Michigan. The statute defines a barber as a person who shaves or trims the beard of a person; cuts, trims, shampoos, relaxes, curls, permanently waves, dresses, tints, bleaches, colors, arranges, or styles the hair of a person; massages the face and head of a person; or renders personal services of a similar nature customarily done by a barber. 

 

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

 

Board of Cosmetology 

 

Dawnette M. Wessell, of Traverse City, is a licensed cosmetologist and the owner of Epiphany Salon & Spa. She is also an instructor and owner of the Epiphany Advanced Education Academy. Mrs. Wessell is appointed to represent a member who has been actively engaged in teaching cosmetology in this state for not less than 3 years immediately before appointment and who owns an interest in a school of cosmetologyShe succeeds Scott Weaver whose term expired December 31, 2021, and she will serve for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring December 31, 2025. 

 

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 Dentistry 

 

Sahar Farhat, of Dearborn, is a dental assistant and senior hygeinist for Parkwest Dental and the COO of Care DiagnosticsShe holds a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit MercyMrs. Farhat is appointed to represent dental assistants for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring June 30, 2026She succeeds Lori Barnhart whose term expired June 30, 2022 

 

Shakeel A. NiaziDDS, of Bloomfield Hills, is the owner, president, and dentist for Shakeel A. Niazi, DDS, P.C. Dr. Niazi is also the founder and director of HUDA Charitable Volunteer Clinic and an adjunct faculty member for the University of Michigan Dental School. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Northwestern University Dental School and he holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Wayne State UniversityDr. Niazi is appointed to represent dentist with health profession specialty certification who is a dental school faculty member, for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring June 30, 2026He succeeds Grace Curcuru whose term expired June 30, 2022. 

 

Irene TsengDDS, of Livonia, is the president for Irene A Tseng, DDS, P.CShe holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Michigan and she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery in General Dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Tseng is reappointed to represent dentists for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring June 30, 2026 

 

The Michigan Board of Dentistry was formed to regulate the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene, authorize dental assistants, and certify specialists in the fields of orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and oral pathology.       

 

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

 

Michigan Board of Nursing 

 

Richard Kreuzer, of Grand Rapids, is the executive director & board president for Chosen Family of MichiganHe holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ferris State UniversityMr. Kreuzer is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring June 30, 2026He succeeds Bo Garcia whose term expired June 30, 2022 

 

Lois M. McEntyre, of Noviis the general manager of customer success operations at Intuit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia, and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Northwood UniversityMs. McEntyre is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring June 30, 2026She succeeds Tori Sachs whose term expired June 30, 2022 

 

Joseph B. Thurston, of Charlotte, is the surveillance AML investigator for Firekeepers Casino and HotelHe is a veteran of the United States NavyMr. Thurston is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring June 30, 2026He succeeds Maureen Saxton whose term expired June 30, 2022 

 

The Michigan Board of Nursing was created to establish qualifications for nurse licensure, to establish standards for education and approve nurse education programs, develop, and implement criteria for assurance of continued competency, and take disciplinary action against licensees when the health, safety, and welfare of the public has been adversely affected.  

 

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

 

Michigan State Waterways Commission 

 

Elaine J. Isely, of Grand Rapids, is the deputy director for West Michigan Environmental Action CouncilShe earned her Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University, and she holds a Master of Science from Grand Valley State University and Bachelor of Science in Finance from the unviersity of MarylandMrs. Isley is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring September 18, 2024She succeeds Fred Sitkins who is appointed to represent persons residing north of Townline 16 in the Lower Peninsula.   

 

Scott E. Labonte, of Sault Ste. Marie, is the general manager in training at the Famous Soo Locks Boat ToursHe holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science from Lake Superior State UniversityCaptain Labonte is appointed to represent persons residing north of Townline 16 in the Upper Peninsula for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring September 18, 2025He succeeds Patrick Egan whose term expired September 18, 2022 

 

Candice S. Miller, of Harrison Township, is the public works commissioner for Macomb CountyShe has a long history of public service and previously served as the Harrison Township Supervisor, Macomb County Treasurer, Secretary of State, and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Miller is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring September 18, 2025She succeeds Elaine Isley whose term expired September 18, 2022. 

 

Fred Sitkins, of Traverse City, is the executive director for Inland Seas Education AssociationHe holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Central Michigan UniversityMr. Sitkins is appointed to represent persons residing north of Townline 16 in the Lower Peninsula for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring September 18, 2024He succeeds Chris Shepler who has resigned. 

 

The Michigan State Waterways Commission is responsible for the acquisition, construction, and maintenance of recreational harbors, channels, docking and launching facilities, and administration of commercial docks in the Straits of Mackinac. 

 

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

 

Municipal Stability Board 

 

Larry Steckelberg, of Leslie, is the division administrator of community services for the Michigan Department of TreasuryHe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Administration in State Agency Management from Western Michigan UniversityMr. Steckelberg is appointed to represent state officials for a term commencing September 29, 2022, and expiring May 1, 2026He succeeds Eric Scarsone whose term expired May 1, 2022 

 

The Municipal Stability Board is housed within the Michigan Department of Treasury and was created to review and update a list of best practices and strategies that will assist an underfunded local unit of government in developing a corrective action plan, and to review and vote on the approval of an action plan submitted by a local unit of government.   

 

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 


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