Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

21 June, 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 Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs CommissionMichigan Corn Marketing Program CommitteeMichigan Historical CommissionMichigan Wheat Promotion CommitteeLarge Carnivore Breeding Advisory Committee, Board of Law Examiners, Human Trafficking Health Advisory BoardCommission on Middle Eastern American Affairsand the Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Advisory Council (MI-STEM Council) 

 

Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission 

 

Ronny Chiangof Bloomfield Hills, is the vice chairman and co-founder of BEET, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the National Taipei Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Master of Business Administration from The City University of New York. Mr. Chiang is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring November 30, 2023. He succeeds Amina Iqbal who has resigned 

 

Hoa Dinh, of Shelby Township, is an engineering manager for Ford Motor Company. He is the president of the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University and Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Mr. Dinh is reappointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring November 30, 2025. 

 

Annum Ghayas, of Rochester Hills, is the director of enterprise financial planning and analysis for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She is the founder of the Asian Pacific Employee Resource Network and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. Miss Ghayas is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring November 30, 2025. She succeeds Ryan Rosario whose term expired November 30, 2021.  

 

Rebeka Islam, of Sterling Heights, is the executive director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote-Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. Ms. Islam is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring November 30, 2025. She succeeds Chandragupta Padmanabha Acharya whose term expired November 20, 2021.  

 

Kavy Lenonof Norton Shores, is the manager of supplier diversity for Meijer, Inc. She is a member of the West Michigan Asian American Association, president of the Lao Lahanam Association of Holland, and a corporate advisor for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan. Ms. Lenon is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring November 30, 2023. She succeeds Mehruba Akhtar who has resigned. 

 

Suchiraphon McKeithen-Polish, Ph.D., of Sterling Heights, is a bilingual education consultant, program director, and Title III director for the Macomb Intermediate School District. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University, master’s degree from the University of Colorado-Denver, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Francisco State University. Dr. McKeithen-Polish is reappointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring November 30, 2025. 

 

Caroline Pollyof Washington, is the chief operator of Thai Feast, LLC and the bookkeeper and human resources for Bangkok 96 Foodservice. She is the secretary for the Michigan Hmong Woman Association and she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Walsh College. Mrs. Polly is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring November 30, 2025. She succeeds Adi Sathi whose term expired November 30, 2021.  

 

The Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission's (MAPAAC) vision is to be an exemplary commission by adding public value to the State of Michigan and the Asian Pacific American community, by fully engaging Asian Pacific Americans across the state.   

  

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

 

Michigan Corn Marketing Program Committee 

 

Kory R. Brodbeckof Woodland, is the co-manager of Brodbeck Farms. Mr. Brodbeck is reappointed to represent District 5 growers for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring May 5, 2025. 

 

Paul B. Wagnerof Grawnis a partner with Wagner Farms, LLC. Mr. Wagner is reappointed to represent District 9 growers for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring May 5, 2025. 

 

The Michigan Corn Marketing Program Committee enhances the economic position of Michigan corn growers by providing for the growth and expansion of the corn industry in Michigan through foreign and domestic market development, promotion, and research that will stimulate the demand for corn.    

 

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

 

Michigan Historical Commission 

 

Delia M. Fernandez-Jones, Ph.D., of Lansing, is an assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of History and core faculty in Chicano and Latino Studies. She holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in History from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Grand Valley State University. Dr. Fernandez-Jones is reappointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring May 21, 2026. 

 

The Michigan Historical Commission was established in 1913 and advises the director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on the museum, archival, and other programs of the Michigan Historical Center.   

 

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

 

Michigan Wheat Promotion Committee 

 

Anthony G. Bohac, of Owosso, is the owner of Bohac FarmsHe received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Alma College and Master of Secondary Education from Central Michigan University. Mr. Bohac is reappointed to represent District 6 growers for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring May 31, 2025. 

 

Brad Kamprath, of Ida, is the co-manager of Kamprath FarmsHe holds a certificate in agricultural technologies from Michigan State University. Mr. Kamprath is reappointed to represent District 3 growers for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring May 31, 2025. 

 

Brent Wagnerof Grawnis the owner of Wagner Farms, LLC. He holds an associates degree in automotive technologies from Northwestern Michigan CollegeMr. Wagner is reappointed to represent District 8 growers for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring May 31, 2025. 

 

The Michigan Wheat Promotion Committee seeks to promote the production and consumption of wheat grown in Michigan and assists in the agricultural research and development of wheat products.     

 

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

 

Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board 

 

James E. Blessman, M.D., of Orchard Lake, is an assistant professor in the Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Michigan State University. Dr. Blessman is reappointed to represent individuals licensed to practice medicine and recommended by the Speaker of the House. He will serve for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring December 31, 2025. 

 

Dena Nazer, M.D., of Detroit, is the medical director and child abuse pediatrician for Kids TALK Children’s Advocacy Center Medical Clinic and an associate professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University. She earned her medical degree from the University of Jordan. Dr. Nazer is appointed to represent individuals licensed to practice medicine and recommended by the Senate Majority Leader for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring December 31, 2025. She succeeds Subburaman Sivakumar whose term expired December 31, 2021.  

 

The Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board was established to collect and analyze information concerning medical and mental health services available to survivors of human trafficking, identify state, federal and local agencies that are involved with issues relating to human trafficking, and coordinate the dissemination of information concerning medical and mental health services available to survivors of human trafficking in this state. The Board may establish a program to improve public awareness of medical and mental health services available to survivors of human trafficking in this state.   

 

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

 

Large Carnivore Breeding Advisory Committee 

 

Hayley Murphy, DVM, of Farmington Hills, is the CEO and executive director of the Detroit Zoological Society and the director of the Great Ape Heart Project. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences from Cornell University. Dr. Murphy is appointed to represent a member of a public zoo for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring June 21, 2026. She succeeds Ronald Kagan who has resigned. 

 

Diane Thompson, of Marshall, is the president and CEO of Binder Park Zoo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Siena Heights University and a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University. Ms. Thompson is reappointed to represent a member of a private zoo for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring June 21, 2026. 

 

The Large Carnivore Breeding Advisory Committee was created to advise the Department of Agricultural and Rural Development on applications for a breeding license. The Committee consistof the state veterinarian, who shall serve as chairperson, and two members appointed by the Governor. 

 

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

 

Board of Law Examiners 

 

Earl Johnsonof Shelby Township, is associate general counsel for North American Bancard, LLCHe earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University. Mr. Johnson is appointed for a term commencing July 12022 and expiring June 30, 2027. He succeeds Eric Pelton whose term expires June 30, 2022.   

 

Brittany M. Schultz, of Birmingham, is in-house counsel for Ford Motor Company. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Ms. Schultz is appointed for a term commencing July 12022 and expiring June 30, 2024. She succeeds Candice Moore who has resigned. 

 

The Board of Law Examiners is responsible the investigation and examination of all persons who initially apply for admission to the bar of this state. The Board may adopt suitable regulations, subject to approval by the Supreme Court, concerning the performance of its functions and duties.   

 

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

 

Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs 

 

Nabeleh Ghareeb, of Plymouth, is a business consultant and project manager for non-profit agencies and the former president of the Arab American Women Business Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Toledo. Ms. Ghareeb is reappointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring April 19, 2026. 

 

Zane S. Hatahet, of Chelsea, is legal counsel for Magna Electronics, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Hatahet is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring April 19, 2026. He succeeds Manal Saab whose term expired April 19, 2022.  

 

Najib B. Hourani, Ph.D., of Lansing, is an associate professor at the Michigan State University Department of Anthropology and Global Urban Studies program. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from New York University, Master of Arts in Political Science from Tulane University, and Master of Arts in Middle East and North African Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Dr. Hourani is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring April 19, 2025. He succeeds Susan Dabaja who has resigned. 

 

Haley A. Jonna, of Keego Harbor, is a co-owner of Pillar Construction Company, LLC and a developer and project manager for Jonna Properties, LLC. She is a member of the board of directors of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and the Chaldean Community FoundationShe holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Oakland University and a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Ms. Jonna is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring April 19, 2026. She succeeds Michael Romaya whose term expired April 19, 2022.  

 

Adhid Y. Miri, Ph.D., of Bloomfield Hills, is the director of special projects for the Chaldean Community Foundation. He earned his Ph.D. in Hydrocarbons Chemistry from Brunel University and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Baghdad University. Dr. Miri is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring April 19, 2026. He succeeds Martin Manna whose term expired April 19, 2022.  

 

Alexandra Nassar, of Grand Blanc, is an attorney and owner of Alexandra Nassar, PLLC. She is the president of the Arab American Heritage Council and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan-Flint and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Miss Nassar is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring April 19, 2023. She succeeds succeeding Nabeel Obeid who has resigned. 

 

Suzanne K. Sukkar, of Ypsilanti, is a member at Dickinson Wright PLLC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Michigan and Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Ms. Sukkar is reappointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring April 19, 2026. Ms. Sukkar has served as the Chair of the Commission since 2021 and she will continue serving as Chair.  

 

The Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs advises the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and the Governor on issues relating to the Arab and Chaldean communities in Michigan and promotes awareness of their culture and history. They also work to empower, promote, and advance the Middle Eastern American community in Michigan. 

 

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

 

Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Advisory Council (MI-STEM Council) 

 

Heidi Maltby-Skodack, of Traverse City, is the director of school improvement for the Traverse City Area Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Science in Technical Education Administration from Ferris State University. Ms. Maltby-Skodack is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring September 30, 2023. She succeeds Jacqueline Huntoon who has resigned.  

 

Rema Reynolds Vassar, Ph.D., of Detroit, is an associate professor of leadership and counseling at Eastern Michigan University and an elected member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Michigan University, Master of Science in School Counseling and Educational Leadership from National University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Schooling from the University of California. Dr. Reynolds Vassar is appointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring September 30, 2025. She succeeds Mary Bacon whose term expired September 30, 2021.  

 

Wendy Winston, of Grand Rapids, is a middle and high school math teacher for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in Mathematics from Western Michigan University. Mrs. Winston is reappointed for a term commencing June 21, 2022 and expiring September 30, 2025. 

 

The MI-STEM Council is tasked with recommending measures to ensure effective communications, collaboration, and joint objectives among state departments and agencies with responsibilities relating to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. 

 

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

 


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