- What is the Commission and when do they meet? The Commission consists of 25 members appointed by the Governor. The voting members of the Commission elect one of the members to serve as chairperson of the Commission. Members serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as members of the Commission.
Carolyn Bloodworth is a 31-year employee of Consumers Energy and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation and the CMS Energy Foundation. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the foundations, Carolyn is also Director of Corporate Giving and Education for CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. Her responsibilities involve corporate charitable contribution activities, administration of the corporation's dues and memberships, oversight for the company's K-12 electric and natural gas safety education programs, and coordination of various community relations activities, including volunteer promotion and recognition. Carolyn serves on the board of directors of the Michigan FFA Association, the Council of Michigan Foundations, the Michigan Nonprofit Association and The LEAGUE Michigan, a program of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. She serves on the board of regents for Baker College - Jackson, is a member of the United Way of Jackson County's Community Solutions Coordinating Council and the Jackson Public School District's Promise Zone Authority board. She has served as a director of ConnectMichigan Alliance, Food Bank Council of Michigan, WKAR's Community Advisory Board, Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge, Jackson County's Promise to Youth Alliance, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County and the Nonprofit Network. She has been an MCSC member since 2008 and was elected as Chair in September 2011.
- Volunteer Centers of Michigan
Diana Rodriguez-Algra currently serves as the Executive Director of the Volunteer Centers of Michigan, an association that represents the 32 Volunteer Centers in Michigan. Prior to this she was the Service-Learning Coordinator for the Michigan Community Service Commission. In this role she was responsible for advancing the use of service-learning among policy and educational organizations. Her other positions have included serving as the Volunteer Services Liaison for the Family Independence Agency within the director office. Diana served for four years as the first Director of AmeriCorps State/ National programs at the Corporation for National and Community Service. In this position she oversaw the selection and distribution of over $526 million dollars in federal support for National Service Programs. Right before she left Michigan for Washington, she served as the first director of Michigan Community Service Commission established by Governor Engler in 1991. Ms. Rodriguez-Algra has been an MCSC member since 2010.
- David Andrews WILX TV-10
David is the morning news anchor on WILX TV-10 in Lansing. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point. He majored in resource management and environmental law enforcement. After college David was employed as a park ranger for the National Park Service. David went on to attend graduate school at Texas A&M University where he pursued a Masters degree in Park Planning and Design. In the middle of his Masters degree he got involved in radio and television, at which point he made a career change. He worked for three years as a news anchor/reporter at KBTX-TV in Bryan, Texas before moving to Lansing in 1986. He has been a television journalist in mid-Michigan for 17 years. Mr. Andrews has been a MCSC member since 2012.
- C.S. Mott Foundation
Kyle Caldwell is program director for C.S. Mott Foundation's Pathways Out of Poverty Program. Previously, he worked as president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, president and CEO of ConnectMichigan Alliance, executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, director of corporate and foundation relations for the Office for Institutional Advancement at Olivet College, and director of special projects for the Michigan Community Service Commission. He is a member of the National Council of Nonprofits, Points of Light, Nonprofit Vote, Starr Commonwealth, Council of Michigan Foundations Public Policy Committee, and Michigan Association of United Ways. He has been a MCSC member since 2013.
- Ionia County Commissioner
Julie Calley was elected as Ionia County Commissioner for District 7 in 2008. Within her home county, she serves on the Ionia County Community Mental Health Board Authority, the Community Corrections Board, the Tax Allocation Board, and the Board of Public Works. Prior to her time in the public sector, she spent a decade employed in residential and commercial property management. She is a youth leader for multiple programs within her hometown church and has previously worked with Junior Achievement. Julie holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Northwood University. She has been a MCSC member since 2011.
- Reformed Church in America
Rev. Antoine (Tony) Campbell serves as the Coordinator for African-American Black Ministries for the Reformed Church in America. Rev. Campbell has served and pastured congregations in South Carolina, Texas, Washington D.C. and Michigan. In the past Rev. Campbell has worked for various nonprofits at both the local and national level. He was executive director for Community Mobilization for America's Promise where Colin Powell was the chair, Senior Vice President for External Relations for Community in Schools National Office, Executive Director for the Institute for Educational Partners and Vice President for Community Investment at the Heart of West Michigan United Way. He has been an MCSC member since 2007.
- Council of Michigan Foundations
President and CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations, Mr. Collier has been an MCSC member since 2000. He serves on numerous boards including the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Association of United Ways, and Michigan Municipal League. His career in philanthropy includes service as a program officer with the C.S. Mott Foundation, grants director for the Gannett Foundation, executive director of Rotary Charities of Traverse City, and founding director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.
- Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Michael Hill is the Superintendent for the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. Throughout his 21-year professional career, he has held various positions within the education field. He currently volunteers as a youth coach in football, baseball, softball and basketball. He is President of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Northwest Lower Michigan and Chairman of Leadership Grand Traverse for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also co-chair of the five county Traverse Bay Area Poverty Reduction Initiative. In 2005, Mike led an initiative in the Traverse City area to secure a grant of over one half million dollars to construct and operate a Youth Health and Wellness Center. This health center currently serves students ages 10-21 who may not have access to affordable, quality health care. Mr. Hill has served on the MCSC as State Superintendent Michael Flanagan's representative since 2009.
- Student, Sacret Heart Academy
Katharine Janes is a senior at Sacred Heart Academy, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is involved in many community activities, including president of the Youth Advisory Committee at the Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation, board member of the LEAGUE Michigan Commission at the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and past co-chair of the Michigan Community Foundations' Youth Project Committee at the Council of Michigan Foundations. She volunteers as an individual tutor at Sacred Heart Academy, acts as an ACT prep tutor for juniors in high school, and has recorded over 857 hours of community service. She is dually enrolled at Mid-Michigan Community College, and is anticipating graduation from Sacred Heart Academy in June 2014. She has been an MCSC member since 2013.
- Kolt Communications, Inc.
Robert Kolt is the president and CEO of Kolt Communications, Inc., a privately owned communications corporation with offices located in Okemos, Michigan. In 1991, Kolt Communications began providing a variety of communication counseling services to both public and private sector clients statewide including: public relations, advertising and media consulting. Robert Kolt is also an instructor in the Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing Department in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Robert Kolt also serves as volunteer president of AARP Michigan, representing 1.4 million age 50+ residents in the state. Mr. Kolt is involved in many community and philanthropic efforts. Along with his duties as president of AARP Michigan, Kolt is a board member of the Capital Region Community Foundation and is currently chair-elect of the board with a term as chair beginning in 2013. He serves on the board of the Michigan Nurses Foundation, which supports the nursing profession with educational scholarships and research. Robert Kolt has also served as a member of the board of the Capital Area United Way, and was a longtime member of the Lansing Rotary Club serving as president of the board of the Lansing Rotary Foundation. Robert Kolt has also served on the volunteer associates board of the Michigan State University Museum, and Kolt helped to establish the Lugnuts Charities, the charitable organization formed by the owners of the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball team. He has been a member of the MCSC since 2012.
- Butzel Long
Michael J. Lavoie is a 1975 honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta) from 1975-77. He received his law degree with honors from the University of Detroit in 1980. After law school, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit where he rose to become Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division. He joined Butzel Long in private practice in 1986 and is a leading member of their business litigation practice group. Mr. Lavoie has served for several years as the President of the Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and has also served for many years as a board member and officer of the Pontiac Alumni Foundation engaged in youth mentoring and related activities. Mr. Lavoie is also the President of Friends of Burkina Faso, a national association of former Peace Corps volunteers who served in Burkina Faso. Mr. Lavoie has been an MCSC member since October 2011.
- Ford Volunteer Corps
Janet Lawson is currently in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Ford Motor Company and Director of the Ford Volunteer Corps. Prior to this position, Janet served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Community Service Commission. Ms. Lawson brings to Ford Motor Company a 20-year history of collaborative leadership in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Ms. Lawson served as the National Director of the UAW-Ford Family Service and Learning Centers sponsored by United Auto Workers, Ford Motor Company, and Visteon. Ms. Lawson has also served as the Manager of the Volunteer Leadership Coalition under former Governor George Romney, Harold A. "Red" Poling, Doug Fraser and the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor. Janet has also worked at United Way Community Services as the Manager of Detroit's Promise and the Director of Volunteer Services. She has been an MCSC member since 2006.
- Greenstone Farm Credit
Peter Lemmer is senior vice president and chief legal counsel for Greenstone Farm Credit Services. He has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney, including more than 20 years in the position of chief legal counsel. He is an active member of the Michigan Bar Association and American Corporate Counsel Association. He was recently presented with the prestigious Phelps-Martin Award for Community Service for his volunteer work with local youth and refugee groups. He has been a MCSC member since 2013.
- Lingenfelter Motorsports
Kristen Lingenfelter works at Lingenfelter Motorsports, a licensed dealer that buys and sells rare performance and collectors' cars. Each month, Lingenfelter Motorsports hosts or takes part in a charity event to support local people, clubs, foundations, and charities. Additionally, Ms. Lingenfelter remains active with many nonprofit organizations in Michigan, manages the Lingenfelter Foundation, and is an advocate for the Alzheimer's Association. She also serves as the Ambassador to Congressman Mike Rogers' office. In 2012, she was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as one of 60 distinguished volunteers of the year. She has been a MCSC member since 2013.
- Fred M. Mester P.C. Law
Fred Mester retired as a Circuit Judge in 2008 from the Sixth Circuit Court after 26 years. He is currently in private practice in Birmingham handling arbitration, facilitation, mediation and consultation services. Prior to becoming a Circuit Judge, Fred Mester served as Court Administrator/Judicial Assistant for the Sixth Circuit; Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office; and Assistant United States Attorney. He is a former President of the Federal Bar Association, Detroit Chapter, National First Vice President, Federal Bar Association; former Chairman, Advisory Committee to the Professional Assistance Committee, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Fred Mester is the Founder and President of the Pontiac Alumni Foundation whose mission is a Certainty of Opportunity for the children of the City of Pontiac through its four tier program: mentoring, tutoring, community service and enrichment. He has been involved with many community service programs, including serving as Chairperson of the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic having served over 15,000 clients in the Tri-County area; former President and Founder of Reading to Reduce Recidivism. He is a member of Board of Directors, Salvation Army (Pontiac Division); Common Ground Sanctuary; and Charter Board Member of the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University. He has been an MCSC member since October 2011.
- Acheson Ventures
Donna Niester is Director of the James C. Acheson Foundation and Chief Financial Office for Acheson Ventures, L.L.C. She is a principal in Austin, Niester, Beauchamp & Finnegan, P.C., CPA Firm. Ms. Niester is a member of the Council of Michigan Foundations, Association of Small Foundations, and the National Council on Foundations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, Port Huron Hospital and the Blue Water Health Services. Ms. Niester has been an MCSC member since 2005.
David J. Price is Executive Director of MARO, an association that represents providers of employment and training services for persons with disabilities and other barriers. He serves on numerous boards including the Lansing Board of Water and Light, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, the Charyl Stockwell Charter Academy and the Glen Erin Pipe Band. A 30-year resident of Lansing, he holds a Bachelor's Degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH and has completed graduate coursework in Therapeutic Recreation at Central Michigan University. David and his wife, Marcie Alling, also recruit host families for Japanese students that attend Michigan State University. He has been a MCSC member since 2012.
- Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Larry Romanelli is the Ogema, or Chief, of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Ogema Romanelli was sworn in to the elected office in June 2007 and was re-elected in 2011. Ogema Romanelli is a long time Muskegon resident and business owner. Romanelli also worked as an employment and training coordinator for over ten years in West Michigan. Ogema Romanelli is in his second term as President of the United Tribes of Michigan and also serves as Board Member and Chairman of Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority. As President of the United Tribes of Michigan, Ogema Romanelli was recently accepted by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) of Michigan by the Deputy State Director of Emergency Management. He has been a member of the MCSC since October 2011.
- Rotary Charities of Traverse City
Marsha Smith has served as the Executive Director of Rotary Charities of Traverse City since 1997. She served as the Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation from 1993-1997. Prior to that she served several institutions as a development officer including Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Grand Traverse Health Care Foundation, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital and the Women's Resource Center of Traverse City. Ms. Smith has a wide range of community interests and has held a variety of leadership roles in environmental, growth management, cultural, educational, and health organizations. She has been an active community volunteer in environmental and growth management efforts, serving on the Grand Traverse Planning Commission for 9 years. Ms. Smith has been an MCSC member since 2005.
- Lansing Public Schools
Jerry is the President of the Lansing Schools Education Association, representing the teachers of Lansing, an affiliate of the Michigan Education Association. Jerry has served as a special education teacher in the states of Kansas, Massachusetts and Michigan. He is serving in his 9th year as President of the Lansing Teachers where he serves as a teacher advocate and partner with the Lansing School Board and administration. He has been living and working in the Lansing area partnering with business and labor for the past 23 years providing services to students, parents and staff throughout the Lansing community. Jerry has served in a number of capacities professionally and socially and currently is proud to serve with his fellow board members on the Capital Area United Way Board. Mr. Swartz has been a MCSC Commissioner since 2010.
- Truscott Rossman
John Truscott, President and Principal of Truscott Rossman, is one of the foremost experts in public relations and politics in Michigan. For over a decade, John served as Director of Communications and Press Secretary to Michigan Gov. John Engler. He was responsible for developing communication strategies for the Engler Administration, wrote speeches and press releases. John chaired the Emergency Public Information Committee by appointment of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The committee was mandated by Congress and analyzed the country's preparedness in communicating during a crisis, especially bio-terrorism and major public health incidents. Active in volunteer and philanthropic activities, John is also a community leader and serves as Past Chairman of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Sparrow Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. He is a sponsor and supporter of Ele's Place and has volunteered for the March of Dimes, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Chance at Childhood Foundation, Easter Seals and Toys for Tots. Mr. Truscott has been an MCSC member since October 2011.
- Comcast Cable
Larry Williamson is Area Vice President for Comcast's Grand Rapids-based management team. He has responsibility for the company's operations in 200 central and western Michigan communities, including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Jackson, Muskegon, Holland, Battle Creek and Adrian. He currently participates in the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce's CEO Roundtable program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Cable Telecommunications Association. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mr. Williamson was active in the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, where he was a member of the executive committee and chaired the government and community affairs division. He also served on the board of the Northeast Indiana Corporate Council, Junior Achievement, the Three Rivers Literacy Alliance and the Better Business Bureau. Mr. Williamson has been an MCSC member since 2005.
- Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthrophy
Miles Wilson is the director of Philanthropic and Nonprofit Services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His responsibilities include overall management of The Grantmaking School, which offers the first university-based program for teaching the skills and techniques of advanced grantmaking specifically to foundation grantmaking professionals, and Nonprofit Services which provides professional development, technical assistance and consultation to help improve the performance of direct service nonprofit organizations. Miles joined the Johnson Center in 2008 coming from a position as an independent consultant supporting nonprofit capacity building, civic engagement, and philanthropic efforts in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area, and nationally. Miles also served nearly five years with the Corporation for National and Community Service where as Senior Program Officer he managed a large grantmaking portfolio, funding both government and nonprofits in 10 Midwestern states. Miles was part of the original start-up team that initiated the AmeriCorps National Service program after the legislation passed in late 1993. Mr. Wilson has been a MCSC member since 2012.