Board of Directors

Board Officers




Scott Keith
Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority








Vice Chair

Jerry Swartz







Debra Bittner
Clerical Technical Union of Michigan State University











Ralph Sovran
Independent Bank






Immediate Past Chairperson

L. Robert McConnell, DPA
Western Michigan University







Standing Committees

Audit Committee
Erik Decker, Chairperson
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

Myron Freeman, Vice-Chairperson
Midbrook Industrial Washers, Inc.

Community Investment Committee
Susan Porrett, MSA, Chairperson
Davenport University

Whitney Anderson-Harrell, Vice-Chairperson
MSU Federal Credit Union

Finance Committee
Ralph Sovran, Chairperson/Board Treasurer
Retired, Independent Bank

Dru Mitchell, Vice-Chairperson
Clinton County Economic Alliance

Fund Development Committee
Jim Paul
PNC Bank

Marcus Kirkpatrick, Vice-Chairperson
Delta Township

Governance Committee
Vennie Gore, Chairperson
Michigan State University

John Roy Castillo
Williamston Area Senior Center

Human Resources Committee
Deb Bittner, Chairperson
Clerical-Technical Union of MSU

L. Robert McConnell, Vice-Chairperson
Retired, Western Michigan University

Public Relations & Branding Committee
Mark Nixon, Chairperson
Nixon Communications

Ashlee Willis, Vice-Chairperson
Michigan Premier Events, LLC

Strategic Planning Committee

Lisa Webb-Sharpe, Chairperson
Lansing Community College

Paula Kaiser VanDam, Vice-Chairperson
Michigan Department of Human Services


At-Large Members

Amy Castanon
UAW Local 2256 Unit President/BCBSM
Rita Canady

Erik Decker, Vice President
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

Myron Freeman
Freeman Consulting Group

Randy Freeman
UAW Local 652
Unaa Holiness
Lansing School District
Chris Keck
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 333
Marcos Purty, Plant Manager, Lansing Delta Township Assembly
General Motors
Bill Reed, President
UAW Local 602 
Alfonso Salais, Jr.,
Lansing School District
Andy Schor, Mayor
City of Lansing
Leah Ann Sherer
Hude Legal Services, PLLC
Lucianna Solis
Language Services and Diversity Consultant