Board of Directors

Board Officers




L. Robert McConnell, DPA
Western Michigan University








Vice Chair

Jerry Swartz







Tom Stewart
Managing Partner
Commomwealth Enterprises









Jamie Rabe
Senior Manager
Andrews Hooper Pavlik, PLC





Immediate Past Chairperson

Dorothy E. Maxwell
Max Weingar Group





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, Chairperson
Davenport University

Dru Mitchell, Vice-Chairperson
Clinton County Economic Allliance

Finance Committee
Jamie Rabe, Chairperson/Board Treasurer
Andrews Hooper Pavlik,  PLC

Ralph Sovran, Vice-Chairperson
Independent Bank

Fund Development Committee
Jim Paul
PNC Bank

Jerry Swartz, Vice-Chairperson

Governance Committee
Vennie Gore, Chairperson
Michigan State University

Scott Keith
Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority (LEPFA)

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

Kristine Zayko, Vice-Chairperson
Husch Blackwell

Public Relations & Branding Committee
Mark Nixon, Chairperson
Nixon Communications

Kylie Rogers Strahan, Vice-Chairperson
Blohm Creative Partners

Strategic Planning Committee

Lisa Webb-Sharpe, Chairperson
Lansing Community College

Thomas Stewart, Vice-Chairperson
Quantum Medical Concepts & NEO Center


At-Large Members

Whitney Anderson-Harrell
MSU Federal Credit Union
Amy Castanon
UAW Local 2256 Unit President/BCBSM
John Roy Castillo, Attorney
Senior Citizens Law Center

Sam Clark, President
Clark Construction

Randy Freeman
UAW Local 652
Paula Kaidser VanDam
State of Michigan Health & Human Services
Chris Keck
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 333
Marcus Kirkpatrick
Delta Township
Marcos Purty, Plant Manager, Lansing Delta Township Assembly
General Motors
Bill Reed, President
UAW Local 602 
Matthew W. Rush, President and CEO
Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital
Jim Schumacher, Senior VP of Information Systems & Technology
Auto-Owners Insurance Company
Leah Ann Sherer
Junior League of Lansing
Lucianna Solis
Language Services and Diversity Consultant
Teresa Szymanski, Chief of Operations
Lansing School District
Keith Williams, Consultant
Pondera Advisors, LLC

Ashlee Willis
Michigan Premier Events LLC & Lansing Mosiac LLC