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
Jim Hunsanger, Chairperson
MSU Federal Credit Union

Scott Keith, Vice-Chairperson
Lansing Entertainment & Public Faciliies Authority

Community Investment Committee
Paula K. Van Dam, Chairperson
State of Michigan Department of Human Services

Susan Porrett, Vice-Chairperson
Davenport University

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

Ralph Sovran, Vice-Chairperson
Independent Bank

Fund Development Committee
Sam Clark
Clark Construction

Dr. Linda Logan, Vice-Chairperson
Olivet College

Governance Committee
Vennie Gore, Chairperson
Michigan State University

Jerry Swartz

Human Resources Committee
Kristine Zayko, Chairperson
Michigan State University

Deb Bittner, Vice-Chairperson
Clerical Technical Union of MSU

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
Commonwealth Enterprises


At-Large Members

John Roy Castillo, Attorney
Senior Citizens Law Center
Erik Decker, Vice President, Finance & Administration
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tiffany Dowling, President/CEO
M3 Group
Myron Freeman, President/Attorney
Freemand Consulting Group
Randy Freeman
UAW Local 652
Cheryl Graham
Rapaport, Pollack, Farrell & Waldron, P.C.
Josh Hovey, Vice President
Truscott Rossman
Chris Keck
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 333
John Miller, Material/Team Leader
General Motors
Dru Mitchell
Clinton County Economic Alliance
Patricia Munshaw, Community Volunteer
Tri-County Office on Aging
James "Jim" Paul, Executive Vice President
PNC Bank
Rebecca Poynter, President
Lansing State Journal
Marcos Purty, Plant Manager, Lansing Delta Township Assembly
General Motors
Bill Reed, President
UAW Local 602 
Leah Ann Sherer
Junior League of Lansing
Kylie Rogers-Strahan, Account Executive & New Media Specialist
Blohm Creative Partners
Jim Schumacher, Senior VP of Information Systems & Technology
Auto-Owners Insurance Company
Teresa Szymanski, Chief of Operations
Lansing School District
Keith Williams, Consultant
Pondera Advisors, LLC