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Board of Trustees 2013-2016


Jacqueline Noonan is currently serving her 14th term as mayor of the city of Utica—she is the first woman to serve in that position. She also is the longest serving mayor in the city's history. She previously served a four-year term on the Utica city council. Noonan is the immediate past-president of the Michigan Association of Mayors. She has served on the board of directors for the Property and Liability Pool, as chair, vice chair, and secretary of Region I, and as a member of the Governance and Transportation Committees. She has been a SEMCOG Executive Committee member and long-term chair and member of the Macomb County Mayors Association. She has served on many local boards and commissions, works with the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and works with the Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau. Noonan is generally recognized as the architect of Utica’s rebirth and ongoing success as a tiny full-service city in the midst of Detroit’s suburban rim. Her term expires in 2014.



Vice President:
Richard Bolen serves as mayor pro tem on the Wakefield City Council. As a councilmember, he has represented the city on various authorities and commissions. He is also a past member of the Wakefield School District Board of Education where he served as board president for nine years. Bolen has been actively involved in economic development in Gogebic County where he has been a Gogebic County Economic Development Commission board member since 1988. From 2004 to 2005, he served as EDC chairman. Bolen is very active in veterans affairs as a member of the Wakefield VFW and American Legion posts. He is also president of the Wakefield-Bessemer Rotary Club. In December 2010, he retired from Gogebic County where he served as the county forester (1978-2000) and as director of Forestry and Parks (2001-2010). His term expires in 2014.

Michigan Municipal League Trustees



Lois Allen-Richardson serves as mayor pro tem of the city of Ypsilanti and is in her fourth term on the city council.  She is a Level II Elected Officials Academy graduate, and has served on the League's Legislative Governance Committee, the Nominating Committee and participated on panels for League trainings.  Richardson served as a member of the founding committee and currently serves as president of the Michigan Black Caucus-Local Elected Officials.  She is also a member of the SEMCOG executive committee and serves on the Aerotropolis Committee for Detroit/Willow Run Airports.  Richardson played a major role in the continued operation of the Parkridge Community Center when the city budget forced the closing of all recreation facilities; she continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.  She is actively involved in social, civic clubs and organizations and the faith community's efforts to bring change to the Ypsilanti community.  Richardson served as council representative to the Ypsilanti Area Community Foundation, and she serves on the executive committee of the Ypsilanti Willow Run Branch of the NAACP.  Her term expires in 2014.



Steve Baker serves as a member of the Berkley City Council since 2009, providing active leadership and responsible oversight of municipal operations, finances, and employees, after several years of volunteer involvement on city committees. He serves on the League Legislative Governance and Energy and Technology Committees and participates in the EOA program. Steve is a founding member of the Transform Woodward transit-oriented development taskforce and helps lead transportation and complete streets initiatives along the Woodward Avenue corridor. He is the city council liaison to Berkley's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Historical Committee, and is active in events throughout the city and region. Steve serves as secretary on the executive committee of the FAR Conservatory for Therapeutic and Performing Arts, is a practicing Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Computing Professional (CCP). His term expires in 2015.



Susan Baldwin serves as a city commissioner for Battle Creek. She is on the Battle Creek Unlimited Board, Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Board, Planning Commission and Public Transportation Committee. Baldwin chaired the Police and Fire Retiree Health Benefit Study Committee to address the issue of rapidly rising retiree health care costs. She served as mayor of Battle Creek for four years and also served on the board of the Michigan Association of Mayors. Prior to elected office, she served on the Community Development Block Grant committee and the Local Officers’ Compensation Committee. Baldwin is a Level III Elected Officials Academy graduate and currently serves as president of the Michigan Women in Municipal Government, and on the League’s Legislative Governance and Transportation Infrastructure Committees. A retired attorney, Baldwin practiced for 14 years in corporate health care and managed care programs, and then served nine years as executive director of the Economic Development Forum for Calhoun County. Her term expires in 2015.



Ricci Bandkau serves as a councilmember for the city of Brighton.  She has been involved in city government since 1977 where she has served on the Planning Commission, Officer's Compensation Commission, Election Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals (member and chair).  Bandkau has served on the city council since 2004, served as mayor pro tem (2005-2009), and as mayor (2009-2011).  Her League memberships include the Water, Infrastructure and Environment Committee, Legislative Governance Committee, EOA Board (member and previous chair), and previous chair of Region 1.  Bandkau has been a member of the National League of Cities, served on its Leadership Training Council, and attended the NLC Institute in Chicago.  She has served her community by being inducted into the Brighton Area Women's History Role of Honor in 2006, served as past elder of the Brighton Presbyterian Church, as past board member of the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, and the Brighton Historical Society.  Bandkau is currently serving as chair of Brighton's Veteran's Memorial Committee where a memorial is scheduled to be built and dedicated in 2012.  Her term expires in 2014.



Rosalynn Bliss has served as commissioner for Grand Rapids since 2006. She is the director of residential services at DA Blodgett-St. John's and oversees the St. John’s Home Campus which provides emergency shelter and residential services for abused and neglected children. In addition, Bliss is an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University's School of Social Work. She serves on the board of the Grand Rapids Corporate YMCA Board, Huntington Bank’s Women’s Advisory Council, the Grand Rapids Youth Boxing Foundation, and the Dyer-Ives Foundation. She is also a member of the Uptown Corridor Improvement District, Uptown Business Improvement District, the Kent County Land Bank Authority, and is a city liaison with the Friends of GR Parks. She currently serves on the city’s Legislative Team and is the chair of the Commission Fiscal Committee. Bliss has been recognized and honored locally as well as statewide for her commitment, dedication, and work in the field of child abuse and neglect and her leadership in the community. Her term expires in 2016.



Steve Brock serves as the city manager for the city of Farmington Hills where he has been on council since 1989.  In his vision to maintain a vibrant community, Brock oversaw the City Hall Revitalization Project, which received LEED Gold Certification for its environmentally friendly building practices.  He is currently overseeing the Grand River Corridor Improvement Project and working to implement a Master Plan for Orchard Lake Road.  He currently serves as the chair of the Oakland County Public Transit Authority, is immediate past president of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, a member of the South Oakland County Mayors Association, International City Management Association, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Oakland County City Managers Association, Southwest Oakland County Cable Commission, and Exemplar Service Club.  His term expires in 2015.



Scott Erickson was appointed as the city manager/city engineer of the city of Ironwood in January 2006.  With 25 years in local government administration, Erickson has previously served as the engineering manager for the cities of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Andover, Minnesota.  Erickson is a member of the Ironwood Industrial Development Corporation, Ironwood Economic Development Corporation, and provides support for the Downtown Ironwood Development Authority along with other city committees and commissions.  His civic involvement includes being a member of the Ironwood/Hurley Rotary Club, president of the Ironwood Soccer Club, and coaching youth soccer and basketball.  His term expires in 2014.   



Daniel Greer has served on the Jackson city council since 1997, where he served as vice mayor from 2001 to 2003.  He is currently chairman of the city’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and also treasurer of the county Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.  Greer has been an active member of the League since 1998.  He is currently chair of Region 2, is a Level III Elected Officials Academy graduate, and he spearheaded Jackson’s winning Community Excellence Award project in 2008 for the Armory Arts Village, a renovation project that turned the original state penitentiary into an artist colony.  Greer served on the National League of Cities subcommittee (2002-08) where he lobbied his congressional delegation on behalf of local communities and the city of Jackson’s applications for EPA Brownfield grants of which it has received $1.2 million to date.  His term expires in 2016.




Bobby Hopewell serves as mayor of the city of Kalamazoo, where he has served on the city commission since 2003. He is focused on comprehensive community development, public safety services, accountability, equality, innovation, and efforts to prepare young people for the world. Hopewell has served with distinction in organizations that play a role in significantly improving his community such as chairing the Kalamazoo Planning Commission (1995-1999) and the Kalamazoo Charter Review Committee (1997-1999), as well as his membership on the Kalamazoo Community Foundation Community Investment Committee (2002-2003), The Learning Network, and the Douglas Community Association. Hopewell has also been actively involved with organizations that are dedicated to local economic development. He served on the boards of both the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce (1998-2001 and 2003-2004) and the Northside Business Association (1993-present). His term expires in 2015.




Rebecca Hopp is serving her first term as a councilmember for the city of Ferrysburg where she is dedicated in helping her city create a universally accessible playground for all people of all abilities to enjoy.  She is a member of the Board of Review and the Park & Rec. Commission for the city of Ferrysburg where she demonstrates comprehensive knowledge applicable to a broad spectrum of community situations.  Hopp is an EOA Level 3 graduate, Region 3 Chairperson, EOA board member, a member of the Governance and Issue Committees, Women in Municipal Government, and the Michigan Association of Planners.  Hopp's dedication to her community includes being creator/co-chairperson of Smith's Bayou Chili Cook-off which raises funds to help support nonprofit agencies in West Michigan.  Her term expires in 2015.



Edward Klobucher has served as city manager for Hazel Park since 2002. He previously served as Hazel Park's acting city manager, assistant city manager, acting city clerk, and special projects coordinator. In addition to his service with the city of Hazel Park, he has worked as a staff assistant to a Michigan State Representative, served ten years as a seasonal Deputy Sheriff with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department’s Parks Division, and worked as an adjunct instructor at Madonna University. Klobucher has served as president of the board of directors for the Michigan Suburbs Alliance since 2009. He is a professional member of the World Future Society, a member of the American Society for Public Administration, and a member of several community and fraternal organizations. His term expires in 2016.



John B. O’Reilly, Jr. has served as mayor for Dearborn since 2007, and has been an elected public servant for 23 years, including serving 17 years as the president of the Dearborn city council. O’Reilly has consistently demonstrated his commitment to Dearborn neighborhoods and has proposed a number of initiatives to re-invent its older neighborhoods. He has promoted economic development through beneficial relationships with county, regional, and state agencies, and corporations like Ford Motor Co., Severstal North America, and Oakwood Healthcare System. O’Reilly has significant experience in regional, state, and federal levels of government, including serving as staff counsel in the Michigan Senate and US House of Representatives for U.S. Congressman John Dingell. He is also active with the Urban Core Mayors, Downriver Community Conference, Conference of Western Wayne, United States Conference of Mayors, and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. His term expires in 2016.



Pauline Repp is mayor of the city of Port Huron and has been involved in city government for 28 years.  Prior to being elected to city council in 2009 and, subsequently, appointed to the position of mayor by the city council after receiving the highest number of votes in the election, she was elected and served as chair of the Charter Revision Commission.  Repp retired from the city in 2008 where she worked as city clerk for almost 20 years and earned the designation of master municipal clerk during her tenure.  She currently serves as an Executive Committee member of Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), is a board member of the St. Clair County Child Abuse Neglect Council, and is a member of the St. Clair County Land Bank Authority.  Her term ends in 2014.



Nathan Triplett is the mayor of the city of East Lansing where he has served on the city council since 2007.  Triplett began his service to East Lansing as a member of the city’s Human Relations Commission and Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee. He has served as a member of the League’s Legislative Governance Committee and Land Use & Economic Development Policy Committee and is a Level III Elected Officials Academy graduate. Triplett also serves on the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) and Haven House, a shelter providing emergency housing and support services to families with children. He is the president-elect of the Rotary Club of East Lansing and a recipient of the Governor’s Service Award and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 10 Over the Next 10 Award. His term expires in 2015.



Adam Umbrasas currently serves as the village manager in Three Oaks, the cultural hub of Harbor Country. Prior to moving to Three Oaks, Umbrasas served as village manager in Kingsley. While in Kingsley, the village focused on municipal capital improvements including extensive water and sewer line replacements, downtown streetscapes, park renovations/improvements, and the construction of a new village hall and library. Umbrasas has served the League as chair of Region VI, vice chair, and secretary and has served on various committees including: Nominating, Infrastructure and Legislative Governance. He is a member of the Michigan Local Government Managers Association where he serves as chair of the Awards Committee and has served on several committees, and a member of the International City Managers Association. Umbrasas was instrumental in the creation of the NextGen initiative creating a conduit for newcomers to the management profession to connect with more experienced municipal managers. His term expires in 2014.



Mark Vanderpool has served as city manager of Sterling Heights since 2004 where he has been a leading advocate in the city’s proactive economic development program.  Vanderpool has over 25 years of municipal management experience and has focused on being a cost-effective leader, saving millions of dollars for cities, while enhancing revenues.  His initiative of maintaining core services while also preserving quality of life services has made Sterling Heights a desirable city to live and work, as evidenced by continual population increases.  Vanderpool has managed major capital projects and many high-profile development projects requiring strong coalitions and working relationships with employees, elected officials at all levels, and business leaders.  He serves on numerous boards including Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors, Chairman of the Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, and SEMCOG’s Executive Committee.  His term expires in 2016.



League Executive Director and CEO

Dan Gilmartin Dan Gilmartin  is the executive director and chief executive officer of the Michigan Municipal League. Through his work with communities, Dan is recognized as a national leader in the fields of urban revitalization, placemaking, local government reform, and transportation policy.

Under his leadership, the League was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as a "Cool Place to Work" in 2011. Read more.

Model D Media recently referred to him as “an urban thinker with an eye for the small, oft-unnoticed changes that can make ‘places’ out of streets and buildings.”

Dan serves as a member of the Michigan Future, Inc. Leadership Council. He also served for four years as the lead advocate for Michigan’s communities in Lansing and in Washington, where he concentrated on a number of key issues including transportation, land use, and urban redevelopment.

In 2010, Dan added radio talk show host to his resume as host of The Prosperity Agenda on News/Talk 760 WJR, which is Michigan’s highest-rated talk station and can be heard throughout the Midwest and Canada. He is a frequent blogger and a contributing author to the book The Economics of Place, and a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to “place.” In 2012, Dan was selected as the Strategic Association Leader of the Year by the Michigan Society of Association Executives.

Dan is a Michigan kid, a Detroit native (and booster) and currently resides in the historic downtown of Northville, Michigan with his wife Lori and two young sons.

Dan's blog: Economics of Place



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