Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Various State Boards and Commissions

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced multiple appointments to various boards and commissions on Monday, including five appointments from northern Michigan.

These boards and commissions include: Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Board of Directors, State Boundary Commission, Crime Victim Services Commission, Michigan Dairy Market Program Committee, Michigan Liquor Control Commission, Michigan Board of Respiratory Care, State Survey and Remonumentation Commission, Michigan State Transportation Commission, Council on Climate Solutions, Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities, Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Committee on the Purchase of Goods and Services from Community Rehabilitation Organizations.

Richard P. Datema, of Petoskey, has been appointed to the Michigan State Boundary Commission. The commission is responsible for administering the State Boundary Commission Act, along with parts of the Home Rule City Act and the Home Rule Village Act.

The State Boundary Commission also serves as a quasi-judicial body adjudicating multiple types of municipal boundary adjustments and recommends the approval or denial of petitions for incorporations of New Rule Cities, new Home Rule Villages and municipal consolidations. Furthermore, the council recommends approval or denial of certain types of petitions involving land currently under township jurisdiction that is proposed to be annexed into a Home Rule City.

Datema is currently retired after working as a land surveyor for KEBS Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, and is reappointed for a term which began April 8 and will expire on Nov. 15, 2024.

Amy S. Martin, of Leroy, has been appointed to the Michigan Dairy Market Program Committee. The committee is dedicated to the promotion and consumer education of milk and milk products produced in Michigan.

The Michigan Dairy Market Program Committee also works in conjunction with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan to promote the sale of dairy products, along with educating consumers, health professionals and educators about the dairy industry.

Martin is the owner of Gingrich Meadows Inc., and holds a certificate in agricultural technology from Michigan State University. She is reappointed to represent the Michigan Milk Producers Association for a term that started April 8 and will expire Dec. 31, 2024.

Kevin Kolevar, of Sanford, has been appointed to the Michigan Council on Climate Solutions. The council was created by Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-182, and acts in an advisory capacity to Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to formulate and oversee the implementation of the MI Healthy Climate Plan, which will serve as the action plan for Michigan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move toward economywide carbon neutrality.

Kolevar is the vice president of global government affairs at Dow Chemical Company, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He is appointed for a term that began on April 8 and will expire on Feb. 3, 2026. Kolevar succeeds Mary Draves, whose term expired on Feb. 3.

Vicki L. Thomas, of Sault Ste. Marie, has been appointed to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities. The council strengthens and supports Michigan families of children ages birth to five with special needs by advising and assisting the Michigan Department of Education in the evaluation and continuous improvement of the Early On system.

Thomas is the director of early childhood programs for the Chippewa Luce Mackinac Community Action Agency. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology from Michigan State University and a Master of Education from Concordia University.

Thomas is appointed to represent public or private providers of early intervention services for a term that began April 8 and will expire Oct. 31, 2025. She succeeds Karin Nanos, whose term ended Oct. 31, 2021.

Stephanie L. Deible, of Grant, has been appointed to the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council. The council is tasked with developing the state plan as provided in Section 704 (a) (2) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 USC 796c (a)(2).

The Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council may work with centers for independent living to coordinate services with public and private entities to improve services provided to those with disabilities and conduct resource development activities to support the Council and the provision of independent living services by centers for independent living.

Deible is the executive director of Ms. Wheelchair America Inc., and holds a Master of Education in Student Affairs and Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Deible is reappointed to represent residents of Michigan, including those who represent the underserved or tribal communities. Her term began on April 8 and will expire Dec. 31, 2024.