Tim Damschroder, Chairperson, of Ann Arbor, is a member of Bodman PLC, where he heads the Business Practice Group, advising clients in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, general business, corporate governance, securities offerings, and tax. He served on the board of directors of the Washtenaw United Way, the Washtenaw County Red Cross, and on the advisory group of Ann Arbor Angels. Damschroder holds bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a degree from the University of Detroit School of Law. He represents the general public and will serve an initial four-year term.

Lynn Alexander, Vice Chair, of Bloomfield Hills, is senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. She also serves as president of Your Aging Well Advisor, a consulting and education firm for consumers over 50. Alexander has served on the Commission on Services to the Aging and as director of the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. She also has experience with the White House Conference on Aging, the Help America Vote Act Advisory Council, and the Elder Abuse Reporting Protocol advisory group and maintains involvement in several community organizations. Alexander holds a bachelor’s in social work from Defiance College and earned a master’s degree in psychology from Lone Mountain College, which is now known as the University of San Francisco. She represents the interests of senior citizens and will serve an initial three-year term.

Keith Pretty, Treasurer, of Midland, is president and CEO of Northwood University, a position he has held since 2006. He previously served as president and CEO of Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration. His previous experience includes work for the State of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Amoco Corporation, the Michigan Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives. Pretty holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University and a degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He represents the general public and will serve an initial four-year term.

Susan Jandernoa, Secretary, of West Olive, taught fourth, fifth, and sixth graders for 30 years at East Grand Rapids Public Schools before retiring in 2004. She is a member of the Children’s Leadership Council of Michigan, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan, the YMCA Advisory Board, and is a local board president for Ele’s Place. Jandernoa holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University. She will serve as the nominee of the Speaker of the House for an initial two-year term.

Cindy Estrada, of Whitmore Lake, is the vice president of the United Autoworkers Union. She was elected vice president in 2010 and is the first Latina to serve in this position. Previously, she was director of the National Organizing Department for the UAW and has worked as an organizer for both the UAW and the AFL-CIO. She is a board member of Mi Familia Vota, the co-chair of the Economic Alliance for Michigan and a board member of Progress Michigan. Estrada holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and is an alumna of the Chicano Boricua Studies Program at Wayne State University. She will serve as the nominee of the Senate Minority Leader for an initial two-year term.

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Rob Fowler, of Haslett, is president and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, a 10,000 member business trade association. He previously worked for the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Department of Commerce. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Small Business Association, the Michigan Health Insurance Access Advisory Council and the Haslett Board of Education. He represents the business community and will serve an initial four-year term.

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Alexis Wiley, of Detroit, is Chief of Staff for Mayor Mike Duggan, where she oversees the implementation of the Mayor’s initiatives, legislative affairs and external communications. Prior to joining the administration, Wiley was a reporter and anchor at WJBK Fox 2 Detroit. Her Emmy award-winning work has appeared on local television stations across the country and cable networks such as Fox News and CNN. Wiley is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a member of The Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves on the board of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Wiley will serve as the nominee of the House Minority Leader for a four-year term.

Michael Williams, of Westland, is the president and CEO of Orchards Children’s Services, Michigan’s largest foster care and adoption agency. He has served in this capacity since 2003. Previously, he was president of Detroit-based Starr Vista Inc., and held various positions with Starr Commonwealth, in Albion. Williams is an adjunct professor at Albion College, and received the “Heroes” award from Michigan’s Children in 2007. He holds many professional memberships and is involved in several community organizations. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Eastern Michigan University. He represents the interests of minor children and will serve an initial three-year term.

Committees

Executive Committee:
Tim Damschroder – Board Chairman
Lynn Alexander – Vice Chair
Keith Pretty – Treasurer
Susan Jandernoa – Secretary

Grantmaking Committee:
Susan Jandernoa – Chair
Lynn Alexander
Rob Fowler
Alexis Wiley
Michael Williams

Governance Committee:
Michael Williams – Chair
Jim Murray
Alexis Wiley

Investment and Audit Committees:
Keith Pretty – Chair
Cindy Estrada
Rob Fowler
Jim Murray
Jon Braeutigam (Advisor, Investment Committee only)