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Board of Trustees 2015-2018


John B. O’Reilly, Jr. has served as mayor for Dearborn since 2007, and has been an elected public servant for over 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 U.S. 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.



Vice President:
Rosalynn Bliss was elected mayor of Grand Rapids in 2015, having served as commissioner 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.

Michigan Municipal League Trustees


Catherine Bostick-Tullius has served as city commissioner for the city of Lapeer since 2009. Her relationship with the city of Lapeer began in 1997, when she served as a board member on the Zoning Board of Appeals and on the steering committee that established the Pix Arts Council for Greater Lapeer, Inc. in 2001. She has served as president and treasurer of Lapeer County Habitat for Humanity, as president for the Lapeer County Bar Association, and served one term as a county commissioner for Lapeer County. Bostick-Tullius has also served on the board of the Great Lakes Bioregional Land Conservancy, the Lapeer Area Citizens Against Domestic Assault (LACADA), and on the Lapeer County Agricultural Preservation Board. She currently serves as a board member for Lapeer County Community Mental Health Services and Lapeer County Habitat for Humanity. Bostick-Tullius has been practicing law since 1995, and has had her family law practice in Lapeer since 1997. Her term expires in 2017.

Kim Corcoran is the current mayor pro tem of the city of Ironwood, where she has served on the commission since 2009.  During her years of service, she has also been a member of the Library Board, Downtown Ironwood Development Authority, and Gogebic-Iron County Waste Water Authority Board.  She is currently serving as vice chair for Region 7 and has five years in as an adjunct instructor at Gogebic Community College.  Corcoran is employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections as a school principal.  She has been actively involved in an academic advisory board and a career and technical education board to ensure the appropriate programming is being provided to inmates prior to release.  She believes in her city’s revitalization efforts and last year promoted Ironwood’s Depot Park project, which resulted in the project being awarded the 2013 Community Excellence Award.  She gets involved with local events whenever possible and is dedicated to doing what she can to make her city, community, and state a great place to live, work, and play.  Her term expires in 2017.

Wendell Dompier has served as the village president of Baraga since 1998.  He has always had a strong sense of community and has been a member of the Lions Club, Lumberjack Days Committee (20 years), Baraga Fire Department (15 years retired),and an EMT B with Bay Ambulance.  Dompier retired from the Ojibwa Casino Resort after 26 years.  He is currently serving on the Bay Ambulance board of directors, the Baraga DDA, and the Michigan Association of Mayors board.  His term expires in 2018.

Maureen Donker has been the mayor of the City of Midland for the last six years, having been first elected to the city council in 2007.  She is employed as the executive director of the Reece Endeavor, a nonprofit that obtains and provides housing for persons with disabilities.  Donker serves on the MML Workers’ Compensation Fund Board, and as facilitator of the Community Advisory Panels for the Midland Sites of the Dow Chemical Company, the Dow Corning Corporation, and Cabot Corporation.  She serves on the fund development committee and is a corporate member of MidMichigan Health.  She is also active with the Health and Human Services Council of Midland County, Midland County Continuum of Care, the Matrix: Midland Advisory Committee, the League of Women Voters, and the Midland Rotary.  Her term expires in 2018.

Jason Eppler has served as city manager of Ionia since 2005.  He has 25 years of municipal management experience having also served as the lead administrator in Cassopolis and DeWitt.  Eppler currently serves on the MML Liability and Property Pool board and has served on numerous MML committees over the years.  He is a member of the International City Management Association and the Michigan Local Government Management Association.  He serves on numerous boards including Sparrow Ionia Hospital, Sparrow Ionia Hospital Foundation, Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, Ionia County Economic Alliance and is a Rotarian.  His term expires in 2018.

Rebecca Fleury has been in local government management for 15 years, specializing in the areas of Public Finance, Community Development, and Public Safety.  She started her position as Battle Creek city manager in October 2014.  Fleury currently serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, is a member of the International City/County Management Association, is an adjunct professor for the School of Public Affairs and Administration at WMU, and a member of the Battle Creek Rotary Club.  Her term expires in 2018.


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.


Ken Hibl currently serves as city manager for Clare where he has sixteen years Michigan municipal government experience. Prior to this appointment, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Armed Forces for thirty years in leadership positions in armor, aviation, law enforcement, installation management, and the diplomatic service in Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and various locations within the U.S. He is a Rotarian and member of the Michigan Local Government Management Association and International City Management Association. His term expires in 2017.


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 2016.


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.

Marcus Peccia currently serves as city manager for the city of Cadillac, and has over 16 years of municipal experience.  He is a member of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, International City/County Management Association, a Rotarian, and sits on several community boards.  Peccia currently serves as the chair of Region VI, and is a member of the League’s Municipal Services Committee.  He has also been involved in a variety of community development related projects in Cadillac, most notably the current PlacePlans project that is nicknamed “Cadillac Plaza,” and the redevelopment of the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion.  His term expires in 2017.

Melanie Piana currently serves as mayor pro tem has served on the Ferndale city council since 2010.  She has served on MML’s Transportation Policy Committee and is a founding member of the Transform Woodward transit-oriented development taskforce which helps lead transportation and complete streets initiatives in Ferndale and along the Woodward Avenue corridor.  Piana currently serves on the Planning Commission, Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission, and is the council representative to the SEMCOG General Assembly.  Prior to serving on city council, Piana volunteered on the Downtown Development Authority Business Development Committee and worked at a nonprofit (Metro Matters) dedicated to addressing Metro Detroit’s most regional issues.  She has a background in nonprofit management, a master’s degree in urban planning and is a practicing project management professional (PMP).  She works at the Downtown Detroit Partnership, supporting economic growth in two southeast Michigan communities.  Piana beholds a strong belief that city interdependence and regional connectivity enhances community vitality.  Her term expires in 2018.

Rusty Showalter serves as councilmember for the City of West Branch, and has been an active councilman since 2008.  Serving as the current chair of the West Branch Downtown Development Authority (DDA), he has played an instrumental role in expanding the West Branch River Walk Trail System as well as the development of a pocket park utilizing an abandoned lot in the heart of downtown.  Additionally, Showalter serves as the vice chair of the Ogemaw Hills Recreation Department, and is a board member of the West Branch Area Waste Water Treatment Plant Authority, Ogemaw County Christmas for Kids, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).  He previously served multiple years as the chair of the West Branch Children’s Film Festival, the West Branch Fireworks Committee, and is a prior Kiwanian.  Showalter is a Level I graduate of the Elected Officials Academy (EOA), and is on track to complete Level II by the end of 2015.  Outside of his public service, he has spent the past 17 years employed as a procedures manager overseeing low-income housing throughout the state.  His term expires in 2018.

Jeff Thornton has served as city manager for Negaunee since 2011.  He has served in local government for 13 years, which included serving as the county coordinator for Alpena. Thornton’s passion for community service began with his induction into the Boy Scouts of America. At the age of 17, he was instrumental in the resurrection of the disbanded volunteer ambulance service serving his hometown of Corunna, and continued serving with several volunteer ambulance services while attending college.  After college, he went on to own printing, publishing, and marketing companies.  Once he entered the public sector, he was able to utilize his private business practices, which is when he says his education really began. Thornton serves on several boards and committees in the Central Upper Peninsula area and also at the state level with his involvement with the state underwater preserves.  His term expires in 2017.


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 2017.



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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