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Board of Trustees 2017-2020

The Michigan Municipal League is supported by a strategic and passionate Board of Trustees who are a critical part of the League's organizational structure. This 18-member Board guides the League's internal workings and public policy with support from five legislative committees.

Learn more about serving as a Trustee and how to apply.



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 sits on the City of Lapeer Planning Commission and the Lapeer DDA Board. She also serves as a board member for Lapeer County Community Mental Health Services. Bostick-Tullius has been practicing law since 1995, and has had her family law practice in Lapeer since 1997. Her term expires in 2018.

Vice President:
Melanie Piana is a Ferndale councilmember and has served on the 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.

Michigan Municipal League Trustees


Marlon Brown was first elected to the Mason City Council in 2012 and presently serves as mayor pro tem.  He serves on the Elected Officials Academy Advisory Board as well as several League policy committees including Municipal Services, Municipal Finance, and Land Use and Economic Development.  In addition to his role on the city council, Brown has served as chairperson of the Mason Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, vice chair of the Mason Planning Commission, vice chair of the Mason Historic District Commission, and secretary of the Ingham County Economic Development Corporation board of directors.  He is involved with several community organizations including serving on the board of trustees for the Mason Orchestral Society and formerly serving as treasurer of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce.  Brown works for the State of Michigan as the Human Services Section Manager in the State Budget Office.  He earned a BS in political science from American University, a master of public administration from the University of Delaware, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in public administration at Valdosta State University.  Moreover, he is an alumnus of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University.  His term expires in 2020.

Christine Burns has more than 25 years of experience as a municipal official. She has been the village manager of Spring Lake since 2012 after serving the City of Cedar Springs for more than five years and the Village of Oxford for nearly two years. She also served the City of Clare for more than 14 years.  Burns has a BS in business administration and an MSA in Public Administration.  She is a member of the League’s Workers’ Compensation Board of Trustees, Michigan Municipal Executives (MME), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and holds a Certified Master Municipal Clerk designation; she has also served as the president for the West Michigan Local Government Management Association and has served on the Board of Directors for MME.  Her term on the League board expires in 2019.

Shea Charles currently serves as city manager for the city of Howell, and has over 20 years of municipal experience.  He is a member of the Michigan Municipal Executives, International City/County Management Association, and sits on various community boards. Charles has been the Michigan Municipal League's Finance Policy Committee chair since 2001.  He has been Howell city manager since 2004, overseeing several significant capital projects as well as Downtown Howell’s continued resurgence.  His term expires in 2020.

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 as president of the Michigan Association of Mayors.  His term expires in 2018.

Maureen Donker is currently serving as the mayor of the City of Midland, 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 served as city manager for Battle Creek since 2014.  She has been in local government management for over 15 years, specializing in the areas of public finance, community development, and public safety.  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.

Brenda Jones has served as Detroit City Council President since 2014.  She began her career in public service with election to council in November 2005.  Jones began service as council’s liaison to the Police & Fire Pension Board in 2010, and was appointed by state law to the Detroit Financial Review Commission in 2014.  She is the chairperson of both the city’s Skilled Trades and Military Veterans Task Forces, serves as the 1st Vice President of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, and sits on boards for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and Detroit Transportation Commission (the People Mover).  Jones was recently appointed vice chairperson, 2017-2018 SEMCOG General Assembly, as well as serving on the Executive Committee.  She has a B.A. in psychology from Wayne State University, completed Wayne State University’s Labor Studies Program, and is the only council member to have completed the Detroit Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy.  Jones works tirelessly to address issues that impact the quality of life in Detroit and she continues to be an advocate for transparency in government, community engagement, positive change, a voice for the voiceless, and a driver of hope for a better Detroit.  Her term expires in 2020.


Andy LeCureaux has served on the Hazel Park City Council since 2001.  He has served on the MML Governance Committee and currently serves on the Energy & Environment Committee.  LeCureaux is a co-founder of the Hazel Park Arts Council, a member of the Hazel Park Youth Assistance Committee, and he represents Hazel Park on the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA), an organization he chaired from 2004 to 2007.  He completed Level II of the Elected Officials Academy and has earned the Certified Public Manager designation at Saginaw Valley State University.  His term expires in 2019.


Richard Lewis was elected to the Traverse City Commission in November of 2015 and has nearly 36 years of experience in city and county government, along with four plus years with CH2M Hill, obtaining skills in all aspects of city administration and private-sector operations.  He has managed complex infrastructure improvement projects, efforts to promote city/regional economic growth, and intergovernmental relationships.  He is experienced in addressing local government issues with and through key individuals, and building relationships to achieve positive outcomes.  He served 17+ years as the city manager for the City of Traverse City and two years as city manager for the City of St. Joseph. He has an MBA with a concentration in public administration and with community government leadership coursework.  He received credentialed city manager recognition through the International City/County Management Association while working as city manager and was recognized for 30 years of government service. His term expires in 2019.


Brenda Moore is a life-long resident of the City of Saginaw. She was born in Saginaw and is a proud graduate of Saginaw High School and Delta College. She understands the value of the family unit and is passionate about helping individuals receive the support and assistance they need to improve their lives. When elected to city council in 2013, Brenda quickly became involved with the League by attending conferences and training to understand her role as a new official.  Since then she has been elected to serve as the 2nd vice president for the Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and she is the vice president for the Elected Officials Academy (EOA).  In addition, she has graduated from Level II of the EOA.  She is currently employed as a bail bonds person and works to assist individuals through the bail bonds process, and serves as a facilitator for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 517M).  She is also a member of the City County School Liaison Committee and hopes to positively impact Saginaw youth through her position on city council.  Her term expires in 2019.

Rusty Showalter has served as councilmember for the City of West Branch since 2008.  Serving as the current chair of the West Branch Downtown Development Authority, 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.  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 III graduate of the Elected Officials Academy.  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.

Kimberley Sims currently serves as mayor in Muskegon Heights.  After graduating from Grand Valley State University with a B.A. in Film and Video Production, she has mastered the art of sharing messages.  Professionally, that mastery has lent support to the re-framing of mindsets, community actions, and advocacy that did not have a voice.  Sims is working to ensure all voices are represented in the conversation, are heard, and for communities to begin rallying around equity, empowerment, and education.  Through her leadership, she continues to raise the standard of expectation for residents in the county and dreams of a place where inclusion and diversity are celebrated.  Sims envisions a place where residents can live, work, and play; a place where our differences don’t divide us but are celebrated.  She is currently working on changing the ways in which to engage community, empowering residents with knowledge and power to access the basic things that they need.  Working with Way to WellVille and Public Health Muskegon County, Sims has begun a new journey, leading the cause to stabilize the health of one’s community.  Her term expires in 2020.

Oliver Turner has served as city manager in Sault Ste. Marie in 2014.  He has previously served as the village manager for the Village of Almont and has obtained additional local government experience with the City of Perrysburg, Ohio and has prior private sector retail management experience.  Turner obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of public administration degree from the University of Toledo and has a strong commitment to fostering transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and excellence in service delivery.  He currently serves as chair of the Michigan Municipal Executives Ethics Committee and is an active member of the International City/County Management Association.  Turner has also served previously on the Michigan Municipal Executives Board of Directors.  He believes that public managers are duty bound to serve their home communities and its elected officials with integrity, honesty, and pragmatism.  His term expires in 2020.


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 almost 30 years of municipal management experience and has focused on being a cost-effective leader, saving millions of dollars for cities, while enhancing revenues.  He has helped lead the effort of maintaining core services while also preserving quality of life services, making Sterling Heights a desirable city to live, work and play.  He serves on numerous boards including Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors, SEMCOG’s Executive Committee, and is past Chairman of the Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities (MACRO).  He has an B.A. in political science from Augustana College and an MPA from Northern Illinois University.  His term expires in 2019.  

William Wild has served as mayor of the City of Westland since 2007.  Dedicated to forward-thinking policy innovation, he has put Westland, a town of 85,000 residents, on the national map with recognition as one of “America’s top 50 places to live, work and play” by Wall Street 24/7 magazine.  Under Wild’s leadership, the City of Westland has benefited from initiatives like “Westland Mission: Green!” which promotes environmental best practices, the “Compassionate City Program,” a goal to incorporate a friendly and humane lens into community planning and activities, and the “Passport to a Healthy City” program, designed to empower Westland residents to live healthy and fulfilling lives.  An active public servant since 1999, Wild began his service career as a member of Westland’s Planning Commission and in 2001 he began a seven-year tenure as member of the Westland City Council.  He is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, SEMCOG Economic Development Task Force, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Thai Initiative, a Seattle-based nonprofit that leads the way in creating subnational relationships between the United States and China.  His term expires in 2020.

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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