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Executive Staff

 

Dan Gilmartin
Dan Gilmartin

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Dan Gilmartin
Executive Director & CEO

Dan Gilmartin is the executive director & CEO 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.

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 and on the Placemaking Leadership Council.  He recently served as a member of the board of directors of the National League of Cities.  Prior to his current position, Dan 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 books The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People and the recent followup Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities.  Dan is a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to cities and villages. In 2012, he 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

Finance

 

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Tony Minghine

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Anthony J. Minghine
Associate Executive Director & COO

Tony Minghine is the associate executive director and chief operating officer of the Michigan Municipal League, and has devoted his career to the service of local government. He joined the League in 2006 to have an opportunity to focus on the broader policy issues surrounding local government. His tenure with the League began as the chief financial officer, and he assumed his current post in July of 2007. Tony is a regular speaker on a variety of topics effecting local government, and plays a key role in training local officials. He is a tireless advocate for local government, and frequently testifies to the state legislature on matters relating to local government finance.

With over 25 years of combined experience, Tony is an expert in operational and finance issues relating to municipalities and non-profits. He is a member of the Michigan Society of Association Executives, the Governmental Finance Officers Association, and Michigan Governmental Finance Officers Association. He is a former member of the MGFOA Board of Directors and has received awards from the GFOA for excellence in financial reporting and popular financial reporting. Tony has served on the MGFOA's legislative committee since 1998, and is a 1985 graduate of Wayne State University.

Shari Milliken

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Sharon S. Milliken
Director, Finance

Shari Milliken has over 15 years of financial management experience with a focus on not-for-profit finance and accounting.  She is responsible to manage the day to day operations for the League’s finance department, which includes the financial activities, internal controls, and accounting for the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Municipal League Foundation.

Shari also oversees financial activities for League affiliated entities including the Michigan Municipal Executives, Michigan Association of Mayors, Michigan Women in Municipal Government, Legal Defense Fund, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, and PROTEC. 

Additionally, her responsibilities include the management of multiple budgets, audits, banking and investments, and she is the finance system administrator for the accounting and association management systems.

Prior to joining the League, Shari worked out of state in the private sector. After returning to her home state of Michigan and joining the League in 1996, she realized that her true niche was in the not-for-profit environment. Shari is focused and passionate about guiding the League’s finances into the future by maintaining a sustainable business model, nurturing a progressive stance, fostering good member relations, and remaining abreast of current accounting rules and regulations.

Membership Engagement

 

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Summer Minnick

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517-908-0301

Summer Minnick,
Director, Membership Engagement

Summer Hallwood Minnick joined the Michigan Municipal League in the fall of 2002 .As director of membership engagement, she dedicates a significant portion of her time to strategically engaging League members. Summer  was previously the League’s director of state affairs coordinating the organization’s lobbying activities at the state level. Under her leadership, the League’s Lansing team was recognized in the spring of 2011 as one of the top lobbying organizations in Michigan.

Prior to joining the League, Summer was the executive director of government relations at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. She was also previously employed by the Office of Governor John Engler and the City of East Lansing.

Summer earned a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and a Masters in Public Administration from Michigan State University

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Kelly Warren

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Kelly Warren
Director, Affiliate Engagement

Kelly is the director of affiliate engagement and has been with the League since 1997. In her role, she oversees League programming and events including the Annual Convention, Capital Conference, regional meetings, training programs, the Business Alliance Program and some affiliate organization events.  She works closely with the Elected Officials Academy board and has served as the staff liaison for the Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials since its inception in 2004.   

Kelly received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Michigan University. She is a board member of the International Special Events Society (ISES) Detroit Chapter. Outside of her role with the League, Kelly is the Leader of the Detroit Chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

Information Technology & Communications

 

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Matt Bach

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Matt Bach
Director, Media Relations

Matt Bach is the director of media relations for the League. Previously, he was a newspaper reporter for 18 years at multiple newspapers, including the Flint Journal, the Livingston County Press and the Daily News in Greenville.

The Grand Blanc resident also was public relations manager for the Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau before joining the League in November of 2009.

As media relations director for the League, he helps spread information and positive news about the League and Michigan's cities, villages and urban townships. He is a 1991 graduate of Central Michigan University and is married with two children.

Legal Affairs

 

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William Mathewson

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William C. Mathewson
General Counsel

William C. Mathewson is the League's general counsel. He is responsible for corporate legal matters within the organization and represents the League in legal matters and policy issues relevant to municipalities throughout Michigan.

Bill serves as secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. He is the fund administrator of the MML Legal Defense Fund, which provides appellate level amicus assistance to municipalities involved in litigation of statewide importance. He also is a member of the National League of Cities' Legal Advisory Committee and was a 2002 recipient of the National League of Cities' John G. Stutz Service Award.

Prior to being named general counsel in 1997, Bill held several distinctly different positions with the Municipal League in its Ann Arbor and Lansing offices, including work on legislative advocacy in Lansing. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts with a major in economics. He has a master's degree in urban planning from University of Michigan's College of Architecture and Urban Planning and earned his juris doctorate at the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Lansing while working for the Municipal League.

Civic Innovations

 

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Luke Forrest

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734-669-6323

Luke Forrest
Director, Civic Innovations

Luke Forrest is the director of Civic Innovations for the Michigan Municipal League, focusing on issues related to community planning, walkability, public transportation and environmental sustainability. He represents the League on a number of committees and boards, including the Michigan Green Communities Steering Committee, MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities Advisory Council, the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office Board of Directors and the Michigan Association of Planning’s Government Relations Committee.

Luke joined the League in 2010 as a program manager. Previously, he worked for the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Richard Murphy

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734-669-6329

Richard Murphy
Program Coordinator

Richard Murphy is a Civic Innovation Labs program coordinator. He assists communities with transportation and land use planning, placemaking, economic development, and technology issues. Murph joined the League in 2014.  Previously, he served as city planner in Ypsilanti, programs director for Michigan Suburbs Alliance, and on the board of directors of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. He holds degrees in computer engineering and urban planning from the University of Michigan.

Risk Management Services

 

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Michael Forster

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Michael Forster
Director, Risk Management Services

Michael Forster is the director of risk management services for the Michigan Municipal League. He is responsible for the overall success of the League’s casualty and workers’ compensation insurance programs, which are among the largest and most respected municipal group self insurance pools in the U.S.  

Mike oversees all administrative, financial, membership and regulatory aspects of programs, and is responsible for reporting to, and implementing the policies of the two governing boards, as well as numerous reinsurance partners, auditors and regulators.

He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and began his career with the League in 1990 after eight years with a national insurance carrier as a multi-line claim supervisor. Previous to his appointment as director in 2004, Mike held the positions of claim manager and assistant director of risk management.  

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Deborah Walton-Medley

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Deborah Walton-Medley
Director, Financial Operations

Deborah has over 25 years of financial management experience with a focus on insurance and non-profit accounting. Currently, she is responsible for the insurance accounting functions of the Michigan Municipal League Liability & Property Pool, and the Michigan Municipal League Workers’ Compensation Fund. She is also Treasurer of the League affiliate, Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. Since joining the League in 1990, she has managed the accounting of other League affiliates including the MML Foundation, Legal Defense Fund, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, and PROTEC, the Michigan telecommunications coalition.

Prior to joining the League in 1990, she worked as an auditor/regulator for the Michigan Insurance Bureau, where she conducted financial and compliance audits of US and Canadian life, health, property and casualty insurance companies; health maintenance organizations; and third party administrators.

Deborah is a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs, Insurance Accounting & Systems Association, and the National League of Cities Risk Consortium.  She was recently awarded the John G. Stultz award for completing 25 years of service. Deborah earned a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.  She lives in the city of Southfield and is highly involved within her community, currently serving as Commissioner of the Southfield Total Living Commission.

Policy Development

 

Shanna Draheim

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Shanna Draheim
Director, Policy Development

Shanna Draheim joined the Michigan Municipal League in August, 2016 as the Director of Policy Development.  In her role, she oversees special research initiatives and projects related to the strategic goals of the League, and collaborates with members and other stakeholders to identify research needs and policy recommendations. Draheim brings significant expertise in community development, urban policy, sustainability and environmental protection, economic development, and clean energy policies.   

Prior to joining the League, Draheim was a Senior Consultant with Public Sector Consultants, where she conducted research and managed projects for the firm and its clients on a wide range of public policy subjects. She also served as the head of Shepherd Advisors' Community Sustainability practice area for several years, and spent over a decade in federal and state posts. With the State of Michigan’s Great Lakes programs, she led efforts to develop and implement management plans and restoration criteria for historically contaminated waterways. At the federal level, she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation managing environmental grant programs, developing watershed and wetland protection programs, and reviewing federal energy projects for compliance with environmental regulations. 

Draheim has also served as an elected member of the East Lansing City Council since 2015. She holds a BA from James Madison College at Michigan State University, and an MA in Environmental Planning from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and three children.

State & Federal Affairs

 

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Chris Hackbarth

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Chris Hackbarth
Director, State & Federal Affairs

Chris Hackbarth rejoined the League in January of 2015 as the organization’s director of state affairs. He previously worked for the League from 2009 to 2011 as a legislative associate. He has spent the last few years working as the director of the office of policy initiatives for the  Michigan Secretary of State and lobbying for Midwest Strategy Group.

Additionally, over the past 20 years, Chris has spent time working for leadership in both the Michigan House and Michigan Senate and for the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. Chris has B.A. in  International Relations from Michigan State University’s James Madison College and lives in Okemos with his wife and three teenagers.

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John LaMacchia

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John LaMacchia
Assistant Director, State & Federal Affairs

John LaMacchia is the assistant director of State & Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League where he advocates on behalf of cities and villages with a concentration on transportation, infrastructure, and energy issues. John joined the League in January of 2013 as a Legislative Associate. In 2015, he was honored by the Michigan Society of Association Executives as one of 15 in 15’ Rising Leaders.

Prior to joining the League, John served as Chief of Staff for former Sen. John Gleason for six years and previously working in the office of former Senate Minority Leader Bob Emerson. John has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Michigan State University and lives in Dewitt with his wife Dana and two children.

Jennifer Rigterink

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Jennifer Rigterink
Legislative Associate

Jennifer Rigterink is the legislative associate for the Michigan Municipal League where she advocates on behalf of communities with a concentration on municipal services, economic development and land use issues. Jennifer joined the League in April 2016.

Prior to joining the League, Jennifer directed technical assistance for Community Development at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), including the Redevelopment Ready Communities® and Michigan Main Street programs. She also managed the Genesee Institute, now the Center for Community Progress, where she focused on building awareness of Michigan’s land bank authority model and vacant property initiatives. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.

In addition, Jennifer, a certified economic development finance professional, represents the League on the Michigan Main Street Advisory Committee. She lives in DeWitt with her husband Chris and two children. She’s also co-owner, along with her husband, of a small business called The Mattress Source in East Lansing, Michigan.

 

 

 

 

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