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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Officials from Saginaw, Traverse City, Spring Lake, Leslie, Hazel Park and Sterling Heights Selected to Statewide Municipal Association


MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan – The members of Michigan Municipal League recently elected six members to the statewide League Board of Trustees.

During the League’s Annual Meeting at its 2016 Convention Sept. 14 on Mackinac Island, the League membership elected as new board members Christine Burns, Spring Lake Village Manager; Andy LeCureaux, Hazel Park Councilmember; Richard Lewis, Traverse City Commissioner; Brenda Moore, Saginaw Councilmember; Mark Vanderpool, Sterling Heights City Manager; and Juan Pete Zamora, Leslie Mayor.

The League board also selected its 2016-17 officers. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was selected as president and Lapeer City Commissioner Catherine Bostick-Tullius was named vice president. As vice president, Bostick-Tullius in line to become the League president for the 2017-18 term.

The newly elected trustees join Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and the other volunteers who remain on the 2016-17 Board: Bliss; Bostick-Tullius; Kim Corcoran, Mayor Pro Tem, Ironwood; Wendell Dompier, Baraga Village President; Maureen Donker, Midland Mayor; Jason Eppler, Ionia City Manager; Rebecca Fleury, Battle Creek City Manager; Ken Hibl, Clare City Manager; Marcus Peccia, Cadillac City Manager; Melanie Piana, Ferndale City Councilmember; and Rusty Showalter, West Branch Mayor Pro Tem; Jeff Thornton, Negaunee City Manager; and Adam Umbrasas, Three Oaks Village Manager.

The board also thanked for their years of service outgoing President Jack O’Reilly, Dearborn Mayor; and board members Dan Greer, Jackson Councilmember; Bobby Hopewell, Kalamazoo Mayor; and Ed Klobucher, Hazel Park City Manager.

New board member details:

  • Christine Burns has more than 25 years of experience as a municipal official. Christine 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. Chris graduated from Central Michigan University with the BS in BA majoring in Management (1990) and earned her MSA in Public Administration from CMU in 2006. Chris 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 MI Local Government Management Association and has served on the Board of Directors for MME. Her term on the League board expires in 2019.

  • Andy LeCureaux has served on the Hazel Park City Council since 2001. He has served on the Governance Committee and currently serves on the Energy & Environment Committee with the Michigan Municipal League. Andy 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.  Andy completed Level I and Level II of the MML Elected Officials Academy and he earned the Certified Public Manager Designation at Saginaw Valley State University. He is the owner of Andrew’s Appliance Installation. His term on the League board 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 2 months as the City Manager for the City of Traverse City, MI and 2 years as City Manager for the City of St. Joseph (2013-2015). 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 (ICMA) while working as City Manager and was recognized for 30 years of government service. His term on the League board 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 Michigan Municipal 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 has been elected to the Elected Officials Academy (EOA) board. In addition, she has graduated from Levels One and Two of the EOA. She is currently employed as a Bail Bond 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 member of the City County School Liaison Committee and hopes to positively impact Saginaw youth through her position on City Council. Her term on the League board expires in 2019.

  • 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 BA in Political Science from Augustana College and an MPA from Northern Illinois University. His new term expires in 2019 as he previously served a partial term on the board.

  • Juan Pete Zamora has served on the Leslie City Council since 2004, including five years as mayor pro tem and now five years as mayor. He is a retired Deputy Chief from East Lansing Fire Department and is currently a Fire Academy Instructor at Lansing Community College, and a Training Coordinator for the State of Michigan Firefighters Training Division. He is a member of the League’s EOA board and Level 1 and Level 2 graduate of the EOA program. His term on the League board expires in 2019.

For photos of the League board members go to the “Award Winners and Honors” album in this Michigan Municipal League collection on flickr: Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Michigan Municipal League/

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, Michigan Municipal League media relations director, at and (734) 669-6317.

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