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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Lapeer City Commissioner Catherine Bostick-Tullius Selected as Michigan Municipal League Board President

Ferndale Councilmember Melanie Piana Named Vice President

HOLLAND, Michigan – Lapeer City Commissioner Catherine Bostick-Tullius was selected as the 2017-18 president of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees.

Bostick-Tullius was named board president by the 19-member board during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2017 Convention taking place this week in Holland. In the League’s 118-year-history, she’s the first League president from Lapeer.

“I’ve always been impressed with the League as an organization,” Bostick-Tullius said. “I’m really glad and honored that the board gave me the opportunity to serve as its president.”

Bostick-Tullius has served on the League board since 2014, including the past year as League vice president. She’s been a Lapeer city commissioner since 2009, previously serving in a variety of Lapeer positions since 1997, including board member on the Zoning Board of Appeals and on the steering committee that established the Pix Arts Council for Greater Lapeer, Inc. Primary goals as League president include fixing the state’s broken system for funding municipalities and raising awareness at the local level.

“The Michigan municipal finance reform that the League has been working on is what really motivated me to want to become League vice president and president,” she said. “I share the League’s goal to not only help communities get new resources, but to give them different ways to access resources to help them not just survive, but to thrive. There also needs to be more of a connect between the League, the hard work the League staff is doing, and getting that to our local city councils to be able to implement some of those things and at least try them out.”

Bostick-Tullius has been practicing law since 1995, and has had her family law practice in Lapeer since 1997. 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.

In related action, the board selected Ferndale City Councilmember Melanie Piana as the League’s 2017-18 vice president, Piana is line to become League president in 2018-19.

Piana was named board vice president by the 19-member board during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2017 Convention taking place this week in Holland. As vice president, Piana is in line to become League president in 2018-19. In related action, the board selected Lapeer City Commissioner Catherine Bostick-Tullius as the League’s 2017-18 president.

“It’s an honor to serve on the Michigan Municipal League board and to represent the City of Ferndale at the statewide level,” said Piana, who has served on the League board since October, 2015. “The Michigan Municipal League always has been very supportive of the Ferndale community and the organization is a major advocate for municipal finance reform – something I feel very strongly about. I look forward to working with League President Catherine Bostick-Tullius and the full board in assisting our communities become financially healthier.”

Piana has served on the Ferndale City council since 2010 and she is deputy director of Jefferson East Inc., a collaborative catalyst for economic development among the five districts that comprise the east Jefferson corridor in Detroit. She previously worked for the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), and nine years in downtown Ferndale at the Michigan Suburbs Alliance. With experience working with over 20 municipalities in partnership with elected officials, city managers, and city staff, Piana holds a strong belief that interdependence and regional connectivity enhances community vitality.

In addition, she is a member of the Project Management Institute, American Planning Association and local chapter, Michigan Association of Planning, and the Urban Land Use Institute. In her council position, Melanie currently serves on the Planning Commission, Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission (FESC), and represents Ferndale on the Woodward Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee.

In addition to selecting its officers, the League board also welcomed six newly elected members during its annual meeting Wednesday, Sept.13. The six members are Marlon Brown, Mason Mayor Pro Tem; Shea Charles, Howell City Manager; Brenda Jones, Detroit Council President; Kimberley Sims, Muskegon Heights Mayor; Oliver Turner, Sault Sainte Marie City Manager; and William Wild, Westland Mayor. 

The newly elected trustees join Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and the other volunteers who remain on the 2017-18 Board: Christine Burns, Spring Lake Village Manager; Wendell Dompier, Baraga Village President; Maureen Donker, Midland Mayor; Jason Eppler, Ionia City Manager; Rebecca Fleury, Battle Creek City Manager; Andy LeCureaux, Hazel Park City Councilmember; Richard Lewis, Traverse City Commissioner; Brenda Moore, Saginaw City Councilmember; Melanie Piana, Ferndale City Councilmember; Rusty Showalter, West Branch Mayor Pro Tem; and Mark Vanderpool, Sterling Heights City Manager.

The board also thanked for their years of service outgoing President Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids Mayor; and board members Kim Corcoran, Ironwood Mayor Pro Tem; Ken Hibl, Clare City Manager; and Marcus Peccia, Cadillac City Manager.

For photos of the League board members and officers go to the “Awards 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 communications director, at and (734) 669-6317.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at




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