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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2018

Michigan Municipal League Board Names Six New Members

Officials from Boyne City, Holland, Menominee, Midland, Pontiac, and Vassar Selected to Statewide Municipal Association


GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – The members of the Michigan Municipal League recently elected six new members to the statewide League Board of Trustees.

During the League’s Annual Meeting at its 2018 Convention Sept. 21 in Grand Rapids, the League membership elected as new board members: Midland Councilmember Diane Brown Wilhelm; Michael Cain, City Manager of Boyne City; Vassar City Manager Brian Chapman; Holland Mayor Nancy De Boer; Menominee Mayor Jean Stegeman; and Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman.

The League board also selected its 2018-19 officers. Ferndale Councilmember Melanie Piana named president and Saginaw City Councilmember Brenda F. Moore was named vice president. As vice president, Moore is in line to become the League president for the 2019-20 term.

New board member details (all terms expire in 2021):

  • Diane Brown Wilhelm is a tireless public servant, sitting on the Midland city council and city planning commission for more than 10 combined years. She also is the city council’s legislative director, representing the city as a delegate to the Michigan Municipal League. She also holds leadership roles with Midland’s Shelterhouse, Midland Community Family Ministries, and the League of Women Voters. She is a senior manager executive for Accenture.

  • Michael Cain has served as city manager of Boyne City since 2002. He has over 35 years of municipal management experience having previously worked for Grand Traverse County, Traverse City, Fenton, Wolverine Lake, Troy, and St. Johns. Cain has served on various League committees. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Michigan Municipal Executives where he served on the board and several committees. He currently serves as the chairperson of the Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet County 911 Authority and is also on the board of Networks Northwest. Cain works hard to remove unnecessary organizational silos, promotes collaboration between and within organizations and communities, all while looking for ways to say yes. He is the past president and current board member of the Boyne Valley Lions Club and is an Eagle Scout.

  • Brian Chapman has been serving in local government since 2007 and is the current city manager for the City of Vassar. Prior to coming to Vassar, Chapman was the organization development specialist for the City of Oshkosh, WI; management assistant for the City of Oshkosh, WI; and assistant to the city manager in Negaunee, MI. Chapman has also served as a consultant to numerous communities and counties throughout Wisconsin. His background includes areas as diverse as public works, economic development, public finance, organizational development, process improvement, and long-range planning. Chapman is an active member of the International City Managers Association (ICMA), Michigan Municipal Executives, and Strong Towns.  

  • Nancy De Boer is the 43rd mayor of the City of Holland and became the first woman mayor in the city’s 148-year history when she was elected in November 2015. She previously served 10 years as a member of the city council. During her tenure on the council, she has championed many initiatives, but most notably played a vital role in fostering the redevelopment of the city’s 60-year-old civic center. After 11 studies, three committees, and plans over the last three decades, the Holland Civic Center has finally been reborn and will catalyze human connections and investment in Holland. The city is now beginning a visioning for waterfront development with the vacation of the coal-fired power plant on the water.

  • Jean Stegeman has more than a decade of public service and is currently serving her second term as mayor in the City of Menominee. She was a member of and served as chair of the Menominee planning commission for several years prior to becoming mayor. She’s on her second term as a member of the League’s Liability and Property Pool Board of Directors. She is active in several local civic organizations.

  • Dr. Deirdre Waterman was elected as mayor of Pontiac in 2013, becoming the first woman to be elected to the position, and she was re-elected in November 2017. As mayor, she has numerous accomplishments, including working successfully to end 10 years of emergency managers and state takeover and guiding the city from a deficit budget to a $15 million surplus. An ophthalmologist by profession, Dr. Waterman is a longtime business owner and operated her practice, Holloway Eye Care, in Pontiac for more than 30 years. She was the first African-American female ophthalmologist in the state of Michigan. She also served as chairman of the National Medical Association, Region IV, as well as two terms as finance chair for that organization. She was president of the Associated Healthcare Providers and is listed in the first education of Vital Signs: Michigan, citing African-American achievement in healthcare. She was awarded the 2017 Crain’s Newsmaker of the Year Award in February 2018. She was named one of Essence Magazine’s ‘Woke 100 Women’ of the year in the May 2018 issue and is featured in the photo spread with the 18 most prominent African American Women Mayors in the country.

The newly elected Trustees join Piana, Moore and the other volunteers who remain on the 2018-19 Board: Marlon Brown, Mason Mayor Pro Tem; Christine Burns, Spring Lake Village Manager; Shea Charles, Howell City Manager; Brenda Jones, Detroit Council President; Andy LeCureaux, Hazel Park City Councilmember; Richard Lewis, Traverse City Commissioner; Kimberley Sims, Muskegon Heights Mayor; Oliver Turner, Sault Ste. Marie City Manager; William Wild, Westland Mayor; and Mark Vanderpool, Sterling Heights City Manager.

The board and League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin also thanked for their years of service outgoing President Catherine Bostick-Tullius, Lapeer City Commissioner; and board members Wendell Dompier, Baraga Village President; Maureen Donker, Midland Mayor; Jason Eppler, Ionia City Manager; Rebecca Fleury, Battle Creek City Manager; and Rusty Showalter, West Branch Councilmember.

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.

About the League: 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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