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Board of Trustees 2018-2021

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.



Brenda F. Moore is a life-long resident of the City of Saginaw and currently serves as mayor pro tem. She was born in Saginaw and is a proud graduate of Saginaw High School and Delta College.  Moore 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, she quickly became involved with the League by attending conferences and training to understand her role as a new official.  Since then, Moore has been elected to serve as the 2nd vice president for the Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and she is the president for the Elected Officials Academy (EOA).  In addition, she has graduated from Level 4 of the EOA.  Moore is currently employed as a bail bonds person and works to assist individuals through the bail bonds process, and serves as an organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 517M).  Moore 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.


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Vice President:
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.

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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.

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 believes in and works hard to removes unnecessary organizational silos while promoting collaboration and cooperation within and between organizations, communities, and people 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.  Cain received his master’s in Public Administration from MSU.  His term expires in 2021.

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, he 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.  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.  He is an active member of the International City Managers Association (ICMA), Michigan Municipal Executives (MME), and Strong Towns.  Chapman received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University.  His term expires in 2021.

Nancy De Boer was first elected to Holland City Council in November 2005.  In November 2015, she became the 43rd mayor of the City of Holland and the first woman mayor in the city’s 148-year history.  During her tenure on the council, De Boer has championed many initiatives, but most notably played a vital role in fostering the redevelopment of the 60-year old Holland 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.  Her term expires in 2021.

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.

Robert La Fave serves as the village manager for the Village of L'Anse.  In his 11 years of service to the community, he has worked with multiple community stakeholders (Village Council, DDA, Chamber of Commerce, Baraga County EDC, Planning Commission, and citizen groups) to engage in placemaking and downtown revitalization efforts to improve the quality of life of local residents and to help make the community more attractive to visitors and business alike.  La Fave has served on the Michigan Municipal Executives board, MSU Extension Statewide Board, is currently on the Baraga County EDC, and various other community boards.  He holds a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University, holds a Citizen Planner Certification from MSU Extension, and is currently a PhD. student in Michigan Technological University's Environmental and Energy Policy Program.  His term expires in 2020.


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.

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.

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.  Her term expires in 2021.


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.  

Dr. Deirdre Waterman was elected mayor of Pontiac in 2013, becoming the first woman to be elected to the position; she was re-elected in November 2017.  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 is a graduate of the University of Chicago, with a degree in Biology and Political Science, as well as Meherry Medical College.  She completed her residency at the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State. Dr. Waterman was recently awarded the 2017 Crain’s Newsmaker of the Year Award. 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. Her term expires in 2021.

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.

Diane Brown Wilhelm has been a tireless public servant, sitting on the Midland city council and planning commission for more than 10 combined years. She is a senior manager executive for Accenture and Midland city council’s legislative director. Wilhelm holds leadership roles with Midland’s Shelterhouse, Midland Community Family Ministries, and the League of Women Voters, while also serving as Accenture Global Employee Engagement Lead & Project People Advocate.  These and many other community service roles allow Wilhelm to employ the strengths she has developed in the professional world for the benefit of her community.  Her term expires in 2021.

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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