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1998 EPFP Alumni Reception

June 9, 1998
4:00-6:00 PM
MSU University Club
Shibui Room

The 1998 EPFP Alumni Reception will provide you with an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from your EPFP program year and to meet others who have participated in EPFP during its 24 years in Michigan. We encourage you to bring a guest to the reception who may be a candidate for the 1998-99 program.

Light hors d' ouevres and a cash bar will be available.


R.S.V.P. by June 3 to:

Dan Schultz
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or (517-432-6202)


Ben Perez
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The MSU University Club is located at 3435 Forest Rd. in Lansing.

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The Role of Advocacy Organizations in the Policy Process

May 18, 1998
2:00 pm
Kellogg Center

Resource Person: Lana Pollack
Michigan Environmental Council

Lana Pollack grew up in Ludington, Michigan, and later attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in education.

An active political organizer and former teacher of dance, Pollack was elected to the Ann Arbor School Board in 1979. In 1982, the voters of Washtenaw County sent her to the Michigan State Senate, where she served until 1994 on the Appropriations, Finance, Education, Criminal Justice and Urban Affairs committees.

The Senate's only Democratic woman for eight years, Pollack became a leading advocate for the environment, children and women's rights. She also earned praise as the architect of Michigan's landmark 1990 polluter pay statute which, before it was repealed in 1995, saved taxpayers $100 million by forcing polluters to pay for the cleanup of toxic waste. Pollack also established state-wide coalitions to prevent gun violence and teenage pregnancy.

In 1994 Pollack narrowly lost the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate and retired from public office. She then founded Michigan Monthly and served as the magazine's publisher until selling it in 1996. Pollack also worked as a consultant for the Washington, D.C.-based National Democratic Institute.

Lana Pollack was a founding trustee of the Michigan Women's Foundation and served in that capacity for ten years. She now serves on several governing boards including the Center for the Education of Women and the Hillel Foundation at the University of Michigan. In the fall of 1997, she was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Lana Pollack has been a student of music throughout her life. She has lived in the United States, England and Zambia and traveled in Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Antarctica. She is married to Henry Pollack, a Professor of Geophysics at the University of Michigan, and they are the parents of an adult son, John, a writer.

Resource Person: Wendy A. Wagenheim
Legislative Affairs Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan

Wendy Wagenheim is responsible for planning and implementing the legislative program for the Michigan affiliate of the ACLU. As an advocate for ACLU policies, she works with the Michigan Legislature, its committees and staff, and the State Board of Education to inform them of the civil liberties implications of proposed legislation and public policy. Through testimony before these bodies and meetings with numerous community groups and professional organizations, she represents the interests of the ACLU's members and leaders.

In her public awareness and speaking roles, she has addressed topics such as Parental Rights, School Vouchers, Community Notification of Sex Offenders, Internet Access and Censorship, Charters and Schools of Choice, and Teaching About Values.

Wendy has also been a consultant and rehabilitation counselor, and has extensive experience working with emotionally, physically and mentally disabled clients. She has worked with traumatically brain injured clients on the development of interpersonal skills and has served as a trainer of rehabilitation professionals.

She is active at the community level and has served in leadership and policy roles for several organizations including the National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Community Council. She is currently Chairperson of the national "Promote the Vote" campaign for the National Council of Jewish Women. For several years she served as a parent representative on advisory committees for the Birmingham Public Schools.

Wendy earned a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Social Science from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wayne State University.

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How the Media Shapes and Influences Public Opinion and Policy

April 27, 1998
2:00 pm
Kellogg Center

Resource Person: Dr. Sue Carter
Professor of Journalism
Michigan State University
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Sue Carter is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University where she is directs the Victims and the Media Program. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

Professor Carter received a B.A. (1984) in Humanities from Michigan State University, and a J.D. (1988) and an M.A. in History (1991) from Wayne State University.

Her professional experience as a journalist includes 20 years as a radio and television reporter, anchor, editorial director, and talk show host at stations in the U.S. and Canada. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press, United Press International, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Detroit Press Club, and the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

She was a Press Secretary to former Michigan Governor James Blanchard. In 1990, she was awarded the National Sportscast Award by United Press International for broadcasting the Detroit Free Press International Marathon while running it.

Resource Person: Gretchen Millich
Capitol Correspondent - WKAR-AM/FM
Braodcasting Services
Michigan State University
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Gretchen Millich is a familiar voice to WKAR Radio and Michigan Public Radio listeners. She is currently the State Capitol Correspondent for WKAR-AM/FM and is a regular contributor to Michigan Public Radio's "State Edition," the weekday public affairs program.

She left WKAR in 1979 to pursure broadcast opportunities in Washington DC. For several years she hosted "Morning Line" at WAMU-FM before joining National Public Radio (NPR) in 1985. While at NPR, Millich was an editor on the Network's National Desk where she planned and coordinated news coverage for the eastern states. She also provided editorial guidance to NPR and member-station reporters and free-lancers. Prior to returning to WKAR Radio in 1990 she served as a producer on NPR's evening newsmagazine "All Things Considered," where she was responsible for the development of story ideas and the production of interviews and new features.

Gretchen received her Bachelor's Degree (1975) in Communications from the University of Michigan. She went on to receive a law degree (1985) from American University in Washington DC, and she was admitted as a member of the Michigan Bar in 1986.

Since returning to WKAR-Radio Gretchen has received numerous awards for her reporting. In the Michigan Associated Press (AP) Broadcast Competition, she has been honored with a general excellence award for individual reporting (1994), two first place awards for documentaries (1991, 1992), first place for individual reporting (1993), and an honorable mention for individual (1991) and feature (1992) reporting. In 1995 she won first place in the broadcast category of the 21st annual Wade H. McCree Awards for the Advancement of Justice, sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan. In 1997 Gretchen won the top award in the 20th annual Ben East Prizes for Excellence in Conservation Journalism, sponsored by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC).

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The 1998 Washington Policy Seminar

The Grand Hyatt Hotel
1000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC
(Near Metro Center)

Sunday, April 5th through Wednesday, April 8th
The program begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday
and adjourns at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Michigan Policy Seminar

March 5, 1998
9:30 am
State Capitol Bldg.
Rooms 402-403
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Resource Person: Dr. Michael Boulus (EPFP 1976-77)
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Executive Director
Middle Cities Education Association

    Dr. Michael Boulus is the Executive Director of the Middle Cities Education Association and Professor of Educational Finance at Michigan State University.

    The Middle Cities Education Association is a consortium of 27 urban school districts in Michigan formed out of a shared commitment to improving educational opportunities for the urban learner. The unique mission emphasis of Middle Cities is to serve as an advocate for at-risk students.

    Boulus' public policy involvement includes work on Michigan's new school finance reform plan and Michigan's current public policy debate on redesigning the School Code. Because of his leadership, MCEA is considered the most effective school lobbying organization in Michigan.

    A graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A.) and Michigan State University (Ph.D.), Boulus has authored several papers on school finance and education reform in Michigan. He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on these topics.

Resource Person: State Representative Kirk Profit
House Taxation Committee

Kirk A. Profit is serving his fifth term in the Michigan House of Representatives. The Democratic legislator from Ypsilanti represents the 54th House District. Born September 12, 1952 in Mt. Pleasant, Kirk has lived in the Ypsilanti area since 1954 and has served the community in a variety of capacities. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University and obtaining his Doctor of Law degree from the University of Detroit, he became legal advisor to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, and in 1981 he served the community as Undersheriff for Washtenaw County.

This term Kirk was appointed Chair of the House Committee on Tax Policy. As the Chair of this committee, he will continue to pursue his efforts to make Michigan individual and business taxation fairer and more competitive. Specifically, he is continuing his efforts to eliminate those features of the single business tax that excessively burden productivity, job creation, and international competitiveness; he continues to work to eliminate the intangibles tax and the personal property tax; and he is aggressively pursuing income tax relief to make it more family-friendly and supportive of investment and savings, rather than consumption. His other committee assignments include serving as a member of the House Committees on Health Policy, Insurance, Public Utilities, and Regulatory Affairs.

Kirk's previous legislative efforts have included leadership in the challenge to provide equal opportunity in education, which he will continue to pursue this legislative session, and establishment of limited liability companies and limited liability parterships. For the 1993-94 legislative session, Kirk was identified by the Detroit News as the leader in the House of Representatives in legislative production inasmuch as he has authored 119 legislative initiatives and had 23 public acts signed by the Governor. For the 1995-96 legislative session, he had 12 public acts signed by the Governor, which tied for the leading number introduced by a Democratic sponsor.

Kirk is married and has three children--Jennifer, Kristine and Kirk.

Resource Person: Louise Alderson
Director of Legislative Affairs
Office of the Governor

Louise Alderson is a native of Lansing, Michigan. She is a 1976 graduate from Lansing Eastern High School and holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. From 1986 to 1988, she worked for the Senate Majority Counsel and then as legislative counsel to State Senator Rudy Nichols. She served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Clinton County from 1989 to 1992, working in the District, Circuit and Probate Courts. In 1992, she joined the House Republican Programs and Research staff as legal counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. She accepted an appointment as the Federal Legislative Liaison for the Michigan Department of Transportation in 1995. In September of 1996, Louise joined the staff of the Governor's Office of Legislative Affairs as Associate Director and assumed the duties of Director in May of 1997.

Louise currently sits on the Board of Directors of Relief After Violent Encounter (RAVE), serving as vice-president. She is active with the Big Sister/Big Brother Program and sits on the MSU Criminal Justice Alumni Board of Directors.

Resource Person: Dan Loepp
Chief of Staff
Office of the Speaker of the House

As Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and previously as Chief of Staff to the House Minority Leader, Dan is responsible for administration, policy and business operations for the Speaker and the Michigan House. He supervises the Speaker's personal staff of seven, the House Central Staff of six deputy directors and 45 additional employees, and a budget exceeding $2.5 million. He also has oversight and consulting responsibility for the House Business Office and the House Fiscal Agency.

Dan worked to negotiate an historic power-sharing agreement in the Michigan House, helped restructure the House Fiscal Agency, provided leadership for reshaping the House Central staff, House Clerk, and Sergeants Staffs's offices. He supervises all policy issues for the Speaker and develops a coherent policy program for the Speaker and members of the caucus on issues including, but not limited to, auto insurance, appropriations process, school finance reform, campaign finance and ethics reform, medical malpractice and business tax reform.

Prior to joining state government he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Service Station Dealers Association of Michigan, Inc., Director of Communications for the Office of the Michigan Attorney General, and Administrative Assistant to US Congressman Dennis Hertel in the 14th District of Michigan. He earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wayne State University.

Resource Person: Dr. Douglas B. Roberts
State Treasurer
State of Michigan

Resource Person: Ms. Cheryl Chapko (EPFP 1996-97)
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Chief of Staff
Office of State Senator Harry Gast

Ms. Cheryl Chapko has worked in the legislative arena since 1980 and has been on Senator Gast's staff since 1982. She has done every job in the office, including constituent work and legislation, and has moved up to her current position as Chief of Staff. Her main function is to develop and implement strategies for achieving the short and long-term public policy and political objectives of Senator Gast, act as a liaison with the executive branch, legislators, and public and private interest groups, with specific emphasis on budget and capital outlay issues. Additionally, she oversees and manages the office and staff. Cheryl has a BA from Michigan State University and an MPA from Western Michigan University.

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