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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Michigan Policy Seminar Speakers

Since 1995, the Michigan EPFP has scheduled an annual "Day at the Capitol" for the Michigan Fellows.  Fellows have the opportunity to meet with key elected officials and policy advisors from Michigan State government.  This seminar serves as an important part of the Fellow's preparation for the Washington Policy Seminar, held annually in the Spring.

The Michigan EPFP is indebted to each of these individuals for sharing their expertise and helping program participants better understand the public policy process in Michigan.

First Name Last Name EPFP Alum Title Organization Seminar Topic Year
Ms. Louise Alderson   Director of Legislative Affairs Governor's Office Governor's Legislative Priorities 1997-98
Mr. John Arundel   House Administrator, Office of the Speaker Michigan House of Representatives Republican Legislative Agenda 1998-98
Mr. Loren Bennett   State Senator Michigan Senate Senate Education Initiatives 2000-01
Mr. Brad Biladeau   Associate Executive Michigan Association of School Administrators   2008-10; 2013-16
Ms. Anne Blankenhorn   K-12 Education Policy Advisor Michigan Sentate   2010-11; 2014
Dr. Michael Boulus 1976-77 Executive Director Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan Current Issues in Higher Education 2002-03
Executive Director Middle Cities Education Association Moderator 1997-00
Mr. Terry Brown   State Representative, Chair, House Education Appropriations Michigan House of Representatives   2008-09;2011
Ms. Diane Byrum   State Senator; Minority Vice Chair, Senate Government Operations Committee Michigan Senate Election Reform Proposals 2001-02

Ms. Sue C.

Carnell 1999-2000 Education Policy Advisor to Governor Jennifer Granholm Governor’s Office The Governor’s Education Agenda 2003-04
Ms. Nancy Cassis   State Representative; Chair, House Taxation Committee Michigan House of Representatives Tax Policy in Michigan 1998-00
Ms. Cheryl Chapko 1996-97 Chief of Staff Office of State Senator Harry Gast Role of Legislative Staff 1997-98
Ms. Irma Clark-Coleman   State Senator, Minority Member, of the Senate Appropriations Committee Michigan Senate Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda  
Ms. Stephanie Comai-Page   Deputy Director, State Government Affairs Governor's Office Federal Block Grant Issues 1995-96

Ms. Nancy W.

Duncan   Deputy State Budget Director Department of Management and Budget Understanding the State Budget Process 2003-05
Mr. Ben Frederick   State Representative; Chair, House Workforce and Talent Development Michigan House of Representatives   2017
Mr. Paul Gieleghem   State Representative; Minority Vice Chair House Education Committee House Democratic Caucus Agenda 2002-03
Mr. John Gleason   State Senator; Minority Member  Senate Education Committee Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda 2006-07
Ms. Nancy Green   Senate Democratic Policy Director     2013-14
Ms. Pan Godchaux   State Representative Michigan House of Representatives   2000-01
Mr. Mike Hanley   State Representative; House Minority Leader Michigan House of Representatives Democrat's Legislative Agenda 1998-00
Ms. Lisa Hansknecht   State and Federal Legislative Director Michigan Department of Education   2008-10; 2015-17
Ms. Niya Hardin   Education Policy Advisor Governor's Office   2009-10
Mr. Hoon-Yung Hopgood   State Senator; Minority Vice Chair, Senate Education Committee Michigan Senate   2012-14
Ms. Joan Hunault   Legislative Analyst House Fiscal Agency   2012-14
Ms. Robbie Jameson   Director, Office of Education and Infrastructure Office of the State Budget, Derpartment of Management and Budget How the Budget Impacts Policy Priorities and Goals 2006-07; 2010-11
Mr. Scott Jenkins   Governor's Education Advisor Governor's Office The Governor's Education Agenda 1999-02
Mr. Joel Johnson   State Representative; Chair, House Workforce and Talent Development Michigan House of Representatives   2015-16
Mr. Robert Kefgen   Associate Director of Government Relations Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals   2013-14
Mr. Alan Kennedy   Chief of Staff, House Democratic Caucus Michigan House of Representatives House Democratic Agenda 2001-02
Mr. Wayne Kuipers   State Senator; Chair, Senate Education Committee Michigan Senate Senate Republican Caucus Agenda 2002-010
State Representative; Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Education Agenda 2000-02
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Lobbyist Karoub & Associates Balance of Power & Term Limits 1999-00
Chief of Staff, Office of the Speaker of the House Michigan House of Representatives Impact of Term Limits 1997-98
Mr. Brett Marr   Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs Division Governor's Office Governor's Legislative Agenda 2000-01
Ms. Kate McAullife 1980-81 Assistant Superintendent Michigan Department of Education Moderator 2000-01
Ms. Karen McPhee   Senior Advisor for Education, Office of Strategic Policy Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder   2015-16
Mr. Tim Melton   State Representative, Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Democrate Caucus Agenda 2006-10
Mr. John Moolenaar   State Representative, Minority Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Republican Caucus Agenda 2006-07
Mr. Mark Murray   State Treasurer & Special Advisor to the Governor State of Michigan Economic Outlook 1998-99

Mr. Brian

Palmer   State Representative, Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Republican Caucus Agenda 2003-05

Ms. Lisa

Posthumus Lyons   State Representative, Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives   2013-14
Mrs. Amanda Price   State Representative, Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives   2015-16
Mr. Kirk Profit   State Representative; Chair, House Taxation Committee Michigan House of Representatives Tax Policy in Michigan 1997-98
Mr. Al Pscholka   State Representative Michigan House of Representatives   2010-11
Dr. Douglas B. Roberts   State Treasurer State of Michigan Economic Outlook 1997-98
Mr. William Rogers   State Representative; Chair, House Education Appropriations Subcommittee Michigan House of Representatives   2010-11; 14
Mr. Andy Schor   State Representative; Minority Member, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives   2016-17
Dr. Joe Schwarz   State Senator; Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Michigan Senate Higher Education Policy 1999-00
Ms. Martha Scott   State Senator; Member, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid Michigan Senate Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda 2002-03
Mr. David

 

 

Seitz   Deputy Director & Policy Development Coordinator House Republican Policy Office House Republication Caucus Agenda 2002-03
Ms. Mary Kay Shields 1986-87 Special Advisor for Charter Schools Governor's Office Public School Academies 1995-96
Mr. Sam Singh   State Representative, House Appropriations Committee Michigan House of Representatives   2012-13
Ms. Alma Wheeler Smith   State Senator Michigan Senate Election 2002 2000-01
Ms. Jennifer Smith   Director of Government Relations Michigan Association of School Boards   2015-17
Mr. Peter Spadafore   Associate Executive for Government Relations Michigan Association of School Administrators   2017

Mr. Douglas

Spade   State Representative, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Democratic Caucus Agenda 2003-04
Mr. Leon Stille   State Senator; Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education & School Aid Michigan Senate Education Reform & Funding 2001-02
Mr. Dave Stafford   Lobbyist Michigan Education Association   2012-14

Mr. John G.

Strand   Legislative Council Administrator Michigan Legislature Legislative Council Agencies & Roles 2003-04

Ms. Kathryn

Summers   Chief Analyst Senate Fiscal Agency   2006-07; 2011; 2013-17
Sen.  Michael Switalski   State Senator Member, Senate Appropriations Committee Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda 2004-05
Mr. Craig Thiel 2000-01 Fiscal Analyst Senate Fiscal Agency Role of Fiscal Agency 2004-05
Mr. Christopher Thomas   Director of Elections Michigan Department of State Campaign Finance Reform 1995-96
Dr. Donald Weatherspoon 1973-74 Assistant Superintendent Michigan Department of Education Moderator 2001-02
Ms. Gretchen Whitmer   State Senator; Minority Leader Michigan Senate   2013-14
Ms. Bethany Wicksall   Associate Director House Fiscal Agency   2008-10
Mr. Chuck Wilbur 2001-02 Deputy, Policy & Planning Governor's Office Governor's Policy Initiatives 2004-09
Mr. Don Wotruba 1998-99 Director of Legislative Affairs Michigan Association of School Boards Policy Issues Facing K-12 Schools 2002-03; 2011; 2013
Ms. Nancy Green   State Senator; Assistant Minority Caucus Chair Michigan Senate   2013-14