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Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Board and Commissions August 26, 2021

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Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Board and Commissions August 26, 2021

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments to the Certificate of Need Commission, Elevator Safety Board, Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators, and the Governor’s Educator Advisory Council.

 

Certificate of Need Commission

 

Eric C. Ferguson, M.D., an Independent of Dexter, is the president and CEO of Huron Valley Radiology, P.C. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan. Dr. Ferguson is appointed to represent physicians licensed under part 170 to engage in the practice of medicine, for a term commencing August 26, 2021 and expiring April 9, 2024. He succeeds Melisa Oca whose term expired April 9, 2021.

 

Donald A. Haney, a Republican of Middleville, is an administrator for Thornapple Manor in Hastings. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Mr. Haney is appointed to represent nursing homes for a term commencing August 26, 2021 and expiring April 9, 2024. He succeeds John Lindsey Dood whose term expired April 9, 2021.

 

The Certificate of Need (CON) Commission has the responsibility to develop, approve, disapprove, or revise CON Review Standards that are used by the CON Program Section to issue decisions on CON applications. The Commission evaluates the Review Standards for modification on a three-year rotating schedule as identified in the Commission Workplan. The Commission also has the authority to make recommendations to revise the list of covered clinical services subject to CON review.

 

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

 

Elevator Safety Board

 

Sean K. Walker, of Commerce Township, is the business agent and recording secretary for the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 36. He earned a certification from the National Elevator Industry Education Program. Mr. Walker is appointed to represent the elevator constructors’ union for a term commencing August 26, 2021 and expiring July 22, 2025. He succeeds Michael Vandervennet whose term expired July 22, 2021.

 

The Elevator Safety Board promulgates rules and prepares examinations in relation to contractor licenses. The Board also conducts hearings to determine whether an elevator contractor license or certificate of competency or commission should be suspended or revoked.

 

This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

 

Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators

 

Cheryl Q. Bray, of Norway, is an administrator for ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University. Mrs. Bray is reappointed to represent nursing home administrators for a term commencing August 26, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025.

 

Dana Prince, Ph.D., of Byron Center, is the executive director for St. Ann’s Home in Grand Rapids. She earned her Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University. Dr. Prince is appointed to represent nursing home administrators for a term commencing August 26, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Ricky Ackerman whose term expired June 30, 2021.

 

The Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators was created to license nursing home administrators who plan, organize, direct, and control the total operation of nursing homes on behalf of the governing board or owner of a nursing home. The Board promotes and protects the public’s health, safety, and welfare by ascertaining minimal entry-level competency of nursing home administrators.

 

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

 

Governor’s Educator Advisory Council

 

Leah J. Porter, of Lansing, is a teacher with Holt Public Schools and the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. She earned her Master of Arts in Literacy Education and Bachelor of Arts in Education from Michigan State University. Mrs. Porter is appointed to represent the Teacher of the Year for a term commencing September 1, 2021 and expiring August 31, 2022. She succeeds Owen Bondono whose term expires August 31, 2021.

 

The Governor’s Educator Advisory Council was created by Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2019-9. The Council will review and make recommendations regarding legislation relevant to this state’s public education system, identify and analyze issues impacting the effectiveness of Michigan’s public education system, identify best practices in public education and recommend corresponding changes and improvements to Michigan’s public education system, and provide other information or advice relevant to public education.

 

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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