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Gov. Snyder makes initial appointments to Veterans' Facility Authority Board

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LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority Board of Directors created by the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority Act.

The nine-member board governs the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority, and consists of the Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and eight members appointed by the Governor who have professional knowledge, skill or experience in long-term care, health care licensure or finance or medicine.

"The creation of this board is an important step to ensure that we are properly taking care of the brave men and women who fought for our freedoms. I am confident that this group of Michiganders brings the knowledge necessary to improve administration at the homes of our veterans, and I thank them for serving in these roles,” Snyder said.

Member serving an initial one-year term expiring April 15, 2018:

John Thorhauer of Chelsea served eight years in the Army Reserves. He is the president and CEO of United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc, and recently served on the Michigan Veterans Facilities Board of Managers. Thorhauer holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Averett College in Virginia. He will represent the interests of one or more congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations.

Member serving an initial two-year term expiring April 15, 2019:

Andrew (Rocky) Raczkowski of Troy served 27 years in the Army and Army Reserves and is the president and founder of Imperium Logistics, LLC. He is a former state representative and holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and a law degree from Michigan State University. He will serve as the nominee of the Speaker of the House.

David Rutledge of Ypsilanti served in the Air Force as a personnel officer. He is a former state representative and the owner and president of Esourceful, LLC. Rutledge holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and an honorary doctor of public service degree from Eastern Michigan University. He will represent the interests of one or more congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations.

Members serving an initial three-year term expiring April 15, 2020:

Mary Kummer Naber of Grosse Pointe Park is the president and CEO of PACE Southeast Michigan. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She will serve as the nominee of the Senate Majority Leader.

MaryAnne Shannon of Sault Ste. Marie is a professor of nursing at Sault College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, master’s degrees from Wayne State University and Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She will serve as a resident of the Upper Peninsula.

Members serving an initial four-year term expiring April 15, 2021:

Paul Potter of Grand Rapids served in the  Army. He is a managing partner for PFB Capital Management and Investments, a managing partner for Mi3 Global, and the founder and manager of West Michigan Alliance for Veterans. He recently served on the Veterans Facilities Board of Managers. Potter earned a GRI designation from the school of business at the University of Michigan. He will represent the interests of one or more congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations.

David Henry of Fruitport is vice president of facility management operations for Trinity Continuing Care Services. He holds a paramedic certification in emergency medical services from Grand Valley State University and a certification in long-term care administration from Michigan State University.

Spencer Hoover of Grosse Pointe Park served four years in the Army Airborne Infantry. He is the system vice president and executive director of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Hoover holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Troy University and master’s degrees in business administration and finance from Pennsylvania State University.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. After initial appointments, members will serve four-year terms.