Northern Lakes Economic Alliance • 231-582-6482
Andy Hayes, President
The NLEA Board is made up of 23 appointees from public/private organizations. Our three-member counties, Antrim, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan, appoint five members each. Permanent seats are appointed by NLEA founding organizations: North Central Michigan College, Char-Em ISD, NW MI Industrial Association, and MSU Extension. The remaining four seats are “at-large” appointments and represent our three utility companies, DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Great Lakes Energy, as well as Baker College.
Although this is a large group, members are very active and engaged. It also represents a cross-section of public and private sector members, which mirrors the public/private partnership that makes the NLEA strong and effective. We value and appreciate their leadership, collaborative spirit, and commitment to the economic vitality of our area.
The 2020 NLEA Board Officers began their term on 1/1/2020.
2020 Board members include:
Appointed by Antrim County:
Dawn LaVanway, Antrim County Commissioner
Rick Diebold, Retired – Char-Em ISD
Pete Garwood, Antrim County Administrator
Joe Short, Short’s Brewing Company
Sheridan Rhoads, Retired—Antrim County Transportation
Appointed by Charlevoix County:
Chris Christensen, Charlevoix County Commissioner
Robin Stanley, Industrial Magnetics, Inc.
Kevin Shepard, Charlevoix County Administrator
Don Voisin, Charlevoix Agency, Inc.
Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager
Appointed by Cheboygan County:
Richard Sangster, Cheboygan County Commissioner
Jim Granger, Granger Professional Services
Paul Blome, Tube Fab Roman Engineering
Jeff Lawson, Cheboygan County Administrator
Jeff Veryzer, Link Industries
Adam Koivisto, MSU Extension – District 14 Coordinator
Chuck Hayes, North Central Michigan College
Jim Rummer, Char-Em ISD
Gary Walker, NW MI Industrial Assoc.
Carla Gribbs, DTE Energy
Bill Scott, Great Lakes Energy
Carlin Smith, Consumers Energy
Mark Lagerwey, Baker College