Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix & Cheboygan Counties.

2020 NLEA Board and Officers

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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                                                                                                       


Designated Appointments:

 Adam Koivisto, MSU Extension – District 14 Coordinator         

 Chuck Hayes, North Central Michigan College

 Jim Rummer, Char-Em ISD

Gary Walker, NW MI Industrial Assoc.


Regional-At-Large Appointments:           

Carla Gribbs, DTE Energy

Bill Scott, Great Lakes Energy

Carlin Smith, Consumers Energy

Mark Lagerwey, Baker College


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