Committees

Summit at Shanty CreekMembership in an MPELRA Committee is fun and interesting. It provides an opportunity for closer interaction with other members, provides a path to leadership in the organization and doesn’t require much work. All you have to do to join is contact the Committee Chair and indicate your interest. You can use the email address listed here or log in and look up the phone number in the membership directory.

Annual Conference

This committee plans the annual training conference which is currently held at Shanty Creek in Bellaire, Michigan.  Members are involved in identifying topics, scheduling speakers, planning social activities, and site coordination. The committee is chaired by MPELRA’s 1st Vice President.

Chairperson: Jessica Unangst
jessica.unangst@ci.owosso.mi.us

Committee Members:

  • Catherine Brechtelsbauer
  • Barbara Wise-Johnson
  • Tony Skowronski
  • Robert Bruner
  • Dave Benda
  • Marla Stuck
  • James Mitchell

Bylaws

Potential changes to the bylaws of the MPELRA Board of Directors are researched by this committee, suggests the necessary language revisions and ensures the board-approved is presented to the membership in a timely manner.

Chairperson:  Tony Skowronski
ttskowro@stcs.org

Committee Members:

  • Jim Nash
  • Steve Stratton
  • Russ Claggett

Finance

The Board created this committee to review financial policies and procedures and to work with the Treasurer to ensure succession planning.

Chairperson:  Joe Valentine
jvalentine@ci.birmingham.mi.us

Committee Members

  • Barbara Wise-Johnson
  • Jane Parpart
  • Dave Benda
  • Tony Skowronski

Programs

Chaired by the newest MPELRA Board Officer, the 2nd Vice-President, the committee plans the one-day training sessions in March, June, and December.

Chairperson:  Jane Parpart
jparpart@auburnhills.org

Committee Members:

May Meeting

  • Russ Claggett
  • Amy Holda
  • Jana Baylis
  • Marla Stuck
  • Barbara Wise-Johnson
  • Wendy Thielen
  • Tony Skowronski
  • Jonathan Greene
  • Desiree Foster
  • Yvonne Taylor

Membership & Marketing Committee

This is a very active committee that works to improve services and MPELRA visibility to members.  It also works with MPELRA sponsors and recommends and implements strategies to encourage new membership.

 Chairperson: Derek Washington
dwashington@ci.livonia.mi.us

Committee Members:

  • Travis Parsons
  • Shelli Neumann
  • Anne Figueroa
  • Julie Laxton
  • Kim Archambault

Legislative

This committee tracks legislative actions that pertain to labor relations, and advises the Board of Directors, and may provide written or oral testimony to inform legislators about the potential impact of legislation.

Chairperson:  Joe Valentine
jvalentine@ci.birmingham.mi.us

Committee Members:

Strategic Planning

This committee facilitates the board’s strategic planning process, oversees the development of strategic planning documents, and monitors progress through periodic updates to the board.

Chairperson:  Vacant

Committee Members:

  • Valerie Murphy-Goodrich
  • Derrick Washington
  • Barbara Wise-Johnson

Website

This committee is responsible for maintaining and improving mpelra.org, making recommendations for improvement and increasing the practical applications of the website.

Chairperson: Dave Benda
bendaconsulting@gmail.com

Committee Members:

  • Blaine Wing
  • Steve Stratton

Manual Update

This committee is in charge of coordinating the periodic updates of the MPELRA Manual.  It also coordinates the sales of the MPELRA manual to labor relations professionals and higher education. Bulk rates are available for purchases of three or more.

Chairperson: Barbara Wise-Johnson
      barbarawisejohnson@yahoo.com

Committee Members

  • John Willems
  • Steve Schwartz
  • Cathy Brechtelsbauer
  • Matthew Carmona

Venue Committee

The Venue Committee investigates alternative locations for Training Seminars, Board Meetings, and the Annual Conference, and reports findings to the Board of Directors to inform decisions on upcoming meetings.

Chair:  Valerie Murphy-Goodrich

  • Barbara Wise-Johnson
  • Travis Parsons

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