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Slate River, taken near Skanee, Michigan. Photo credit: Rex Crouch

Section Officers
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The information on this page provides a summary of the current Michigan Section Executive Committee officers, contact information, and the responsibilities of each position.  Information is also available regarding the Subcommittee Chairs.

The Michigan Section elects a member to the Secretary position during its Annual Meeting in December.  If you are interested in being a candidate for this position, please submit your name and a short biography for inclusion in the October newsletter no later than September 15.
Officer Name Contact Information
Past President Brian Burke 517-331-7715 / brian.burke@cmsenergy.com
1. Section senior advisor.
2. Undertakes assignments as requested by the Section President.
President Linda Hensel 231-757-9080 / lhensel09gtc@gmail.com
1. Presides over all Section and Executive Committee meetings.
2. Official Section spokesperson.
3. Executes all documents on behalf of the Section.
4. Carries out all policies and directives.
5. Liaison with National Executive Committee.
6. Liaison with all Section Subcommittees.
Vice President Tim Woodburne 616-364-8491 / twoodburne@preinnewhof.com
1. Ensures continuity and transition between current and subsequent Executive Committees.
2. Undertakes assignments at the request of the Section President.
3. Assists with quarterly meeting planning and setup.
4. Delegate to National Advisory Board meetings.
Treasurer Amy Hoeksema 517-788-1985 /Amy.Hoeksema@cmsenergy.com
1. Keeps an accurate account of all financial transactions.
2. Prepares annual financial statements (Due to National by April 15 of the following year).
3. Works in conjunction with Subcommittee financial chairman (if applicable).
4. Assists Secretary with quarterly meeting check-in, deposit receipts, payment to meeting facility.

Sara Verbrugge-Pearson

517-420-3219 / pearsons@michigan.gov

1. Keeps and maintains all bylaws and official Section documents.
2. Maintains minutes and records of Executive Committee meetings.
3. Registers members and prepares for quarterly meetings check-in and name tags.
Newsletter Editor Adam Heft 517-886-7400 / heft@pbworld.com 
1. Prepare section newsletters for publication and distribution to Section members, students,
    advertisers, and interested nonmembers.
2. Send announcements to Section members for meetings and other events.
3. Primary contact with National for website content and updates.
Assistant Editors Sara Verbrugge-Pearson
Mark Sweatman
517-420-3219 / pearsons@michigan.gov
517-284-5910 / sweatmanm@michigan.gov
1. Reviews Section newsletter before the Editor finalizes and distributes it to members.
2. Publishes and distributes the newsletter if the Editor is unable to do so.
Subcommittee Chair Chairperson Name Contact Information
Awards/Educational Outreach Melissa Powers 734-474-1768 / mpowers@trcsolutions.com
1. Solicits nominations for outstanding geologist annual Section award and for special awards.
2. Compile longevity awards and prepare certificates and plaques.
3. Arrange for plaques for speakers.
4. Distribute educational monetary awards.
Screening TBD  
1. Preserves all applications, references, and inquiry materials in strict confidence.
2. Preserves all files and forwards to National upon final recommendation from Committee.
3. Inquiries verifying work experience and integrity of applicant.
Nominating TBD  
1. Identifies and obtains commitments from Section members to become candidates for
    Section offices.
Regulations and Legislation Sara Pearson 517-420-3219 / pearsons@michigan.gov
1. Track and act upon legislative, regulatory, and over governmental issues which have potential to
     impact the professional geologist.
2. Monitor changes in licensing laws.
3. Provide guidance to legislators.
4. Educate legislators.
5. Sponsor meetings with legislators.
Membership and Student Chapters John Barkach 248-538-0900 / jbarkach@glec-tc.com
1. Assists Executive Committee in recruitment of new members.
2. Actively solicits geologists not currently members.
3. Recruit new members from regulatory agencies.
4. Establishes opportunities for the formation for student chapters.
Summer Workshop Subcommittee Chair Sara Verbrugge-Pearson
Rick Dunkin
517-420-3219 / pearsons@michigan.gov
303-989-2536 / ecorock@comcast.net

1. Organize and run the Summer Workshop.
2. Apprise the Executive Committee on Status of sponsorship, advertisers, participation of the Workshop.

Golf Outing Subcommittee Chair Bob Reichenbach 810-844-4512 / bob.reichenbach@ergrp.net

1. Organize and run the annual golf outing.

Field Trip Subcommittee Chair Linda Hensel 231-757-9080 / lhensel09gtc@gmail.com

1. Organize the annual summer field trip.
2. Identify a field trip leader.



















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