About Me

I am a lifelong resident of Novi. Married to Wendy, we live in a 1926 Sears Catalog house on Taft Road. I have served three terms on the Novi City Council. I previously served on the Library Board and the Planning Commission. Professionally, I have over 20 years of experience working for local governments in the Information Technology field.

Professional

23 years experience in municipal government

  • Employed by Charter Township of Waterford (Information Technology and Library)
  • Network administration, web site development, online services
  • Service on various committees of The Library Network and Michigan Library Association

Author: Feature articles for “Computers in Libraries” magazine and Library Journal’s “NetConnect” publication
Presentations to various organizations including the Library of Michigan and Michigan Library Association

City Service

City Council (2005 – Current)

I have served on various City Council committees including:

  • Capital Improvement Committee
  • Grants Committee
  • Ordinance Review Committee
  • Walkable Novi Committee (Pathway and Sidewalk Prioritization)
  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) – previously served as a delegate and alternate to SEMCOG General Assembly
    • Vice-Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee (Current)
    • Served as a member of the Infrastructure Task Force

Planning Commission (1998 – 2001): Planning Commissioner

  • Master Plan and Zoning Committee
  • Implementation Committee
  • Novi 2020 Master Plan (1999)
  • Novi Road Corridor Study (2001)
  • Grand River Corridor Study (2001)

Library Board (1996 – 1998): Library Board Trustee

  • Library Space Needs Assessment Study

Housing and Committee Development Committee (1995 – 1998): Member

Other Community Involvement

Novi Planning Commission

  • Master Plan Update (2004)
  • Greenways and Trails Plan (2005)

Novi Public Library

  • Facility Planning Committee (2004)

Friends of Novi Parks

  • Founding member
  • President (2004 – current)
  • Assisted with City of Novi’s Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund applications (2005, 2006 and 2007)

Other Activities

  • Arbor Day volunteer
  • Cemetery Clean-Up Day volunteer
  • Fuerst Farm Clean-up
  • Fuerst Farm Family Day
  • Novi Youth Assistance Bowl-A-Thon Team Leader
  • River Day Clean-up

Awards

  • Michigan Library Association – Walter H. Kaiser Award for innovation in library technology (2000)
  • Library Journal: Mover and Shaker (2003)
  • Employee of the Month, Charter Township of Waterford (November 2008)
  • Employee of the Quarter, Charter Township of Waterford (2015)

Organizations

  • Civil War Preservation Trust
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Friends of Novi Parks
  • Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy