Michigan LCV Board of Directors
Elizabeth Lykins, President
Elizabeth is an attorney with Welch Law and works exclusively in the area of labor and employment law. Her work includes assisting management with issues related to hiring and firing, wage and hour compliance and negotiations, as well as all aspects of employment law with various government agencies on the local, state and federal levels. She has extensive experience practicing in front of the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the state/federal Departments of Labor. Elizabeth is also a trained mediator.
In 1995, Elizabeth received her law degree from Ohio State University, where she served as a top editor for the Law Journal. She graduated from Penn State University with a history/business degree with honors and magna cum laude in 1992. After law school, she practiced labor and employment law with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, PLLC, a large firm located in Louisville, Kentucky. She then returned home to Grand Rapids, Michigan and joined Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, PLC, where she continued her labor and employment law practice.
Elizabeth is very involved in Grand Rapids' vibrant non-profit community. She is a graduate of the Leadership Grand Rapids program and is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for Home Repair Services, an organization dedicated to assisting low income homeowners. She is the past Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Home & Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids, where she served as a Board Member for three years and is a long-time chairperson of the Human Resources Task Force. Elizabeth is a past board member for Camp Henry as well as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Hugh Michael Beahan Foundation (which serves St. Andrew's school students), and Social Venture Philanthropy (a Grand Rapids Community Foundation fundraising group). She is also active at Westminster Presbyterian Church and with the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT) (an organization that engages youth through the arts to keep them in school).
As a member of the Michigan LCV Board since 2010, Peter’s been part of a task force responsible for over hauling the Michigan LCV’s strategic plan and serves on the Marketing and Communications committee. In addition to his Michigan LCV work, Peter has a strong record of involvement and care for Michigan’s natural and cultural resources, both locally and throughout the state.
In 2003, Peter worked on the grassroots level to help pass Ann Arbor Township’s Land Preservation millage that preserves green space by purchasing agricultural development rights. Subsequently serving on the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board (2004–2008), Peter helped develop and administer the new program, which created a process to preserve and protect farmland and open space in key areas of the township. Peter currently serves as Vice Chair of the Ann Arbor Township Planning Commission (2005-Present) where issues of sustainable development play a key role.
After receiving his master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Illinois – Chicago in 1990, Peter continued advanced coursework in archaeology at the University of Michigan. As an archaeologist, Peter researched, excavated, and surveyed a number of the State’s historic and prehistoric sites. Investigating the State’s past has taught him to extent to which Michigan’s natural environment can change and the realization that it can be both robust in the face of and at the same time extremely vulnerable to human induced change.
Peter is currently a Senior Business Analyst at Ford Motor Company, where he has worked in a variety of roles, from coding software to driving global sourcing and delivery.
An avid fisherman, recreational hiker, camper, and sailor, Peter has spent his share of time both working in and enjoying Michigan’s outdoors. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, Patty Ireland, and their three sons, with whom he shares his love and knowledge of Michigan’s natural resources so they too can become good stewards capable of conserving this state’s natural beauty.
Bruce is Hooper Hathaway Beuche and Wallace’s senior litigator. Hooper Hathaway’s litigation department, which Bruce has built over the past 30 years, comprises the majority of the firm’s attorneys, each of whom have extensive experience in major litigation throughout the United States. Under Bruce’s leadership, the litigation department emphasizes aggressive strategies to win prompt disposition of difficult disputes and creative use of alternative techniques, including arbitration, mediation and facilitation where appropriate, with the goal of reaching the most economical result by the most expedited available measures. Bruce has obtained successful trial results in lawsuits spanning contract disputes, employment, securities, trade secrets, environmental protection, personal injury, defamation, unfair competition, antitrust, banking, uniform commercial code, class actions, and complex commercial and business tort lawsuits. As prevailing counsel in numerous summary judgment and appellate decisions and as general counsel to a variety of corporate and non-profit clients, Bruce’s roles as litigator and counselor involve many different industries and public and private entities throughout southeastern Michigan and elsewhere. Bruce is the author of numerous articles on various legal topics, as well as books on environmental litigation and discovery practice, and is a frequent lecturer at the University of Michigan, Wayne State and other law schools. Bruce is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Phil currently serves on a variety of boards, including the Michigan Environmental Council, Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, and CTI Industries (a publicly-traded company) – as well as in advisory capacities for a variety of other organizations.
Phil earned a BBA from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Harvard. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Hassan serves as the Lead Compliance Specialist at Community Choice Credit Union in Farmington Hills, MI. In this role, he is responsible for providing both frontline and senior level guidance on both federal and state Credit Union regulations that pertain to all company procedures. A core of his occupation includes overseeing all compliance operations, vendor management, third-party contractual dealings, compliance training, internal auditing, and partnering with the Credit Union's legal department to ensure regulatory compliance in advertising, marketing promotions, lending operations and member services.
In 2012, Hassan received his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University, where he majored in Economics and minored in Psychology. Currently, Hassan is pursuing his Juris Doctor degree at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He plans on pursuing a career in Regulatory & Finance Law after completing his degree. In his time at Wayne State University, Hassan was a huge part of reinstating the Arab Student Union, which he served as both the President and Vice President. He was also elected to the WSU Student Government for two terms, where he served on the Executive Board and as the Chairman of the Academic Outreach Committee.
Hassan has extensive volunteer experience in the Metro-Detroit community. He is a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistant) at ACCESS in which he assists low-income families and individuals understand, file and prepare tax returns every year. Hassan also sits on the H.Y.P.E. (Helping Youth Progress & Exceed) Youth Advisory Board, which focuses on various volunteer initiatives and community service opportunities to increase youth activity in the community. He is consistently involved in a range of community political events and campaigns in which he strives to increase voter registration, involvement and education to help increase the understanding of the importance of being involved in the democratic process.
Hassan was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. He is one of eleven children to two Lebanese immigrant parents. An avid sports fan, Hassan spends a large amount of his time participating in recreational sport leagues, golfing and volunteering/coaching in many of his niece’s and nephew’s youth sports teams. He currently still resides in the beautiful Metro-Detroit city of Dearborn with his family.
Sarah is an Ingham County Commission for District 3 on Lansing's Southside. Currently, she serves as the Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, a member of the Human Services Committee and the Chair of the Ingham County Commission Democratic Caucus. To date, Sarah is the youngest African American female county commissioner in the United States.
Sarah was born and raised on Lansing’s Southside and graduated from Everett High School, Central and Western Michigan Universities. In 2007, she accepted a position in the Michigan Legislature for State Rep. Joan Bauer’s office. There, she served as a community relations aide. There, she helped thousands of Lansing residents with solving problems and cutting through red tape.
Currently, Sarah works for the Michigan College Access Network, where she serves as the Director of Finance & Strategic Partnerships. There, she works to expand postsecondary educational opportunities for students across Michigan, particularly low-income and underrepresented students.
Sarah is proud to be from Ingham county and believes it is important to serve the community. That’s why, she’s been active in a number of groups, including: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Tau Omega Chapter, Capital Area United Way, Junior League of Lansing, Lansing Church of God in Christ, Ingham County Democratic Party, and the NAACP Lansing Branch.
Mark is currently the President and Managing Partner of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, PLLC, a leading plaintiff’s trial firm based in Michigan. He serves on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice. He was elected by both defense and plaintiff attorneys to serve on the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section Council where he co-edited the Negligence Section newsletter. Mark was recently honored as a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. He lectures at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan College of Literature Science and the Arts on tort and civil rights law.
Mark received a B.A. (’93) from the University of Michigan and graduated from the J.D/MBA joint-degree program (’96) between the Law School and School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan.
Mark was appointed by Governor Granholm to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, as Chairperson of the Commission, and is currently the longest serving member of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. He also served in the White House during the Clinton Administration as the Director of Press Pool Operations, and worked as an associate in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group with Citigroup Global Markets in New York City.
Mark is very active in the community having served on the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor (Board of Directors), the Isaiah Fund (Trustee), the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County (Chairperson of the Community Relations Committee), the Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County (Advisory Board), and the University of Michigan Hillel (Governing Board and Board of Trustees). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Funds for Justice.
Mark lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family.
Fred Blanck is a business professional and entrepreneur based in Southeast Michigan. For the past 13 years, Fred has been an executive officer at Wallside Windows, a leading manufacturer and installer of replacement windows for the residential and commercial markets. Fred recently stepped down from his day‑to‑day duties at Wallside to pursue other interests, but continues to work with the company on strategic planning. Prior to his role at Wallside, Fred founded, led and subsequently sold Lexicom Publishing Group, a custom publishing business. Before Lexicom, Fred spent nearly a decade as a journalist for select publications and businesses. He studied history as an undergraduate at The University of Michigan and earned his master’s degree in journalism from U-M. A lifelong resident of Michigan, Fred is interested in efforts to transform and grow Michigan’s economy, and serves on the advisory board of the Michigan Economic Center.
Irene is a forester for the City of Lansing and an active labor and environmental organizer. Irene joined the Michigan LCV Board in 2000, serving as the board president from 2003-2004. Irene is an active member of numerous other organizations across the state, such as the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Committee, the Michigan Forestry and Park Association, the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association Legislative Committee, and the Michigan State University Stakeholders Committee. Whether at home in Howell or at work in Lansing, Irene is constantly advocating and organizing for a healthier and more accessible Michigan environment.
Politically, he has served as Chair of the Kent County Republican Party and the 3rd District Republican Party, as a delegate to a Republican National Convention, at which he was one of two persons from Michigan who served on the Platform Committee, and he was the Republican candidate for Attorney General of Michigan in 1970.
He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Pere Marquette Watershed Council, and has been a member of the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Council. Also, he has served on several church, community, and business boards over the years, and continues to do so today.
In 2004, Doug entered the University of Michigan, where he received a joint MS/MBA. While in Ann Arbor, Doug worked for a diverse array of organizations on climate issues, including the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Pratt and Whitney, and Swiss RE. The capstone of his graduate experience was his contribution to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change’s report, “Corporate Strategies That Address Climate Change.”
Since graduation in 2007, Doug has continued to work on climate change at the intersection of the corporate, non-profit, and policy worlds. As an Executive Board Member of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, he has contributed to the growth of one of the nation’s top state leagues. While working for the Carbon Trust, Doug worked to design and implement the North American market entry strategy, with a specific focus on energy efficiency and offshore wind. He also worked on the 2012 ballot proposal to increase the Michigan RPS to 20% by 2020.
In 2013, Doug joined Ken Berlin, the former chair of the Energy and Environment Team for the 2012 Obama Campaign, to found the Climate Speakers Network (CSN). The CSN seeks to catalyze public calls for action on climate by leveraging trusted messengers to deliver the story of climate solutions in the values and vocabulary that defines their communities. In the summer of 2014, the CSN was absorbed into The Climate Reality Project, where Doug currently runs the program as a member of senior staff.
Mayor Heartwell has overseen a period of rapid economic development in Grand Rapids, even during an extended downturn in the Michigan economy.
He also serves as President and CEO of Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community.
Mayor Heartwell is married to Susan Heartwell who is the Executive Director of the Student Advancement Foundation. The Heartwells have three children and six grandchildren.
Jerry is currently Chairman and founder of Oak Adaptive, Inc. which provides software tailored to Caterpillar dealers. Most recently, he was CEO of Michigan CAT from 1988 to 2011. He graduated from Tulane University in 1975, 1st in class, summa cum laude with honors in economics, and attended Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1976.
Over the years, Jerry has been affiliated with Warren Equipment Company, St. Mary Hospital, the Nature Conservancy (Michigan), and the Michigan Construction Equipment Dealers Association. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Michigan State Transportation Commission.
He is an active supporter of environmental and educational associations including Scenic Michigan, The Nature Conservancy, Michigan Environmental Council, Detroit Public Television, Detroit Science Center, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Jerry also founded in conjunction with the Michigan Colleges Foundation a program that introduces inner city high school students to environmental issues as well as to private college professors, students and campuses.
Jerry is the father of three and currently resides in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife Eve. He enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, hunting, fishing, golfing, sailing and skiing.
Chris Kolb assumed the presidency of the Michigan Environmental Council in 2009. An environmental champion in the legislature and a veteran of the environmental management field, Kolb was one of the legislature’s most consistent and vigorous defenders of clean water, clean air and public health during his six years as State Representative from the 53rd District. He was instrumental in important environmental legislation, including joint planning commissions, land bank authorities, lead poisoning prevention for children, regulation of dangerous polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs), establishment of a fund to help clean up leaking underground storage tanks, and numerous land use initiatives.