Josey Ballenger (I), Grand Traverse:
Josey is a Senior Analyst with the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), a congressional agency. She has led several reviews spanning agriculture, food safety, environmental protection, nuclear weapons, nuclear power and national parks, examining the effectiveness and efficiency of federal programs and policies. Prior to her work at GAO, she spent 11 years as a journalist for various media outlets in New York, Johannesburg and Washington, DC. Josey received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. She also serves on the board of Michigan Legacy Art Park and regularly volunteers in Traverse City public elementary schools.
Megan Blue (D), Wayne:
Megan is the Legislative Director for State Representative Patrick Green. Before joining Rep. Green’s team, Megan worked with Representative Sarah Roberts and Representative Phil Phelps. Prior to her work in the legislature, she worked for a woman’s human rights NGO where she advocated for the rights of former child soldiers at the High Court of Uganda and the International Criminal Court. Megan received her master’s degree in Science in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and her bachelor’s degree in Science from Central Michigan University.
Adam Bonarek (D), Wayne:
Adam is a Trustee for the Charter Township of Redford. He is also a Partner with the Coeus Creative Group, a marketing and training development company with a focus in behavioral intelligence. Adam received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He has been active with Junior Chamber International for 15 years and served as an International Vice President Assigned to the Americas in 2015. He is also a lecturer at Wayne State University.
Michael Brady (D), Wayne:
Michael is General Counsel to the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA). Before joining the DLBA, he served as Vice President of Policy for the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit based in Flint, Michigan. He received his juris doctorate from Wayne State University Law School and his bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from the Residential College at the University of Michigan. Michael is an active resident of Detroit’s New Center Neighborhood, though he still plays for Cass Corridor United in the Detroit City Futbol League.
Daniel Brightwell (D), Oakland:
Daniel is the current President of the City Council for the City of Southfield and is a retired finance manager. He is a United States Military Veteran and served as the Chairperson of the Southfield Veterans Commission for over 10 years. Daniel received his master’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College. He has served as the Treasurer for both the Southfield Democratic Club and the Dr. Martin Luther King Task Force for over 10 years.
Gary Carey (R), Kent:
Gary is a business leader with Paycor, one of the nation’s fastest growing software and technology companies. He has served Paycor over five years as a Regional Sales Director and Area Sales Vice President. He also currently serves as a City Commissioner in the city of Walker, Michigan. Gary received his associate’s degree of Arts from Grand Rapids Community College. In addition, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Rapid Transit System in Grand Rapids.
Dale Dalman (R), Kent:
Dale is a Pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church serving an ethnic congregation in the West Side neighborhood of Grand Rapids. He is a member of the West Side Collaborative, a grass-roots coalition of churches, schools and non-profits that seek to inspire equity, inclusion and hope in the community. Dale leads a sports program for teens from Union High School that provides a safe space for teens and opportunities for their leadership development. He received his master’s degree from Calvin Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute. He is passionate about social justice issues impacting the community.
David DeLind (D), Oakland:
David is currently a Marketing Program Manager for DTE Energy Corporation. He received his MBA from Michigan State University, his BSE from the University of Michigan and maintains his Michigan Professional Engineering license. David serves on the Board of Review for the city of Farmington and as Treasurer for Green Living Science, a nonprofit organization in Detroit. He was recognized in 2017 as an “Elite 40 under 40” recipient in Oakland County. Previously he held appointments to Meridian Township’s planning commission and DDA.
Travis Fahley (R), St. Clair:
Travis is the Operations Manager on his family farm which grows cash crops, produces hay and raises beef cattle. In addition, he serves as the District Director for both the Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance. Travis is currently a member of the Capac Community School Board of Education. He received his bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan – Flint. In 2013, he was recognized for his community involvement as a “Top 10 Local Rising Star” by the Port Huron Times Herald.
Savannah Fratrick (R), Genesee:
Savannah is an Associate at Dunaskiss Consulting and Development where she primarily works on health policy and budget issues. Previously, she worked in the Michigan House of Representatives as a Legislative Aide, as a Field Director for the Michigan Republican Party and has managed several campaigns at the state and local levels. Savannah received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Oakland University. She is a member of the Michigan Republican Women’s Club, Detroit Young Professionals and sits on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Trust Fund. Savannah volunteers with CARE House in Macomb County and has served as a precinct delegate in Genesee County.
Patricia Garber (R), Ingham:
Patricia is a Legislative Aide for State Representative Julie Calley. Previously, she worked for State Representative Jeff Farrington and served as an Intern for State Representative Forlini and the Republican Constituent Relations Department. Patricia also worked for Diana Farrington’s 2016 Campaign for State Representative. She received her bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing and Interdisciplinary Sciences from Michigan State University. She is currently a National Physique Competitor and working towards becoming a certified trainer for the local YMCA. Patricia is also a member of the Women’s Junior League of Lansing and volunteers in her community.
Cassidy Giltner (R), Ingham:
Cassidy is the Legislative Assistant for Michigan State Senator Jim Marleau. Prior to her work in the Senate, she worked as a Turf Coordinator at the Michigan Republican Party. Cassidy received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. While she was in college and after graduation, she has been involved in many groups including College Republicans, Chi Omega Sorority and served as Chairman of the Students for Rubio. Cassidy volunteers for the Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue, City Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity.
Caleb Hortop (R), Midland:
Caleb is the Regional Director for Strategic Partnerships at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Previously, he served as the Campaign Manager for former Michigan State Representative Joel Johnson and interned for Congressman Tim Walberg. Caleb received his bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University where he founded the first political group on campus. He received the Gladwin County GOP Bell Ringer of the Year Award and currently serves as a precinct delegate.
Emily Kieliszewski (D), Ingham:
Emily is a Member Engagement Specialist with the Michigan Municipal League (MML). Prior to her work at MML, she worked with several nonprofit organizations including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss America Organization. Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Michigan Chapter and is Co-Chair for Child and Family Charities of Lansing’s Red Nose Ruckus Event.
Jenell Mansfield (D), Wayne:
Jenell is the Director of Academics at S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center, an after-school training facility. She was a Teach for America Corp member and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Jenell received both her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is passionate about educational equality and collaborates and supports literacy initiatives across Detroit, such as SOAR reading tutoring and 826 Michigan.
Christopher Matus (D), Wayne:
Chris is a Regional Director in the office of US Senator Gary Peters. Prior to joining Team Peters, he worked for US Senator Carl Levin, during which time he earned a Master of Urban Planning from Wayne State University. Chris received his bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University, as well as a degree in Social Relations and Policy from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He serves as President of the New Center Commons Homeowners Association and as a balloon-captain in America’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Kymberly Pashkowsky (R), Kent:
Kymberly is a Firefighter for the Algoma Township Fire Department and a Trauma Anesthesia OR Tech at Spectrum Health. She is also the President/Owner of Lead on Solutions, LLC. Kymberly is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in International Business from Davenport University. She is a Board Member of the Michigan Fire Instructors Association, a member of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission Action Team and a member of the State of Michigan Bureau Fire Service Community Risk Reduction Task Force.
Kelsey Perdue (D), Kent:
Kelsey Perdue is the Assistant Campus Director at Grand Circus Grand Rapids, a tech training company that gives people skills for today's job market. She currently serves as Co-Chair of Equity PAC, Social Action Chair with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and is Vice President of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan’s Board of Directors. Kelsey earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a minor in Political Science from Howard University. She is the 2017 recipient of the LINC UP Community Spirit Award.
Allan Sherwood (R), Calhoun:
Allan is a Teacher for Marshall Public Schools. He has taught secondary math and science for 20 years to largely underprivileged minority students. Allan received his master’s degree in Education from Western Michigan University. He is the President of the Toastmasters Club and has served as Treasurer for his local union. Allan has also trained fellow teachers in best instructional and planning practices and recently completed a Leadership/Bargaining Training program through the Michigan Education Association.
Amanda Thomas (D), Wayne:
Amanda is the Vice President of Customer Support for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan. She has served as a Congressional intern in the Washington, DC offices for former Senators John Kerry and Carl Levin. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Michigan with study at the Warsaw School of Economics. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Arts and Scraps a Detroit-based nonprofit that uses recycled industrial scraps to help people of all ages and abilities think, create and learn. Amanda also served on the school board of Southgate Community Schools.
Aric Tosqui (D), Oakland:
Aric is a Captain with the Detroit Police Department where he has served for over 21 years. He also serves as the President of the Detroit Police Command Officers Association and serves on the Legislative Committee for the National Association of Police Organizations. He received his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He is currently enrolled in Wayne State University’s Master of Art’s in Employment and Labor Relations. Aric is also a graduate of PERF’s Senior Management Institute of Police and the FBI National Academy.
Tamara Warren (D), Ingham:
Tamara is a Budget/Policy Analyst for the State Budget Office. She previously served as an Enrolling Clerk for the Michigan Senate. Tamara received her master’s degree from Northwood University and her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. As an elected precinct delegate, she’s an active member of the Ingham County Democratic Party. She currently serves on the Ingham County Equal Opportunity Committee, Capital Area Literacy Coalition and the Capital Area United Way Women’s United Committee. Tamara was recently appointed as a Commissioner for the Lansing Housing Commission.
Lance Werner (I), Kent:
Lance is the Executive Director of the Kent District Library. He received a juris doctorate degree from MSU’s College of Law and his master’s degree in Library Science from WSU. Lance was named Library Journal's 2018 Librarian of the Year. Lance is on the MLA Legislative Committee, WSU Capital Campaign and Advisory Board for the IS School, and serves on Committees for the Grand Rapids and Wyoming - Kentwood Chamber of Commerce.