Jennifer Attie (D), Emmet:
Jennifer is a nurse practitioner and currently employed by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. She serves as a board member to the Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and as a member of their Grant Distribution Committee. Jennifer is also involved with the St. Francis Xavier School Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Council for School Based Health in Emmet County. She previously served as a board member for the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan and continues to assist with their annual Women Can Women Do event.
Kate Brady-Medley (D), Wayne:
Kate is the Detroit Program Director for Starfish Family Services, leading a multi-agency partnership in serving over 1000 children and their families. She previously worked in the University Prep Academy schools, establishing their internship program and later serving as school principal. Kate received her Bachelor and Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan and law degree from Wayne State University. Kate is a member of the Detroit Women’s Leadership Network and the State Bar, and has served on the Alumni Board of the Ford School and as Block Captain in her Dearborn neighborhood.
Dillon Breen (R), Wayne:
Dillon is the Chairman of the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee. He also served as District Director for State Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and was elected a Schoolcraft College Trustee in 2018. Previously he served as Chairman of the Wayne County Republican Committee, a Wayne County Co-Chair for President Trump’s 2016 campaign, and on two Livonia city commissions. Dillon received his B.S. in Geology from Calvin College, an A.A. from Schoolcraft College, and two certifications from the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies.
Brandon Brice (I), Detroit:
Brandon is currently an Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Howard University, his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Rutgers University and is pursuing his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. Brandon was a Heritage Foundation and Eagleton Institute Fellow while at Rutgers, and served as a policy fellow at the United Nations. Brandon is a member of the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Prince Hall Masonic Grand Lodge and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Amanda Burgess-Proctor (D), Oakland:
Amanda is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Oakland University and past chair of the Division on Women & Crime of the American Society of Criminology. She is recognized for her expertise by the Crime & Justice Research Alliance and has provided analysis and commentary to local and national news outlets. Prior to her academic career, Amanda worked as a Personal Protection Order Coordinator in Ingham County. She earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Grand Valley State University.
George Etheridge (D), Wayne:
George is a City Planner and Policy Analyst for the Detroit City Council, having served as a Legislative Page for the United States Senate, a Youth Ambassador to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan and currently as the Executive Vice-Chair for the MDP 13th Congressional District’s Policies and Resolutions Committee. Having graduated with a BA in Political Science and a minor is History from Wayne State University he has spent the past 14 years focusing on Land Use, Policy and Economic Development initiatives.
Kim Gaedeke (R), Wayne:
Kim is LARA’S Deputy Director and oversees the Bureau of Community & Health Systems; Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing; MIOSHA and the Bureau of Professional Licensing. Kim has also served as Director of the Administrative Support Division for the Bureau of Health Care Services (BHCS) and in January 2015 was appointed acting director of BCHS. Following department reorganization, Kim was selected to serve as Director of the Bureau of Professional Licensing in April 2015. Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and a minor in Marketing from Western Michigan University.
Jacob Hilliker (D) Bay:
Jacob works for the Michigan Laborers’ District Council, where he focuses on contractor negotiations and communications work. He previously worked as a Congressional Liaison for Congressman Dan Kildee. He also serves on the board for the Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy and serves as the District Chair for the Boy Scouts of America Shoreline District. Jacob earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Saginaw Valley State University and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.
Natalie Holland (R), Oakland:
Natalie is currently an Opioid Care Liasion with the Michigan Public Health Institute where she is helping implement the State Opioid Response (STR) grant awarded to the State of Michigan to fight the opioid epidemic. Prior to her work with MPHI, Natalie was a Legislative Aide with the Office of Representative Canfield, D.O. Natalie received her B.A. in Political Theory/Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University and is finishing her second B.A. in History in the College of Social Science. While in college, she was a four-year member of the MSU Tennis Team and President of Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Professional Fraternity of which she currently serves as Alumni Advisor. Natalie volunteers for the Volunteer of Michigan-Southfield Soup Kitchen.
Michael Hovinga (R), Ottawa:
Michael is currently working in Sales and Business Development with Executive Design & Engineering in Hudsonville. With a Film degree from Full Sail in Orlando Florida. Michael has previous work in the communication world with AT&T working with customers to find solutions to their problems and to get to know them on a personal level. Previous Board member with both the Ottawa GOP and the Macatawa Area Transit Authority.
SonJalita Hulbert (R), Ingham:
SonJalita is a Master’s in Management professional at Aetna, Inc., with experience in Community Development, Managed Care, Organizational Leadership, and Business Development. SonJalita works on several multi-disciplinary teams to address social determinants, which aim to reduce systemic conditions and effects of poverty. SonJalita has served as President of Kalamazoo Republican Women’s Association, Vice Chair of Kalamazoo Republican Party, and MI GOP State Committee. She’s appointed to MDHHS, Commission of Community Action & Economic Opportunity.
Dexter Mason (D), Wayne:
Dexter is the Director of Events & Marketing at the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit organization that uses the power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress. Prior to joining RISE, Dexter was a Political Appointee at The White House during President Barack Obama’s Administration and a Staff Assistant in Office of United States Senator Gary C. Peters. In community, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Michigan Opera Theatre and a mentor for the FATE Program. Dexter holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Georgetown University.
Allisyn Mattice-Eskau (R), Huron:
Allisyn is a Policy Advisor for the Michigan House Republican Policy Office. She assists Republican members in the following policy areas: Tax Policy, Law & Justice, Higher Education, and Community Colleges. Prior to joining the House Republican Policy Office, Allisyn worked as the front and back desk for State Representative Jeff Farrington and managed Diana Farrington’s Campaign for State Representative. She received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Economics and currently attends law school at Michigan State University.
Christopher McClain (D), Wayne:
Chris is currently Special Advisor to Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist. He was born in Detroit and earned his Bachelors of Arts from Michigan State University with a major in Political Science/Pre-Law. McClain served in the Executive Office of the Governor of Michigan, was an adviser to Michigan’s House Minority Leader and House Democratic Caucus, and most recently, was Chief of Staff to a state representative from his hometown of Detroit. Currently, McClain works for Citizen Detroit, a political non-profit that empowers Detroiters to think critically about politics, provides voter education, and holds public officials accountable to community.
Nick Najor (I), Oakland:
Nick is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Detroit, assisting 9th grade English classrooms and the varsity baseball team at Northwestern High School. More recently, he worked on the Rehabbed & Ready team at the Detroit Land Bank Authority, executing the renovation and sale of publicly-owned vacant houses. Nick is a Chaldean and Armenian graduate of Michigan State University.
Judy Neal (D), Wayne:
Judy is the founder and Executive Director of Empowered Voices; a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing voter participation. She is a delegate for the 23rd precinct in Redford Township. She received her Master of Arts from Marygrove College and a Bachelor Degree in Business from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is currently employed with Ford Motor Company, where she collaborates with teams domestically and globally and was the former lead for her division’s diversity council.
Michele Oberholtzer (D), Wayne:
Michele dedicates is a housing justice advocate and writer in Detroit with many interests. She works for the United Community Housing Coalition as director of the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project. She is the founder of The Tricycle Collective. She recently ran for state representative in Michigan’s 4th House District. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and love to sing, bike, and play soccer.
Seydi Sarr (D), Wayne:
Seydi is the founder and Executive Director of ABISA, a nonprofit that helps African immigrants to know their rights, access resources, become invested and civically engaged. Seydi earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree from Marygrove School of Social Justice. Her social equity passion drives her commitment to advocacy for the intersectionality of religious, racial, immigration, socio-economy and gender issues. Seydi is a court interpreter and teaches weekly African dance classes.
Alexandra Scully (R), Oakland:
Alexandra is currently the Government Affairs Coordinator at Magna International in Troy, Michigan working on public policy and legislative issues in her role on the Magna Government Affairs Team. Additionally, Alexandra is the Chair for the Oakland County Young Republicans and a Republican precinct delegate in Royal Oak. Alexandra graduated in 2014 from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communication. Before returning home to Royal Oak in 2017, Alexandra worked on several municipal, state, issue, and federal campaigns in South Florida.
Brandon Sinclair (R), Kent:
Brandon recently served as the West Michigan Constituent Relations Representative for Attorney General Bill Schuette. In 2016, Brandon was the Campaign Manager for State Representative Tommy Brann and a Political Coordinator at the Kent GOP. Brandon is pursuing an MBA in Strategic Management at Davenport University. Brandon has served on the Kent GOP and Third Congressional District GOP Executive Committees, the GRCC Foundation Board, and the Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee.
Cynthia Thornton (D), Wayne:
Cynthia is a union-LGBTQ-civil rights activist who educates diverse groups about their civil and workplace rights, teaches LGBTQ cultural competency, advocates for “equitable equality,” and builds bridges of understanding. By education, she is a paralegal who graduated Summa Cum Laude and “Most Distinguished” from the ABA-approved program at Macomb Community College. Cynthia is president of Pride at Work Michigan, and was recently installed to the General Board of the Michigan AFL-CIO. In 2018, Cynthia received an Arthur Featherstone Precinct Delegate of the Year Award, and the Rebel with a Cause Award from the U of M-Dearborn CLCS; while she established the first LGBTQ Committee in the MDP Black Caucus and the first LGBTQ Caucus in a Michigan congressional district (the Mighty 14th).
Jacob Walker (I), Wayne:
Jacob is a Manager for the Center of Excellence focused on strategy and analytics for DTE Energy. He has served in multiple capacities including financial decision support, gross margin, corporate finance, and financial forecasting and analysis. Currently he serves as a mentor with the BING Youth Institute, a mentor program for young black males and STEP, an internal program to DTE Energy focused on employment opportunities for underexposed youth. Jacob is a graduate of Alabama State University earning a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Kennesaw State University with a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.
Isaiah Wunsch (R), Grand Traverse:
Isaiah is the CEO of Wunsch Farms, a cherry and apple grower-shipper-packer in Traverse City. He previously served as the Agribusiness Specialist and as a Corporate Projects Manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and as a constituent relations aide to State Senator Howard Walker. He currently serves on the Peninsula Township Board of Trustees, the Peninsula Township Planning Commission, and the Old Mission Peninsula School Board, as well as the Michigan Cherry Committee and the USDA FSA’s State Committee. Isaiah received his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and studied Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.
Tony Zammit (R), Livingston:
Tony currently the Deputy Communications Director for the Michigan Republican Party. He has also served as a political organizer working with the Republican National Committee, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. As chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans, he helped grow the chapter into the nation’s largest. In addition to his political work, Tony previously served as the Executive Director for a music non-profit.