CRA Standing Committees

The CRA depends on its member volunteers to drive the organization in many ways, including the committees listed below. These committees provide specialized guidance to the CRA board of directors, plan conferences and events, and provide regional perspectives on a number of issues.

Committees are composed of members from the nine CRA District Councils to achieve a geographically diverse vision and support the CRA in its mission to represent the interests of all 83 county road agencies.

Want to get involved? Contact CRA for information about joining the below committees.


Canvassing Committee


The Canvassing Committee is charged annually with the responsibility of tallying votes for positions on the Association’s board of directors. In addition, from time to time, there will be ballots for amendments to the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws.

Chair: Mary E. Sholander, Marquette

Vice Chair: Pamela Cahill, Oakland

Craig Atwood, PE, Allegan

Kristin Dronchi, Newaygo


Commissioners Committee


The Commissioners Committee shall review questions and policies specifically related to powers and duties of road commissioners, and shall organize seminars, prepare instruction material, supervise the composition of a Commissioners Handbook and engage in such other activities to encourage greater development of the commissioners’ role in road commission matters.

Chair: Frank M. Fiala, Barry

Vice Chair: Chris Sholander, Iron

Douglas Fuller, Washtenaw

Ronald Gerstenberger,  Sanilac

Lorne Haase, Wexford

Dorothy Maxwell, Eaton

David Medema, Kent

Daniel J.Moyle, Kalamazoo

Raymond Roberts, PE, Marquette

Al Scully, Alcona

Fred G. Sterns, Alpena

Russell Williams, Marquette


Education Committee


The Education Committee shall focus on developing comprehensive, curated educational programming for various levels of staff in road agency, possibly extending to stakeholder organizations.

Chair: Dave Pettersch, Gladwin

Alan Cooper, Wexford, representing Public Relations

Ron Gerstenberger, Sanilac, representing Commisioners

Bob Griffis, Jackson, representing SAM

Beth Hunt, Lenawee, representing Finance & Human Resources

Lance Malburg, PE, Dickinson, representing Engineering


Engineering Committee


The Engineering Committee shall review and comment on legislation, rules, regulations and criteria promulgated by the federal government or the state which in any way affects engineering principles in the design, construction, maintenance or safety of county roads. It may also make studies and recommendations to establish uniformity of engineering rules, regulations and criteria for the various road commissions.

ChairRobert L. Lindbeck, PE, Alger

Vice ChairCraig Atwood, PE, Allegan

Daniel R. Armentrout, PE, Clinton

Thomas Blust, PE, Oakland

Matthew Hannahs, PE, Eaton

Karl F. Hanson, PE, Wexford

William Hazelton, PE, St. Clair

Angie Kline, PE, Calhoun

Brett Laughlin, PE, Ottawa

Lance Malburg, Dickinson

Tim O’Rourke, Roscommon

Bret Shank, Cheboygan


Finance & Human Resource Committee


The Finance and Human Resource Committee shall review and comment on legislation, rules, regulations and criteria promulgated which may in any way affect accounting principles, auditing requirements or business administration of road commissions. It shall assist the Negotiating Committee if requested.

ChairKristin Dronchi, Newaygo

Vice ChairMacy Barcheski, Kent

Dawn Goodwine, Jackson

Beth Hunt, Lenawee

Julie Patterson, Alpena

Lisa M. Powell, CPA, Iron

Jennifer Rosser, Shiawassee

Ann Simmons, Kalamazoo

Stefanie Simmons, Roscommon

Terry Taylor, Sanilac

Joyce Whisenant, Muskegon

Melissa Williams, Oakland


General Policy Committee


The General Policy Committee shall concern itself with significant relationships of the Association with one or more county road commissions or between road commissions and relationships with any person or organization outside the Association, and shall set policy on all detail matters not specifically reserved to the Board including but not limited to legislation affecting road commissions and the review and approval or disapproval of recommendations of any other standing committee with all actions of the committee subject to Board review. The Board shall, with a vote with at least eleven (11) members elected and serving, approve any General Policy Committee recommendation which would affect county home rule or county executive legislation and distribution of fuel and vehicular tax monies either through the internal or external formula. (b) The General Policy Committee may develop legislative priorities subject to Board review. The General Policy Committee will conduct an annual review of the legislative priorities, including recommendations from regional councils or individual members. Once the General Policy Committee completes its review, including recommended amendments, the legislative priorities will be forwarded to all member county road commissions for review and debate at the Association’s annual business meeting. To be approved, the legislative priorities require adoption by a majority of member county road commissions in attendance at the Association’s annual business meeting. (c) The General Policy Committee shall meet at least two (2) times each year, once in February and once in October.

ChairDarren Pionk, PE, Gogebic

Vice ChairBlair Dyer, Arenac

Robb Falls, PE, Sanilac

Ken Hulka, Muskegon

Rob Laitinen, Chippewa

Scott Merillat, PE, Lenawee

Joseph D. Pulver, PE, Clinton

John Rogers, Kalkaska

Kelly Smith, Newaygo

Lawrence K. Young, PE, Wayne


Legislative Review Committee


The Legislative Review Committee shall provide direction on legislative matters to the Director in the intervals between the Board of Directors meetings.

ChairKelly Smith, Newaygo

Vice ChairDennis G. Kolar, PE, Oakland

Robb Falls, PE, Sanilac

Richard Timmer, Chippewa


Negotiating Committee


The Negotiating Committee shall carry on negotiations for the Association with agencies and departments of the state and other organizations and agencies which may culminate in an agreement with the Association, and shall make recommendations regarding such agreements.

ChairDarryl M. Heid, PE, Oakland

Vice Chair:  Mark Christensen, Montcalm

Kelly Bekken, Missaukee

Bruce Bolen, PE, Iosco

Christopher Bolt, MPA, PE, Jackson

Gerald J. Byrne, Kent

James M. Iwanicki, PE, Marquette

Jim Johnson, PE, Leelanau

Robert Laitinen, PS, Chippewa

Brett Laughlin, PE, Ottawa

Kirk Weston, St. Clair

Melissa Williams, Oakland


Nominating Committee


The Nominating Committee shall annually prepare a list of nominees for director from each of the four (4) sectional associations as identified in Article VII of this constitution and bylaws. Unless a sectional association, by resolution of its Board of Directors adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of its members-elect, or by its bylaws, timely advises the Nominating Committee otherwise, the list of nominees shall include not less than two (2) nominees from each of the sectional associations. Nominations shall be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer at least sixty (60) days before the annual meeting and ballots shall be mailed to each member at least thirty (30) days before the annual meeting. (b) The Nominating Committee shall meet no later than January 7 of each year at the call of the Chairman.

Chair:  Walter Schell, Macomb

Vice ChairRoy D. Townsend, PE, Washtenaw

Bruce Bolen, Iosco

Dirk Heckman, PE, Mackinac


Public Relations Committee


The Public Relations Committee shall promote Association public relations strategies, at both the Association level and the county road agency level, to educate Michigan residents on the issues relevant to county road agencies.

ChairLawrence B. Hummel, PE, Van Buren

Vice Chair:  Jake Welch, SWO, Barry

Karen Bota, Ionia

Craig B. Bryson, Oakland

Tony Casali, Isabella

Alan D. Cooper, Wexford

Jim Harris, Dickinson

Emily Kizer, Washtenaw

Russell Magee, Charlevoix

Ray Roberts, PE, Marquette

Dan Wagner, PE, Leelanau

Joe Wisniewski, PE, Saginaw


Resolutions Committee


The Resolutions Committee meets at the Association’s annual Highway Conference to review and approve resolution for retirements, deaths and other recognitions. The resolutions are presented at the annual business meeting for approval by the general membership.

ChairChris Sholander, Iron

Shannon Miller, Oakland

Sheryl Parrish, Allegan

Matt Skeels, Benzie


SAM Committee

The SAM Committee shall review and comment on questions and policies specifically related to operations and maintenance issues encountered by county road agencies.  The SAM Committee may also make recommendations to establish uniformity in operations and maintenance rules, regulations and criteria; organize seminars and prepare instruction materials to benefit the operations and maintenance functions of the various county road agencies.

ChairRobert Griffis, Jackson

Vice ChairDavid Greaves, Gladwin

Travis Bartholomew, Kalamazoo

Randall Dellaposta, Genesee

Patrick Harmon, Charlevoix

James D. Harmon, PE, Washtenaw

Troy E. Howes, Shiawassee

Rob Hudec, Saginaw

Walter Jansen, Allegan

Tobin M. Javin, Grand Traverse

Adam Lace, Washtenaw

Jody Norman, Delta

Sam SanMiguel, Midland

Jason Schnaidt, Lenawee