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: Craig Atwood, PE, Allegan

Vice Chair: Jean Vanderville, Schoolcraft

Mary Gillis, Oakland

Kirk Harrier, Otsego


Commissioners Committee


The Commissioners Committee shall review questions and policies specifically related to powers and duties of road commissioners, and shall organize seminars, prepare instructional 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: Ray Roberts, Marquette

Vice Chair: Frank Fiala, Barry

Thom Brennan, Kalamazoo

Jim Bowers, Benzie

Tom Doty, Mackinac

Ronald Gerstenberger, Sanilac

Andrea LaLonde, Oakland

Jo Ann McCollum, Washtenaw

David Medema, Kent

William Schumacher, Bay

Michael Scott, Montcalm

Russell Williams, Marquette


Education Committee


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

Chair: Jerry Byrne, Kent

Alex Doty, Ottawa, representing Public Relations

Ron Gerstenberger, Sanilac, representing Commissioners

Bob Griffis, Jackson, representing SAM

Angela Kline, PE, Jackson, representing Engineering

Bobbie Livermore, Chippewa, representing Finance and Human Resources


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.

Chair: Craig Atwood, PE, Allegan

Vice Chair: Stephanie Boileau, PE, Chippewa

Mathew Hannahs, PE, Eaton

Karl Hanson, PE, Wexford

William Hazelton, PE, St. Clair

Eric Johnston, PE, Genesee

Angela Kline, PE, Jackson

Brett Laughlin, PE, Ottawa

Lance Malburg, PE, Dickinson

Kristine Parsons, PE, Calhoun

DeWayne Rogers, Clare

Ian Stampfly, PE, Schoolcraft


Finance and Human Resources 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.

Chair: Macy Barcheski, Kent

Vice Chair: Dawn Solka, Marquette

Mike Girard, Shiawassee

Jerry Heim, Kalkaska

Beth Hunt, Lenawee

Bobbie Livermore, Chippewa

Christine Matthews, Oscoda

Sarah Newton, Livingston

Linnea Rader, Van Buren

Terri Taylor, Sanilac

Melissa Williams, Macomb

Anne Wirgau, Presque Isle


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.

Chair: Joanna Johnson, Kalamazoo

Vice Chair: Ray Roberts, Marquette

Mark Craft, PE, Gratiot

William Green, Tuscola

Kelly Jones, Ingham

Alan Ko, PE, Wayne

John Rogers, Kalkaska

Bryan Santo, PE, Macomb

Kevin Shark, Bay

Bob Thompson, Cass

Jean Vanderville, Schoolcraft

Bret Witkowski, Van Buren


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.

Chair: Dennis Kolar, PE, Oakland

Vice Chair: Douglas Mills, PE, Baraga

Dennis Borchard, Saginaw

Dave Pettersch, Gladwin


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.

Chair: Jean Vanderville, Schoolcraft

Vice Chair: Darryl Heid, Oakland

Bruce Bolen, PE, Iosco

Mark Christensen, Montcalm

Ryan DeHut, Ontonagon

Rodrick Green, Washtenaw

Neal Hentschl, Huron

Robert Laitinen, PS, Chippewa

Brett Laughlin, PE, Ottawa

Brendan Mullane, Leelanau

Steve Roon, Kent

Melissa Williams, Macomb


Nominating Committee


The Nominating Committee shall annually prepare a list of nominees for the 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: Stuart “Mike” McTiver, PE, Luce

Vice Chair: Bruce Bolen, PE, Iosco

Cindy Dingell, Oakland

Matt MacDonnell, Washtenaw


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.

Chair: Craig Bryson, APR, Oakland

Vice Chair: Alex Doty, Ottawa

Tony Casali, Isabella

Eric Dimoff, Macomb

Steve Gradowski, Saginaw

Maura Lamoreaux, Kent

Lester Livermore, Mackinac

Bill Luetzow, Marquette

Tiffany Oliphant, Washtenaw

Doug Steffen, Clinton

Mark Timmer, Oceana

Jake Welch, SWO, Barry