About Us

Our Mission

Leadership Macomb seeks to produce a network of informed community leaders who understand the roles and relationships of people and systems that support and sustain our community; enable graduates and others to engage in civic leadership; strengthen organizational and community relationships.

John Nitz, President

Leadership Macomb Board of Directors 1996-2011

Our History

The Vision

John Nitz, an attorney with the Macomb County law firm of O’Reilly Rancilio, and a recent graduate of Leadership Detroit, gathered a group of Macomb County community and business leaders, to discuss...
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Class I

The first Leadership Macomb program year began with 36 participants.
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Progress

1997-1999 Leadership Macomb educated 76 participants.
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Hiatus/Re-organization

1999-2000: The program took a one year hiatus and was re-organized into a new non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Leadership Macomb, Inc. with its own Board of Directors...
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More Progress

2000-2007: Leadership Macomb educated 253 participants.
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Even More Progress

2007-2010: Leadership Macomb educated 102 participants.
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Executive Director

In order to grow and expand the program, the Leadership Macomb Board of Directors hired Karen Smith as the full-time Executive Director.
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Relocation

Leadership Macomb relocated its offices to Baker College from Macomb Community College.
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More Participants

2010-2012: Leadership Macomb educated 110 participants.
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Junior Program Launch

2012-2013: Leadership Macomb educated 40 participants. At Graduation, the 40 member class presented a check to Leadership Macomb to start a Junior Leadership Macomb Program.
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Relocation to Mt. Clemens

2013-2014: Leadership Macomb relocated its offices to space in downtown Mt. Clemens. In November 2013, the first Junior Leadership Macomb program class graduated with 25 high school participants. Leadership Macomb Class XVII was the largest to date with 53 participants.
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More Participants

2013-2016: Leadership Macomb educated 144 participants.
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Junior Participants

2014-2016: Leadership Macomb educated 82 more JR graduates.
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First Customized Program

The Detroit Arsenal contracted with Leadership Macomb for a customized program for their staff. The first Leadership Macomb Detroit Arsenal class consisting of 16 individuals graduated in April 2016.
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Board of Directors

Leadership Macomb is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, all of whom have graduated from the program.  They represent all of the major sectors in Macomb County and offer their time, talent and treasure to ensure the success of the Leadership Macomb program.

Steve Krajnik

Steve Krajnik

President

Kathleen Zenisek

Kathleen Zenisek

Vice-President

Diana Rascano

Diana Rascano

Secretary

David W. Herrington

David W. Herrington

Treasurer

Valiena Allison

Valiena Allison

Michael Banks

Michael Banks

Kathryn Dimond

Kathryn Dimond

Terry Gibb

Terry Gibb

Dr. Susan Glover

Dr. Susan Glover

Patty Lopez

Patricia Lopez

James Marchand

Jim Marchand

Linda McGrail Belau

Linda McGrail Belau

Barbara W. Rossmann

Barbara W. Rossmann

James O. Sawyer

Dr. James O. Sawyer

Randall Wylin

Randall Wylin

Program Council

The Leadership Macomb Program Council is responsible for establishing the curriculium for the program. The group is composed of subject expercts, all graduates of the Leadership Macomb Program.  The team meets monthly to plan the monthly session agendas encompassing the most relevant topics, speakers, and/or field trips.

Diana Rascano

Diana Rascano

Program Chair

James O. Sawyer

Dr. James O. Sawyer

Vice Chair

Judy Ann Betts

Judy Ann Betts

Dr. Susan Glover

Dr. Susan Glover

Heather El-Khoury

Heather El-Khoury

Kathryn Dimond

Kathryn Dimond

Terry Gibb

Terry Gibb

Melissa Jackson

Melissa Jackson

Linda McGrail Belau

Linda McGrail Belau

James Marchand

Jim Marchand

Julie Dichtel

Julie Dichtel

Patty Lopez

Patricia Lopez

Leadership Macomb Staff

Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Executive Director

Diane Banks

Diane Banks

Program Director

Julie Petkoff

Julie Petkoff

Administrative Assistant

Executive Advisory Council

The purpose of the Executive Advisory Council is to retain and/or obtain the wisdom of senior leaders throughout Macomb County to help us foster our organization for continued and ongoing relevance.

Mark Hackel

Mark Hackel (LM II)

Macomb County Executive

James Jacobs

James Jacobs, Ph.D.

President, Macomb Community College

Albert Lorenzo

Albert Lorenzo

Assistant County Executive

Brig. General John D. Slocum (LM XIX)

John D. Slocum (LM XIX)

Brigadier General, 127th Wing, SANGB

Justice David Viviano

Justice David Viviano

Michigan Supreme Court

Barbara Rossmann

Barbara Rossmann

CEO, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals

Roy Rose

Roy Rose

CEO, Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick

Donald R. Torline

Donald R. Torline

(LM II)

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham

Macomb County

Our Sponsors

We appreciate and value our wonderful and generous sponsors.

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  • board12Board President – Colonel Steve Krajnik, USAF (Ret)  (LM IV) serves as the Chief of Engineering at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base after serving 30 years active duty with the Air National Guard at Selfridge, Battle Creek, Lincoln, Nebraska and the District of Columbia (Andrews AFB). In addition to serving on the Leadership Macomb Board, he currently serves as the Parish Council Secretary at Holy Martyrs Chaldean Catholic Church and is on the Michigan Air Guard Historic Association (MAGHA) Board.  Steve received his Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Nebraska and is an Architect Emeritus in the State of Nebraska.

  • Kathleen Zenisek (LM XII) serves as Marketing Director at First State Bank – Macomb County. She is a member of Michigan Bankers Association Marketing Committee, Macomb County Chamber Marketing Committee, and Communications Commission (City of St. Clair Shores), and former member and Treasurer of the Cool Cities Committee (City of St. Clair Shores). She serves on the board for Leadership Macomb, Macomb County Chamber and Shorewood Kiwanis. Kathleen received her Bachelor’s Degree in business from Walsh College and her Master’s Degree from the University of Detroit.

  • Diana Rascano (LM I) is a Walsh College graduate who retired as Director of Customer Credit Service from DTE Energy after 32 years of service. Diana co-founded a 501c3 organization, 4 Paws 1 Heart, which funds medical treatment for abandoned, stray, and abused animals. She currently serves on the Board of Leadership Macomb and is chairperson of its Program Council. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Macomb Food Program, is on the St. Clair Shores Communications Commission and was recently appointed to the Macomb Zoological Authority. Diana states: “Leadership can’t be taught. You can only set the groundwork by providing knowledge and opportunity and then lead by example. A desire to make a difference is what drives a true leader.”

  • David W. Herrington, CPA (LM II) is the Office Managing Partner of the Macomb County office of Plante Moran. He has 28 years of experience in serving clients in the service, manufacturing and government industries. He works closely with owners, officers and board members on audit engagements, consulting projects, human resource matters and a wide variety of other strategic matters. A University of Michigan graduate, David is a member with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the Macomb County Treasurer’s Association. He is the Treasurer at Heritage Church of Macomb, volunteers for Lifebuilders of Detroit and is Treasurer on the Leadership Macomb Board.

  • Valiena Allison (LM XVI) is the President and CEO of Experi-Metal, Inc., a full service sheet metal component and assembly manufacturing company located in Sterling Heights, MI. She is a graduate of Oakland University, earning both an undergraduate degree in Marketing, Advertising and Spanish, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting. She also completed Advanced Graduate Studies in World Economics, Manufacturing and Shakespeare at Oxford University in England. Valiena is active in the local community, working with several support organizations including Gleaner’s Community Food Bank and the American Red Cross. Additionally, she is a charter member of The Sterling Heights Collaborative Smart Zone Council and Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce. She helped coordinate, along with her classmates, the LM XVI Alumni Junior Leadership Macomb Scholarship.

  • Michael Banks (LM XVII) has worked at DTE Energy for 16 years. He is currently a Manager of Power Generation in the Fossil Generation group. Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Michigan State University and his Master’s Degree in Engineering from Wayne State University.

  • Kathryn Dimond (LM XVI) is an experienced project manager with expertise in marketing and community outreach. A docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts, she has extensive training in art history and the DIA’s teaching methods. In her current role as Vice President, Community Relations, Dimond manages the DIA’s efforts to engage members of the community using art experiences within and outside of the DIA. She played a key role in the museum’s successful millage effort in August 2012 and is now working to fulfill requirements set forth in agreements pertaining to millage support. She has a Bachelor of Arts in social science from Michigan State University.

  • Terry Gibb joined MSU Extension (MSUE) in 1990. She has worked in areas of natural resources including water quality, land use and energy and community development where she supervised the Housing and Home Ownership Education and Money Management programs. She developed and supervised Extension’s Macomb County Foreclosure and Counseling program from its inception in 2006 through 2011. She has worked in land use education and completed surveys on local land use needs and perceptions. She currently is a Government & Public Policy and Natural Resources Educator working with fiscally-challenged communities throughout Michigan. Terry has a teaching certificate in secondary education and is a certified Housing counselor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics and Master’s degree in Teaching/Education both from Wayne State University.

  • Dr. Glover serves as the Dean of Business and Technology for Baker College of Clinton Township and the Port Huron campus. Dr. Glover has more than twenty three years’ experience in higher education – associate professor of marketing and management; director of cohorts, director of MBA programs, associate dean, and currently a Dean. Dr. Glover received her Bachelor of Science and her MSA from Central Michigan University and her Doctor of Business Administration – Leadership and Management from Lawrence Technological University. Dr. Glover serves on the board for Hope Center of Macomb and Leadership Macomb.

  • Patty Lopez (LM XIV).  is the President of Rose-A-Lee Technologies where she designs and builds optimized light-weight products.  She openly admits to being a Lawrence Tech Alumn with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems.  Eight years ago, Patty ditched her position as a Production Supervisor at Chrysler to build a business with her family making army parts instead of car parts. She empowers women to join in her plot to take over the world starting with her role as President of Women in Defense Michigan Chapter.  Also, in her spare time she is an Inforum Macomb Affinity Group Co-Chair, and Advisor for National Defense Industrial Association Michigan Chapter, and on the Program Counsel for Leadership Macomb.  Patty is the proud mother of one and a half and a total book nerd.

  • marchand3Jim Marchand (LM XV) is First Vice President leading the Marchand Advisory Group with Raymond James in Macomb, MI. Jim has over 20 years experience in investment and retirement planning and 10 years in corporate finance. He graduated from Walsh College with a BBA and MBA. Jim chairs Leadership Macomb’s Business Day Committee.

  • Linda McGrail Belau (LMVIII) is an attorney and shareholder with the law firm of O’Reilly Rancilio where she concentrates her practice in business litigation, family law, probate litigation and property tax appeals. Linda graduated from the James Madison College at Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School where she graduated cum laude and received the prestigious Order of the Coif. She also was an associate and assistant editor of the Wayne Law Review. Linda previously was elected and served terms on the Utica Charter Revision Commission and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. She was an assistant prosecuting attorney and a shareholder at the law firm of Butzel Long, one of Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Macomb County Bar Association and as President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan—Macomb Region. She is rated AV (“preeminent”) by Martindale Hubbell for her legal expertise and ethics. She is also currently serving as a board member for the Hope Center, a non-profit food pantry available to individuals and families in need who reside in Macomb County.

  • Barbara W. Rossmann is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. She joined the organization in 1999 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and was appointed to her current position in 2004. In addition to her Leadership Macomb board position, Barbara serves as a board member for the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber, the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Healthcare, the Midwest Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE), the Macomb Health Plan, the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Statewide Campus System, the 5/3 Bank Eastern Division Board of Directors, as vice chair of the Southeast Michigan Red Cross board, and a member of the Michigan Hospital Association’s Legislative Policy Panel. Barbara received her Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Texas Women’s University and initiated doctoral studies. In addition to executive leadership roles within the Daughters of Charity Health System and Trinity Health, both leading health systems in the United States, Barbara served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.


  • James O. Sawyer (LM VII) is currently serving as Provost and Senior Vice President for the Learning Unit at Macomb Community College. During his twelve years at Macomb, he has also served as the Dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology and Vice Provost for Career Programs. Jim has been the principle investigator on two successful National Science Foundation grants and has led numerous academic program modifications and student success initiatives. Prior to joining Macomb Community College, Jim held leadership positions in engineering, quality, and operations at companies such as Chrysler, Dana, Ancor, and a New Haven Foundry. Jim is an American Society of Quality Certified Quality Engineer and his education background includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, Master of Science in Administration and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University. He currently serves on the Boards for Leadership Macomb, St. John Providence Health System – Eastern Region, and the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation.

  • Randall Wylin (LM XIII) works for Bank of America as a Vice President – Small Business Banker. He is responsible for providing personalized attention to small business owners and finding ways to streamline his client’s financial process. He has 20+ years experience in the banking field. Randy serves as a Board member for the Romeo Kids Foundation, Kiwanis and Leadership Macomb. Randy was instrumental in the development of Leadership Macomb’s Junior Leadership Macomb program. Randy graduated Cumma Sum Laude from Macomb County Community College with degrees in Management and General Business.

  • Diana Rascano (LM I) is a Walsh College graduate who retired as Director of Customer Credit Service from DTE Energy after 32 years of service. Diana co-founded a 501c3 organization, 4 Paws 1 Heart, which funds medical treatment for abandoned, stray, and abused animals. She currently serves on the Board of Leadership Macomb and is chairperson of its Program Council. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Macomb Food Program, is on the St. Clair Shores Communications Commission and was recently appointed to the Macomb Zoological Authority. Diana states: “Leadership can’t be taught. You can only set the groundwork by providing knowledge and opportunity and then lead by example. A desire to make a difference is what drives a true leader.”


  • James O. Sawyer (LM VII) is currently serving as Provost and Senior Vice President for the Learning Unit at Macomb Community College. During his twelve years at Macomb, he has also served as the Dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology and Vice Provost for Career Programs. Jim has been the principle investigator on two successful National Science Foundation grants and has led numerous academic program modifications and student success initiatives. Prior to joining Macomb Community College, Jim held leadership positions in engineering, quality, and operations at companies such as Chrysler, Dana, Ancor, and a New Haven Foundry. Jim is an American Society of Quality Certified Quality Engineer and his education background includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, Master of Science in Administration and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University. He currently serves on the Boards for Leadership Macomb, St. John Providence Health System – Eastern Region, and the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation.

  • Judy Ann Betts is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and president of Sterling Financial Planning, Ltd. She is a representative of Cambridge Investment Research, member FINRA/SIPC, specializing in retirement planning and wealth management. Judy has been active in several community organizations. She currently chairs Leadership Macomb’s Community Service Day Committee. Judy attended Olivet College, Wayne State University and has a certificate from The College for Financial Planning.

  • Dr. Glover serves as the Dean of Business and Technology for Baker College of Clinton Township and the Port Huron campus. Dr. Glover has more than twenty three years’ experience in higher education – associate professor of marketing and management; director of cohorts, director of MBA programs, associate dean, and currently a Dean. Dr. Glover received her Bachelor of Science and her MSA from Central Michigan University and her Doctor of Business Administration – Leadership and Management from Lawrence Technological University. Dr. Glover serves on the board for Hope Center of Macomb and Leadership Macomb.

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  • Kathryn Dimond (LM XVI) is an experienced project manager with expertise in marketing and community outreach. A docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts, she has extensive training in art history and the DIA’s teaching methods. In her current role as Vice President, Community Relations, Dimond manages the DIA’s efforts to engage members of the community using art experiences within and outside of the DIA. She played a key role in the museum’s successful millage effort in August 2012 and is now working to fulfill requirements set forth in agreements pertaining to millage support. She has a Bachelor of Arts in social science from Michigan State University.

  • Terry Gibb joined MSU Extension (MSUE) in 1990. She has worked in areas of natural resources including water quality, land use and energy and community development where she supervised the Housing and Home Ownership Education and Money Management programs. She developed and supervised Extension’s Macomb County Foreclosure and Counseling program from its inception in 2006 through 2011. She has worked in land use education and completed surveys on local land use needs and perceptions. She currently is a Government & Public Policy and Natural Resources Educator working with fiscally-challenged communities throughout Michigan. Terry has a teaching certificate in secondary education and is a certified Housing counselor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics and Master’s degree in Teaching/Education both from Wayne State University.

  • Melissa Jackson, CHSP, EMT-P, EMSIC, BHSA (LM XIV) is a licensed EMS paramedic instructor/coordinator and Manager of EMS Programs and Emergency Management for Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. She manages the preparedness, response, and recovery of incidents/disasters for 3 hospital sites and multiple ambulatory care sites. Melissa is a Committee member for Macomb County EMS Medical Control Authority and the Region 2 North Healthcare Coalition. Melissa is the Treasurer for Michigan Fire Corps Executive Board. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration and certifications in healthcare safety and healthcare emergency management. She chairs Leadership Macomb’s Health Day Committee.

  • Linda McGrail Belau (LMVIII) is an attorney and shareholder with the law firm of O’Reilly Rancilio where she concentrates her practice in business litigation, family law, probate litigation and property tax appeals. Linda graduated from the James Madison College at Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School where she graduated cum laude and received the prestigious Order of the Coif. She also was an associate and assistant editor of the Wayne Law Review. Linda previously was elected and served terms on the Utica Charter Revision Commission and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. She was an assistant prosecuting attorney and a shareholder at the law firm of Butzel Long, one of Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Macomb County Bar Association and as President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan—Macomb Region. She is rated AV (“preeminent”) by Martindale Hubbell for her legal expertise and ethics. She is also currently serving as a board member for the Hope Center, a non-profit food pantry available to individuals and families in need who reside in Macomb County.

  • marchand3Jim Marchand (LM XV) is First Vice President leading the Marchand Advisory Group with Raymond James in Macomb, MI. Jim has over 20 years experience in investment and retirement planning and 10 years in corporate finance. He graduated from Walsh College with a BBA and MBA. Jim chairs Leadership Macomb’s Business Day Committee.

  • Julie Dichtel (LM XII) is a higher education professional with more than 20 years in the field. She has worked in many sectors of higher education including community colleges, private universities, for-profit universities and public universities. Currently serving as the Executive Director, Macomb County Outreach for Oakland University in Macomb County, Dichtel provides leadership for Oakland University’s Macomb County operations. Julie holds an MBA from Wayne State University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Walsh College. Julie was instrumental in planning and facilitating Leadership Macomb’s Junior Leadership Macomb program and chairs the Education and Workforce Development Day Committee.

  • Patty Lopez (LM XIV).  is the President of Rose-A-Lee Technologies where she designs and builds optimized light-weight products.  She openly admits to being a Lawrence Tech Alumn with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems.  Eight years ago, Patty ditched her position as a Production Supervisor at Chrysler to build a business with her family making army parts instead of car parts. She empowers women to join in her plot to take over the world starting with her role as President of Women in Defense Michigan Chapter.  Also, in her spare time she is an Inforum Macomb Affinity Group Co-Chair, and Advisor for National Defense Industrial Association Michigan Chapter, and on the Program Counsel for Leadership Macomb.  Patty is the proud mother of one and a half and a total book nerd.

  • Karen Smith (LM X) has been the Executive Director for Leadership Macomb, Inc., since 2007. She is responsible for all aspects of running the organization including recruitment, fundraising, curriculum development, operations and marketing. During her tenure the program has experienced substantial growth and has added an additional program for high school students.

    Prior to joining Leadership Macomb, Inc., Mrs. Smith worked for the Henry Ford Health System for twelve years, most recently as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Henry Ford Macomb Hospital – Warren Campus. While there, she successfully spearheaded a nationally recognized re-branding campaign and name change which resulted in increased volume and heightened brand awareness.

    She has a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from Oakland University and a Master of Science in Management degree from Walsh College. She has served as a mentor for teens through the Winning Futures Program, and served on the Board for All the World’s a Stage, a theater group for youth. She was an Athena Award nominee in 2005 and 2010. She is involved with the Sister City program through Clinton Township as a host family for Japanese visitors. She was appointed by County Executive Hackel for a three-year term on the Macomb County Ethics Board in 2011.

  • Diane Banks is the Program Director for Leadership Macomb. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University. After college she began working for the Macomb County Health Department and worked there for nearly 10 years as an Environmental Health Specialist and Program Administrator/Educator for the Surface Water Quality Education Program. While working for Macomb County she received her Master of Public Administration Degree. She began working for LM in 2015. She serves on the New Baltimore Downtown Development Authority and the planning committee for Run The Plank 5k community fundraising event in Macomb Township. She currently resides in New Baltimore with her husband Mike and their two children.

  • Julie Petkoff is the Administrative Assistant at Leadership Macomb. She received a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Calvin College. Julie’s previous experience includes being a mentor, fundraising and recruiting volunteers. In Julie’s free time she enjoys reading, bike riding and swimming. She currently resides in Sterling Heights with her husband Dan their two children.

  • Born and raised in Macomb County, Mark A. Hackel is a proud graduate of Warren Consolidated Schools, where he never missed a day of classes. He literally worked his way through college, earning an associate’s degree from Macomb Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and a master’s in public administration from Central Michigan University.

     

    His career in law enforcement began in 1981 as a dispatcher with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department. Over the next 20 years he worked his way through every rank and was ultimately elected sheriff in 2000. As sheriff, he was recognized for his innovative law enforcement practices and his fiscal discipline. Mr. Hackel was elected to serve as Macomb’s first-ever county executive in November 2010, finishing first in every voting precinct in the county. He ran on a platform of making County government more efficient and effective, and promised to be accountable, accessible, and a passionate advocate for Macomb.

     

    As chief executive officer of Michigan’s third largest county, Mr. Hackel is aggressively focusing on both economic and community development.  He actively promotes the county’s strong automotive and advanced manufacturing capacity and is branding Macomb County as the “Defense Capitol of the Midwest.”  He is also championing the “Blue Economy” initiative, which supports clean water, tourism, recreation and economic development of Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River.  Recently, he unveiled “Make Macomb Your Home” which promotes the county as a great place to live, work, play, raise a family and grow your business.

     

    Mr. Hackel is a forceful advocate for Macomb County on key regional issues and has been an effective voice with Macomb’s elected delegation in Lansing and Washington D.C.  He is committed to providing innovative leadership for the region while delivering services citizens and businesses expect.

  • James Jacobs, Ph.D.
    President, Macomb Community College

    James Jacobs assumed the presidency of Macomb Community College on July 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment, he concurrently served as director for the Center for Workforce Development and Policy at the college, and as associate director, Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University, where he currently serves as a member of its board of directors.

    Jacobs earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has more than 40 years experience at Macomb. He has taught social science, political science and economics. He specializes in the areas of workforce skills and technology, economic development, worker retraining and community college workforce development, and is widely published in these areas of expertise. In addition, Jacobs has conducted research, developed programs and consulted on workforce development and community college issues at the national, state and local levels.

    He is a past president of the National Council for Workforce Education, a national post-secondary organization of occupational education and workforce development specialists, and a member of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education. He is also a member of the Community College Advisory Panel to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton New Jersey.

    Jacobs is currently serving on the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, which advises Michigan’s governor on job creation, and talent development and retention. He is widely known for the Macomb County Economic Forecast, which he has presented annually for 29 years for the coalition of county’s chambers of commerce. Jacobs serves on a number of local boards, including the Center for Automotive Research, Metropolitan Affairs Council and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

  • Dr. Albert Lorenzo began his career in public accounting and then joined the Macomb College staff as an Assistant Professor. He later served as the college’s Business Manager, Controller and Vice President for Business. He became President in 1979 and served in that position for 29 years. Under his leadership Macomb evolved into one of the nation’s largest two-year colleges and the leading grantor of Associate Degrees in Michigan. Following his retirement from Macomb, he served for six years as an Executive in Residence at Oakland University.

     

    Dr. Lorenzo is a highly respected civic leader and has shaped educational, workforce, and economic development policies on the local, state and national level. He has extensive experience in organizational policy and governance and has served on numerous professional, civic and corporate brands. Al grew up in Detroit and studied finance and management while in college, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s in business administration, and a doctorate in administration. He has taught in the fields of accounting and management and has lectured at more than a dozen universities around the country. His many civic and professional contributions have brought him national recognition, including fourteen major leadership awards and two honorary doctoral degrees.

     

    Al and his wife Katherine live in Clinton Township and both are actively involved in civic and volunteer programs. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

  • Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum is the Commander, 127th Wing, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan. The 127th Wing is home to 1,700 citizen-Airmen operating both the A-10 and KC-135 aircraft, as well the host to 44 tenant organizations from all branches of the military and numerous Department of Homeland Security organizations. Nearly 4,500 Active, Guard and Reserve, and civilian personnel call Selfridge ANGB home.

    General Slocum received his Air Force commission through East Carolina University’s ROTC, Det. 600, in 1984, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. During his eight years of active duty he served as an F-4E pilot at Moody AFB, Ga.

    In 1992 General Slocum joined the Arizona Air National Guard and served in a variety of Operations Group and headquarters-staff positions. In 2003, he led the Operations Group F-16E/F Block 60 F-16 conversion, airworthiness certification, and academic development for the 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson, Ariz. In 2005 he was assigned as the Wing Chief of Safety and also served as the Wing Headquarters Squadron Commander.

    General Slocum was also the program manager for the ‘Wingman Project” suicide prevention and resiliency initiative leveraging internet, social media, and app technology to champion caring for people outreach, training, and marketing. He conceived and launched the “Ready 54” resiliency campaign and the “Wingman Day” resource for the Air National Guard. He also initiated the Department of Defense-wide mid-air collision avoidance program, known as SeeandAvoid.org, now a national asset hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2013, General Slocum was inducted into the U.S. Air Force Safety Hall of Fame.

    Prior to assuming command of the 127th Wing, General Slocum served as The Inspector General, Air National Guard, responsible for assessing and auditing the readiness, discipline, efficiency, and economy of the organization – including the Complaints Resolution, and Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Programs. He has logged more than 4,000 hours as an F-4 and F-16 Instructor Pilot.

     

  • David F. Viviano is the 109th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.  He was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2013 and elected to complete the remainder of his term in 2014.  He is the Supreme Court’s point-person for judicial training and statewide e-filing.

    Justice Viviano previously served as Chief Judge of the Macomb County Circuit and Probate Courts.  He was elected to the Circuit Court in 2006 and again in 2012, and during that time presided over both civil and criminal cases.  As chief judge, he was responsible for the administration of one of the largest trial courts in Michigan.

    Justice Viviano has participated in a number of initiatives to improve the administration of justice.  In 2008, then-Judge Viviano worked with a small group of judges to test reforms to Michigan’s jury system.  A number of these reforms were adopted and are now being used throughout Michigan.  Because of their efforts, Justice Viviano and his colleagues received a national award for jury innovation.

    Justice Viviano is a strong advocate for technological innovation in the court system.  He led the Macomb Circuit Court’s e-filing pilot project and has worked to improve how the court manages electronic data and shares it with the public and other units of government.  Justice Viviano also expanded the use of videoconferencing to conduct court hearings more safely and efficiently.

    Before becoming a judge, Justice Viviano worked at two nationally-recognized law firms, Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit and Jenner & Block LLC in Chicago.  He then founded his own law firm in Mt. Clemens, Viviano & Viviano PLLC.  He also served as City Attorney for the City of Center Line.

    Justice Viviano received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hillsdale College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.

    Justice Viviano and his wife, Neran, live in Sterling Heights with their four children.

     

  • Barbara W. Rossmann is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. She joined the organization in 1999 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and was appointed to her current position in 2004. In addition to her Leadership Macomb board position, Barbara serves as a board member for the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber, the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Healthcare, the Midwest Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE), the Macomb Health Plan, the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Statewide Campus System, the 5/3 Bank Eastern Division Board of Directors, as vice chair of the Southeast Michigan Red Cross board, and a member of the Michigan Hospital Association’s Legislative Policy Panel. Barbara received her Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Texas Women’s University and initiated doctoral studies. In addition to executive leadership roles within the Daughters of Charity Health System and Trinity Health, both leading health systems in the United States, Barbara served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
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    Roy Rose serves as the President at Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc. He started at Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc. as a Project Manager in 1985 then was promoted to Vice President in 1994. Roy received his BSCE in Structural and Construction Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

  • Donald R. Torline was born in Detroit and raised in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1965. Donald served in the Army Security Agency, as a communications intelligence specialist from 1966-1970. Donald earned his undergraduate B.S. Degree from Oakland University and Graduate M.A. Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Educational Leadership and State of Michigan Teacher Certification in Business Vocational Education, University of Michigan.

     

    Donald served as President of Baker College for thirty years before retiring in 2015. He currently serves on the Focus Macomb as Co-Chair, Macomb County Food Program, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Strategy and Growth Committee and as an advisor to the Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

     

    Donald enjoys spending time with his wife, kids and grandchildren.

  • Sheriff Anthony Wickersham began his career at the Macomb County Sheriff’s office in 1986 as a Correctional Officer.  Over the years, he has served in every rank of the department until he was appointed to his current position as Sheriff in 2011.

     

    Early on, Sheriff Wickersham was promoted to Deputy Sheriff and assigned to the Macomb Township Substation; during this time, he also served as a member of the County of Macomb Enforcement Team (COMET) as a narcotics investigator. With his hard work and dedication to the department, he was quickly promoted to Sergeant 1 and assigned to the afternoon shift until his promotion to full sergeant.

     

    As a full sergeant, he was reassigned to the midnight shift; before long he was selected to be the Administrative Sergeant for the Detective Bureau. Sheriff Wickersham was promoted to Lieutenant and spent a short time on the midnight shift until he became the Detective Lieutenant in charge of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.

     

    Sheriff Wickersham is a Firearms Instructor and Hostage/Crisis Negotiator at the Sheriff’s Office.

     

    Sheriff Wickersham obtained his Associate Degree in Law Enforcement from Macomb Community College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wayne State University in Interdisciplinary Studies and graduated from the Northwestern University Center of Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. He also attended the 208 th Session of the F.B.I National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; as well as, the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School in Washington D.C.

     

    Sheriff Wickersham is committed to maintaining the vital services that are needed to keep our community safe; while administrating plans to cut costs and save the dollars.  He was born in Detroit and raised in Warren and now resides in Macomb Township.