I have worked in education governance at the local board of education level, the state level as a Director of the Michigan Association of School Board Members, and at the national level as a Director of the National Association of School Board Members. I retired from the City of Lansing after 30 years of employment in the Department of Human Relations and Community Services. I attended Pan American University, Saginaw State University, and Lansing Community College’s Community Leadership Development Academy. On a personal basis, my wife Mary Ann and I have 5 grown children, 10 grandkids, on great grandchild and as I write, another grandchild on the way. We both like to dance and I enjoy golfing as much as I
Liz grew up in Oregon and studied in Minnesota. She credits childhood experiences in Ethiopia and Afghanistan with giving rise to a lifelong passion for language study and international travel. As a student and professor, she has spent extended periods of time in Germany, including two memorable years in 1980s Leipzig and East Berlin. A lover of literature and the arts, she is a classical violinist who wishes she had the time to play in a string quartet.
Currently, Liz’s time is divided primarily between her work at MSU and being the mother of two children; her daughter, Zebiba, is a member of Happendance Impulse (Young Artists) and a student of ballet and contemporary dance. Liz and her husband, Vaughn, live in East Lansing and are active members of the Racial Justice Task Force at Edgewood United Church.