Engelman Heads Women’s Commission

Governor Snyder announced Thursday that Mary Engelman will be the new executive director for the Women’s Commission. Ms. Engelman’s previous positions include the director of government affairs and public relations for OpTech LLC and the executive director for the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. She succeeds a retiring Suzy Avery.

Quarantine

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Thursday that Baraga County is infested with emerald ash borer and has been placed on the state’s quarantine zone. This announcement restricts movement of firewood and other wood products due to its proximity to infested areas meaning the Asian beetles were likely present. Of the 83 Michigan counties only Gogebic, Iron, and Ontonagon counties remain unquarantined.

 Lori Acting DHHS Deputy Director

Former Representative Matt Lori was announced as the new acting senior deputy director for policy, planning, and legislative services at the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Lori previously served in the House where he chaired the health policy subcommittee and played a key role in passing the Healthy Michigan Medicaid Expansion in 2013. He additionally worked for the department as the health care administrator, working to improve the state’s health care systems. Mr. Lori succeeds Elizabeth Hertel, who left her position to join Trinity Health.