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SEMCOG’s officers are made up of a Chairperson, First Vice Chairperson (who is Chairperson elect), four Vice Chairpersons, and Immediate Past Chairperson. SEMCOG Bylaws require that officers be balanced between the blocs (Counties, Cities & Villages, Townships, and Education) of the organization. Voting delegates or elected- official alternates to SEMCOG’s Executive Committee are eligible for SEMCOG officer positions. Officers are elected at SEMCOG’s June Annual Meeting. The following officers will serve for the 2013-2014 term.

SEMCOG 2013-2014 Officers

Joan Gebhardt
Treasurer, Schoolcraft College

Opening remarks 

Joan Gebhardt is the first SEMCOG Chairperson representing community colleges in the 45-year history of the organization. She was appointed to the Schoolcraft Community College Board of Trustees to fill a vacancy in January 2007. She went on to win the seat in her own right the following May. Since 2007, she has been an active and supportive member of SEMCOG, was elected Vice-Chairperson in 2009. She has served on the Education Bloc, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Development Committee, and Membership and Legislative Task Forces. Gebhardt served two terms on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners representing Westland, Inkster, and south Livonia in District 12. Her core career was that of a public school teacher and administrator.  She and her husband have two children and one grandchild.

 Kathy D. Vosburg
Kathy Vosburg 
First Vice Chair
Commissioner, Macomb County
Kathy Vosburg is currently serving her sixth two-year term as Macomb County Commissioner, representing District 8 (Lenox and Chesterfield Townships, the Village of New Haven, and the City of New Baltimore). She served as Board Chair from 2011-2012. She has served in a variety of capacities at SEMCOG, including Chair of the Environmental Policy Advisory Council, member of the Executive Committee, delegate to the General Assembly, and as First Vice Chair will become SEMCOG Chair in 2014-2015. She attended Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program as a Taubman fellow in 2007. Vosburg has a degree in Business Administration from Detroit College of Business and owns an income tax consulting business. She and her husband have three married sons and five grandchildren. 

 Robert Clark
Robert Clark 
Vice Chairperson
Mayor, City of Monroe
Robert Clark has been Mayor of the City of Monroe since 2010, having served one term as Councilman in 2008. He previously served on the Citizens Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals for Monroe. Since 2010 he has been an active member of SEMCOG and since 2012 has served on the Finance and Budget Committee. Prior to holding elected office, he served 30 years with the Michigan State Police, retiring in 2010. He retired at the rank of Major and as a member of the Michigan State Police Executive Council. Beginning in 2005, Clark worked closely with SEMCOG on transportation issues, including the Regional Concept for Transportation Operations for Metro Detroit, which received a planning excellence award from the Federal Highway Administration in 2008.  

 Rodrick Green
Rod Green 
Vice Chairperson
Trustee, Superior Charter Township
Rodrick Green has a long history of involvement in Superior Township. He is currently a Trustee, and has also served on the township Board of Review and Board of Appeals. He is an attorney with law offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit. He has earned a degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University, a Masters in Divinity from Virginia Union University and his Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Michigan. Green has served in the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guard. He is a member of SEMCOG’s Executive Committee and Finance and Budget Committee, and has also served on the Bylaws and Legal Committee. Rod and his wife have twin daughters. 

Jeffrey Jenks
Jeff Jenks  
Vice Chairperson
Commissioner, Huntington Woods 

Jeff Jenks has been a Commissioner in the City of Huntington Woods since 1999. He has a long career working in the public sector and was president of the Michigan Municipal League in 2010. He has been involved with SEMCOG for 30 years, serving on many committees, including the Data Center Advisory Council that he chaired from 1999-2007. Jenks attended Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program as a Taubman fellow in 2007. He has a degree in economics and political science from Eastern Michigan University, with graduate work at Wayne State University. He has owned and managed an internet-based travel agency since 1988. Jenks served in the Peace Corps as an elementary school teacher in the Philippines from 1962-64.

Phil LaJoy
Phil Lajoy  
Vice Chairperson
Supervisor, Canton Charter Township

Phil LaJoy has been Supervisor of the Charter Township of Canton since 2008. As the township’s chief administrator, he is responsible for overseeing the operation of all township departments, acting as chairperson for Board of Trustees meetings, appointing board and commission members, preparing and monitoring the budget, and serving on numerous local and regional boards and committees. Prior to becoming Canton Township Supervisor, he served as State Representative for the 21st District for six years and was a township Trustee from 1989-2003. He also has 25 years of experience in the private sector in personnel and human resources. He has served on the SEMCOG Transportation Advisory Council since 2008 and was Chair from 2010-2012. Other previous committees and service include Canton Township Merit Commissioner; Canton Chamber of Commerce; Chairperson, Saint Joseph Mercy Community Advisory Council; SEMCOG Infrastructure Task Force; and various committees through the Michigan House of Representatives.

 Michael Sedlak
Michael Sedlak 
Immediate Past Chair
Clerk, Green Oak Charter Township
Michael Sedlak has been Green Oak Charter Township Clerk since 2000 and also serves on the township's Planning Commission. In 2003, Sedlak achieved Certified Municipal Clerk status from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. In addition to his elected position, Sedlak has served on the township fire department since 1986 and is currently a captain. He is an EMT-Specialist for Livingston County EMS and is the recordings secretary for the Livingston County Fire Chiefs Association. At SEMCOG, Sedlak represents Livingston County townships on the Executive Committee and has served on the Transportation Advisory Council, Manufactured Housing Task Force, Legislative Policy Platform Task Force, and several others. He has been a SEMCOG Vice Chair since 2007. Some of his accomplishments include the successful passing and renewal of fire/police millages, adding affordable housing components to subdivisions, and is part of the board that approved and built the engineering-award-winning water and sewer systems in Green Oak. 

 Kathleen Lomako
Kathleen Lomako 
 Executive Director
Kathleen Lomako joined SEMCOG in 1979 and has served in a variety of planning and administrative capacities, and is a certified community planner. She became Executive Director in 2014. She attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in summer 2003. Lomako is involved with the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), and currently serves on the Board of the Michigan Society of Association Executives.