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 2015-2016 term.
City 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. He is a member of SEMCOG's Executive Committee and General Assembly. 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 1962-1964.
First Vice Chair
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. At SEMCOG, Green is a member of SEMCOG's Executive Committee and Finance and Budget Committee, and has also served on the Bylaws and Legal Committee. As First Vice Chair, he will become SEMCOG Chair in 2016-2017. He is an attorney with law offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit. He has 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. Rod and his wife have twin daughters.
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.
Trustee, Macomb Intermediate School District
Donald Hubler was elected to the Macomb Intermediate School Board in 2013. He also sits on the L'Anse Creuse Public School Board and has served as President of the Michigan Association of School Boards for 2015. He served on the National School Boards Association Policy and Resolutions Committee for 2013-14 and 2015. He serves as an alternate to the Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee. He retired as the Director of Public Works for the City of St Clair Shores, where he also served as the Water Department Superintendent and alternate to SEMCOG's General Assembly. He was a founding member of the Southeast Michigan Water Use Task Force which was comprised of regional water system operators whose goal was to coordinate response to water supply issues. He currently serves on SEMCOG's Access to Core Services Task Force. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.
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. He currently serves as Chair of SEMCOG's Legislative Policy Task Force. 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.
Commissioner, St. Clair County
Karl Tomion was elected to the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners in 2013, after retiring from a 35-year career in municipal management. He was City Manager of four Michigan cities – Algonac, Dowagiac, Midland, and Port Huron. In his first term on the County Board, he was selected to represent St. Clair County on SEMCOG's Executive Committee. He has also worked on the Bylaws and Taubman Scholarship Committees. He was very active in the Michigan Municipal League; he served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of its Workmen's Compensation Fund. As a member of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, he was elected President and was appointed as the Committee Chair of Public Policy and Ethics. Tomion graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor's Degree, and from Wayne State University with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. In 2008, he received the Jack M. Patriarche award from the Michigan Local Government Management Association for outstanding service in Michigan City Management.
Immediate Past Chair
Commissioner, Macomb County
Kathy Vosburg is currently serving her seventh 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, and delegate to the General Assembly. 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.
SEMCOG 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 is a member of the Executive Directors Council joining other Executive Directors from across the country. She currently serves on the Board of the Michigan Society of Association Executives.