Virgie M. Ammerman, CPA, MBA (R), Wayne
Virgie most recently served as the CFO for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Spring Arbor University, her MBA from Western Michigan University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Political Management from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Through her work at Gleaners Community Food Bank, and her previous role as Executive Director of Housing and Community Development at Hope Network, Virgie advocates for the availability and affordability of basic needs with which everyone can grow and experience civil liberties.
Bria Barker Lewis (I), Oakland
Bria is currently a public policy advisor for a leading health insurance organization, providing policy analysis and advocacy related to government health care programs. Bria previously worked as a staff attorney at a legal aid organization providing legal assistance on a variety of issues ranging from housing to public benefits and focused significantly on serving Spanish-speaking clients. Bria holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Organizational Studies and Spanish as well as a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Bria received her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Bria has a history of volunteering and advocacy, which currently centers around issues impacting families and working mothers in particular.
Teddy R. Dorsette III (D), Wayne
Teddy is a Deaf filmmaker, entrepreneur and social justice advocate Detroit. He was educated at the University of Michigan where he received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures. and the Motion Picture Institute, where he concentrated on directing and producing. Teddy co-founded Teddyboy Films & Entertainment LLC, and Def Lens Media LLC to help provide opportunities for others to achieve their dreams as well as harness their skills and talents through different creative mediums. He established a non-profit organization, Reel Def Entertainment, to help Deaf and hard of hearing youth pursue their dreams in the creative arts. He is a passionate filmmaker whose dream is to write stories that will educate others about the Deaf Experience and Black Deaf history. He currently works as the Communications Manager for Detroit Disability Power.
Jon Horford (D), Eaton
Jon launched and owns multiple small businesses. A former college and professional basketball player, Jon has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours coaching and mentoring young athletes. He co-chairs Grand Ledge United, serves on the Governor's Black Leadership Advisory Subcommittee on Health and the Eaton County Parks and Recreation Commission, and volunteers for the Democratic Party. Jon earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and is completing his master's degree with the University of Florida.
Lisa Hubbard (I), Calhoun
Lisa is a parent, school board member and public school teacher creating and advocating for an equitable educational experience for all students regardless of residence, race or socioeconomic status. She is a trauma certified and holds a BS in Elementary Education and MA in Theology. Lisa serves as the Vice President of the Harper Creek Community Schools Board of Education and is engaged in many community-wide initiatives including a Joint Task Force for Educational Equity.
Esmat Ishag-Osman (D), Wayne
Esmat is a Research Assistant with the Political Science Department and the Levin Law Center at Wayne State University, where he is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Political Science. Previously, Esmat worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for a Detroit-based civic engagement non-profit. He served as a District Vice Chair for Michigan's 13th Congressional District Democratic Party organization and is currently on the Board of Directors for Black Family Development, Inc.
Damon Jordan (R), Ottawa
Damon is Campaign Co-Chair for the Ottawa County GOP where he was the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from UC San Diego and his MPA from San Diego State. With campaign experience in California and Michigan, he has passions for groundwater quality and for solving addiction issues. In 2020, he served as a county chair for John James for US Senate.
Marcus Keech (R), Jackson
Marcus is currently the Legislative Director for State Representative Greg VanWoerkom of the 91st House District (parts of Muskegon County). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Grand Valley State University. Marcus previously served in multiple capacities with former Majority Floor Leader Triston Cole and former State Senator Peter MacGregor. He is a former nominee for the 2018 Jon Farley Exceptional Legislative Staff Award.
Lindsay Kronemeyer (R), Allegan
Lindsay is a Commercial Risk Advisor for Gibson. She serves as the Chair of Kent County Young Republicans, a member of the Gerald R. Ford Republican Women, Women in Defense, and serves on the Walker Charter Academy School Board. Additionally, she is involved with the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Development Committee, the West Michigan Veterans Coalition and ESGR. Lindsay participated in a Political Journalism program at Georgetown, then earned her BA in History from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently working towards her MBA in Public Administration.
Maggie Lenard (R), Allegan
Maggie is currently serving as a legislative aide to State Senator Dale Zorn. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a specialization certificate in Lawmaking and Legal Processes from Central Michigan University. Maggie has also worked for State Representatives Julie Alexander and Mary Whiteford, as well as Congressman Bill Huizenga as both a congressional intern and field staff on his 2018 re-election campaign.
Karen Moore (R), Beaverton
Karen is Owner of Indigent Defense Consultants. She’s earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan-Flint; Juris Doctorate from Wayne State; and Ph.D. from Capella University. Karen is currently the Chair of the Gladwin County Commission, President of Gladwin Rotary, Board Member of Gladwin Leadership, and member of Gladwin GOP and Gladwin CERT. Karen and her husband provide for pets during the holidays with gift baskets for lower income elderly citizens’ pets.
Kelly O'Donnell (D), Wayne
Kelly is a business development, marketing and communications executive serving professional/financial service firms and Plymouth City Commissioner, an elected position she's held since 2019. She's a passionate advocate for community engagement, a mission reflected in her online group Positively Plymouth as well as the 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization she co-founded in 2017, Keep Plymouth Leafy. Kelly holds a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and Bachelor's Degrees in Marketing and French from Michigan State University.
Alex Porrett (R), Ingham
Alex is currently Legislative Director for State Representative Roger Hauck. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University. Alex has also served as campaign manager for Representative Hauck in 2018 and 2020. Previously, he worked as a legislative aide for State Representative Chris Afendoulis. In his spare time, he owns and operates a real estate investment company.
Daniel J. Quinn (D), Wayne
Dan is currently Director for Education Policy at Public Policy Associates, Inc. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Oakland University. Dan previously served as executive director of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice. He also taught secondary-level social studies for 19 years, with emphasis on economics, before focusing his career on policy. In 2019, he was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve on Michigan’s A-F Peer Review Panel.
Anuja Rajendra (D), Washtenaw
Anuja is a leader in improving mental and physical well-being across Michigan. She has extensive experience in disciplined problem solving as an engineer, and in community building as a socially conscious entrepreneur and writer. She was a Candidate for the Michigan State Senate in 2018 in a contested, four-way primary. She currently serves on the board of APIA-Vote Michigan and on the Project Play: Southeast Michigan Task Force. Anuja holds an MBA and B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Robbie Rankey (R), Ingham
Robbie is currently Deputy Chief of Staff for Michigan Speaker of the House, Jason Wentworth. He holds a JD from Suffolk University (Boston, MA) and BBA from Ferris State University. Robbie was most recently Executive Director for the House Republican Campaign Committee, served as a Director for Speakers Chatfield and Leonard, and previously for SOS Johnson and AG Cox. He is also a father, marathoner and member of the Ferris Alumni Association Board.
Brandon Reed (D), Ingham
Brandon is currently the policy analyst for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Policy-Advocacy Team. Brandon has served as policy counsel for the Michigan State Senate Democratic Caucus, where he also held the positions of policy analyst and legislative fellow. Brandon is a graduate of Hampton University and MSU College of Law. He has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 2019 and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.
Theresa Rich (D), Oakland
Theresa is attorney/owner of RichLaw, PLLC and a part-time faculty member at Wayne State. She serves as Secretary of the Oakland Schools Board of Education and was a city council member. Dr. Rich holds a PhD in Organization & Management from Capella University, two law degrees from Wayne State, and an MBA and BBA (Accounting) from Grand Valley. Theresa previously served on the city council in Farmington Hills and chairs the Education Bloc at SEMCOG, the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments.
Sue Shink (D), Washtenaw
Sue is the Chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners serving District 2 in the North East portion of the county. Sue graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and earned a master’s degree in Resource Policy and Analysis from The University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). Sue serves in Leadership as well as liaison for many committees, including the Environmental Council, Southeast Michigan Works! and the Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee (ALPAC). Sue leads the county’s climate action response as she works with her fellow commissioners to serve all the residents of Washtenaw County.
Sean Sorenson-Abbott (D), Ingham
Sean is currently a government relations manager with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, where he lobbies the state legislature on behalf of Michigan’s 134 acute care hospitals. He previously worked on the policy team for the Gretchen Whitmer for Governor campaign, and as a legislative assistant for State Senator David Knezek. Sean received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Michigan State University.
Mike Sullivan (R), Kent
Mike is currently the Political Director of the Kent County Republican Party. He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at Grand Valley State University. Mike has worked in the offices of Attorney General Bill Schuette, Congressman Bill Huizenga, and State Senator Peter Lucido. Mike is an active member of his church and is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.
Donna VanderVries (R), Kalamazoo
Donna is currently Equalization Director for Muskegon County and Assessor for 12 municipalities within the county. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Wright State University, Masters in Tax from the University of Cincinnati and Law Degree from Ohio State. She serves on Portage District Library Board. She is on her church finance committee and credit union board as well as service on various professional association boards including the International Association of Assessing Officers.
Desire Vincent Levy (D), Oakland
Desire is currently the Bayard Rustin Democracy Fellow with the Washington D.C. based Democracy Initiative (D.I.). Prior to joining the D.I., Desire served as a communications consultant for the MichiganVoting.org Election Protection Program (EPP), where she led the strategy and execution of all creative initiatives for the 2020 EPP public education efforts, including a statewide public art series. She is the co-founder of Detroit Kitchen Terminal.
Craig Wilsher (I), Oakland
Craig is currently serving as the Deputy Chief for the Canton Police Department, as well as holds two adjunct teaching positions with Schoolcraft College and Ferris State University. Craig earned two Masters’ degrees and attended the FBI National Academy Session 265, to continue his education and leadership development. He serves on different committees and boards that carryforward and strengthen positive law enforcement messaging within communities.