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MARQUETTE – Gov: Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments of two Upper Peninsula residents:

Michigan State Independent Living Council

Aaron M. Andres, of Marquette, is the chair of the Marquette City Planning Commission, chair of the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress, member of the Barrier Free Design Board and vice chair of the Superior Alliance for Independent Living.

He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in public administration from Northern Michigan University. Mr. Andres is appointed to represent organizations that provide services to people with disabilities, including but not limited to private businesses.

He succeeds Yvonne Fleener who resigned, and will serve for a term beginning July 28 and ending December 31.

The Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council is responsible for developing the state plan pursuant to Section 704(a)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 USC 796c(a)(2).

The council may work with independent living centers to coordinate services with public and private entities to improve services provided to people with disabilities and conduct resource development activities to support the council and the provision of independent living services by independent living centres.

Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Board of Trustees

Rodney Loonsfoot, of Baraga, is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council and the Tribal Veterans Duty Officer for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. He is a veteran and served in the Marine Corps and Michigan National Guard. Loonsfoot is appointed to represent Independent Veterans for a term beginning July 28 and expiring February 25, 2024. He succeeds Edward Hirsch who has resigned.

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund was established in 1946 from $50 million in postwar reserve funds to provide grants for veterans’ emergency needs.

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Board of Directors governs grant policies and adjudication, appointments to county committees, and expenditures from trust revenues.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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