LCC Board of Trustees
Robert E. Proctor, Chair
Mr. Proctor is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator. He is a retired administrative law judge for the Michigan Department of Civil Service and served as legal counsel for the Labor Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives. Mr. Proctor serves and has served on various boards in various capacities within the community such as the following: former board member and chairperson for the American Red Cross; current Treasurer of the Black Child and Family Institute; former Board member of the Lansing Fair Housing Center; and mentor and tutor for the Lansing School District. He was elected to office in June 2003. He was re-elected on November 3, 2009, and his term expires December 31, 2016.
Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr., Vice Chair
Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr. is the Training Director for the Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. He received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and his law degree for Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Lawrence practices law in the area of estate planning. He served as a commissioner on the Lt. Governor's Cherry Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. Lawrence served on the committee to create the high school completion program at Lansing Community College. He was also instrumental in creating the CRAFT program in the Lansing School District that helped numerous high school students prepare for and enter into careers in the skilled trades. Lawrence serves on the educational committee for the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee developing the curriculum used by the electrical industry throughout the United States and Canada. He was elected to office on November 6, 2012, and his term expires December 31, 2018.
Dr. Judi K. Berry, Secretary
Dr. Judith K. Berry is a long-time resident of East Lansing and has served the community for over 30 years in many capacities. Dr. Berry has enjoyed a distinguished career in education as a K-12 instructor, college professor, and adult education coordinator, academic dean of a private college, education consultant at Michigan Department of Education, and coordinator, dean of Business, Media, and Information Technologies, and associate vice president of Lansing Community College. She most recently served on the Board of Directors of a public authority, appointed by Governor Rick Snyder, and as assistant chancellor of instructional support and educational accountability with the statewide education authority. Currently, Dr. Berry is the President of Technical Education Services and Training, (TEST, LLC), an educational consulting firm that provides services to educational entities to help improve the academic achievement of students and to increase the importance of career and technical education training. Dr. Berry completed her undergraduate degree in business education at Marygrove College in Detroit, MI, her master's degree in educational administration from Michigan State University with a concentration in K-12 administration, and her PhD degree from Walden University in Minnesota in education with a specialization in community college leadership. She is married to Mandeville Berry, Jr. and they are the proud parents of a daughter, Ebony and a son, Randy. She was elected to office on November 4, 2014, and her term expires December 31, 2020.
Larry Meyer, Treasurer
Larry Meyer has enjoyed a long and distinguished business career, including three and a half decades at the head of the Michigan Retailers Association. He rescued that organization from near bankruptcy in the early 1970s and built it into the largest and most successful state retail association in the nation. He served as the Director of the State of Michigan Department of Commerce 1989-1990, appointed by Governor James J. Blanchard. He was elected twice to political office as a member of the Lansing City Council, serving 1997-2005; in 2002 as Council President. The city advanced during his tenure, as he worked cooperatively with council members, Mayor David Hollister and his team, and the public. Mr. Meyer has always believed that public service is an important duty. He was elected to office on November 3, 2009, and his term expires December 31, 2016.
Andrew P. Abood, Trustee
Andrew P. Abood is a lifelong resident of the Greater Lansing Area, a graduate of J.W. Sexton High School and a lifetime student at Lansing Community College. He has more than 25 years of experience practicing law and more than 16 years of experience as a partner in the Abood Law Firm, a prominent law firm with locations in East Lansing and Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and went on to complete his law degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating two semesters early with cum laude status in the top 5 of his class In 1997, he opened his own firm (the Abood Law Firm), where he was later joined by other family members including F. Joseph Abood (brother) and Fredric S. Abood (Father). As an active member of the community, Andrew P. Abood has received awards such as the Crystal Award of Recognition, 10 best Client Satisfaction Awards by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, and Top 100 OWI Attorneys in the State of Michigan. He was elected to office November 4, 2014, and his term expires December 31, 2020.
Deborah Canja, Trustee
Deborah Canja is a Lansing native and graduated from Lansing Eastern High School. A graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School, she served for 12 years as a Michigan Assistant Attorney General, three years as a commercial realtor and as President of the Michigan Regional Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, and is now the Deputy General Counsel of the Office of General Counsel in the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation. She has also led two non-profit organizations serving parents of children with special needs and disabilities and continues to serve as the CEO of Bridges4Kids, a non-profit organization providing information for families and teachers seeking help for children. Deb comes from a tradition of public service. Her father, Alex, was a teacher and coach, and worked for 33 years at the Michigan Department of Education. Her mother, Tess, was the former Executive Director of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan, served as the National President of AARP, and continues to be involved in senior issues at both national and state levels. Deb has two sons and lives in Okemos. She was elected to office on November 6, 2007. She was re-elected on November 3, 2009, and her term expires December 31, 2016.
Robin M. Smith, Trustee
Ms. Smith is a lifelong resident of Lansing whose commitment to service in her community is demonstrated through a rich history of personal involvement. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in advertising with an emphasis in communications. Ms. Smith is currently employed as a Student Parent Coordinator for the Lansing School District. Her areas of focus are language arts and literacy. She is the founder of "Express Yourself", a communications consultant company. Ms. Smith has served on various boards throughout the community such as former Chairperson of the Board of Water and Light Board of Commissioners. She was elected to office on May 3, 2005. She was re-elected on November 6, 2012 and her term expires December 31, 2018.
LCC Board of Trustees
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