LCC Board of Trustees
Larry Meyer, Chair
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.
Edward Woods III serves as the director, Learning and Leadership Experiences for the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE). He provides strategic direction in improving education, leadership and learning opportunities to engage and enhance all members of MSAE. His previous experience includes serving in senior executive leadership roles at the State of Michigan and the Michigan workforce development system, a Trustee at Lake Michigan College and Oakwood University, and teaching political science at Western Michigan University. In the community, Mr. Woods received the Valuable Volunteer Award from Reo Elementary in the Lansing Public Schools District, where he still volunteers today. Mr. Woods completed his undergraduate studies at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala. He earned his master's degree in public administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. He is married to Donnarie, and they have two compassionate children. He was elected to office on Nov. 6, 2007, and his term expires on Dec. 31, 2014.
Robin M. Smith, Secretary
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.
Jerry L. Hollister, Treasurer
Mr. Hollister is the Chief Operating Officer for Niowave, a Lansing-based producer of superconducting particle accelerators. He received his bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan after graduating from Lansing Eastern High School. Mr. Hollister was the statewide project manager for Habitat for Humanity's 2005 Jimmy Carter Work Project. Mr. Hollister has also previously served as a commissioned officer in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps, a minister for the Church of Christ, and as Building Operations Director for Cooley Law School. Mr. Hollister's family has a rich history of public service in the Lansing, including his mother, the late Judy (Hollister) Wolpe, who served as LCC Board Chair. He and his wife Kathy have 2 children, both of whom attend school in East Lansing. He was appointed to the Board on April 16, 2007, and elected on November 6, 2007. His term expires December 31, 2014
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.
Robert E. Proctor, Trustee
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.
Hidalgo, Jr., Trustee
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.
LCC Board of Trustees
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