Advisory Council

The Advisory Council of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy was established in 2006 to recommend direction for the overall program and activities of the Academy. The Advisory Council is comprised of 14 members representing agriculture, natural resources, environmental and business sectors of the Michigan. The AC also includes representation from diverse communities and Sovereign Tribal Nations. Several of the AC members are also GLLA alumni. By meeting with the Co-directors quarterly and providing key insights on organizational efforts, the GLLA Advisory Council is essential to success. We have great appreciation for the AC and their dedication to helping us to effectively develop leaders and encourage the common good cross the State of Michigan and beyond. 

  • Maria Gonzalez (Chair), Freemont Area Community Foundation
  • Angela Ayers (Vice-Chair), Ford Motor Company
  • John Bradburn, General Motors
  • Laura Braun, GreenStone Farm Credit Services
  • Elizabeth Browne, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy
  • Abigail Eaton, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Dave Ivan (Ex officio), Michigan State University Extension
  • Shannon Lott, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Erin McDonough, Insurance Alliance of Michigan
  • Scott Piggott, Michigan Farm Bureau
  • William Rustem, Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephanie Schafer, Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Jamie Stuck, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • Dan Wyant, Edward Lowe Foundation
  • Jim Zook, Michigan Corn