Gov. Whitmer makes appointments to boards and commissions

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced the following local appointments to state boards and commissions:

Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science

Mark T. Evely, Ph.D., of Swartz Creek, is the chair of the Wayne State University Department of Applied Health Sciences and an assistant professor and program director for the mortuary science program.

Dr. Evely is also a funeral director for the A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors and Harry J. Will Funeral Home. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Wayne State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Dr. Evely is appointed to represent professionals for a term commencing July 1 and expiring June 30, 2025. He succeeds Kathleen Barone whose term expired June 30.

The Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science was created to license and regulate the practice of mortuary science and funeral establishments in Michigan. The Board works with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to oversee the practice of mortuary science licensees, residential trainees, and funeral homes.

Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

Bernard Lawler, of Grand Blanc, is a consultant with Bernard Lawler Enterprise. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan-Flint. Mr. Lawler is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 1 and expiring June 30, 2025. He succeeds Samantha West whose term expired June 30.

The Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy was created to license and regulate the practice of marriage and family therapy in Michigan, which is the provision of guidance, testing, discussions, therapy, instruction, or advice that is intended to avoid, eliminate, relieve, manage, or resolve marital or family conflict or discord, to create, improve, or restore marital or family harmony, or to prepare couples for marriage. Underlying all duties is the responsibility of the Board to promote and protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

Michigan Board of Nursing

Kimberly M. Cox, of Davison, is a registered nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Ascension Genesys Hospital and the chief union steward for Teamsters Local 332. She holds an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Mott Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ferris State University. Ms. Cox is appointed to represent registered professional nurses with a baccalaureate degree engaged in nursing practice or nursing administration, for a term commencing July 1 and expiring June 30, 2025. She succeeds Sarah Coker whose term expired June 30.

The Michigan Board of Nursing was created to establish qualifications for nurse licensure, to establish standards for education and approve nurse education programs, develop and implement criteria for assurance of continued competency, and take disciplinary action against licensees when the health, safety, and welfare of the public has been adversely affected.

Michigan Board of Pharmacy

Kyle A. McCree, of Grand Blanc, is the director of state government affairs for Consumers Energy. He holds a Bachelor of Business Sciences in Finance from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. Mr. McCree is reappointed to represent the general public for a term commencing July 1 and expiring June 30, 2025.

The Michigan Board of Pharmacy was enacted as part of the Public Health Code to oversee the practice of pharmacy as a health service, the clinical application of which includes the encouragement of safety and efficacy in the prescribing, dispensing, administering and use of drugs and related articles for the prevention of illness and the maintenance and management of health. The Public Health Code mandates certain responsibilities and duties for a health professional licensing board including promoting and protecting the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. — G.G.