Entries by Sara Ramaker

Spotlighting the 2018 West Michigan Policy Forum Conference

Catch up with the Keynote Several Comm-PAC committee members attended the 2018 West Michigan Policy Forum (WMPF) Conference Sept. 23-24 in Grand Rapids to show our support for the work being done by WMPF on behalf of business leaders and citizens of Michigan. Attendees gathered from around the state to discuss a state policy agenda for 2018-2019 in order to […]

Get to Know Jim Ritsema

Driving Excellence through Collaboration Comm-PAC continued its “Get to Know” event series on Thursday, May 10, with Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema. Eleven Comm-PAC members met with Ritsema at Caffe Casa in Kalamazoo. Ritsema started by explaining his role with the city. “I’m the CEO of the city so to speak,” Ritsema said. “I create […]

Get to Know Rep. Dave Maturen

Appraising the Political Landscape It was evident that Rep. Dave Maturen knows a thing or two about local government as he met a group of nine Comm-PAC members for a “Get to Know” event on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Water Street Coffee in Portage. Serving at a variety of levels, including as a Brady Township […]

Get to Know Rep. Jon Hoadley

Developing Opportunities for Education and Long-Term Progress Comm-PAC continued its “Get to Know” event series on Friday, April 28, with Rep. Jon Hoadley. Nine Comm-PAC members met with the Kalamazoo County Democrat at Water Street Coffee in Portage. Hoadley started by sharing the positive praise he hears about Kalamazoo in his travels. “It’s a great experience when I’m […]

Get to Know Sen. Margaret O’Brien

Lessons in Leadership with a Side of Coffee The first in a series of invite-only “Get to Know” events, nine Comm-PAC members received a firsthand account of legislative efforts in Michigan from Sen. Margaret O’Brien on Feb. 6. Gathered at Water Street Coffee in Portage, the Kalamazoo County Republican also shared a few of the […]

Comm-PAC Spotlight: Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker is a lifelong resident of southwest Michigan. She and her husband, Steve, have two beautiful children, Jordan and Savina. After an acclaimed legal career, Tonya served three terms in the House of Representatives. She then went on to be elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010. Her legislative priorities include jobs, […]