The League is pleased to present the following roster of speakers for this year’s Capital Conference.

General Session Speakers





 Breakout Session Speakers


Phil Bertolini, Deputy County Executive/CIO
Oakland County

Phil Bertolini was appointed as deputy county executive/CIO for Oakland County in 2005. He is a vocal advocate for cloud and enterprise solutions in government, cross-boundary resource sharing, and inter-jurisdictional cooperation. He has overseen the development of unique government technology programs and created successful models that can be implemented by other governments interested in improving operations while containing costs.


Erin Boertman, Customer Relations Director
MERS of Michigan

As the MERS customer relations director, Erin Boertman oversees MERS regional staff across the state and service center, working directly with customers to provide education on plan administration, plan design and funding strategies, and participant education. This includes partnering with customers to identify and build plans to address their unique needs as it relates to addressing pension and OPEB liabilities.

Lori Bourbonais, Election Liaison Section Manager
Michigan Bureau of Elections

Lori Bourbonais has been with the Michigan Bureau of Elections for six years as an election law specialist and section manager. The Bureau’s Election Liaison Section oversees all training programs and bureau communications with Michigan election officials. Bourbonais also manages the Bureau’s election specialists, who provide procedural and technical support to Michigan’s clerks.


Daniel Bourdeau, Chief Innovation Officer
City of Westland

Daniel Bourdeau has been the chief information officer for the City of Westland since 2009.  Working with the technologically progressive Westland Mayor William R. Wild, Bourdeau has successfully leveraged 23 years of professional experience, training, and education to deploy technology solutions that have improved customer service, streamlined city operations, and mobilized a right-sized workforce.


Andrew Brisbo, Director
LARA Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation

Andrew Brisbo is the director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation and has been in licensing and regulation with the State of Michigan since 2004, including experience with the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Department of State, and occupational and health professional licensing in LARA. BMMR’s mission is to establish Michigan as the national model for a regulatory program that stimulates business growth while preserving safe patient access to medical marihuana.


Barb Byrum, County Clerk
Ingham County

Barb Byrum has a tremendous amount of leadership experience in state and local government. She has served as the Ingham County Clerk since 2012, conducted over 19 elections, and spoken at several high profile events, including the first Women’s March on Lansing in 2017. Previously, Byrum served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2007-201, where she was a tireless advocate for women’s rights.


Victor Cardenas, Assistant City Manager
City of Novi

Victor Cardenas is the assistant city manager for the City of Novi. He has also served as the city’s interim finance director, interim director of public services, and interim city manager.
He is active with the International City/County Management Association, the Michigan Municipal Executives, and with multiple committees, associations, and organizations. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Grand Valley State University.

Katherine Flanigan, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Michigan, Urban Collaboratory

Katherine Flanigan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil Engineering Intelligent Systems program at the University of Michigan, where she also received her M.S. in Civil Engineering and is pursuing an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Her primary areas of research include the development of wireless sensing technologies for rapid and dense deployment in urban environments, structural health monitoring, and edge computing architectures associated with smart cities.


Brandon Fournier, Partner
Shifman Law

Brandon Fournier  is a partner with Shifman Law.  Over the course of his career he has  developed an expertise in labor law, employment matters, risk management, environmental compliance, procurement, Freedom of Information Act, and Open Meetings Act. In addition to representing  a wide-ranging client base in matters of labor and employment, Fournier serves as the city attorney for the cities of Southgate and Woodhaven.


Kathie Grinzinger, Lead Executive Recruiter
Michigan Municipal League

Kathie Grinzinger is the lead executive recruiter for the Michigan Municipal League. She has an extensive background in human resources, including organizational and employee development; job description analysis; selection processes; and evaluation. Grinzinger served as assistant city manager, and then city manager for the City of Mt. Pleasant for 25 years before joining the League.


Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs
Michigan Municipal League

Chris Hackbarth rejoined the League in January 2015 as director of state affairs before moving up to director of state and federal affairs. Previously, he was director of the Office of Policy Initiatives for the Michigan Secretary of State and lobbying for Midwest Strategy Group. He has also worked for leadership in the Michigan House and Senate. Hackbarth earned a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University.


Kelli Hykes, Senior Associate, Government Relations

Kelli Hykes currently serves as the senior associate, government relations for Weedmaps after over a decade of experience in local government. She served as the senior legislative adviser to Columbus, Ohio City Council writing legislation and city code to address numerous emerging issues with a focus on public health, safety, and transportation. Hykes also worked on Ohio’s Medical Marijuana program.


Mary King, Executive Director
Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

Mark King joined the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency as executive director in January 2016. She began working with people in prison as an intern at Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility in the early 1980s. She created the Women’s Program at Options Center, and became the first coordinator for the Children’s Visitation Program. She also worked as a community coordinator for the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative.


John LaMacchia II, Assistant Director, State & Federal Affairs
Michigan Municipal League

John LaMacchia handles transportation and infrastructure issues. He joined the League in 2013 and has nearly a decade of experience in Lansing, serving with former Sen. John Gleason for six years as chief of staff, and working in the office of former Senate Minority Leader Bob Emerson. LaMacchia earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University.


Dustin McDonald, Vice President of Government Relations

Dustin McDonald is the vice president of government relations for Weedmaps, where he leads the effort to engage Congress, the Administration, state, local, and international governments on cannabis policy reforms. McDonald joined Weedmaps in 2016 after serving as as the director of the Government Finance Officers Association’s Federal Liaison Center, where he led federal advocacy campaigns on municipal finance issues for a coalition of state, county, and city government associations.


Anthony Minghine, Associate Executive Director & COO
Michigan Municipal League

Anthony Minghine joined the League in 2006 to have an opportunity to focus on the broader policy issues surrounding local government. He is a regular speaker on a variety of topics affecting local government, and plays a key role in training local officials. He is a tireless advocate for local government, and frequently testifies to the state legislature on matters relating to local government finance.



Charles Norton, IT Director
City of Battle Creek

Charles Norton has been the IT Director for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan since 2016. For the previous 10 years, he served the department in various roles. He holds several degrees in technical and business fields. His passions center around technical leadership, driving better business outcomes through effective use of IT resources, and data security.


Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate
Michigan Municipal League

Jennifer Rigterink joined the League in 2016, where she advocates on behalf of communities with a concentration on municipal services, economic development, and land use issues. Previously, she worked for MED, where she managed the Community Development Technical Assistance team. Rigterink has a bachelor’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from MSU.


Gina Schrader, Director Business Model Innovation

Gina Schrader serves as a director of business model innovation at NextEnergy, a Detroit non-profit innovation center accelerating advanced energy, mobility, and built environment technologies to enable smarter and more sustainable cities. In this role, Schrader transforms energy and mobility interests and concerns into real commercial solutions by managing technology challenges and programs to accelerate advanced energy and mobility innovation.


Adam Smith, Advocacy Chair
Michigan Municipal Executives

Adam Smith currently serves as the city administrator of Grand Ledge. Since 2004, he has had the opportunity to work in village, city, and county government. He is active in the Michigan Municipal Executives, currently serving as advocacy chairperson. Smith also serves on the Michigan Municipal League’s Elected Officials Academy Board of Directors and on the Board of Trustees for the Worker’s Compensation Fund. Smith received the League’s Special Award of Merit in 2013.


Colin Taggart, Cybersecurity Senior Manager
Plante Moran

Colin Taggart has more than nine years of cybersecurity experience, including: cybersecurity risk management framework implementations, IT General Controls, regulatory compliance audits, application security assessments, and assistance in developing policies and procedures.  Taggart’s industry experience includes banks, government, education, and more. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).


Michelle Watterworth, Partner
Plante Moran

Michelle Watterworth is the partner in charge of Plante Moran’s Public Sector technical practice.  She oversees emerging accounting and auditing issues within the firm’s governmental, K-12, and higher education industries. She also leads technical training initiatives, including being a frequent speaker at conferences. She is a current member of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel.