Current Board Members

 

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2021-2022 Executive Board

 

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PRESIDENT

Annette M. Jones
Vice President – Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
Okemos, MI

Annette Jones has worked in the Michigan public finance industry, joining the Michigan Public Finance Office of Stifel in July 2008, after serving as Associate and Support Banker for Wachovia/A.G. Edwards.  As a member of the Michigan Stifel office, Annette brings over 30 years of experience working directly with municipal issuers throughout the State of Michigan.  Annette served on the Michigan Women in Finance Board from 2012 through 2015 and rejoined the Board in 2017.  Annette currently serves as President of Michigan Women in Finance.

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VICE PRESIDENT

Katrina P. Desmond
Principal – Miller Canfield
Detroit, MI

Katrina Desmond is a principal in the Public Finance group at Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, P.L.C.  She is one of a very small number of attorneys nationwide who work extensively in the federal tax rules relating to tax-exempt bonding.  In this role, Katrina works on a wide range of public finance projects throughout the State of Michigan, involving all types of municipal issuers and 501(c)(3) and other tax-exempt borrowers.  Katrina has advised on federal tax opinions for many different types of financings, including municipal infrastructure improvements, economic development and environmental response projects, public and charter schools and university projects, and health care and housing.  She has also worked on investment tax credit and public private partnership transactions.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Accountancy.  Katrina is also a Certified Public Accountant. Katrina joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2017.

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TREASURER
Dina A. Reed
Deputy CEO and CFO – TheRide
Ann Arbor, MI

Dina Reed is currently the Deputy CEO, Finance & Administration and the CFO of TheRide, the public transit system for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. Dina has a diverse background of leadership and financial management roles in both public and private sector organizations, including The Rapid, Wayne County Airport Authority, Northwest Airlines and Walt Disney World. Dina is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and Inforum Center for Leadership and has served in various leadership roles with the Airports Council International North America Finance Committee, and American Association of Airport Executives where she earned her designation as a Certified Member. Dina earned her Bachelor’s degree in finance from Eastern Michigan University and her Master’s degree in business from Michigan State University. She is also a graduate of Inforum Center for Leadership’s Executive Leadership Program. Dina joined the Michigan Women in Finance board in 2016.

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SECRETARY

Alicia Schwartz
Public Finance Management Professional – Intergovernmental Relations
Great Lakes Water Authority
Detroit, MI

Alicia Schwartz has been with Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) since 2016. In her position at GLWA Alicia maintains important relationships and touch points with various government entities. This assists all areas of the entity to understand the financial and operational impact that the other entities’ actions have on the GLWA finances. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Alicia joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2019..

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2021-2022 Board Members

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Kristin Angel
Regional Director – Public Trust Advisors, LLC
Dewitt, MI

Kristin N. Angel serves as Regional Director of Marketing for Public Trust Advisors, LLC; serving public agencies in Michigan and representing the Michigan Cooperative Liquid Assets Securities System (Michigan CLASS) local government investment pool. Previously, she served as Business Development Manager for Lansing Community College. Kristin received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, with a major in Marketing and minors in Management and Communications. She received her Master of Management Degree from Davenport University. Kristin is actively involved with numerous organizations including; the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, the Michigan Association of County Treasurers, the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association, and the Michigan School Business Officials. She has participated on a number of executive boards including; the American Council on Education Michigan Women’s Network, Diversity Lansing, and the Michigan State University WKAR Advisory Council. Kristin joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2018.

 

Stephanie Griffin, CPFIM
Vice President, Government Banking – Huntington National Bank
Grand Rapids, MI

Stephanie Griffin joined Huntington Bank, previously known as Chemical Bank and TCF Bank, Government Banking team with almost 25 years of banking experience. Stephanie is a Certified Public Fund Investment Manager and oversees a large portfolio of municipal and school district relationships on the Westside of the State of Michigan. Previous she was Sales Advisor of Treasury Management and Municipal Banking with Chemical Bank. Prior to that, she was with Talmer Bank as Associate Managing Director of Public Funds, Flagstar Bank and First Merit Bank as Banking Center Manager where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of banking and business development.

Griffin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Northwood University.  She is active in the community and has worked with numerous organizations including the Grand Rapids Boys and Girls Club and Junior Achievement.  Stephanie has served on the Michigan Women in Finance board for the previous 3 years.

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Kristine Griffiths
Senior Managing Consultant – PFM Financial Advisors LLC
Ann Arbor, MI

Kristine Griffiths has been with PFM Financial Advisors since 2015. Prior to that she was with Stauder, Barch and Associates for eleven years. In that time, she has worked on a wide range of public finance projects to meet the needs of municipalities and school districts throughout the State of Michigan. She is also a registered Municipal Advisor of FINRA. Kristine received her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Computer Science and minors in Mathematics, Accounting and Communication. She joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2019.

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Janice M. Hursey-Anderson
Deputy Director – Student Scholarship, Grants and Outreach Division – Michigan Department of Treasury
Lansing, MI

Janice Hursey-Anderson is the Deputy Director with the Student Scholarships, Grants and Outreach Division, Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning, overseeing the State student aid programs. She has been employed with the State of Michigan since 2006 and has worked with the Michigan Department of Treasury since 2014. Previously, she was the Collections Manager of the Student Loans Repayment Division, overseeing the daily operations of the call center staff collecting on defaulted student loans. Janice previously served as the Economic Manager with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s – Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives Bureau. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management, both from Davenport University. Janice joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2017.

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Desiree A. Kirkland, MA
City Treasurer & Income Tax Administrator, City of Lansing

Desiree has a long career in both the public and private financial sectors. She previously served as Grant Accountant, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Contract and Financial Manager, Ingham County Health Department; Business Administrator for Tabernacle of David Church; Internal Auditor, Michigan Supreme Court; Chief Deputy Treasurer, Ingham County; Deputy Treasurer, Wayne County; Assistant Treasurer, Barton Hills Village; Accounting Instructor, Lansing Community College and Director of Community Outreach, Wayne County.

A business owner and entrepreneur, she is passionate about encouraging women to fulfill their dreams. This passion led to her development of WIN (Women in Action), a professional Christian women’s organization in 2009.

Desiree earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ferris State University, Master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University and she is currently pursuing a MBA from Davenport University. She is a Certified Public Funds Investment Manager and a Michigan Certified Professional Treasurer. She currently serves on the Michigan Women in Finance, YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing, and LMTS Community Outreach Service boards. In addition, she is actively involved with Michigan Municipal Treasurer’s Association.

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Michelle Lewis
CPA, Audit Manager – Plante Moran, PLLC
Ann Arbor, MI

Michelle Lewis has over 14 years of experience in public accounting. Michelle is licensed to practice as a certified public accountant in Michigan. She works as part of the firm’s audit practice, serving local governmental units in both an assurance and consulting capacity. Her recent experience beyond job organization and management, training and supervision of staff, and communication with clients includes: management of compliance audits of federally funded programs, financial forecasting and developing strategic plans for multi-year budgeting and rate setting, and general business consulting. Michelle is a member of the firm’s governmental professionals team and one of the leaders in the firm’s Women in Leadership program. Michelle is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2018.

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Natalie Neph
Investment Administrator – Oakland County
Pontiac, MI

Natalie Neph serves as the Investment Administrator for Oakland County, Michigan. In that role, Natalie manages the short‐term operating portfolio and banking relationships for Oakland County. Natalie has over 20 years’ experience in the governmental finance field. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. She has also been named an Advanced Certified Public Funds Investment Manager by the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada. She is an active member of the Michigan Government Finance Officers’ Association, serving on the Legislative Committee, as well as the Association of Public Treasurers and the Oakland County Treasurers’ Association. Natalie was named one of Michigan Women in Finance honorary chairs and joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2018.

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Meredith Shanle
Vice President
Huntington Public Capital Corporation

Meredith Shanle has served as Vice President at Huntington Public Capital, a division of the Huntington National Bank, which works primarily with municipalities, for four years. Prior to joining Huntington, she was with Municipal Financial Consultants Incorporated for twenty-four years, the last fourteen of which she served as President. Meredith also worked as a paralegal at Axe and Ecklund, P.C. for over twenty years where she specialized in municipal governments. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Meredith joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2019.

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Kari Shay
Partner- Clark Hill PLC
Birmingham, Michigan

Kari Shay has over 20 years of experience representing Michigan public school districts, colleges and other governmental entities on business and finance matters. Prior to working with public school districts and other municipalities, Kari worked as a tax consulting specialist with Arthur Anderson/Anderson Consulting LLP. Kari has extensive experience as bond counsel, where she has represented school districts and underwriters in the issuance of municipal borrowings. She has a unique expertise in advising clients on funding issues, in particular the use of public funds, grants, and donations with a focus on advising districts regarding student activities, booster clubs and other parent support organizations. Kari graduated from Michigan State University, (B.A., cum laude, 1993) and Wayne State University (J.D., with honors, 1996) and is currently enrolled in Harvard Business School online program for certification in Financial Accounting. Kari lives in Lyon Township and enjoys spending her free time with her two children, currently attending South Lyon Community Schools.

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TeAnn Smith
Financial Specialist – Michigan State Building Authority
Lansing, Michigan

TeAnn Smith is a financial specialist with the Michigan State Building Authority (SBA). She has served many roles in the financing of capital outlay projects for the State and public colleges and universities during her 18 years of service. She has been the lead liaison for many of the Authority’s contacts and professional partners including the State Building Authority Board, State Administrative Board, Attorney General’s Office, bond and note counsels, the Department of Management and Budget’s Design and Construction Division and key contacts at the state colleges and universities. TeAnn has been the lead in monitoring project construction activity and has worked with note and bond counsels to prepare projects for both short-term financing during construction and long-term financing at project completion. TeAnn received her Accounting degree from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, graduating with honors. She joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2021.

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Whitney Swanson
Vice President, Treasury Management – Independent Bank
Troy, MI

Whitney Swanson joined the Independent Bank Treasury Management team in August 2021.  In her current role, Whitney is responsible for commercial and public funds business development along with managing the day-to-day operating needs of these clients, while cultivating meaningful relationships that allow for opportunities to help clients reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies.    Whitney started her banking career in 1998. During her banking career Whitney has worked in various positions with the banking industry.  Whitney obtained her certification as a Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (CPFIM) in 2019.  Whitney is active in various municipal and financial associations, including Michigan Government Financial Officers Association, Michigan Association of County Treasurers, Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association and Michigan Bankers Association.  Whitney joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2020.

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