Current Board Members


2020-2021 Executive Board


Alyson Hayden
Senior Vice President, Public Finance – Robert W. Baird & Co.
Lansing, MI

Alyson Hayden has over seven years of experience providing municipal advisory services on fixed and variable rate note and bond issuances, offering comprehensive financing solutions to issuers.  She has worked on various types of financings for cities, counties, school districts, and community colleges within the State of Michigan along with various state-level issuers. Alyson received her Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the Eli Broad College of Business as well as a Minor in Economics from Michigan State University. Ms. Hayden is licensed through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) as a Municipal Securities Representative (Series 52) and as a Municipal Advisor Representative (Series 50). Alyson joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2015.



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

Annette Jones has worked in the Michigan public finance industry since 1988.  She joined the Michigan Public Finance Office of Stifel in July 2008, after serving as Associate and Support Banker for Wachovia/A.G. Edwards.  Annette has extensive experience working directly with municipal issuers; researching, preparing and marketing various offering documents for municipal sales.  In the past 29 years, Annette has worked on over 650 Michigan transactions totaling more than $26 billion.  Annette is a Registered Securities Representative (Series 52 and 63) of FINRA.  Annette previously served on the Michigan Women in Finance Board from 2012 through 2015 and has rejoined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2017.


Dina A. Reed
Michigan Women in Finance
Grand Rapids, MI

Dina Reed most recently served as the Deputy CEO and CFO of The Rapid, a public transportation organization and has served in various financial management and leadership roles in both public and private sector organizations, including Wayne County Airport Authority, Starwood Hotels, 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.



Katrina P. Desmond
Attorney and Counselor at Law – Miller Canfield
Detroit, MI

Katrina Desmond is an attorney at Miller Canfield in Detroit. She is one of a very small number of attorneys nationwide who work extensively in the area of law dealing with Internal Revenue Code Section 103, specializing in the rules relating to the issuance and post-issuance compliance for tax-advantaged bonds. Katrina has extensive experience in matters related to federal tax opinions on tax-exempt bonds, financing capital projects and infrastructure improvements, economic development and environmental response projects, government and regulatory affairs, health care and housing, including tax structuring for New Market Tax Credit financings, and other 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.


2020-2021 Board Members


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 S. Griffin
Vice President/Municipal Banking Relationship Manager – TFC Bank
Grand Rapids, MI

Stephanie Griffin CPFIM joined TCF Bank, previously known as Chemical Bank, Municipal Banking team with almost 25 years of banking experience. Stephanie manages 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 retail banking. 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.


Kristine Griffiths
Senior Analyst – 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.


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

Janice Hursey-Anderson is the Deputy Director with the Student Scholarships and Grants Division, 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.


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.

A life-long Michigander, 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 board and LMTS Community Outreach Service board. She is actively involved with Michigan Municipal Treasurer’s Association and was actively involved with
Lansing Community College Advisory Board of Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R), The Davies Project and Tabernacle of David Church Board.

As a wife and mother of four sons, she is committed to building and strengthening relationships.


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

Michelle Lewis has over 12 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 and retail auto dealer clients in both an assurance and tax 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 professional standards 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.


Glenna M. MacDonald Director of Finance – Howell Public Schools Howell, MI

Glenna M. MacDonald, CPA, CFO, joined Howell Public Schools in December, 2014, as the Director of Finance. Prior to that, she served as the Supervisor of Finance at Huron Valley School District for six years and the Director of Accounting for Brighton Area Schools for ten years. Ms. MacDonald’s experience also includes 10 years public accounting experience with Arthur Young, Ernst & Young and Post, Smythe, Lutz and Ziel. In addition, she has five years finance experience in non-profit entities with the Michigan Metro Girl Scouts and Huron Services for Youth. Ms. MacDonald is a member of Central Michigan School Business Officials, Michigan School Business Officials and is a Past-Chairperson of the Michigan School Business Officials Finance Committee. She has also served on the Board of Michigan Class, a local government investment pool, since 2008. Ms. MacDonald received her Bachelor of Science, Major in Accounting, from Northern Michigan University and is a certified public accountant. Glenna has served on the Board of Michigan Women in Finance since 2015.


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 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 Accounting Standards and Legislative Committees, 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.


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

Alicia Haskin 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.


Meredith Shanle
Vice President
Huntington Public Capital Corporation

Meredith Shanle has served as Vice President at Huntington Public Capital Corporation, a division of the Huntington National Bank, which works primarily with municipalities, for two 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.


Jane M. Saurman City Clerk/Treasurer/Director of Finance – City of Hastings, MI

Jane Saurman is the City Clerk/Treasurer/Director of Finance for the City of Hastings in Barry County, Michigan. She began her career 30 years ago as the elected Treasurer for the City of Kentwood. She spent the majority of her career with Hungerford Nichols CPAs and Advisors where she was the Senior Governmental Consultant with 25 years of experience, specializing in auditing and consulting services for governmental units, primarily school districts and municipalities. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lake Superior State University, and she is a member of several associations, including the Government Finance Officers Association, Michigan Government Financial Officers Association, Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada, Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association, Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks, and Michigan Association of Municipal Cemeteries. Jane joined Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2015.


Chris Struwe
Investment Technician City of Southfield
Southfield, MI

Chris Struwe became Investment Technician for the City of Southfield in May 2017. Prior to joining the City, Chris held the position of Government Banking Relationship Manager with Huntington Bank. Chris has held various board positions with the local county treasurer’s associations, and is a member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Novi Oaks Charter Chapter. In 2014, Chris was recognized nationally as one of the Top Ten Business Women of ABWA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Madonna University; and a MBA Essentials Certificate from ABWA-Kansas University School of Business. Chris joined Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2015.


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.


Whitney Swanson
Vice President, Relationship Manager – Comerica Bank
Detroit, MI

Whitney Swanson joined the Comerica Bank Business Deposit Services group in July 2019. In her current role, Whitney manages a portfolio of both Municipal and Financial Institutions clients and is responsible for managing the day to day needs of these clients, while cultivating meaningful relationships that allow for opportunities to help clients reduce costs and increase efficiencies. Whitney started her banking career in 1998.  During her career she has worked in various positions within the bank.  Prior to joining Comerica, Whitney spent the previous 8 years at Talmer/Chemical Bank in the both the Treasury Management and Municipal Banking departments. 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 Bankers Association and Community Bankers of Michigan. Whitney joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2020.


Cyndi Willoughby
Director of Finance & Operations
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Cyndi Willoughby became the Director of Finance & Operations for The Grosse Pointe Academy in August, 2020, Prior to joining the Academy, Cyndi held the position of Executive Director for Shared Services with Oakland Schools which focused on collaborative solutions and improving processes within the business, finance and human resource functions of school finance delivered in a partnership model. Cyndi has 28 years of experience working in school finance, specializing in assisting deficit districts with their strategic long-range planning, effective resource allocation and creative financing initiatives. Cyndi is also active in several organizations including Michigan School Business Officials, Rochester Community Organization Resource Exchange, Read to A Child, Rochester Junior Women’s Club and previously served as an Associate Board Member for Vibe Credit Union. Cyndi earned her Bachelor’s degree in finance from Oakland University and her Master’s degree in accounting from Walsh College. She is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Oakland. Cyndi joined the Michigan Women in Finance Board in 2019.