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Michael Garavaglia is Chairperson of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board.  Garavaglia is President and founder of Capitol Relations, LLC, a Farmington Hills-based lobbying and consulting agency.  The firm represents a wide range of clients in the health care and insurance industries as well as county and municipal governments.  Prior to establishing his firm, he served as the chief administration officer for the Michigan Department of Attorney General under former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox.  He also was director of legislative affairs for Attorney General Cox.  Licensed by the State of Michigan as both a real estate builder and a real estate broker, Garavaglia was president and CEO of his own real estate development company for more than a decade.   He previously worked in key accounting and financial positions for Turner Construction and General Motors. Garavaglia is a director on the boards of the Detroit Medical Center and of Forgotten Harvest.  He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in economics, both from the University of Detroit-Mercy.  A resident of Livonia, he was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano.  His term on the Airport Authority Board expires October 1, 2020.

   
 

Ronald E. Hall, Jr is Vice Chairperson of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board. Hall is CEO/President at Bridgewater Interiors. Ron Hall previously served as Vice President & General Counsel for Bridgewater Interiors, LLC. He joined the company in 2007. Prior to joining Bridgewater, Hall spent five years at Johnson Controls, Inc., first as an attorney in its Law Department, and later in various positions of increasing responsibility in operations and program management. Before joining Johnson Controls, he practiced corporate law for several years at a prominent Detroit regional law firm.  Hall earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an associate editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law, and a recipient of the Dean's Scholarship Award and other awards.  Prior to his career in law, Hall was a professional soldier.  A West Point graduate, he was commissioned into the Army's field artillery branch, and decorated for meritorious service with the 1st Cavalry Division in the Persian Gulf.  He attained the rank of Captain before resigning from active duty.  Hall sits on one corporate and several nonprofit boards, holding several leadership positions therein, and is an alumnus of Leadership Detroit.  He was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Governor Rick Snyder.  His term on the Airport Authority Board expires October 1, 2020.

   
 

Nabih H. Ayad Esq. is Secretary of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board. Ayad was appointed to the Airport Authority Board by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano in November 2014.  Ayad is a private practice attorney from Dearborn with law offices in Canton, Michigan.  Attorney Ayad is Chairman of the Board for the Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL).  From December of 2008 to December of 2011 Attorney Ayad was a Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner, appointed by former Governor Granholm.  He is a member of the Advisory Counsel on Arab and Chaldean Affairs for the State of Michigan since 2007.  Ayad was Vice President of the Arab-American Political Action Committee (AAPAC); On the Detroit NAACP Legal Redress Committee; Chairman of the NAACP Western Wayne County Legal Redress Committee for 18 cities in Western Wayne County and on the ACLU Lawyers Committee for the State of Michigan since 2002.  Attorney Ayad was on the National Executive Board for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and also served as former Chairman of the ADC Advisory Board for the State of Michigan for over 7 years.  Attorney Ayad was also Co-Chair of ALPACT (Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust) an organization made up of 100 law enforcement and civil rights groups where he co-chaired with the head of the FBI in Detroit. Attorney Ayad received his Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law at MSU and B.S. in Accounting from Wayne State School of Business in Detroit.  His term on the Airport Authority Board expires October 1, 2020.

   
 

Irma Clark-Coleman, Wayne County Commissioner was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by her peers in February 2015. She is in her third two-year term on the Commission and has served since 2011. Prior to that, she served for eight years in the Michigan Senate and four years in the Michigan House of Representatives. Before going to Lansing, she worked for Wayne County for 31 years, starting with the Road Commission in 1967. While working for the county, she served for seven years on the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education. In 2004, Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Clark-Coleman to the National Education Commission of the States as well as the Cherry Commission on Higher Education. She is also a former member of the National School Board Association Board of Directors, Michigan Association of School Boards Board of Directors and National Alliance of Black School Educators. Clark-Coleman graduated from Pershing High School in Detroit and went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University. Her term on the Airport Authority Board will expire Oct. 1, 2018.

   

Dr. Curtis L. Ivery became Chancellor of Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) on September 1, 1995.  As the Chief Executive Officer, Ivery directs the five campus, multi-cultural institution serving more than 72,000 students.  He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  Ivery oversees an operating budget of $100 million and a $650 million capital improvement program.  Prior to becoming Chancellor of WCCCD, Ivery served as Vice President of Instruction and acting President at Mountain View College of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).  In 1996, the Life Extension Foundation selected Ivery as the “Community College President of the Year”, and in 2004 he received the Walter E. Douglas Humanitarian Award from Detroit Omega Foundation Inc.  In 2010, Ivery was chosen as one of the first recipients of the Dr. Charles H. Wright Vision Awards in celebration of higher education.  Ivery is an accomplished author publishing books, “Journeys of Conscience”, “Reclaiming Integration and the Language of Race in the Post-Racial Era”, and others, along with publishing over 600 articles for weekly and monthly metropolitan newspapers in the United States.  Ivery was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.  His term on the Airport Authority Board expires 10/1/2018.

   
 

Michael J. Jackson, Sr. is Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. In this role, he serves as chief operating officer for the organization representing more than 20,000 carpenters, millwrights, resilient floor layers and pile drivers in public and private workplaces through ten locals across Michigan. Prior to his election to the union’s highest state office in 2009, he served as the Council’s Political Director. Jackson began his career as a Journeyman Field Carpenter in 1989, and has since held a number of progressively responsible positions within the organization from organizer and business agent to office manager. Throughout his career, Jackson has become a nationally recognized labor and civic leader. He has been honored with the Spirit of Detroit Award by Detroit City Council in recognition of outstanding achievement and service to the City. He served as president of a Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, and on the boards of the Robert Ficano Hope Foundation and Wayne County Business Development Corporation. Jackson was also appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to serve on his Economic Development Transition Team and as a board member of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority. He is a resident of Dearborn and appointed to a six-year WCAA Board term by Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano expiring October 1, 2017

   

Mark Ouimet was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Governor Rick Snyder in 2016. Ouimet, an Ann Arbor resident, currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hantz Bank and Hantz Holding Company.  Ouimet is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of his alma mater, Northwood University, from 1991 to 2002. Ouimet holds a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Northwood. His term on the Airport Authority Board will expire October 1, 2022.