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MCC Board of Trustees

Board of Trustee Biographies

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman

(Term ends 12/31/18)

Michael Freeman was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. Michael Freeman is the Principal Consultant at the Hallux Consulting Group, whose focus is on community, economic and real estate development. Michael, a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, began his career as a community organizer with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)/AmeriCorps program in 1994, where he worked to facilitate dialogue/consensus among community stakeholders, neighborhood planning, and community advocacy in Flint, Michigan. He later consulted directly with LISC in Michigan, administering HUD-supported technical assistance and training programs for community housing development organizations across the state.

In 2000, Michael became the Coordinator for Training and Technical Assistance at the Michigan Community Service Commission where he provided assistance to Michigan's national service programs. Technical assistance included strategic planning, financial/grant management, facilitative leadership, fund development, program reporting, media planning, logic model, and other organizational development trainings. He went on to become the Program Officer for Michigan's AmeriCorps program, responsible for a portfolio of 26 programs, 1,000 AmeriCorps members and $7 million of federal funds each year.

In 2004, Michael returned to LISC as Senior Program Officer of the Flint Office of Michigan Statewide, where he provided technical assistance on real estate development projects/programs, economic initiatives, and capacity building activities for governmental entities, nonprofit, and community-based organizations. He was responsible for the investment of over $19 million in LISC investments in the City of Flint, which has leveraged over $65 million in private, tax credit and other funding for real estate development.

Rafael Christopher  Turner

Rafael Christopher Turner

(Term ends 12/31/18)
Vice Chair

Rafael Turner was appointed by the Board in 2011, he joins the college with a wealth of experience and a diverse professional background in working to assist private, public and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to revitalize urban centers.

Rafael is the Senior Consultant for Government Affairs and Resource Development at the Flint Area Reinvestment Office (FARO). He is also a Partner at Growth Strats, LLC a high growth solutions firm based in Detroit, Michigan.

Prior to his work at both FARO and Growth Strats, Turner was the Manager of Government Relations for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Turner worked closely with the Senior Management Team to build synergies in public and private sectors to help businesses grow. Rafael implemented strategies of value to Flint, Genesee County and the East Michigan Prosperity Region.

He also served as the Talent Team Captain for the Chamber's economic development group where he connected employers with workforce development tools and financial resources. Rafael assisted area entrepreneurs and served as staff coordinator for the Chamber's Public Policy Committee and Community Outreach Support Services.

Trustee Turner brings more than 12 years of experience at the federal government level where he focused on business globalization, economic wellbeing and labor. He currently serves as an executive board member for The Association of Community College Trustees. (ACCT) a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and Canada.

Rafael is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication and Media Studies, and of the University of Michigan, with a Master's in Public Administration in Non-Profit and Public Organizational Management.

Sally Shaheen Joseph

Sally Shaheen Joseph, J.D.

(Term ends 12/31/20)

Sally Shaheen Joseph was elected to her first term of office on the Mott Community College Board of Trustees in 2007. In November 2014 she was re-elected to a second term. An attorney, she brings more than 30 years of experience in politics to MCC, serving as Township Trustee, Supervisor, City Administrator, Personnel Director, Risk Manager and Purchasing Agent. She is currently an advisory board member of the Flint Area Salvation Army, Genesee Valley Rotary, and the Executive Board of the Arab-American Institute, as well as its National Policy Council and National Leadership Council. Ms. Joseph also serves as a member of Joining Forces Michigan and has served on the Finance & Audit and Governance & Bylaws committees of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

A former president of the Michigan Public Risk Management Association, Ms. Joseph previously served as a board member of the Genesee County YWCA, Easter Seals, Michigan Women's Commission, Michigan Women's Foundation, Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Planned Parenthood of East Central Michigan, Planned Parenthood of Michigan, and the Fair Winds Council of Girl Scouts of America. She is the 2000 recipient of Mott Community College's Carroll Clark Civic Service Award, and was named by the College as a Distinguished Alumna in 2011. Ms. Joseph has also received Rotary International's Paul Harris Award from Genesee Valley Rotary, the Salvation Army's Hands of Mercy Award, and in 2000 was named Woman of the Year by the American-Arab Heritage Council. In 2016, Ms. Joseph was named Trustee of the Year by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.

Ms. Joseph graduated from Mott Community College, University of Michigan-Flint and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

John Snell, Jr., D.V.M.

John Snell, Jr., D.V.M.

(Term ends 12/31/20)

John Snell, Jr., D.V.M., was elected to his first term in office on the Mott Community College Board of Trustees in 1989. He was re-elected for a fourth six-year term on the board in 2007 and has served numerous positions on the board.

Snell is a doctor of veterinary medicine and owned and operated the Eascor Animal Hospital in Flint for many years. Prior to this position, he was a member of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Snell attended Michigan State University, where he earned his B.S. and D.V.M. degrees.

In addition to his work on behalf of the College, he is active in numerous civic, service and professional organizations including the Humane Society of Genesee County. In 2011, he was honored by his alma mater with their Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award.

Matthew Norwood

Matthew L. Norwood

(Term ends 12/31/20)

Trustee Matthew L. Norwood of Fenton Township was appointed by the Board of Trustees to fill the vacant position created by the resignation of Trustee Pamela M. Faris. Mr. Norwood's appointment began on January 28, 2013. In November 2014 he was elected to serve the remainder of the term.

An attorney, he is the owner and operator of a Flint-based law practice specializing in criminal defense and driver's license restoration. Mr. Norwood practices statewide, with an emphasis on Genesee County. He has also worked as the judicial advisory assistant to Chief Judge Archie L. Hayman of the Genesee County 7th Circuit Court and as legislative assistant to the State of Michigan House of Representatives Office of the Clerk.

A third-generation Mott Community College alumnus, Mr. Norwood holds a Criminal Justice degree and a Juris Doctorate, both from Michigan State University. He is a member of the Michigan and Genesee County Bar Associations, and currently serves on the board of New Paths, Inc. He is the founder and former chairperson of the Flint Cultural Center's Young Professional Council, and was Vice-Chair of the Foundation for Mott Community College. Mr. Norwood has also worked with the Greater Flint Arts Council, McFarlan Home, and several other groups and organizations.

He is married to Jill. They have two sons, Christian and Reid.

Anne Figueroa

(Term ends 12/31/22)

Anne Figueroa was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016. She has been a Human Resource Professional for almost 30 years. Her experience ranges from multiple private companies such as Ingersoll Rand and King Par to the public sector as a retiree of Genesee County Water and Waste to recently retiree from the Capital Region Airport Authority in Lansing MI. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and is a certified Professional in Human Resource (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She has been a board member of several Human Resource and Labor Relations Professional Associations.

In addition to her service to the College, she has a long history of community service. For three years she was Chairman of the Genesee Lapeer Red Cross as well as a long serving board and committee member and a member of the American Red Cross State Blood Board. She also supported the local community as an active member of the local chapter of Quota International an organization dedicated to empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired in local communities. She was also an Athena Award nominee for her work in Genesee County.

Art Reyes

(Term ends 12/31/22)
February 3, 2017
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