Board of Directors

Merit Network, Inc. is a non-profit corporation owned by 12 of Michigan’s four-year public universities. Each member institution appoints one representative who acts as agent of that institution. Collectively these representatives serve as the Board of Directors. Merit operates under five core values: Community, Integrity, People, Innovation and Excellence. We believe these organizations exemplify these core values and we appreciate their valuable contributions to the Merit Community.

Central Michigan University
Roger Rehm
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

Eastern Michigan University
Ronald Woody
Assistant Vice President and CIO

Ferris State University
Jake Martin
Chief Technology Officer

Grand Valley State University
Susan Korzinek
Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Lake Superior State University
Scott Olson
Director of Information Technology

Michigan State University
Rob McCurdy (Vice Chair)
Associate Vice President and CIO

Michigan Technological University
Joshua Olson (Secretary)
Chief Information Officer

Northern Michigan University
Gavin Leach
Vice President for Finance & Administration

Oakland University
Theresa Rowe
Chief Information Officer

University of Michigan
Kelli Trosvig
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Wayne State University
Daren Hubbard (Chair)
Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President, Computing and IT

Western Michigan University
R. Thomas Wolf, Jr. (Treasurer)
Chief Technology Officer
Merit Network
Merit Network
Joseph Sawasky
President and CEO

Other Board Meeting Attendees
In addition to the official voting members of the Merit Board, a number of other individuals are usually invited to attend and participate at Board meetings including two representatives of the Merit Advisory Council, Network and Computing Directors from the Member universities, and some Merit staff.

Merit Advisory Council Representatives ex officio
• Randy Schapel, Mott Community College, MAC Chair
• Wayne Snyder, NextEnergy, MAC Vice Chair

The following individuals have been elected to serve on the Merit Advisory Council. Randy Schapel of Mott Community College serves as the Chair, and Wayne Snyder of NextEnergy serves as the Vice Chair. Members can contact the Merit Advisory Council through the Member Portal.
Merit Advisory Council (MAC)
The Merit Advisory Council (MAC), formed in 1998, provides Merit’s Members with an exceptional forum for communication with each other and with Merit. Each year Merit’s non-governing Members elect new representatives to serve on the MAC for three year terms. The MAC meets a minimum of twice each year to discuss Merit’s service and to provide direct feedback to Merit’s staff and Board of Directors.

Upcoming Meeting
May 16, 2017

The Henry in Dearborn, Michigan
Matthew McMahon
Gratiot-Isabella RESD

Until 2019

Josh Hiner
Regional Educational Media Center 1

Until 2018

Dennis Buckmaster
Saint (St.) Clair RESA

Until 2017

Jason Kronemeyer
Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD

Until 2017

Scott Morey
Traverse Area District Library

Until 2018

Angie Michelini
The Library Network

Until 2017

Victor Ibegbu
Detroit Public Library

Until 2017

Michael Zimmerman
Macomb Community College

Until 2018

Randy Schapel
Mott Community College

Until 2017

Robert Montgomery
Oakland Community College

Until 2017


Until 2019

Ed Tracy
University of Detroit Mercy

Until 2017


Until 2017

David Holcomb
Hillsdale County

Until 2019

Bill Rensberger
Muskegon County Central Dispatch

Until 2018

Eric Vanderveer
Alpena County

Until 2018

David Bussler
Sheridan Community Hospital

Until 2017


Until 2017


Until 2017

Sean Chen
The Guidance Center

Until 2018

Wayne Snyder
Next Energy

Until 2017

Dan Childs
Region 9 Michigan Works!

Until 2017

Merit Advisory Council Guidelines
Revised October 2012

The Merit Board has established the Merit Advisory Council (MAC) in order to advance Merit’s relationship with K-12 schools, libraries, community colleges, and other Member communities to better meet our common objectives in advancing the use of networking for education in Michigan.

The Council’s Charter is to:

Provide advice and recommendations to Merit staff and the Merit Board of Directors on matters related to Merit policies and services;

Promote, through education and collaboration, the development of advanced applications that meet the needs of constituencies served by Merit Members;

Facilitate opportunities to offer continuing education programs of interest to Merit Members.

I. Representation

Representatives are elected by current Merit Members in each of the categories listed below, with the representatives for a category coming from that category.

• 3 from K-12 schools.
• 2 from libraries
• 2 from community colleges.
• 2 from other colleges and non-governing Member universities, including private institutions.
• 2 from health care.
• 2 from government.
• 2 from others, including not-for-profit agencies, research, and for-profit businesses.

In addition, an alternate may be selected for each category to serve if elected representatives cannot. Each person is to be representative of their whole community or category (i.e. K-12, or libraries, or….), not just their home organization. They each should play a role in gathering information from their communities and feeding information back to their colleagues.

Those eligible organizations are Directly Attached Merit Members, Full-service or Additional Attachment Members (those who pay the additional Dedicated Consortium Internet Access Fee per year to have direct contact with Merit even though they are Members of a group Member).

If a group Member, such as a regional Hub, contains organizations that are in more than one of the categories above, that Member must itself decide in which category it belongs. In general, throughout the discussions of representation there is a desire to be somewhat flexible about how the representation is handled, because the structure of Members is both complex and changing.

In the event that a position is vacated and there is no alternate available or willing to fill that position, or in the event that an alternate position becomes vacant, an ad hoc committee will be formed, made up of:

the Chair and/or Vice-Chair
at least one serving member of the category with the vacated position
at least one of the Merit liaisons

This ad hoc committee will select an individual from the category to fill the position. The committee should consider all suggestions equally, keeping in mind that the individual, and not the organization, is elected to serve on the MAC. The individual selected by the committee shall be submitted to the MAC for confirmation (a simple majority vote) and will fill the remainder of the vacated position’s term.

II. Meetings

The Advisory Council will meet in person twice a year and on-line as needed, at times set by the Council. The Council will also provide an opportunity for Member input at the Merit Member Conference.

III. Merit Board Relationship with the Advisory Council

The Board may select non-voting liaisons to attend Advisory Council meetings. These are to be people from member institutions, but need not be the Board representative. They would also be expected to attend Merit Board meetings, in keeping with their role as liaisons. The Chair of the Advisory Council, or designee, is to attend all Merit Board meetings as a non-voting representative of the Advisory Council. Topics arising from the Advisory Council are to be included where appropriate on the Merit Board agenda. When the Merit Board meets in Executive Session, the Advisory Council Chair is not included.

IV. Merit Staff Relationship with the Advisory Council

Merit’s President may select two non-voting liaisons to the Advisory Council from Merit staff. More are encouraged, with this to be decided in collaboration with the Advisory Council Chair.

V. Election of Advisory Council Representatives

Council elections will be held annually in April. New Council members will take their seats at the Spring Council meeting.

At the fall meeting the Council Chair will appoint a nominating committee to develop the slate of candidates put forth to the membership for election. The nominating committee shall include two Council members with continuing membership and a Merit staff member. The slate must include at least two candidates per open seat.

If the nominee is not the Member administrative contact as defined by the Merit database, then the nominee will need authorization from the Member administrative contact stating that they can run under their organization name.

The Nominating Committee will email the slate of candidates to the full Council no later than the 15th of March. Council will vote via email to accept or reject the ballot.

Merit will distribute the ballot by email and via the web to all qualified Members. Members must vote by the deadline indicated on the ballot. Merit staff will put in place the necessary controls to insure each Member votes only once, and in the appropriate category.

The chair of the Nominating Committee, in conjunction with Merit staff, will count the votes and announce the results of the election to the Council chair.

The candidate receiving the most votes in their category will win the 3-yr term seat. The candidate receiving the 2nd most votes in their category will win the 1-yr alternate seat. In the event of a tie, both parties will be notified by the Election Committee Chair. A random process agreed upon by all three parties will determine the outcome of the tie. The Council will review and modify these procedures on an as needed basis.

VI. Term of Advisory Council Representatives

The Advisory Council representatives will serve a 3-yr term. Alternates will serve a minimum 1-yr term. If there is no election in the Alternate’s category at the expiration of their 1-yr term, the term will extend until the next category seat election.

VII. Selection of Advisory Council Chair and Vice-Chair

The Advisory Council will elect a Chair and Vice-Chair annually at its spring meeting. The Chair or Vice-Chair shall not serve more than 6 consecutive combined years in either a Chair or Vice-Chair capacity.

VIII. Staff Support for the Advisory Council

Merit staff will provide support to the Advisory Council for setting meeting dates, doing minutes, and other basic needs for its operation, as determined in collaboration between the Advisory Council Chair and Merit staff.

IX. Merit Board Re-Authorization of Charter

At its June 2002 meeting, The Merit Board of Directors re-authorized the charter of the Merit Advisory Council for an indefinite period of time. Previously, the Council had a charter which needed to be reviewed every two years.

X. Commentary

The Advisory Council is encouraged to focus on substantive issues rather than devoting major time to organizational structure, creation of By-Laws, or various process-oriented issues.