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East Lansing

staff photo Mark A. Burnham
Vice President for Governmental Affairs
vpga@msu.edu

Mark Burnham began his tenure as vice president for governmental affairs in February 2011. Burnham previously served as MSU’s associate vice president for governmental affairs in Washington, D.C., since 2006. Prior to joining MSU, he was the director of federal relations for research at the University of Michigan. From 1998 through 2003, Burnham was a member of Lewis-Burke Associates, a lobbying firm representing universities and scientific consortia. In addition to his career as a higher education advocate, Burnham worked as an attorney for the law firm Jones Day. He holds a law degree from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Michigan.

staff photo David W. Bertram
Assistant Vice President for State Affairs
dbertram@msu.edu
David Bertram joined MSU in October 2011 as assistant vice president for state affairs. Prior to working at MSU, Bertram spent nearly 15 years with the Michigan Township Association, serving as the legislative team leader from 2000-11. Bertram served in Governor John Engler’s office in a number of positions, including as the governor’s lobbyist in the Michigan Senate for three years. He also served on Senate Majority Leader Engler’s staff, gubernatorial campaign staff, and on the Engler transition team in 1990. Bertram has a Bachelor of Science in political science from Lake Superior State University.
staff photo Monique C. Field
Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
mfield@msu.edu
Monique Field joined MSU in October 2011. Prior to joining MSU, Field was an attorney for Wiener Associates, a governmental affairs law firm. She joined the firm in 2007 after serving as director of governmental affairs for the Michigan Department of Management and Budget. Prior to that, Field served as deputy director of legislative affairs in the office of Governor Jennifer Granholm and as a criminal policy adviser to the Michigan House of Representatives. She has a Bachelor of Science in resource development and environmental communication from MSU and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Ginny Haas
Director of Community Relations–East Lansing/Lansing
haasv@msu.edu
Ginny Haas joined MSU in 1994 as director of community relations. Haas is responsible for enhancing relationships between MSU and local communities and community leaders. She works closely with MSU’s external units to coordinate initiatives that further the university’s interests in the Greater Lansing region. Prior to coming to MSU, Haas served as director of state operations for U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr., where she was responsible for directing legislative, service, and communications activities throughout Michigan. Haas holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Drew University.
Diane K. Wilson
Special Assistant to the Vice President
wilsondi@msu.edu
Diane Wilson joined MSU in 1990 and began working in governmental affairs in May 2001. Wilson contributes to the development, monitoring, coordination, and implementation of the statewide strategy for cultural and economic development interests of MSU. She also serves as the budget and human resource officer for the department. Prior to coming to OVPGA, Wilson held positions at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and was an insurance professional for American General Insurance Company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies and English and a Master of Arts in American studies, all from MSU.
Lori Dahlstrom
Executive Staff Assistant to the Vice President
lori@msu.edu
Lori Dahlstrom joined MSU in 2007, serving as executive staff assistant to the vice president for finance and operations and treasurer (now the Office of the Senior Vice President for Administrative Services). Dahlstrom joined the OVPGA staff in March 2013. She provides scheduling and administrative support for the vice president and the director of community relations for East Lansing and Lansing and serves as the office manager. Before coming to MSU, Dahlstrom was executive assistant to the president and CEO of Delta Dental Plans of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. She holds an Associate Degree in applied science from Lansing Community College.
Stacey L. Patton
Fiscal Officer
pattons2@msu.edu
Stacey Patton joined MSU in August 2005. Patton began as the receptionist, then as an administrative assistant, and now serves as the OVPGA fiscal officer. Patton also provides backup clerical support for the MSU and Detroit offices. She has worked in the clerical field for more than 20 years. Prior to coming to MSU, Patton worked for the Wayne County Sheriff and Mental Health Department.
Marina Scott
Executive Staff Assistant
mscott@msu.edu
Marina Scott joined MSU in December 2011. Scott provides scheduling and administrative support for both the assistant vice president for state affairs and the assistant vice president for strategic initiatives. Before coming to MSU, she was an administrative assistant at Michigan Millers Insurance Company and was the executive assistant at Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

Detroit

staff photo Charles A. Rivers
Director of Community Relations–Southeast Michigan
riversc1@msu.edu
Chuck Rivers joined MSU in October 2008 as an assistant to the vice president and was promoted to the position of director of community relations for Southeast Michigan. Rivers is primarily responsible for interactions with local political, philanthropic, and community leaders and for elevating MSU’s presence in Metro Detroit (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties). Prior to joining MSU, Rivers served as assistant to the vice president for human resources at Visteon Corporation. He also served as human resources salaried and hourly personnel manager for Ford Motor Company. He holds degrees in anthropology and history from Bishop State College in Mobile, Alabama, and psychology and sociology from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, and a Master of Arts in higher education administration from MSU.

Washington DC

staff photo Sarah K. Walter
Associate Vice President–Washington, D.C., Office
swalter@msu.edu
Sarah Walter joined the MSU Washington office in 2011 and serves as associate vice president for governmental affairs in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining MSU, Walter was director of federal relations for research at the University of Michigan. From 2002 to 2006, she served as associate director of Vanderbilt University’s D.C. office. Previously, Walter served as the senior legislative assistant to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and worked as a senior analyst with the Arms Control Association and as an analyst at the Science Applications International Corporation. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Arts in international relations and from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.
Mary Malaspina
Assistant Director–Washington, D.C., Office
malaspin@msu.edu
Mary Malaspina joined MSU’s Washington office in 1996 and serves as assistant director. Malaspina is responsible for biomedical research, education, and tax issues affecting the university. Prior to joining MSU, she was director of government relations for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Her previous positions include serving as a staff assistant on both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Appropriations Committees. Malaspina holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.
Janine Bellamy
Office Manager–Washington, D.C., Office
bellamy5@msu.edu
Janine Bellamy joined MSU’s Washington office in May 2011. Bellamy is responsible for the overall coordination of the day-to-day functions of the office and implementations of special projects. She also provides administrative support for the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Bellamy has been working in administration for more than 25 years. Before joining OVPGA, she was the administrative assistant to the director of operations at a law firm in the Washington, D.C., area.

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