Mark A. Burnham
Vice President for Governmental Affairs
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.
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.
Monique C. Field-Foster
Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Monique Field-Foster joined MSU in October 2011. Prior to joining MSU, Field-Foster 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-Foster 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.
Janet Lillie, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Community Relations – East Lansing/Lansing
Janet Lillie joined Michigan State University in 1997. Lillie has been a faculty member for over 18 years teaching classes on organizational communication and professional development. She has also served as the Coordinator of Freshman Year Programming at MSU and prior to joining the Office of Governmental Affairs in 2014, Lillie was the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education for MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences where she oversaw all aspects of undergraduate education in the College. As Assistant Vice President for Community Relations, Lillie is responsible for connecting MSU, community leaders, and the Greater Lansing Region on initiatives that advance mutual interests. Lillie earned her BA in Communication and German from Miami University, and her MA and PhD both in Communication from Michigan State University.
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.
Executive Assistant to the Vice President
Lori Dahlstrom joined MSU in 2007 as executive assistant to the vice president for finance and operations and treasurer (now the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services). Dahlstrom joined the OVPGA staff in March 2013 where she provides executive support to the vice president and the assistant vice president for state affairs, as well as overseeing daily operations of the office. 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 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 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.