Thursday, March 19, 2020

Westland appoints 4 to volunteer city commissions

Members of the Westland City Council approved appointments to boards and commissions during their regular meeting March 2.

Don Nicholson has been appointed to serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Council.  Nicholson has lived in Westland for 45 years and is the owner of Don Nicholson Enterprises, LLC.  which has provided services to the Wayne-Westland community for more than 25 years. 
Nicholson recently served as chairperson of the Disability Concerns Committee and was the City of Westland 2015 Business Person of the Year.  He is the chairperson for the Westland Chamber of Commerce, president of Friends of Nankin Mills, winner of the Governor's Award for Tourism Partnership 2016 and each year organizes Cruisin' Hines, the Wayne Road Cruise.
His term will expire on Dec. 31, 2021.                   

Ruby Richards has been appointed to a three-year term on the Planning Commission.  She has been a Westland resident for more than 10 years and is an active member of the community.
Richards graduated from Macomb County Community College with a degree in Auto Body Design.  She has been working at AM General for 30 years in design on various military vehicles and is experienced in reading drawings and blueprints. 
Her term will expire on March 2, 2023.                           

Deanna Adams-Stachow has been appointed to a three-year term on the Planning Commission.  Adams-Stachow is an active member of the community and has lived in Westland for four years.
She has had experience with bidding contracts and reading and tracking changes on blueprints as an employee of the Detroit Public Schools. 
She has also worked with facility repairs with the opening, closing and demolition of buildings. She is active in Westland by volunteering and fundraising for people in the community.
Her term will also expire on March 2, 2023.

Gretchen Heinicke has been appointed to a partial term on the Economic Development Corporation (EDC)/Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.
Heinicke is a life-long Westland resident and graduated from John Glenn High School.  She is currently the President/ CEO of the Westland Chamber of Commerce.
Heinicke supervises different events in Westland and is an advocate for the Westland Business Community in promoting growth and success.  She was a college admissions officer during which time she recruited high school seniors to attend college.
Heinicke's term will expire on Feb. 5, 2022.
“Don, Deanna, Ruby and Gretchen bring diverse skill sets, life experiences and enthusiasm to their newly-appointed positions and I look forward to working with them throughout their upcoming terms,” commented Mayor William R. Wild.