President George W. Bush-Campaign Organization, Michigan
Great Lakes Regional Chairman - Bob Kjellander
Central Regional Political Director - Dave DenHerder
Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.  |  20100 Civic Center Drive, #315  |  Southfield 
(Grand Opening April 8, 2004...Chairman Gov. Marc Racicot and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney) 
General Chair Congresswoman Candice Miller
(announced as Chairman Oct. 17, 2003) 
(announced Oct. 17, 2003)
Attorney General Mike Cox
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land

Executive Director John Dunagan
(started Jan. 19, 2004)  Dunagan came to the campaign after serving as a vice president at Edelman (Issues Advocacy Group, Brian Lunde) and at Powell Tate.  Previously he worked at the Leadership Institute, a non-profit political training organization in Arlington, where he established and managed the Grassroots Activist Program.
Communications Director Stephanie Cathcart
Previously worked at Edelman Public Relations.

Field Staff
Oakland and Wayne Counties Brendon Plack (started January)
Came to Michigan from Bush-Cheney '04 national headquarters.  Graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. 
Macomb County and "the thumb" Christopher Stio

Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula Justin Busch (started January)
B.A. from Indiana University-Perdue University Fort Wayne, 2003.
Western, Southwest and South Central Michigan Kyle Kizzier (started December)
Staffer to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (MI-8).  Graduate of Michigan State University. 
Mid- and Southeast Michigan (Saginaw to Ohio border) Tom DelCarlo
Student at Northwestern University (taking a semester off). 
Events Director James Krol
Experience in sales and marketing with Invinity Systems and with General Mills. 
Coalitions Director David Murray
Vice president of government affairs at the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA).  Previously headed congressional affairs at Winstar Communications, Inc. and the Personal Communications Industry Association.  Legislative Assistant to Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX).

coalitions are instrumental in manning phone banks, doing lit. drops, building crowds for events...
-Social Conservatives.  This was by far the most active coalition; chaired by Bill Voorheis, a Clio (northern Genesee County) real estate developer.

-Sportsmen.  Merle Shepard, head of government affairs for Safari Club International's, chair.

-Veterans.  Rob Weiss, a Vietnam veteran from Lansing and quartermaster of the VFW, chair.

-Jews.  Rabbi E.B. Friedman of Royal Oak, chair.

-On April 20, 2004 Speaker of the House Rick Johnson, Michigan State Rep. Judy Emmons, and Michigan Agriculture Commission Member Doug Darling announced the Michigan Farm Leadership Team in Lansing.  Doug Darling of Maybee (Monroe County) chaired the coalition.  He is a partner in Darling Farms, a sesquicentennial farm of 1,100 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and feeder steers.

Also: Two Michigan State University students, Michael Plato and Tim Phelps, headed up an active students effort.

-On Feb. 17, 2004, the campaign announced its Michigan County Leadership Team, comprising 114 Bush-Cheney '04 county leaders. 

Victory 2004 | 2121 E. Grand River Ave | Lansing 
Executive Director Beth Thompson
Field director on the Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus' 2002 gubernatorial campaign (announced Sept. 2001), after working for the Posthumus Leadership Fund.   Thompson also served as Third Vice-Chair in the Michigan Republican Party from 2001-2003.  Graduate of Michigan State University; during this time she worked for state Senator Mat Dunaskiss. 
72-Hour Director Joshua Venable
Graduate of Hillsdale College, where he served as chair of the College Republicans, 2001-02.
72 Hour Logistics Coordinator Tony Daunt
2001 graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in political science.  Native of Flint, MI.
Events Coordinator Michelle Rudoni
Worked in the Michigan State House of Representatives for Rep. James L. Koetje.  Served as campaign manager for Congressman Dave Camp and has worked on many state and local campaigns.  Graduate of Calvin College.  Originally from Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Political Desk Coordinator Robin Foster
Graduate of Washington State University.  Originally from Fort Mill, SC.
Absentee Vote Coordinator Betsy Foster
Graduate of Hillsdale College.  Interned for the White House’s Presidential Personnel Office during summer 2002 and for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee during summer 2003. 

15 "Victory Centers" around the state

Brighton - 123 Brighton Lake Rd., Suite 101    Dearborn - 23852 Michigan Ave.    East Lansing - 315 W. Grand River Ave.    Farmington Hills - 28124 Orchard Lk. Rd., Ste.100    Flint - 4110 Pier North Blvd., Suite A    Grand Rapids - 353 Fuller N.E.   Holland - 230 Central Ave.    Jackson - 1310 W. Michigan Ave.    Kalamazoo - 1710 W. Milham Rd., Portage    Macomb - 48129 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Twp.    Plymouth - 44780 Helm Street    Port Huron  -  4861 24th Ave., Fort Gratiot   Rochester - 1633 Star Batt Dr., Rochester Hills   Saint Joseph - 815 Main St.  Wyandotte  -  364 Eureka Rd.
Michigan Republican Party | 2121 E. Grand River Ave | Lansing 
Chairman Betsy DeVos
Elected to a two-year term on Jan. 25, 2003; previously served as Chairman from May 1996-Feb. 2000.  National Finance Chairman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2000.  Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan 1992-1997.  DeVos' biography notes that she has been active in Republican politics "since serving as a 'scatterblitzer' for President Gerald R. Ford in 1976."  Chairman of The Windquest Group, a privately held company founded in 1989.  BS in Business Administration/Political Science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Executive Director Greg McNeilly
Previously served MRSC as its Communications Director and Political Director; he is also a former Third Vice-Chair of the MRSC.  Communications director for Kids First! Yes!, the group backing the voucher initiative on Michigan's Nov. 2000 ballot. 
Finance Director Jana Jensen
Deputy Finance Director Melissa Knutsen

Operations Director Lisa Marcusse

Communications Director Chris Paolino
Press Secretary Nate Bailey

Senior Field Director Frank Egeler
Field Coordinator Nick De Leeuw

eCommunications/Webmaster Bill Carney
Has been with the Michigan Republican Party since 2000.  Previously, he served as Director of Computer Information Systems for former Senate Majority Leaders Dan DeGrow and Dick Posthumus.  Additionally, he worked as an aide to former Senator Joel Gougeon, and served as the Chairman of the Bay County Republicans.  From Grand Ledge.
Accounting and Operations Henrietta Tow
Has served MRSC since 1997. Tow holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Davenport College. 

Religious and College Outreach - Amy Hawkins

Assistants: LaVonna Johnson (Fin.), Megan Danielson (Admin.)

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