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Special Olympics Michigan Emerging Leaders Advisory Council

The Emerging Leaders Advisory Council (ELAC) is a group of young professionals from diverse backgrounds who utilize their wide array of skill sets to passionately support SOMI’s Board of Directors in achieving SOMI’s mission.

In addition, members of the ELAC act as ambassadors for SOMI in their communities, targeting the younger demographic to promote awareness of Special Olympics and its programs, and engaging in volunteer opportunities.

Chris Dean

ELAC Presiding Chair

1st Term (2019)
Logistics and Market Analyst
Dean Transportation
Lansing, MI

Nicholas Simatos

ELAC Vice Chair

Vice President/Commercial Lending
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Grand Rapids, MI

Whitney Behnke

ELAC Secretary

Account Manager
Aisle Rock Studios
St. Joseph, MI

Erin Bartlett

Travel Administrator
Gordon Food Service
Grand Rapids, MI

Matthew Black

Financial Consultant
New Hudson, MI

Preston Burrell

Account Executive
Lighthouse Insurance Group
Grand Rapids, MI

Jamie Clark-Drewke

Group Sales Account Manager
Olympia Entertainment/Detroit Red Wings
Madison Heights, MI

Regina Gilmour

Associate Attorney
Mika Meyers PLC
Grand Rapids, MI

Ryan Hamlin

Federal Tax Staff/CPA
Crowe LLP
Grand Rapids, MI

Fuad Hasanovic

Marketing Manager
Nutra Food Ingredients
Grand Rapids, MI

Courtney Havens-Mitchell

Sports Medicine Manager
Metro Health
Grand Rapids, MI

Doug Labadie

Senior Manager
Berkley, MI

Katelyn Nerdrum

Retirement Plans Manager
Consumers Energy
Ann Arbor, MI

Courtney Norris

Deaf Blind Intervener
Michigan School for the Deaf
Durand, MI

Christopher Polemitis

Sales Manager
Brembo North America
Brighton, MI

Nicole Ridenour

Grocery Associate Category Business Planner
Grand Rapids, MI

Justin Ventline

Premium Seating Executive
Detroit Pistons
Detroit, MI