Transportation panel has West Michigan flavor


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Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed two members with West Michigan ties to the Michigan State Transportation Commission.

George Heartwell, of Newaygo, was appointed to the commission for the first time and Lynn Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids, was reappointed.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 21, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Michigan Senate.

The six-member commission is the policy-making body for all state transportation programs.

No more than three members may be from the same political party.

George Heartwell

Heartwell recently retired as the mayor of Grand Rapids and previously served as the president and CEO of Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in divinity from Western Theological Seminary.

Heartwell will represent independents and replaces Jerrold Jung, who resigned.

Lynn Afendoulis

Afendoulis is director of corporate communications at Universal Forest Products Inc., in Grand Rapids.

She currently serves on the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce board, is a parish council member for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and serves on the capital campaign cabinet for St. Cecilia Music Center.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Afendoulis continues to represent independents.

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