We’ve had a number of new faces join us at the Mackinac Center over the last several months.

In the last year, we’ve had two new regional directors of strategic partnerships join the team. Caleb Hortop joined us last summer after graduating from Spring Arbor University. Recently married, he lives in the Midland area. Earlier in 2017, Caleb was joined by Ashley Keimach, a graduate of California State University San Bernardino who transplanted to Michigan with her husband, Evan. Ashley came to us from the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity and resides in the Lansing area.

We also recently welcomed Lori Schumann as administrative assistant. Lori spent the last several years managing branches of local credit unions and banks, and uses her free time to attend her children’s many athletic events. She was born and continues to live in Pinconning. Another recent addition is Melissa Van Meter, our new advancement assistant. Melissa comes to us with extensive database experience and lives with her family in the Midland area.

Evan Carter joined the Mackinac Center in June as a reporter for Michigan Capitol Confidential. A native of Detroit, he is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College, where he minored in journalism and put in four years with the student newspaper.

Also in June, Justin Davis came aboard as multimedia producer at the Mackinac Center. Justin has an unconventional resume which includes work on The Amazing Race and time at The Second City Conservatory Program, along with a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Northwood. He will focus primarily on producing videos highlighting and explaining the Mackinac Center’s work.

Welcome, all!