From left to right: Joshua Antonini, Joseph Rupert, Mick McArt, Lindsey Severson, Dave Bondy, Nathan Burgard
Fresh out of the world of traditional media, Dave Bondy has joined the communications team as our digital and video content manager. With more than 700,000 active social media followers, Dave develops and communicates stories to promote the Mackinac Center.
“The staff at the Mackinac Center is more like a family,” says Dave. “Whenever I have a question or need something, there is always someone to assist me.”
If you’ve visited the Mackinac Center office recently, you may have met Lindsey Severson, our administrative assistant. She is the first face anyone visiting the Mackinac Center will see. In addition to monitoring the general email inbox and phone system, Lindsey processes staff travel and expense reporting.
Nathan Burgard began his career at the Center as an advancement intern in 2021 and recently joined the Mackinac Center full time working in donor relations. His favorite part of the job is meeting ambitious people who work hard for the cause of liberty.
“Mackinac has produced real results, and the people here are creative in finding ways to produce those results.”
Joining Nathan in the advancement department is Joseph Rupert, who serves as the Mackinac Center’s advancement manager. Joe is responsible for donor stewardship and cultivation, along with overseeing the department’s interns.
In his free time, Joe enjoys ultimate frisbee and playing several musical instruments.
“The culture of optimism, audacity, and respect at the Mackinac Center is special,” Joe says. “Every day offers new challenges and great conversations.”
Our energy and environmental policy department welcomes Joshua Antonini as a research analyst. Josh started with Mackinac in May 2022 as an intern and joined the team full time in May 2023.
A native Texan, Josh appreciates Michigan’s cooler temperatures but admits he’s still getting used to the wintry road conditions.
Josh’s free time is filled with podcasts, articles, books, and audiobooks. He enjoys talking to anyone who will listen about his passions, from policy to faith to country music.
Mick McArt brings more than 25 years of experience to the Center, where he serves as graphic designer and creative projects manager. In his role, Mick oversees the Mackinac Center’s brand and works to get our message out in a visually inspiring way.
Outside of work, Mick is the author of “Tales of Wordishure,” a children’s book series, as well as “The Unremembered Realms,” a fantasy series. He enjoys traveling all over the state promoting his work and meeting thousands of wonderful people.
“My dream has always been to give people a reason to smile,” Mick says. “Now I get to live that every day!”