MTA Member Information Liaison Cindy Dodge joined MTA in 2006 from Williamstown Township in Ingham County where she served as Clerk since 2005. She has been involved with the township since 2003 as assistant to the supervisor, planning commissioner, and assistant to the planning commission. She is currently a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer. Via phone, fax and e-mail, Cindy provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She is also the Association liaison for MTA county chapters, develops MIS Department resource materials, and presents workshop and Conference sessions as well as teaching live and recorded webinar courses.
Cindy Lakin Morley is Managing Partner at Concentric Learning and Development, where she is a leader in organizational development, performance management and training design and delivery.
In her role as Corporate Learning Director at Delta College, she developed partnerships with Fortune 100 organizations such as Dow Chemical and General Motors, to design and deliver local and global learning solutions. In addition, Cindy facilitates a variety of leadership, team-building and communication skills workshops and has led workshops across the United States, in the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, China, Thailand, Malaysia and India.
Bill brings more than 20 years of experience specializing in government and nonprofit auditing and consulting. He leads the firm’s government team and is a partner in the audit department, always looking for innovative solutions to help municipalities and government entities achieve their goals.
Bill is committed to sharing his knowledge and insight on all things government audit and accounting with his clients and teammates. He regularly contributes thought leadership articles to Maner’s website and presents at industry conferences and committees. Additionally, he’s taken a strong role in helping ensure the entire government team stays up to speed on regularly evolving federal guidelines around COVID-19 funding and reporting – essential requirements for government entities of all sizes.
Bill discovered his love for accounting after taking a single accounting class at Michigan State University. His passion for the profession continues to grow, as he’s able to offer clients new solutions to complex problems. Accounting offers him the opportunity to work in a diverse and dynamic industry, while helping clients improve their operations and meet their strategic objectives.
In his free time, Bill enjoys active hobbies including hockey, golf, and skiing. He and his wife, Michele live in Haslett, Michigan, with their two children, Will and Josalin and their dog, Stanley Cup.
Catherine provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She writes for the "Hello, MTA...?" and Legal Briefs columns, and other articles in the Michigan Township Focus, develops MIS Department resource materials and webpages, authors MTA publications, and presents workshop and conference sessions, as well as live and recorded online courses.
She joined MTA in 1991, spending her first nine years in MTA's Education Department writing and editing articles for the Township Focus and MTA publications. She coordinated educational workshops and the annual MTA trade show, and assisted in coordinating the annual MTA educational conference.
She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.
As director, Judy oversees MTA’s legislative efforts to advocate on legislation impacting township government. She represents the interests of MTA members before the Legislature and the administration.
Judy began working for MTA in 2012 and has previous experience working with state and local governments. Prior to coming to MTA, Judy served as Director of Government and Community Services of Oakland Schools, where she advocated on behalf of 28 districts in Lansing and Washington, D.C. Judy has also served as Chief of Staff to the Senate Majority Leader and was later appointed by then Gov. John Engler to serve as Chairperson of the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission.
Kyle’s formal tech education began at Lansing Eastern High School where he attended their Cisco Networking Academy program and earned his Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) credential. He also got his start in web development working on the high school and school district websites and taking on a few small freelance projects. He earned his degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan State, founding Shumaker Technology Group (STG) in 2007 just before graduating. Currently Kyle and Shumaker Tech Group assist over 200 municipal clients in the State of Michigan with their website, document management, aerial drone photography and other technology needs.
Many township clerks will recognize Kyle and his team at Shumaker Technology Group from the ridiculous track uniforms they wear while participation in the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks MAMC 5k Race, where they like to prove that they go the extra mile to keep your website running.
Kristi Dougan is an election analyst with extensive experience in multiple areas of election administration. Kristi joined the Michigan Bureau of Elections in 2006. She plays a leading role in the Bureau’s clerk training and education programs, including development of clerk accreditation programs. Kristi’s municipal experience is rooted in her service as the Village President of her hometown Sparta in western Michigan from 2014 to 2020.
MTA retreats offer education tailored to your role in your township
No one understands townships or your roles and responsibilities like the Michigan Townships Association. That’s why we’ve created our unique Professional Development Retreats offering more than 10 hours of intensive learning targeting the challenges (and opportunities!) you face while providing the information you need to succeed. Whether you've been in township government for 2 years or 22 years, you can’t afford to miss these intensive learning (and networking!) events designed specifically for your role as a township official. Sessions offered include:
What Every Clerk Needs to Know About Personnel Management
Don’t miss this review of the most effective (and easiest!) ways to keep track of your township’s employee information and to comply with record retention schedules, confidentiality and privacy laws. We’ll review the most common recordkeeping issues and best practices for personnel management to help keep your township in compliance.
Managing Adversity and Hostility
We all encounter unreasonable people, whether it’s an unhappy resident or a board member with an opposing view. It’s easy to let those challenging individuals impact our attitude. Learn how to avoid personalizing others’ behavior (and comments!) and maintain self-control to avoid escalating the problem. Walk away with strategies for winning better rapport, cooperation and respect.
Every township is subject to unemployment reporting, but not all township employees are covered by unemployment. Review what type of employer your township is, who is covered by unemployment and reporting requirements for townships. Learn what to do when a claim is made, including how to protest and appeal a claim.
Auditing Fundamentals for Federal Funding
Given the surge of funding from various federal sources in 2020-2021, your township may be subject to additional audit procedures. This session will help you get a handle on additional auditing procedures to help you understand, anticipate and prepare what your auditor needs.
Your Role with the Open Meetings Act (OMA)
Your township is subject to the Open Meetings Act every time the board meets—and before and after it meets. Get a review of OMA requirements that impact your role when it comes to scheduling meetings, notice, public comment and more. Walk away with tips on recording the minutes.
FOIA: What You Need to Know Now
With few exceptions, all township records should be treated as public records. But what about emails, personal communications, privacy, or board member communications? Cut through the confusion, learn what the FOIA requires and review best practices for handling public requests for records.
Get an update on current election issues, insights into lessons learned, best practices and so much more! Bring your questions and find out what changes lie ahead.
State and Local Relationships… and Your Role
Do you know, on average, the number of bills introduced each legislative session that impact local authority? The percentage is higher than you might think. Often these bills limit local control—sometimes they even eliminate it! Learn what you can do to shape future laws and make a positive impact. You will gain an overview of the legislative process while also learning key principles of advocacy success—interactions with legislators and their staff and strategizing for both short- and long-term advocacy success.
Why Websites Matter
Your township website isn’t just a great communication tool for your residents, it serves as your ŀ rst handshake with tourists and visitors. An up-to-date, user-friendly website promotes and informs your community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Get ideas for streamlining your website so it keeps your residents in the know, facilitates township business and appeals to tourists without frustrating your online visitors.