Trustees Webcast Package
Our experts designed (and discounted!) a special package to help you get up-to-speed quickly on the responsibilities that come with your new office. These packages are also valuable for those assuming a new role on their township team and is even a good refresher for those who’ve held their office for some time. Every session is available on-demand, and these hand-picked packages offer significant discounts over individual session rates. You’ll get eight hand-picked sessions for the low rate of $150 and you’ll have one year from the date of your purchase to watch (and rewatch) each session!
• Anatomy of a Township
• Board Compensation: What’s in Your Wallet?
• Ethical Considerations
• Managing Adversity & Hostility
• Meetings, Motions and My Contributions
• Providing Township Services
• Your Board IS an Employer: Why it Matters
• Your Role with the Open Meetings Act
Staff Attorney, Member Information Services
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.
Attorney & MTA Legal Counsel
Bauckham Sparks Thall Seeber & Kaufman P.C.
After receiving his law degree from Cooley Law School, Robert Thall joined the law firm of Bauckham, Thall, Seeber, Kaufman & Koches, PC, in which he is now partner. With extensive experience in municipal law, Rob serves as general or special counsel to many general townships, charter townships, as well as sewer and water authorities throughout the state. Rob is also lead counsel for MTA and is a frequent author and speaker for MTA and other municipal groups around the state.
Steve Mann is an attorney with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC. He practices in the area of municipal finance, including municipal bonds, special assessments, tax increment finance, economic development, Brownfield redevelopment, and intergovernmental transactions.
Steve currently serves his community as a trustee for Plymouth Charter Township in Wayne County and previously served a term as township supervisor.
Organizational Development Consultant
Nancy Ohle has been a leader and mentor in local government Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, Performance Management, and neutral facilitation for over 25 years. Her consulting and executive coaching partnerships have spanned townships, municipalities, public utilities, school systems, non-profits, and Fortune 100 industries. She is a frequent speaker for groups across the country, as well as a sought-after facilitator, coach, and consultant.
MTA Member Information Liaison
Michigan Townships Association
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.