LCC Board of Trustees
LCC Board Professional Staff
Andrew P. Abood, Chair
Andrew P. Abood is a lifelong resident of the Greater Lansing Area, a graduate of J.W. Sexton High School and a lifetime student at Lansing Community College. He has more than 25 years of experience practicing law and more than 16 years of experience as a partner in the Abood Law Firm, a prominent law firm with locations in East Lansing and Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and went on to complete his law degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating two semesters early with cum laude status in the top 5 of his class In 1997, he opened his own firm (the Abood Law Firm), where he was later joined by other family members including F. Joseph Abood (brother) and Fredric S. Abood (Father). As an active member of the community, Andrew P. Abood has received awards such as the Crystal Award of Recognition, 10 best Client Satisfaction Awards by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, and Top 100 OWI Attorneys in the State of Michigan. He was elected to office November 4, 2014, and his term expires December 31, 2020.
Board Chair, January 2017 - present
*MCCA Board of Directors, (Representative), January 2017 - present
Foundation Board of Director, (Member), January 2015 - 2017
[*Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) is the association
Michigan public community colleges whose mission is to provide leadership on
issues affecting member colleges.]
Hidalgo, Jr., Vice Chair
Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr. is the Training Director for the Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. He received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and his law degree for Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Lawrence practices law in the area of estate planning. He served as a commissioner on the Lt. Governor's Cherry Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. Lawrence served on the committee to create the high school completion program at Lansing Community College. He was also instrumental in creating the CRAFT program in the Lansing School District that helped numerous high school students prepare for and enter into careers in the skilled trades. Lawrence serves on the educational committee for the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee developing the curriculum used by the electrical industry throughout the United States and Canada. He was elected to office November 6, 2012, and his term expires December 31, 2018.
Vice Chair, January 2015 - present
Foundation Board of Director, (Member), January 2013 - Dec 2014
Audit Committee (Member), January 2014 - present
Talent District Career Council, (Representative), January 2013 - present
Angela L. Mathews, Secretary
Ms. Mathews has been a lifelong resident of Lansing for over 30 years. After earning a degree in Human Services from Lansing Community College, Ms. Mathews established her career in Lansing, dedicating herself to community outreach and relations with several organizations. Throughout her career, she has served the Ingham County Register of Deeds' office, Lansing School District, and several non-profits, including Youth Development Corporation and March for Justice. Ms. Mathews is the Executive Director of the Connection TV Show, Video Instructor for Hope Central Academy, and CEO of Mathews Media Group. She combines her passion for education and her professional success to mentor Lansing youth through her many community organization platforms, teaching leadership and life transferable skills. She serves on the Lansing Juneteenth Committee, is active with the Lansing Branch of the NAACP, and is a licensed minister.
Her top priorities as a Trustee are increasing outreach to future prospective students and strengthening LCC relations with other educational institutions. She was elected to office November 8, 2016, and her term expires December 31, 2022.
Secretary, January 2017 - present
Larry Meyer, Treasurer
Larry Meyer has enjoyed a long and distinguished business career, including three and a half decades at the head of the Michigan Retailers Association. He rescued that organization from near bankruptcy in the early 1970s and built it into the largest and most successful state retail association in the nation. He served as the Director of the State of Michigan Department of Commerce 1989-1990, appointed by Governor James J. Blanchard. He was elected twice to political office as a member of the Lansing City Council, serving 1997-2005; in 2002 as Council President. The city advanced during his tenure, as he worked cooperatively with council members, Mayor David Hollister and his team, and the public. Mr. Meyer has always believed that public service is an important duty. He was elected to office November 3, 2009. He was re-elected November 8, 2016 and his term expires December 31, 2020.
Treasurer, January 2017 - present
Secretary/Treasurer, October 2015 - 2017
Audit Committee Chair, January 2010 - June 2011 and January 2015 - present
Board Chair, June 2011 - Dec 2015
Treasurer, January 2010 - June 2011 and January 2015 - Oct 2015
Foundation Board Member, January 2010 - Dec. 2011 and January 2015 - present
Leslie Local Development Authority (Rep.), January 2010 - present
Mason Local Development Authority (Rep.), January 2015 - 2017
Career Connections Board (Rep.), January 2010 - January 2013
*ACCT Voting Delegate, January 2013 - Dec 2013
ACCT Central Region Nominating Committee, November 2014 - Oct 2015
ACCT Finance and Audit Committee, November 2014 - Oct 2016
[*Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a national association that governs board leadership at community, technical and junior colleges.]
Ryan Buck, Trustee
A lifelong Michigander, Ryan grew up in the rural, mining region of the central Upper Peninsula. He is the product of a middle class family-his father spent 30 years in the UP's iron mines and his mother has continuously owned and operated a small convenience store for even longer. Ryan is a graduate of Central Michigan University, earning a Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, in Political Science and European Studies. There, he took up leadership roles with the Siblings Weekend program and led issue-based service trips across the country. Later, Ryan graduated from Michigan State University College of Law, earning a Juris Doctor, cum laude. While studying law, he also worked with the Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, helping indigent clients resolve their tax disputes with the IRS, Michigan Department of Treasury, and City of Lansing. Ryan serves as the Chief Deputy Clerk of the Ingham County Circuit Court. The Circuit Court hears matters such as civil cases and controversies seeking damages over $25,000, felony criminal, domestic relations, juvenile delinquency, abused and neglected children, adoptions, among many others.
Ryan believes that LCC is a place of good beginnings. Through effective communication, accountability, and strategic planning, LCC can move forward, providing students with the knowledge and experience they need to achieve their dreams. He was elected to office November 8, 2016, and his term expires December 31, 2022.
Foundation Board of Directors, (Member), January 2017 - present
Robert E. Proctor, Trustee
Mr. Proctor is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator. He is a retired administrative law judge for the Michigan Department of Civil Service and served as legal counsel for the Labor Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives. Mr. Proctor serves and has served on various boards in various capacities within the community such as the following: former board member and chairperson for the American Red Cross; current Treasurer of the Black Child and Family Institute; former Board member of the Lansing Fair Housing Center; and mentor and tutor for the Lansing School District. He was elected to office in June 2003. He was re-elected November 3, 2009, and November 8, 2016. His term expires December 31, 2022.
Board Chair, January 2015 - 2017
Presidential Search Committee Chair, Sept 2006
Secretary/Treasurer, July 2003 - Dec 2008
Audit Committee Member, January 2008 - June 2011, January 2017 - present
Audit Committee Chair, June 2011 - Dec 2014
Workforce Development Board, Jan 2006 - present
MCCA Board of Directors, Representative, January 2010 - present
ACCT Voting Delegate, January 2008 - Jan 2010
ACCT Diversity Committee, Chair; October 2014 - Oct 2015
ACCT Diversity Committee, November 2015 - Oct 2016
Robin M. Smith, Trustee
Ms. Smith is a lifelong resident of Lansing whose commitment to service in her community is demonstrated through a rich history of personal involvement. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in advertising with an emphasis in communications. Ms. Smith is currently employed as a Student Parent Coordinator for the Lansing School District. Her areas of focus are language arts and literacy. She is the founder of "Express Yourself", a communications consultant company. Ms. Smith has served on various boards throughout the community such as former Chairperson of the Board of Water and Light Board of Commissioners. She was elected to office May 3, 2005. She was re-elected on November 6, 2012 and her term expires December 31, 2018.
Board Chair, January 2008 - June 2009
Vice Chair, June 2009 - Dec 2009
Secretary, January 2010 - Dec 2014
Foundation Board of Directors, (Member), January 2006 - Dec 2007 and January 2008 - Dec 2014, January 2017 - present
Mason Local Development Authority (Rep.), January 2010 - Dec 2014, January 2017 - present
Presidential Search Committee, Sept 2006
ACCT Voting Delegate, January 2010 - Dec 2013
ACCT Diversity Committee, 2006 - 2011
ACCT Governance and Bylaws Committee, 2011- 2012
ACCT Finance and Audit Committee, Chair; 2012 - 2013
ACCT Public Policy Committee, 2013 - 2014
ACCT Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer 2012 - 2013
ACCT Board of Directors, Chair-Elect; 2013 - 2014
ACCT Board of Directors, Chair; 2014 - 2015
ACCT Board of Directors, Immediate Past Chair; 2015 - 2016
ACCT Advisory Committee, (Member); January 2017
Board of Trustees Professional Board Staff
Benita Duncan, Executive
Assistant & Liaison to the Board
Benita Duncan is a Lansing native and graduated from JW Sexton High School. She received her bachelor in Business Administration from Howard University. She has been employed full-time at the college since 1995 and was appointed by the LCC Board of Trustees to serve as the Administrative Assistant to the Board in April 2006. In June 2015, Ms. Duncan was promoted to Executive Assistant & Liaison to the Board. Ms. Duncan manages the day-to-day operations of the board of trustees office and is the primary contact person for individuals seeking to communicate with the board. Ms. Duncan led the effort to transition from a paper to paper-less system for Board meeting materials saving the college time and money. She has actively served on many college committees, personnel search committees and interview panels.
In March 2008, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution honoring Ms. Duncan for her service as administrative support to the Presidential Screening and Search Committee for the hiring of the sixth college President. In October 2014, she received the 2014 Central Regional Professional Board Staff Member Award given annually by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), and a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan for exemplary service and dedication to the college, her family, her church and community. ACCT is a national association that governs board leadership at community, technical and junior colleges.
LCC Board of Trustees
Phone: (517) 483-5252
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