Government Relations Staff

Ann Arbor Staff

Fleming Building | 503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1340

State Relations Director Rebecca DeVooght

Rebecca DeVooght

State Relations Director | 734-763-5554 | 517-372-7801

Government Relations Specialist Julie Gales

Julie Gales

Government Relations Specialist | 734-764-9261

Fleming Building Reception Anita Greca

Anita Greca

Secretary Intermediate - Fleming Administration Building, Mailroom/Information Desk | 734-763-0901

Executive Assistant to the Vice President Terry Ianni

Terry Ianni

Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Government Relations | 734-763-5554

Director Jim Kosteva

Jim Kosteva

Director of Community Relations | 734-763-5554

Jim Kosteva worked in local and state government for twenty years prior to coming to the Government Relations office of the University in 1994. Jim received a bachelor degree in Metropolitan Studies from North Central College and pursued his interests in urban planning working ultimately as the Director of Community Planning for Canton Township. In 1984 Jim was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives and served four terms representing residents in western Wayne County.

Secretary Intermediate Anna Marshall

Anna Marshall

Secretary Intermediate | 734-763-5554

Associate Director Michael Rein

Michael Rein

Associate Director of State Outreach | 734-764-8029

Michael Rein currently serves the eastern region of the State of Michigan, including Detroit, as an outreach representative within the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. He has over 30 years of developing strong working relationships with community, business and government leaders. Mike works with non-profits, municipalities, and economic development agencies and has extensive experience in managing and developing programs and partnerships

Web Associate Mark Rivett

Mark Rivett

Web Associate | 734-764-9256

Administrative Assistant Intermediate Debbie Schilz

Debbie Schilz

Administrative Assistant Intermediate | 734-763-3109

Deborah Schilz worked in event management at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor for more than 15 years before coming to the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Government Relations four years ago. She began her career as the Facilitates Coordinator for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education at U-M and a Medical Coordinator at the University of Michigan Hospital. Deborah received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Cleary University.

Associate Director Dana Sitzler

Dana Sitzler

Associate Director of State Outreach | 734-763-5554

Dana's areas of outreach include the west side of Michigan, northern, Tribal Connections and Project Manager for Michigan Road Scholars Tour.

Vice President Cynthia Wilbanks

Cynthia H. Wilbanks

Vice President for Government Relations | 734-763-5554

Cynthia H. Wilbanks as Vice President for Government Relations, directs the University of Michigan's Government Relations programs at the local, state and federal levels. Her responsibilities include planning and developing the institution's response to proposed legislation; developing and maintaining effective relationships with governmental agencies and officials; and analyzing and assessing legislative, administrative and regulatory activities as they pertain to University programs, activities and operations. She also supervises the activities of the State Outreach office.

Lansing Staff

University of Michigan Lansing Service Center | 101 South Washington Square Suite 730 ,Lansing, Michigan 48933-1708

Director Veronica Johnson

Veronica A. W. Johnson, Ph.D

Director of the Lansing Service Center | 517-372-7801

Veronica A. W. Johnson currently serves as director of the U-M Lansing Service Center, and as an outreach representative to communities in Mid-Michigan, particularly Battle Creek, Jackson and Mount Pleasant. Veronica earned her Master's degree in Information from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Journalism from Wayne State University. Prior to working for U-M, she worked in State Government for former Governor James J. Blanchard and Senator Hansen Clarke and at the Library of Michigan.

Secretary Associate Angela McCullum

Angela McCullum

Secretary Intermediate | 517-372-7801

Washington, D.C. Staff

The University of Michigan Washington Federal Relations | 444 N.Capitol Street, NW Suite 820, Washington, D.C. 20001

Kristina Ko

Kristina Ko

Senior Director of Federal Relations for Research

Visit Website | | 202-554-0625

Working out of U-M's Washington, D.C., office, Ko advocates and coordinates federal interactions for the U-M research enterprise, keeping Congress, the executive branch, federal agencies, research organizations, professional societies and public policy organizations apprised of the achievements, needs and opportunities arising from the university's research community. She also informs and advises U-M faculty and administrators on federal legislative, regulatory and research policy developments that affect the conduct of research on campus, and works with other institutions to develop appropriate responses.

Additional information regarding federal support for U-M’s research activities, please visit

Andrew Loeb

Andrew Loeb

Federal Relations Manager | 202-554-0578

Andrew Loeb is the Federal Relations Manager for the University of Michigan. He returns to his alma mater from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where he was an associate supporting clients with their public affairs and communications needs. Andrew graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Political Science and History and also serves on the Board of Governors for the U-M Alumni Association of Washington DC.

Assistant Director of the Washington Office Madaline Nykaza

Madeline Nykaza

Assistant Director of the Washington Office | 202-554-0626

Madeline Nykaza serves as the Assistant Director for the U-M Washington, D.C. office. Madeline previously worked on research and technology policy at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Prior to APLU, she served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Carl Levin of Michigan and as a Legislative Aide in the Michigan House of Representatives. Madeline is a Michigan native and proud alumna of the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a double major in Sociology and Spanish.

Michael Waring

Michael A. Waring

Director of the Washington, D.C. Office and Executive Director of Federal Relations for the University of Michigan | 202-554-0630

Michael A. Waring directs the University of Michigan's Washington, D.C. Office. Located four blocks north of the Capitol, it serves as a liaison between the University and the federal government, public policy makers and national organizations to provide national leadership in matters affecting higher education and research.