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

Associate Director of State Outreach, LaSonia Forte

LaSonia Forte

Associate Director of State Outreach | 734-764-7901

LaSonia Forte serves the eastern region of the State of Michigan, including Detroit, Saginaw, Bay City, Midland, and Alpena. As an outreach representative in the Office of Government Relations, LaSonia's role is to build strategic partnerships in the business, institutional, government, education and non-profit sectors throughout the east side of Michigan.

Fleming Building Reception Anita Greca

Anita Greca

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

Teasha Johnson, Secretary IntermediateTeasha Johnson

Secretary Intermediate | 734-763-5554

Andrea Lewis

Government Relations Specialist | 734-764-9261

Executive Assistant to the Vice President Terry Ianni

Terry Ianni

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

Associate Director Michael Rein

Michael Rein

Director of Community Relations | 734-763-5554

Community Relations Director, Michael Rein coordinates activities linked with community-based organizations and local government officials in the greater Ann Arbor area and Southeastern Michigan. He has over 30 years of experience developing strong working relationships with community, business, and government leaders. Michael has been involved with several business advocacy groups as well as serving as a board member for many non-profits. Michael is currently a board member of Midtown Detroit Inc, Washtenaw 100, and Destination Ann Arbor.

Web Associate Mark Rivett

Mark Rivett

Senior Web Designer | 734-764-9256

Mark maintains The University of Michigan Office of Government Relations Website, The University of Michigan Detroit Website, Michigan Impact, and The Fleming Administrative Building Website. Before joining U-M in March 2018 he worked for seven years as an Application Developer, six years as a Senior Graphic Design Specialist, and four years as a Multimedia Instructor.

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

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

David Bluhm

Government Relations Associate | 202-554-0635

David Bluhm works in U-M's Washington, D.C., office as a Federal Relations Associate. David is originally from Michigan, and was a member of the University's Public Service Internship Program before graduating from the Ford School of Public Policy.

Kristina Ko, Assistant VP, Federal Relations for Research

Kristina Ko

Assistant VP, 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

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.