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About our Board of Directors


Legal Aid of Western Michigan is a private non-profit organization governed by a 21 member volunteer Board of Directors drawing from both the legal and client communities that we serve.

Sixty percent of our Board members are attorneys appointed by the local Bar Associations in our 17 county service area:

Paul T. Vlachos, President, Vlachos & Vlachos, Kalamazoo

James C. Boerigter,Kreis Enderle Hudgins & Borsos, Kalamazoo

Preston Hopson, Jr., Vice-President, City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids

Richard K. Burnham, Burnham Law Offices, P.C.,Paw Paw

Brian P. McMahon, Vice-President, Troff, Petzke & Ammeson, St. Joseph

Martin Rogalski, Vice-President, Martin L. Rogalski, PC., Jenison

Rebecca Sanford, Sanford Law Office, St. Joseph

Donald F. Ryman, Clark Equipment (retired), Berrien County Board of Commissioners, Buchanan

Robert D. Brower, Jr., Miller Johnson, Kalamazoo

Michael Campbell, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Grand Rapids

John Hayes, Muskegon

Gardiner, John D., Kreis Enderle Hudgins & Borsos PC, Kalamazoo


One-third of our Board members are "client eligible" people nominated by local community organizations:

Gregory Kurylowicz, North Kent Service Center, Cedar Springs

Phyllis C. Webber, Senior Resources, Muskegon

Peggy Seals, Eastside Neighborhood Center, Kalamazoo

Syed Naqvi, Treasurer, ACLU, Belmont

Venessa R. Remo, Secretary, LINC, Grand Rapids

Marilu Franks, Greater Niles Senior Center,

One member represents the community at-large:

Patricia Sanders, Gryphon Place, Kalamazoo

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