ELi's Board of Directors

ELi's Board of Directors:

  • Alice Dreger, President

  • Stephen Thomas, Vice President and Secretary

  • Travis Stoliker, Treasurer

  • Sam Hosey Jr., At-Large Member

  • Michael A. Lawrence, At-Large Member

 

Alice Dreger (above), founder and Publisher of ELi and President of the ELi Board, is a native New Yorker but has been proud to live in East Lansing longer than anywhere else. In 1996 she and her husband moved to East Lansing to take positions at Michigan State University. In 1998, they bought a house in the Oakwood neighborhood built in 1923 by Charlie Washburn, and there they have raised a son (now in East Lansing High School) and helped to create the vibrant Oakwood neighborhood collective. Alice is a Ph.D. historian of medicine and science and a mainstream writer whose research has been funded by numerous organizations, including the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Arcus Foundation. Her essays on science, medicine, and life have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, New Statesman, and numerous other venues. Her media appearances have included Good Morning America, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” CNN, Discovery Health, A&E Biography, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also served as an editor for various books and journals and has also taught writing for many years, at Michigan State receiving nine teaching awards including the university's highest teaching honor, the Teacher-Scholar Award. In 2004, she gave up tenure to lead a more interesting life and be a more available mother, and she taught history of medicine and mainstream writing from 2005-2015 at Northwestern University's medical school in Chicago. She brings to ELi a grateful devotion to the community of East Lansing, expertise as a writer and editor, and a long background in non-profit service. In addition to being a Board member and donor to ELi, Alice regularly contributes reporting and editing to ELi. (Board members are never paid for their contributions.) If you donate generously to ELi, you are liable to be invited to one of her famous house parties! Read more about Alice at her personal website.

 

Stephen R. Thomas

Stephen Thomas (above), ELi's Board Vice President and Secretary, is an assistant professor and curator at Michigan State University.  His masters and doctorate degrees are in evolutionary biology and entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, but Stephen's focus for the past decade has been on the overlap between science, art, and technology, more specifically on the visual communication of science. As a graphic artist, Stephen has used his drawing and animation skills to enhance his educational efforts. (No one draws a cooler bug!) Stephen and his husband Joe have lived in East Lansing for the last eleven years and have recently moved to a house in the Chesterfield Hills neighborhood.  Stephen brings to ELi his interest in using online technologies for public education, his background in the development of novel massive open online courses (MOOCs), and his experience producing original materials under the Creative Commons system, as well as a general appreciation for the integration of MSU’s intellectual and artistic threads into the fabric of East Lansing.

Travis Stoliker (above) joined the ELi Board of Directors in April 2016 and became our Treasurer in August 2016, taking over for Mike Lawrence. Travis brings to the organization a wealth of experience in communications, marketing, and informational technology as well as an appreciation for ELi’s values of helping local citizens feel educated and empowered. Travis was a member of the small executive team that grew Liquid Web from a small company to a major player in the web hosting industry. His substantial experience in marketing and customer needs’ assessment has already started being put to use as he has been helping the managers of ELi understand how to reach more readers with more information. While Travis is accustomed to dealing globally with million-dollar advertising campaigns, he’s excited to be working as a volunteer locally to connect neighbors through ELi. Travis also has experience in human resources and the development of organizational partnerships. He is co-owner of Saddleback BBQ, is a limited partner at Huron River Ventures, and is an Angel Investor at Capital Community Angels. He’s also been serving the City of East Lansing on the Zoning Board of Appeals and has been a steady financial supporter of ELi since we first incorporated. He is looking forward to helping ELi grow as it serves the people of East Lansing.

Sam Hosey Jr. (above) is a native of East Lansing and graduate of East Lansing High School, and brings to the ELi Board of Directors valuable professional experience and a long record of public service. Sam currently works as a Business Systems Analyst at AFGroup, with 20 years’ experience as an IT professional in areas including multi-million-dollar software development projects, project management, and system administration. Sam earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwood University in Business Administration/Management after earning his Associates Degree from Lansing Community College, and he comes to ELi with serious journalistic chops. He worked as a freelance sports writer and as a radio and television personality covering high school, Michigan State, and Big Ten sports for over a decade. His reporting and analysis appeared in the Lansing State Journal, Detroit News, on WLNS TV-6, and elsewhere. Sam’s work in sports culminated with him serving as Sports Director for Life In Lansing. Passionate about supporting young people, Sam volunteers as a youth basketball coach, mentors young people, and is an ardent advocate for youth education. He serves on the board of the Edja Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping orphaned girls in Uganda who have been sexually assaulted and infected with HIV. A classically-trained pianist, Sam has performed at Common Ground, the Loft, and NAACP fund-raising events. Those experiences have lead him to start his own production company Play It Again Sam Productions, LLC. Sam currently plays at local churches and other special events. Sam and his wife have five sons, three of whom are currently enrolled in East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS). He agreed to serve on the board because he believes in working to promote unbiased journalism and the sharing of fact-based information in the community. Sam’s professional and personal experiences, his commitment to public service, and his leadership in local affairs makes him a true asset to this organization.

Michael A. Lawrence

Michael A. Lawrence (above) is ELi's former Treasurer and now an at-large member of our Board. Mike is also Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law, where he teaches courses on Constitutional Law, Property and Business Enterprises.  Previously at MSU's College of Law he has served as Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In 2005 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing, China.  His book, Radicals in Their Own Time: Four Hundred Years of Struggle for Liberty and Equal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, and his book, Model Problems and Outstanding Answers: Constitutional Law (with Kevin Saunders), was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.  Mike received his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated with honors and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. Prior to joining the MSU Law faculty in 1994, he practiced at the Washington, D.C. office of Baker & McKenzie.  He lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where he and his wife Deanne have raised their three sons.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, traveling and playing bass in the Americana band, Jackalope. Mike brings to ELi expertise in constitutional law and administration, an enthusiasm for the East Lansing Public Schools, and a vision of the critical role of the free press in American democracy.

Our Board of Director's Conflict of Interest Policy: The main thing you need to know about potential financial conflicts of interest is that members of the ELi Board and their immediate household and family members are prohibited from profiting from ELi. So if you see our board members functioning as editors, reporters, technical advisors, or in any other staff role, rest assured they are doing that work voluntarily. We also maintain the formal Conflict of Interest Policy recommended by the IRS for non-profits. You can read that by clicking here.

 

Previous ELi Boards of Directors:

May 2018-August 2018:

  • Alice Dreger, President
  • Stephen Thomas, Vice President and Secretary
  • Travis Stoliker, Treasurer
  • Michael Lawrence, At-Large Member

 

June 2017-May 2018:

  • Alice Dreger, President
  • Stephen Thomas, Vice President and Secretary
  • Travis Stoliker, Treasurer
  • Merem Frierson, At-Large Member
  • Michael Lawrence, At-Large Member

 

August 2016-June 2017:

  • Alice Dreger, President
  • Stephen Thomas, Vice President and Secretary
  • Michael Lawrence, Treasurer
  • Travis Stoliker, At-Large Member

 

April 2016-August 2016:

  • Alice Dreger, President and Secretary
  • Stephen Thomas, Vice President
  • Michael Lawrence, Treasurer
  • Travis Stoliker, At-Large Member

 

2014-April 2016:

  • Alice Dreger, President and Secretary
  • Vic Loomis, Vice President
  • Michael Lawrence, Treasurer
  • Stephen Thomas, At-Large Member

 

 

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