SALEM TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
I am 56 years old, born and raised in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. For 37 years, my wife Sherry, and I have been happily married.
In 1986 we moved our family into the Salem/South Lyon area. Our three children grew up here, calling the area
home. Now each is married with families of their own. Our two daughters remained in the Salem/South Lyon area while our son currently ministers as a pastor near Columbus, OH. Our children have blessed us with 8 grandchildren and we are anxiously awaiting our 9th grandchild due this August.
1996 was the year that changed our lives when we purchased Three Cedars Farm from the Verran family after the passing away of my longtime friend, Fred Verran. Initially it offered us the space and ability to care for Sherry’s mother as she struggled with Parkinson’s disease. Before long our entire family was settled in at the farm and we’ve been enjoying life in Salem ever since.
In 2002 we decided to begin actively farming at Three Cedars when the first crop of pumpkins and corn went into the ground. The following year we began decorating for Christmas and raising funds for charity during the holiday season. This year we will celebrate ten years of being a part of many local family’s seasonal traditions.
My 38 year professional career in the packaging industry began with Al Young Industries, where I began learning the business from the ground up. For the last 25 years I have been Vice President of Industrial Packaging successfully coordinating the purchasing, sales, design, and production of our products across the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Along with the business experience of leading a company, I’ve had the pleasure of serving others being a part of non profit organizations, church leadership boards, and community events.
I know that the balance of professional experience, serving experience, and understanding of the Salem community qualifies me to be your Township Supervisor.
I am Dale Converse married, age 67, retired engineer from Ford Motor Company where I was a Technical Expert with more than 32 years of service. We moved to Salem Township more than 10 years ago to return to the country atmosphere. My roots were established on a ranch in Montana so I appreciate open spaces, wildlife, livestock, farming, numerous horse operations and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere.
My responsibilities at Ford included being a team leader and a consultant. I was often requested by management to take control in the resolution of an issue that would prevent a product launch where management lost the confidence in the engineer that was in charge. I avoided an adversarial relationship and gained their respect by assisting them in a way that they could learn and also regain their management confidence. They appreciated it when I would refer to them as part of the team when I did have to go before Vice Presidents. I gained respect by treating them in a manner in which I want to be treated if the roles were reversed.
I also served 15 years on a governing Board of a large nonprofit organization. I learned from both my corporate and private leadership roles that everyone has strengths and weakness. An effective leader knows how to utilize another’s strength and nurture their weakness. Honesty, integrity, and fairness are imperative in building trust within a leadership team. The ineffectiveness of the present Township Board is in part due to mistrust between some of the members and lack of unity on common causes. I am a firm believer in following prescribed policies and procedure and have experience developing them.
My commitment in interacting with a new Board is not to dwell on the past, but to strive to move forward with unity and a common purpose for the common good of the Salem residents. Areas that I will address as the new Board moves forward:
•Work with the new Board members to promote unity and listen with respect. That does not mean we have to follow the leader, but a commitment that we are elected to serve the people rather than with a self serving motive.
•Get legal fees under control. Stop the vindictive warfare and develop a healthy working relationship between the Board members so that a lawyer is not needed at every Board meeting. Promote personal interaction to resolve issues before involving lawyers.
•Improve roads. Publically identify a contact person that will confirm the road issue and interface with the Washtenaw Road Commission. Funding should not be the only issue.
•Public Safety. Support our local fire and police. We cannot look back, but the Board needs to be proactive to new needs as they arise.
•Adhere to the existing policies and procedures. Add or revise any policy that will improve operational and meeting efficiencies.
•I strongly support keeping any new commercial development within the Urban ServiceDistrict. The Board must establish a good working relationship that has the best interest of the Township with the developers so that issues can be addressed on a professional basis rather than involving the courts.
•It is the responsibility of the Board to prohibit comments (except for clarification) and their vote, when a conflict of interest arises involving a Board member.
•Investigate different investment alternatives to create a diverse portfolio.
I count it a privilege to be your Township Treasurer as Salem Township needs a New Beginning.
I am Del Wensley, married 25 years with two children; one a University of Michigan student and one in High School. I have been a property owner in Washtenaw County for over 20 years and a resident of Salem Township for 5 years. Having graduated with a Business Degree from Spring Arbor University in 1984, I have over 28 years of work experience; including General Manager of United Memorial Gardens, Inc.; Advancement Director of several national non-profits and currently the President of DLW Properties, LLC.
I thoroughly enjoy the country atmosphere of Salem Township and look forward to using my skills and experience for the benefit of our township and its residents. Throughout my business and nonprofit career, I learned the importance of being an effective leader and will be able to use my knowledge of business planning, financial analysis and strategic planning as Clerk and member of the Salem Township Board of Trustees.
Born in Ft Wayne, IN, and having moved to Michigan, I have been a resident of Salem Township for the last 21 years, married to a wonderful wife, with 5 children (ages 18, 17, 15, 12 and 10).
During the past 25 years, I have worked for various companies like Eaton Corporation, Sumitomo Electric and Kennametal Inc in various functions in Engineering, Marketing, Sales and Business Management. Currently I work for BASF and I serve on the board of directors for a non-profit organization. As an individual, I have always looked to help others and to see what one can do for the betterment of the community. I am a firm believer in the principle of “What we sow today, we will reap tomorrow”.
My name is TJ (TinaJo) McLaughlin. I have been a resident of Salem Township for 13 years, married for 28 years to a wonderful man, and the proud Mom of 3 children (ages 24, 20, and 16). I am currently employed with the University of Michigan Hospital.
During the past 29 years that I have worked as a Registered Nurse, I have gained experience as a staff nurse, case manager, supervisor, quality assurance representative, nursing practice council member, transport nurse, and worked in home care/respite care. I have also volunteered with several local non-profits that bring food and resources to those in need. One of the most important skills my career has taught me is the importance of listening to peo-ple and treating them with respect, even when we do not agree. I enjoy the research involved with solving problems and I value the perspectives of others. I will continue to use these skills to fulfill the job as Trustee to serve the residents of Salem Township.
I have been a Salem Township resident for 18 years. Born in Livonia, MI in 1964. Happily married for 25 years to Linda. We have two children (ages 23 and 21) our daughter is a graduate of Madonna University and our son will graduate from Grand Valley State University this Spring 2015.
I served on the Salem Planning Commission in the 1990's to 2000's ending as Chairman. Served as Trustee in the early 2000's. I also Chaired the Building and Grounds Planning Committee, served on the Village Green, and was involved in other activities benefiting the township.
My family and I enjoy living in Salem. I look forward to serving the township and its residents by working together with the board and making the best decisions for our community.
My wife, Cindy, and I have lived in Salem since 1998. Like many others who moved to Salem in the past 20 years we enjoy the rural atmosphere of our community. I have had the pleasure of serving as the Clerk for the past 8 years and wish to continue my service on the Board as a Trustee. Many have acknowledged my accomplishments during my tenure for straightening out the financial condition of the books I inherited upon taking office. We now experience smooth financial audits and the accounts are reconciled.
My background is in quality assurance having been a Quality Group Manager with GM Powertrain and as a consultant with 30 years of experience. I believe in utilizing those quality engineering skills to improve our governmental processes and provide better services to our citizens. We need to incorporate a philosophy on the upcoming Board of Trustees that encourages a diversity of thought and working together to make the best decisions for Salem residents.