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  • Officers & Staff
    Chairperson
    Ken Godwin

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    I've been a proud union dues payer for nearly 28 years as a City of Grand Rapids employee.  I started my career here in the Streets and Sanitation Department, on October 28, 1996.  I've worked in Sewer Maintenance, Sewer Repair, Water/Utility Field Operations, and most recently as the Risk Management Safety Technician.  Prior to being elected an APAGR board member, I served in a variety of roles for church, fraternal organizations, and the GREIU.  Thank you for entrusting me with this great responsibility.

    Sight is what you see, VISION is how you see it!  I believe the vision of this organization is clear,and that it will continue to thrive while providing great benefits to its members.




    Vice Chairperson
    Chad Reul

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    Secretary
    Amber Schrier

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    Treasurer
    Michelle Braate Slykhouse


    I have worked for the City of Grand Rapids since November 1999 and been an APAGR member since April 2008. I have had the honor to serve as an APAGR Board Member since 2011. While on the board, I have held the role of Parliamentarian and am currently acting Treasurer.  I enjoy helping to meet the goals of, and working for the benefit of, all APAGR members. I will listen to your ideas, opinions, and help support you.

    I graduated from Western Michigan University with a master’s degree in public administration. I am a hard-working and honest individual. I will bring these, and other core work values, to the APAGR. I will put my knowledge and experience to work to help lead the APAGR.




    Representative
    Regina Pell

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    Reggie Pell has worked for the City of Grand Rapids since 2016. She is currently an Administrative Analyst I in Fiscal Services, focusing on projects and grants. She is also on the leadership board of Prism GR, the City’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group. As an APA board member, she hopes to advocate for accountability and transparency from union and City leaders, and push for the City to continue making changes to make us an attractive, fulfilling, and equitable place to work.




    Representative
    Aaron Terpstra

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    I have worked for the City since 2000 as a temp and have 17 plus years as a full-time city employee. I joined the APA in September 2013 when I was promoted to Parking Facilities Supervisor in Mobile GR, and have held this position for the last 10 years. I live in the Grand Rapids less than 3 miles from downtown. I love the city and am excited about the growth the city continues to see. With that growth it is important for the city to hire good people and to retain employees once they are here. 




    Representative
    Laura Cleypool

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    I have been with the City of Grand Rapids since November 2015.  I have served in many capacities to support the departments of Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Water and ESD.  I currently serve as an Administrative Services Officer II.  I have 25 years of experience in financial management, budgeting, municipal and non-profit leadership, performance management, auditing and strategic planning.

    I have been a board member since January 2023 and served on the 2022 APA contract bargaining team.  I am dedicated to the City’s mission, vision and core values.  I have lived in Grand Rapids for most of my life and am committed to strengthening my community.  I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Aquinas College majoring in Accounting/Finance and my MBA from Western Michigan University. 




    Representative
    Nick Fisher

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    Nick Fisher has been with the City of Grand Rapids since September of 2015. Prior work and union experience include Waterford Township (Teamsters) and City of Auburn Hills (AFSCME). After settling in as a Crew Leader in the CoGR Water Dept, Nick was elected to be a GREIU grievance rep. In 2018 he promoted to a Utility Supervisor and joined the APA. Nick was sworn in as an APA board member in January of 2024. Outside of work you might find Nick snowmobiling, snowboarding, dirt biking, golfing, or hanging out on Torch Lake with a cigar and a sunburn.  




    Representative
    Max Giles

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    Max Gilles has been with the City of Grand Rapids for four years. He is currently the communications specialist for Mobile GR. There he runs their special event sponsorship program, organizes the Mobile GR Commission meetings, creates videos, designs web pages and many other various communication duties.

    Max has also worked for the City as a dispatcher, maintenance technician and custodian.

    Max grew up in Grand Rapids and went to Grand Rapids Public Schools. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science.





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