The Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees serves as the policy-making body for Schoolcraft College. Established through the state legislature as part of the Community College Act, the Board of Trustees is made up of seven members, all elected by voters of the Schoolcraft Community College District. Each member serves a term of six years.
Board of Trustees
Brian D. Broderick, Chair
Carol M. Strom, Vice Chair
Eric Stempien, Treasurer
Gretchen Alaniz, Trustee
William P. Erwin, Jr., Trustee
Joan A. Gebhardt, Trustee
Terry Gilligan, Trustee
Conway A. Jeffress, Ph.D., President
Brian D. Broderick
Carol M. Strom
Joan A. Gebhardt
William P. Erwin, Jr.
Meet Our Board Members
Brian Broderick is serving his fourth term on the board, having been elected to six-year terms in June 1995, 2001, 2007 and January 2015. Mr. Broderick is currently serving as Chair of the Board and was Vice Chair from 2008- 2011 and Secretary from 1997-2007.
Mr. Broderick earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Wayne State University in 1998. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law and a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Broderick received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1988.
Mr. Broderick currently serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools. He also sits on the Board of the Michigan Virtual University and the Felician Sisters Childcare Centers, Inc. He currently serves as Chair of the Education Alliance of Michigan. He is involved in a variety of community activities including serving as a CYO coach, Booster Club Board member and lector at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth. Mr. Broderick is a member of the Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers, and is a Past President of the Notre Dame Club of Detroit.
He and his wife, Donna, and their children, Jim and Katherine, reside in Plymouth.
Carol M. Strom
Carol Strom was first appointed to the Board in 1994 to fill a vacancy until June of 1995. She was elected in 1995 to complete a two-year unexpired term. She was elected in 1997, 2003 and 2010 to six-year terms. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Strom served as Chair from 1999 to 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Michigan.
For 14 years she was a partner in a Livonia gift shop. Her community involvement has included many activities with the local and state PTA. She served one term as State Vice-President for Legislative Activity. She served for four years as a Peer Counselor at the Schoolcraft College Women’s Resource Center. She served for 16 years as a member of the Livonia Board of Education and was President of the Board three times. She was President of Pet A Pet Inc., an organization which takes pets to visit hospitals, nursing homes and schools. She served on the Legal Trust Fund of the Michigan Association of School Boards.
Ms. Strom is active in the American Association of University Women, Livonia Branch. She and her husband Cal have four grown children and live in Livonia.
William P. Erwin, Jr.
William (Bill) P. Erwin, Jr., was elected to a six-year term beginning in January 2017. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Music from Wayne State University in 2006. Bill taught as a substitute teacher in most of the school districts within the Schoolcraft College area. He is planning to retire in 2017 after 35 years in the trucking industry.
Mr. Erwin has been active in the Plymouth-Canton area as a Canton Recreation Soccer Coach, Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Equipment Crew Chief, and a member of the Plymouth Symphony. He also was the Contemporary Music Director for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth for ten years and is a professional bass player.
Bill is a widower with three sons and four grandchildren. He currently resides in Canton with his significant other, Patricia Mullen, and her two sons. Bill, his late wife, and three of the five sons have attended Schoolcraft College.
Eric Stempien was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June 2012 to complete the final year of a six-year term, January 1 – December 31, 2012. He was elected to serve a full six-year term from January 2013 through December 2018. He serves as Treasurer.
Mr. Stempien has served as the General Counsel for Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service. Before working at Superior, Eric was employed at Strategic Public Affairs, a government relations and public policy firm in Novi, Michigan. Prior to his time at SPA, he was the managing partner in a law firm in Northville, Michigan, focusing his practice in the areas of employment litigation, real estate, zoning and land use. Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a law degree, cum laude, from Wayne State University in 1998.
Eric serves as a case evaluator for the United States District Court and the Wayne County Circuit Court. He was also selected to serve on the American Arbitration Association’s Employment Advisory Panel. He is a former member of the Representative Assembly for the State Bar of Michigan. Eric is a past president of the Livonia Jaycees. He lives in Livonia with his wife Mary and two daughters.
Gretchen Alaniz was elected to her first six-year term beginning January 2013. Ms. Alaniz earned a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University in 1984 with a focus in Management Information Systems.
Ms. Alaniz has worked in the Detroit metro area for the last 27 years with increasing responsibility in governance and compliance roles with internal audit organizations in both the utilities and manufacturing industries. She has been a Certified Information Systems Auditor since 1990. Ms. Alaniz currently works in the Internal Audit department as a Senior Manager for ZF TRW (a division of ZF-Friedrichshafen) headquartered in Livonia and ranked among the world's leading automotive suppliers of safety products.
Ms. Alaniz is also currently serving on the Board of Seedlings Braille Books for Children, a Livonia-based non-profit providing Braille books to visually impaired children and adults. She also serves on the Executive board of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce and is involved with the Livonia Industrial Council. She is also past president of the Tri-County Collie Rescue League of Michigan.
Gretchen and her family, daughter Amber, son-in-law Ron, and granddaughter Olivia DeViolette reside in Livonia.
Joan A. Gebhardt
Joan Gebhardt was elected to serve her second six-year term beginning in January of 2015. Her first full term began in July of 2007, after her appointment in January 2007. Chair Broderick has appointed her to represent the Board of Trustees as a Trustee Director to the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA).
She has served as Treasurer and has been appointed as a representative for Schoolcraft at the South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). She was elected to the Executive Committee, where she served as an Officer of the organization for five years. She was then elected Chair of SEMCOG, the first time that a member of a community college has served as Chair in their history.
Ms. Gebhardt holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. Joan also has many post graduate hours from other universities including Wayne State University and Madonna University.
Ms. Gebhardt was elected a Wayne County Commissioner for District 12 (representing Westland, Inkster and south Livonia) for two terms in 2008 and 2010. She is an adjunct professor in Education at Madonna University. Joan retired from public education after serving as a teacher for 10 years, and an administrator for 21 years. As a principal she was elected President of the Taylor local of the American Association of School Administrators. Ms. Gebhardt was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Utility Consumers Participation Board, where she was elected Vice-President. Joan is active in the Northwest Detroit League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women-Livonia Branch.
Ms. Gebhardt and her family have lived in Livonia since 1979. She and her late husband Fred have a son Steven and daughter Jennifer, both graduates of Schoolcraft College. She is the proud grandmother of Lindsay.
Terry Gilligan was elected to complete a two-year term beginning January 2013. He was elected to a six-year term that runs from January 2015 until December 2020. Mr. Gilligan attended Henry Ford Community College and is a graduate of Pipefitters Local 636 Apprenticeship School. Terry is a 26-year member of the Pipefitters Local and in the last six years has held the elected offices of President and Business Agent. While holding these elected positions he has also served as a Trustee on the Joint Health Insurance Trust Fund, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, as well as chairing the Political Action Committee for Local 636. The committee is active in politics at both the local and national level.
Terry is a former Assistant and Head Coach for the Livonia Junior Athletic Baseball League. Terry and his wife Barbara have lived in Livonia for the past 22 years along with their two children Joe and Allyson.