Task Force Reconvenes to Guide Oakland County’s Recovery from Pandemic

OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano, Jr. is part of a respected group of business and community leaders who will advise Oakland County on how to leverage its $244 million share of President Joseph R. Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) to bring about short-term recovery and long-term transformation.

Many members of Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter’s 2021 COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force served on last year’s COVID-19 Economic Stabilization and Recovery Task Force, including Provenzano, who served on the leadership team. 

Coulter is reconvening and expanding the task force, asking the 31 volunteers to share their thoughts, experiences, and expertise on where the county is in its recovery from the pandemic and what needs to be accomplished in the coming months to ensure a full recovery.


“Our first priority for this funding from the American Rescue Plan has to be continuing our fight against the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring economic recoveries,” Coulter said in a news release. “But we also will have the opportunity to take on some transformational projects that will help improve the lives of our residents and businesses. This group of advisors can provide invaluable insight into the needs in the community.”

The 2021 COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force will hold their first meeting on Monday, April 19 via Zoom. During the meeting, they will review current economic and community data, ARP funds, and begin a conversation of important indicators for Oakland County’s future.

The task force includes representatives from education, foundations, local government, construction, restaurants, labor, health care and business and two members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Task force members are:

  • Chris Barnett, Supervisor, Orion Township
  • Deb Brinson, CEO, Honor Community Health
  •  Jaimie Clayton, President/CEO, Oakland Family Services
  • Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Superintendent, Oakland Schools
  • Eric Dietz, Regional President, Huntington National Bank
  • Mike Fournier, Mayor, Royal Oak
  • Susan Harding, CEO, OLSHA
  • Sloan Herrick, COO, Global Detroit
  • Dr. Darienne Hudson, President/CEO, United Way Southeastern Michigan
  • Thomas Kelly, Executive Director/CEO, Automation Alley
  • John Kerr, Director Government Affairs, Denso
  • Alan Kiriluk, Chairman, Kirco Management
  • Kate Knight, Director, Farmington DDC
  • Gerald Lang, Vice President, UAW Local 5960
  • Dana Lasenby, CEO, OCHN
  • Grace Lee, President/CEO, Ashford Connex
  • Martin Manna, President, Chaldean Chamber of Commerce
  • Dan Pederson, President, UFCW
  • Dr. Ora Pescovitz, President, Oakland University
  • Peter Provenzano, Jr., Chancellor, Oakland Community College
  • Frank Rewold, President/CEO, Frank Rewold & Sons
  • Bill Roberts, Proprietor, Roberts Restaurant Group
  • Mike Spisz, Commissioner, Board of Commissioners
  • Shannon Striebich, CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
  • Rachel Tronstein, President, Gardner White
  • Sean Werdlow of Eminence Partners
  • Barbara Whittiker, President, BW Limited LLC
  • David Woodward, Chairperson, Board of Commissioners
  • Christian Wuerth, Manager, Village of Milford
  • Patricia Yulkowski, CEO, Total Door

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