2005-05-27 / News

Laurie Stupak Appointed to Island Park Commission, Manoogian Re-appointed

Laurie Stupak, the wife of U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee), has been appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to a six-year term on the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, replacing former U.S. Congressman Bob Traxler, and Richard Manoogian has been re-appointed to a second term on the commission.

The appointments are confirmed unless disapproved by the Senate within 60 days.

Mrs. Stupak, who was Menominee’s mayor from February 1996 to December 2003, has been serving at her husband’s campaign fundraising office in Menominee, scheduling and coordinating fundraisers since 2003.

Mrs. Stupak is a certified Yooper, as she was born and reared in Escanaba. She and Sen. Stupak have lived in Menominee for more than 20 years.

She is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Menominee, Bay Area Medical Center Foundation board of directors, and Marquette Diocese Legacy of Faith Board.

She is also a substitute teacher at the Menominee Area School District, subbing for all grades in both public and Catholic schools. She is a few credits shy of earning a teaching degree but, she said, she has put off attending classes for the time being.

“I’m honored and thrilled to have been appointed to the Mackinac Island State Park Commission,” said Mrs. Stupak, who planned to attend her first Park Commission meeting Friday, May 27, on the Island. “Our family just loves the Island. We go there several times a year.

“I’m looking forward to serving the people of the state of Michigan through this board and will do my best to preserve the traditions and history of the Park Commission,” she said.

Richard Manoogian, of Grosse Pointe Farms, was first appointed to the Park Commission in 1999. He is the CEO of the Detroit-based Masco Corporation, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturing companies of faucets, cabinets, architectural coatings, locks, and other consumer-brand home improvement and building products.

He, along with his wife, Jane, have owned a cottage on the West Bluff since 1989. Mr. Manoogian also is a major art collector, mainly of 19th century American painters.

Mrs. Stupak and Mr. Manoogian join a seven-member board that includes Chairman Dennis Cawthorne of Mackinac Island and Lansing, Audrey Jaggi of Mackinaw City, Karen Karam of Ray, former state Attorney General Frank Kelley of Okemos, and Joan Porteous of Reed City.

Mrs. Stupak and Mr. Manoogian’s terms expire April 12, 2011.

Robert Traxler of Mackinac Island and Bay City, was appointed to the park commission in September 2000 to a term expiring in April this year. He served as a member of Congress from 1974 until 1993 and chaired the House Appropriations Committee, and, before that, was a state legislator for 12 years, serving as House Majority Leader and as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He was elected to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees in 1992 and served there as chairman. He is a founding member of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

“This is the first time since 1962 that I have not been in public office,” he said of his retirement from the Mackinac Island State Park Commission. “I’m free at last.”

He said he has been looking forward to a leisurely summer and an opportunity to explore new interests outside of politics.

The Mackinac Island State Park Commission was formed in 1895 to manage Michigan’s first state park. Since then, its historic interpretation of the state’s early history has been expanded to include a number of downtown museums on the Island, the reconstructed British fort at Mackinaw City, called Colonial Michilimackinac, the area’s first commercial sawmill, Old Mill Creek, and Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse.

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