Meet the Board of Road Commissioners of the County of Kalamazoo 

The Road Commission is governed by a board of five Road Commissioners who represent the public at large, and are appointed by the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners. Our Road Commissioners annually review township representation to be a liaison and additional communication link as noted below.

The Board's regular meetings, to which the public is invited, are held at 3:00 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays at the Road Commission office, 3801 East Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan. A meeting schedule can also be found on the "Meetings" section of this website. From time to time, additional special board meetings are held and joint meetings are scheduled with townships throughout the county annually.

Michigan County Road Commissioners Handbook

Road Commissioners Code of Conduct

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Please call (269) 381-3171 or email us at info@kalamazoocountyroads.com for any additional information.

Deborah J. Buchholtz

 

Deborah J. Buchholtz

Ms. Buchholtz, Chair, is a Cooper Township resident who was appointed to the road commission in January 2015. She is the 2019 Chair of the Board and served as Vice Chair of the Board in 2017 and 2018. She previously gained familiarity with the road commission through her five and a half terms on the County Board from 2001-2011, serving as Chair and Vice Chair each for four years.  She is the founder and owner of Synergy Health Strategies, L.L.C., an employee benefits and healthcare consulting business, with previous work experience including Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters for the region, Vice President of Operations and Finance for her family's carbon commodities and global transportation business, Business Development Analyst at a fortune 100 company, and most memorable, various management roles at the High Wheeler Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant founded by her father. Ms. Buchholtz is an active nature-lover who enjoys hiking, biking, and running. Her term expires 12/31/2020. Township liaison for Alamo, Oshtemo, and Richland townships.

Deborah J. Buchholtz
Chair
5875 Rocky Road
Kalamazoo, MI  49004
(269) 567-0866

David Pawloski

 

David C. Pawloski

Mr. Pawloski, Vice Chair, is a resident of the City of Kalamazoo who was appointed to the road commission in March 2017. He is the 2019 Vice Chair of the Board and served as a Member of the Board in 2017 and 2018. David is the current Community Services Liaison for the United Way of the Battle Creek & Kalamazoo Region. He also currently serves on the Local Officers Compensation Committee for the City of Kalamazoo which sets the salaries of the Mayor, Vice Mayor and Commissioners. Mr. Pawloski also serves on various organization and non-profit boards. He has been a resident of Kalamazoo County since 1994. He serves on the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Advisory Council.  David and his wife Molly are the proud parents of their son, Joseph, who attends Kalamazoo Public Schools. His term expires 12/31/2022.  Township liaison for Prairie Ronde, Schoolcraft, and Texas townships.

David C. Pawloski
Vice Chair
405 Hutchinson Street
Kalamazoo, MI  49001
(269) 744-6774

Larry Stehouwer

 

Larry Stehouwer

Mr. Stehouwer, Member, is a Cooper Township resident who was appointed to the road commission in March 2017.  He previously worked as a professional civil engineer on public infrastructure and development projects, primarily for townships in Kalamazoo, Allegan and Ottawa counties.  He retired in 2010 from the consulting engineering firm of Prein & Newhof.  He volunteers at several nonprofits including the Friends of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, Kalamazoo Christian School Foundation, Appalachia Reach Out, Kalamazoo Deacons Conference, Calvary Community Church - Plainwell, Sea to Sea and has served on township appointed boards  including Cooper Township’s Planning Commission and Board of Review, and the Southwest Michigan Building Authority which services Cooper and Oshtemo townships.   He serves on the Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Commission. He enjoys helping others, time with family, the outdoors, road trips, and bicycling.  His term expires on 12/31/2022.  Township liaison for Comstock, Pavilion, and Ross townships.

Larry Stehouwer, PE
Member
2615 West F Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI  49009
(269) 760-4711

Thom Brennan

 

Thom Brennan

Mr. Brennan, Member, is a Texas Township resident who was appointed to the road commission in March of 2019.  He retired from automotive manufacturing after 32 years as an executive manager for General Motors and American Axle and Manufacturing.  He then worked for Parker Hannifin Corporation for an additional 10 years ultimately responsible for World Wide Supplier Quality and Development.  During his working career Thom served on the Kalamazoo – St. Joseph County Workforce Development Board for 16 years with several appointments as chair and vice chair of the Executive Committee.  He currently volunteers as the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Community Liaison, Bike Friendly Kalamazoo, and various other bicycling advocacy organizations.  Thom has been a Kalamazoo County resident for 34 of the past 38 years.  His term expires 12/31/2024.  Township liaison for Brady, Climax, and Charleston townships.

Thom Brennan
Member
8798 West OP Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI  49009
(269) 365-8139

 

Michael Boersma

Mr. Boersma, Member, is an Oshtemo Township resident who was appointed to the road commission in March, 2019.  He is an attorney with the Law Office of Michael E. Boersma, PC.  He has been a transportation advocate at the state and local levels for over 15 years.  He serves on the board of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, a local charitable non-profit.  He has lived in Kalamazoo County for over 30 years.  His term expires December 31, 2024.   Township liaison for Cooper, Kalamazoo, and Wakeshma townships.

Michael Boersma
Member
9803 Sunnywood Dr
Kalamazoo, MI  49009
(269) 720-1409