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
- Joan A. Gebhardt, Secretary
- Terry Gilligan, Treasurer
- Gretchen Alaniz, Trustee
- Dillon E. Breen, Trustee
- William P. Erwin, Jr., Trustee
Conway A. Jeffress, Ph.D., President
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 currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees 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. In that role he serves as the state representative to the Council of American Private Education (CAPE). He also sits on the Boards of Michigan Youth in Government, Michigan Virtual University, the Felician Sisters Childcare Centers, and the Education Alliance of Michigan.
He is involved in a variety of community activities including serving as a 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, 2010, and 2016 to six-year terms. She currently serves as 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.
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. She serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Chair Broderick has appointed her to represent the Board of Trustees as a Trustee Director to the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). She also serves on the Schoolcraft Development Authority, the SC Development Unit 14, Inc. a 501(c)(3) entity, and the IT Subcommittee.
She has served 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. Her son Steven and daughter Jennifer, are both graduates of Schoolcraft College. She is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren.
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. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Gilligan attended Henry Ford Community College and is a graduate of Pipefitters Local 636 Apprenticeship School. Terry is a 29-year member of the Pipefitters Local and in the last nine years has held the elected offices of President and Business Agent, and he now is the Financial Secretary/Treasurer and Assistant Business Manager. 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 25 years along with their two children Joe and Allyson.
Gretchen Alaniz was elected to her first six-year term beginning January 2013. She was elected in November of 2018 to another six-year term. She currently serves as the Chair of IT Subcommittee and the Board of Trustees representative to the Schoolcraft College Foundation. Ms. Alaniz earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration 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 30 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 Director of IT Audit for Adient, headquartered in Plymouth, and a leading supplier of automotive interiors.
Ms. Alaniz is 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 is involved with the Livonia Industrial Council. She is past president of the Tri-County Collie Rescue League of Michigan and has served on the Executive Board of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce.
Gretchen and her family, daughter Amber, son-in-law Ron, and granddaughter Olivia DeViolette reside in Livonia.
Dillon E. Breen
Dillon Breen was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2018 to a six-year term beginning in January 2019. Dillon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, with a minor in Geography from Calvin College in Grand Rapids in 2017, and an Associate in Arts from Schoolcraft College in 2014. He holds an Environmental Analyst, and a Land Resources Analyst Certificate from the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona.
Mr. Breen served on the Livonia Human Relations Commission from 2012-2018, including two-years as Chairperson from 2014-2016, and on the Livonia Local Officers Compensation Commission from 2015-2018. He previously worked for the Michigan State Senate as the District Director for Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, and at a consulting firm based in Novi. Dillon is a 2019 Fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University.
Dillon has been active in local politics for over a decade, and has served as both the County, and then the District Chairman for his party. He is a lifelong resident of Livonia, Michigan.
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 retired 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 and his wife Patricia (Patty), have five sons and four grandchildren between their families. He currently resides in Canton with Patty and her two sons. Bill, Patty and three of the five sons have attended Schoolcraft College.