MotorCities elects new members to Board of Directors

L-R: Bob Kreipke and Shawn Pomaville, MotorCities NHA; Janice Adams, David Cartwright, David Elsila, Ken Kettenbeil, John Neilson and Ted O'Dell.


On April 13, the MotorCities National Heritage Area welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors. The board nomination process was part of the non-profit's Annual Meeting in which members, supporters and others interested in the MotorCities were updated on programs and activities from 2015 and given a preview for the upcoming year.

Those tapped for the MotorCities Board represent a cross-section of professionals in automotive, labor, non-profits, history, preservation, historical curation and more.

Newly elected board members will serve two-year terms:

  • Janice Adams, General Motors– Director of the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources
  • David Cartwright, Assistant Director, Division of Parks, Wayne County Public Services
  • David Elsila, Michigan Labor History Society and Editor
  • Ken Kettenbeil, Vice Chancellor, External Relations University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • John Neilson, Senior Director, Museums and Attractions, The Henry Ford Museum
  • Ted O’Dell, American Heart Association Campaign Manager and President, Central Michigan T’s

These new members join an outstanding leadership team for the MotorCities National Heritage Area who help guide the non-profit group's longterm strategy, finance and operations.

“MotorCities National Heritage Area constantly freshens our volunteer Board of Directors by recruiting some of the most talented members in our operating area,” said Board Chairman Robert Kreipke, who is the Corporate Historian for Ford Motor Co.

“(The MotorCities) is proud to support over 4,500 jobs and generate more than $400 million in economic impact. With new focus on our historic communities’ comeback, MotorCities National Heritage Area is dedicated to promoting our fabulous automotive heritage,” added Kreipke.

Executive Director Shawn Pomaville said the organization is eternally grateful these individuals have chosen to volunteer their time in the name of historic preservation and tourism for the automotive industry and organized labor story.

“MotorCities National Heritage Area is fortunate to have a unique mixture of talents and skills represented by our six new board members,” said Pomaville. “We’re very grateful for their commitment to the organization.”

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