May 22, 2015

Program - Jeff Barnes, Director, The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
                         Capturing the Value of Veteran Talent – Moving Michigan Ahead

Jeff Barnes was appointed to the cabinet-level position of Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) by Governor Rick Snyder effective March 20, 2013.  


He began his career serving nearly 10 years as an Armored Cavalry Officer in the United States Army.  His overseas assignments include 1 tour in Korea, 1 in the Balkans and 2 in Iraq.  In 2003, Jeff's Squadron was the lead unit of the US Armed Forces from Kuwait to Baghdad. 


Jeff's awards include 2 Bronze Stars with Valor Device, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, and induction into the Honorary Order of St. George for Outstanding Leadership in Combat.


Jeff served as the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy Director of Strategy and Executive Director of Public Safety where his efforts included supporting the "Secure Cities Initiative," and developing Michigan's Cyber Security strategy.  He also served as a member of the Governor's Council on Law Enforcement and Reinvention (CLEAR) and led efforts to improve public safety with "Next Generation" public safety communications and enhanced forensic science services statewide.


Jeff holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy where he concentrated on National Security and State and Local Government issues.  He is also a graduate of the United States Army Airborne School (Fort Benning, GA), Armor Captain's Career Course (Fort Knox, KY) and the Combined Arms Services Staff School (Fort Leavenworth, KS).


He is married to Taryn Barnes, a combat Veteran and a former United States Army Aviation Officer.

Discussion - Josh Rounan, Baldwin Electronic Resources
                               Digital Services Available at Baldwin Library

May 29, 2015

Introduction to the new digital services available online at the Baldwin Public Library includes:


  • hoopla (streaming video, audio book, and music service)


  • Rosetta Stone (language learning software)


  • (online educational site with courses and instructional videos on how to use various software programs)


Mark Seng & Tom Libby, HIS Automotive

The U.S. New Vehicle Industry in 2015 – Best Ever?

John Salter, Director, Boys/Girls Club, South Oakland

Lack of Value System in the Younger Generationx