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Marty is the former chief of staff for Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson. His legislative works spans numerous industries, including forestry, mining, and health care. He was previously external affairs director for the House Policy Office, a position that he held after serving as legislative director during Senator Casperson’s terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. As a policy advisor, he managed three statewide task forces that addressed job creation, education, and agriculture. Marty and his wife Lisa also own an accounting firm in Iron Mountain that serves small and medium sized businesses.

Marty is the inaugural recipient of the Jon Farley Michigan Legislative Staff Award, given to an exceptional staffer who is motivated by a dedication to service and a desire to foster an environment in Lansing based on merit and results. He is also the recipient of the Michigan Junior Chamber of Commerce President’s Award of Excellence, and the Daily Press Neighbors Award, presented to residents who “give the Central U.P. its heart and soul.”

Marty is a graduate of Bay College, Ferris State University, and Wayne State University Law School.

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Joanna has spent the last 16 years as an integrated marketing communications consultant working with local clients that have included Stormy Kromer and Travel Marquette as well as projects like the City of Gladstone ‘s North Shore Real Estate Redevelopment Plan and Market Analysis with Place + Main Advisors. Prior to forming her consulting agency, HobNob Communications, she worked with some of the largest brands in consumer entertainment, which included Disney On Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and The Radio City Rockettes, to increase brand awareness and sales. In addition, she served as an adjunct instructor in the Business Division at Bay College for 6 years and was recognized in 2017 with the Outstanding Educator Part-Time Faculty Award.

Joanna is an Escanaba native and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University as well as a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. She resides in Gladstone with her husband Christopher, and sons Ryder and Landon.