Speaker Bios

ProfileImage-771Ari B. Adler is a former journalist and current communications director and press secretary for Jase Bolger, MI Speaker of the House. An award winning public and media relations professional, Ari also operates a freelance writing and consulting business and is an avid blogger.  He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.


AMM HeadshotAngela Minicuci, public information officer at the Michigan Department of Community Health is a public relations professional with plenty of proven success.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from Michigan State University and has stayed active in the Central Michigan Chapter of PRSA including the new professionals committee.  Volunteering in her spare time, Angela is very involved in the Lansing community.

1bf72bae00fce5dcc11b9694c208b3ecAndy Hetzel has served as the executive in charge of communications for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan since 2005. He has prior agency experience as well as public affairs experience in the Michigan House of Representatives.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism and international relations from Syracuse University and is accredited in public relations.


Michelle GrinnellMichelle Grinnell is a public relations manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the communications lead for Travel Michigan and the Michigan Film Office.  She has had a wide range of experience in government communication, working in the governor’s office during Jennifer Granholm’s term and working as press secretary in the office of Congressman Bart Stupak.  Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and received her Master’s degree in media and public affairs from The George Washington University.

Karl GudeKarl Gude is a visual storyteller and professor at Michigan State University.  He spent more than a quarter-century as director of information graphics at large news organizations including The Associated Press and Newsweek.  Also fluent in Spanish, Karl’s professional network spans the globe with international connections.


Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications martin waymireis one of Michigan’s top PR firms, providing clients with proven results in public affairs and strategic communications consulting.  Started by Roger Martin, APR and David Waymire, Martin Waymire combines a group of smart, connected and aggressive people, to form a nonpartisan communications team.


chryslerChrysler, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., has a product lineup that features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles.  Their communications team is responsible for Ram, Dodge, Jeep, SRT, Fiat and more.


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