About Us

About Us

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Welcome to Meet the Team page!  Below is a short summary of our Committee Members and staff.  

 Veterans Affairs Committee

The County Board of Commissioners appoints members to the County Veterans Affairs Committee to fixed terms under provisions of State Law. 

The Veterans Affairs Committee sets policy for Veterans Services.

*They meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.*  These are open meetings and everyone is invited to attend.


Committee Member

War/Conflict Represented

Veterans Services Committee Member Term Expiration

Bruce Hundley

Vietnam

12.31.2024

Jim Wallace

Vietnam

12.31.2024

Kevin Nagle

Global War on Terror

12.31.2021

Bob Bezotte - Vice Chair

Vietnam

12.31.2022

Joseph Riker - Chair

Global War on Terror

12.31.2022

 Livingston County Veterans Services Team

Mary Durst - Director

Mary Bio Pic2.jpgMary is the Director of Veterans Services and a Veteran of the Coast Guard.  During her Coast Guard tenure she was a mechanic on the HH-65 helicopter and Flight Mechanic/Crewmember while flying.  She holds a Masters in Management and a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration.  As a Veteran who has gone through the VA system herself, she understands the complexity and sometimes frustration, of dealing with government paperwork.  Her goal is to make sure all Veterans who come into the office feel welcomed, receive quality services promptly and reduce the stress that accompanies dealing with a complex system.  She is thrilled to be leading new and exciting projects with an AMAZING team that will add value to the office and allow us to reach more veterans in the community.

When Mary is not working on Veteran ventures, she is a self-described “homebody”.  She enjoys kayaking and hiking.  She also enjoys interior design and spending time working on projects at home with her husband, an Air Force Veteran, her daughter, one dog and a very noisy and entertaining parrot.


April Townsend - Veterans Assistance Program Case Manager

April is our Veteran Assistance Program Case Manager who came to us from OLHSA, where she worked as a case manager for their Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, serving veterans and their families experiencing homelessness. April has close ties with the veteran community as her father, two grandfathers, uncle, cousins, and many other family members are veterans. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and is currently enrolled in a part-time weekend program at Michigan State University to obtain her Master's Degree in Social Work with a Combat Veterans Certificate- which is offered at MSU to prepare social workers in dealing with the unique needs and challenges that combat veterans face.

April has a true passion for advocacy and serving veterans and their families in our community. She carries a wealth of knowledge and resources that are invaluable to the team!

When April isn't helping our veterans or doing school work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, time spent outdoors, volunteering, and traveling when possible.


Kelly Johnson - Veterans Benefits Counselor

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You may do a double take when you walk in for your next appointment.  Kelly is our former Administrative Specialist and an all-around administrative ninja.  But, you will now see her in the back as she has taken the new position as a Benefits Counselor.  She is known in the office for her ability to remain levelheaded and resourceful no matter the situation.  This may be attributed to the fact that she came to us from the University of Michigan Health System and brings 20 years of medical and administrative experience with her; part of which was working in emergency surgery.  Kelly comes from a family of Veterans as her grandfather and father are Army Veterans. 

When she is not working, Kelly enjoys dancing, shopping, and spending time with her family.


Liz Young - Administrative Specialist

We recently welcomed a new member to our team.  Liz is our Administrative Specialist who joined us from Fiscal Services where she worked as a Procurement Coordinator.  She holds a Master's in Business Administration from Cleary University, a Bachelors in Political Science/Pre-law from Northern Michigan University as well as, the CPPB and NIGP-CPP procurement designations.  She brings extensive administrative systems, finance and procurement knowledge to her new role.  Her ties to the veteran community include her family - uncles and cousins who have served in the Navy and Army, respectively. 

Liz has a gift of hospitality and enjoys hosting her friends and family.  In her free time, Liz also enjoys reading, hiking trails, quilting, gardening, volunteering and adventuring to new places when possible.


Jon Hall - Lead Driver

jon resized.jpgJon is one of our two part-time drivers.  He has an impressive resume, but perhaps the most impressive is his patience as illustrated by his eight years as a school bus driver.  He is known in the office for his friendly demeanor, willingness to help and uncanny ability to be able to be in two places at once. He also has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Management and Organizational Development.  We are so glad to have him as part of our team and so are the Veterans as we often receive compliments about him. When Jon isn't busy juggling transportation schedules he enjoys playing his guitar, eating chocolate chip cookies, watching movies and spending time with his wife.






Thomas Sidelko - Driver

Thomas is an Air Force Veteran and newest addition to the team.  If you utilize our transportation, you may see him riding along with Jon learning the ropes (and hopefully that little trick of being in two places at once).  Thomas is highly qualified as he has spent the last 15 years working as a personal aide and driver to an individual with Cerebral Palsy.  His sweet demeanor and helpfulness are sure to win you over. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to working with him.