Meet the Council

Mayor Nathan Triplett photo

Mayor Nathan Triplett

(517) 319-6904 City |  (517) 719-6499 (cell)
Elected Mayor November 2013

Elected Mayor Pro Tem November 2011
Re-elected to City Council November 2011
Elected to City Council November 2007


Married to Sarah Gonzales Triplett
Member of Edgewood United Church of Christ

Michigan State University College of Law (Juris Doctor), 2012
University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (Masters of Public Policy), 2009
Michigan State University (Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory & Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations), 2006
Michigan Political Leadership Program, 2006


Boards and Commissions
Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA), Board of Directors
East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA)
Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)

Professional Activities
Priorities Michigan, Director
State Bar of Michigan, Member
Ingham County Bar Association

Community/Other Activities
Michigan Municipal League, Board of Trustees
Michigan Municipal League, Legislative Governance Committee
Michigan Municipal League, Land Use & Economic Development Policy Committee
Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy (EOA), Board of Directors
Michigan Democratic Party, Corresponding Secretary & Parliamentarian
Michigan Democratic Party, Rules and Political Reform Committee. Chairman
ACLU of Michigan, Lansing Branch, Board of Directors
Haven House, Board of Directors
Rotary Club of East Lansing, Past President

MSU Greek Community, Greek Ivy Award, 2013
Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Governance Award, 2011
Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Leadership Award, 2010
Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Education Award, 2010
Greater Lansing United Nations Association, Heroes of Humanity Award, 2010
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, 10 Over the Next 10 Award, 2009
Michigan Democratic Party, Young Democrat of the Year Award, 2008
Ingham County Democratic Party, Geraldine Rapaport Volunteer of the Year Award, 2005
Governor's Service Award, 2003
GLSEN Pathfinder Award, 2002


Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris photo

Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris

(517) 319-6904 City | (517) 331-6444 cell

Elected Mayor Pro Tem November 2013

Elected Mayor November 2011
Re-elected to City Council November 2011
Served as Mayor Pro Tem November 2007 - November 2011
Elected to City Council November 2007
Appointed to Council October 2006



Married to John Goddeeris - Professor of Economics, MSU

Three children: Laura (East Lansing, MI); Charles (Royal Oak, MI); Mary (Chicago, IL)

Member of University Lutheran Church

Resident of East Lansing since 1980


Boards and Commissions

Tri-County Office on Aging - Administrative Board Member
Downtown Development Authority
Council of Neighborhood Presidents
Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) - Board member
Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) - Board member
Michigan Corridor Improvement Authority



BSN - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1977


Community Activities

Comprehensive Plan Committee, 2001-05

East Lansing High School Parent Council President, 1999-01

Planning Commissioner, City of East Lansing, 1990-96, Vice-Chair 1992-95, Chair 1995-96

Pinecrest Parent Council, Secretary, Treasurer, 1990-94

East Lansing Recreation and Arts Board of Directors, 1989-90

Tamarisk Neighborhood Association President, 1985-89


Professional Activities

Registered Nurse - Sparrow Hospital

Michigan Nurses Association
National Nurses United



2010 Michigan Nurses Association Hall of Fame
2008 Presidents Award – Michigan Nurses Association

2007 Jean Granger Nursing Award – Sparrow Hospital
2006 Sparrow Hospital Nurse of the Year - Women's Services

2002 Economic and General Welfare Achievement Award - Michigan Nurses Association


Councilmember Ruth Beier

Councilmember Ruth Beier

(517) 319-6904 City | (517) 881-0501 cell


Elected to the Council November 2013

Partner – Terry Scharf
Four children:  Christopher, Amy, Patrick, Judy

Michigan State University – BS, Economics
Duke University – MA, Economics

Community Activities
Comprehensive Plan Urban Form Subcommittee
Downtown Development Authority
Oakwood Neighborhood

Professional Activities
Economist, Michigan Education Association
Former State Treasurer for Economics and Tax Policy


Councilmember Kathleen Boyle

(517) 319-6904 City | (517) 242-3996 cell
Elected to City Council November 2013
Appointed to City Council September 2012


Resident since 1985
Married to Brendan Boyle
Member of All Saints Episcopal Church


Syracuse University, 1971 Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology
Syracuse University College of Law, 1977 Juris Doctor

Professional Activities
Attorney, of counsel to White, Schneider, Young & Chiodini, PC
Member, State Bar of Michigan
Member, Ingham County Bar Association
Contributor, Michigan Law of Damages, Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Facilitative Mediator, Ingham County Circuit Court

Community Activities
Red Cedar Neighborhood Association
City of East Lansing Housing Commission
Resolution Services Center
Capital Area Humane Society / Ingham County Humane Society


Councilmember Susan Woods photo

Councilmember Susan W. Woods

(517) 319-6904 City | (517) 980-5802 cell


Elected to City Council November 2013


Married to Professor Johannes M. Bauer
Two adult children, Max and Tatia
Fourth generation Californian
Resident since 1990

BA, Spanish, University of California, Berkeley


Boards and Commissions
Bailey Community Association
Orchard Street Pump House
(SCENE) Metrospace Advisory Board

Founder and Director, East Lansing Film Festival

East Lansing Crystal Award, 2011



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