The Independence Township Board of Trustees consists of 7 elected officials, specifically the Supervisor, the Clerk, the Treasurer, and 4 Trustees. As full-time employees, the Supervisor, Clerk, and Treasurer, maintain offices at Township Hall. Their fiduciary responsibilities are detailed under their respective department from the above menu. The 4 Independence Township Board of Trustees are:
Jose Aliaga, Trustee
Trustee Aliaga is serving his second term as Trustee. He has been a resident of Independence Township since 2000. He is a member of Mt. Zion Church and the Clarkston Area Optimist Club.
Trustee Aliaga earned a BS in Political Science with a Minor in Spanish from the University of Michigan. He is a Spanish teacher at Frankel Jewish Academy and previously worked in sales for State Farm Insurance and Guardian Angels Health Care.
While serving as the Vice-Chair of the Michigan Hispanic Republican assembly, Trustee Aliaga was invited to meet George W. Bush in 2008 during Hispanic Heritage Month. Congressman Mike Rogers honored him in 2011 for his outstanding work as a civil servant in his home county of Peru and the United States of America.
|Rachel J. Loughrin, Trustee
Elected to the Township Board in November 2016, Trustee Loughrin is serving her first term as Trustee. Trustee Loughrin represents the Township on the South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and the Clarkston Mill Pond Improvement Board. She also serves on the State Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers as Co-Chair of the Public, Private Partnership Committee and is a member of the Government Relations Committee. Trustee Loughrin is a member of L. Brooks Patterson's Economic Development Committee Business Roundtable.
Trustee Loughrin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Northern Michigan University and is an Alumnus of the Urban Land Institute Larson Center for Leadership. She has an extensive real estate and business development background and is currently Assistant Vice President / Land Use Consultant at CORE Partners.
Rachel, her husband Tim and their two children are newer residents of Independence Township and attend St. Daniel’s Catholic Church.
Ronald A. Ritchie, Trustee
Although this is Trustee Ritchie's second term as Trustee, he previously served on the Planning Commission since 2008. At this time, Trustee Ritchie serves as the Township Board's Planning Commission liaison. He also chairs the Township's Investment Advisory Committee, is member of the Audit Advisory Committee, the Election Commission, the Non-Union Employee Benefit Advisory Committee, the Safety Path Advisory Committee, and he represents the Township on the Van Norman Lake Improvement Board.
Trustee Ritchie worked for more than 30 years at Terry Machine Company, an automotive manufacturing company located on Dixie Highway in Waterford Township. He completed his career at Terry as the President and Managing Partner of the company. Trustee Ritchie is now employed as an Account Manager with KAMAX LP, a fastener manufacturer located in Troy, Michigan.
Andrea K. Schroeder, Trustee
Trustee and her husband, Mark, have lived in the Township with their three children since 1998.
Trustee Schroeder is currently serving her second term as Trustee, but has a long history of community service. She was appointed by Governor Snyder as a Director on the State Board of Cosmetology in 2011, and previously served on the state boards of the Michigan PTA and the Michigan Association for Gifted Children. Trustee Schroeder is the president of the Ridge at Morgan Lake Homeowners Association and is actively involved with the Clarkston Area Optimists. She is an honored recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award, as well as receiving various Distinguished Service Awards from Clarkston Community Schools and the Clarkston PTA District Council. Trustee Schroeder is a former teacher and has experienced a successful career in sales and marketing before starting a personal business consulting firm 9 years ago. Andrea attended Miami University and completed a Fellowship at MSU’s Michigan Political Leadership Program.