Michigan Conservative Union Officers 2019-20
Chair Emeritus: Norm Hughes, Metamora/Oxford (Lapeer County)
Chair: Linda Wildern (Lenawee County)
President: Jay R. Taylor (North Oakland County)
Vice President: Mary Sears (Houghton County)
Secretary: Janice Daniels (Oakland County)
Treasurer: Dairus Reynnet, Dimondale (Eaton County)
Governing Board members:
Lt. Col. (ret.) David Agema, Grandville (Kent County)
Jerome J. Allen, Esq., West Bloomfield (Oakland County)
Bruce Barlond (Eaton County)
John Daniele, Grosse Pointe (Wayne County)
James Hart, Blissfield (Lenawee County)
Cindi Holland (Livingston County)
Alex Larner, Eaton Rapids (Eaton County)
Darlene Littlejohn (Eaton County)
Professor William Wagner, Esq., Lansing (Ingham County)
Michigan Conservative Plan,
52 E. Burdick Street, Suite 658, Oxford, MI 48371
Biographies of the Board:
Norman R. Hughes: As an award winning architectural engineer and construction management consultant, Norm Hughes has had several patents and publications in engineering and science including automotive, aerospace, metallurgy, mining and power transmission engineering and management. Norm Hughes was the founding Chair of MCU in 1975. He served as a county and district Republican Chair, recruiting hundreds of delegates and driving record turnouts. Norm was nominated for Congress in 1978 and 1980, and served in three senior policy positions in the Reagan Administrations. He was a presidential elector in 1984, selected to put Ronald Reagan’s name into nomination. Norm co-authored Michigan’s Tax Limitation Amendment and was the head of the grassroots movement for Michigan Freedom To Work, where he coalesced more than 218 groups and 70,000 volunteers to pass the right to work legislation. Norm Hughes is now the distinguished Chair Emeritus for MCU and The PLAN, guiding us as we work diligently to be Michigan’s go-to conservative leadership platform, striving for conservative governance, and the glory of God, in all that we do.
Linda K. Wildern is the Board Chair for MCU. She was formerly MCU’s President, and is currently a Precinct Delegate leader. She has served tirelessly for three terms on various State, District and local GOP committees.
Her professional experience is in the field of Occupational Therapy, Hospital Administration, and for-profit National Sales. Linda has served on several State and National Committees related to her profession and college level education and accreditation. MCU welcomes her insight, her tireless devotion to conservative governance and her great managerial skills that we pray will lead us expertly for years to come.
Jay R. Taylor is the President of MCU, previously having served as Treasurer, CFO and CIO for MCU. He is an industry-recognized risk management, finance, automotive manufacturing and technology executive with 35+ years of international leadership experience. Jay Taylor created Strategic Risk Management for General Motors Company’s CEO and Board in 2014, and is a published author and speaker on internal audit, risk management, governance, and technology. Jay’s mission is to enable small and medium-size private, family-owned, and public company businesses to achieve growth and success through risk-enabled decisions and better board governance. Taylor earned his MBA with honors at the University of Michigan and is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Governance Fellow. Jay served as Chairman of MCU’s successful 2018 MiCPAC Conference and has proven that his excellent business skills are a natural fit for this important and exciting non-profit organization that we call MCU.
Mary Sears is a wife, mother and grandmother. She is a Registered Nurse by profession spending 25 years in Intensive Care Units in lower Michigan. She has a deep love of God, Country and Family and has worked within the political party system for the last 20 years. She is the Franklin Township Supervisor in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She presently serves on the board of MCU as Vice President and is expanding MCU into the UP as MCU-UP and UPCPAC. We are excited to have Mary’s energy, vision and strong leadership skills expanding our reach into the Upper Peninsula – thank you Mary!!
Janice Daniels is MCU’s Secretary. She is an Associate-Broker Realtor® with over 30 years experience helping people buy and sell residential real estate across Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Genesee counties and more! Janice became politically active in 2009 with the formation of the Tea Party where Janice helped start the Troy Area Tea Party, Joshua’s Trailblazers and Central Macomb Patriots, and ultimately became the 9th mayor of Troy, Michigan. Janice now co-hosts a two-hour talk radio show called The Abolitionists Round Table of Michigan heard every Saturday morning on Thayrone X’s conservative powerhouse radio station WAAM Talk 1600 out of Ann Arbor, MI. Janice and her co-hosts, Phil Stargell and Bruce Fleury can be heard every Saturday morning from 8 am to 10 am EST and you can listen live at https://www.waamradio.com from around the world. You are most welcome and encouraged to call in to add your voice to the conservative leadership platform of The Abolitionists Round Table of Michigan. Janice has had several articles published in The Oakland Press, Western Journalism, Patriot Update, MCU.Today, and iPatriot. She considers herself a natural born conservative with a love of limited government, low taxes and the power of the pen.
Dairus Reynnet: Born of hearty French and Czechoslovakian stock and raised by a WW II Navy veteran who spent a year in China evading the Imperial Japanese Army while being protected by Tai Li’s Nationalist troops, and by a mother who was an emblematic child of the Great Depression, I was raised with a distain for BS and an appreciation for self-sufficiency. My first experience with the hazards of liberalism occurred at an early age while in Kindergarten when a class project required us to cut shapes out of construction paper. I remember there was an inordinate amount of safety scissors marked “Left”. After receiving a nasty pinch while using one of the Leftys, I realized that liberal’s attempt to accommodate a small or nonexistent part of a group often lead to the majority suffering. (Note to liberals doing opposition research: I know what you’re thinking, “You probably had classmates who were ‘Leftys’ who were hiding in the shadows”. Yes, that’s right. And I suppose they were confused about which bath room to use too)! We should absolutely accommodate those with handicaps or are disadvantaged,however, the liberal cares nothing about the individual or outcome, wastes money, and in the end, are never held accountable for their failures. My education includes degrees in International Relations, accounting, and an MBA in from Walsh College. (I chose Walsh to avoid the fever swamp of political correctness rampant in education). While a lifelong conservative, (I first voted for Reagan’s second term in1984), it was not until the rise of the tea party when I became a grass roots conservative activist. Since then I have been involved with the Eaton County Tea Party, had a stint with the county GOP,became a precinct delegate, campaigned for county and state candidates,attended state party conventions and various grass roots seminars including MCU’s MICPAC. I am honored to serve with Michigan Conservative Union. Where else can one interact with so many accomplished individuals dedicated to promoting conservative governance in our state and nation?
Dave Agema is a retired senior Captain with American Airlines and retired Air Force Officer and fighter pilot. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Calvin College and a Masters degree in business management from Central Michigan University.
When Dave Agema served as a State Representative, he forged a 100 percent conservative voting record, and then served as the National Committeeman for the Republican Party of Michigan, where he continued to stand true to the Republican Party Platform (something that few Republicans even read, let alone follow). In 2006 Rep. Agema ran on a platform of stopping illegal immigration and not voting for tax increases. He won that election against nine other politicians running for the State House and every year Rep. Agema was elected by more and more of the general election voting population. Rep. Agema is a strong voice of reason. He is articulate, brave and true. He will not back down; not even when facing incredible political pressure; the kind of political pressure that typically causes politicians to compromise and lose the support of faithful conservative activists. Rep. Agema continues to be dedicated to working towards electing more true Conservative’s like himself into office. We are honored to have Rep. Agema working with us, because we think that MCU is the perfect place for Rep. Agema to achieve his goals!
Bruce Barlond is a 39-year small business owner, former Chairman of the Eaton County Republicans, and a firm believer in the Constitution of the United States of America.
James C. Hart is a millennial and has been a conservative activist since 2010 when he worked with U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg’s campaign to recapture the 7th Congressional District seat. He is dedicated to helping support conservative leaders in government and promote conservative causes. He marched in Washington, D.C. for the 45th Annual March for Life. James has a passion for free market and graduated from Spring Arbor University with a degree in Finance as well as certification in financial market concepts from the Bloomberg Institute. He is currently licensed as a Notary Public in Michigan as well as being a licensed as an insurance agent in both Michigan and Ohio. He successfully ran against two incumbents for a Republican Precinct Delegate slot with 59% of the vote. He has worked on two successful campaigns for Michigan Rep. Bronna Kahle as well as being the Social Media Director for Lenawee Right to Life.
Cindi Holland started her political activism in 2014 when she became a Sentinel at Heritage Action, which is a conservative grassroots organization that uses the voice of the people to lobby congress. She was very concerned about the direction our country was going in and decided to take the initiative to do something that could make a difference. In 2016 she started a social media page to help get President Trump elected.
In 2018 Cindi ran as a Precinct Delegate and was elected with the highest number of votes in her district, and also worked with campaigns to help Republican candidates get elected.
The following year she was nominated and became a Committee member of the 8th Congressional district at State Convention. Later the same year, Cindi became a Founding Member of the Republican Women’s Alliance of Livingston County, as Secretary and Social Media coordinator.
Ms. Holland became acquainted with Norm Hughes when a group met at the Capital Bldg. in Lansing Mi to lobby the legislature to withdraw support of the disastrous National Popular Vote legislation. Cindi became a member of Michigan Conservative Union that very day.
Cindi was extremely honored by the overwhelming support she received when she was nominated to join the MCU Board of Directors. She knows, and we know, that as an organization, we are going to do great things!
Alex Larner was the youngest person ever elected to the Eaton GOP Executive Committee. He later came to his senses and ditched the globalist swamp known as the GOP. He has a passion for uniting displaced voters who were left behind or purged from the Democrat and Republican parties when both parties lurched to the Left. Alex excels at bringing people together based on policy not party, and exposing the ongoing Marxist takeover of politics and Christianity. He currently serves as Secretary of the Eaton County TEA Party, IT Director of Grace Bible Church, and Board Member of Generations Community Theater. We are proud to have Alex on Board at MCU!
Professor William Wagner loves the Lord. He currently serves as President of Salt & Light Global, an international ministry preserving and shining truth in the culture. Professor Wagner holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Prior to joining academia, he served with distinction in all three branches of the federal government, including as a federal judge. His accomplishments are vast, impressive and important to the cause of Liberty. We thank you Professor Wagner for all that you do!