Board of Trustees

Meeting Minutes 

The Township is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of seven (7) elected members, specifically the Township Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, and four Trustees.  The Supervisor, Clerk, and Treasurer maintain department offices at the Township.  Their fiduciary responsibilities are detailed under their respective department pull-down accessed from the above menu.  Meet the remaining four (4) Independence Township Board of Trustees below:

Jose Aliaga

Jose Aliaga

Jose is serving his second term as Trustee. He has been a resident of Independence Township since 2000. Jose is a member of Mt. Zion Church and the Clarkston Area Optimist Club.

Jose 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 has worked in Sales for State Farm and Guardian Angels Health Care.

In 2008 Jose was invited to meet George W. Bush during Hispanic Heritage month, at that time Jose was Vice-Chair of the Michigan Hispanic Republican Assembly. In January 2011 Congressman Mike Rogers honored him for his outstanding work as a civil servant in his home county of Peru and the United States of America.

Phone: 248-736-7163

Rachel Loughrin  Rachel Loughrin

Elected to the Board in November 2016, Rachel is serving her first term as Trustee in Independence Township.  She has been appointed Township representative for SEMCOG, the South East Michigan Council of Governments and the Clarkston Mill Pond Improvement Board.  Rachel is on the State Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers, serving as co-chair of the Public, Private Partnership Committee and is a member of the Government Relations Committee.  She is also on the Economic Development Committee of L. Brooks Patterson’s Business Roundtable. 

Rachel 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.

Phone: 248-752-6520

Ron Ritchie

Ron Ritchie

Ron and his family have resided in the Township since 1997. He has four children and eight grandchildren that all live in the area.

This is the second term as Township Trustee for Ron. He has actively served on the Township Planning Commission since 2008, most recently as the Township Board Liaison.  He chairs the Township Investment Advisory Board, is member of the Audit Advisory Board, the Election Commission Board, the Non-Union Employee Benefit Advisory Committee and the Van Norman Lake Improvement Board.  He is also a former Township Safety Path Committee member.

Ron worked for over 30 years at Terry Machine Company, an automotive manufacturing company located on Dixie Highway in Waterford, finishing his career as the President and Managing Partner of the company.  Currently, he is employed as an Account Manager with KAMAX LP, a fastener manufacturer located in Troy, MI.

Phone: 248-821-7100

Andrea SchroederRon Ritchie

Andrea Schroeder

Andrea and her husband, Mark, have lived in the Township with their three children since 1998.

Andrea 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. Andrea is the president of the Ridge at Morgan Lake Homeowners Association and is actively involved with the Clarkston Area Optimists. She has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award, as well as Distinguished Service Awards from Clarkston Community Schools and the Clarkston PTA District Council.  Andrea is serving her second term as a Trustee.

A former teacher, she enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing before starting her business consulting firm nine years ago. Andrea attended Miami University and completed a Fellowship at MSU’s Michigan Political Leadership Program.

Home: 248-391-2631