Meet the MHSA Administrative Staff
Business Manager & Executive Assistant
Rhonda Smith joined MHSA in 1994 and serves as Business Manager and Executive Assistant to MHSA's partners. She is responsible for coordination of client services, invoicing, accounts receivables, scheduling, overseeing of special events, all internal and external Lobby Law reporting requirements and assisting with campaign finance reporting. Rhonda's responsibilities also include being a liaison with the Executive and Legislative branches, as well as state agencies in Michigan. Her extensive experience with candidates and election activities enables her to maintain MHSA's continuing grass roots program.
She has held such positions as Executive Secretary for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network-Health Central and intern for the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce.
Rhonda holds a bachelor of science degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University.
Rhonda and her husband Dan reside in Grand Ledge with their two children.
Director of Client Services & Network Administrator
Jody Thornton joined MHSA in 1995 and serves as Director of Client Services as well as network administrator. She is responsible for legislative tracking, campaign finance reporting, compiling and maintaining candidate and election information, management of the firm's communications equipment, data transmissions and interfaces with key vendors. She maintains MHSA's website, information packet and mailing lists. Her previous positions include experience as a dental assistant in Owosso and receptionist with Old Kent Bank in St. Johns.
Jody is a graduate of Lansing Community College and is attending Northwood University. Her tremendous energy and ability make it possible for MHSA to provide timely information to clients and policy makers.
Jody and her husband Craig reside in Elsie with their three children.
Keeli Baker joined MHSA in 2001 and serves as an Administrative Assistant and as administrator of MHSA's association management services. She also coordinates the MHSA Comerica Park hospitality suite and the firm's special events, including client legislative receptions. Keeli also assists with corporate publications and conducts general research.
Keeli is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and J.D. from Cooley Law School. She is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Prior to joining MHSA, she served as a legislative assistant to the Senate Minority Leader.
Keeli resides in Lansing.
Administrator of Management Services
Holly Mauk joined MHSA in 2007 and serves as Administrator of MHSA's association management services and serves as Appropriations' coordinator. She is also responsible for the coordination of MHSA's special events including client legislative receptions.
Holly is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering. Prior to working for MHSA, she worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation in data collection, was a sales associate at Playmakers and was a barista at Cosi in Ann Arbor, while attending University of Michigan.
Holly resides in Williamston.
Kate Barnes joined MHSA in 2010 and serves as Communications Specialist and Administrative Assistant providing both clients and business associates with prompt attention to their initial contact with the firm. She is responsible for scheduling for the lobbyists, assisting with written communications for the firm, and serving an administrative role for association management services. Kate is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. While attending Central Michigan University, she also worked for the Department of Science and Technology Dean's office as a student assistant and completed her internship at a public relations firm.
Kate resides in Lansing.