Mayor Pro Tem
Bridget Dean was appointed to City Council in March 2018, with her term expiring in 2019. She and her husband Mike chose to live in Berkley because of the small-town charm of the city and the ability to walk to so many places. They have lived in Berkley since 2005 and have two grown children. Bridget opened her knit shop, "...have you any Wool?" in 2004 on Robina. Being a Berkley resident and business owner gives her a unique perspective and compliments the skills already on City Council.
Bridget has been active in the following organizations:
- Board Member of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
- Vice-Chair of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
- Design Guidelines Committee of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
- Wayfinding Committee of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
- Public Art Committee of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
- Board Member of the Greater Berkley Chamber of Commerce
- Member of the Greater Berkley Chamber of Commerce
Jack Blanchard was re-elected to a four-year term in 2017. He and his wife Barbara have lived in the city since 1978. Their two sons graduated from Berkley High. Before being on City Council, he was very active with the school district serving on the facilities committee. Jack received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University.
He retired from the United States Army Reserve in 1995 after serving 30 years. Jack also retired from General Motors Powertrain Engineering where he was the Assistant Chief Engineer for Diesel Engines. He currently works as a consultant with Captains Three Marine Services on diesel engines and as a GM Fleet Product Specialist.
Jack has been active in the following organizations:
- Michigan PTA - Distinguished Service Award recipient
- International Armed Forces Council 2017 Achievement Award Winner
- Great Lakes Captains Association
- Berkley Public Safety as a volunteer firefighter for 32 years
- Certified by the Michigan State Police as a Professional Emergency Manager
- Currently serves on the Oakland County Incident Management Team
- City Council liaison to the Berkley Area Chamber of Commerce
Steven W. Baker
Steve Baker was re-elected to a four-year term on the City Council in November 2017. He and his wife Nicole have lived in Berkley for well over 20 years. Steve leads the IT strategy and innovation agenda for DTE Energy, where he oversees IT-related interaction and outreach, strategic alignment and integration, and innovation and feasibility on behalf of the company.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and masters of science in software engineering from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Computing Professional (CCP), and also a published author, conference speaker, and Six-Sigma Black Belt candidate.
Mr. Baker has been active in the following organizations:
- Council Liaison, Berkley Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
- Council Liaison, Berkley Historical Committee
- Board of Trustees, Michigan Municipal League (MML)
- Board of Directors, FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts
- Voting Member, Woodward Ave. Transit Analysis Steering Committee
- Energy and Technology Committee, Michigan Municipal League
- Legislative Governance Committee, Michigan Municipal League
- Project Management Institute
- International Association of Facilitators
- A supporter of the Friends of the Berkley Public Library, the Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation, and the Berkley Junior Women's Club, among others
Ross Gavin was appointed to City Council in December 2017, with his term expiring in 2019. He and his wife Allie were drawn to Berkley because of the strong sense of community and excellent schools. They have lived in Berkley since 2015 and have a son, Isaac. Ross is currently Deputy Treasurer for Public Policy and Outreach in the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office. Having been in the position since 2013, Ross primarily deals with the legislative priorities and legal issues of the Treasurer’s Office.
Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Albion College and a master’s degree in Political Science and a law degree from Wayne State University. He is a current and active member of the State Bar of Michigan.
Ross has been active in the following organizations:
- Board Member of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
- Treasurer of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
- Chair of the Finance and Organization Committees for the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
- Member of the Coolidge Avenue Action Task Force
- Committee Member of the Berkley Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Infrastructure Improvements
- Vice-Chair of the Parents of Little Oaks Child Development Center
Dennis S. Hennen
Dennis S. Hennen was elected to a four-year term on the City Council in 2017. He moved to Berkley in 2011 with his wife Jennifer after an exhaustive search of area communities convinced them that Berkley was the ideal city due to its location, schools, services, and small-town feel.
He received BS degrees from Lipscomb University in Mathematics and Computer Science and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Ohio State University. He has worked for many small to medium-sized startups, currently working for Seller Labs based in Athens, Georgia. He also owns his own technology consulting firm.
Dennis has been active with the following organizations:
- Council Liaison, Zoning Board of Appeals
- Council Liaison, Tree Board
- Council Liaison, Environmental Advisory Committee (former)
- Board Member of the Michigan Municipal League's Elected Official Academy
- Community organizer working to educate and protect residents and preserve the city of Berkley.
- Leader of WOOSE, an organization that protected communities surrounding a university airport from aggressive commercial expansion.
- Active member, volunteer, and leader at the Royal Oak Church of Christ.
Natalie Price was elected to a four-year term in November 2019. She and her husband Jacob chose to move to Berkley in 2015 because of the small, welcoming, inclusive community that they discovered here. They have found it to be the ideal hometown for their two young kids. Natalie is a stay-at-home mom, Vice President of the Angell Elementary PTA, and a former high school English teacher.
Natalie earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Classics from Vassar College and a master’s degree in English Studies from the University of Exeter, UK.
Natalie has been an active member of the following organizations:
- Council Liaison, Citizens Engagement Advisory Committee
- Council Liaison, Library Board
- Council Liaison, Beautification Advisory Committee
- Vice President, Angell Elementary PTA
- Member, Friends of Berkley Public Library
- Alumnae, Berkley Public Safety’s Citizens Academy
- Part-time Instructor (former), Berkley Parks and Recreation
- Vice President (former), MOMS Club of Berkley
- Team Captain (former), Voters Not Politicians
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