Council Members

Gavin | Baker | Hennen| Vilani
| Patterson| Black

Ross Gavin
Mayor Pro Tem
Term Expires: November 2027

Ross Gavin was elected to City Council for a four-year term in November 2019 and re-elected in November 2023. 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 was formally the Deputy Treasury for Public Policy and Outreach in the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office from 2013-2022 and now is the Policy Director for Urban Land Use, Water Infrastructure, and Transportation at the Michigan Environmental Council.

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
  • Member of the Master Plan Steering Committee
  • Board Member of the Oakland Conservation District
  • Board Member of Scenic Michigan
  • Member of the Rogers Elementary PTA
  • Member of the Energy & Environment Committee for MML 


Steven W. Baker
Term Expires: November 2025

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 a Master 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 

Dennis S. Hennen
Term Expires: November 2025

Dennis Hennen was elected to a four-year term to City Council in 2017 and re-elected in 2021. 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 bachelor's 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 and is currently working for Mercury Banking as a Senior Software Engineer.  
He has met the requirements for the Michigan Municipal League's Elected Official Academy's top honor, the Ambassador Award, and has received Michigan State University's Master Citizen Planner Certification.  
Dennis has been active with the following organizations:  
  • Council Liaison, Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Council Liaison, Tree Board
  • Vice President of Elected Official Academy, Michigan Municipal League (MML)
  • Member of Municipal Services Committee and Elections Subcommittee, MML
  • Active member and volunteer at his church
  • A supporter of the Friends of the Berkley Public Library, the Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation, Berkley/Huntington Woods Youth Assistance, Tri-Community Coalition, and the Berkley Education Foundation, among others.

Jessica Vilani
Term Expires: November 2025

Jessica Vilani was elected to a four-year term in November 2021. She chose Berkley for the excellent schools, community involvement, and sense of safety. Her daughter Sydney currently attends Anderson Middle School.

Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master's in Management. She is also a Senior Certified Professional of Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) through the Society for Human Resource Management. Jessica is a former teacher and now serves as the Director of Channel Relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where she leads strategy for chamber and association relationships as well as agency partnerships. She also has an extensive background in corporate education and human resources.

Jessica has been active in the following organizations:

  • City Council liaison to the Berkley Area Chamber
  • Board Chair, Berkley Citizens Engagement Advisory Committee (CEAC)
  • Volunteer for Moms Club Softball and Coach for Berkley Steelers Cheer  
  • Former Board Chair, Serenity Services of Detroit 

Greg Patterson
Term Expires: November 2027

Gregory Patterson was appointed to City Council in February 2023 and elected in November 2023. Greg holds two bachelor’s degrees from Oakland University in nursing and in health sciences with a concentration in molecular imaging.

Greg earned his Master of Science degree in nursing with a concentration in management and leadership from Western Governors University. Greg is a former intensive care unit nurse and is currently a Professor of Nursing as well as a nursing educator.

Greg moved to Berkley in 2012 for the excellent services our Public Works Department offers, the safety that is provided by our Public Safety Department, and the excellent proximity to the metro Detroit area.

In his spare time, Greg helps run the family farm in the Michigan thumb area. Greg completed the Michigan State University’s Citizen Planner Program in 2018 and is currently enrolled in an Elected Official’s Academy offered through the Michigan Municipal League.

Greg has been active in the following organizations:

  • Council Liaison for the Planning Commission
  • Secretary, Parks, and Recreation Advisory Board, 2017
  • Vice Chairman and Planning Commissioner, 2018
  • Supporter of the Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation
  • Key stakeholder and contributor to the City of Berkley's Master Plan which was adopted in 2021
  • Key stakeholder and contributor to the City of Berkley's 2020 Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Councilmember Clarence Black headshot1
Clarence Black
Term Expires: November 2027

Bio coming soon. 

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