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Trustees

The Township's four elected Trustees sit on the Township Board along with the three Township officers. Together, they act as the Township's major policy-making body as well as exercise legislative functions. As private citizens, the Trustees are committed to maintaining the desirability of their home community and enhancing its uniqueness.

They each have four-year terms which run through November, 2024.

Reach them by mail at: 4200 Telegraph Road, P.O. Box 489, Bloomfield Township, MI 48303-0489 or by phone at the Township offices at 248-433-7700.

 

Neal J. Barnett

Portrait-Barnett-(1).jpgNeal J. Barnett was appointed to the Board of Trustees in February 2004 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Jerry Tobias. He was elected to the position in November 2004 and reelected in 2008 and 2012.

Neal was a member and vice-chair of the Bloomfield Township Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and is currently a member of the Planning Commission and the Election Commission. He represents the Township on the Executive Committee of the Bloomfield Youth Guidance Board and serves as its Chair. He also represents the Township in joint activities with Bloomfield Hills Schools. He also serves on the Gilbert Lake Board. Neal has served as President of the Oakland Hills Country Club Subdivision Association Board since 2000 and was a member of that Board for eight years.

He grew up in Bloomfield Township and graduated from Groves High School. He has a law degree from Wayne State University Law School, a master's degree in clinical psychology from Oakland University and an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. He is Managing Partner in the law firm of Sills, Charboneau & Barnett, P.C. Neal and his wife have three children; twin daughters and a son.

Email: Neal J. Barnett 

Michael Schostak

Portrait-Schostak.jpgMichael Schostak was elected to the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees in November 2016. He has since been appointed as the Trustee representative on the Water Resources Stakeholders committee, and is an alternate member of the Bloomfield Township Election Commission.
 
Michael is a Lecturer of Finance in the Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University, where he teaches courses in financial analysis and corporate valuation. Michael is also managing member of Schostak Capital Advisors, working with small and medium-sized businesses around the country in the areas of business strategy and corporate finance.
 
Michael’s prior professional experience spans a wide variety of financial roles, including capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, corporate financial planning & analysis, and investor relations. Michael began his career at Booz Allen Hamilton consulting for the U.S. military and intelligence communities on matters of economic policy, financial analysis, resource planning, and capital budgeting.
 
Michael is a proud alumnus of both Hillel Day School and Cranbrook Schools. He earned his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
 
Michael’s other community involvement includes the Community Security Committee of the Jewish Federation, the Anti-Defamation League’s regional advisory board, and the Penn & Wharton Alumni Club of Michigan’s executive committee. 

Email: Michael Schostak 
 

Stephanie Fakih

Stephanie Fakih was elected to the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees in November 2020. She also serves on the Bloomfield Township Zoning Board of Appeals. Stephanie grew up in Bloomfield Township. She attended Birmingham Public Schools, graduated high school from Cranbrook Kingswood and received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor.
 
After graduating from Fordham University School of Law in New York City, Stephanie moved back home to Michigan and in 2014 opened her law practice Rights First Law, PC where she continues to work and uphold the promises of the United States and Michigan constitutions as a criminal defense attorney.
 
As an attorney, Stephanie is a member of several legislative committees and stays on top of issues facing the State, Oakland County and Bloomfield Township. Stephanie is actively involved in the community and is an MSU Extension Master Gardener 2020 candidate.

Email: Stephanie Fakih

Valerie Murray

A Township resident since 1985, Valerie raised three sons here in beautiful Bloomfield Township. She decided to run as a Trustee because of a desire to help create a more transparent, and fiscally responsible government.

Valerie attended MSU and earned a degree in communication, majoring in advertising in 1981. She worked for local ad firms as a media buyer/planner in the Bloomfield Hills/Birmingham area. In the 1980s, in an economic recession, she volunteered her evenings to learn bookkeeping skills in order to cover for a loss in staffing. Most of her advertising years were spent working in a Bloomfield Hills agency, eventually serving as their operations manager. After having three children, she transitioned to become a media technician in Birmingham, and later, Bloomfield Hills School Districts. As a technology operational assistant, she attended regular educational seminars and learned the constantly changing IT world. In 20+ years in education, she provided tech support for the staff and students at the elementary level.

Val also served several terms on her subdivision board, starting in 1987, alongside fellow neighbor & former Supervisor, David Payne. Valerie held many positions, including chairing the subdivision road paving SAD project. Since 2010, along with her husband, she “owns” a mile of Township road, as part of the Adopt-a-Road program. In 2014 she became a volunteer foster for a rescue kitten. Currently with Michigan Animal Rescue League in Pontiac, she has an adorable foster litter in her home today, and has fostered 119 animals.

Email: Valerie Murray