2020 Trustee Election 
Candidate Biographies

MNA’s Bylaws provide that the maximum number of Trustees that may be elected in 2020 is three. The following individuals have been nominated to be ELECTED to four-year terms ending in 2024:

David Cartwright
David currently serves on MNA’s Executive Committee as Trustee-At-Large. David is Executive Assistant for Wayne County’s Parks and Recreation Division where he is responsible for developing, planning, organizing and administering the policies and procedures for the division to ensure its administrative and operational objectives are met. David has also served as a Commissioner for the Detroit Historic District Commission, on the boards of the MotorCities National Heritage Area (National Park Service) and the Michigan Labor Alliance, and is currently a member of several community groups including Friends of the Rouge, Friends of Nankin Mills, and the Holliday Nature Preserve Association. David is a graduate of Wayne State University.

Kurt Brauer
Kurt is currently Vice President of MNA’s Board of Trustees. A law partner at Warner, Norcross and Judd LLP, Kurt works on complex environmental and real estate issues and is a past chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Environmental Law Council. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Wetlands Association, the President of the Loon Lake Association and a past President of the Paul H. Young Chapter of Trout Unlimited.


Aubrey Golden
Aubrey joined MNA’s Board of Trustees in 2011 where he served for eight years, including as Vice President from 2013-2015 and then as President from 2017 until the spring of 2019. Aubrey studied English, political science and biology at Union College in Kentucky, where he earned both his bachelors and master’s degrees. He taught in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District in Oakland County for 34 years and also served as the President of the Walled Lake Education Association.


MNA’s Bylaws also provide that the Board of Trustees may appoint Trustees if there are vacancies. The following individuals have been nominated for APPOINTMENT by the Board to serve for the remainder of four-year terms ending in 2023:


Maureen McNulty Saxton
Maureen is Vice President of Van Dyke-Horn Public Relations, heading its Lansing office. Prior to joining Van Dyke-Horn, Maureen founded and directed PR Edge, LLC, a Lansing-based public relations firm, for 10 years. Maureen also served in several roles with the State of Michigan, heading the press and communications offices for the departments of Treasury, Management and Budget (now Technology, Management and Budget) and History, Arts & Libraries. She also served as the Deputy Campaign Manager and Press Secretary for Governor John Engler’s third gubernatorial campaign. Maureen serves on the Board of Visitors of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development at Wayne State University.

Brandon Schroeder
Brandon is a Senior Educator with NOAA Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension. Based in Alpena, Brandon serves northern Lake Huron coastal communities. His Sea Grant/Extension expertise and efforts involve fisheries science, biodiversity conservation, sustainable coastal tourism and Great Lakes education. He serves on the National Sea Grant Education Network Executive Committee and the Sea Grant Network’s Great Lakes Literacy team. He is a co-author of The Life of the Lakes: A Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery now in its 4th edition from the University of Michigan Press. In 2020 Brandon received Michigan State University’s Distinguished Academic Staff Award.