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The right to criticize government is also an obligation to know what you are talking about. 
-Lent Upson, 1st Executive Director of CRC  

Staff can be contacted directly from this page by clicking on their names and titles. All staff members' email addresses are their first initial and last name at For example, if CRC's first executive director, Lent Upson, were still with us, his email address would be


Eric W. Lupher, President

Livonia Office (Ext. 13)

Eric joined CRC in 1987 through the Lent Upson-Loren Miller Fellowship, and then hired in full-time as a Research Associate in 1989. Eric has researched such issues as state taxes, state revenue sharing, highway funding, unemployment insurance, economic development incentives, and stadium funding. Recent work has been focused on local government matters, including intergovernmental cooperation, governance issues, and municipal finance. In addition to his research responsibilities, Eric manages the CRC website. He is the immediate past president of the Governmental Research Association. He served as vice-chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), an advisory body for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), representing the user community on behalf of the Governmental Research Association.

Eric holds a B.A. in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University. He works out of the Livonia Office.

Robert Schneider, Director of State Affairs

Lansing Office

Bob joined CRC in February 2013 after having most recently served as Associate Director for the non-partisan Michigan House Fiscal Agency (HFA). During his 16-year tenure at HFA, he developed extensive expertise and provided non-partisan advice and analysis to state House members on state policy and budget matters in areas including corrections, human services, and transportation. Prior to joining HFA, he was a research assistant and project manager from 1994 to 1996 for Public Policy Associates, a Lansing-based policy research and consulting firm. He also served for two years within the Michigan Department of State working on department budget and financial issues.

Bob received his B.S. in Economics from Central Michigan University and his M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University.

Craig Thiel, Senior Research Associate

Lansing Office

Craig joined CRC in 2006 and currently serves as a Senior Research Associate assigned to education matters. Before coming to CRC, Craig worked for the Senate Fiscal Agency for six years and for the House Fiscal Agency for three years. Previous to his time with the Michigan Legislature, Craig held positions with the Michigan Department of State, Office of Policy and Planning from 1995 to 1997 and the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago from 1991 to 1993.

Craig holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University. He holds positions on various professional, nonprofit, and local government boards/associations.


Nicole Bradshaw, Research Associate

Livonia Office (Ext. 12)

Nicole joined CRC in 2011. Prior to joining CRC, Nicole worked as a state and local government specialist in the Public Policy work group at Michigan State University Extension where she conducted nonpartisan research on a wide variety of topics including intergovernmental cooperation, local government consolidation, state transportation funding, performance measurement and benchmarking, and taxation.

Nicole has a bachelor of science degree in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis, and a master of science degree in agriculture, food, and resource economics from Michigan State University. She works out of CRC's Livonia Office.

Otniel Chis, Research Associate

Livonia Office (Ext. 15)

Otniel came to CRC in August 2014. He earned his Masters in Public Administration at Wayne State University with a concentration in Urban Economic Development Policy and Public Policy Formulation. He also earned his bachelors degree at Wayne State University in Public Affairs with a minor in Economics. He works out of CRC's Livonia office.


Greta Reade, Development Coordinator

Greta joined CRC in 2006. She has over 15 years of project management experience in automotive product development, software development, and environmental investigation. Greta earned a B.A. in Geology from Albion College and became a certified Project Management Professional in 2005. She has been active in the Southfield public schools for over a decade, receiving the city-wide Nancy Widman Award in 2006. She works out of CRC's Livonia office.

Sharon Martin, Administrative Assistant

Sharon joined the CRC staff in July of 2014. She has more than three decades of program development, marketing, and fundraising experience at the former Detroit Media Partnership Newspapers in Education Manager for the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. During her tenure the program earned many awards for educational partnerships with the Detroit Science Center, Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation on subjects as varied as African American history, Hispanic Heritage, the environment, and bullying. The program also received several overall program excellence awards from the Newspaper Association of America. Sharon earned her B.A. in English and Psychology from Wayne State University. She works out of CRC's Livonia office


Erik Hanser, Earhart Fellow

Erik is a student in the Michigan State University Masters of Public Policy Program after earning his bachelor of arts from Michigan State University. He works out of CRC's Lansing office.







Last Updated April 2, 2015