Board of Trustees

Meeting Minutes 

The Independence Township Board of Trustees consists of 7 elected officials, specifically the Supervisor, the Clerk, the Treasurer, and 4 Trustees.  As full-time employees, the Supervisor, Clerk, and Treasurer, maintain offices at Township Hall. Their fiduciary responsibilities are detailed under their respective department from the above menu. The 4 Independence Township Board of Trustees are:

Jose Aliaga

Jose Aliaga, Trustee

Trustee Aliaga is serving his second term as Trustee. He has been a resident of Independence Township since 2000. Jose is a member of Mt. Zion Church and the Clarkston Area Optimist Club.

Since emigrating from Peru 17 years ago, Trustee Aliaga has become a U.S. Citizen, and has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in History from the University of Michigan. Trustee Aliaga currently works for the State of Michigan in the Department of Health and Human Services and previously taught Spanish at Frankel Jewish Academy.

Phone: 248-736-7163

Rachel Loughrin  Rachel J. Loughrin, Trustee

Elected to the Township Board in November 2016, Trustee Loughrin is serving her first term as Trustee. Trustee Loughrin represents the Township on the South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and the Clarkston Mill Pond Improvement Board.  She also serves on the State Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers as Co-Chair of the Public, Private Partnership Committee and is a member of the Government Relations Committee.  Trustee Loughrin is a member of L. Brooks Patterson's Economic Development Committee Business Roundtable. 

Trustee Loughrin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Northern Michigan University and is an Alumnus of the Urban Land Institute Larson Center for Leadership.  She has an extensive real estate and business development background and is currently Assistant Vice President / Land Use Consultant at CORE Partners.

Rachel, her husband Tim and their two children are newer residents of Independence Township and attend St. Daniel’s Catholic Church.

Phone: 248-752-6520

Ron Ritchie

Ronald A. Ritchie, Trustee

Trustee Ritchie and his family have resided in the Township since 1997. He has four children and eight grandchildren that all live in the area.

Although this is Trustee Ritchie's second term as Trustee, he previously served on the Planning Commission since 2008.  At this time, Trustee Ritchie serves as the Township Board's Planning Commission liaison. He also chairs the Township's Investment Advisory Committee, is member of the Audit Advisory Committee, the Election Commission, the Non-Union Employee Benefit Advisory Committee, the Safety Path Advisory Committee, and he represents the Township on the Van Norman Lake Improvement Board.

Trustee Ritchie worked for more than 30 years at Terry Machine Company, an automotive manufacturing company located on Dixie Highway in Waterford Township. He completed his career at Terry as the President and Managing Partner of the company. Trustee Ritchie is now employed as an Account Manager with KAMAX LP, a fastener manufacturer located in Troy, Michigan.

Phone: 248-821-7100

Andrea SchroederRon Ritchie

Andrea K. Schroeder, Trustee

Trustee and her husband, Mark, have lived in the Township with their three children since 1998.

Trustee Schroeder is currently serving her second term as Trustee, but has a long history of community service.  She was appointed by Governor Snyder as a Director on the State Board of Cosmetology in 2011, and previously served on the state boards of the Michigan PTA and the Michigan Association for Gifted Children. Trustee Schroeder is the president of the Ridge at Morgan Lake Homeowners Association and is actively involved with the Clarkston Area Optimists. She is an honored recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award, as well as receiving various  Distinguished Service Awards from Clarkston Community Schools and the Clarkston PTA District Council.  Trustee Schroeder is a former teacher and has experienced a successful career in sales and marketing before starting a personal business consulting firm 9 years ago. Andrea attended Miami University and completed a Fellowship at MSU’s Michigan Political Leadership Program.

Home: 248-391-2631