Our Speakers

 Amy Hawkins

Amy Hawkins is the Executive Director for the statewide organization, Citizens for Traditional Values (CTV). CTV is a statewide, grassroots organization involved in promoting and defending Judeo-Christian values in society and government.

Amy works with CTV’s Student Statesmanship Institute, an inspirational week of Biblical worldview and leadership training that transforms young minds to see themselves and their future in terms of truth, purpose, and destiny.  Amy also serves on the Right to Life Board of Greater Lansing, and on the Spring Arbor University Young Alumni board. Amy is a Grassroots in Michigan member.

 Davis Hoogmead

David Hoogmoed is a home schooled graduate who will be attending Grand Valley State University in the fall of 2009 focusing on finance and mathematics. David is also a graduate Student Statesmanship Institute.

Since the 2000 presidential election, David has been deeply involved in the political process.  He has volunteered hundreds of hours for various campaigns, making phone calls and going door-to-door.

In April 2008, David began an internship with the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at GVSU.  Last December he accompanied the center’s management team to Washington D.C., where they hosted a conference at the Library of Congress.

 In addition, David is a small businessperson, managing his own weeding business for the last three years.

Dr. Fadwa Gillanders (Socialized Medicine)

Dr. Fadwa Gillanders has an extensive bio of clinical expertise and faith based living, which has encouraged others to reach their God created purpose in life.  She has completed a  Pharm.D program at Wayne State University, with completing an extra year at Harper Hospital doing a residency in adult internal medicine.  She has gone on working for Henry Ford Health System, for 8 1/2 years and counting; performing chronic disease management, geriatric medicine evaluations and individualized patient care.  She works closely with the best doctors in the country in managing their patients.  She also is a prime speaker at Henry Ford with expertise in blood conditions, gut specialties, and polypharmacy. She is currently residing on the Henry Ford Wellness Advisory Board She has developed her separate integrative medicine consulting business as Applecross Wellness. Fadwa is a Grassroots in Michigan member.

Rev. Richard Deitering

A Minister at the Newport Community Church in Monroe County Michigan and a veteran. Since his youth he has been very passionate about politics. With studies in communications and medicine he decided to continue his graduate studies at the Michigan Theological Seminary where he is currently a student. As a true born and proud Michigander , the only things that he holds more dear to his heart than his home is God first and then his family which includes his wife Gaylene, his two daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Joan Fabiano

Joan Fabiano is a GM retiree, precinct delegate and activist. Joan co-organized the Lansing Feb. 27th, April 15 tea parties and is now the organizer of the Independence Day Tea Party. Along with tea party organizer Shelli Dawdy of Lincoln, NE and long time grassroots activists Sandra Crosnoe, Joan helped to create a new national listing site for teas parties and other events called Tea Party Grassroots. Joan is also the group leader of Grassroots in Michigan those mission is to promote a return to Constitutional government as originally intended by the Founders, as the most effective avenue to encourage public policy that promotes personal responsibility, individual liberty, limited government, and free markets.

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1 Response to “Our Speakers”


  1. 1 mark stevens July 2, 2009 at 1:28 am

    No Thayrone X?


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