Steve Conaway Vice Chairman
Steve has lived in Hamburg Township since 1997 with his wife Martie. They have 3 children and 2 granddaughters. Steve enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1968 and became a fully qualified Air Traffic Controller at the age of 19 as a radar approach controller. Steve went to Vietnam in 1969 and was assigned to DaNang Air Base and then Tuy Hoa Air Base. He returned home in 1970 and was assigned to Selfridge ANG Base for the remainder of his enlistment as a Staff Sergeant. Hired by the FAA Steve was an Air Traffic Controller at Detroit City Airport, Akron Canton Regional Airport, Port Columbus (Columbus Ohio) and Detroit Metro Airport. He has been self employed for the past 33 years. Steve served the Brighton Veterans Memorial Committee as a volunteer prior to him becoming a member of the board.
Former Board Members
Ricci Bandkau – Rest in Peace
Ricci passed away on the morning of Christmas Eve, 2015, after a short illness. She was the City of Brighton Liaison on the Brighton Veterans Memorial Board. Ricci was at the forefront of initiating the new BVM Committee for the building and maintenance of the new Memorial. She served as the BVMC Secretary.
Ralph W. Bidwell, Jr.
Honorary Board Members
Lt. Col. Ron Warmbier
Jon Emaus joined the Brighton City Council in June 2016. He has been a resident of Livingston County for ten years and a resident of the city of Brighton since November 2013. In addition to volunteering for the Livingston County Veterans Treatment Foundation, he a member of the Sons of the American Legion and is a vocal advocate and active donor for the American Red Cross.
Jon received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School. He has served both public and private Boards for over ten years and currently owns a law practice specializing in business law and corporate compliance. In addition to his business clients, Jon provides assistance to troubled youth and families as a court-appointed attorney in the Livingston County Family and Juvenile Court.
Richard (Rich) Savale joined the U.S. Army in 1961, with active duty at Fort Carson, CO, in the Fourth Infantry Division. His initial duty was at Division Staff, G-3. Basic training was at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He completed his initial obligation in 1963, but was recalled (from Ford Motor Company) into the active reserves in 1964 at Fort Wayne. Rich has served time in finance, records and administration, plus specialization as retention NCO, attaining the rank of E-7 (First SGT). Rich served a total service time of 24 years and retired from the reserves in 1995.
Joe Riker is originally from Coldwater, MI where he graduated in 2003. He married Leah, his high school best friend in 2005. Having a daughter in 2006 and son in 2010. Joe served in the Army as an infantryman from 2005-2007. Serving in 3rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division 2/3 Stryker Battalion out of Fort Lewis, WA. Deploying to Iraq for a 15 month combat deployment in a Scout/sniper platoon. He mainly served as the vehicle commander/navigator/240B machine gunner during his deployment. He then served in the Navy from 2008-2013 as an equipment operator in the Seabees 133 Construction Battalion in Gulfport, Mississippi. Deploying to Kandahar, Afghanistan for 3 months as a driver for convoy supply runs to smaller bases. He deployed to Okinawa, Japan for 9 months serving as the battalions transportation supervisor. His last year in the Navy was as an instructor at NCTC instructing advanced equipment operator.
Joe moved back to Michigan in 2013 to the Ann Arbor area. He earned his bachelor degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2016 with a major in psychology and a social work minor. Upon graduation, he was hired by U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop to be a Veteran Case Worker and Outreach. He became a resident of Brighton Township in July of 2016. Joe also serves as a board member to the Livingston County Health and Human Services Board.
The Brighton Veteran's Memorial Committee (BVMC) is accepting applications for future openings on our committee. You must be an honorably discharged veteran and fill out an application and provide a DD-214 to be considered. If you would like an application send an email to email@example.com