WONF Vice President and Attorney, Partner w/ Fried Saperstein Sakway, PC
Layne A. Sakwa received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Juris Doctor from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is a partner at the firm of Fried Saperstein Sakwa, PC. Her practice primarily focuses on criminal defense and consulting for both recreational and medical marijuana companies. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at the Misdemeanor Defender’s Clinic at the 36th District Court in Detroit, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Thav and Ryke, PLLC, and most recently, was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for 8 1/2 years. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan and the United States District Court, Eastern District Of Michigan.
Layne is a Steering Committee Member of the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence and the Vice President of the Women Officials’ Network Foundation. In 2018-2019 she was the Chair of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee. She currently sits on Oakland County’s Criminal Assignment Committee and Michigan Indigent Defense Commission. She is also an Oakland County Bar Foundation Fellow. She won the Spirit of Detroit Award in 2004, was one of the Most Esteemed Women of Michigan 2012 by the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic, and a member of L. Brooks Patterson’s 2014 Class of Elite 40 under 40.
Circuit Court Judge
Michigan State Representative firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 248-391-2631 (c)
Andrea Schroeder is a long standing member of the WON Foundation. She was elected to represent the 43rd District in the State House in 2019 and is now serving her second term as State Rep. In November 2020 she was selected to be the majority whip for the current term (2021-2022).
Director Oakland County Youth Assistance Coordinating Council
Executive Partner, Secrest Wardle
Margaret A. Scott joined Secrest Wardle as a Partner in 2012 and became an Executive Partner in 2014. She currently serves as the Prosecutor for the City of Auburn Hills and the Charter Township of Waterford. In 2019, Ms. Scott was selected to join 52-3 District Court Judge Nicholson’s Specialty Treatment Court Team. Margaret Scott serves as a Sobriety Court Prosecutor and the North Oakland Count Veterans Treatment Court Prosecutor. Additionally, Ms. Scott has practiced insurance defense litigation for over 10 years as private counsel for various companies. She handled claims involving the defense of automobile and structure arson fires, no-fault PIP, uninsured motorists’ claims, and third-party automobile claims. From 1988 to 2008, Ms. Scott served as an Oakland County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. The majority of her career was spent as a Special Prosecutor at the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office where she was elevated to the office of Chief of the Auto Theft Unit in 1996. As a felony trial prosecutor, Ms. Scott prosecuted crimes involving insurance fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, and arson of insured property. During her time with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, she successfully prosecuted nearly 100% of the cases assigned to the Auto Theft Unit. Margaret Scott is member of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Class of 2015 “Women in the Law.” Honorees are recognized for the meaningful and inspiring contributions they have made to the legal community. An article, “A sidebar with Margaret A. Scott,” appeared in the July 20, 2015, issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly, in which she was interviewed about her practice in the areas of arson insurance defense and auto theft prevention. Ms. Scott has also been awarded a Challenge Coin by the North Oakland County Veteran’s Treatment Court for her involvement in the program in her role as a district court prosecutor.
Oakland County Mental Health Network Citizens Advisory Committee Chair
Born and raised in South Haven, MI; Currently, 2020-2021, a Flex Teacher at Roeper in Bloomfield Hills, MI.; Oakland County Mental Health Network Citizens Advisory Committee Chair and member of the Recipients Rights Committee; Editor of the Community Mental Health Association of MI Connections Magazine; Disability Rights of MI, Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Advisory Council Member; Michigan State Association Parliamentarian Historian; Volunteer with the Oakland Mediation Center; Volunteer at the Freedom Centers at DTW Airports; Volunteer at SOUL; volunteer Ombudsman for the State of MI Longterm Care Ombudsman Program; Volunteer Freedom Road Transportation and serve of Eligibility Determination Committee; Toastmaster, member, Northwood Toastmasters and a Registered Parliamentarian with the Detroit Unit.
Eleanor (Coco) Siewert
WONF Secretary and Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Consultant & Trainer
Coco Siewert served in elected office in a number of position, as a Birmingham City Commissioner and Mayor as well as a Trustee on the Baldwin Library Board and as it's President. She has received the following awards and recognitions: WONder Woman; Michigan Municipal League Distinguished Woman in Government Award; Ethics & Civility in Local Government Award. Her work serving as a parliamentarian includes work for a variety of charitable, educational non-profit organizations as well as a municipalities and other publicly elected bodies, too numerous to list here.
Director, Academic Advising and Student Service, Oakland University
Nicole Wells Stallworth
WONF Directory and Vice President Oakland University
Director - WON Foundation and
Assistant Vice President for Government & Community Relations at Oakland University
Nicole Wells Stallworth is Assistant Vice President for Government & Community Relations at Oakland University where she heads the University’s community relations presence, advocacy related initiatives, and direct engagement of local elected officials in the townships & municipalities of Wayne, Oakland & Macomb Counties. A seasoned government relations and public affairs executive, Stallworth has more than 20 years of experience in government relations and public affairs.
Specializing in issue advocacy, Nicole has worked to facilitate access to an equitable quality of life for the underrepresented and underserved, for the better part of her career. She has served as advisor to the Farmington Hills Public Schools board of education on Anti-Racism, and to the Chair of the Wayne County Commission in the formation of the Wayne County Women’s Commission. Stallworth serves as an equity advocate with The Education Trust- Midwest, Chairs the board of directors for MacDowell Preparatory Academy, a k-8 charter school in Northwest Detroit, is a member of the Foundation Board of the Women Officials Network, and is a member of the board of directors for Franklin Wright Settlements, Inc.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Master of Arts in Communications from Wayne State University. Nicole is a Michigan Political Leadership Program Alumni Fellow and a member of Leadership Detroit class XXXVII.
Retired Michigan State Representative and Oakland County Commissioner
Phone: 248-858-8870 (c)
Shelley Taub’s career in public service began, she says, “on a dare.” In 1992, due to redistricting, her Oakland County commissioner seat had no incumbent. She mentioned the fact to her husband. “And he said four fatal words,” Taub recalls. “‘Why don’t you run?’”
A former teacher who managed her husband’s medical business, Taub was essentially a political no-name. But she hit the pavement and won her Republican primary by 239 votes. Since then, Taub hasn’t stopped moving. She created the human services coordinating council, a countywide work group that led to better cross-agency cooperation on social services. She was also instrumental in creating Michigan’s first-ever children’s summit, which focused on early childhood health and brain development. Shelley also got tired of hearing about untested rape kits sitting for years in Lansing and decided to do something about it. She wrote the resolution in Oakland County which both established and funded the Oakland County DNA lab. With her pushing and prodding as well as support from Sheriff Michael Bouchard, this service is now available free of charge to all Police Departments in Oakland County.
Taub intended to retire from politics in 2007 after a failed state senate bid, but her passion for public service drew her back and she was re-elected to the county commission the following year. Shelley served on the Oakland County Commission through 2020 when she decided that it was time to retire.
BIrmingham Youth Assistance
Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board
General Government Appropriations
RX Task Force
Jail Diversion Task Force
Human Trafficking Network
National Association of Counties (NACO) Arts and Culture Commission
Women Official’s Network
Oakland County Human Trafficking Network
Cranbrook,” Le Gala de Cuisine “
Jail Diversion Task Force
Governing Magazine’s “ Women in Government “ Leadership Award: 2016
Oakland County Health Network (Mental Health & Substance Use ):
“Distinguished OPB Member” 2020
Americans for the Arts & NACO: County Arts Leadership, 2020
“The Senior Show,” a cable television program
“Their Life is in Our Hands,” a booklet in English and Spanish for new mothers about brain development in an infant.
Doris Taylor, PhD
Pontiac City Councilwoman
Director of Ulrey Family Foundation and Board Member of Lakes of Echo Park Homeowners