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Meet Our Consultants

  • Robert C. Law
  • Lisa Nocerini
  • Joseph Knollenberg
  • Ron Gibbs
  • Sue Schweim Tellier
  • Dale A. Jurcisin
  • Nicole Traxler-Wright
  • Robert C. Law
    Founder and Partner

    Robert C. Law has a broad based background that has established him as one of the outstanding governmental experts in Michigan.  His unique blend of private sector and governmental experience is unparalleled in Michigan.  He is especially well qualified in working with clients that have not only been successful but have also added great value to the citizens of the State of Michigan.  His work in stimulating economic development and job creation is well established, notably his efforts in creating a “High Tech” economy base before it was fashionable to do so. He is a pioneer in helping to develop medical technology including the creation of a “Bio Artificial Kidney” among others. He attended the University of Detroit, majoring in Economic and Finance, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  He also graduated with honors from Wayne State University Law School.

    Mr. Law started his career as an attorney in private practice serving as a Public Administrator for the State of Michigan and as a Special Assistant Attorney General. Mr. Law started and served as a managing partner of his law firm that grew into one of the premier corporate, technology and government law firms in Western Wayne and Oakland County’s.

    He has had an accomplished career in state and federal government politics.  In his mid-twenties, Mr. Law ran for the Michigan Legislature, demonstrating maturity beyond his years.  In his first year, his peers voted him as the outstanding freshman legislator. As a freshman, he was appointed a member of the Appropriations Committee and served on the Transportation and General Government Subcommittees.  In his first term he had 8 bills passed into law, more than all other freshman Republican Legislators combined.

    Mr. Law left the legislature to take the position of Executive Assistant for Policy and Legislation to the Governor.  In this position, Mr. Law played a primary role in passing legislation to reform Workers Compensation and Unemployment Compensation statues.

    These reforms were responsible for greatly improving the business climate in Michigan for the next decade. Mr. Law also helped develop major programs to spur the development of technology and new jobs.  He was the architect of legislation that is the basis of Michigan’s current life sciences and technology programs.

    Mr. Law has also become an outstanding advocate for many Michigan based private companies and public institutions in Washington D.C.  His expertise in working on federal policy and financial issues has been a great benefit to many clients.

    Mr. Law believes that controlling the size and cost of government is essential for a healthy economy.  However, he is a strong proponent of returning a fair share of Michigan’s tax dollars back to our state.

    As a Partner in one of the largest Michigan based federal affairs consulting firms, Mr. Law represents locally based clients in Washington, D.C. in such areas as higher education, health care, economic development, technology and transportation.


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    Lisa Nocerini
    Vice President

    A graduate of Northern Michigan University, SFA’s Vice President Lisa Nocerini has extensive experience in state, federal and local government.

    In 2000, Ms. Nocerini served as a Legislative-Aide to the first African-American Democratic Leader in the State of Michigan House of Representatives, Kwame M. Kilpatrick. Following his election in 2002 as the Mayor, Ms. Nocerini was appointed to work under the Chief Administrative Officer, Derrick Miller, as an Executive Assistant. In 2003, Ms. Nocerini was appointed to serve as the Federal Liaison for the City of Detroit where she was responsible for the City’s FY 2003-2006 Appropriation Requests for 20 City Departments.

    While maintaining her role as the Federal Liaison, Ms. Nocerini was also appointed to the position of General Manger for the City of Detroit Strategic Management Center where she played a significant role in the development of key city initiatives for the Mayor. Ms. Nocerini was also given the task to work with the Director of the City of Detroit Department of Homeland Security to create a multi-discipline, proactive, risk mitigation plan for the City and was also recruited to work on the design and execution of the City of Detroit Fusion Center.

    In 2006, Ms. Nocerini moved into the City of Detroit Information Technology Services Department where she served as a key advisor to the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Derrick Miller. Ms. Nocerini worked closely with the CIO and the Deputy Director on plans to realign the department to support the changing technology needs of the City.

    Ms. Nocerini has served as a representative or alternate for the City of Detroit on a number of boards including, the Southeast Michigan Council on Governments (SEMCOG), Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC), Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC), Detroit Area Regional Transportation Authority (DARTA) and the Michigan State Fair Coalition.

    Ms. Nocerini has played a key role in local, state, and federal government and her expertise is a crucial element in Strategic Federal Affairs ability to service its client’s needs. Her areas of expertise include; Transportation, Education, Homeland Security, Economic Development and Technology. Ms. Nocerini is based in Michigan and travels back and forth to Washington, D.C. weekly to serve the needs of the SFA clients.


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    Joseph Knollenberg
    Senior Advisor

    Joe Knollenberg has been a leader in his community for the better part of three decades. During his 16 years serving Michigan in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Knollenberg was an effective legislator who consistently delivered results for his community, district, and the state as a whole.

    Elected to Congress in 1992, Knollenberg most recently served as the ranking member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. In that role, Knollenberg utilized his stature in Congress to fight for Oakland County's fair share of federal money for local road projects and other priorities such as environmental cleaning of the Rouge River. Knollenberg was also a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and a key ally of the many ethnically diverse communities in Oakland County. Along with his most recent assignments, Congressman Knollenberg previously served as Chairman of the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development, District of Columbia, and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittees, and was a senior member of the Energy and Water Appropriations subcommittee.

    A recipient of the National Federation of Independent Business' top legislative award, Knollenberg was a strong supporter of health care reforms that were aimed at reducing costs for small businesses and make it easier for them to offer insurance to their workers. Knollenberg also championed legislation to provide tax credits to small businesses that create new jobs, and worked to reduce the cost of regulations and litigation on small businesses.

    Knollenberg was one of the auto industry's most effective advocates in Congress. He fought to rescind costly steel tariffs that drive up the cost of auto manufacturing for The Big Three and their suppliers. In 2006, Knollenberg authored legislation to crack down on counterfeiters who make fraudulent auto parts that cost Michigan thousands of auto jobs. The Knollenberg counterfeit law was a top priority of The National Association of Manufacturers, The United States Chamber of Commerce, and scores of automotive suppliers located in Michigan. In the 110th Congress, Knollenberg worked to promote alternative fuels as a means to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil and to prevent increases in federal fuel economy regulations.

    A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Knollenberg served in the Army before launching his business career. He and his wife, Sandie, have been married for 46 years and have lived in Oakland County for 41 years. They have two sons, Marty, a member of the Michigan Legislature representing Troy and Clawson, and Steve, a nationally renowned interior designer.


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    Ron Gibbs
    Senior Consultant

     

    Ron Gibbs has an extensive career in public affairs and public relations, and has been nationally recognized for his work on coalition building and developing public awareness campaigns on various public policy issues. In addition to consulting with Strategic Federal Affairs, he is also currently the head of a public relations firm, where he provides strategic counsel to businesses and organizations on marketing/branding, corporate reputation management, public policy, coalition building, fundraising, grassroots organizing and the legislative process. His client base includes large and small companies, non-profits and associations.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Gibbs has provided effective leadership and direction for business development, urban and rural affairs, child welfare, health care, education, hunger relief, veteran's affairs, immigration and global poverty.

    Mr. Gibbs has worked in high level public policy positions for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, for the mayor of Chicago, and was selected as a Congressional Fellow to work in the U.S. House and Senate. He has worked for major non-profit organizations, including America’s Second Harvest - The Nation’s Food Bank Network and for UNICEF. He established the Kim Foundation, helping child victims of war which is chaired by Kim Phuc, whose Pulitzer Prize winning photo was captured by Nick Ut as her village was napalmed during the Vietnam War.

    Mr. Gibbs has worked for two world class public relations firms, Edelman and Fleishman-Hillard, as senior vice president. He successfully dealt with many large and small businesses on corporate reputation management, marketing, branding and crisis communications. In addition, he was a candidate for the Illinois State Senate and for the U.S. Senate from Illinois. Mr. Gibbs has been nationally recognized for his work in building a national coalition and spearheading the passage of the legislation that established the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the most visited memorial in our nation’s Capitol. As Jan Scruggs stated in his book, To Heal A Nation, “Ron spent many hours walking the halls of Congress. He never asked for public recognition or acclaim. His only desire was to see the 58,000 inscribed in a place of honor.”

    Mr. Gibbs received a Master’s Degree from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Political Science from Drake University. He has studied at The Hague Academy of International Law and the London School of Economics. He served as an Army Infantry Captain in Germany and Vietnam.

     


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    Sue Schweim Tellier
    Senior Consultant

    Sue Schweim Tellier specializes in marketing organizations to government. This unique B2G skill makes her a great asset for procurement opportunities, grant requests, white papers and strategic planning.

    Sue marketed government to business for the Michigan Department of Management and Budget (DMB). As DMB's Manager of Business and Government Outreach, Sue trained more than 4,300 companies, teaching them the skills and strategies required to bid on and win state government contracts. In addition, Sue worked with local units of government to extend State contracts to them, allowing them to leverage the State's significant volume purchasing power. Sue left DMB to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Michigan Speaker of the House, Andy Dillon.

    Prior to working for the State, Sue was a non-profit marketing and development expert. She successfully led annual giving, foundation relations and corporate relations for a variety of areas, including animal welfare, arts education, and faith based long-term care.

    Sue holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University and a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development from Wayne State University. She is a native of southeast Michigan, and now resides in west Michigan.

     


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    Dale A. Jurcisin
    Consultant

    Dale Jurcisin is a highly valued associate in the government relations firm of Strategic Public Affairs.  Throughout his notable career, Mr. Jurcisin has demonstrated a dedication to serving the community.

    Mr. Jurcisin received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University Law School..  Mr. Jurcisin then went on to study at the FBI National Academy.

    Throughout his professional career, Mr. Jurcisin has both served his community and worked with several well-known elected officials.  In 1974, he began working for the law office of Bokos, Jones and Plakas, PC, specializing in Municipal and Labor Law.

    From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Jurcisin worked as the Chief of Staff for Wayne County Sheriff Robert Ficano. Then in 1991, he became Assistant Wayne County Executive for Edward McNamara.

    In 2002, Mr. Jurcisin decided to pursue a new type of career. Utilizing his experience of serving on the Livonia City Council for eight years as well as his political affiliations in his work as a Democratic Party precinct delegate, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention and as co-chair on the Issues Committee for Granholm for Governor, Mr. Jurcisin became a governmental consultant.

    Mr. Jurcisin has worked to serve his community through his involvement with the Livonia Family Y Board, the Livonia Cable Communication Commission, the Livonia Civil Service Commission, and the Livonia Spree Committee and as a coach for the LJFL football and baseball.

    Mr. Jurcisin currently resides in Novi, Michigan with his wife Bonnie. He is the proud father of three sons, Drew (Jennifer), Mike (Melanie) and Marc and the proud grandfather of Zach.

     


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    Nicole Traxler-Wright
    Director of Research

    Nicole Traxler-Wright has been involved in government relations for years and has valuable experience on the local and state levels.

    As part of the Strategic Federal Affairs team, Ms. Traxler-Wright conducts issue and legislative research and analysis, coordinates and seeks out opportunities for clients through grants and federal sources of funding, designs literature, promotional pieces, invitations, and other printed and electronic material, and conducts a variety of other projects as needed.

    Previously, she served as Administrative and Legislative Aide at MichBio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the life sciences industry in Michigan. In that capacity, she interacted with member companies, coordinated events and marketing campaigns, tracked legislation and issues of interest, and helped oversee the creation of a new website and database system to assist member companies in becoming more accessible to each other as well as outside companies.

    Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Traxler-Wright gained valuable government experience, starting out as an intern for the Speaker of the House. After her internship, Ms. Traxler-Wright moved on to run a state house campaign in Kalamazoo. She continued her involvement working in legislative and executive offices in Lansing, along with gaining more campaign experience.

    Ms. Traxler-Wright graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science.


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