Meet Our Team

Alan M. Gershel
Grievance Administrator

Alan M. Gershel is a graduate of Northeastern University, Indiana State University, and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  Immediately preceding his appointment, Mr. Gershel served for 20 years as the chairperson of a hearing panel of the Attorney Discipline Board, and was a tenured professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Mr. Gershel’s professional career as a prosecutor began in the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan, where he rose to the Chief of the Criminal Division, First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Acting U.S. Attorney.  Mr. Gershel has also served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Robert E. Edick
Deputy Administrator

Robert E. Edick received his J.D. from Wayne State University. Following graduation from law school he spent 4 years as an Assistant Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney in Detroit Recorder’s Court. Mr. Edick left the prosecutor’s office and entered private practice specializing in trial and appellate matters. He has served as Deputy Administrator for the Commission since January 1996. 

Cynthia C. Bullington
Assistant Deputy Administrator

Cynthia C. Bullington is a Michigan State graduate and received her J.D. from George Washington University. She is admitted in Michigan and in the federal courts. Ms. Bullington is the Assistant Deputy Administrator for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.  She also is an adjunct professor at the MSU College of Law and teaches Professional Responsibility.  Currently, she serves as a regular member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Standing Committee on Character and Fitness.  She has authored proposed court rules, and articles for the Michigan Bar Journal. Ms. Bullington has also been an ICLE presenter.

Ruthann Stevens
Senior Associate Counsel 

Ruthann Stevens graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1986. From 1986 to 1995 she was engaged in the general practice of law as a solo practitioner. During that time, she was a contractor for the City Attorney for the City of Dearborn Heights, prosecuting all city issued misdemeanor charges. She also practiced criminal defense, probate, and  domestic relations. In 1996, she was employed by the Women’s Justice Center, a women’s shelter which  provided representation to low income Detroit residents involved in abusive relationships. In 1996 she  joined the staff of the Attorney Grievance Commission. In approximately 2002, the Intake Department of the AGC was created. Shortly after, Ms. Stevens became the head of the Intake department of the AGC.

Stephen P. Vella
Senior Associate Counsel

Stephen P. Vella is a 1982 graduate of the former Detroit College of Law, now known as the Michigan State University College of Law. He was in private practice with a Detroit area law firm with a concentration on civil litigation from 1982 to 1996. In May 1996, he began his employment with the Commission, serving as Senior Associate Counsel. Since 2013, he has also served as an adjunct professor of Professional Responsibility at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. 

Rhonda S. Pozehl
Senior Associate Counsel

Rhonda Spencer Pozehl graduated from Oakland University and the University of Toledo College of Law. She is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Commission, having begun her employment in 1987. Ms. Pozehl left the Commission in 1997 to enter into private practice. She was an active member of the Oakland County Bar Association while in private practice and served on its Professionalism Committee. Ms. Pozehl returned to the Commission in 2004 and, since 2010, has handled trust account overdraft notifications and receivership matters. Ms. Pozehl is a member of the American Bar Association and the Macomb County Bar Association and serves as the Commission’s liaison to the State Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee. She is a regular presenter at the State Bar’s trust accounting seminar, speaks to various groups regarding matters of ethics and has authored articles and columns relating to professional ethics.

Emily A. Downey
Senior Associate Counsel

Emily A. Downey has a bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Downey’s work for the AGC includes investigating and prosecuting attorney misconduct. She served a term on a State Bar of Michigan’s Character and Fitness Panel. While at Washington University, Ms. Downey was a law review associate editor of the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law. Following law school, Ms. Downey was a Legal Research Fellow at the Center for Hospital Finance & Management and the Bioethics Institute at Johns Hopkins University. 

Kimberly L. Uhuru
Senior Associate Counsel

Kimberly L. Uhuru holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and received a J.D. from DePaul University. Ms. Uhuru’s work for the Commission has included several prosecutions of complex and high-profile attorney misconduct cases. She is licensed to practice in Michigan and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  She has served two terms on the State Bar of Michigan’s Character and Fitness District H Panel. 

Dina P. Dajani
Senior Associate Counsel 

Dina P. Dajani received her B.A. from the College of Wooster in 1986 and earned her J.D. from Wayne State University in 1990. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  She has worked at the Attorney Grievance Commission since 2002, investigating and prosecuting matters concerning lawyer misconduct.  While at the Commission, Ms. Dajani has co-authored two articles and has regularly contributed to the AGC Practice Pointer column in the Michigan Bar Journal.  Beginning in 2008, Ms. Dajani supervised the Commission’s involvement in pro hac vice admissions and helped to successfully transfer pro hac vice admissions to the State Bar of Michigan in 2016.  Before working at the Commission, Ms. Dajani worked at the Court of Appeals as a judicial law clerk and as a prehearing research attorney.       

John K. Burgess
Senior Associate Counsel

John K. Burgess earned a BA in Organizational Communication in 2001 and a J.D. from the Law School at Wayne State University. Mr. Burgess became licensed to practice in 2005.  He was a Solo practitioner in Genesee and Oakland County from 2005-2008.  Mr Burgess has been with the Grievance Commission since October, 2008.  He is licensed to practice in State and Federal Courts.  He is also a Character and Fitness Panelist.

Charise L. Anderson
Associate Counsel

Charise L. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wayne State University and a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School with a concentration in litigation. She is a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney serving in various units including Special Operations and the Juvenile Division. Mrs. Anderson began her legal career in the area of criminal defense, but soon learned her interests were in seeking justice for the public as a prosecutor.

Sarah C. Lindsey
Associate Counsel

 Sarah C. Lindsey earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and obtained a J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University. Ms. Lindsey was in private practice for more than 15 years at law firms in Washington, D.C. and Michigan, where her practice focused on commercial and environmental litigation and appeals. Ms. Lindsey joined the Attorney Grievance Commission as an Associate Counsel in 2015.

Jordan D. Paterra
Associate Counsel

 Jordan D. Paterra received his A.B. in English Literature and Language from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. Before arriving at the Attorney Grievance Commission in December 2016, Mr. Paterra worked for several private law firms as a litigaiton associate and was a law clerk for District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds and Magistrate Judge Mona K. Majzoub in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is licensed to practice in Michigan's state and federal courts. 

Nathan C. Pitluk
Associate Counsel

Nathan C. Pitluk earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in Dearborn and his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Pitluk was in private practice where he defended medical professionals in licensing actions and criminal proceedings. Previously, Mr. Pitluk  served as an intern at the Michigan Supreme court for Justice Robert Young and as an intern at the Attorney Grievance Commission. Mr. Pitluk was a law clerk at the Michigan Attorney General's Office in the Corporate Overshight Division, protecting consumers in complex mortgage disputes. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Pitluk Joined the Commission in 2017. 

Michael K. Mazur
Associate Counsel

Michael K. Mazur earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Mazur was a student intern at the Attorney Grievance Commission in 2012 and returned as staff counsel in 2017.