I have worked for the City of Grand Rapids since November 1999 and been an APAGR member since April 2008. I have had the honor to serve as an APAGR Board Member since 2011. While on the board, I have held the role of Parliamentarian and am currently acting Treasurer. I enjoy helping to meet the goals of, and working for the benefit of, all APAGR members. I will listen to your ideas, opinions, and help support you.
I graduated from Western Michigan University with a master’s degree in public administration. I am a hard-working and honest individual. I will bring these, and other core work values, to the APAGR. I will put my knowledge and experience to work to help lead the APAGR.
I've been a proud union dues payer for nearly 24 years as a City of Grand Rapids employee. I started my career here in the Streets and Sanitation Department, on October 28, 1996. I've worked in Sewer Maintenance, Sewer Repair, Water/Utility Field Operations, and most recently as the Risk Management Safety Technician. Prior to being elected an APAGR board member, I served in a variety of roles for church, fraternal organizations, and the GREIU. Thank you for entrusting me with this great responsibility.
Sight is what you see, VISION is how you see it! I believe the vision of this organization is clear,and that it will continue to thrive while providing great benefits to its members.
Evette Pittman has been the Supervisor of the Office of Special Events (OSE) for the City of Grand Rapids for three years. There, she works with event planners to permit and present new and unique, year round events as well as supports recurring events that engage the broader community. Under her leadership, the OSE has become a profitable unit that supports the Parks Department.
Evette earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Broadcasting Communications in 1990 and she has 25 years’ experience in marketing and event management, working in media, the non-profit arts sector and now government. Evette served as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for 91.3 WCSG Radio and as the Director of Special Events and Community Engagement for the Grand Rapids Symphony. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the City of Grand Rapids and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
Max Gilles has been with the City of Grand Rapids for four years. He is currently the communications specialist for Mobile GR. There he runs their special event sponsorship program, organizes the Mobile GR Commission meetings, creates videos, designs web pages and many other various communication duties.
Max has also worked for the City as a dispatcher, maintenance technician and custodian.
Max grew up in Grand Rapids and went to Grand Rapids Public Schools. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science.