Leadership

MALISSA BOSSARDET, PRESIDENT
Malissa Bossardet (Bose-ar-DAY) grew up in Rochester, Michigan, and after residing in Fenton for a period, returned to the Detroit area in 2015, and resides in Bloomfield Township. She is a graduate of Rochester High School and earned a B.A. degree from Indiana University.

She has three children, Olivia, Remi and Ashton. Malissa became very active when her middle son, a special education student was placed in a self-contained “behavior” classroom and was improperly restrained and secluded. She became active statewide for children in special education and worked with Lt. Governor Brian Calley to ban seclusion and restraint in 2016. She ran for Fenton school board against long time incumbents and shook up the establishment in a narrow loss. Malissa was active in the Genesee County Republican party and served as a precinct delegate. Additional past appointments include the Fenton Beautification Board (mayoral appointee), the Downtown Fenton Streetscape Project, and the Genesee County Humane Society board. There, she also served as public spokesperson. She was also instrumental in passing of a backyard ordinance in the City of Fenton allowing backyard chickens.

Currently, Malissa serves on Oakland County Republican Party Executive Committee and is a precinct delegate. She is a graduate of the Leadership Oakland XXVIII Cornerstone program; Michigan Excellence of Public Service Series (MEPSS) and The Arc of Michigan’s Leaders in Policy Advocacy program. Always active in her community, she ran for State Representative serving District 40, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and a section of West Bloomfield. She knocked 11,049 doors, and successfully captured 15.59% voting share in a 6-way August 2018 Primary.

Malissa enjoys spending time with her kids including her furry four-legged kids. She loves gardening, photography and community theater.

DR. JENNIFER UMPHRESS, VICE PRESIDENT
Dr. Jennifer Umphress is an agricultural scientist and science advocate with degrees from Texas A&M and Penn State. Jennifer became active in politics when her late husband, Maj. Christopher Morse, ran for Michigan’s 9th District seat in 2016. She was an active partner in his campaign, doing everything from collecting hundreds of signatures to organizing volunteers. Since then, she has been twice elected as a Republican precinct delegate, and further elected by her fellow precinct delegates to represent them at multiple Republican State Conventions and on the Oakland County Republican Party’s Executive Committee. Dr. Umphress applies her professional experience as an ISO auditor when serving as a Republican poll challenger, most recently at the TCF Center’s absentee ballot voting board. A self-described political moderate, Dr. Umphress is concerned about polarization on both sides of the aisle, and strives for open, respectful conversations about the practical issues we face as a community.

MARY DRABIK, SECRETARY
Mary Drabik is a graduate from Oakland University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. Throughout her time at OU, she was active eboard member in their College Republican chapter that helped facilitate events and speak out for the silent grouping of college students that identify as Republicans. Additionally, she also volunteered for many campaigns and causes in the area, and became active with local Republican groups. She understands local and state political realms and policies, and has a unique understanding of how statewide political parties operate.

Currently, Mary is an associate at Dunaskiss Consulting and Development in Oxford, researching policies that impact citizens on the local and statewide levels, and assisting clients in receiving permits from the state. In her free time, Mary enjoys traveling across Michigan (and really anywhere else!), cooking, and spending time with her family.

CLAUDINE BACHER, TREASURER
Claudine is a retired automotive industry professional where she worked for both manufacturers and suppliers. Her work experience encompassed various disciplines with the companies from Human Resources to Finance, Internal Audit, Information Technology, Governance and Compliance. Claudine joined the Birmingham RWC in 2011, served as Treasurer for two years and then served as President from 2014 through 2018. She is an active member of several organizations, including the Oakland County Republican Party where she served as Secretary and as a member of the Executive Board, the 9th District where she initiated a chili cook-off to raise money for candidates, and as a Precinct Delegate for 4 years, Claudine currently serves as an Election Inspector and on the Election Audit Board and is an appointed member the Zoning Board of Appeals for Bloomfield Township, where she is a resident.