, who represents the 17th District, which includes the villages of Beverly Hills
, Franklin, Bingham Farms and sections of West Bloomfield, Bloomfield and the Township of Southfield
, used the opportunity at the June 7, 2012 meeting to recognize women in leadership positions, and to share her invocation with two other strong women: Barb Hankey and Suzanne Hollyer.
"I have worked with both of these women and I consider Judy Cunningham a mentor," Gershenson
Cunningham was recognized that day for her recent appointment to being President of the Oakland County Bar Association, where she will serve until June 2013.
Barb Hankey, who joined Gershenson for the invocation, is the Chief of Community Corrections, who works to minimize jail and prison time for non-violent offenders.
Gershenson herself is the Co-Founder of Gilda's Club/Metro Detroit/Cancer Support Community, a Board Member of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and is a member of the Longterm Strategic Planning Committee for Beverly Hills.
In her invocation, she said "Most of us know that yesterday's meeting was rescheduled so we could attend Judy Cunninghams swearing in as the new President of the American Bar Association.