Most Interesting and Influencial 2006: Rishan Maxwell Butler

Rishan Maxwell Butler,
Director of Human Relation and Community Service
City of Lansing

     Ms. Butler Is responsible for cultivating a well functioning, connected community, providing essential human services to meet citizen needs, promoting and upholding principles of equal rights and opportunity, addressing issues of diversity and meeting social challenges that lies ahead. 
  In her position, she also pursues various legal mandates in the City Charter and Code of Ordinances, performing a wide variety of functions that seek to enhance the quality of life for all Lansing citizens.
   Ms. Butler has worked for the Department of Community Health as Staff Director,  End-of-Life Commission.  In l999 Governor Engler created the Commission to offer recommendations on how the State of Michigan could improve the humane and dignified treatment of Michigan citizens at the end of their life.
   She spent 15 years as a faculty member and administrator at Lansing Community College in the Department of Health and Human Services.
    Ms. Butler’s other professional experience include:  Mental Health and substance abuse therapist; member of the D.C. Superior Court Child Abuse team, Special Education Teacher (k-12) and Staff Assistant to three U.S. Congressman.
   She also developed a pilot training program on mult-cultural
    She is active in many other community and social organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (President, Lansing Alumnae Chapter) and the Sparrow Home Health Care Board.
     She lives in East Lansing with husband James and they have
three children.