Bill Lamott, President
Bill Lamott is a 22 year resident with a passion for history and historic preservation. Bill and his wife Ann just happened to drive through Franklin one day, immediately saw the uniqueness of our town and bought a historic house that needed lots of work. After 15 months of construction, they became Franklin residents. He has been involved in the Franklin Historical Society, the Cemetery Board and Mobile Watch. He also was a member of the Village Council from 2004 to 2011. After taking several years off, he rejoined the Council in 2018. He and Ann provided day care for their five grandchildren for 11 years. He is a graduate of Purdue University and has an MBA from The University of Detroit. During his working career, he held various purchasing and logistics positions at Ford and Chrysler. He is committed to an open government that emphasizes collaboration and compromise to get the job done in a cost effective manner.
Brian Gordon, President Pro Tempore
Brian Gordon has lived in Franklin with his wife and children since 1990, his two younger children being born here. The Gordon's have participated in numerous community activities and events, including Franklin Baseball, FCA Round Up volunteer activities, Kreger House fundraisers and 5K runs. Since 1983, Brian has been with Gordon Realty Corporation, specializing in commercial real estate brokerage and retail leasing. Previously he was a Vice President with Michigan National Bank (now Bank of America) where he specialized in real estate construction and development financing. He holds an honors degree from Michigan State University with a major in Geography, concentrating his course work on real estate and related subjects. In 1987, Brian Gordon formed Gordon Management, Inc. specializing in the management of commercial buildings, related businesses and real estate syndication
Kathy Erlich grew up up in Franklin, attending Franklin school from Kindergarten through 5th grade, when Franklin School was closed down. As an adult, Kathy and her husband, Andrew, moved back to Franklin in 2000 and raised their 2 children here. In 2006, after learning that the Labor Day Round Up might be discontinued due to lack of volunteer participation, Kathy gladly assumed the role of FCA vice president (her primary role being to run the Labor Day Round Up). She held that role for 14 years, and now serves as an At Large FCA board member, helping to guide the FCA board’s next generation, passing along our traditions.
Kathy received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Michigan, and her Medical Degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at William Beaumont Hospital and worked as a primary care pediatrician for 11 years, initially with Glickfield and Rafols, and then at Southfield Pediatrics. In 2009, Dr. Erlich opened her own holistic pediatric practice, Healing the Whole Child PLLC, initially located within the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield.
In 2018, Kathy, Andrew, and Kathy’s parents purchased Franklin’s historic Slade House (located across from the fire/gas station). renovated it, and moved her pediatric practice into it.
Kathy’s brother, Robbie Simon, a licensed acupuncturist, also has his Chinese medicine practice at the Slade House.
Previously, Kathy volunteered within the Birmingham school system creating Wellness Committees at both BCS and West Maple Elementary. BPS then created a district-wide Wellness Committee, on which Kathy served as a representative for both BCS and West Maple. Kathy is also the author of Super Nutrition for Babies, a holistic baby feeding guide.
Pam Hansen has been a member of the Franklin Village Council since early 2012, was elected President in November 2016, the first woman to serve in that role. She rejoined the Council as a trustee in November 2020.
Pam and her husband bought their home in 1993 and like many Franklin residents fell in love with their fixer-upper home and the interesting community just outside Detroit.
She has a strong commitment to municipal leadership and community building, having served as a member of the Planning Commission from 2004, chairing it from 2009 until she left to join the village council in 2012. As a planning commissioner, Pam was instrumental in joining forces with Oakland County to bring Main Street Franklin to the village. She continues to encourage the revitalization of the historic central commercial district, a key priority in several Franklin Villager Master Plans. Prior to that Pam served on the FCA Board for a number of years.
A main focus of her business, Hansen Jones Associates LLC, is helping organizations build the culture they want, grow leaders and solve sticky people/process/organization problems.
She has a MBA from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University in California. Her professional memberships include Michigan Council of Women in Technology, where she developed and managed their leadership mentoring program, Women Officials Network (WON) of Oakland County and Inforum. She is on the board of two organizations. Pam has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren and while she misses them greatly, loves visiting South Florida and Seattle when she can. She is involved with a local animal rescue group and has fostered and adopted dogs for many years.
Michael Seltzer moved to Franklin in 1995 and became a member of the Franklin Community Association. He moved into the Presidency and continued in that position for eleven years - the longest servicing FCA President in its history. Michael lives with his wife Lori in their historic home known as Franklin House, circa 1840 and is a proud member of the community continuing to serve as a Village trustee since being appointed to fill the position vacated by Alan Harnisch upon his departure in 2010, and then elected to the position in 2011. Mike also served as the Council's President Pro-tem and on several committees. Mr. Seltzer is a lifetime member of the Adcraft Club and retired owner of SKM Inc., a marketing and publishing company he founded over 40 years ago. Mr. Seltzer has two children, Justin, who lives in Los Angeles CA and is Vice President of Blue Note Records/Capitol Music Group, LA and daughter Kaitlyn, a registered nurse practitioner who lives in Denver, CO.
Ed Saenz was elected as Trustee of the Franklin Village Council in November of 2018 to a four-year term. Previously he had already been appointed Trustee to the Council in May of 2018 and also served as an appointed Trustee from June, 2013 to November, 2014. In his professional life Ed, works in Communications and has earned two degrees from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Public Policy. Ed resides in the village with his wife and two daughters, one of whom has graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and one who currently attends Groves High School in the Birmingham Public School District.