Candidate Profile Lisa Manzella

In the run up to the August primary, Patch has invited all local candidates to complete a Q&A to build a comprehensive voter’s guide that will assist people at the polls.

Lisa Manzella, 49, has lived in Shelby Township for 25 years and has been serving as a Trustee for eight. She’s a Certified Real Estate Appraiser, her career for the past 28 year (25 within Shelby Township). She is also a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer (MCAO), Licensed Michigan Real Estate Broker, and Licensed Michigan Builder. She has been married to her husband, Joe, for 28 years and has two sons and a dog, Bella Manzella. 

She’s a member of the Shelby Area Optimist club, the past Distinguished President of the Shelby-Macomb Day breakers Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Hixson Fellow, and past Lt. Governor of Division #3.  She’s on the board of Lake Pointe Woods Homeowners Association, formerly on the Lake Arrowhead HOA Board.

In her spare time she’s an avid reader, and enjoys golfing, martial arts, biking, boating, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and traveling aboard and up north to her cabin. “My main interest is to make the world a better place than I found it, even if it is just my little world of Shelby Township.  If everyone does that, to quote Louie Armstrong what a wonderful world it would be,” she said. 

1. What lead you to run for the post of treasurer?  I decided to run for treasurer for many reasons.  Mainly, elected officials are public servants; I am in the “giving back” part of my life.  My sons have graduated from college, I do not have the expenses and bills I formerly had, therefore I can afford to leave my job, which has been very lucrative and continues to serve the people of Shelby on a full time basis.  Because of my banking and financial background, the treasurer’s position is a perfect fit.  I am fiscally conservative, I have a strong background in finance, prudent investments, money management and ties to this community that I love.

2. Why should taxpayers consider you for treasurer?  If the taxpayers of Shelby Township give me the privilege of being their treasurer I would focus on resolving the pension deficit and all legacy costs issues without raising taxes.   I would put a stop to “invoice adjustments” and corrupt spending.   I am committed to true transparency and accountability, not just saying so.  I want to restore integrity and trust to our local government.  I would also focus on bringing in new business to the township, as well as, help retain and sustain the current businesses.   I believe new business will bring in tax dollars and people, taking the financial burden off the taxpayer.   The vacancy rate on Van Dyke has skyrocketed since I was removed from the DDA; we need to get those buildings occupied and make our existing commercial desirable.  I want to create an environment that fosters smart growth and development, without damaging current taxpayers’ property values.

I will also focus on blight in neighborhoods, and non-owner occupied dwellings.   We have had foreclosed homes purchased by out-of-area buyers, and rented out in poor and unsafe condition and no ordinance  to properly handle it.  Other similar and neighboring communities do not allow this.  I have been a landlord for over 25 years, and all my properties are up to code, Shelby is the easiest community to be a “slum lord.” Tenants deserve safe homes, and their neighbors deserve to retain their property values.

I am, and will remain the “people’s voice” on the board. I listen to residents and will not forget why I am in the position, who put me there, and who I am accountable to – the Shelby residents.

3. What personal and professional accomplishments are you most proud of? My personal accomplishments I am most proud of: my sons, very fine young men; they follow in their father’s footsteps.  Though public and charity service comes naturally to me, I’m proud of being honored as a Kiwanis Hixson Fellow, two letters of Congressional Recognition for Community Service and Leadership, as well as being an Athena Award nominee.

My professional accomplishments are running a successful and lucrative business; during many varying economic conditions, my business is a service industry, and is based on integrity, fairness and honesty.  If it seems my age and time in business make little sense, I received my Real Estate license on my 18th birthday, while putting myself through Macomb Community College and working midnights in a nursing home.  I was the youngest broker in the state at 21.  My husband and I are self-made; while he has a very supportive family we have both been on our own since age 18, and all we have accomplished is due to our hard work. We have passed this work ethic on to our children.

4. Is there one person who has been the most influential in your life? There is no one person who has been most influential in my life.  I rely on my Christian values and faith, but you asked about people.  I have been influenced by great leaders like Mother Theresa and Ronald Reagan.  I have several aunts who have influenced me in many positive ways, as well as many friends who have helped me and guided me throughout my life.  I look up to my mother-in-law, one of the strongest women I know.  She too, is self-made, widowed young, and brought up five great children, 10 if you include spouses, and she does.  She gave me the greatest gift ever, her son.

5. What are key ways you would have residents make a difference locally? The key ways to help residents locally, as I said before, is economic development.  Letting others know about the wonderful resources Shelby has.  Get more people involved in committees and commissions and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  I feel our residents have lost respect in local government; they believe it is corrupt, and they can’t make a difference.  I’d like to change that attitude and bring respect, honesty, integrity and true transparency to the board.  I feel the residents should have a voice, the board needs to listen more to residents and respect all residents.  The board meetings have lost the professional atmosphere; we need more people at board meetings, and less police officers.

6. What do you like most about the Shelby Township community? Do you
have a favorite spot in Shelby?
I moved to Shelby because of the school district, and I loved the trees, parks and open space.  I’m staying in Shelby because of the top-notch Police and Fire Departments.  A safe community and advanced life support are very important to me, and everyone as we and our parents get older.  I like the paths and parks, and hope to see the paths grow.  I have many favorite spots in Shelby; I wish my lifestyle would give me the opportunity to use the parks more.  I rarely cook, so I frequent many local restaurants.  I make it a point to shop, eat, buy gas and spend my money in Shelby to support our local business.  

Jeffery Berz July 11, 2012 at 03:55 AM
You don’t deserve any response from someone as upstanding as Lisa Manzella. Nobody is obligated to respond to your crazy rantings.
bill webber July 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Did'nt Manzilla terrorize Tokyo ?
Jeffery Berz July 11, 2012 at 02:29 PM
No I believe that was Pottsy Webber!
Matt Guarnieri July 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Bahhhh, haahhhhhh, haaahhhh, hhhaaaaa. Damned..... now I have to clean up the coffee that came out my nose after reading that one Mr. Webber. Thanks for the laugh.
leever July 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Here goes the Township puppy dog. His name is very misleading and should be changed from Matt to Tricky Ricky. Anyone who follows this board at all know that major changes are necessary and Lisa would be the perfect fit in this new role. I really dont need to comment cause from people ive talked to Matt is basically ignored anyway but I felt sorry for him because of the coffee in the nose problem.
Jeffery Berz July 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
That would have made a great profile picture!
Matt Guarnieri July 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Please... ignore me Mr. Leever, whatever Nightingale you might really be. I do not know Mr. Stathakis, in fact, I correspond with Mr. Berz more than any board member. My message is for those taxpayers who do not want the mils on their property increased..... and want to Save Shelby from special interest who think of themselves and filling thier own pockets before the taxpayers they swore to put first.
Jeffery Berz July 18, 2012 at 07:04 PM
For somebody you don’t know you sure were smiling pretty at Supervisor Stathakis at last nights board meeting. Did he take you for ice cream after the show?
Matt Guarnieri July 18, 2012 at 07:16 PM
No, but. My daughter kept texting and telling me to move off camera or at least stop frowning...... this seemed funny to me.... and Mr. Berz, you must be psychic, They did get ice cream yesterday..... it was pretty hot out. I tend to watch whoever is speaking, it's just a good manner I was raised with. I actually had fun. I hope to attend more meetings and speaking as long as the atmosphere is as good as it was last night. It seemed to get crazy after I left..... wish I had stayed but I had to go get ice cream before it got too late.
John Lang July 18, 2012 at 08:35 PM
If those Board members liked the idea of you sitting there in plain view with those idiotic signs, they're even dumber than I thought.
Jeffery Berz July 18, 2012 at 09:34 PM
You looked as nervous as a whore in church. I couldn’t tell if you were smiling or crying.
Matt Guarnieri July 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I was very nervous..... and to Mr. Lamg. I know the law and my rights. There is nothing the board could do to stop me. If Leman ever tried, I'd sue.... seems it's all Manzella, Leman and Nightingale understand is sue..... freedom of speech, it's a wonderful thing.
John Lang July 19, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Your idea of exercising your right of freedom of speech is displaying a sign ridiculing a blind person while he's exercising his? No law against that. Just common decency.
Matt Guarnieri July 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
It was not ridicule, I was supporting his agenda that people need to respect the cane and give him "right of way"... how is that ridiculing?. I support veterans, police and firemen. I didn't want every message to be a protest. Lisa Manzella rolling her eyes when Mr. Stathakis called on Mr. Churchill was quite condesending and tells a lot about her.... I wanted to show my support of all disabled and elderly.
Jeffery Berz July 19, 2012 at 02:46 AM
You should stop and talk to Ron Churchill. He is a very smart man and is very interesting to talk to. Every time I see him out in public I stop and talk with him. Like Ron says many many people recognize him and stop and talk with him. Ron is a long time veteran of Shelby and should be respected. Holding a sign up behind a blind man shows NO respect.
Jeffery Berz July 19, 2012 at 02:48 AM
You’re full of crap! You had every intention of ridiculing a blind man. You are a damn loser.
Jeffery Berz July 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
The Supervisor is a loser as well for letting this action take place.
Matt Guarnieri July 19, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Wow!! You are an angry little man Mr. Berz.... you should get some psychiatric help.
Jeffery Berz July 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Will I receive ice cream like you do?
Chuckle August 04, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Matt how many bags of chips do you consume daily while sitting in front of your computer?
Mike Lowry August 04, 2012 at 12:57 PM
How do you know what a whore in church looks like?
Mike Lowry August 04, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Once again mindless chatter from the peanut gallery. I wonder if Ms. Kaszubski will edit this blog posting?
Mike Lowry August 04, 2012 at 01:08 PM
What's your character, Ralph "Mouth" Malph? According to Wiki, "Ritchie's cowardly friend and self styled comedian". It does fit your internet persona.
Mike Lowry August 04, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Ms. Alspaugh, are you really that short sighted? What we have is a community that is over developed. How may more Home Depots, Kohls, Target, MacDonalds, strip malls, coffee shops do we need to support a zero population growth country, state, township. Why do we have so many vacant stores, malls? There is no increase in population. Why is the the auto industry in a stagnant funk. There is no increase in population. Manzellian "real estate appraisers" only assisted in the collapse. Do you know of any piece of property that was valued less than the last guy who bought it during the boom. You are arguaby obtuse in your knowledge of macro and micro economics to believe more development is required. Do you think it is some vision that Manzella has that no other community has tried already? Look at Oakland county which has had a considerable growth in job creation, just do what they do. That is, CUT SPENDING. Have you ever heard that word out of Lisa's mouth. Listen, 66 to 80 million baby boomers who have driven every bit of economy over the last 50 years are aging. There will be no one to move into this wonderful community because they will all be downsizing. Cut spending & consolidate services in preparation for greater difficult times ahead. Restrict building, both commercial and residential. Communities like Birmingham, Bloomfield, Grosse Point increase their property values by NOT allowing further development. That's not an option for a real estate appraiser
Dana Horton August 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM
If I remember correctly Mike Lowry played a cheesy detective played by Will Smith. Do you think that you are a detective? You certainly have plenty to say about other peoples comments. What’s in this for you?
Dana Horton August 04, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Mike sounds very much like Matt G. especially with the reference to Grosse Pointe. Do you know that real estate customers don’t have the ability to choose their own appraisal companies anymore? I don’t understand where you keep getting these ideas that Mrs. Manzella is doing anything corrupt and illegal. In my opinion you have slandered her many times over and you have opened yourself to multiple lawsuits.
Mike Lowry August 04, 2012 at 11:07 PM
No Ms. Horton, I am not Matt G. nor am I a detective. My commentary is not slanderous in any fashion as I have only attempted to enlighten someone, anyone to the parochial issues at hand. At least I get to observe your rather attractive face while I am typing this response. By the way your response to my reference to GP as it relates to Matt G is quite a stretch. With all candor are you also believer in Roswell, alien abductions, the Kennedy assassination, or the Twin Towers and Kennedy assassination and topics of the like. No disrespect intended, just feeling for the essence of your passion.
Dana Horton August 05, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Thank you Matt.
Mike Lowry August 05, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Marina Cracchiolo (Editor) August 05, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Dana, the commenter has not been truthful about his name and has been suspended from posting on Patch. The same goes for all other bloggers. Thanks for following the terms of use. Marina


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