Stephanie Bogema is a 2010 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI. After working on a successful congressional campaign following completion of her undergraduate education, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Bridge Youth Center in Zeeland, MI mentoring and tutoring at-risk middle school students. Stephanie then worked for two years as the Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Congressman Fred Upton during his tenure as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee.
Stephanie currently serves as Chief of Staff for State Senator Margaret O’Brien overseeing daily operations for Senator O’Brien’s Kalamazoo and Lansing offices. Stephanie has helped complete several of Senator O’Brien’s public policy initiatives including securing $4 million in state funding to establish Western Michigan University’s Autism Center of Excellence, instituting direct access to physical therapy services for consumers and promoting public acceptance and easier use of service animals for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. Stephanie assists Senator O’Brien with reviewing legislation in her role as a member of the Senate Health Policy committee and is currently working on legislation that would streamline the referral and insurance reimbursement process for children being diagnosed and treated for autism.
Stephanie was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she currently resides. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.