Phil's Background

Meridian Township Resident for Over 25 Years

For over 25 years Phil has lived in and been an active resident of Meridian 


Phil and his wife Gail live in Okemos in the Cornell Woods Subdivision.  Gail is a lifelong educator and a counselor at Leslie High School.  

Phil raised his family here and all three of his children, Marianne (2004), Philip (2005), and Elizabeth (2009), graduated from Haslett High School.

Phil grew up in Waterford Township (Oakland County), Michigan.  His parents, Paul and Ellen, were active members of the Waterford community and St. Benedict's Parish in Pontiac.  Phil was a member of Boy Scout Troop 8 and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Professional Experience

Since 1987 Phil has worked in Information Technology (IT).  Here are the companies he has helped grow:


Universal Software Solutions – Novi , 2012 to 2018 Sales & Marketing Manager

Professional Technical Development - East Lansing, 2010-2012 Sales Director

JusticeTrax Inc. – Mesa, AZ, 2006-2009, National Sales Manager

Computer Assistance – East Lansing, 2000-2006, Value Added Reseller 

AG Communications – Phoenix, AZ, 1996-2000, Eastern US Regional Sales Director

Project Data Systems San Rafael, CA, AZ, 1987-1996, Regional Sales & Technical Lead

Community Engagement:

Kiwanis Club of Haslett – Okemos

Past President

Haslett Boy Scout Troop 97

Assistant Scoutmaster

Greater Lansing Food Bank

Volunteer & Past Board Member

Haslett Youth Recreation Association


Everett Farms Homeowners Association

Board Member

Cornell Woods Neighborhood Association

Board Member

Meridian Township Democratic Club,

 Board Member

Ingham County Housing Commission,

Board Member

Parkwood YMCA Advisory Board

Board Member 


Pontiac Catholic High School, Diploma, Pontiac

University of Michigan, B.A., Ann Arbor

Michigan State University, Graduate College, 24 Graduate Credit Hours, East Lansing

Public Service

New Township Trustees  sworn to office in 2016: Phil Deschaine, Patricia Jackson, Dan Opsommer, and Kathy Sundland.  In its first two years, the Board has accomplished significant goals and restored a higher level of civility and professionalism to the Board. 

Phil's Public Service:

Meridian Township Trustee, 

2016 - Present

Township Transportation Commission

2017 to Present

Economic Development Commission,

2017 to 2018.

Meridian Township Park Commission

2014 to 2016  

Township Zoning Board of Appeals

2018, 2013 to 2014

Ingham County Housing Commission


Continuing Education

Since taking office in 2016,  Phil has taken several courses in Township Governance through the Michigan Township's Association (MTA) and the  Michigan Government Finance Officers Association (MGFOA).  These courses include: 

Fundamental Elements of Governmental Accounting (8 Hours) 

Governmental Budgeting (8 Hours)

Public Financial Statements (8 Hours)  Guide to Tax Collection (8 Hours)

 Fundamentals of Assessment and Taxation (6 Hours) 

Township Finances (4 Hours) 

Township Governance Academy Certification (70 Hours)

Expected completion by May of 2019, with 44 of 70 credit hours presently completed