Re-elect Patricia Soutas-Little


Patricia’s private and public sector work history brings a wealth of experience to the County Commissioner position. The descriptions below are in her own words, illustrating the depth and breadth of her abilities.

Current Government Position

Leelanau County Commissioner for the 5th District, Centerville and Leland Townships


Master of Science, Biomechanical Engineering, Michigan State University College of Engineering

Bachelor of Science, Psychology and Communications, University of Utah

Business Organizations

Leland Chamber of Commerce
Lake Leelanau Community Association
Traverse City Economic Club
Rotary Club of Suttons Bay

Professional Experience: Private Business

President and CEO, Solira Laboratories, Inc.

Professional Experience: Education

Specialist Faculty and Clinical Director of Biomechanics Evaluation Laboratory  College of Engineering, Michigan State University

Director of the Biomechanics Evaluation Laboratory – St. Lawrence Hospital, Okemos, Michigan

Director of Development for the Colleges of Human and Veterinary Medicine (both Osteopathic and Allopathic human medicine), Michigan State University

State of Michigan Governmental Positions

Director, Michigan Toxic Substance Control Commission

Special Assistant to the Director, Management and Budget, State of Michigan

Special Assistant to the Director, Department of Mental Health,State of Michigan

Training Officer, Department of Civil Service Training Division,State of Michigan

Positions in Psychology

University of Utah Department of Psychiatry

Worked for the Director of WICHE (Western Interstate Commerce on Higher Education) assisted in providing training programs for police and other service agencies on how to safely interact with patients suffering from various forms of mental illness.

Children’s Opportunity Center

Worked with children diagnosed with autism, Downs syndrome, and other disorders.