2019 MASA Fall Conference

18 September - 20 September Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Schedule

  • 17 September
  • 18 September
  • 19 September
  • 20 September

New Superintendents Leadership Academy

09:00 AM 03:00 PM

MASA Board Meeting

10:00 AM 01:00 PM

Lunch

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

MASA Council Meeting

01:30 PM 04:30 PM

MASA Board & Council Reception/Dinner

06:00 PM 08:00 PM

MASA Registration Open

07:00 AM 04:30 PM

MAISA Administrative Services Committee Meeting

08:00 AM 09:45 AM

MAISA Instructional Committee Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM

MAISA Board of Directors Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM

Middle Cities Education Associaton Meeting

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

Partner Showcase

10:00 AM 12:30 PM

MAISA General Membership Meeting

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

School Equity Caucus Meeting

11:30 AM 12:45 PM

Middle Cities Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

MakerSpace

12:00 PM 04:00 PM

First General Session

01:00 PM 03:00 PM

Region 1 Meeting

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Region 2 Meeting

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Region 3 Meeting

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Region 4 Meeting

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Region 5 Meeting

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Region 6 Meeting

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Region 7 Meeting

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Region 8 Meeting

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Region 9/10

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Partner Showcase

04:00 PM 06:00 PM

MAAAS

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Registration Open

07:00 AM 04:30 PM

SET SEG Fun Run/Walk

07:15 AM 08:15 AM

Continental Breakfast

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

MakerSpace

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

General Session

08:30 AM 10:00 AM

DR Dr. Michael Rice

PS Peter Spadafore

CW Chris Wigent

Break

10:00 AM 10:15 AM

Hot Topic Session

10:15 AM 11:30 AM

DG Dr. Stephanie Grant

Lunch & Learn: Shifting the Paradigm: The Movement toward Competency-Based PD

11:40 AM 12:00 PM

Ken Dirkin

DK Dr. Tina Kerr

Lunch & Learn: Executive Compensation: How to Advocate for Yourself When Structuring Your Compensation

11:40 AM 12:40 PM

Rich Williams

Lunch & Learn: Considering Upgrading Facilities?? Where do I Begin?

11:40 AM 12:40 PM

DG Dr. Rod  Green

DM Dave Moore

Lunch & Learn: Safe, Secure, Silly

11:40 AM 12:40 PM

TD Tom  Diliberti

Steven Edwards

SM Scott Mason

CS Caleb Shinn

Tim Wheeler

Lunch & Learn: Mindfulness, Movement, and Nutrition

11:40 AM 12:40 PM

RJ Rhonda Jones

Lunch & Learn: Designing for Collaborative Learning Environment for 21st Century Programs

11:40 AM 12:40 PM

ML Michael Livendale

Lunch & Learn: First Look: K12 Insight's 2019 State of K-12 Customer Experience Report

11:40 AM 12:40 PM

DD Dr. Gerald Dawkins

JD Joe  Douglass

Lunch & Learn: How Solar Works: The Pro/Cons and Why Businesses Should Look at It

12:10 PM 12:30 PM

Corey Miller

Lunch & Learn: The State of Student Safety: Lessons for Leaders

12:10 PM 01:10 PM

Angie Harwell

Lunch & Learn: Your Colleagues Did It. You Can, Too!

12:10 PM 01:10 PM

EK Eve Kaltz

SM Scott Moore

MP Michael Pickard

TR Troy Reehl

Lunch & Learn: Data that Counts and Decisions that Matter

12:10 PM 01:10 PM

DB Dr. David Bain

Lunch & Learn: Navigating Policy Concerns and Issues for the Fall 2019

12:10 PM 01:10 PM

DC Dr. Richard Clapp

Travel Break

12:30 PM 12:45 PM

Walking a Tight Rope Across a Deep Canyon: Student "Speech" Rights

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Dr. Randall Davis

Lisa Swem

Early Childhood Education Matter Most…Find Out How to Take the Steps in Your District to Make this Happen

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Dawn Linden

Edward Manuszak

Dr. Kyle Mayer

Reading Now Network Panel Discussion: Learning from a Collective IQ

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

B Ben  Cronkright

Holly Boehle

Calvin De Kuiper

JM Julie MacDonald

Dr. Brandi-Lyn Mendham

Tom TenBrink

#unSTOPPABLE: Combining Culture and Strategy to Achieve Your Vision

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Mark Bielang

Karen Owen

MP Michael Pascoe

Ensuring Academic Success through the Implementation of the Graduation Intervention Specialist Model

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Jill Chochol

Dr. Glenn Maleyko

Protect Your District Against Acts of Violence

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Steve Privasky

Fostering Better Board Decision-Making

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Jay  Bennett

Debbie Stair

Cultural Proficiency: Getting Started

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Dr. Keith Cravotta

John Deiter

Dr. Jay Marks

Combating Michigan's Teacher Shortage

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Ken Dirkin

Surviving the First Two Years as Superintendent with a Smile

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Kyle Corlett

Leading with a Laugh: The Role of Classroom-Ready Cartoons in Social Emotional Learning

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Steven Edwards

Tim Wheeler

Refreshment Break

02:00 PM 02:15 PM

Effective School Board Policies: Development, Adoption and Implementation

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Ray Davis

Fredric Heidemann

Katherine Wolf Broaddus

Innovating Instruction from Within Your System – How to Grow and Support your Own

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Mollie Sharrar

Dr. Christopher Timmis

Leading in Literacy: Creating a Collective VISION for Michigan’s Children

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Erin Brown

Dave Krebs

Sean LaRosa

Dr. Kyle Mayer

Susan Townsend

Retaining and Growing Effective Educators

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Rebekah Emmerling

Brian Lloyd

Budgets, Bidding, Benefits and Bargaining

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Heather Menzies

Don Sovey

The Truth About E-Cigarettes

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Carolyn Chaudhary

Capturing Superintendents’ Hearts

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Vern Hazard II

Dr. Bobbi Morehead

Examining Trends in Teacher Supply and Demand in Michigan

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Leah Breen

Daniel Frederking

Dr. Yinmei Wan

The Journey to Culturally Proficient Leadership: A District Approach

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

RC Robin Carter

CL Carrie Lawler

DS Dr. Robert Shaner

Empowered Leadership with Trauma Informed Practices

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Jennifer Goodman

Crisis Communications: Is Your District Prepared for the Worst?

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

Dr. Dan Applegate

Travel Break

03:30 PM 03:45 PM

School Law and Legislative Update

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Ray Davis

Robert Dietzel

Kari Shay

Engaging Your Entire Community to Support Student Mental Health and SEL

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Dr. Christopher Timmis

An Intuitive Approach to Student Growth for Ed Evals

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Brian Davis

Doug Greer

JT Jeff Tousley

Increase Student Engagement with a Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council and a Strategic Plan of Action

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Danene Charles

Dr. Glenn Maleyko

The Resurgence of Zero-Based Budgeting (ZBB)

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Dr. Stephen C. Bigelow

Don Sovey

Designing a Professional Learning System to Change Classroom Practice

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Megan Kortlandt

Carly Stone

Handle with Care Michigan- How Leadership in Education and Collaboration with Law Enforcement and Mental Health Providers Support our Youth

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Cari Bushinski

Elmer Hitt

Zoe Lyons

Sarah Sabin

MAISA New ISD Superintendent Orientation

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Dr. William Miller

Patricia Tremblay, J.D.

When Attendance Matters Most

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Mary Ruth Bird

Dr. Sarena Shivers

Strategic Planning by Design

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

Kevin Polston

Advanced Placement – New Requirements, Processes, and Resources

03:45 PM 05:00 PM

KA Kari Anama

JF Jason Feig

DM Dan Mesyar

Leaders in Education Networking Reception

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Full Hot Breakfast

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

General Session: Judson Laipply, "Life is Change"

08:30 AM 11:30 AM

JL Judson Laipply

Partners

Partner Showcase

Speakers

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Kari Anama

Director
Michigan College Board

19 September

Dr. Dan Applegate

Superintendent
Niles Community Schools
I have been the Director of Special Education, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Superintendent of Niles Community Schools in Berrien County. I have over 20 years of working in education with specific oversight of crisis response training and management and have worked with a private public relations firm over the past four years as the leader of our school community. As many others district leaders, we have had our fair share of accidental and intentional student deaths, tornadoes, power outages, new construction, renovation, credible and noncredible school threats and many other crisis situations requiring prompt, effective, and accurate communication. My goal is to share what I have learned and the benefits of working with a public relations entity like Lambert during emergency and crisis situations.

19 September

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Dr. David Bain

Vice President of Academic Planning & Analytics
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

19 September

Jay Bennett

Assistant Director of Executive Search Services
Michigan Association of School Boards
Jay D. Bennett, M.Ed. – Jay Bennett is an experienced educator and veteran school board member, having served on the Grand Ledge Board of Education and the Eaton RESA board. As a school board member himself, Jay has seen what skilled school district leadership and an effective governance team can accomplish for students – such experiences fuel Jay’s passion for assisting Boards of Education as they navigate the superintendent search process.  Jay holds both a bachelor’s degree in Geography, Sociology, and Education and a masters in Special Education from Western Michigan University. As MASB’s Assistant Director of Executive Search Services, Jay has conducted numerous superintendent searches across the state.

19 September

Mark Bielang

Superintendent
Portage Public Schools
Mark Bielang is Superintendent of Portage Public Schools, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to Portage, Bielang was Superintendent of Schools in Paw Paw, MI for 18years. Mark started his educational career as an Industrial Education/Building Trades teacher in Three Rivers, MI where he went on to begin his administrative career as an assistant principal. Other stopson his journey included Central Montcalm and Ionia. In 2005-06 Bielang served as president of MASA and also was elected as the AASA President in 2009-10. Mark has always been a builder. Whether it’s building a house, a school, or an organization, all require a strong foundation. Consistent and reliable leadership requires that these foundations be strengthened in order to create great organizations. Today, Mark is working with his administrative team and staff to make Portage Public Schools the best place for students to learn, teachers to teach, staff to work, and parents to send their children to get a high quality education.

19 September

Dr. Stephen C. Bigelow

Superintendent
Bay City Public School
Dr. Stephen (Steve) Bigelow was named Superintendent of Bay City Schools in July 2017, and moved with his two children and wife from the Detroit area to Bay City in August. He holds Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Education Specialist (EdS) degrees from Oakland University, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Dr. Bigelow’s prior positions include Superintendent of Capac Community Schools, Principal of Cousino High School in Warren, Principal of Carleton Middle School in Sterling Heights, Assistant Principal of Beer Middle School in Warren, and as a teacher in South Lyon Community Schools and Warren Consolidated Schools.

19 September

Mary Ruth Bird

District Data Coordinator
South Redford School District

19 September

Holly Boehle

Director of Special Education
Zeeland Public Schools
Holly Boehle is the Director of Special Education for Zeeland Public Schools. She worked for 12 years as a school psychologist in Ottawa County, at Holland Public Schools and Hudsonville Public Schools, before moving into administration. In addition, Holly spent over three years working internationally in Hong Kong. There, she held the position of Executive Director of F.O.C.U.S., a non-profit organization working to increase public awareness of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and dyslexia, and later went into private practice as an educational psychologist. Holly has presented extensively throughout Hong Kong, as well as Macau and Kunming, China.

19 September

Leah Breen

Director of Office of Educator Excellence
Michigan Department of Education
Leah Breen has served at the Michigan Department of Education in various roles since 2001. She is currently Director of the Office of Educator Excellence where she provides oversight for education policy and all components of the educator pipeline: recruitment, preparation, licensure, school safety, placement, evaluation, recognition and professional learning for the state of Michigan. Prior to her work with educator preparation, Ms. Breen held a variety of leadership and instructional roles in support of K-12 at-risk students. In her free time, Ms. Breen also serves on several non-profit boards in support of education and children’s safety, and is a staunch advocate for women and children’s rights.

19 September

Erin Brown

Early Literacy Professional Learning Grant Project Coordinator
MAISA

19 September

Cari Bushinski

Director of Instruction
Northwest Community Schools
Cari has 28 years in public education working in a high poverty rural district in Jackson County. Educational Leadership is her expertise while working closely with Principals and Teachers to empower and inspire. Northwest Community Schools has fully implemented Positive Behaviors, Interventions and Supports through the entire district including the transportation department. Cari is dedicated to removing the barriers to student learning by increasing collaboration and initiatives between schools and community agencies to make a collective impact. She has been a district administrator fo 12 years and inspiring learning leaders is her passion.

19 September

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Ann Cardon

Superintendent
Traverse City Area Public Schools
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Robin Carter

Director of Equity, Inclusion and 504 Specialist
Rochester Community Schools

19 September

Danene Charles

Coordinator for Effective Education
Dearborn Public Schools
Danene is serving her 5th year as the Coordinator for Affective Education.In her current role, she organizes multiple student initiatives along with providing services that impact the whole child.She began her career in 1996 as the homebound teacher for the district.She taught students with special needs for seven years at Stout Middle School and spent eleven years serving as an administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels.Her experience and collective knowledge of the Dearborn school community has afforded her multiple opportunities to richly engage in the diverse culture, learning how to effectively build relationships and sustain programs for students. Danene connects families, staff and students to resources that enhance the overall learning experience.

19 September

Carolyn Chaudhary

MPH Public Health Consultant and Evaluator
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Carolyn Chaudhary is a Public Health Consultant and Evaluator at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chronic Disease and Injury Control Division in the Tobacco Control and Prevention Section. Carolyn is the co-lead Consultant for the Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices (ENDs) Project for the State. She has presented at conferences and educated coalitions throughout the State of Michigan. Carolyn is also the evaluator for the Tobacco Use Reduction in People Living with HIV Program. She received her Master of Public Health from Western Michigan University in 2018. Prior to working in public health, Carolyn worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

19 September

Jill Chochol

Executive Director of Student Achievement
Dearborn Public Schools
Jill Chochol is the Executive Director of Student Achievement for Dearborn Public Schools in Dearborn, Michigan. Jill is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist and school administrator. She is currently responsible for student achievement and leadership development in a Pk-12 feeder track system of Schools, including early childhood and special education. Jill completed her doctoral work at Wayne State University in Educational Leadership with a focus on the coherence of instructional leadership connected to student achievement from school leadership to central office leadership.

19 September

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Dr. Richard Clapp

CEO
Neola

19 September

Kyle Corlett

Superintendent
Delton Kellogg Schools
Kyle is starting his third year as the Superintendent of Delton Kellogg Schools and his 13th in education. He has previously served as a high school English teacher, elementary principal, and curriculum director. Kyle is a doctoral candidate at Western Michigan University in the K-12: Educational Leadership Program

19 September

Dr. Keith Cravotta

Principal
Dewitt Middle School

19 September

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Ben Cronkright

Collaborator
McREL International
Ben Cronkright, M.A., a consultant at McREL, works primarily with schools, districts, and state departments of education within the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) that McREL operates through a multimillion dollar contract with the U.S. Department of Education. Most recently he has been leading partnerships in addressing challenges related to college and career readiness as well as teacher development. Mr. Cronkright has expanded his portfolio of work with McREL to include other projects outside of the REL program. Throughout western Michigan, he is supporting schools, districts, and regional education centers with addressing challenges related to early literacy achievement and scaling the work of Improvement Communities. In Detroit Community Schools, he is developing instructional leadership practices in supporting student growth and achievement within urban school environments. Prior to joining McREL, Ben served as a Federal Programs Manager/Academic Officer for the state of Hawaii, where he delivered technical assistance to schools across the state. He has also served as an elementary school principal, high school vice principal, and teacher of grades 8-12 in the state of Michigan. 

19 September

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Dr. Bill Daggett

Founder
International Center for Leadership in Education
Dr. Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. For 25 years, he has crisscrossed our nation, as well as the industrialized world, to lead school reform efforts to effectively prepare students for their future.

Brian Davis

Superintendent
Holland Public Schools
Dr. Brian Davis is the current superintendent of Holland Public Schools. He is starting his 12th year as superintendent in the district and his 28th year in education. He is the third longest seated superintendent in the 173 year history of the district. He has worked in urban, suburban, and rural districts as an elementary/middle school teacher, middle school counselor, elementary principal, and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. Dr. Davis is active as a strong advocate for public education working to stay on top of legislative movements that impact public education from policy to funding, instruction to assessment. He served as a school leader as part of the Michigan School Finanace Research Collaborative in addressing the base funding needed in Michigan to provide quality education and services aligned with the Michigan Standards and Top 10 in 10 initiatives. Superintendent Davis was named by the Michigan Association of School Administrators as the 2011 Michigan State Superintendent of the Year. Since this acknowledgment, he has had the opportunity to participate on the state and national level in assisting in shaping education policy and school reform efforts. He currently sits on the Executive Council of the Michigan Association of School Administrators and the Executive Council of the Middle Cities Education Association. Dr. Davis volunteers his time in several community non-profit organizations where he is or has served on the councils and board of directors including: City of Holland Human Relation Commission-Community Network for Education, Cradle to Career, Destination Education, Holland Historical Trust, Kids Hope USA, Model Communities, Ready for School, Rotary, Leaders of the 21st Century, Tulip Time Festival, Wavecrest Career Academy, the West Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Movement West Michigan, and Talent 2025. He is also presently serving on the Michigan Association of School Administrators Professional Growth and Leadership Committee and the Michigan Department of Education's Excellent Educators Advisory Group. His passion lies with ensuring that each child not only has access to; but receives a high quality, engaged and meaningful learning experiences that prepare them for an ever-changing world.

19 September

Dr. Randall Davis

Superintendent
Marshall Public Schools
Dr. Randall Davis, Superintendent at Marshall Public Schools in Marshall, Michigan, located in Calhoun County. He has been superintendent with Marshall Public Schools since July 2009.  He served as superintendent of Athens Area Schools from 2003-2009.   From 2000-2003 Dr. Davis served as Consultant for Wayne County Dept. of Community Justice and as VP and COO of Starfish Family Services of Wayne County.  He was a consultant to the Ministry of Social Affairs in Denmark regarding CQI for social services.  Dr. Davis was a member of the staff of Starr Commonwealth from 1979-2000, serving as Residential Care Educator 1979-1984, Community-Based Program Director 1988-1997, and Director of Research and Evaluation 1997-2000.  He most recently served on Governor Snyder’s 21st Century Education Commission; the commission focused on long-term improvements to enhance student achievement and better prepare students for a global economy.  Dr. Davis attended Wittenburg University where he earned a Bachelors in Psychology and Philosophy.  He also attended Oakland University where he attained a Masters degree in Agency Counseling.  In addition, he earned his Doctorate in Education Programs in Child, Youth, and Family Studies from Nova Southeastern University.  

19 September

Ray Davis

Attorney
Thrun Law Firm
Raymond M. Davis has practiced with the Thrun Law Firm since 1999, focusing his practice on labor and employment law, general school law, construction law and general civil litigation. Prior to joining the 􀁽rm, he practiced for the multi-national law 􀁽rm of Hunton & Williams, and the North Carolina 􀁽rm of Cran􀁽ll, Sumner & Hartzog, where he was a partner and head of the employment practices group. Ray graduated from Albion College (B.A., summa cum laude, 1984), where he completed the curriculum for the Honors Program and the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service. He also was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1988, he graduated from Duke University School of Law with honors, earning both his Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees. Ray is admitted to practice in Michigan and North Carolina (although currently inactive in NC), and various federal district and appeals courts. In the area of labor and employment work, Ray has successfully negotiated numerous labor contracts for public school districts and other municipal entities. He has also successfully litigated administrative claims before multiple federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (“MERC”), and the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission. As a trial lawyer, he has 􀁽rst chair experience with various civil matters before federal and state trial and appellate courts. Ray lives in Marshall with his three children. He is a member of the Albion College External Board for the Gerald R. Ford Institute, and is very active as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout and Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America’s honor society. He currently sits on the Michigan Crossroads Council’s Executive Board.

19 September

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Dr. Gerald Dawkins

K12 Insight

19 September

John Deiter

Superintendent
Dewitt Public Schools

19 September

Calvin De Kuiper

Superintendent
Zeeland Public Schools
Currently serving in his 38th year in education, Cal De Kuiper begins his 18th year as Superintendent this fall, the last seven with Zeeland Public Schools. Cal believes education involves keeping students safe, valued, and loved.  When in place, teaching and learning accelerates. Literacy is the highest priority in academics, and is the focus behind the Reading Now Network. With a heart and focus for early learning, Cal is a member of the Ready For School Board, an early learning initiative for the Holland-Zeeland area. Additionally, ZPS efforts build and promote life-long literacy skills. District-wide initiatives have included extensive staff professional development, new core resources, curriculum updates, and planning for 100 new students every year. In his spare time, Cal can be found on a bike or a surfboard. He has completed over 60 triathlons and one Ironman. He and wife Beth have been married for 37 years and have three adult children.

19 September

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Joseph DiBenedetto

Senior Director
Lambert and Company
As senior director and chair of the Education & Social Impact practice at Lambert & Co, Joe DiBenedetto manages a team of professionals providing strategic counsel and daily integrated public relations activities for a variety of education, nonprofit, municipal and service-based clients. A graduate of Hofstra University, DiBenedetto has more than 20 years of agency and consulting experience, including a wealth of activity in local, regional and national media relations, new product launches, new market entries, corporate communications, crisis communications, issues management, social media, community relations and cause marketing programs. The professional accomplishment he his most proud of is developing the award-winning Movers for Moms program, a cause marketing campaign created for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving company. The Movers for Moms program collects essential items for donation to domestic abuse victims on Mother’s Day. Passionate about supporting organizations making a positive impact on the community, DiBenedetto currently serves as a board member with Humane Society of West Michigan and the Armed Forces Thanksgiving, an organization he helped found. He previously served on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s West Michigan Chapter board for six years, leading the organization’s communications committee.

Robert Dietzel

Attorney
Thrun Law Firm
Robert A. Dietzel joined Thrun Law Firm in 2008. He graduated from Michigan State University (B.A., with honors, 2001) and the Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2004). He was a Dean King Scholar, a Senior Editor of the Law Review, and the recipient of several jurisprudence awards. He also participated in the Masters in Education Law program at Franklin Pierce Law Center. Before joining the 􀁽rm, Rob was an assistant attorney general with the Michigan Department of Attorney General. He represented the Governor, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, and the Michigan School for the Deaf. For several years, Rob served as an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at the Thomas Cooley Law School. He currently teaches Educational Law and Policy at the University of Michigan-Flint. With extensive experience in both administrative law, and litigation, Rob regularly represents public school clients in state and federal courts; in the Tenure Commission; and in other state and federal tribunals on diverse school-related matters, including special education and pupil accounting. Rob has also successfully represented clients in jury trials and in Michigan’s appellate courts. Rob regularly presents to public school of􀁽cials on special education, disability rights, and general school law. He is the author of a published law review article on school vouchers. In 2006, Attorney General Mike Cox awarded Rob the Excellence in Opinion Draftsmanship award. Rob enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Katharine and Caroline.

19 September

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Tom Diliberti

Business Development
Schneider Electrict

19 September

Ken Dirkin

Director of Professional Learning
Michigan Virtual
Ken has worked in K-12 school outreach and school improvement for two decades, focusing on helping teachers reach the individual needs of their student through personalization with technology, instruction, and social and emotional needs.

19 September

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Joe Douglass

K12 Insight

19 September

Steven Edwards

Superintendent
Reeths-Puffer Schools
Steve Edwards has been blessed to be Superintendent of Reeths-Puffer Schools for over a decade. Prior to that, he was an award-winning teacher, coach, and also served as an Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent. He has two school-aged children, Sydney and Kaden, and is happily married to an amazing kindergarten teacher, Karyn. Steve's undergrad is in secondary education from Eastern Michigan University and his Master's Degree is in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Away from school, Steve enjoys coaching, reading, and spending time with his family.

19 September

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Rebekah Emmerling

Educator Evaluation Unit Manager
Michigan Department of Education
Rebekah worked seventeen years in Michigan’s k-12 public education system before joining the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in the fall of 2016. Rebekah manages the Professional Growth and Retention Unit within the Office of Educator Excellence at the MDE. Her career in k-12 began as a high school business teacher and included assistant principalships, a building principalship and many years in central office positions. Rebekah participated in the MCEE Educator Evaluation Pilot program and implemented evaluation systems under legislative requirements as a building and central office level administrator prior to joining the MDE.

19 September

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Jason Feig

Director of Michigan SAT
Michigan College Board

19 September

Daniel Frederking

Partnership Liaison
Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest
Daniel M. Frederking, Ed.D. is the Partnership Liaison for the REL Midwest Michigan Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation and a Technical Assistance Consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR). His work at AIR includes serving roles on multiple REL Midwest partnerships, acting as an instructional coach for low-performing school districts in Illinois and New York, developing curriculum for the Department of Labor’s Job Corps program, and studying the impacts of teacher data literacy on student outcomes. His areas of expertise include district and school improvement, curriculum development, assessment and data literacy, and communications. Prior to joining AIR. Frederking was a consultant and coordinator in the student assessment division of the Illinois State Board of Education where he facilitated the first year of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test, Illinois’ state-mandated accountability assessment. He has also spent 5 years as a high school English teacher in two different districts across Illinois and worked as a freelance reporter for a daily newspaper in Springfield, IL. He has a B.A. in English education from Illinois State University, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois Springfield, and an Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University.

19 September

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Brian Galdes

Superintendent
South Redford School District

Ted Gardella

Executive Director
Michigan College Board
Ted Gardella currently serves as the Executive Director for Michigan at the College Board. His work involves leading all facets of a high quality implementation of the SAT suite of assessments for all Michigan students. He leads a team of experienced Michigan Educators who serve the needs of the Michigan Department of Education, local school districts and our partner organizations. Previously, he served as the Executive Director for AP Strategy and Professional Development at the College Board. His work involved leading several grants to support expanding AP programs. He also led the AP Report to the Nation development team. Prior to his work in the AP program, Ted served as the Senior Director for K12 Services in the Midwestern Regional Office of the College Board. Ted’s experience in developing and implementing Professional Development programs for teachers and administrators was critical to expanding relationships with school districts in the MRO. Prior to joining the College Board, Ted served in several different central office positions with school districts, eventually serving as a local district Superintendent in Michigan. Ted was an author for the Prentice Hall High School Mathematics Textbook Series, “Tools for a Changing World,” and has been a frequent speaker at state and national conferences in mathematics education. He was an award winning mathematics teacher in Michigan, both in a traditional classroom, and as a studio master teacher for the television project, “Tune in Mathematics & Science.” Mr. Gardella earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Teaching Arts degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership from Oakland University.

Jennifer Goodman

Principal
Holt Public Schools
Jennifer believes relationships come before academics. Jennifer started her career as a middle school teacher and has currently been an administrator for over ten years. From preschool to alternative high school and every grade in between, Jennifer has supported all learners. Her passion for social emotional learning has her traveling to Kansas to learn and speak at conferences. Jennifer has become a certified resilience coach and has transformed her building and schools in Michigan with trauma informed practices that support all students. Jennifer is currently writing her dissertation on Exploring Stakeholder Perceptions regarding the Michigan Revised Discipline Code of Conduct.

19 September

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Dr. Stephanie Grant

Director
Reach Parent-Child Program & Trauma Informed Communities, Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health
 Stephanie is trained as a Developmental Psychologist and is licensed as a Professional Counselor. She currently works as the Director of the Reach Parent-Child Program at Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health in Holland, MI. She has separate masters degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Psychology and a PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology. Her clinical and research interests focus on working with infants and children with attachment concerns and trauma histories, specifically those who have adoption or foster care backgrounds. She has worked as a clinician, professor, and researcher. She is also a foster and adoptive parent herself. 

19 September

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Dr. Rod Green

Consultant
Dr. Rod Green is a former school administrator having served 24 years as superintendent in three districts, Norway-Vulcan (Upper Peninsula), Grant (Newaygo County) and East China Schools (St. Clair County). Rod now works as a consultant and facilitator and works with schools for strategic planning, bond issues, goal setting, board member development as well as bargaining contracts and superintendent search. He has worked with over 170 districts over the past six years. Rod also teaches School Law for Oakland University and has presented at numerous workshops in regard to school finance, bargaining, operations, and bond issue planning.

19 September

Doug Greer

Director of School Improvement
Ottawa Area ISD

19 September

Angie Harwell

Regional Sales Manager
Gaggle
Angie Harwell is a regional sales manager for Gaggle in Michigan and Ohio. She has a demonstrated history of working in the EdTech industry. Her previous experience includes working as the Regional Director of Sales for differentiated and accelerated learning at Achieve 3000 and as Senior Regional Account Manager in curriculum and software

19 September

Vern Hazard II

Senior Leadership Solutions Executive
Flippen Group
Vern Hazard truly has a passion for life, for service, and for relationships. He brings over 30 yearsʼ experience in education, advertising, and coaching, with the last 20 years spent serving and empowering superintendents, boards, and upper-level cabinets with Flippen processes. Vernʼs greatest desire is to ultimately serve kids by helping school administrators create a safe and loving learning environment for every child that walks through the door. His position affords Vern the opportunity to build relational capacity in order to challenge and grow leaders to be the best they can be. Vern considers it a joy and honor to serve, and he loves that reltionships last a lifetime! Vern graduated from Olivet College in Michigan with a bachelorʼs degree in kinesiology and a triple minor in speech, communications, and theater. He received the prestigious Walter B. Sprandel Award for the outstanding senior male in the areas of athletics, academics, and leadership and in 2018 was inducted into the Olivet College Hall of Fame for football and baseball. Upon completing college, Vern lived in Europe, Australia, and Japan for eight years while working in advertising. When he returned to the United States, he began teaching and coaching at Deer Park High School, located southeast of Houston, Texas. He taught theater and LeadWorthy(formerly Te en Leadership), along with coaching varsity football and baseball. It was LeadWorthy that brought him to the Flippen Group, and he now travels all over the United States, serving schools. Vern lives with his daughter Alexandria in College Station, Texas.

19 September

Fredric Heidemann

Attorney
Thrun Law Firm
Fredric G. Heidemann joined Thrun Law Firm, P.C. in 2012 after graduating magna cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law, where he was a scholarship recipient and Managing Editor of the MSU Law Review. He graduated with a B.A., with honors, from the University of Michigan in 2009. In his practice, Fredric primarily serves public entities in 􀁽nancial, transactional, construction, and election matters. In public 􀁽nance, he serves as counsel to school districts and municipalities issuing bonds, notes, installment purchase contracts, and equipment leases. He also advises and serves as underwriter’s counsel to investment banks underwriting the issuance of municipal securities and regularly speaks at conferences on public 􀁽nance and transactional law. Fredric frequently drafts vendor, service, and construction contracts as well as advising school districts and municipalities on the Open Meetings Act and general board or organizational matters. Fredric is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association (State and Local Government, Business Law, and Forum on Construction Law sections), the Ingham County Bar Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and the Michigan and National Councils of School Attorneys. In 2018, the Ingham County Bar Association recognized Fredric as one of the “Top 5 under 35,” awarded annually to 􀁽ve young lawyers in Ingham County. He was also named a “Rising Star” in government 􀁽nance in Super Lawyers Magazine. A native of East Lansing, Fredric continues to live in the area with his wife and two lovely daughters. His hobbies include building furniture, trial and error home improvement, hunting, 􀁽shing, and almost anything outdoors. He and his wife are parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where they are both active in charitable organizations.

19 September

Elmer Hitt

Director
Jackson Policy and Fire Departments
Elmer Hitt began his career at the Jackson Police Department in 1996 as a Police cadet. He served in that capacity briefly until he graduated from the Lansing Community College Police Academy and later earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. As an officer, he served as a Resident Officer for 2 years showing his commitment to the community. Promoted several times since then, and recently appointed as Director of Police and Fire, Director Hitt continues to be committed to the community as a whole. In addition to working to ensure the safety of the community, he is dedicated to doing everything he can to ensure the well-being of the community and his officers. Director Hitt’s support of Handle With Care has been key in the law enforcement community and the overall success it has seen thus far.

19 September

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Rhonda Jones

Health Promotions Consultant
MESSA

19 September

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Eve Kaltz

Superintendent
Center Line Public Schools

19 September

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Samantha Keesling

Math Consultant
Oakland ISD
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Dr. Tina Kerr

Deputy Executive Director
MASA
Dr. Tina Kerr joined the MASA staff in September 2015 to provide support to the MASA Executive Director and leadership for MASA’s professional development programming. A former Michigan Superintendent of the Year, Tina brings to MASA nearly a decade of experience as a superintendent and extensive expertise in school district leadership.

19 September

Megan Kortlandt

Literacy Consultant
Oakland ISD

19 September

Dave Krebs

Executive Director
GELN
Dave Krebs is the Executive Director of the MAISA General Education Leadership Network.  This is his 38th year working in public education with 18 years teaching science at the secondary level and 18 years at the Muskegon Area ISD.  His roles at the Muskegon Area ISD included serving as an instructional/school improvement consultant and Program Director of the MAISD Regional Mathematics and Science Center.  Dave served as the Director of Instructional Services during his final eight years at the ISD.

19 September

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Judson Laipply

CSP
Keynote speaker Judson Laipply, CSP will give his talk “Life is Change.” He has been entertaining and educating audiences all over the globe since 2000, helping people and organizations deal with and create change while reminding them about the importance of growth and evolving. On top of all that, he is the world’s first YouTube Celebrity having had the first global viral video with his finale, “The Evolution of Dance.”

20 September

Sean LaRosa

Assistant Superintendent for Early and Elementary learning
Livingston ESA
Sean LaRosa is the Assistant Superintendent for Early Learning at Livingston ESA and the Co-Chair of the GELN Early Literacy Task Force.  Sean has been an educator for 27 years spending most of her career as an elementary principal after teaching preschool and fifth grade. Her primary responsibilities at Livingston ESA, in her county and at the state level center on early childhood, early literacy and educational leadership.  She is also a member of MAISA's Early Childhood Administrator's Network

19 September

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Carrie Lawler

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools
Rochester Community Schools

19 September

Dawn Linden

Executive Director of Elementary Education
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Each participant will be introduced to the Early Learning District Self-Assessment Tool that was designed and edited to allow a district to see if they are meeting the needs of their earliest Birth through Age Eight Learners. In addition, participants will receive targeted information on the work the National AASA Early Learning Cohort and how these compliments the work of the GELN is completing and how it is influencing districts around the nation. This continuum of focus on Early Learning offers pillars for improvement for any district and help our state become a Top 10 in 10 state!

19 September

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Michael Livendale

Business Development Manager
Performance Services

19 September

Brian Lloyd

Education Research Consultant
Michigan Department of Education
Brian Lloyd is an education research consultant for the Office of Educator Excellence (OEE) within the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  Brian’s primary role within the OEE is to provide guidance for the measurement of student growth for educator evaluations and support educator workforce research.  Brian recently developed student growth measurement tools for educator use that are designed to provide practical student growth reporting. Brian has provided student growth guidance through publicly available webinars and guidance documents, as well as trainings provided through professional organization conferences, multiple stakeholder collaboratively supported regional workshops, and ISDs/RESA initiated training workshops. Brian previously provided Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) implementation consultation, guidance, and coaching while working for a public school district and an ISD, and began his career in education as a school psychologist.

19 September

Zoe Lyons

County Director
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Jackson County
Zoe has worked for MDHHS in many capacities for over 27 years with the last three being in Jackson County. She is committed to the engagement of MDHHS with the community in any way that aids in support to the children and families of the community. Her primary experience is in the Children’s Services arena, but has moved into doing work with the community related to financial stability and equity across populations. Through the collective impact work of the Jackson community Zoe is working with strong community leaders to move the community toward trauma sensitivity and strengthening the resilience of the population.

19 September

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Julie MacDonald

Principal
Kalamazoo Public Schools

19 September

Dr. Glenn Maleyko

Superintendent
Dearborn Public Schools
In 1995, Superintendent Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D. began his career in education at Oakman and Maples Elementary in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburban community bordering Detroit. In 1997, he was hired as a full-time teacher at Salina Elementary, a school that would become home for the next 12 years. He was named Assistant Principal in 2002 and then Principal of Salina Intermediate in 2003. In 2009, Dr. Maleyko was appointed Principal at DuVall Elementary. Two years later, Maleyko was selected as the new Director of Human Resources and then in 2013 was named Executive Director of Staff and Student Services. He remained in that role until 2015 when he was the unanimous choice of the Board of Education to take the top spot as the leader of the 21,000 student district. Dr. Maleyko holds four degrees including a Bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Windsor, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Detroit Mercy. He graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Superintendent Maleyko has written several articles pertaining to educational practices and has authored research presented at a scholarly research conference. He also presented on a variety of educational topics at both state and national conferences. He is an Executive Board member of the Middle Cities Association, the Metropolitan Bureau, and is very active with the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) an affiliate of the National School Superintendents Association. Maleyko has a long history of leadership in the Dearborn Public Schools. He was named a model school principal by Dr. Bill Daggett’s International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) in 2009. As the Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools he has received a Highly Effective rating by the Board of Education three years in a row as Graduation rates in Dearborn have achieved an all time high of over 95 percent district-wide. Dearborn was recently published as the cover story in the MASA summer magazine for success with Graduation rates and providing a high quality education for Dearborn students. Under Dr. Maleyko’s leadership the District has been recognized by Bridge Magazine and the Mackinac Center as one of the top school districts in the state. In addition, Becker Elementary received a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2017 and the STEM middle school in 2018 which are the first two schools in the history of Dearborn Schools to receive that award. In 2018 Maples Elementary was awarded as a National Title One Distinguished School. In 2018 Dearborn Public Schools was one of 45 districts that received recognition from the District Administration Leadership Institute (DALI) for success with the implementation of an innovative school improvement model. Dr. Maleyko continues to be very visible in the schools and community averaging over 400 school visits per year. In 2018, under Dr. Maleyko’s leadership, the District was able to reach agreements with all five labor unions representing district staff members. All contracts passed with a wide margin of approval including two of the contracts passing with over 90% of union members voting in the affirmative. Due to his positive relationship with employees and unions he received the Collaborative Leadership Award from the Michigan Labor Management Association. Superintendent Maleyko has a long standing policy of open communication and transparency with all stakeholders. His team approach to leadership has guided the district through several critical issues including boundary line changes, developing a plan to address infrastructure needs, and updating the current strategic plan. Dr. Maleyko received a very prestigious recognition by MASA as the 2019 Superintendent of the year in the State of Michigan. Click Here to view the Press Release. That was followed up by the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Awarding him as the Business Person of the year in 2019. Dr. Maleyko is married with two children, is the President of the Dearborn Rotary Club, a member of the Dearborn Exchange Club, Amicus Club, and enjoys reading and cheering for his favorite hockey team, the Detroit Red Wings.

19 September

19 September

Edward Manuszak

Superintendent
Dundee Community Schools
Each participant will be introduced to the Early Learning District Self-Assessment Tool that was designed and edited to allow a district to see if they are meeting the needs of their earliest Birth through Age Eight Learners. In addition, participants will receive targeted information on the work the National AASA Early Learning Cohort and how these compliments the work of the GELN is completing and how it is influencing districts around the nation. This continuum of focus on Early Learning offers pillars for improvement for any district and help our state become a Top 10 in 10 state!

19 September

Dr. Jay Marks

Diversity and Education Consultant
Oakland Schools Council
Jay B. Marks, Ph.D. is a widely-respected educator who has been in education since 1991, where he began his career as a Special Education Teacher at Northern High School with the Detroit Public School System. During his career he has served as a classroom teacher for 17 years with both Detroit and Southfield Public School Systems, as well as an educational consultant on the national level. Currently, Dr. Marks is a Diversity and Equity Consultant with Oakland Schools (the Intermediate School District in Oakland County, Michigan) where he serves and supports the professional development needs of the 28 school districts within Oakland County. He is highly sought after for his work in the areas of Social Justice, Cultural Competence, Courageous Conversations about Race, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Educating African American Males, Student Engagement, and Differentiated Instruction. In addition to his professional work in the field of education, he has been mentoring youth since 1989, and has started several mentoring programs in the Metropolitan Detroit Area as a result of his experiences. His academic credentials include a B.S. degree from Western Michigan University (1990), M.A. degree from University of Detroit Mercy (1995), and an Ed. Specialist Certificate (1997) and Ph.D. (2005) in Curriculum and Instruction both from Wayne State University. As a graduate student, Dr. Marks studied abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England as a student in their British Studies Program. Dr. Marks is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Amari (15) and Jalia (12).

19 September

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Scott Mason

Business Development
Schneider Electric

19 September

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Dr. Steve Matthews

Superintendent, MASA Board President
Novi Community School District

Dr. Kyle Mayer

Assistant Superintendent
Ottawa Area ISD
Dr. Kyle Mayer of Grand Haven is the Assistant Superintendent of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. Kyle’s previous experiences as a public educator include elementary teacher, building principal and local district superintendent.  In addition to the Governor’s Pre-K-12 Literacy Commission, Kyle serves on the leadership team of the Reading Now Network. Kyle also supports leadership relative to the Western Michigan University HIL (High Impact Leadership) Project, funded by a US DOE SEED grant, which develops school leadership with a focus on implementing the GELN Literacy Essentials.  Kyle is also a member of the GELN Early Literacy Task Force and serves as a co-Chair.  Kyle is married to Melissa Mayer, a first-grade teacher in Grand Haven and has a daughter Sarah (13) and son Ryan (10).

19 September

19 September

Dr. Brandi-Lyn Mendham

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum
Zeeland Public Schools
Dr. Brandi-Lyn Mendham is the Director of Curriculum & Technology for Zeeland Public Schools and an Adjunct Graduate Professor for Grand Valley State University. She spent five years as an elementary teacher at Baldwin Community Schools before moving into administration. Upon leaving the classroom, she served as a School Improvement Director and later as an ISD Consultant for West Shore ESD. Prior to serving Lake, Mason, & Oceana counties as a consultant, she served nationally as a Site Developer for Atlas Communities based in Cambridge, MA. This work allowed her to provide school reform support across the United States. In addition, Dr. Mendham served as a Field Supervisor for student teachers at Grand Valley State University and has provided consultant support to various ISD’s throughout the state of Michigan as well as local districts. Dr. Mendham has presented extensively throughout the state and has been honored to serve as a keynote speaker for her colleagues based on her doctoral research in the field of technology and early childhood. She was honored by her alma mater in April 2018 as GVSU’s Outstanding Alumni Leader.

19 September

Heather Menzies

Employee Benefits Accounts Executive
SET SEG
Heather Menzies has been a SET SEG employee benefits account executive since 2011. Heather has more than 10 years of experience in insurance account management and is a graduate of Michigan State University.

19 September

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Dan Mesyar

Principal
Ludington High School

19 September

Corey Miller

Director of Sales
Solential Energy
Renewable Energy has been a passion for Corey dating back to his college years at IUPUI. As an experienced Solar Energy expert, Corey has worked across multiple sales disciplines in the education, utility, agricultural, and commercial sectors. He enjoys educating his fellow peers about the benefits of Solar Energy which allows him to bring more visibility to the subject in the Midwest.

19 September

Dr. William Miller

Executive Director
MAISA
Dr. William C. Miller currently serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators. He also served as the Superintendent at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District from 1999 to 2010. His current responsibilities include providing leadership and management to coordinate the efforts of educational service agencies that serve 1.5 million students within Michigan’s system of public schools. He is responsible for statewide leadership in career and technical education, school administration, educational technology infusion, curriculum and assessment coordination, policy development and staff development. Dr. Miller has a record of innovation in education that includes developing inclusive education programs for students with disabilities, implementing services to prevent school failure and designing educational advocacy programs. Dr. Miller has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree and Teaching Certificate from Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Miller has also served as a teacher, principal and adjunct faculty member. Dr. Miller served as the President of the Council of Administrators of Special Education in 1991. He received the Educational Leadership Award from the University of Michigan in 2006, was named Regional Superintendent of the year in 2005 and was named National Educator of the year by AdvancED in 2012.

19 September

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Dave Moore

Educational Consultant
Integrated Designs Inc.
Mr. Dave Moore is a former school administrator having served 10 years as a superintendent in two districts, Saginaw Swan Valley (Saginaw County and Corunna (Shiawassee County). Dave now works as an educational consultant for Integrated Designs Inc. (IDI), an architectural/engineering/consulting firm, who specializes in assisting superintendents and school districts in pre-bond services such as bond planning process, campaigning and effective methods of communication with the community.

19 September

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Scott Moore

Superintendent
Oscoda Area Schools

19 September

Dr. Bobbi Morehead

Superintendent
Covert Public Schools
Dr. Bobbi Morehead is the Superintendent of Covert Public Schools. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Secondary Literacy. Her District has been highly engaged with Capturing Kids’ Hearts for the last 5 years. Covert Public Schools received the National Showcase Capturing Kids’ Hearts award for the second consecutive year. Dr. Morehead concurs with Flip Flippen, “If you have a child’s heart, you have his/ her mind.” Dr. Morehead also believes this same core idea expands to the adults. Everyday, she believes it is her job to capture the hearts and empower the minds of those she serves as well as those who serve alongside her. Dr. Morehead has presented at MASA (Michigan Association of School Administrators) and MASB (Michigan Association of School Boards). She has also trained leaders and educators throughout the United States and Canada in a wide variety of venues. Family is Dr. Morehead’s number one priority. She and her husband’s greatest love is their 9 year old daughter, Rose Marie, who captures everyone’s heart! Dr. Morehead has served in public education for 25 years as a teacher, admintrator, instructional coach, and superintendent.

19 September

Karen Owen

Studer Education Coach
Portage Public Schools
Karen (KK) Owen is a Studer Education coach for the Evidence-Based Leadership K12 approach. Previously, she served as the Director of Professional Learning for the Escambia County School District (FL). While in this role, KK Owen served as project leader for reforming teacher, school leader, and district leader evaluations under the Race To the Top system and supervised principal and teacher leader training for federal, state, and district initiatives; worked with the Florida Association of District School Superintendents and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the improvement of teacher and principal quality; and worked on union collaboration projects with the Teachers Union Reform Network and the National Education Association. In addition to her experience as a district leader, KK has 15 years of school leadership experience serving as the principal of three elementary schools in Pensacola, Florida-C.A. Weis, Blue Angels, and N.B. Cook. She was twice selected Principal of the Year in Escambia County and was a regional finalist for Florida Principal of the Year. Prior to serving as a school and district leader, KK was a classroom teacher in both general and special education K-12 in public school systems in Louisiana and Florida as well as in a private system in Louisiana. KK has 40 years in public education and currently coaches educational leaders in 14 states around the country.

19 September

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Michael Pascoe

Portage Public Schools

19 September

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Michael Pickard

Executive Director of Elementary Instruction and Federal Programs
Kentwood Public Schools

19 September

Kevin Polston

Superintendent
Godfrey Lee Public Schools
Kevin Polston is the Superintendent of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in Wyoming, Michigan. He is in his third year as superintendent at Godfrey-Lee with his previous 15 years of service at Grand Haven Area Public Schools as a high school social studies teacher, coach, club advisor, district curriculum specialist, middle school assistant principal, and middle school principal. His vision is to "change the world through opportunities for students." Polston holds a BA from Michigan State University and a M. Ed. from Grand Valley State University.

19 September

Steve Privasky

Program Manager
SET SEG with Secure Education Cosultants
Steve Privasky serves as Program Manager of the Property/Casualty Pool and Workers’ Compensation Fund and will contribute to the strategic direction with a focus on retention and growth through analysis of market conditions and trends. Prior to joining SET SEG in 2018, Steve served as Vice President of USI Insurance Services and worked for Arthur J. Gallagher for more than a decade. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

19 September

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Troy Reehl

Superintendent
Killsdale County ISD

19 September

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Dr. Michael Rice

State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Michigan Department of Education
Dr. Rice was the superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) from 2007-2019 when was selected as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. During his time in Kalamazoo, with the Kalamazoo Promise as a springboard, the district started full-day pre-kindergarten and quintupled the number of full-day kindergarten students; improved student achievement in reading, writing, and math; more than doubled the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses and more than tripled the number of AP courses that students take; and increased high school graduation rates.

19 September

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Kristy Rogalla

Director of Curriculum
Jenison Public Schools

Sarah Sabin

Chief Clinical Officer
Family Service and Children's Aid
Sarah has over 18 years of experience working with children and adults in various settings. Commencing her career working with juvenile offenders. After obtaining her MSW, Sarah went on to work for the access center for the local community mental health providing mental health assessments and crisis support. Sarah has also worked in the schools as a school social worker and Principal for the ISD's countywide K-12 Special Education Program. Sarah is currently the Chief Clinical Officer at her agency and is committed to the success of Jackson County in being a trauma informed and trauma sensitive community. She has assisted with the Handle with Care project, ensuring that TF-CBT therapists are available to provide support for students when needed.

19 September

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Dr. Robert Shaner

Superintendent
Rochester Community Schools

19 September

Mollie Sharrar

Executive Director of Instruction and Strategic Initiatives
Dexter Community Schools
Mollie Scharrar is the Executive Director of Instruction and Strategic Initiatives at Dexter Community Schools (DCS). She has served as a teacher, principal, and Executive Director at DCS. She holds a BA and MEd from Eastern Michigan University and a second Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University.

19 September

Kari Shay

Attorney
Thrun Law Firm
Kari Shay joined Thrun Law Firm in 2004 after 8 years of law practice, including 2 years of practice with Arthur Andersen as a tax specialist and 6 years of experience representing Michigan public school districts and other municipalities. Before that, Kari graduated from Michigan State University, (B.A., cum laude, 1993) and Wayne State University (J.D., with honors, 1996) where she was a member of the Moot Court team and received honors from the National Honor Key Society and Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society. Kari concentrates her practice on public 􀁽nance, general education law and transactional matters. In addition to acting as bond or note counsel to school districts and municipalities, she has extensive experience in the negotiation of construction contracts, technology agreements and other business contracts. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, Michigan Council of School Attorneys, National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys, Council of Development Finance Agencies, and National Association of Bond Lawyers. Kari is a frequent lecturer on 􀁽nance, transaction, and general school law issues. She has presented for numerous organizations including the Michigan School Business Of􀁽cials, Michigan Association of School Boards, and Michigan Association of School Administrators. She lives in Lyon Township and divides her time between the Novi and East Lansing offices.

19 September

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Caleb Shinn

Business Development
Schneider Electric

19 September

Dr. Sarena Shivers

Superintendent
Redford Union School District
Dr. Sarena Shivers served as a teacher, principal, director of curriculum, director of school services and assistant superintendent. This is her fourth year as superintendent of Redford Union School District in Redford, Michigan. Her bachelor’s degree is from Morgan State University, Masters from Ball State University and Doctorate from Indiana University. She is known as a leader in program development and organizational change. She has created several high performing programs and led large turnaround initiatives throughout the state of Indiana and Michigan. Dr. Shivers is called upon to lead initiatives that improve school culture and climate. Some of her experience and expertise are in the areas of cultural proficiency, student absenteeism and truancy and restorative practices.

19 September

Don Sovey

CPA, CFO, CEO
School Municipal Advisory Services PC
Donald Sovey CPA, CFO has served public schools in capacities as independent auditor, school business official, superintendent, and now is CEO of School and Municipal Advisory Services PC. His organization provides services to schools including budget process training, business office staffing review and mentoring, CFO and HR leadership search service, early warning assistance, fact-finding research and testimony, financial mentoring for newer superintendents, and long-range financial projection training.