2018 Fall Conference

19 September - 21 September Grand Traverse Resort

Schedule

  • 18 September
  • 19 September
  • 20 September
  • 21 September

MASA Board Meeting

10:00 AM 01:00 PM

MASA Board Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Board & Council Meeting

01:30 PM 05:00 PM

MASA Leadership Recognition Dinner for Board and Council Members

06:00 PM 07:30 PM

Registration

07:00 AM 04:30 PM

MAISA Administrative Services Committee

08:00 AM 09:45 AM

MAISA Instructional Committee

08:00 AM 10:00 AM

MAISA Board of Directors

08:00 AM 10:00 AM

Middle Cities Education Association Meeting

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

Women in Leadership Pre-Conference: Mindful & Compassionate Leadership

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Caryn  Wells

MAISA General Membership Meeting

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

MISEN Meeting

11:30 AM 12:30 PM

School Equity Caucus Meeting & Lunch

11:30 AM 12:45 PM

SAPAC Meeting

11:45 AM 12:45 PM

Middle Cities Education Association Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

General Session

01:00 PM 03:00 PM

John  Maketa

Chris  Wigent

Refreshment Break

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

On the Move: Open Campus Learning

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Troy  Lindner

Dr. David  Richards, Ph.D

W Carrie  Wozniak

School Law Update

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Katie  Broaddus

Jennifer  Starlin,

Board/Superintendent Communications: Working Towards Mastery

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Yvonne  Caamal Canul, Ph.D.

Nick  Ceglarek, Ed.D.

DM Dedrick Martin, Ed.D.

DO Donna  Oser

Collaboration and Instructional Feedback Teams

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Connie  Hamilton

Tell Your District's Story with Compelling Data

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Roger  Bearup

Putting SEL at the Core of our Work

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Dania  Bazzi

Dina  Rocheleau

Lost in a Wheatfield: How Community Schools Use the Power of Partnership to Find Solutions

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Caroline  Geist

Julia  Gillespie

Using Social Media to Strategically Promote your School District by Connecting With Students and the Community

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Glenn  Maleyko, Ph.D.

DM David  Mustonen

Innovation in Education - How Superintendents Can Lead Innovation

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

CT Chris  Timmis

Leading for School Health

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Rebekah  Schipper

Tracy  Wilson

The Superintendency: The First Five Years

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Dr. Robert  Shaner

Region Meetings

04:45 PM 05:30 PM

MAAAS Meeting

05:30 PM 07:00 PM

Registration

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

Second General Session

08:30 AM 10:15 AM

Sheila  Alles

Dr. Tina Kerr

Chris  Wigent

Break

10:15 AM 10:30 AM

Hot Topics Session

10:30 AM 12:00 PM

KC Kelly Coffin

David G. Hornak, Ed.D.

Ronald E. Koehler

Tom TenBrink

SLO and SGP Student Growth Calculators for Educator Evaluations

12:30 PM 12:50 PM

Managing Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Justice in Your District

12:30 PM 12:50 PM

Strengthen Support of Your Principals: Strategies for Igniting Your Most Important Instructional Leaders

12:30 PM 12:50 PM

Strategic Infrastructure Planning – Leveraging Innovation and Data Driven Decision Making to Design Projects That Yield the Greatest ROI and Long Term Benefits.

12:30 PM 12:50 PM

Creating a School Policy System that Works for YOUR District

12:30 PM 12:50 PM

Preparing Students for the New Economy: Highlights from EAB’s 2018 Best Practice Research

12:30 PM 12:50 PM

The Ingredients for Growth: An Open Conversation about Math Achievement

12:30 PM 12:50 PM

360 View: Visualizing Assessment, Discipline and Attendance Data

01:05 PM 01:25 PM

Dual Enrollment, EMC, and Transfer Credits: How to Stop the Loss

01:05 PM 01:25 PM

How to use Digital Tools to Keep Your Students Safe

01:05 PM 01:25 PM

Literacy in the Digital Age

01:05 PM 01:25 PM

Supporting Your Bond and Building Projects: Every Step of the Way

01:05 PM 01:25 PM

Move Away from the Campfire

01:05 PM 01:25 PM

Keys for Local and Intermediate School Districts to Work Productively Together

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Dave  Campbell

Scott  Menzel

Considering Use of the Honig Injunction

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Lisa  Swem

Andrea Tuttle Ed.D.

Building Capacity & Solving District Challenges with Collaborative Partnerships

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Kristin  Flynn

CW Catherine  Woolman

Rachelle  Wynkoop

Big Kid Schedule, Big-Time Growth: An Elementary School Success Story

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Mark  Forner

Amie  Inabinet

Paul  Shoup

Does Early Childhood Matter Most?

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Dr. Kyle  Mayer

Marilyn  Brew

DL Dawn  Linden

Edward  Manuszak, Ed. S

Interest Based Bargaining (IBB)

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Eve  Kaltz

SM Shannon  McBrady

CTE + GED = Skills Path

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Gene  Pierce

Using Data to Drive Strategic Planning and Improve Student Achievement

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Ron  Wilson

MAISA Virtual Reality Training Initiative

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Jim  Curran

Dr. William  Miller

Dave  Schulte

Moving From a Passive to an Active Recruiting Model to Build Dynamic Educational Teams

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Jacqueline  Gordon

SM Steven  McGhee

Blake  Prewitt

The Rural School District: To Survive and Thrive

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Erich  Ziegler

Refreshment Break

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

Board Meeting Procedures: Addressing Controversial Topics, Public Comments and Complaints

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

JD Jeff  Dykhouse

Margaret M.  Hackett

M Kevin  Macina

These Districts Hired Their Own Medical Doctor

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

SA Simon  Abbott

Bob  Donaldson

Dr. Brian  Metcalf, Ph.D.

Blended Learning Live! A Sneak Peek

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Erin  Luckhardt

Stacey  Schuh

Early Learning in a District of Literacy Leaders

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Jill  Chochol

Empowering Ferocious Scholars: A Story of Hope, Creativity, and Hard Work

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Rane  Garcia

AH Amy  Henry

Jennifer  Saylor

Lead the Way to Victory: How to Defeat the Challenges Along the Way to a Yes Vote!

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

GA Gail  Allevato

Jeff  Beal

Jamie  Cain

Dennis  Furton

Mary K.  Gallagher

Kevin  Harness

Sailing the 4 C’s

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Brian  Keim

Multi-year Financial Forecast and Strategic Planning

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

MM Melina  Matafias

RJ  Naughton

AP Alexia Pereira

MAISA New ISD Superintendent Orientation

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Dr. William  Miller

PT Patricia  Tremblay

Crisis Communications - Is Your District Prepared for a School Shooting?

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Dr. Dan  Applegate

JD Joseph  DiBenedetto

The Power of Literacy Rounds

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Dr. Kyle  Mayer

Jeremy  Andrick

LS Laurie  Schmitt

Dr. Jennifer Sell

Leaders in Education Networking Reception

04:30 PM 06:00 PM

Hot Breakfast

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

General Session

08:30 AM 11:30 AM

Peter Spadafore

Sponsors

Speakers

John Maketa

Fellow and advisory board member
The Work Institute
John is a Fellow and advisory board member of The Work Institute and a guest lecturer at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. In 2013, he was invited as a subject matter expert to participate in the Global Digital Innovation Initiative at the United Nations General Assembly.
John is a co-author of the bestselling book “Now You’re Thinking!” and a research analyst of the 2014 EDA Trends in Executive Development Benchmark Report.

19 September

Chris Wigent

Executive Director
MASA
Before joining MASA as Executive Director on March 9, 2015, Chris spent eight years as Superintendent of the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency (WRESA). Prior to WRESA, Chris served as Superintendent at Calhoun ISD, Olivet Community Schools, and Dryden Community Schools. Chris actively serves on several education and community boards, and is also an instructor for the Michigan Association of School Boards, specializing in Board-Superintendent relationships. Chris is dedicated to supporting education leaders and assisting them in the vital role of serving Michigan’s 1.5 million public school students.

19 September

20 September

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.

20 September

Sheila Alles

Interim State Superintendent
MDE
Sheila Alles was appointed Interim State Superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education by the State Board of Education on May 8, 2018. Prior to the appointment, Sheila Alles had been the Chief Deputy Superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education since March 2017. One of her biggest priorities is to continue the implementation of Michigan’s Strategic Plan to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years.

She brings a wealth of educational and leadership experiences to the position. The first half of her career was spent in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools where she taught students in kindergarten through eighth grade except first grade. She also had administrative experience as a curriculum coordinator and curriculum director. The second half of her career was spent in the Livonia Public Schools where her administrative positions included elementary principal, director of elementary instruction, director of academic services, and chief academic officer.

Her passion for teaching and learning is reflected in the positions she has held with professional organizations, such as a member of the Michigan Association for School Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Board, member of the Michigan AdvancED Council, past chairperson of Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies—Council of Academic Leadership, member of Wayne County Curriculum Planning Team, and member of the Madonna University Teacher Education Committee. Sheila also has experience as an adjunct professor of literacy at the undergraduate and graduate collegiate level.

A few of the many aspects of her career in which she is most proud include developing and implementing a district-wide school improvement monitoring system, an elementary teacher leader program, a multi-year technology professional learning program to support classroom technology tools, a school administrator mentoring program, and several instructional coaching programs.

20 September

Peter Spadafore

Associate Executive Director for Government Relations
MASA
Peter represents the interests of MASA and its members at the Michigan Capitol. He comes to MASA from Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities, where he was vice president. His previous experience includes serving as the legislative director for Lansing lobbying firm Acuitas, assistant director of government relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards, and associate director of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association. He also has served on the Lansing School Board since 2011.

21 September

David G. Hornak, Ed.D.

Superintendent
Holt Public Schools
David G. Hornak, Ed.D. has lived and worked in Holt, MI for the past twenty-five years. As an employee of Holt Public Schools, he has taught young fives, kindergarten, first grade, and Reading Recovery. Hornak was promoted 12 years ago when he became the instructional leader (principal) of Horizon Elementary. Horizon is a year-round school, which operates on the balanced school calendar. Hornak has presented over 100 times to school boards, district officials, community groups, and PTO groups across the nation regarding the alternative calendar and wellness initiatives such as the Walking School Bus. His dissertation titled The Impact of Summer Recess on Mathematical Learning Retention, which was selected in 2016 as national dissertation of the year by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, further supports the need for school officials interested in minimizing the summer learning loss to consider the balanced school calendar. In April of 2015, Hornak was named Executive Director of the National Association for Year-Round Education. In July 2015, Hornak was promoted to serve as the superintendent of schools in Holt. Hornak and his partner Anne are the proud parents of daughter Olivia and son Maxwell.

20 September

Ronald E. Koehler

Assistant Superintendent
Kent ISD
Koehler’s vision for education is an active and creative staff of educators working together with their community to improve student achievement.Koehler works with schools and their leaders to communicate their vision and engage communities in support of students.

Koehler holds a masters degree inpublic affairs from the University of Illinois-Springfield and a bachelors in journalism from Southern Illinois University.

20 September

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Kelly Coffin

Superintendent
Tecumseh

20 September

Tom TenBrink

Superintendent
Jenison Schools
Tom TenBrink is the Superintendent of Jenison Public Schools. Tom has been at Jenison Public Schools for 31 years and serving as Superintendent for 16 years.

20 September

Dr. David Richards, Ph.D

former Superintendent, Fraser Public Schools and CEO of Core2Edge Consulting
Core2Edge Consulting
Dr. Dave Richards recently retired as Superintendent of Fraser Public Schools. During his career in public education, Dave served as a classroom teacher, high school principal, Chief Technology Officer and Superintendent.Throughout his career, Dave has believed in the potential for technology to converge with powerful instructional design to reimagine our schools and supporting the individual learning needs of every student.Currently, Dave is focused on understanding the complexities of implementing a personalized competency based learning model across all grade levels which will allow students to progress through their academic experience based upon demonstration of proficiency in each of the subject areas. Dave has served at the State and National levels and is the current Past-Chair of the National Council on Digital Convergence.

19 September

Troy Lindner

CTO, Fraser Public Schools and President of LTGI.net
Fraser Public Schools
Troy Lindner is the founder of LTGI.net, a Michigan-based, K-12 software and consulting company. His passion to create and innovate, along with his experience as a UX Architect, CTO, network engineer, and software developer helps him and his team to pioneer new and creative solutions for K-12.

19 September

Jennifer Starlin,

Attorney
Thrun Law Firm
Jennifer K. Starlin joined Thrun Law Firm in 2010. She assists public school districts, intermediate school districts, public school academies, and community colleges with student issues, special education issues, and employment matters. She regularly provides general counsel and advice to public schools and municipalities. As a trial lawyer, Jennifer has defended clients in state and federal courts on a variety of student,employment, and civil rights matters. She has also represented clients in a number of special education administrative hearings and pupil accounting matters. Jennifer successfully represented a private client in an employment matter, achieving a large verdict in the trial court and a favorable decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals. She has also negotiated with state and federal agencies to assist public schools with compliance matters.
Jennifer frequently speaks on school law topics for individual public school clients and various associations, such as the Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education, the Michigan Association of School Boards, and the Michigan School Business Officials.
She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in the state of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Jennifer is a member of the National and Michigan Councils of School Attorneys, the American Bar Association, and the Ingham County Bar Association.
Jennifer is an avid Michigan State University fan and enjoys traveling. She is a member of the St. John Student Parish in East Lansing.

19 September

Yvonne Caamal Canul, Ph.D.

Superintendent
Lansing Public Schools
Yvonne Caamal Canul is the Superintendent of the Lansing School District and has spearheaded a cutting-edge opportunity ready educational program called the Lansing Pathway Promise. Yvonne has been an educator for over 40 years serving in a wide variety of positions at the local, state, and national levels.Beyond her professional dedication, Yvonne has also been recognized for her leadership.In 1995, she was selected for the Milken National Educator Award, in 2015 she was named Michigan’s Superintendent of the Year and in February of 2017 she Yvonne was awarded the National Women in School Leadership award from the American Association of School Administrators and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her degrees are from Olivet College and Michigan State University. Yvonne has lived and traveled throughout the world, is fluent in Spanish, and is married to Victor Caamal Canul.

19 September

Nick Ceglarek, Ed.D.

Superintendent
Traverse Bay ISD
Dr. Nicholas Ceglarek studied mathematics, statistics and psychology at Grand Valley State University, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education in 1996.

Upon graduation, Dr. Ceglarek began his teaching career in Michigan at Rockford Public Schools. While teaching, he graduated from Grand Valley State University with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.After three years of teaching mathematics including AP calculus, Dr. Ceglarek was awarded the assistant principal position of Rockford Middle School and appointed director of district assessment and student testing.In 2002, serving seven years in Rockford Public Schools, he became superintendent of Baldwin Community Schools at the age of 29, making him the youngest superintendent in the state of Michigan.In 2003 he was awarded the Grand Valley State University Outstanding Administrator award. After serving the students and families in Baldwin, Dr. Ceglarek was appointed superintendent of Fruitport Community Schools where he spent the next five years.While serving the Fruitport community, Dr. Ceglarek was presented with Grand Valley State University College of Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Award and the Greater Muskegon Jaycees Distinguished Service Award.Dr. Ceglarek was then appointed superintendent of Hudsonville Public Schools where he has been serving since 2009. While serving the Hudsonville community, Dr. Ceglarek was inducted into the Allendale Public School inaugural class of the Hall of Fame.In addition, Dr. Ceglarek serves as president of Hand 2 Hand, a 501c non-profit with a mission to feed hungry children and is the chair of the Board of Managers of HPS©, a not for profit group purchasing organization.
In 2014, Dr. Ceglarek received his Doctor of Education degree from Eastern Michigan University, completing his dissertation on "An Investigation of the Relationship Between Michigan Department of Education School Achievement Ranking and the School's Percentage of Economically Disadvantaged Students".In 2018, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) Board of Education selected Dr. Ceglarek as superintendent.TBAISD is a service agency supporting over 24,000 students with 16 local school district in a five county region.

Dr. Nicholas Ceglarek resides in the Traverse City, Michigan with his wife Darcy and two sons, Colson and Zane.

19 September

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Dedrick Martin, Ed.D.

Superintendent
Caledonia Community Schools

19 September

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Donna Oser

Director of Leadership Development & Executive Search Services
MASB

19 September

Connie Hamilton

Curriculum Director
Saranac Community Schools
Connie Hamilton Ed.S. has over 25 years in education as teacher, instructional coach, and administrator at both elementary and secondary levels. She is currently a curriculum director in Saranac Community Schools and shares professional learning on instructional strategies. As a member of John Hattie's Visible Learning team, Connie helps teachers and leaders to know thy impact based on effects sizes around what works best in education. She also draws from her experience as a trainer for the teacher evaluation system Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning to offer sequential feedback offering suggestions that can be implemented easily. She observes nearly 200 lessons a year across the country in K-12 classrooms. This experience allows her to share strategies with educators that have been effective in fostering student learning in other classrooms through coaching and mentoring models.

19 September

Roger Bearup

Superintendent
Grandville Public Schools

19 September

Dania Bazzi

Superintendent
Ferndale Public Schools
Dr. Dania Bazzi is currently the Superintendent of Ferndale Public Schools. Previously, Dr. Bazzi served as the Superintendent of Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools. She has also held the positions of Director of Teaching & Learning for Hamilton Community Schools, School Improvement & Data Consultant with Jackson County Intermediate School District, and a math teacher at John Glenn High School. FPS is committed to challenging ourselves and our students, making small changes as adults that will result in big differences in the lives of our students, and having the mindset that all can excel.

19 September

Dina Rocheleau

Ferndale Public Schools
Dina is the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction for Ferndale Public Schools in Ferndale, MI. Prior to her current role she was the Principal for Roosevelt Primary School, a National School of Character recipient; an Early Childhood Special Education Consultant for Oakland Schools Intermediate School District; Assistant Principal and a Varying Exceptionality teacher with Pinellas County Schools in Pinellas County Florida. She has been an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University for both undergrad and graduate programs. During her professional tenure she is proud of the accolades and awards she and her district & schools have received; but nothing tops the pure emotion of a student who loves school and the mutual respect she has built with staff members.

19 September

Julia Gillespie

Deputy Superintendent
OAISD

19 September

Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.

Superintendent
Dearborn Public Schools
In 1995, Superintendent Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D. began his career in education at Oakman and Maples Elementary. 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 21,400 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.

Maleyko has a long history of leadership in the district. 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 as Graduation Rates in Dearborn have achieved an all time high of over 95 percent district-wide.Under his 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 which is the first school in the history of Dearborn Schools to receive that award. Dr. Maleyko continues to be very visible in the schools and community averaging over 400 school visits per year.

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

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David Mustonen

Director of Communications
Dearborn Public Schools

19 September

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Chris Timmis

Superintendent
Dexter Community Schools

19 September

Tracy Wilson

Principal
Grand Haven High School
Tracy has spent the past 30-years in the Grand Haven Area Public Schools as a Teacher/Coach, Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and High School Principal. In May of 2015 she was Awarded the GHAPS Excellence in Service Award and in September of 2015 the Lakeshore ATHENA Award both awards honoring the dedication and commitment to the educational profession. During the past 6-years she has served on the Michigan Association of Secondary Schools Principals Board of Directors, including serving as President during the 2016-2017 school year and currently serves as the State Principal to the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She has a passion for growing people to their fullest capacity with a huge focus on her staff who serves the nearly 2,000 students in her building. After going through multiple crises together as a building, she reached out to Rebekah Schipper to create a program to emotionally support her staff. This program provides staff with the tools to take care of themselves so that they can in turn, take care of the students in their classrooms.
Tracy has been married to her husband Steve for 18-years, he owns a commercial real estate and development company, NorthStar Commercial. They have three boys: Broc a 16-year old junior, Bode a 13-year old 8th grader and Braxton an 11-year old 6th grader. They also have two black labrador retrievers: 6-year old Maximus and 2-year old Seargant. Being able to have a healthy work-life balance has been a focus on hers

19 September

Rebekah Schipper

Executive Director
Opportunity Thrive
Rebekah Schipper, M.Ed., Executive Director of Opportunity Thrive.
Rebekah's passion is to help individuals experience wholeness in their places of work. As an experienced facilitator and educator, Rebekah serves as the primary instructor, curriculum-designer, and Executive Director for Opportunity Thrive. She is trained in Mindfulness, PBL, Design-Thinking, Cognitive Coaching, Leverage Leadership, and Writing and Reading Workshop. As a former educator and instructional coach, she has a deep background in working with small and large groups to facilitate goal-oriented growth.
Rebekah is married to her husband Nate and together they have two beautiful children. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys reading, running, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

19 September

Dr. Robert Shaner

Superintendent
Rochester Community Schools
Robert Shaner serves as the Superintendent for the Rochester Community School District where he provides executive management for 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, three conventional high schools, and one alternative high school.
Dr. Shaner oversees a workforce of nearly 1,500 teachers, administrators, and support staff and manages an annual operating budget of $160 million. The district services a population of more than 91,000 residents, primarily within the City of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Charter Township. Along with the Board of Education, Dr. Shaner sets the strategic direction for the organization so students can be provided with a world-class education.
Dr. Shaner grew up in Sterling Heights and is a 1986 graduate of Sterling Heights High School. Upon graduation from the University of Detroit, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps where he proudly served on active duty with units attached to the 1st Marine Division. Dr. Shaner was deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to Somalia and the Persian Gulf. Following active duty, he attended the Oakland Police Academy, while continuing to serve with the Marine Reserve at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base and the Individual Ready Reserve.
After graduating from the police academy, Dr. Shaner worked as a police officer with the St. Clair Shores Police Department where he served as a patrol officer, DARE Officer, and as a member of the Special Response Team. In 1998, Dr. Shaner transferred to the Troy Police Department, working as a patrol officer and then as a youth bureau detective and a member of the Tactical Support Team.
In August 2000, Dr. Shaner earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Central Michigan University and began teaching history and leadership at Sterling Heights High School. In September 2003, he earned his Education Specialist Degree in Administration from Wayne State University and the following year was appointed Assistant Principal at Grissom Middle School. In August 2006, Dr. Shaner was selected as Principal of Sterling Heights High School.
Dr. Shaner earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University in 2009 and was inducted into the esteemed Gerstacker Fellowship program at Saginaw Valley State University in 2010. He was then appointed Executive Director of Instruction and Technology for the Warren Consolidated School District in 2011.
In March of 2013, Dr. Shaner was appointed Superintendent of the Rochester Community School District. Dr. Shaner is married to his wife, Kimberly, and they have three children.

19 September

Dave Campbell

Superintendent
Kalamazoo RESA
Dave is in his 6th year as the Superintendent of Kalamazoo RESA and 19th as a Superintendent in Michigan. Prior to becoming a superintendent, he was a high school principal for eight years and Dean of Students/social studies teacher/coach for four years. He has been active in state level policy development and served on various state level Committees and Commissions focused on improving Michigan’s “systems” of delivering educational services to our 1.5 million children.

20 September

Scott Menzel

Superintendent
Washtenaw ISD
Dr. Scott A. Menzel is in his 8th year as the Superintendent of Washtenaw Intermediate School District, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has also served as Superintendent of Livingston ESA and Whitmore Lake Public Schools. Dr. Menzel is passionate about educational equity, inclusion, and social justice in schools, both locally and across the state. He serves on state and national committees, giving him a voice in advancing the cause for children of color, children in poverty and children with disabilities. Dr. Menzel has also been involved in examining state school funding and championing policy to encourage equitable financing for education across Michigan.


20 September

Lisa Swem

Attorney
Thrun Law Firm, PC 
Lisa L. Swem has practiced school law with the Thrun Law Firm since 1988 and has devoted her law practice to servicing Michigan public educational institutions. Lisa’s interest in school law began in high school when she served as the first student representative to the Board of Education of the Buchanan Community Schools. Before law school, Lisa worked for five years as a social studies teacher at the secondary level. She also coached basketball and field hockey, and was a faculty advisor for many student activities.
While at Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1988), Lisa was the student editor of the Journal of College and University Law and authored two articles for that publication, including “Due Process Rights in Student Disciplinary Matters.” She earned a B.A. in history from Centre College (1979), an M.A.T. in social studies from Colgate University (1981), and completed over 30 hours of graduate courses in educational administration at the State University of New York.
Lisa practices general school law with special focus on labor and employment law, as well as legal issues related to civil rights, student discipline, special education, policy, curriculum, and athletics. She represents school districts in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels. In addition to arbitration and mediation proceedings, she practices before various administrative agencies including the Michigan Administrative Hearing System (State Tenure Commission, Employment Relations Commission, and Department of Education), the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
For over ten years, Lisa authored the “Law Column” for the monthly Bulletin published by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. She has written many articles on school law topics, including the chapter “Discipline of Students for Off-Campus Conduct” in the book School Violence: From Discipline to Due Process. Lisa was elected President of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys and served on its Board of Directors for two terms. She also served on the Board of Directors for the NSBA Council of School Attorneys. Lisa has conducted hundreds of seminars and presentations on a variety of school law topics.
Lisa lives in East Lansing where she bravely flies her Notre Dame flag on football Saturdays.

20 September

Andrea Tuttle Ed.D.

Superintendent
Owosso Public Schools
Dr. Andrea C. Tuttle has served as the Superintendent for the Owosso Public Schools’, an International Baccalaureate School, for the past 9 years. Prior to her role as Superintendent, Andrea was a building administrator for 11 years. She earned her Ed.D. and Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and her Bachelor’s degree from Alma College. Andrea’s dissertation is titled: Humor and Leadership: Subordinates perception of a leader’s effectiveness. Andrea has earned certification in both secondary and elementary teaching and has taught at all levels including teaching in Perth, Western Australia. In 2016, Andrea was awarded the MASA Region 6 superintendent of the year recognition. Andrea lives in Owosso, MI with her husband and two children.

20 September

Kristin Flynn

Executive Director of Student Learning Services
Michigan Virtual
Kristin is an educational career leadership professional and change agent with the insight, vision and enthusiasm necessary to inspire teams and garner results. She serves as the Executive Director of Student Learning Services for Michigan Virtual. Prior to joining the team in 2014, she served nearly 20 years in public education as a teacher, coach, building and district administrator and is a retired veteran, serving 22 years in the Michigan Virtual team. Kristin is a high-energy individual who is committed to educational excellence, maintaining exceptional relationships, growing leaders and working diligently to communicate through many venues in an effort to provide resources to educators and school districts. She is a firm believer in building leadership capacity in those working with her on behalf of students and focuses on using research and data to drive decision making.

20 September

Rachelle Wynkoop

Assistant Superintendent
Lake Shore Public Schools
Rachelle serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Academic and Student Services at Lake Shore Public Schools (Macomb). She is passionate about innovate practices that emphasize student voice and harness the best uses of technology; believes professional development should be focused, timely and relevant; and actively works to create a collaborative professional learning network for Michigan educators through leadership in the #MichED chat community. When not working, she is most likely to be found on a trail, near water, reading, or spending time with her college-age son on travel adventures.

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Bobbi Jo Stoner

Coordinator of Early College
Virtual School & Innovative Programs at Gull Lake Community Schools
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Catherine Woolman

Executive Director of Instruction
Port Huron Area Schools

20 September

Mark Forner

K-12 Principal
Mason County Eastern Schools
Dr. Forner is a former school board president, math teacher and the current K-12 principal at MCE. As a Teach For America corps member, his experience includes seven years spent as a classroom teacher and school leader in inner city Indianapolis. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Kalamazoo College, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and PhD in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.

20 September

Paul Shoup

Superintendent
Mason County Eastern Schools
Mr. Shoup has been in education for 27 years at Mason County Eastern. During that time he has been the Cross Country and Track Coach, Class Advisor, Quiz Bowl Advisor, Special Education Director and K-12 Principal. Currently he is the Superintendent/Athletic Director/Transportation Director. He has earned the following degrees: an A.A.S. degree from West Shore Community College, a B.S. in Biology Education from Ferris State University, an M.A. from Michigan State University in Curriculum and Teaching and an M.A. from Grand Valley State University in Education Administration. Additionally his credentials include earning a Superintendent Endorsement from M.A.S.A.'s Courageous Journey program.

20 September

Danielle Luce

Elementary ELA Teacher
Mason County Eastern Schools
Ms. Luce has taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students for the past twelve (12) years at MCE. Danielle's educational experience includes spending seven (7) years as an elementary paraprofessional at MCE before going back to college to earn her teaching certificate. She first earned her B.A. in Health Communications from Grand Valley State University in 1995, before returning to GVSU to earn her B.A. in Integrated Science with a Minor in Elementary Education in 2005. Additionally, Danielle earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Reading from Marygrove College in 2010.

Amie Inabinet

Elementary Social Studies Teacher
Mason County Eastern Schools
Ms. Inabinet has taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade for the past eight (8) years at MCE. Additionally, Amie taught elementary students for two (2) years in her home state of Illinois. She lives with her "men" - husband Chad and sons Noah and Caleb in Ludington, Michigan. She earned her B.A. in Communications for Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and her M.A. in Elementary Education from Lewis University in Romeville, IL.

20 September

Edward Manuszak, Ed. S

Superintendent/Steering Committee Member
Dundee Community Schools/AASA Early Learning
Edward Manuszak, Ed. S is currently the Superintendent of Dundee Community Schools since Aug. 2016.He is also a steering committee member of the AASA National Early Learning Cohort, Federal Office of Head Start Expert Work Group, National Association of the Education Young Children Developmentally Appropriate Practice Book Review Team, and Monroe County Great Start Collaborative and Children’s Action Network.He has been a professional educator for 23 years holding various positions as Classroom Teacher, Elementary Building Principal, Director of State and Federal Programs, Director of Early Childhood Education, Presenter and Consultant, Assistant Superintendent and Adjunct Faculty Member at Siena Heights University and Eastern Michigan University.Additionally, he is a PhD student finishing his dissertation at Eastern Michigan University.

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Dawn Linden

Assistant Superintendent
Ann Arbor Public Schools

20 September

Marilyn Brew

AASA Urban Superintendent Academy Recent Graduate
Detroit Public School Community District
Marilyn Brew is currently serving as the Army JROTC Senior Instructor of Western International High School, Detroit Public Schools Community District and is an Aspiring Superintendent.She is a non-member participant of the AASA National Early Learning Cohort.She has been a professional non-K12 educator for more than 20 years holding various positions such as Small Group Instructor, Adjunct Faculty Member, Internship Clinical Director for Associate and Baccalaureate Programs, and Organizational Leader Coach.Additionally, she is a Graduate of the AASA/Howard Urban Superintendent Academy and currently enrolled in the Ed.S. program at Wayne State University.

20 September

Eve Kaltz

Superintendent
Center Line Public Schools

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Shannon McBrady

Assistant Superintendent of Human Relations
Center Line Public Schools

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Donna Chrzanowski

Music Teacher
Center Line Public Schools
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Ron Howery

Education Association President
Center Line Public Schools

Gene Pierce

Superintendent
Tuscola ISD
Gene Pierce currently serves as Superintendent of Tuscola Intermediate School District.Gene has worked with Tuscola ISD since 1995 and served as Assistant Principal and then Principal of the Tuscola Technology Center.He later became Assistant Superintendent of Career and Technical Education for the District.He was named Tuscola ISD Superintendent in 2010.

Prior to his career at Tuscola ISD, Gene was Lead Curriculum Specialist for Broward County Public Schools in Florida.He started his career as an intercity high school teacher in Ft. Lauderdale.Gene has served on national committees impacting education, including the Automotive Industry Planning Council and several curriculum development projects with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

Gene is active with MAISA and currently serves as President of the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative.

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Todd Laventure

Tuscola ISD

Ron Wilson

Superintendent
Ionia Public Schools
Ron Wilson has been an educator for more than 35 years, serving as a youth specialist, teacher, special education director, principal, curriculum director, business manager and superintendent. Ron holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University and both a Specialty and Enhanced Superintendent Endorsement through the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Association of School Administrators.

20 September

Jim Curran

CEO
Great Lakes Reality Labs
Jim Curran is the founder of Great Lakes Reality Labs, a Virtual Reality content development company focused on education and training. Jim is also a partner at Karoub Associates, a Lansing-based government relations firm. He has been with the firm since 2000. Prior to joining Karoub Associates, Jim worked for Senator Carl Levin as well as the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Jim was a leadership team member of the Kids at the Corner campaign. This effort raised $21 Million to build a youth sports facility to benefit the Detroit Police Athletic League at the site of the old Tiger Stadium. Jim also spends his time coaching youth sports in East Lansing. He and his wife, Polly Synk, have three children in the East Lansing Public Schools.
Jim is a graduate of Michigan State University.

20 September

Dave Schulte

Superintendent
Shiawassee RESD
David E. Schulte currently serves as Superintendent of the Shiawassee Regional Education Service District, a role he has held since June 2012. He is chair of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators Technology Committee and recently was elected President-Elect of the group. Previously he served as Assistant Superintendent for General Education at Shiawassee RESD and Clinton County RESA, Math and Science Center Director for the Capital Area Science and Math Center, a member of the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant steering committee, and as President of the Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan. He began his career teaching elementary school grades K-5. He currently serves on the Heart of Shiawassee United Way Board, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership Board and has presented on Curriculum, Technology and Data Use in Learning at statewide and national conferences.

20 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 and previously 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, professional resources 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.

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20 September

Jacqueline Gordon

Human Capital Strategist
E Squared

J. Renee Gordon coupled her experience recruiting IT professional with the insights she gained volunteering in her sons schools to start E Squared ~ Engaging Effective Educators Efficiently.The E Squared methodology takes schools from a passive to an active recruiting model.This enables schools to stop hiring to fill open positions and start build dynamic educational teams.

20 September

Blake Prewitt

Superintendent
Lakeview School District
Mr. Prewitt started his education career as a music teacher in Columbus, Ohio. After receiving his Masters in Counseling he moved to West Bloomfield School District as a high school counselor. Mr. Prewitt continued in West Bloomfield for 10 years as a counselor, assistant principal, and high school principal. During that time he received his Educational Specialist from Oakland University, moved to Armada Area Schools as a curriculum director, and then to Ferndale School District as Superintendent. Currently Mr. Prewitt is in his second year as Superintendent of Lakeview School District.

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Steven McGhee

Superintendent
Harper Woods School District

20 September

Erich Ziegler

Educator
Forest Park Schools
Hello! My name is Erich Ziegler, and I am a Science and Technology Teacher at Forest Park Schools in Crystal Falls, MI. I also coach Track and Field at Forest Park.

Education is a career that I am passionate about. I enjoy the big picture of education and look forward to continuing to serve students, their families, and the greater community. The field of education is a noble, yet difficult career. Doing our best, and inspiring others to do the same, is imperative. We owe it to ourselves, the district, the community, and most importantly, we owe it to the students.

I earned my B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN with degrees in Secondary Education and Science Teaching. I was also on the Nordic Ski Team and Cross-Country Team at Gustavus. I have my M.S. in Applied Science Education from Michigan Technological University. My master's report looked at the benefits of real-world issues in a classroom. I also have my Ed.S. degree in Administration and Supervision from Northern Michigan University. My Ed.S. Thesis was on rural education, and how schools and their communities can continue to thrive in the future.

My wife, Chandra, (Kindergarten teacher) and I have three daughters (Emma, 7; Hali, 4; Kate, 10 months). They are truly wonderful.

I love the beauty of nature and the world around me, and enjoy fishing, hunting, canoeing, camping, skiing, and running.

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Kevin Macina

Assistant Superintendent
Byron Center Public Schools

20 September

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Jeff Dykhouse

Assistant Principal
Byron Center High School

20 September

Bob Donaldson

Employee Benefits Account Executive
SET SEG
Bob Donaldson serves as an account executive specializing in employee benefits for schools in mid and southeastern Michigan. He joined SET SEG in 2010.
Prior to joining SET SEG, Bob was an account executive in the benefits department of a Grand Rapids-based insurance firm. He is a graduate of Albion College, where he played football on the 1994 National Championship team.

20 September

Dr. Brian Metcalf, Ph.D.

Superintendent
Grand Ledge Public Schools
Earned a Bachelors from Bowling Green State University
Earned a Masters and PhD. from Michigan State University


Dr Metcalf has served as the Superintendent for Grand Ledge Public Schools for the past 8 years. Prior to that, Dr. Metcalf served as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at Hudsonville Public Schools; as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Marshall Public Schools; as a High School / Middle School Principal with Reading Community Schools; finally he taught Advanced Biology and Physical Science; and coached Varsity Basketball and Softball at Eaton Rapids Public Schools.

Following being named Superintendent of Grand Ledge Public Schools, Dr. Metcalf and his wife Pam moved to Grand Ledge. They have one daughter, Brianna, who currently attends elementary school at Grand Ledge!

20 September

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Simon Abbott

Vice President of Business Development
CareATC

20 September

Erin Luckhardt

Senior Professional Learning Specialist
Michigan Virtual
Erin is an 8th-grade social studies teacher turned Blended Learning Coach. As a teacher, Erin was passionate about the intentional use of technology to benefit student learning. To help this cause, she completed her master’s in educational technology with the focus on helping teachers become more confident and comfortable utilizing technology in the classroom. Before being an 8th-grade teacher, she taught high school social studies, middle school technology and was a technology integration coach as well as a volleyball coach. When she’s not working, she loves listening to podcasts, hanging out with her daughters and husband, running/working out, and cooking and clean eating from her backyard garden.

20 September

Stacey Schuh

Professional Learning Services Manager
Michigan Virtual
Stacey is the professional learning services manager at Michigan Virtual. She is responsible for planning and implementing professional learning experiences and works directly with teachers and administrators to ensure personalized professional development. Stacey is a former classroom teacher, national presenter and is an instructor for the Master of Educational Technology program at Michigan State University.

20 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.

20 September

Rane Garcia

Superintendent
Muskegon Heights
Mrs. Rané Garcia is the superintendent at Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System. As a graduate of the
University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University, Mrs. Garcia has been dedicated to championing social
justice through education for 28 years. Her experiences cross Michigan, Texas, and Illinois, and include teaching
1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th grades, serving as a math coordinator, principal, assistant superintendent and
superintendent. Culminating her 16 years as a principal, Mrs. Garcia’s building was a nationally recognized Blue
Ribbon School based on academic success. Mrs. Garcia grounds her work in the belief that through systematic
supports and a relentless dedication to provide each child that which he or she is ready to learn, academically and
socially, society will benefit from the success of those currently caught in a situation that is less than, simply
because of the zip code of their hometown.
Mrs. Garcia has a fantastic husband, Roberto, and three children, who are typically fantastic too, Emily, 22, Becca,
21 and Robé, 15. As a family they enjoy travel and getting to know new people, places and cultures.

20 September

Jennifer Saylor

Assistant Superintendent
Muskegon Heights
For the past twenty years, Mrs. Jen Saylor has been grateful to bring her belief that all students
can learn to public school communities. She began her career as a teacher for the Chicago Public
Schools, and continued on a rewarding path of Turnaround School Instructional Coaching,
Administration, and District Leadership. Throughout her time with the CPS, she achieved
National Board Certification, supported the work of former CPS CEO and Secretary of
Education Arne Duncan’s Teacher Excellence Steering Committee and was a member of New
Leaders’ Cohort 11.
Jen brought her passion for student success and professional growth to the Grand Rapids Public
Schools in 2013, where she developed Induction Programming, renewed her National Board
Certification and served as the Director of Professional Learning until 2017,
Jen now serves as the proud Assistant Superintendent of the Muskegon Heights Public School
Academy System, where Empowering Ferocious Scholars through Rigorous Learning,
Community Partnerships, Leadership, and Tiger Pride is the norm. Jen supports the vision,
mission, and beliefs with gratitude every single day as Muskegon Heights scholars define their
own success and realize they are the key to a future of meaningful options.

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Amy Henry

School Improvement and MTSS Consultant
Muskegon Area ISD 

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Gail Allevato

President, Chief Marketing Officer
TMP Architecture

20 September

Kevin Harness

Superintendent
Allegan Public Schools
In addition to being Superintendent for the last 14 years, he has also been an Assistant Superintendent in charge of Finance and Operations, a High School Principal, teacher, and coach.Kevin has been in education for 35 years. At Allegan Public Schools he has been involved in four successful bond projects.

20 September

Jamie Cain

Superintendent
Port Huron Area School District
James Cain is the Superintendent of Schools for Port Huron Schools, the 22nd largest school district in the state of Michigan. Mr. Cain’s career in education began in 1997 and has provided him the opportunity to educate students of all age levels, K-12. His experience also includes being a principal at both the elementary and middle school levels, being a special education director, and working with athletic programs.
Mr. Cain hails from Mayville, Michigan, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from Saginaw Valley State University. Additionally, Mr. Cain was a member of the prestigious Gerstacker Fellowship Leadership Program through SVSU in 2008 as an Honored Educator. He currently serves on a number of statewide, university and local board associations that emphasize education in the sectors of economics, curriculum development, college access and career preparation for students.
Mr. Cain is married to Angie, a fellow educator, and they are the proud parents of twins Cody and Kaitlyn. He has been the Superintendent of Port Huron Schools since 2014.

20 September

Jeff Beal

Superintendent
Jackson Public Schools
Jeff Beal returned to Jackson as the Superintendent for the Jackson Public Schools in June 2014. After graduating from Jackson High School in 1989, Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from Olivet College, his Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University and his Specialist Degree in Education Leadership from Grand Valley State University. He has served as a Middle School and High School English Teacher, Middle School Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal and Athletic Director for Chippewa Hills School District; Middle School Principal, Special Education Director and Superintendent for Vestaburg Community Schools. Jeff's wife is also in school administration and is an elementary principal at Allen Elementary in Ann Arbor. Together they have five children all attending Jackson Public Schools and so when he speaks about his commitment to our students he truly means our students.

20 September

Dennis Furton

Superintendent
Spring Lake Public Schools
Dennis Furton has been Superintendent of Spring Lake Public Schools since June of 2008. Previous positions he has held include Superintendent to Bath Community Schools; Secondary Principal at Glen Lake Schools and Onekama Consolidated Schools; and, High School Assistant Principal and English Teacher at Ball High School in Galveston, Texas. Dennis is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Dennis’s wife, Jodi, is a kindergarten teacher for Grand Haven Area Public Schools and their two children attend Spring Lake.

20 September

Mary K. Gallagher

Superintendent
Northville Public Schools
A member of the Northville Public Schools leadership team for more than 30 years, Ms. Gallagher has a depth and breadth of experience as an Early Childhood Program Coordinator, Elementary School Principal, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, and for the past seven years as Superintendent of Schools.In this role, Ms. Gallagher has collaboratively led the high performing Northville Public schools, serving 7,400 students, 850 staff members, and 11 schools with a General Fund budget of approximately $78 million. Most recently, Northville Public Schools engaged broad‐based stakeholder involvement and leadership that resulted in the successful passage of a far‐reaching $104.85 million Bond Proposal (November, 2017) to update facilities, enhance security and support modern learning environments across the district. During Ms. Gallagher’s tenure, the community has supported a Technology Bond (2012); Non‐Homestead, Millage Renewal (2011); Sinking Fund Millage (2011) and Sinking Fund Millage Renewal (2015). Ms. Gallagher has her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and her Masters of Art in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University.

20 September

Brian Keim

Superintendent
Laker Schools
Brian has had a wide variety of experiences in his 20 years in education. His early career was spent as a teacher, coach, special education director, and school counselor for Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools. Nine years ago, he returned to his alma mater as Principal of Laker High School, and is now entering his fourth year as Superintendent of Laker Schools. Brian lives with his wife, Lisa, and their five children on his grandfather's farm near Bay Port. He loves old barns, watching football, and spending time on the water. He also enjoys studying organization culture and its impact on personnel and productivity.

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Patricia Tremblay

Director of Government Relations,
MAISA

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Joseph DiBenedetto

Education Practice Senior Director
Lambert, Edwards & Associates

20 September

Dr. Dan Applegate

Superintendent
Niles Community Schools
I have been the Director of Special Education, Director of Curriculum and Instructio, 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 LE & A during emergency and crisis situations.

20 September

Jeremy Andrick

Doctoral Assistant for Dr. Patricia Reeves, HIL Project Facilitator and Instructional Rounds Coordinator
Western Michigan University
Jeremy Andrick is an experienced teacher and principal who spent 15 years working in schools with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students (67-87 %, based on free/reduced lunch qualification) in Colorado Springs, CO. As a school-based administrator, he assisted with and led major turnarounds in student achievement leading to both state and national recognition. Jeremy decided to take time away from serving as a practicing school leader in order to pursue a Ph.D. in educational leadership at Western Michigan University and was awarded the highly competitive and prestigious Doctoral Scholar Assistantship through the WMU Graduate College.
For the first two years of his assistantship, he is being financially sponsored by the WMU Graduate College and assigned to Dr. Reeves as his assistantship mentor to work on the core, research, and instructional rounds teams for the High Impact leadership (HIL) Project. As part of his work on the HIL Project, Jeremy assisted with the coordination and implementation of instructional rounds in the first cohort of 76 HIL Project schools. Jeremy brings a deep appreciation for the principalship and the challenge of achieving high fidelity implementation of initiatives that will produce better outcomes for students.

20 September

Dr. Kyle Mayer

Assistant Superintendent
Ottawa Area Schools
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 (a 20 county literacy collaborative in West and Southwest Michigan). 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. Kyle is married to Melissa Mayer, a first-grade teacher in Grand Haven and has a daughter Sarah (13) and son Ryan (10).

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Laurie Schmitt

Assistant Superintendent
Allegan AESA

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Jason Pasatta

Director of Innovation Services
Ottawa Area ISD 
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Carrie Wozniak

Superintendent
Fraser Public Schools

19 September

Caroline Geist

Director of OCSN

19 September

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Alexia Pereira

PFM Solutions LLC

20 September

RJ Naughton

PFM Financial Advisors LLC
Mr. RJ Naughton is a Director at Public Financial Management’s Ann Arbor office. He began his career in municipal finance in 1991 and has been with PFM since August 2015. He advises on new and refinancing bond issues, compiling and analyzing various debt structures. He assists many clients with setting their annual debt levy. Additionally, he designs financial models for projects in the ever-changing area of municipal finance. Mr. Naughton has assisted in over 2,500 municipal bond and notes for a variety of issuers including school districts, libraries, municipalities, counties and colleges. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Admiration from Wayne State University. He is also a registered Municipal Advisor Representative (Series 50).

20 September

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Melina Matafias

PFM Solutions LLC

20 September

Margaret M. Hackett

Shareholder
Thrun
Margaret M. Hackett graduated from the University of Notre Dame (B.A., magna cum laude, 1979) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1981), after which she was privileged to clerk for the Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Meg is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and the District of Columbia. She practiced law for 25 years before joining the Thrun Law Firm in 2007, including 12 years as in-house counsel for educational institutions.
Meg’s practice is varied and draws upon her extensive experience as in-house counsel across practice areas. This breadth of experience uniquely positions Meg to provide multi-faceted counsel to educational institutions embarking on innovative and complex initiatives. To the extent that her practice can be categorized, Meg serves as board counsel addressing maters of general school law, labor and employment law, public school academies, the law of higher education, special education law and State Aid and Pupil Accounting issues. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics of interest to school officials.
Meg is a member of the Michigan School Boards Association (MSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA) and currently serves as President on its Board of Directors; the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys; the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA); the American Bar Association (ABA); the Federal Bar Association (FBA); the Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA); and the Women Lawyer's Association of Michigan (WLAM), having served as a past president of the WLAM Western Region. Meg is a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Meg lives on a farm and raises pasture-fed livestock and poultry. She enjoys music and participates in the music ministry at her church. She is on the Board of Directors of the YWCA West Central Michigan and is a sustaining member of the Justice Foundation of West Michigan.

20 September

Piotr M. Matusiak

Associate
Thrun
Piotr (“Peter”) M. Matusiak joined Thrun Law Firm in 2016. Peter graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in 2012. At Furman, Peter was a double-major in Economics and in History, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a member of Sigma Chi.
In 2016, Peter graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law. In law school, Peter was Managing Editor of the Michigan State Law Review and a recipient of the jurisprudence award in various courses, including Contract Drafting, Education Law, and Labor Law (the award is for the highest “A” in a course). Peter’s paper, “Overcoming the Labyrinth: Embracing Attorney General Mukasey’s Silva-Trevino Decision,” was published in the Michigan State Law Review in the fall of 2016.
Peter is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. His practice focuses on general school law, labor and employment law, and municipal law. Peter serves as the Employer Representative on the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Practice & Procedure: Unfair Labor Practices & Scope of Bargaining.
Peter resides in Howell. As a native of Warsaw, Poland, Peter is an avid follower of the Polish National Football Team. He is the catcher for the firm’s softball team.

Katie Broaddus

Attorney
Thrun Law Firm
Katherine Wolf Broaddus joined Thrun Law Firm in August 2013. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Social Work from Western Michigan University (B.S.W., B.S. 2000) and received her Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D. 2004). While in law school, Katie was a two-year member of the Moot Court Honors Society, a quarter finalist at the Luther M. Swygert Moot Court Competition, and the William E. McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition at the University of Minnesota Law School. Before entering law school, she was employed as a social worker to children with developmental disabilities. After law school, she practiced for seven years at a Farmington Hills law firm that represented school districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies. Katie’s practice focuses on the areas of general school law, special education law, and labor and employment law.
Katie is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys and the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys. In 2010, Katie was elected to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys and served in that position for two terms. She served as President of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys in 2014-2015. Katie has published numerous articles on various topics in education law. In 2013 and 2014, she was selected as a “Rising Star” in the education law practice area by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
Katie lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and three children. She and her family are active parishioners at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Grand Rapids.

19 September

Dr. Jennifer Sell

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency
Dr. Jennifer Sell is the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Kalamazoo RESA.Prior to coming to KRESA, Jennifer was the Instructional Service Coordinator for Charlevoix-Emmet ISD for 10 years.In this role she supported LEA’s in the areas of Continuous Improvement and Leadership Development.Jennifer has also been a principal and teacher ranging from a small rural district to a large urban district of over 86,000 students in Texas.Jennifer currently is the Vice Chair for the General Education Leadership Network (GELN) and participates on the MDE/ISD Advisory Board.She also supports the High Impact Leadership (HIL) Project as a coordinator.Jennifer has two daughters: Sara (20) who lives in Scotland serving through Youth With a Mission, and Emily (19) who attends and plays college golf for Defiance University.

20 September

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Colin Ripmaster

Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
Associate Executive Director
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Angela Shields

Michigan Virtual
Business Developer
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Jodi Peters

Chief Engagement Officer
Atlantic Research Partners
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Keith Palz

Executive Director School Transformation
Atlantic Research Partners
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Terry Stoklosa

Michigan Business Manager
Siemens Industry, Inc.
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Nicole Gazzeny

Account Executive
Siemens Industry, Inc.
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Robert Schindler

Attorneys
Lusk Albertson, PLC
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Robert Lusk

Attorneys
Lusk Albertson, PLC
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Sarah Alcusky

EAB
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Lachezar Manasiev

EAB
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Anita Sprayberry

Head of Sales
Carnegie Learning
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Chris Stephens

former superintendent and current Client Engagement Manager for Eidex
Eidex
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Denise Kish

Director of Academic Services
Eidex
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Chuck Pearson, Ph.D.,

Director Early College Programs
WMU
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Bill McCullough

Vice President
Gaggle
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Laura Reino

Digital Engagement Consultant
National Geographic Learning / Cengage
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Lt. Col. Scott Meyers

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) - Director of Human Resources
Michigan Army National Guard
TH

Tony Hollow

Former Superintendent
Vandercook Lake Schools
DJ

Dale C. Jerome, Ed.D., AIA, ALEP,

President
French Associates, Inc.

Caryn Wells

Associate Professor
Oakland University
Caryn Wells, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership at Oakland University. She teaches Education Leadership courses in the Education Specialist program and Leadership courses in the Teacher Leadership Masters level program. She researches, publishes, and presents to professional audiences about mindfulness, mindful self-compassion, stress reduction, occupational burnout, and resilience. She teaches mindfulness to graduate students in her classes, and has presented introductions on mindfulness to doctoral and medical students at OU. She is the author of Mindfulness: How School Leaders Can Reduce Stress and Thrive on the Job. She is a former teacher of English, counselor, assistant principal and principal, all at the high school level. Her website is carynwells.com

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SET SEG

Presidential
SET SEG is a non-profit company that was created in 1971 to offer schools comprehensive and affordable employee benefit solutions for Michigan public schools and their employees. Since its creation, the needs of Michigan’s public education community continued to change and SET SEG grew into an organization offering a spectrum of insurance services including not only employee benefits, but property/casualty and workers’ compensation as well.
Today, SET SEG continues to expand and find innovative ways to meet the specialized needs of its members. This, coupled with a superior member experience, is why SET SEG has maintained its position as an industry leader in the school insurance market.

Michigan Virtual

Presidential
Michigan Virtual, formerly known as Michigan Virtual University®& Michigan Virtual School®,has been working hard to provide a path to the future for students and educators since 1998. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation focused on education, we believe that brilliance resides in all of us, ready to change the world with the next big idea. We’re dedicated to helping each student shine their brightest by enhancing their opportunities to learn and working to strengthen the teachers that will show them the way. Here we strive to place each student’s potential within reach. By discovering new ways to grow, we’re taking K-12 education to the next level and working to leverage face-to-face, blended and online learning innovations that facilitate the advancement of education.
Michigan Virtual is governed by an independent Board of Directors comprised of individuals representing business, industry, higher education, K-12 education and state government. Our partners and governing board share our goals and aspirations for each student as we come together to assist those in the pursuit of higher learning.

Battelle for Kids

Platinum
Battelle for Kids is a national not-for-profit organization committed to collaborating with school systems and communities to realize the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student.
Our team of experienced educators alongside communications, technology, and business professionals innovates and partners with school systems to offer an educational experience that prepares all students to become lifelong learners and contributors in an ever-changing world.
Our approach involves the entire school community—educators in partnership with students, parents, businesses, and others—to ensure enduring impact in schools.
Our History
Supported by an initial grant from Battelle Memorial Institute, Battelle for Kids was established in 2001 by the Ohio Business Roundtable to improve student achievement in Ohio under the leadership of former executive director Jim Mahoney. In 2005, Battelle for Kids became an independent, national not-for-profit organization focused on developing innovative services and solutions that empower and support teachers, leaders, and school systems to reach every learner. In December 2016, Dr. Karen Garza became the organization's new president and CEO.
A cornerstone of our early work was the creation of SOAR, a group of 42 diverse Ohio school districts that came together to explore innovative practices for their schools. SOAR has been a model for showing how like-minded school systems can connect, collaborate, and innovate to improve learning. We are also forming other networks of school systems at the state and national level to co-create new models of learning and lead the way for other school systems toward what works in this new era in education. In October 2017, we welcomed EdLeader21 as one of our national networks dedicated to accelerating the implementation of 21st century educational systems for all students.

Eidex

Platinum
For Educators, By Educators

We're not just a software company. At the heart of Eidex are experienced educators who share the same passion as you: to improve education.

Having lived your challenges of increasing accountability, difficult financial decisions, and various reporting requirements, we built Eidex with a sole focus on helping K-12 leaders. You were our inspiration, and your feedback continues to drive our innovation.

What sets Eidex apart?
Decisions are hard, we know. So, to make it easier for you, here's why 1,000+ districts and charters confidently chose Eidex as their data partner.

GMB Architecture & Engineering

Platinum
Leaders in educational design
For fifty years, GMB has been collaborating with schools and communities to create the kinds of environments that facilitate excellence in learning. Our designs impact every aspect of school design including secure entries, outdoor learning, technology integration, site, playgrounds, athletics, classroom design, and performance spaces. From early childhood through high school, we leverage our collaborative approach to designing the spaces that meet the needs of your students, staff, and community.

K12 Insight

Platinum
Who we are
We’re a group of former educators and administrators. Many of us are parents. We believe in the power of our local schools and the tremendous potential of our students. That work starts in the classroom. But it extends to the community, to the relationships you build with parents, teachers, students and staff. That’s where we come in.

Our story
When we launched K12 Insight more than a decade ago, our mission was clear: to help schools build stronger relationships with parents, students, teachers and staff.
Today, we partner with thousands of school leaders to help them communicate and build trust with the people who matter most. Through a unique combination of cloud-based technology, research and professional development and training, we empower educators to listen to families and staff, learn from candid feedback and lead by turning those conversations into actionable plans for student and school success. We currently serve more than 30,000 school leaders and are proud to partner with several minority and women-owned businesses. Join us!

Kingscott Associates, Inc.

Platinum

We Believe in People
Working Together to
Create the Extraordinary

Munetrix

Platinum
We are a One Stop Business Analytics Platform for Municipalities & Schools That Provides

  • Meaningful, actionable useable data
  • Simplified financial presentations
  • A benchmarking tool for performance management
  • Customizable performance dashboards
  • Operational Key Performance Indicators
  • Educational Key Performance Indicators
  • A social network for collaborations
  • Help promoting Economic Development & Community Engagement

NEOLA, Inc.

Platinum
Our mission is to help school leaders set direction through policy and address the policy implications and mandates of the ever-evolving laws and regulations from all levels of government.
Neola began serving schools districts over 40 years ago as an educational consulting firm founded by four business partners from northeast Ohio. Formerly known as the North East Ohio Learning Associates, Neola initially offered facilities studies, population projects, curriculum units and staff development. Neola began providing policy service as the client base grew. As more clients came on board, it became apparent that districts needed help staying on top of the new and changing laws and regulations affecting schools. Board policies soon became Neola’s sole focus.
Neola’s work expanded to the rest of Ohio and then into other states. We now serve more than 1,500 clients in six states, and have become the preferred provider in several of the states we serve. The key to our growth has always been our commitment to personalized services in each of our districts.

Edgenuity

Gold
As a company of educators, we know teachers and administrators work tirelessly to meet the needs of all their students. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide schools with the tools and resources they need to leverage technology in ways that improve student outcomes.
We’ve seen firsthand that all districts, schools, and students have unique needs that can’t be met with a one-size-fits-all solution.
With that in mind, we dedicated our efforts to creating powerful, but flexible products and solutions that give educators more ways to manage and customize their program, and students the personalization and engagement they need to succeed.
But it doesn’t end there; we work side by side with our school and district partners every step of the way to ensure they have the support they need to achieve their goals.

Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

Gold
Forecast5 Analytics increases financial and organizational performance by empowering local government leaders with analytics. We develop state-of-the-art technology used for data discovery and decision support. Our collaborative staff of experts take high-level ownership of public sector challenges with a sense of urgency to create great outcomes for our clients and the communities they support.

"The Forecast5 team has been so amazing and responsive to assist with learning and using their software tools. One of their frequent questions: 'Hey Wendy, what are you working on in your district, and how can we help?' "
- Wendy Rimmelspacher, Executive Director for Financial Services, Clarkston School District, Washington

At Forecast5, we understand your challenges because public sector work is all we do. We know that data analytics is the answer, and we have proven it to a growing number of school districts, community colleges and municipal governments.
We believe in relationships. After you purchase our software, we install it and teach you how to use it. And we are always available to help you get the maximum value out of your investment.

Gallagher

Gold
It’s The Gallagher Way.

The Gallagher Way is more than just placing coverage and selecting a plan. It is the code by which we live. Providing you with insurance, risk management and consulting to go beyond your business goals.
Every day, our clients face massive challenges across a range of issues. Gallagher's advisors understand your business and how hard you work to deliver on your promises. We're your global partner in achieving your goals. And that only begins to describe the shared values, corporate culture and passion for excellence that define The Gallagher Way of doing business. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. - the only insurance broker on the Ethisphere Institute's list of the World's Most Ethical Companies.

GLP & Associates, Inc.

Gold
GLP & Associates was founded over 4 decades ago with one guiding principle: Clients First.
Our Mission is to deliver honest financial products that improve lives & we do this by providing unique solutions with integrity and professionalism.
It is this principle that has allowed us to become one of the largest independent providers of retirement services for educators in the marketplace today.

GRBS, Inc.

Gold
WHAT WE DO
For over 100 years, GRBS has been recognized by our customers as the best provider of contract cleaning professionals in our industry. Servicing Commercial Office Buildings, Light Industrial Facilities, K-12 School Districts, Government Buildings, Airports, Medical Facilities, Colleges and Universities, GRBS is one of the most diverse Custodial Providers in the Midwest!
We now service over 30 million square feet in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana with over 1,300 employees.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Gold
As visionaries, we are looking toward the future while remaining committed to the core mission behind our founding — fostering lifelong learners. As educators, our purpose is to develop instruction and resources proven to provide every learner with a pathway to success in school and life. By working with teachers, parents, community leaders, and field experts, HMH® continues to remain at the forefront of education. Together, with our customers, we create the fullest expression of what learning can be.

Michigan Laborers Union

Gold
The Michigan Laborers’ District Council is an affiliation of seven Laborers’ Local Unions representing 1