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Bette Bigsby, Atherton Community Schools
Email: bbigsby43@hotmail.com
P: 810.618.4153

Bette has served on the Atherton Community Schools Board of Education for 22 years and held all officer positions on the board. Bette has been through successful bond issues and one unsuccessful bond issue, multiple superintendent searches, building closures, student reductions and a recall effort. Please contact Bette with questions regarding:

  • Board Governance
  • Board Member Relationships
  • Board Operating Procedures
  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • Policy
  • Superintendent Search

Christopher Breen, Allendale Public Schools
Email: cbreen@valspar.com
P: 616.325.6904

Christopher has served on the Allendale Public Schools Board of Education for six years. He has held the positions of treasurer and vice president. Since the beginning of his board service, Christopher has sought out training and information about school governance. He believes in the importance of training, and is even a trainer for his day job. Please contact Christopher with questions about:

  • CBA Courses & Certification
  • Finance
  • Management vs. Micromanagement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Teambuilding

Amy Brookhouse, Holton Public Schools
Email: abrookhouse@holton.k12.mi.us
P: 231.821.0476

Amy has served on the Holton Public Schools Board of Education for 12 years. She has held the positions of vice-president and president. In her time on the board she has been through multiple superintendent searches, and has experience working with difficult board members, contract negotiations and policies. Contact Amy about:

  • Board Member Relationships
  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • CBA Courses & Certification
  • Negotiations
  • Policy
  • Superintendent Search

Mike Brown, Fowlerville Community Schools
Email: mbrown17@tds.net
P: 313.805.8313

Mike has served on the Fowlerville Community Schools Board of Education for 20 years and has been president, vice president and treasurer. He has worked with four different superintendents and implemented a successful committee structure during his service on the board. Contact Mike with questions regarding:

  • Board Governance
  • Board Member Relationships
  • Negotiations
  • Superintendent Search
  • Viewing All Sides of an Issue

Janis Bugbee, Bendle Public Schools
Email: jdbug10@aol.com
P: 810.919.4154

Janis has served on the Bendle Public Schools Board of Education for almost 20 years. She has held the positions of trustee, treasurer and secretary. Janis enjoys working with new school board members and has experiences with board procedure manuals, negotiations and finance. Contact Janis with questions about:

  • Board Governance
  • Board Operating Procedures
  • CBA Courses and Certification
  • Chain of Command
  • Teambuilding

Nels Christopherson, Houghton Portage Township Schools and Copper Country ISD
Email: nels@mtu.edu
P: 906.482.6086

Nels has served on the Copper Country ISD Board of Education for 19 years, and also served on the Houghton-Portage Township Schools board for 22 years. He has served as president, secretary and treasurer of both boards at various times throughout his career, and has presented at MASB conferences. Contact Nels for questions on:

  • Negotiations
  • Finance
  • Personnel
  • Role of the ISD

Ruth A. Coppens, Saginaw ISD
Email: coppensru@gmail.com
P: 989.643.7628

Ruth has served on the Saginaw ISD Board for 35 years and currently serves as an MASB Board of Director. She has held all officer positions on her board. Please contact Ruth with questions in the following areas:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Role of the ISD
  • Changes in Education

Thomas Dean, Houghton Lake Community Schools
Email: deant@hlcsk12.net
P: 231.328.4340

Thomas has served on the Houghton Lake Community Schools Board of Education for 10 years and has held all officer positions. He is a retired educator and is passionate about lifelong learning. Contact Thomas with questions regarding:

  • Board Member Relationships
  • Bond Passage
  • Finance
  • Policy
  • Superintendent Search

Cindy Gansen, Genesee ISD
Email: cganse02@gmail.com
P: 810.577.1799

Cindy currently serves on the Genesee ISD Board. She has been a school board member for 14 years and has held the positions of president and treasurer. Contact Cindy for questions regarding:

  • CBA & Certification
  • Bond Passage
  • Efficient Operations
  • Community Engagement
  • Role of ISD

Gary Gasowski, Center Line Public Schools
Email: jandggasowski@aol.com
P: 586.574.2016 (h); 586.214.7678 (c)

Gary has served on the Center Line Public Schools Board of Education for 28 years. During his tenure he has held all leadership positions. Contact Gary for questions regarding:

  • Early Childhood
  • Recruiting Volunteers
  • Community Engagement

Patrice Hatcher, Carman Ainsworth Community Schools
Email: patricehatcher@gmail.com
P: 810.234.1026

Pat has served on the Carman Ainsworth Community Schools Board of Education for 12 years. She has held the positions of treasurer, vice president and president. Pat is a skilled leadership development consultant and trainer. Contact Pat with questions regarding:

  • Advocacy
  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • Bond Passage
  • Educational Trends
  • Professional Learning Centers

Henry Hatter, Clio Area Schools
Email: henry0521@aol.com
P: 810.686.5748

Henry has served on the Clio Board of Education for 21 years. During that time he has served as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and parliamentarian. Please contact Henry with questions in the following areas:

  • MASB Certification Program
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Public Education
  • Advocacy

Ahmed Ismail, Grosse Pointe Public Schools
Email: ahmed@portraitplace.gpw.com
P: 313.343.9060 (days); 313.969.1541 (evenings)

Ahmed has been a board member for more than six years. He has held the position of Secretary and served on the Facilities Planning and Compensation Committees. He has achieved MASB’s Master Board Member Award and Advocacy Skills Specialty. Contact Ahmed with questions regarding:

  • CBA Courses and Certifications
  • Chain of Command
  • Community Engagement and Public Relations
  • Construction, Sinking Fund and Bond Issues
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Policy
  • Superintendent Search and Evaluation

Karen Johnson, Copper Country ISD
Email: johnsonka.km@gmail.com
P: 906.337.5184

Karen has served for 27 years on the Calumet Public Schools and 22 as a board member on the Copper Country ISD Board of Education. During her tenure she has served as president for both the local and ISD board. Contact Karen with questions on:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Superintendent Search
  • Board-Superintendent Roles and Responsibilities
  • Building Community Support for Bond Issues
  • Chain of Command

Allen Johnston, Godwin Heights Public Schools
Email: johnston@godwinschools.org
P: 616.452.8768

Allen has served on the Godwin Heights Public Schools Board of Education for eight years, holding the positions of board trustee and president. Contact Allen for questions about:

  • Sharing a Superintendent
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Learning Centers
  • Meeting AYP and NCLB Targets

Dawn Kaiser, Ph.D., Iosco RESA
Email: drdawnkaiser@gmail.com
P: 989.820.8104

Dawn has served on the Iosco RESA Board of Education for 11 years and has held the position of Vice President. Dawn has a Ph.D. in Organization and Management Leadership and has been a dean at a community college, college professor and is now a program director at American Intercontinental University. Contact Dawn with questions regarding:

  • Advocacy
  • CBA Courses & Certification
  • Keeping Students First
  • Problem Solving
  • Role of the ISD

Marc D. Katz, Oakland Schools
Email: marcgoblue1@gmail.com
P: 248.219.5949

Marc served on the Berkley School board of education for 20 years servicing as president, vice president secretary and treasurer. Marc now sits on the Oakland Schools board of education. Contact Marc for questions about:

  • Federal & State Legislative Affairs
  • Financial Issues
  • Board Governance
  • Bond Issues
  • Collaboration between school districts
  • Board operating procedures
  • Community involvement
  • Role of the ISD

Alan Koenig, Mattawan Consolidated Schools
Email: koeniglaw12@gmail.com
P: 269.270.4758

Alan has served on the Mattawan Consolidated Schools Board of Education for 11 years. He has held the positions of Vice President and President. Alan also serves on the board for the Van Buren County Association of School Boards. Contact Alan with questions regarding:

  • Board Member Relationships
  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • Bond Passage
  • CBA Courses & Certification
  • Chain of Command
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Superintendent Search

Julia Kronemeyer, Eastern U.P. ISD
Email: juliak@eup.k12.mi.us
P: 906.647.7638

Julia has served on the local board of education for 30 years, and has 20 years of experience serving on an ISD board. Julia values creativity, efficiency, learning, dedication, teamwork, integrity and family. Contact her with questions regarding:

  • Goal Setting
  • Legislation
  • Special Education
  • Board Governance
  • Management vs. Micromanagement
  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • Efficient Operations
Roderick Means

Roderick Means, Westwood Community Schools
Email: meansr@wwschools.net
P: 313.689.0825

Rod has served on the Westwood Community Schools Board of Education for 21 years and has held the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Rod lives and works in a diverse community of students and staff, and has served on multiple district and community boards including an Engineering Advisory Board and the Foundation Board. Throughout his board service he’s been through a superintendent search, worked to outsource district operations and facilitated new board member orientation sessions. Contact Rod with questions about:  

  • Board Member Relationships
  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • CBA Courses & Certification
  • Chain of Command
  • Keeping Students First
  • Management vs. Micromanagement 
  • Superintendent Search

Sue M. Murawski, Clare Gladwin RESD/Claire Public Schools
Email: smurawski169@gmail.com
P: 989.621.7998

Sue served on the Clare Board of Education for 10 years before joining the Clare-Gladwin RESD board. During her time as a board member she has served as president, vice president and secretary.
Please contact Sue with questions in the following areas:

  • Viewing All Sides of an Issue
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Board
  • Management vs. Micromanagement
  • Keeping Students First
Shelley Ovink Shelley Ovink, Marquette-Alger RESA
Email: shelleyovink@rocketmail.com
P: 906.486.8020

Shelley has been a board member for more than 20 years. She currently serves on the Marquette-Alger RESA Board of Education and previously served on the Nice School District Board of Education. Shelley has held the positions of president, vice president and treasurer. Please contact Shelley with questions about:

  • Advocacy
  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • CBA Courses & Certification
  • Closing Schools
  • Role of the ISD
  • School Health

Heidi Pfannes, Saline Area Schools
Email: heidipfannes@gmail.com
P: 269.207.5647

Heidi has been a board member for more than seven years. She previously served on Mattawan Consolidated Board of Education and now serves on the Saline Area Schools Board of Education. She has held the positions of trustee and secretary. Heidi has experience with facilities and community engagement, and is passionate about curriculum and strategic visions of school districts. Contact Heidi with questions regarding:

  • Board Member Relationships
  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • Bond Passage
  • Community Engagement
  • Educational Trends
  • New Construction and building Additions
  • Strategic Planning

Nancy Philippart, Ph.D., Troy School District
Email: philippartn@gmail.com
P: 248.497.3665

Nancy has served on the Troy School District Board of Education for seven years and has held the positions of secretary and president. She has experience in leadership and governance of a large district, as well as, strong business, financial management and problem solving professional expertise. She’s also an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University. Please contact Nancy with questions about:

  • Board Governance
  • Finance
  • Negotiations
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Superintendent Search

Jerry Ragsdale, Genesee ISD
Email: jerryr76@comcast.net
P: 810.694.0003

Jerry has been on the Genesee ISD Board of Education for 10 years. He also served eight years on the Lake Fenton Board, and has held the positions of vice president, secretary and treasurer. Contact Jerry about:

  • Building Community Support for Board Issues
  • Board Member Relationships
  • The Role of the ISD
  • Collaboration Between School Districts
  • Negotiations
  • Finance
  • Board-Superintendent Relations

Martin “Marty” J. Ray, Grand Blanc Community Schools
Email: mray912@gmail.com
P: 810.715.0865

Marty has served on the Grand Blanc Community Schools Board of Education for seven years and has held the positions of secretary and vice-president. He is passionate about board service and policy and has specialized in the areas of finance, curriculum and legislative issues. Contact Marty with questions regarding:

  • Board Member Relationships
  • Finance
  • Policy
  • Professional Learning Centers
  • Strategic Planning

Michael J. Rochholz, Schoolcraft Community Schools
Email: mrochholz@frontier.com
P: 269.679.4327

Michael has served for 13 years on the Schoolcraft Community Schools Board and has held the position of vice president. Please contact Michael with questions regarding:

  • Crafting Policy and Procedures
  • Finance
  • Negotiations
  • Intergovernment Relations
  • Team Building

David Salsbury, Jackson County Intermediate School District
Email: spartyballoon@gmail.com
P: 517.285.3635

David has served on the Jackson ISD Board of Education for 16 years and also served on the East Jackson Community Schools Board of Education for 13 years. David has been board president, vice president and treasurer. Contact David with questions regarding:

  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • Role of the ISD
  • Special Education
  • Superintendent Search

Wendy Stafford, Otsego Public Schools
Email: wstafford@otsegops.org
P: 269.492.2298

Wendy has served on the Otsego Public Schools Board of Education for 15 years and has held all leadership positions on the board. She works for the Michigan Department of Health and Human services and has a passion for early education. Wendy has had experiences dealing with public unrest, change of a superintendent, budget right-sizing, and integrating new board members. Please contact Wendy with questions about:

  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • Chain of Command
  • Early childhood Education
  • Keeping Students First
  • Policy
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Strategic Planning
  • Viewing All Sides of an Issue

Debbie Stellini, Taylor School District
Email: dastellini@comcast.net
P: 313.295.5864

Debbie has served on the Taylor Board of Education for 13 years and has held the position of treasurer. Please contact Debbie with questions in the following areas:

  • Closing Schools
  • Superintendent Search Process
  • School Health
  • Special Education