Andrea joined MAPSA in 2013 as the Financial Assistant. Andrea earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan, majoring in both Organizational Behavior and Spanish. She is currently pursuing her CPA. Prior to working at MAPSA, Andrea was a Labor Relations Representative for the Michigan Department of Community Health. Outside of work she enjoys being a soccer mom to her 3 children, who have attended a charter school. Andrea's creative outlet is designing and decorating outstanding cakes for clients in mid-Michigan.
Vice President of Member Business Services
Angi Beland, VP of Member Business Services, directs the program development and financial operations for MAPSA. Angi's focus is not only on MAPSA's sustainability and adherence to best practices in budget management but also in identifying program and grant opportunities for MAPSA members.
Prior to joining MAPSA in 2007, Angi gained valuable expertise in building sustainability models and maximizing return on investment while working for other non-profit organizations. Angi also has the keen ability to maximize opportunities when faced with limited resources. Angi holds a Master's of Business Administration from Northwood University.
Marketing Communications Specialist
Keri began working with MAPSA as an intern in the summer of 2008. Upon graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising, she rejoined the MAPSA staff and is currently working as Marketing Communications Specialist, and is excited to be a part of the charter school movement! Keri enjoys spending time with friends and family and loves camping, attending concerts, and watching movies.
Tina joined MAPSA in 2012 as the Accounting Specialist. She holds her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Accounting. She worked the past six years at the Michigan Nonprofit Association, leaving in early 2012 as the Director of Finance. When not working, Tina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, bowling and spending time outside.
New School Development Coordinator
Becky, New School Development Coordinator, works with interested founders in starting a charter school. With a passion for children, her community,
fine arts, and education, she has had previous experience with non-profits and
is an avid volunteer within her community. She enjoyed a career in early childhood
development for 5 years and has been a trained musician on cello and piano for most of her life. Becky is very
excited to be part of the charter school movement and looks forward to
supporting continuing efforts in the charter school community.
Breanna began her work with MAPSA in the summer of 2009 as an intern. After graduating from Michigan State University in the spring of 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising she began full time work with MAPSA. She is currently serving as the Advocacy Coordinator and looks forward to continuously improving MAPSA’s communication efforts both internally and externally. She enjoys attending and cheering for all Michigan State sports, mostly the men’s basketball and football teams. She loves to spend time with family and friends and travel to Chicago to see her young nephews whenever possible.
Angela began her work with MAPSA as TEAMS Project Coordinator in the summer of 2012. Her role allows MAPSA to have a direct line of communication to schools involved with the TEAMS Project. She is a Professionally Certified Teacher, earning a B.A. from Spring Arbor University and an M.A. from Marygrove College. Angela has been in the educational field for 11 years as a teacher, mentor, assessment coordinator and data coordinator. Her years of educational service have all been in the Metro-Detroit area, giving her an inside perspective of the schools participating in the TEAMS Project.
Director of Research & Grants
Julie joined MAPSA in 2011 and serves as the association's Director of Grants and Research. She earned her master's in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin and an undergraduate degree in Public Affairs from Central Michigan University. Prior to working at MAPSA, Julie was a project manager and researcher at the Center on Education and Work. She enjoys reading, biking and spending time with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Quinley.
Candace joined MAPSA in 2011 and serves as the Membership Coordinator working closely with our members to provide assistance coordinating internal and external operations for our various programs. Prior to accepting this position, Candace served as legal assistant at the Gallagher Law Firm. She has had a long and varied career in corporate industry as an executive assistant and project manager. A native of Lansing, Candace is an active community organizer and volunteer in various local organizations. Her demonstrated desire and excitement to serve the children of our future, education and the community is inspired by her daughter Danielle. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family whenever possible.
Greg joined MAPSA in 2013 as an Advocacy Coordinator focusing on advocating for competition, choice and innovation to advance the quality of education. He believes that parents are best suited to make educational decisions for their children because of the intimate knowledge of their capacity to learn and personal interest in their success. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Hillsdale College and a Master in Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining MAPSA, Greg spent several years working for a non-profit organization in advocacy, government affairs and social media.
James joined MAPSA in 2011 as a Quality Schools Facilitator. He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University's College of Education and completed his Master of Arts Degree in School Principalship from Central Michigan University. He served the past seven years as the Chief Academic Officer at Cole Academy in Lansing. When he is not working, James enjoys spending time with his family, friends, traveling and watching sporting events. James looks forward to advancing quality and promoting choice in education through chartered public schools.
Karen joined the MAPSA team in 2013 as a part-time Receptionist. She enjoys helping other people and greets everyone with a smile. Prior to accepting this position, Karen served as a CSRII at Broadstripe/WOW calling center and has over 20 years experience in administrative positions. Outside of work, she enjoys quality time with her grandsons, taking walks with her chocolate Cocker Spaniel, Max, and going out on dates with her husband.
Vice President of Communications
Buddy joined MAPSA in 2011 as Vice President of Communications. A native of Ypsilanti, Buddy graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Communications. A veteran of the newspaper industry, Buddy worked for 26 years as an editor for the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, where he won numerous state and national awards for his writing. In 2009, he was named the top newspaper columnist in Michigan by the Associated Press. More recently, he has worked in public relations and documentary production, and received an Emmy nomination in the category of Best Historical Documentary for "The Legend of Pinky Deras," a film about the greatest Little Leaguer of all time. Buddy and his wife Kathy have four children. His hobbies include biking, magic and traveling with his family to his daughter's gymnastics meets.
Events and Communications Coordinator
Colleen joined the MAPSA team as an intern in 2012. Upon graduating from Michigan State University in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business she began working full time with MAPSA. She is currently working as the Events and Communications Coordinator and is excited to become more involved in the charter school movement! Colleen is a die-hard fan of both the MSU and Detroit sports teams; she takes advantage of any opportunity that arises to attend games. She also enjoys going out with friends and traveling back to the Detroit area to spend time with her family.
Dan Quisenberry, serves as the President of MAPSA. Dan is a veteran communicator with more than 20 years experience in governmental affairs, policy development, and business management. As President, Dan oversees all aspects of the association that promotes, protects and represents Michigan Charters.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Dan began his career working at the State Chamber of Michigan. He joined MAPSA in 1997 after six years as General Manager and Legal Administrator for a leading Michigan Law firm. MAPSA currently represents more than 90% of charter schools in Michigan and is recognized as the leading advocacy organization on behalf of charter schools in the state.
Director of Membership Services
Serving as the Director for Membership Services, Heather has a long history of working in the charter movement. Her work began at the Central Michigan University Charter Schools Office and then moved to MAPSA in 1995. A graduate of Central Michigan University holding a degree business management.
Technical Communications & Process Specialist
Leah joined the MAPSA team in 2013 as the Technical Communications & Process Specialist. Previously, she had consulted with MAPSA on systems and publications. She holds her BA in Technical Communications from Eastern Michigan University. Leah greatly enjoys designing system processes and creating tools to make goals more easily achievable. She has worked in a variety of industries but is excited to be working with an organization so dedicated and motivated to promote quality, advancements and choice!
Holly joined MAPSA in 2000 and now serves as Executive Administrative Assistant. She enjoys her job because she likes knowing she can make a difference in people's lives every day and because she loves the innocence of children and their wide-eyed approach to life. A photographer by training, she spent her previous work experience at a photography studio. Spend a little time with Holly and you’ll learn just how creative she is. In addition to changing her look and hairstyle often out of inspiration, she loves traveling, concerts, photography, dreaming and time with her family.
Ann Marie joined the MAPSA team in 2013 as our Director of Development. She has held a variety of finance director positions in the past, both in the non-profit community as well as for political campaigns in Michigan and in Washington, D.C. Ann Marie was most recently the Public Affairs Director for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and has worked for the Michigan Association of Realtors, the American Heart Association as well as Governor John Engler. Ann Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College. She loves to spend time with her three children, Bradley, Mitchell and Emma Jean and enjoys music and sports.
Vice President of School Initiatives
Chris joined MAPSA in 2011 as the Vice President of School Initiatives. Chris has spent the last twelve years as a School Leader for National Heritage Academies serving as an Assistant Principal at Linden Charter Academy in Mt. Morris, MI and at Windemere Park Charter Academy in Lansing. Chris went on to become the founding Principal at Fortis Academy in Ypsilanti in April of 2004 and five years later opened Lansing Charter Academy in 2009.
Vice President of Legal and Governmental Affairs
Alicia joined MAPSA in 2011 as the Vice President of Government & Legal Affairs Alicia received her juris doctor degree in 2000 from Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law and her bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to MAPSA, Alicia worked for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Michigan (Oakland County). Alicia has also worked as legal counsel for the Michigan House Republican Policy Office, Governor Engler’s Legal Division, the Michigan Senate Majority Counsel’s office, and the office of United States Senator Spencer Abraham. She has also taught political science and administrative law as an adjunct professor. Alicia grew up in West Michigan, but she currently resides in Brighton, Michigan with her husband and three children.