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.
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 the Graphic Design Specialist, and is excited to be a part of the charter school movement! Keri loves the outdoors, attending concerts, and spending time with friends and family.
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.
Director of Marketing & Program Design
Becky joined MAPSA in 2010 and serves as the Director of Marketing & Program Design as she supports members by identifying and implementing programs that provide value to schools. With a passion for children, 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 previous to MAPSA and has been a formally trained musician on cello and piano for most of her life.
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.
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.
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!
Vice President of Legal and Governmental Affairs
Alicia is the Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs for the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA). At MAPSA, Alicia is responsible for the state legislative initiatives and coordinating the legal affairs activities on the state and federal level.
Alicia received her juris doctor degree from Michigan State University 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 as a Projects Coordinator tasked with the court’s legislative agenda. Alicia has also worked as legal counsel for the Michigan House Republican Policy Office, Governor John Engler’s Legal Division, the Michigan Senate Majority Counsel’s office, and the office of United States Senator Spencer Abraham.
She has taught political science and administrative law as an adjunct professor. Alicia resides in Brighton with husband and three children. She coaches youth softball, is an active hockey mom, and an avid University of Michigan fan (Go Blue!).