Alicia Urbain
Vice President of Governmental and Legal Affairs

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 her husband and three children.  She coaches youth softball, is an active hockey mom, and an avid University of Michigan fan (Go Blue!).

Becky Carlton
Director of Grassroots & Communications

Becky works as a collaborative communicator both internally and externally to work across projects, teams, and boundaries to bring forth a consistent brand for MAPSA and charter schools throughout Michigan. Becky’s creative thinking has gained her a diverse approach to strategic problem solving through grassroots.  She can envision the connectedness of the charter movement down to the small details of outreach across the state. Becky holds a BA in Business Administration with a emphasis in small business entrepreneurship.

I enjoy playing cello and piano, and when I can find time, I take pleasure in reading. I am passionate about working with great people and working for a great cause.

Buddy Moorehouse
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 is a two-time Emmy nominee for documentary filmmaking. His films have appeared on TV on PBS, ABC, Fox Sports Detroit and the MLB Network, and has done several documentary projects for MAPSA. Buddy and his wife Kathy (a charter school leader) have four children. His hobbies include biking, magic and traveling with his family to his daughter's gymnastics meets.

Grace Noyola
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Grace works across digital and social platforms to bring to life compelling charter school stories. Working to connect parents, students, school leaders and the community, she uses creative communication tactics and strategic planning to share charter school success and messages with broad audiences. Her passion for sustainable community development and digital storytelling fuels her work, driving her to uncover the people and schools who are advancing education across the state. Grace holds a BA from Michigan State University in Digital Marketing, with a focus on nonprofit communication and a minor in Environmental Sustainability.

In her free time, she enjoys painting, graphic design, cheering on the Spartans and taking long walks with her rescue Pitbull, Olive. A Lansing native, she loves checking out local businesses and supporting long-standing traditions like Silver Bells in the City.

Dan Quisenberry

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.

Heather Risner
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 1997.  A graduate of Central Michigan University holding a degree in business administration.

She continues to thoroughly enjoy working with members on all different facets, but absolutely loves when she is able to help facilitate collaboration among members.  Outside the office, she loves spending time with her husband and 3 children whether it be at sporting events or family vacations.

Chelsea Townes
Membership & Outreach Coordinator

Chelsea joined the MAPSA team in 2017 as the Membership & Outreach Coordinator. Previously Chelsea worked in the Michigan legislature for both a Republican and Democratic lawmaker. Chelsea gained immense exposure and experience working with constituents and developed a passion for building relationships with people. As a mother and community advocate, she is looking forward to making a difference in children and parent’s lives across Michigan.

Chelsea and her husband Jason enjoy exploring Michigan and finding new adventures to enjoy with their 5 children. She enjoys concerts, cooking, and Netflix.

Sara Vanderbilt

Sara joined MAPSA at the beginning of 2016 and is responsible for keeping the rest of the team on task.   She believes it is her role to do everything in her power to set her colleagues and MAPSA up for success.  Prior to joining MAPSA, she worked as Executive Director of a membership organization for senior-level meeting and event planners.  She values all of MAPSA’s members and works to ensure they are well cared for.

Outside the office, she is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhusker fan, a reluctant runner and cyclist, and loves to travel.  She also volunteers with the youth at her church.