Staff

 

Alicia Urbain
Vice President of Governmental and Legal Affairs
aurbain@charterschools.org
517-999-4416

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!).


Angi Beland
VP of Operations and Strategy
abeland@charterschools.org
517.999.4427

Angi 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.


Becky Carlton
Director of Marketing & Program Design
bcarlton@charterschools.org
517-999-4429

 

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. Becky’s creative thinking has gained her a diverse approach to strategic problem solving and the skills to envision the connectedness of both the big picture along with the small details. She’s passionate about working with great people and working for a great cause.


Buddy Moorehouse
Vice President of Communications
bmoorehouse@charterschools.org
517-999-4434

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.


Dan Quisenberry
President
danquisenberry@charterschools.org
517-374-9167

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
hrisner@charterschools.org
517-999-4421

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.


Julie Durham
Director of Research & Grants
jdurham@charterschools.org
517-999-4419

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.


Leah Theriault
Director of Instructional Systems Design
ltheriault@charterschools.org
517-999-4417

Leah joined the MAPSA team in 2013. 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. Currently she maintains MAPSA’s websites, manages all publications including the Charter Connect magazine and edits and designs documentation as needed. 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!


Sara Vanderbilt
Administrator
svanderbilt@charterschools.org
517-999-4430

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.