2021 - 2022 MRA Board of Directors

Leah van Belle : President-Elect, 2021-22

Leah van Belle

President-Elect, 2021-22

Jill Erfourth : President, 2021-22

Jill Erfourth

President, 2021-22

Utica Public Schools

Colby Sharp : Immediate Past President, 2021-22

Colby Sharp

Immediate Past President, 2021-22

Parma Western

Mellissa Wilson : Secretary, 20201-22

Mellissa Wilson

Secretary, 20201-22

Wayne RESA

Laura Gabrion : Treasurer, 2021-22

Laura Gabrion

Treasurer, 2021-22

Wayne RESA

James Bailey : Member-At-Large, 2021-22

James Bailey

Member-At-Large, 2021-22

Saginaw Township Community Schools

Adrienne Joy Hill : Member-At-Large, 2021-22

Adrienne Joy Hill

Member-At-Large, 2021-22

Westwood Community School District


Board of Directors - Regional Representatives

Christopher Thoms : Region 1 Representative

Christopher Thoms

Region 1 Representative

Marquette Area Public Schools

Cathy Wirth : Region 2 Representative

Cathy Wirth

Region 2 Representative

Mecosta-Osceola ISD

Kathy Vogel : Region 3 Representative

Kathy Vogel

Region 3 Representative

Rockford Public Schools

Cortney Brendel : Region 4 Representative

Cortney Brendel

Region 4 Representative

Lapeer Community Schools

Christina Martin : Region 5 Representative

Christina Martin

Region 5 Representative

Berrien RESA

Suzanne Gibbs : Region 6 Representative

Suzanne Gibbs

Region 6 Representative

Western School District

Susan Meadows : Region 7 Representative

Susan Meadows

Region 7 Representative

Utica Public Schools

Kristy Hobson : Region 8 Representative

Kristy Hobson

Region 8 Representative

Detroit Public School Community District

Jennifer Davidson : Region 9 Representative

Jennifer Davidson

Region 9 Representative

CLK Schools

Andy Schoenborn : Region 10 Representative

Andy Schoenborn

Region 10 Representative

Mount Pleasant High School


Board Appointments

Sean Kottke : MDE Representative/Literacy Leader Development

Sean Kottke

MDE Representative/Literacy Leader Development

Michigan Department of Education

Carol Paul : Office Personnel

Carol Paul

Office Personnel

Wayne RESA

Meghan Block : Michigan Reading Journal Co-Editor

Meghan Block

Michigan Reading Journal Co-Editor

Central Michigan University

Carlin Borsheim-Black : Michigan Reading Journal Co-Editor

Carlin Borsheim-Black

Michigan Reading Journal Co-Editor

Central Michigan University

Suzanne Gibbs : News and Views Editor

Suzanne Gibbs

News and Views Editor

Western School District


Standing Committee Chairs

Kristy Hobson : Diversity and Social Justice

Kristy Hobson

Diversity and Social Justice

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Marcia Klemp : Awards/Gwen Frostic Chair

Marcia Klemp

Awards/Gwen Frostic Chair

Grand Haven Schools, Retired

Grace Velchansky : Ethics & Evaluations Chair

Grace Velchansky

Ethics & Evaluations Chair

Macomb ISD

Laura Gabrion : Finance Chair

Laura Gabrion

Finance Chair

Wayne RESA

Colby Sharp : Governance Chair

Colby Sharp

Governance Chair

Parma Elementary

Leanne McInally : Student Involvement Co-Chair

Leanne McInally

Student Involvement Co-Chair

Utica Community Schools

Jodi Pfeifer : Student Involvement Co-Chair

Jodi Pfeifer

Student Involvement Co-Chair

Utica Community Schools

Sherry Sparks : Legislative Chair

Sherry Sparks

Legislative Chair

Educational Consultant

Troy Hicks : Michigan Reading Journal Co-Editor

Troy Hicks

Michigan Reading Journal Co-Editor

Central Michigan University


Ad Hoc Committee Chairs

Dawn Nacker : Literacy Coaching Chair

Dawn Nacker

Literacy Coaching Chair

Utica Community Schools

Carol Paul : Professional Studies and Standards

Carol Paul

Professional Studies and Standards

Wayne RESA

Susan Meadows : Early Childhood & Family Literacy

Susan Meadows

Early Childhood & Family Literacy

Utica Community Schools

Debbie Gonzales : SCBWI/Author Liason

Debbie Gonzales

SCBWI/Author Liason

Author/Educational Consultant

Leah van Belle : 2022 Annual Conference Chair

Leah van Belle

2022 Annual Conference Chair

Brilliant Detroit

Jesse Shirtz : Great Lakes/Great Books Chair

Jesse Shirtz

Great Lakes/Great Books Chair

Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library

Charlie Barshaw : Innovations Chair

Charlie Barshaw

Innovations Chair

SCBWI

Patricia Edwards : University Representation

Patricia Edwards

University Representation

Michigan State University


Conference Planning Team

Kristy Hobson : Conference Planning Commission

Kristy Hobson

Conference Planning Commission

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Lyndsay Young : Conference Commission

Lyndsay Young

Conference Commission

North Branch Area Schools

Andy Schoenborn : Conference Planning Commission

Andy Schoenborn

Conference Planning Commission

Mt. Pleasant High School

Linda Schneider-Rediske : Conference Planning Commission

Linda Schneider-Rediske

Conference Planning Commission

Utica Public Schools

Lisa Rivard : Conference Planning Commission

Lisa Rivard

Conference Planning Commission

Macomb ISD


MRA Staff