Current Board Members 2020-21
Director of Fine Arts and Shared Time, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Grand Rapids, MI
Maggie Malone is the Director of Fine Arts for the Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) district. Maggie guides and supports the district’s Fine Arts staff, who collectively teach over 17,000 students K – 12 visual art and music, in 70+ facilities. In her directorship role, her office is responsible for all Fine Arts instruction, including curriculum, staff, scheduling, programs and budgets. Ultimately, Maggie aims to develop and sustain relationships within the district and schools, as well as external constituents, to create the best, high-quality Fine Arts courses possible for all students within GRPS. Previous to her district-level leadership, as a beloved teacher, Maggie taught fine arts and served as a school administrator in both primary and secondary education. She earned both her MA in K-12 Administration and her Bachelors in Music from MSU.
MSU’s College of Education is delighted to benefit from Maggie’s demonstrated leadership skills, as she serves as the college’s Alumni Board president for the past three years.
Retired CEO, Executive Secretary of the Scottish Rite Valley
Fort Wayne, IN
Pelham Public Schools
Veronica “Roni” Liscio O’Connor earned her BA in 1964 from MSU’s College of Education, and her MS in 1966 and Professional Diploma in 1972, both from Fordham University. Veronica, a Pelham, NY Public Schools retiree, is the Treasurer of the College of Education Alumni Board. She also serves as Treasurer of both the MSU Alumni Club of Greater NY and the Spartan Alumni Foundation of Greater NYC. Roni also is a past President of the MSU International Alumni Board; was a member of the MSU 50th Reunion Committee; and volunteered at Grandparents University. Professionally, Veronica serves as President of the New York State United Teachers Retirees of Westchester and Putnam Counties, representing more than 14,000 retired teachers. In her community, she serves as President of the Port Chester-Rye Brook Library Board of Trustees.
Adjunct Professor, Grand Valley State University
Dale Berry earned her bachelor’s from MSU in K-12 PE/Health in 1972, and her Master’s degree in physical education from Ball State. Dale is a retired elementary physical education educator, and presently works as a Grand Valley State University (GVSU) adjunct professor. Dale received the GVSU Excellence Advisor Award in 2017; the MSU K-12 Alumni Teacher of the Year award in 2007; and, the Indiana Elementary PE Teacher of the Year award in 1998.
Affiliate Faculty of Instruction, Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids Metropolitan Area, MI
Bobbie Biby is an Affiliate Instructor at Grand Valley State University. She has over 25 years of teaching experience and for several years worked for the Education Professional Standards Board – Commonwealth of Kentucky, the accrediting agency of Kentucky teacher education programs. Bobbie believes, like so many others, that education is the great equalizer and that great teachers are vital in providing opportunities for all. She is a board member on the Dyslexia Correction Foundation. She participated on the School Improvement Team at Cummings Elementary and has served on a Michigan MEAP Standards Committee. Bobbie’s family is rich with Spartan pride and graduates, including her husband, Bruce (MSU ’88), and two of her three children, Megan (MSU ’15), Kip (FSU ’17), and Taylor (MSU ’17).
Retired Vice President of Development/Philanthropic Advisor, Community Foundation for Muskegon County,
Retired Vice President of Development/Philanthropic Advisor, Community Foundation for Muskegon County
I have held leadership positions in the non-profit, private, government and post secondary education sectors. I ended my working career as a Community Foundation Vice President of Development. I currently serve on numerous boards, committees and workgroups and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for kids in the foster care system. I have graduate degrees in Public Administration from WSU and Adult and Continuing Education Administration from MSU.
My core strengths include being strategic in thinking and action; knowing how to engage others in a dialogue and valuing input from all; and at all times being enthusiastic and genuine.
Regional Director, McKinney-Vento Services
Tinto Falls NJ
Alan Ferraro received a Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology (1975) from Michigan State University with further training at Seton Hall University leading to certifications as a School Psychologist, Director of Pupil Services and Chief School Administrator. Alan is currently a State of New Jersey Regional Director for McKinney-Vento student homeless services. During his career in education he practiced as a school psychologist, director of special services and a college associate professor of psychology. Serving on numerous community and professional boards in positions of leadership, he was the recipient of the New Jersey 10 Outstanding Young Citizens Award and received recognition for innovative educational service in a professional profile article in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
Principal, Northern Trails 5/6,
Forest Hills Public Schools
Grand Rapids, MI
Sue embodies service as an educational leader who works to foster academic excellence, staff development, community-school relationships, within a safe environment that fosters a student’s critical and creative thinking. She oversees a staff of 72 in a public school home to Spanish Immersion, Mandarin Immersion and a neighborhood school program. Our Northern Trail 5/6 school’s focus encourages “keeping kids younger longer” at the center of our learning. During her time as Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY, 2002-2003), Sue’s advocacy placed MTOY at the table with the State Board of Education for the first time and the current MTOY still has a seat at the table. As principal at Northern Trail’s 5/6 school, Sue and a teacher leadership team guided a parent/child group of 45 members to Beijing and Xi’an. Sue and her Northern Trail Huskies stand as a Pack, and welcome everyone in their diverse student body to share their unique talents. Dr. Gutierrez has a bachelor’s degree in history from Albion College (1991), a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from MSU (1992), a master’s degree in K-12 educational administration from MSU (2001), and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University (2014).
Michigan Department of Education School District Consultant, Office of Health and Nutrition Services
Scott Hutchins is a School Mental Health and Medicaid Consultant for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in the Office of Health and Nutrition Services. Hutchins is a life-long learner dedicated to servant leadership with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Elementary Education. Prior to going to MDE, he served as a public school teacher and administrator for 20 years. Hutchins is passionate about being a champion for ALL learners and is committed to being better than he was the day before.
Interim Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Information Systems, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor, MI; Principal, HIT Enterprises, LLC
Educational Specialist, Bowers School Farm & Johnson Nature Center,
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Brooke Larm is the Education Specialist for Bowers School Farm and Johnson Nature Center, operated by Bloomfield Hills Schools. She earned two degrees from Michigan State University’s College of Education, which includes a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum in 2020. She holds a certificate in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education from Antioch University New England. Brooke has presented and published on her work as a practitioner, including NSTA’s peer-reviewed journal, Science and Children, and case studies within the book, The Sky Above and the Mud Below: Lessons from Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens by David Sobel. She focuses on providing all children and youth with diverse learning experiences that strengthen their connection with nature, agriculture, and their local communities.
Interventionist & Instructional Coach,
Haslett High School, Haslett, MI
Stephanie Livingston is the interventionist and instructional coach at Haslett High School where she is also the school improvement chair and leads the district’s crisis team. She has additionally served as an English teacher and interim associate principal. Her areas of professional focus are affirming student identity and voice, developing systems of support so that all students can be successful, and promoting literacy strategies across content areas. She holds a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from MSU and Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State. She is a member of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals and Michigan Council of Teachers of English.
Social Studies Educator, Grand Blanc High School,
Grand Blanc, MI
Nathan Riek is a high school social studies teacher at Grand Blanc High School. He teaches American Government, AP Government, and African American History. In addition to his teaching he has involved himself in the community as a coach (football, baseball, basketball), and as an academic club sponsor (Model UN). He has participated in scholarship, “Deliberating Public Policy with Adolescents” and is a presenter at the 2020 NCSS Conference. In 2018 he was the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, and one of five American Legion’s Teacher of the Year in entire State of Michigan.
Executive Director, Macomb Academy/Macomb Intermediate School District,
Clinton Township, MI
Anne-Marie Sladewski joined the Alumni Board in 2018, having earned a doctorate degree in educational administration in 2016 from MSU. She is a proud public school educator, with experience mounting 40 years and counting from multiple states, serving in the capacities of central office and building-based administrative positions at the local district and regional levels. Anne-Marie also worked as local district and regional levels consultant, coach and mentor, and as a teacher at various levels in both general education and special education learning environments. Anne-Marie also serves as a co-chairperson of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership (DEL) Advisory Committee; a member of the Michigan Educational Research Institute (MERI) Advisory Council; and, as a delegate on the Michigan Department of Education Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Anne-Marie also is currently the chairperson of the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE) Professional Learning Committee.
John Vanwagoner II
Superintendent, Traverse City Area Public
Traverse City, MI
Dr. VanWagoner currently serves as the Superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS). Prior to accepting the role with TCAPS, John served as the Superintendent of Alpena Public Schools (MI), an associate superintendent at the Shiawassee Regional Education Service Area (RESA), served in the Michigan Department of Education, and began his career as a teacher at Lapeer Community Schools.
Epic Application Analyst, Baylor Scott & White Health,
Undergraduate Student Representative
Senior, Social Relations & Policy (Secondary Education)
Emily Hills is the undergraduate student representative for the College of Education Alumni Board. She is a Senior in James Madison College and the College of Education studying Social Relations and Policy and Secondary Education with a minor in History. She is also the current Career Peer Advisor for the College of Education and helps students craft professional documents and explore career opportunities.
D. John Holms
Retired Educator and Coach,
Comstock Park Public Schools
Adjunct Professor, Lansing Community College
Santa Rosa Beach, FL