Board Member Awards Program

The Board Member Awards Program, with basic certification as its cornerstone, was developed in 1990 with input from both veteran Michigan school board members and representatives from higher education and state administrator organizations. Its goal is to enhance the ability of school boards to improve Michigan public schools and the achievement of 1.5 million Michigan students.

2016 Recipients

Certified Board Member Award

Allegan Public Schools, Michael B. Fairbanks, MBA
Baldwin Community Schools, Mary Martin
Battle Creek Public Schools, Catherine LaValley
Brandon School District, Christopher D. Yuchasz
Brandywine Community Schools, Ralph Skinner
Brighton Area Schools, Kenneth Stahl
Cedar Springs Public Schools, Shannon Vanderhyde
Chelsea School District, Dana Durst
Clarkston Community Schools, Gregory Need
Clawson Public Schools, Andrea Hodges
Clinton Community Schools, Wanda M. Heinz
Clio Area Schools, Lydia Heine
Crestwood School District, Kevin Sauve
Davison Community Schools, Andrew Hall
Durand Area Schools, Kasey Fiebemitz
Durand Area Schools, Paul Mayers
Durand Area Schools, Blair Pancheck
Durand Area Schools, Xak Zdunic
Farmington Public Schools, David N. Turner
Farmington Public Schools, Terri A. Weems
Farwell Area Schools, Holly Thrush
Fennville Public Schools, Juliet Michele
Fowlerville Community Schools, Theodore Spalding
Galesburg Augusta Community Schools, Lynne Wells
Garden City Public Schools, Jen VanDeWater
Gobles Public Schools, Russell A. Aspinwall Sr.
Goodrich Area Schools, Daniel T. Keller
Goodrich Area Schools, Jennifer Riggs
Grandville Public Schools, Robert Persky
Harper Woods District Schools, Mary J. Mannino
Hemlock Public Schools, Katherine Ellison, Ph.D.
Houghton Lake Community Schools, Julie Brown
Kaleva Norman Dickson School District, Kathleen Fairbanks
Kearsley Community Schools, DesRae Joubran
Kenowa Hills Public Schools, Eric-John Szczepaniak
Lenawee ISD, James L. Hartley
Lincoln Park Public Schools, Phyllis DeFiore
Livonia Public Schools, Liz Jarvis
Milan Area Schools, Amy Landingham
Niles Community Schools, Leigh Jones
Olivet Community Schools, Greg O'Dell
Onekama Consolidated Schools, Michael Acton
Parchment School District, Dodi Leckie
Parchment School District, John Madaras
Parchment School District, Rhonda Newman, CPA
Pontiac School District, Kerry Tolbert
Port Huron School District, Brian Winters
Rochester Community Schools, Sandra Fiaschetti
Rockford Public Schools, Nick Reichenbach
Romulus Community Schools, Tomeka S. Boles
Swan Valley School District, Mark Landra
Wayland Union Schools, Toni Ordway
Wayne Westland Community Schools, Melandie Hines
West Bloomfield School District, Stacy Brickman
West Shore Educational Service District, Catherine Becker
Whitehall District Schools, Bradley Johnson

Award of Merit

Allegan Public Schools, Michael B. Fairbanks, MBA
Baldwin Community Schools, Mary Martin
Battle Creek Public Schools, Catherine LaValley
Bloomfield Hills Public Schools, Paul Kolin
Capac Community Schools, Barry S. Geliske
Cedar Springs Public Schools, Shannon Vanderhyde
Center Line Public Schools, Karen Harrington
Chelsea School District, Dana Durst
Clarkston Community Schools, Gregory Need
Clawson Public Schools, Andrea Hodges
Clinton Community Schools, Wanda M. Heinz
Clinton Community Schools, Kevin Ward
Clio Area Schools, Lydia Heine
Crestwood School District, Kevin Sauve
Davison Community Schools, Andrew Hall
Durand Area Schools, Kasey Fiebemitz
Durand Area Schools, Paul Mayers
Durand Area Schools, Blair Pancheck
Durand Area Schools, Xak Zdunic
Farmington Public Schools, Terri A. Weems
Farwell Area Schools, Holly Thrush
Fennville Public Schools, Juliet Michele
Galesburg Augusta Community Schools, Lynne Wells
Garden City Public Schools, Jen VanDeWater
Gobles Public Schools, Russell A. Aspinwall Sr.
Grandville Public Schools, Robert Persky
Harper Woods District Schools, Mary J. Mannino
Hazel Park Schools, Sherrie Polowski
Kaleva Norman Dickson School District, Kathleen Fairbanks
Kalkaska Public Schools, Julie A. Sattler
Kearsley Community Schools, DesRae Joubran
Lake Fenton Community Schools, Michael Cicalo
Lenawee ISD, Carrie Dillon
Lenawee ISD, James L. Hartley
Lincoln Park Public Schools, Phyllis DeFiore
Livonia Public Schools, Dan Centers
Milan Area Schools, Amy Landingham
Morenci Area Schools, Carrie Dillon
Mount Clemens Community School District, Jason Monk
Niles Community Schools, Leigh Jones
Olivet Community Schools, Greg O'Dell
Parchment School District, John Madaras
Parchment School District, Rhonda Newman, CPA
Pinconning Area Schools, Thomas C. Boetefuer
Plainwell Community Schools, Kimberly Shafer
Port Huron School District, Brian Winters
Rochester Community Schools, Sandra Fiaschetti
Rockford Public Schools, Nick Reichenbach
Suttons Bay Public Schools, Robert F. Potvin
Swan Valley School District, Mark Landra
Tecumseh Public Schools, Steven Linn
Van Buren Public Schools, Kevin English
Wayland Union Schools, Toni Ordway
Wayne Westland Community Schools, Melandie Hines
West Bloomfield School District, Stacy Brickman
West Bloomfield School District, Carol Finkelstein
West Shore Educational Service District, Catherine Becker
Western School District, Gale Easton
Whitehall District Schools, Bradley Johnson

Award of Distinction

Battle Creek Public Schools, Rose Miller
Beaverton Rural Schools, Robert W. Frei
Bloomfield Hills Public Schools, Ingrid Day
Breckenridge Community Schools, Lisa Christensen
Carman Ainsworth Community Schools, James Johnson
Clinton Community Schools, Wanda M. Heinz
Crestwood School District, Kevin Sauve
Dearborn Heights School District No. 7, Vickie K. Bracken
Fitzgerald Public Schools, Randel Meisner
Flushing Community Schools, Elisa M. Cantwil
Galesburg Augusta Community Schools, Lynne Wells
Grand Blanc Community Schools, Susan D. Kish
Greenville Public Schools, Norice Rasmussen
Homer Community Schools, Gary Tompkins Jr.
Marquette Public Schools, Jean M. Hetrick
Mona Shores Public Schools, Stan D. Miller
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools, Amie Lovelady
Northwest Community Schools, Robert Sayles
Parchment School District, Ben Tanis
Pontiac School District, William Carrington, MPA
Portage Public Schools, Joanne Willson
Potterville Public Schools, Jack M. Temsey
Romeo Community Schools, Wayne Conner
Southfield Public Schools, Darrell Joyce
Southfield Public Schools, Leslie L. Smith
Van Buren ISD, Mary Ann Middaugh
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, Peggy Casagrande
West Shore Educational Service District, Catherine Becker
Wyandotte Public Schools, Kathryn Bedikian
Wyandotte Public Schools, Cynthia Kinney
Ypsilanti Community Schools, Maria Sheler-Edwards

Master Board Member Award

Big Bay De Noc Schools, Jon Haindl
Bloomfield Hills Public Schools, Howard S. Baron Jr.
Decatur Public Schools, David McLeese
Delta Schoolcraft ISD, Jon Haindl
Garden City Public Schools, Lynette Childress
Grand Blanc Community Schools, James D. Avery Jr.
Harper Creek Community Schools, Don Myers
Harrison Community Schools, Therese Haley
Iosco RESA, Gary Gillings
Lamphere Schools, Paul Cavanaugh
Livonia Public Schools, Colleen Burton
Marquette Alger RESA, Stephen Norman
Mecosta Osceola ISD, Marie Wilkerson
Milan Area Schools, Rita Vershum
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools, Michael Whalen
Oak Park School District, Claudette Lunkins
Pennfield Schools, Dorothy Dilsaver
Port Huron School District, Ronda J. Ryan
St Charles Community Schools, Laurasue Holcomb
Three Rivers Community Schools, Peter F. Bennett
Warren Woods Public Schools, Michael Schulte
Waverly Community Schools, Britt Slocum
West Shore Educational Service District, Catherine Becker
Western School District, Blaine Goodrich
Whittemore Prescott Area Schools, Gary Gillings
Wyandotte Public Schools, Stephanie Miello
Yale Public Schools, Veronica Monaco

Master Diamond Award

Charlevoix Emmet ISD, Thelma A. Chellis
Chelsea School District, R. Stephen Olsen
Chippewa Hills School District, Douglas L. Bitler
Clarkston Community Schools, Cheryl McGinnis
Clinton Community Schools, Shirley Harris
Dearborn Heights School District No. 7, Lori Fujita
Edwardsburg Public Schools, Douglas Hall
Fenton Area Public Schools, Lynn D. Hopper
Flushing Community Schools, Salvatore A. Ausiello
Grosse Pointe Public Schools, Ahmed Ismail
Holton Public Schools, Amy Brookhouse
Jackson County ISD, Douglas Schedeler
Lake Shore Public Schools, Shannon Ketelhut
Mattawan Consolidated School, Alan Koenig
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools, Jim Rauschenberger Jr.
Saginaw City School District, Mattie Thompson
Southfield Public Schools, Betty C. Robinson
Tri County Area Schools, Jill Fennessy
Wyandotte Public Schools, Robert Kirby

Master Platinum Award

Allendale Public Schools, Sheryl Pineiro
Armada Area Schools, Cheryl Murray
Fitzgerald Public Schools, Elizabeth Smith
Hale Area Schools and Iosco RESA, Mark W. McKulsky
Saginaw ISD, Leola Wilson
Troy School District, Nancy L. Philippart, Ph.D.
Wayne Westland Community Schools, Carol Middel, M.Ed.

President’s Award of Recognition

Atherton Community Schools, Bette Bigsby
Cedar Springs Public Schools, Joseph R. Marckini
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools and Macomb ISD, Donald R. Hubler
Pontiac School District, Caroll Turpin

Advocacy Skills Specialty Award

Bloomfield Hills Public Schools, Howard S. Baron Jr.
Fitzgerald Public Schools, Randel Meisner
Garden City Public Schools, Lynette Childress
Grand Haven Area Public Schools, John Siemion
Mattawan Consolidated School, Alan Koenig
Port Huron School District, Ronda J. Ryan
Potterville Public Schools, Jack M. Temsey
Southfield Public Schools, Betty C. Robinson
Ypsilanti Community Schools, Brenda Meadows

Data Specialty Award

Brandywine Community Schools, Ralph Skinner
Fitzgerald Public Schools, Randel Meisner
Grand Blanc Community Schools, Martin J. Ray
Grand Haven Area Public Schools, John Siemion
Hale Area Schools and Iosco RESA, Mark W. McKulsky
Lake Fenton Community Schools, Christopher Fletcher
Milan Area Schools, Rita Vershum
Munising Public Schools, Robert Wilkinson
Northview Public Schools, Renee Montgomery
Onekama Consolidated Schools, Sally Koon
Parchment School District, Ben Tanis
Potterville Public Schools, Jack M. Temsey
West Bloomfield School District, Stacy Brickman

Board Award: Honor Board

Atherton Community Schools
Bendle Public Schools

Berrien RESA
Carman Ainsworth Community Schools
Center Line Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools Community District
Fitzgerald Public Schools

Genesee ISD
Grand Blanc Community Schools
Iosco RESA
Kalamazoo RESA
Lake Fenton Community Schools
Lamphere Schools
Lawton Community Schools
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools
Pontiac School District

Rockford Public Schools
Saginaw ISD
Southfield Public Schools
Tecumseh Public Schools

Troy School District
Van Buren ISD
Westwood Community School District

Board Award: Standard of Excellence

Atherton Community Schools
Bendle Public Schools
Berrien RESA
Genesee ISD
Grand Blanc Community Schools
Iosco RESA
Kalamazoo RESA
Lake Fenton Community Schools
Lamphere Schools
Lawton Community Schools
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools
Pontiac School District
Rockford Public Schools
Saginaw ISD
Troy School District
Van Buren ISD
Westwood Community School District

Board Award: Distinguished Achievement

Genesee ISD
Iosco RESA
Saginaw ISD
Westwood Community School District

Board Award: Master Board

Genesee ISD

Board Award: Master Diamond Board

Genesee ISD

Board Award: Master Platinum Board

Genesee ISD

Board Award: President's Board

Genesee ISD