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MASB in the U.P.

Member Service is Paramount to Us

As a result, we’ve officially launched a regional office in the Upper Peninsula to better meet the needs of school districts north of the bridge. 

We understand that the geographic distance between Lansing and the U.P. can make it difficult, but it’s our position that service to our members in the U.P. shouldn’t suffer as a result.

In addition to a physical space, MASB is pleased to have the individuals listed below join our team as regional representatives providing MASB training and services to superintendents and school boards in the U.P. They’re familiar with the unique issues facing U.P. districts and are available to deliver programming at your district, designed for your specific needs.

Meet Your U.P. Regional Representatives:

Sheri Davie, Marquette
P: 906.235.2279
Email: davie@chartermi.net
Alan Kantola, Rudyard
P: 906.322.3762
Email: akantola@eup.k12.mi.us
Norm McKindles, Ironwood
P: 906.201.1424
Email: mck@up.net

Labor Relations Consultant
Thomas Smith, Escanaba
P: 906.420.8065
Email: tcsmith@chartermi.net

MASB U.P. Office

Marquette-Alger RESA
321 E. Ohio
Marquette, MI 49855
P: 800.968.4627

Board of Directors

MASB has two directors on its board representing districts in the U.P. (Region 1):

Brad Baltensperger, Houghton-Portage Township Schools
Email: brad@mtu.edu

Paula Saari, Marquette-Alger RESA

Email: pdsaari@gmail.com

MASB Mentors in the U.P.

Nels Christopherson, Houghton Portage Township Schools/Copper Country ISD
Email: nels@mtu.edu 
P: 906.482.6086

Nels has served on the Copper Country ISD Board of Education for 19 years and served on the Houghton-Portage Township Schools board for 20 years. He has served as president, secretary and treasurer of both boards at various times throughout his career, and has presented at MASB conferences. Contact Nels for questions on:

  • Negotiations
  • Finance
  • Personnel
  • Role of the ISD
Karen Johnson, Calumet Public Schools/Copper Country ISD

Email: johnsonka@chartermi.net
P: 906.337.5184

Karen has served for 24 years on the Calumet Public Schools and 18 as a board member on the Copper Country ISD Board of Education. During her tenure, she has served as president for both the local and ISD board. Contact Karen with questions on:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Superintendent Search
  • Board-Superintendent Roles and Responsibilities
  • Building Community Support for Bond Issues
  • Chain of Command

Julia Kronemeyer, Pickford Public Schools
Email: juliak@eup.k12.mi.us
P: 906.647.7638

Julia has served on the local board of education for 29 years and has 18 years of experience serving on an ISD board. Julia values creativity, efficiency, learning, dedication, teamwork, integrity and family. Contact her with questions regarding:

  • Goal Setting
  • Legislation
  • Special Education
  • Board Governance
  • Management vs. Micromanagement
  • Board-Superintendent Relations
  • Efficient Operations
Shelley Ovink, Marquette-Alger RESA

Email: shelleyo@copper.net
P: 906.486.8020

Shelley has more than 21 years of school board experience, having served in all board positions and committees. She is the president of her County School Board Association and has served on several MASB committees. Contact Shelley about:

  • CBAs & Certification
  • Government Relations
  • Educational Trends
  • Vision Casting