Voting Now Open for Seats on the MASB Board of Directors

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, Feb. 1, 2017

MASB is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors made up of two directors from each of the eight Regions, and one director each from Groups V, VI and VII.

Directors are elected by MASB member districts to serve up to three-year terms. Ballots for three Regions (3, 4 and 6) were distributed via email to superintendent secretaries in the last week for each district to cast its vote in this year’s elections.

According to the MASB Bylaws Article VIII, Section 8, if any nomination for the Board of Directors is unopposed, the Board of Directors shall declare the unopposed candidate elected without conducting an election for the uncontested group or region. This is the case for Regions 1, 2 and 5. For Group VI, as there were no candidates nominated, the Board of Directors will appoint a new director to fulfill the one-year term.

Candidates are listed below; you can view background information for those who are up for election in this booklet. If your district did not receive its ballot or has any questions, please contact Cheryl Huffman at or 517.327.5915.

Region 1 (three-year term)  
Paula Saari* Marquette-Alger RESA Unopposed
Region 2 (three-year term)  
Mary P. Jason* Charlevoix-Emmet ISD Unopposed
Region 3 (three-year term)
Jill Fennessy* Tri County Area Schools
John Siemion Grand Haven Area Public Schools
Region 4 (three-year term)
Richard Kowalski Bangor Township Schools
Matthew Showalter* Shepherd Public Schools/Gratiot Isabella RESD
Region 5 (three-year term)  
Cindy Gansen* Genesee ISD/Flushing Community Schools Unopposed
Region 6 (three-year term)
Robert Anderson Van Buren ISD
Catherine LaValley Battle Creek Public Schools
Kathleen Moore Lakeview School District
Donald Myers Harper Creek Community Schools
Jamie Walle Bloomingdale Public Schools
Scott Ward Cassopolis Public Schools
Joanne Willson Portage Public Schools
Group VI (one-year term)
Vacant No candidate nominations for Board of Directors received; director will be appointed


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