Board of Directors

Michigan Virtual is governed by a board of directors representing the business, industry and education communities. Jamey Fitzpatrick is the President and CEO of Michigan Virtual.
Robert Filka

Robert Filka

Chair

A Muskegon native, Bob Filka has served the Michigan Association of Home Builders for 10 years. Filka has 30 years of government and policy experience in both Washington, D.C., and Lansing. Early in his career, he was a legislative aide to the late Grand Rapids-area Congressman Paul Henry. Upon returning to Michigan, he served as a policy advisor to Governor John Engler.  He was appointed by Engler as President of the Michigan Strategic Fund and became part of the original executive leadership group that created the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  Bob is active in numerous organizations and has served stints as Chair of the Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Board of Directors and the Michigan Virtual among others.

Rossi-Ray Taylor

Rossi Ray-Taylor

Vice Chair

Rossi Ray-Taylor, PhD., is the president and CEO of Ray.Taylor and Associates, L.L.C., a consultancy that specializes in program evaluation, school transformation and turnaround, equity audits and executive coaching. The former superintendent of Ann Arbor Schools and Deputy Superintendent for Instruction for the Lansing Public Schools, Dr. Rossi is the former executive director of the national nonprofit organization Minority Student Achievement Network.

Dr. Ray-Taylor holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. Her Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with a specialty in learning and cognition and in measurement and evaluation is also from Michigan State.

Darrell Burks

Darrell Burks

Secretary/Treasurer

After graduating from I.U. with a Bachelor of Science in finance (with distinction) in 1978, Mr. Burks joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand in Indianapolis); he transferred to Detroit in 1986. He received a CPA certification in 1980. Burks was admitted to the partnership in 1991. For over 30 years, Mr. Burks delivered the full range of audit and related business advisory services to clients in the retail, government, and higher education sectors and others for real estate, manufacturing, and financial services companies. Mr. Burks was the partner in charge of the education and nonprofit practice for the Midwest Region of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

A loaned executive from 1989-1991, Mr. Burks served as Chief Financial Officer of Detroit Public Schools. He managed an operating budget of approximately $1 billion, developed managerial accountability for 20,000 employees at 250 schools, developed and coordinated financing strategies to eliminate a $160M deficit that had accumulated over 17 years.

Mr. Burks is recognized as a leader and key decision maker in the City of Detroit; he was appointed by the Governor of Michigan to the Detroit Financial Advisory Board.

Brian Broderick

Brian Broderick

Audit Committee Chair

Brian Broderick currently serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools. In that role, he serves as the state representative to the Council of American Private Education. He also chairs the Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees and sits on the Boards of Michigan Youth in Government, the Felician Sisters Childcare Centers and the Education Alliance of Michigan.

Mr. Broderick earned a master’s degree in public administration from Wayne State University in 1998. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law and a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Broderick received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1988.

He is involved in a variety of community activities including serving as a lector at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth. Mr. Broderick is a member of the Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers and is a past president of the Notre Dame Club of Detroit.

Brian and his wife, Donna, and their children, Jim and Katherine, reside in Plymouth.

Jamey Fitzpatrick

Jamey Fitzpatrick

President & CEO

Jamey Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Michigan Virtual™, serves as a catalyst for change and a champion of innovation in education. He provides strategic leadership for Michigan Virtual, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization focused on advancing K-12 digital learning and teaching. In addition to his previous leadership roles at the Michigan Department of Education and Saginaw ISD, Jamey also worked in the private sector for Pitney Bowes Corporation. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Olivet College.

Prentiss Brown

Prentiss Brown

Board Member

Prentiss Brown is an attorney with Peninsula Legal Services, P.C., St. Ignace, engaged in the representation of Native Americans. He is a former prosecuting attorney for Mackinac County and general law practitioner. Mr. Brown is a member of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District board and First National Bank of St. Ignace board of directors. A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, he is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Iowa State Bar Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Albion College. Mr. Brown is a senior judge of the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal Court in Mount Pleasant.

Gretchen Dziadosz

Gretchen Dziadosz

Board Member

MEA Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz has spent most of her career working on behalf of public school students and the Michigan Education Association. She was exposed to unionism and association advocacy at an early age as the daughter of two teachers, Barbara and Richard Buccos, who both taught for Ypsilanti Public Schools. Her father, Richard Buccos, was a long-time advocate for teachers and school support professionals throughout Michigan; holding many leadership roles within the MEA.

Dziadosz received her bachelor’s degree in communications arts from Michigan State University, her master of arts and doctor of philosophy in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then taught as a lecturer at the university.

Dziadosz joined MEA in 1979, first serving as a field representative for Educational Support Professionals and then a UniServ Director for more than 25 years; which was then followed by another three years as the Statewide Bargaining Consultant. Thereafter, she held a number of management positions, including Northern Zone Director, Professional Development and Human Rights Director, Director of Research and Bargaining, and prior to becoming MEA Executive Director, she supervised all MEA field operations as Director of Field Services.

Daniel F. Kiblawi

Board Member

Daniel F. Kiblawi is President and CEO of Egelhof Controls Corporation, a multi-national automotive supplier specializing in control devices for air conditioning systems. Prior to that, Kiblawi held a variety of executive and leadership positions in the Automotive Tier 1 industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Michigan State University.

John L King

John L. King

Board Member

John Leslie King is W.W. Bishop Professor of Information and former Dean of the School of Information and former Vice Provost at the University of Michigan. He does research on the relationship between technical and social change.  Dr. King received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, and an honorary doctorate from Copenhagen Business School. He is a fellow of the Association for Information Systems and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jim Lorenson

Jim Lorenson

Board Member

James A. Lorenson has been the president of Gogebic Community College in Ironwood since 2008.  Prior, he served as Dean of Instruction since November of 1997.  Lorenson began employment at GCC in 1987 as Community and Industry Coordinator and held several other positions at the college, including Director of Community Services and Continuing Education and Economic Development Officer. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Michigan University and is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership through Central Michigan University.

Neil Marchuk

Neil Marchuk

Board Member

Neil Marchuk joined Johnson Controls Automotive Seating in 2016 as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, he leads the global Human Resources function, which is responsible for developing and fostering a culture of customer satisfaction and operational excellence. Marchuk joined Johnson Controls from ZF TRW, a developer and producer of safety systems for vehicle manufacturers worldwide, where he served as executive vice president for Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Compliance and Governance, Health, Safety and Environment and Facilities. Additionally, he has led human resources teams, both domestically and internationally, at SC Johnson and E.I. du Pont de Nemours.

Marchuk has served on many nonprofit boards, including Junior Achievement, Big Brothers, the United Way and the Shanghai American School’s Finance Committee. Today, he serves on the boards of the Michigan Virtual, the Overseas School Advisory Board — Department of State and the American Society of Employers.

Marchuk earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Windsor, Canada. In addition, he received a master’s degree in business, marketing/marketing management from the University of Paisley, U.K. Marchuk is based in Johnson Controls’ Plymouth, Mich. corporate office.

Barbara Markle

Barbara Markle

Board Member

Barbara Markle is assistant dean for K-12 Outreach in the College of Education at Michigan State University. She develops and administers programs for teachers and administrators that apply educational research to schools and districts. Markle also works to strengthen the links between research, practice, and policymaking. She has directed several major state, federal and foundation grants, and is currently leading a Mott Foundation-supported effort to assist Flint Community Schools. A major focus of her work at K-12 Outreach is developing interventions for high poverty, low performing urban schools and districts. Under her direction, the Office of K- 12 Outreach sponsors the Emerging Leaders Program for aspiring principals, international education study tours, and monthly forums for legislators and other policymakers.

Kevin Oxley

Kevin Oxley

Board Member

Kevin Oxley’s 28-year-career in education has included teaching high school social studies and several high school administrative roles. Currently, he is the superintendent of the Jackson County Intermediate School District.

Mr. Oxley earned an undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University.

He is proud to serve on the Michigan Virtual™ board because of its reputation as an innovative leader in the evolution of education delivery.

Brian Whiston

Brian Whiston

Board Member

State Superintendent since July 2015, Brian Whiston has set a goal to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years. His distinguished experience as a local district superintendent and school board member works as the underpinning for his collaborative and inclusive work style and decision making. Whiston also worked as a Wayne State University instructor and held the position of president of the Michigan Parent Teacher Student Association.  He holds a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

Wendy Zdeb

Wendy Zdeb

Board Member

Wendy Zdeb became the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) in August of 2011. The MASSP is comprised of middle and high school assistant principals and principals and has over 1,700 members statewide. Wendy has served on the Board of Directors for Michigan Virtual for the past five years and has a strong belief about the important role blended and online learning plays in the education of each student.

Wendy has been an educator for 16 years, six years as a teacher and 10 years as an administrator. She began her career as a teacher and a coach at Warren Fitzgerald High School. She then went on to become AP and AD at St. Clair High School in St. Clair County. Wendy concluded her career in public education as the principal at Rochester High School where she worked for seven years. She has an education specialist degree and a master’s in educational leadership, both from Saginaw Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree in English and history is from Western Michigan University.

Keep up with the latest Michigan Virtual has to offer