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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.

Jamey Fitzpatrick

Jamey Fitzpatrick

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.

Brian Broderick

Brian Broderick

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.

Amanda Wagenschutz

Amanda Wagenschutz

Amanda Wagenschutz is Executive Director, Employee Experience Delivery for Consumers Energy and was promoted to this position in April 2017.

Amanda joined the company in 2012 and has over 20 years of human resources experience. Amanda has responsibility for the human resources business partner deliverables and client facing HR partnerships and provides strategic guidance for the human resources organization.

Amanda Wagenschutz earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources development with a specialization in training and development from Oakland University, and a master’s degree in management with a concentration in human resources from Walsh College. Amanda has held her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification since 2008 and obtained her Society for Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification in 2015. a certified specialist in the Gap International, Inc. Performance Diagnostic as of December of 2016.

Prior to joining Consumers Energy, Amanda worked in the Property Management Industry at McKinley, Inc. as Human Resources Director from 2003 to 2012 and Sun Communities, Inc. as Human Resources Generalist/Employment Specialist 1997 to 2003.

Darrell Burks

Darrell Burks

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 the 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.

Prentiss Brown

Prentiss Brown

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.

Robert Filka

Robert Filka

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.

Brendan Guenther

Brendan Guenther

Brendan Guenther is MSU’s first Chief Academic Digital Officer and serves as Director for Academic Information Technology at MSU. Brendan also serves in a leadership capacity for the Innovation Hub for Learning and Technology at MSU. Brendan’s career has focused on supporting transformative faculty work with new learning technology.

Brendan started his career at MSU as a programmer analyst and has played numerous professional roles over the past two decades. As part of MSU’s Virtual University, he oversaw daily operations providing faculty development, instructional design and technical support for online instructors and blended learning. He has also led the development of websites, virtual learning environments and serious learning game development for contract and grant clients.

Brendan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications and a Masters in Educational Administration from MSU and is nearing the completion of a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at MSU this year.

Daniel F. Kiblawi

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.

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

Dr. Kevin Miller is the superintendent of St. Clair RESA, one of Michigan’s 56 ISDs. Kevin started his career in public education 26 years ago. Prior to that, he worked in radio broadcasting, starting as a teenager. He is probably the only school superintendent in the U.S. who has worked as a sports broadcaster for an NFL franchise radio network.

Kevin started as a classroom teacher working for Marysville Public Schools where he led staff development for technology integration and taught history, geography, technology, and communication arts. He has served as an assistant principal and principal in two different school districts and was a local superintendent for Croswell-Lexington Schools for eight years before taking on his current role as Superintendent of St. Clair RESA in 2017.

In 2000, when we launched the Michigan Virtual School, Kevin was one of the first educators we engaged. We contracted with him to develop a handful of online courses and he taught for us as one of the first online teachers in Michigan.

Rossi-Ray Taylor

Rossi Ray-Taylor

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.

Michael Rice

Michael Rice

Dr. Michael F. Rice was appointed Michigan’s 45th superintendent of public instruction by Michigan’s State Board of Education in May 2019. Prior to his start at the Michigan Department of Education, Dr. Rice served 17 years as a local district superintendent: 12 years as superintendent in Kalamazoo, Michigan and five as superintendent in Clifton, New Jersey. Dr. Rice began his career in public education in the Washington, D.C. Public Schools, where he taught high school French and founded and coached an award-winning speech and debate program. He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors and from New York University with a master’s degree and doctoral degree in public administration, also with honors.

Mike Shoudy

Mike Shoudy

Michael M. Shoudy is the Executive Director of the Michigan Education Association. Prior to his current role, Mr. Shoudy was the General Counsel of the MEA. Before his employment with MEA, Mr. Shoudy was an attorney and shareholder with the law firm of White Schneider P.C. Mr. Shoudy practiced labor and employment law, focusing on collective bargaining, education law, tenure, arbitration and litigation. Mr. Shoudy is a member of the labor and employment law section of the State Bar, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Labor Advisory Board, and is a Fellow in the State Bar of Michigan. He was a member of the Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is listed as a 2013 Michigan Super Lawyer in the practice areas of employment and labor law. He has taught collective bargaining and employment law as an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

Mr. Shoudy received his B.A. from Michigan State University, and his J.D., cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Shoudy was a member of Law Review and obtained the Jurisprudence Book Award in Equity. Mr. Shoudy is a frequent speaker and author on issues affecting the workplace.

Deborah Snyder

Deborah Snyder

Dr. Deborah Snyder is president of St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan. Prior to her appointment in 2016, Snyder served as President and Chief Academic Officer for Cogswell College in the Silicon Valley area of northern California. Cogswell is one of the oldest private colleges in the state and is a WSCUC-accredited engineering, computer science, digital art, audio, and animation institution today.

Over the course of her 30+-year career in higher education, Dr. Snyder has held academic and senior administrative leadership positions at large and small public, private, and for-profit institutions, including the University of Michigan-Flint; Walsh College of Business in Troy, Michigan; Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Strayer University in Washington, D.C. Additionally she has consulted with colleges and universities across the country in areas of academic program quality, integrated communication strategies, and strategic planning.

Dr. Snyder has published three books, one about the growing trend of adult learners attending college and a second on Internet marketing, e-Marketing Basics, written in the early years of Internet adoption. Her third book, Old School, New School, No School, speaks to the value of higher education.

Her academic credentials include a Ph.D. in organizational communication, a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In the early days of Michigan Virtual, Deb provided consulting support to examine workforce development issues.

Stephanie Teasley

Stephanie Teasley

Dr. Stephanie Teasley is a Research Professor in the School of Information at U-M and has been on the faculty there since 1996. She has a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Pittsburgh where she worked in the Learning, Research and Development Center (LRDC). Her research investigates issues of collaboration and learning, specifically how sociotechnical systems can support effective collaborative processes and successful learning outcomes. She has served as the president of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and is currently the chair of the International Alliance for the Advancement of Learning in the Digital Era (IAALDE).

Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams

Jeff formerly served as the CEO of Public Sector Consultants. The private company has annual sales of $10 million, has 50 employees and makes use of numerous affiliated consultants. He has been a keen observer of Michigan Virtual since our inception in 1998. His company has served as a research partner with us on several projects. Jeff has long served as a commentator in the media offering non-partisan policy and election commentary and analysis. His company advises clients on legislative, promotional and advocacy strategies. Public Sector Consultants is a highly regarded Lansing-based research and consulting firm that directs studies in the areas of large-scale program implementation, strategy, special education policy and public finance.

He has nearly 30 years of experience working for Public Sector in various research, consulting and leadership roles. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from MSU in International Relations, a Masters from the University of Minnesota in Public Affairs and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Jeff serves on a number of professional and community boards and advisory groups.

Wendy Zdeb

Wendy Zdeb

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.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.