The Brains of This Operation

Michigan Virtual™’s instructors and staff are passionate about and dedicated to the advancement of blended and online learning.

Executive Office

Peter Arashiro

Peter Arashiro

Executive Director of Instructional Product Development

Peter has spent over 20 years in the field of online learning, serving primarily as an instructional designer, and now serves as the Executive Director of Instructional Product Development at Michigan Virtual. He is passionate about understanding the science and psychology around how people learn, and specifically how they learn in both online and blended environments. When he isn’t collaborating with his colleagues at Michigan Virtual on developing awesome learning experiences, he enjoys traveling the world with his wife, Sonia, and learning about different cultures through food and drink.

Tamara Bashore-Berg

Tamara Bashore-Berg

Executive Director of Professional Learning Services

Tamara is passionate about helping educators improve their craft to ultimately enhance student learning, understanding and promoting research-based instructional strategies, and developing teams. She strives to promote excellence in each of these areas as Michigan Virtual‘s Executive Director of Professional Learning Services. Tamara brings a broad experience base to her role, having served educators at the local school district, intermediate school district and state levels. Tamara earned a master’s degree in the art of teaching at Aquinas College and currently serves as a board member of Michigan ASCD. Outside of her professional role, Tamara can often be found enjoying her daughter’s equestrian exploits, serving as the lead groom, trailer hauler, and show mom and pampering their Arabian horse, JR Cappucino.

Ray Batt

Raymond Batt

Vice President of Business Strategy

Before coming to Michigan Virtual, Ray spent more than 25 years in sales, service delivery, operations and general management in the business services industry and has broad experiences in strategic planning, service delivery excellence, business development and innovation. He joined Michigan Virtual as Vice President of Business Strategy in 2016 after previously holding leadership positions at Bowne & Co., Inc., and RR Donnelley. He has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a JD from St. John’s Law School. When not working or spending time with his family he can be found boating on the Great Lakes.

Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook

Executive Director of Finance

Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University with a major in accounting. Sarah is a certified public accountant and worked in public accounting for over seven years, auditing not-for-profit organizations and school districts. Sarah loves to travel, cook and spend time with her family.

Paula Coulier

Paula Coulier

Leader for Business Administrative Operations & Customer Care

Paula joined Michigan Virtual in 2010. She is passionate about education, believing it is important to advocate for today’s kids. Paula also has an interest in education policy. She has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. As Michigan Virtual‘s “Air Traffic Controller,” Paula has strong communication skills and a take-charge approach. In her spare time, Paula likes to spend time with her family, read and travel.

Anne Craft

Anne Craft

Executive Director of Marketing & Communications

Anne is passionate about education, leadership and telling a great story, which makes being the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications her perfect fit. Prior to working at Michigan Virtual, Anne earned a master’s degree at MSU, taught high school for 10 years, worked in media sales and ran her own digital marketing firm. When not sharing the love of online education, you can find her riding her Harley, cooking a gourmet feast or serving a meal at the rescue mission.

Gina Engler-Burton

Gina Engler-Burton

Executive Director of Human Resources

Gina believes talented employees are an organization’s greatest asset, which makes being the Executive Director of Human Resources her perfect fit. Gina has earned a senior certified professional in human resources credential from the Society of Human Resource Management and has over 20 years of experience in the field. Prior to working at Michigan Virtual, Gina spent time working in higher education and the corporate sector. When not in the office, you can find her snuggling her two Weimaraners, cooking wild game and enjoying the outdoors.

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.

Kristin Flynn

Kristin Flynn

Executive Director of Student Learning Services

Kristin is an educational career leadership professional and change agent with the insight, vision, and enthusiasm necessary to inspire teams and garner results. Kristin is a high-energy individual who is committed to educational excellence, maintaining exceptional relationships, growing leaders, and working diligently to communicate through many venues, in an effort to provide resources to educators and school districts. She is a firm believer in building leadership capacity in those working with her on behalf of students and focuses on using research and data to drive decision-making. Spending time with her husband and three children traveling and attending sporting events is where she spends much of her personal time. She also enjoys reading and learning about new technologies to make life more efficient!

Joe Freidhoff

Joseph Freidhoff

Vice President

Joe serves as a Vice President for Michigan Virtual. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Technologies from Michigan State University and is a nationally recognized researcher in the field of online and blended learning. He has taught in both face-to-face and online settings as well as at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Outside of work, Joe, his three boys, and his wife, Laura, do taekwondo together. Learning how to kiteboard is next on his list.

Royce Humm

Royce Humm

Executive Director Information Technology & Planning Services

Royce is a forward thinking educational leader with a passion for people, technology and customer service, making him a great fit as our Executive Director of Information Technology and Planning Services. Prior to joining our team, Royce earned an MBA with a concentration in project management and a Bachelor of Science in information technology management and security. In his “spare” time, he loves to volunteer, read, watch movies, and spend time with his family and friends.

Business Services

Ray Batt

Raymond Batt

Vice President of Business Strategy

Before coming to Michigan Virtual, Ray spent more than 25 years in sales, service delivery, operations and general management in the business… Read more

Teresa Bila

Teresa Bila

Accounting Specialist

Teresa is passionate about structure, organization and detail, which makes her long career at Michigan Virtual as the Accounting Specialist the perfect… Read more

Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook

Executive Director of Finance

Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University with a major in accounting. Sarah is a certified public accountant… Read more

Gina Engler-Burton

Gina Engler-Burton

Executive Director of Human Resources

Gina believes talented employees are an organization’s greatest asset, which makes being the Executive Director of Human Resources her perfect fit. Gina… Read more

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones

Senior HR Generalist

Kelly is enthusiastic about human resources and serving people. That’s why she is the perfect fit for Michigan Virtual’s Human Resources Department…. Read more

Jennifer Peattie

Jennifer Peattie

Employment Specialist

Jennifer loves to connect with people and match their qualifications and passions with employment opportunities that advance K-12 education. She holds both… Read more

Nighat Qureshi

Nighat Qureshi

Accounting Manager for Finance

Nighat is the Accounting Manager for Finance at Michigan Virtual. She has an MBA in corporate accounting from Michigan State University. Nighat loves working… Read more

Angela Shields

Angela Shields

Business Developer

Angela possesses over 15 years of experience as a sales and marketing professional armed with strong communication and interpersonal skills. She has… Read more

Brian Starks

Brian Stark

Accounting Assistant

Brian is the part-time Accounting Assistant at Michigan Virtual. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Davenport College. He also owns… Read more

Scott Watkins

Scott Watkins

Business Intelligence Executive

Scott provides the Michigan Virtual team with leadership in market analysis, process improvement, new product development, and strategy development and implementation. He… Read more

Information Technology & Planning Services

Jen Derry

Jen Derry

Technical Documentation Specialist

Jen came to Michigan Virtual after 10 years of service to HP/EDS working in the information technology and customer service fields. After… Read more

Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth Elliott

Senior Project Manager

Elizabeth has devoted more than a decade of service to online education and innovation in her role as Senior Project Manager at… Read more

Brett Emery

Brett Emery

Director of Infrastructure Services

Brett is Director of Infrastructure Services with Michigan Virtual. His IT focus at Michigan Virtual is in applications, infrastructure and security. Helping… Read more

Julie Force

Julie Force

Process/Project Manager

Julie joined the Project and Process Management team at Michigan Virtual in 2014. She has an MBA in project management. Julie has… Read more

Cheri Fraser

Cheri Fraser

Learning Applications Specialist

Energized by challenging problems, Cheri’s solution-oriented mindset is ignited every day in her position as a Learning Application Specialist at Michigan Virtual…. Read more

Kristen Hetfield

Kristen Hetfield

Learning Applications Manager

Kristen’s passion lies with working to continuously improve and advance the learning management systems used by Michigan Virtual. As the Manager of… Read more

Royce Humm

Royce Humm

Executive Director Information Technology & Planning Services

Royce is a forward thinking educational leader with a passion for people, technology and customer service, making him a great fit as… Read more

Lionel Keener

Lionel Keener

IT Support Specialist

Lionel has been working in information systems since 1996. He’s an avid video gamer who also enjoys (in this order) spending time with… Read more

Dean Leutscher

Dean Leutscher

Process/Project Manager

Dean joined Michigan Virtual in January 2016, serving as a Process/Project Manager. His experience, talents, and skills are broad-based, including sales, program… Read more

Amy Marrah

Amy Marrah

Learning Applications Specialist

Amy is a very analytical person who loves puzzles and problem solving, which makes her great at being a Learning Applications Specialist…. Read more

Dan Rodeck

Dan Rodeck

IT Infrastructure Specialist

Dan has been working in the information technology field for over 25 years, nine of them with Michigan Virtual. He has degrees… Read more

Melanie Rogers

Melanie Rogers

Director of Learning Applications

Melanie joined Michigan Virtual in 2001 and is the Director of Learning Applications. Melanie earned a Master of Science in computer science… Read more

Roman Stotland

Roman Stotland

Director of Technology Integrations

Roman has been involved in technology for over 15 years. He has an IT background that includes web development and design as… Read more

Adam Thompson

Adam Thompson

IT Application Specialist

Adam loves winning. If you are hosting a car wash or you have a crazy idea to exceed metrics next quarter, he’s… Read more

Instructional Product Development

Michael Allen

Michael Allen

Instructional Technology Support Specialist

Michael Allen brings the experience of a rich and varied professional career in management, customer service and technical support to his work… Read more

Peter Arashiro

Peter Arashiro

Executive Director of Instructional Product Development

Peter has spent over 20 years in the field of online learning, serving primarily as an instructional designer, and now serves as… Read more

Tara Bladow

Tara Bladow

Senior Instructional Designer

Tara is always looking for innovative methods to incorporate into her work as Senior Instructional Designer. Having almost 10 years of job… Read more

Stephanie Delong

Stephanie DeLong

Instructional Designer

Steph is an Instructional Designer at Michigan Virtual. She earned a master’s degree in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University and is certified… Read more

Carla Denton

Carla Denton

Instructional Designer

Carla brings creativity, a varied background and a desire for quality to her role as an Instructional Designer. Before joining Michigan Virtual,… Read more

Midori Grahl

Midori Grahl

Instructional Designer

Midori is an Instructional Designer for Michigan Virtual and is a former World Language educator. She loves what she does because designing online… Read more

Kristi Peacock

Kristi Peacock

Instructional Designer

Kristi is an Instructional Designer for Michigan Virtual. She has been in the field of education for roughly 30 years. She has… Read more

Krista Tomaselli

Krista Tomaselli

Course Development Manager

Before joining the Michigan Virtual team, Krista earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Eastern Michigan University. From there, she went on to… Read more

Andrew VandenHeuvel

Andrew Vanden Heuvel

Senior STEM Education Specialist

Andrew loves teaching and learning on the bleeding edge of education — using technology and approaches that are so new that they’re… Read more

David Young

David Young

Instructional Design Manager

David is the Instructional Design Manager at Michigan Virtual where he manages the design and development of a variety of courses for… Read more

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

Jemma Bae Kwon

Jemma Bae Kwon

Researcher

Jemma is an educational researcher for the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute and is proud of her role in the field because… Read more

Justin Bruno

Justin Bruno

Senior Research & Policy Associate

Justin is an enthusiastic leader dedicated to ensuring a high-quality, modern and efficient education for learners of all ages, currently serving as… Read more

Kristin Debruler

Kristen DeBruler

Researcher

Kristen joined Michigan Virtual as Researcher for the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute in 2012. She received her doctorate in Educational Psychology… Read more

Joe Freidhoff

Joseph Freidhoff

Vice President

Joe serves as a Vice President for Michigan Virtual. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Technologies from Michigan State University and is… Read more

Kathryn Kennedy

Kathryn Kennedy

Director of MVLRI

Before joining the Michigan Virtual team in 2014, Kathryn served as the Director of Research for the International Association for K-12 Online… Read more

Becky Stimson

Rebecca Stimson

Senior Writer & Publications Manager

Rebecca, Senior Writer and Publications Manager, joined the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute at Michigan Virtual in 2013. She earned a Master… Read more

Sales

Ray Batt

Raymond Batt

Vice President of Business Strategy

Before coming to Michigan Virtual, Ray spent more than 25 years in sales, service delivery, operations and general management in the business… Read more

Mable Fox

Mable Fox

Sales Representative - Eastern Region

Mable is a certified teacher, community outreach and workshop consultant. She is focused on technologies and best practices for helping all students… Read more

Stacey Hicks

Stacey Hicks

Sales Representative - Northern Region

Stacey worked in media, advertising sales and higher education before devoting herself to the classroom for 13 years as an English/journalism teacher…. Read more

Brandon OShell

Brandon O’Shell

Senior Sales Representative - Western Region

Brandon is passionate about helping schools and students reach their full potential, which is why being the Western Region Sales representative is… Read more

Angela Shields

Angela Shields

Business Developer

Angela possesses over 15 years of experience as a sales and marketing professional armed with strong communication and interpersonal skills. She has… Read more

Thomas Soria

Thomas Soria

Director of School Partnerships

Thomas is Michigan Virtual‘s Director of School Partnerships. He has a demonstrated history of working with school districts, educators, students and parents…. Read more

Marketing

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

Graphic & Web Designer

Josh has over a decade of web and graphic design experience, as well as nearly a decade of higher education and nonprofit… Read more

Brandon Bautista

Brandon Bautista

Marketing Manager

Brandon has worked at Michigan Virtual since graduating from Michigan State University in 2000. After spending time in the customer service, operations,… Read more

Anne Craft

Anne Craft

Executive Director of Marketing & Communications

Anne is passionate about education, leadership and telling a great story, which makes being the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications her… Read more

Anthony Richards

Anthony Richards

Digital Marketing Specialist

As an advertising graduate of Michigan State University, Anthony brings a depth of experience in digital marketing to Michigan Virtual. He’s worked… Read more

Dan Keedy

Dan Keedy

Senior Writer/Editor

Dan is the Senior Writer/Editor in Michigan Virtual’s marketing department. He’s been employed at Michigan Virtual since 2002 and previously worked 21… Read more

Wendi Knepp

Wendi Knepp

Marketing Coordinator

Being creative and providing an awesome experience is Wendi’s game. After testing the water in accounting and customer service, Wendi landed in… Read more

Mike Redding

Mike Redding

Multimedia Specialist

Prior to starting at Michigan Virtual in January 2013 as a videographer and senior producer, Mike spent seven years as a producer… Read more

Customer Care

Tracy Gieseking

Tracy Gieseking

Director of Customer Care

Tracy is happiest when helping others, and learning is her passion. Meaningful work that includes supporting online learners is a natural extension… Read more

Shay Shahid

Shay Shahid

Customer Care Representative

Shay is a graduate of Michigan State University in public policy, with a focus on urban redevelopment. Upon graduation, Shay had the… Read more

Lenaa Stockwell

Lenna Stockwell

Customer Care Representative

Lenna’s background in education and customer service makes her an integral part of the Customer Care Team. Prior to beginning her journey… Read more

Kelly Waddell

Kelly Waddell

Customer Care Representative

Kelly likes working for Michigan Virtual because the core values of putting people first and acting with integrity, are part of her… Read more

Professional Learning Services

Tamara Bashore-Berg

Tamara Bashore-Berg

Executive Director of Professional Learning Services

Tamara is passionate about helping educators improve their craft to ultimately enhance student learning, understanding and promoting research-based instructional strategies, and developing… Read more

Shelia Burks

Shelia Burks

Senior Administrative Assistant

Shelia started working for Michigan Virtual in November of 2016. During that time she has greatly enjoyed becoming a valuable part of… Read more

Jamie Dewitt

Jamie DeWitt

Director of Blended Professional Learning

Jamie DeWitt works in collaboration with educators throughout Michigan, building high-quality online and blended professional learning experiences as Director of Blended Professional… Read more

Ken Dirkin

Ken Dirkin

Director of Online Professional Learning

For over 15 years Ken Dirkin has been revolutionizing education by creating technology solutions in education to help humans be better humans…. Read more

Jeff Gerlach

Jeff Gerlach

Instructional Design Coach

Jeff is passionate about helping teachers enhance learning for students by way of strategic technology integration. This fuels his work as an… Read more

Cassandra Harris

Cassandra Harris

Professional Learning Community Coordinator

Cassandra takes pride in making others feel welcome and important. Her work is an example of this. Currently, Cassandra, or Cassie as… Read more

Shanna Henderson

Shanna Henderson

Administrative Assistant PLS

Shanna Henderson joined Michigan Virtual in 2015 and has not lived the same day twice. The beauty of supporting both the Executive… Read more

Kelli Hixon

Kelli Hixon

Blended Learning Coach

Kelli is a Blended Learning Coach for Michigan Virtual. She works with K-12 educators to help them personalize learning for students. Before… Read more

Erin Luckhardt

Erin Luckhardt

Blended Learning Coach

Erin is an 8th-grade social studies teacher turned Blended Learning Coach. As a teacher, Erin was passionate about the intentional use of… Read more

Frances Saroki

Frances Saroki

Senior Manager of Quality Educational Services

Frances has managed educational technology projects for the past 20 years and earned her Ph.D. at Michigan State University from the College… Read more

Stacey Schuh

Stacey Schuh

Professional Learning Services Manager

Stacey Schuh is the Professional Learning Services Manager at Michigan Virtual. Stacey is responsible for planning and implementing professional learning experiences and works… Read more

Student Learning Services

Christopher Ebsch

Christopher Ebsch

Curriculum Manager

Chris is an innovative educator, dedicated to students’ individual success. As Michigan Virtual‘s Curriculum Manager, Chris strives to meet the needs of… Read more

Kristin Flynn

Kristin Flynn

Executive Director of Student Learning Services

Kristin is an educational career leadership professional and change agent with the insight, vision, and enthusiasm necessary to inspire teams and garner… Read more

Jena Howard

Jena Howard

Administrative Assistant SLS

Jena is passionate about her role as the Administrative Assistant to the Student Learning Services team at Michigan Virtual. She started working… Read more

Andrea McKay

Andrea McKay

Instructional Manager

Andrea holds degrees in secondary education from the University of Michigan and curriculum and instruction from Spring Arbor University. She spent nearly… Read more

Lisa Rohde

Lisa Rohde

Outreach Coordinator - Special Populations

Lisa began teaching at Michigan Virtual in 2012 and became a member of the full-time staff in 2013, transitioning to her current… Read more

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith

Assistant Director of Student Learning Services

Shannon is a dedicated educator who believes learning opportunities are found in every experience. As the Assistant Director of Student Learning Services,… Read more

Teachers

Jim Barry

James Barry

Instructor - English Language Arts/Visual Performing Arts

Jim is a seasoned ELA professional whose energy, humor and love of literature continue to inspire students. Before joining Michigan Virtual, Jim… Read more

Holly Boleski

Holly Boleski

Instructor - Science

Holly has enjoyed working as a full-time instructor in our science department since 2013. She considers herself a lifelong learner and educator…. Read more

Katie Bouldin

Katie Bouldin

iEducator

Before working for Michigan Virtual, Katie taught at Arenac Eastern for two years. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education. When… Read more

Hannah Bur

Hannah Bur

iEducator

Hannah joined Michigan Virtual in 2016 as an iEducator. She teaches many different courses as a member of the science department. Hannah… Read more

Ryan Call

Ryan Call

Instructor - Social Studies

Ryan has been teaching for Michigan Virtual since 2010 and is a full-time social studies instructor. He earned a Bachelor of Science… Read more

Grace Carpenter

Grace Carpenter

Lead Instructor - English Language Arts/ Visual Performing Arts

Grace has been teaching with Michigan Virtual since 2012 and is the full-time lead instructor and subject matter expert for English Language… Read more

Liz Conrad

Liz Conrad

Instructor - Math

Liz is motivated by new experiences and sharing those with other people. As an avid traveler, Liz creates adventures and uses those… Read more

Lori Coyle

Lori Coyle

Instructor - Social Studies

Lori has been teaching social studies for over 10 years. She has experience teaching in the traditional classroom setting as well as… Read more

Diane Fisher

Diane Fisher

Instructor - Career & Technical Education

After working in administration for two Fortune 500 companies and one major sporting office, Diane has been a teacher since 2005. In… Read more

Ryan Ganzevoort

Ryan Ganzevoort

iEducator

Ryan is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in group social studies-secondary education. He’s part of the… Read more

Kimberly Garvison

Kimberly Garvison

Spanish Instructor

Kimberly joined Michigan Virtual as an iEducator in 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and is certified to… Read more

Annette Gleason

Annette Gleason

Lead Instructor - Math

Annette is an enthusiastic teacher and a lifelong learner. Before working as Michigan Virtual’s Lead Math Instructor, Annette received a bachelor’s degree… Read more

Kameron Going

Kameron Going

iEducator

Kameron joined Michigan Virtual as an iEducator in 2017.  Originally from Utah, he received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Utah… Read more

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

iEducator

Lauren joined Michigan Virtual as an iEducator in the social studies and visual arts departments in 2017. She is a graduate of… Read more

Kristin Koch

Kristin Koch

Instructor - American Sign Language

Kristin has been an avid member of the Deaf community for the past 12 years. While attending college for her undergraduate degree… Read more

Heather Murphy

Heather Murphy

Lead Instructor - Social Studies

Heather has been an educator since 1998. Before becoming the Lead Social Studies Instructor at Michigan Virtual, she taught in a face-to-face… Read more

Lauren Nalepa

Lauren Nalepa

iEducator

Lauren is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a bachelor’s degree in art education. Before joining Michigan Virtual in 2017, she… Read more

Lauren Nick

Lauren Nick

iEducator

Lauren joined Michigan Virtual in 2015 as an iEducator. She received degrees in biology and bio medical sciences from Grand Valley State… Read more

Alanna Prieditis

Alanna Prieditis

Instructor - World Language

Alanna became an online instructor with Michigan Virtual in 2012 and is currently a full-time World Language instructor. While completing her undergraduate… Read more

Kevin Santer

Kevin Santer

Lead Instructor - Career & Technical Education

Kevin began his career by working in IT as a software developer, designer and manager. He made the bold move of returning… Read more

William Springer

William Springer

Lead Instructor - World Language

William is passionate about engaging students and equipping teachers, both of which he regularly practices in his Lead World Language Instructor role…. Read more

Erin Taylor

Erin Taylor

Senior Science Instructor

Erin has been teaching high school science 2007 and joined Michigan Virtual in 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry… Read more

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