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Staff Directory

Project Director

  • Kimberly St. Martin, Ph.D.

    Director

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon Street
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 269-492-8434

    Kim St. Martin’s focus in the TA Center is on regional and district implementation infrastructure efforts to scale-up the successful use of an MTSS framework. Additionally, Kim is responsible for providing literacy expertise for the Office of Special Education. Prior to working with the TA Center, Kim was a school administrator and teacher in an urban and rural school district.

Technical Assistance Center Staff

  • Amy Basket

    Implementation Specialist

    Bay Arenac ISD
    4228 2 Mile Rd
    Bay City, MI 48706

    Phone: 989-667-3132

    Amy’s focus in the TA Center is working with District Implementation Teams to develop the capacity to implement, use, and sustain an integrated behavior and reading MTSS model. Prior to working with the TA Center, Amy worked as a classroom teacher and in the central office focusing on gifted education, mathematics, and assessment systems.

  • Courtney Buck, Ed.S., BCBA

    District MTSS Implementation Coordinator

    Kent ISD
    2930 Knapp NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Phone: 616-447-2466

    Courtney’s focus in the TA Center is working with District Implementation Teams to build their capacity to implement, use, and sustain an integrated behavior and reading MTSS model.  Prior to coming to the TA Center, Courtney practiced as a school psychologist in Illinois, coaching the development and implementation of three-tiered academic and behavioral systems of support at both the district and building levels.

  • Candi Drake-Zambelli

    MiMTSS Data System and Accessibility Specialist

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon Street
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 616-796-1485

    Candi’s focus in the TA Center is working as the Data and Accessibility Specialist. Previously, Candi worked with the Administrative Assistant Unit for the TA Center and was a local district secretary.

  • Jennifer Ferlito, M.A., CCC-SLP

    Literacy Professional Learning Specialist

    Phone: 586-215-0415

    Jennifer’s focus in the TA center is on content development and training in the area of literacy. Prior to working with the TA center, Jennifer worked as a special education consultant providing professional development in the areas of structured literacy and explicit instruction. Jennifer is a speech-language pathologist; she was a self-contained SLI educator teaching speech, language and literacy kindergarten through 2nd grade.

  • Mark Fynewever

    Implementation Specialist/MDE Regional Consultant

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon Street
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 269-921-2372

    Mark’s focus in the TA Center is working as a communication liaison between MDE and MiMTSS TA Center, supporting MTSS scale-up work in the state.  Another role that he supports is working with District Implementation Teams to develop their capacity to install and implement MTSS.  Prior to coming to the TA Center, Mark was a State PBIS Specialist for the Georgia Department of Education and a School Social Worker/Behavioral Consultant for Berrien RESA.

  • Leisa Gallagher, MA

    MDE Project Liaison for School Climate Transformation

    Phone: 616-446-6115

    Leisa Gallagher is a liaison between Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the TA Center as the lead for the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) Model Demonstration effort to integrate mental health within the PBIS system. For MDE, she is the lead for Social & Emotional Learning. Leisa helped develop the MiPHY survey of youth risk and protective factors. Leisa was a high school English teacher and is a counseling psychologist.

  • Dave Gough

    Implementation Specialist

    Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD
    315 Armory Place
    Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

    Phone: 616-405-7060

    Dave’s focus in the TA Center is working with District Implementation Teams to build their capacity to implement, use, and sustain an integrated behavior and reading MTSS model.  Prior to coming to the TA Center, Dave held positions as a School Psychologist, Elementary Principal, Early Childhood Director, and Director of Student Services.

  • Anna Harms, Ph.D.

    Evaluation and Research Administrator

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon Street
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 616-738-8940 x4025

    Anna's focus in the TA Center is internal program evaluation and research projects, the MiMTSS Data System, and supports for MTSS assessments. Anna is trained as a school psychologist and has experience providing reading intervention to early elementary learners.

  • Beth Hill

    Professional Learning Specialist

    Kent ISD
    2930 Knapp NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Phone: 616-365-2334

    Beth’s focus within the TA Center is the development of District Community Leadership Teams to install the Interconnected System Framework (ISF) within their PBIS System. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Beth worked as a school social worker and mental health worker in an inpatient setting.

  • Matthew Hoge, Ph.D.

    Implementation Specialist

    Macomb ISD
    44001 Garfield Road
    Clinton Township, MI 48038

    Phone: 586-291-9410

    Matt’s focus in the TA center is working with District Implementation Teams to develop the capacity to support the installation and implementation of MTSS. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Matt was an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Western Michigan University, a District Behavioral Consultant, and a classroom teacher.

  • Cheyne LeVesseur, Ph.D.

    Data Scientist

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon Street
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 616-796-1485

    Cheyne LeVesseur’s focus in the TA Center is on research and program evaluation, ranging from professional development to website analytics, to survey development and data analysis. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Cheyne worked as a School Psychologist and MTSS Coordinator, university professor, and community outreach coordinator.

  • Lara MacQuarrie, P.h.D

    Content and Implementation Specialist

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon
    Holland MI 49424

    Phone: 734-904-8001

    Lara’s focus is on developing content and supporting District Implementation Teams in the installation, implementation, and sustainability of an MTSS framework. Lara is a school psychologist, an approved special education supervisor, and taught at the university level. Lara has provided professional learning to educators in the areas of reading instruction, intervention, explicit instruction, and assessment at the ISD.

  • Rhonda McClure

    Early Childhood MTSS Implementation Specialist

    Phone:

    Rhonda’s focus in the TA Center is on supporting ISD implementation of the EC-PBIS/Program-wide Pyramid Model practices by providing professional learning and coaching to Early Childhood Leadership Teams, practitioner coaches, and behavior specialists. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Rhonda worked as an Early Childhood Disability and Mental Health Manager with a large nonprofit Early Childhood agency near Detroit. She is a strong advocate for children and families as they start their educational journey. Additionally, she has worked as a center administrator, specialist, and teacher in Early Childhood Education programs.

  • Michelle McQueen, M.A.

    Early Childhood MTSS Implementation Specialist

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon Street
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone:

    Michelle’s focus is to provide guidance to ISDs and district leadership for MTSS implementation. Additionally, she supports the exploration of scaling up MTSS in early childhood.  Michelle was a classroom teacher, central administrator, and ISD coordinator in a large urban district.

  • Meranda Miller

    Administrative Assistant/Website Coordinator

    Kalamazoo RESA
    1819 E. Milham Avenue
    Portage, MI 49002

    Phone: 269-816-4696

    Meranda’s focus in the TA Center is working as a website coordinator and is part of the Administrative Assistant Unit.

  • Julie Morrison, Ph.D.

    External Evaluator

    Phone: 513-478-3517

  • Tamara Morrow

    Implementation Specialist

    Tuscola ISD
    1385 Cleaver Road
    Caro, MI 48723

    Phone: 810-240-0950

    Tami’s focus in the TA Center is working with District Implementation Teams to develop the capacity to implement, use, and sustain an integrated behavior and reading MTSS model. Prior to coming to the TA center, Tami practiced as an outpatient mental health clinician as well as a social worker/behavioral consultant at Genesee ISD. Tami also worked at her ISD as a coach and trainer assisting school and district teams in setting up systems and practices to support their PBIS/MTSS infrastructure and implementation.

  • Sarah Moss

    Administrative Assistant

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon St.
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 616-422-1344

    Sarah works with the Administrative Assistant Unit for the TA Center. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Sarah worked in retail manufacturing in an administrative role and in healthcare administration.

  • Melissa Nantais, Ph.D.

    Professional Standards and Universal and Targeted Technical Assistance Administrator

    Kalamazoo RESA
    1819 E. Milham Avenue
    Portage, MI 49002

    Phone: 269-605-9933

    Melissa's focus in the TA Center overseeing the professional learning as well as the MTSS universal and technical assistance provided by the MiMTSS TA Center. Prior to joining the TA Center, Melissa worked as a school psychologist, educational consultant, and university professor.

  • Julie Nixon

    Professional Learning Specialist

    Kent ISD
    2930 Knapp NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Phone: 616-915-7470

    Julie’s focus in the TA Center is on Content Development in early literacy. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Julie taught first grade, was a Reading Specialist, and a District MTSS Coordinator.  Julie has worked on developing a K-5  literacy curriculum, School and District Improvement Plans, and State and Federal Grants.

  • Allison Olivo, Ed.S.

    Early Childhood MTSS Coordinator

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon St.
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 810-423-4131

    Allison’s focus in the TA Center is on content development and training in the area of positive behavior supports at Tiers 1, 2, and 3. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Allison worked as a School Psychologist, including coaching MTSS in elementary and secondary buildings.

  • Sam Patton

    Evaluation & Research Specialist

    Phone:

    Sam's focus in the TA Center is on program evaluation, survey development, and data analysis. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Sam was a project coordinator and research associate working with a research group to develop intensive reading and comprehension interventions.

  • Ruthie L. Payno-Simmons, Ph.D.

    Professional Learning Specialist

    Ingham ISD
    2630 W. Howell Road
    Mason, MI 48854

    Phone: 517-244-1270

    Ruthie’s focus in the TA Center is collaborating with staff, leadership, and various national TA Center partners to inform professional learning and technical assistance that centers educational equity and culturally sustaining practices within the MTSS framework.  Ruthie has served as a teacher, teacher educator, principal, and executive director of curriculum and staff development.  Her leadership experiences include policy analysis, strategic planning, coordination of K-12 educational programs, instruction, curriculum, staff professional development, continuous improvement, district accreditation, and system evaluation.

  • Delilah Smith, M.A., LPC

    Professional Learning Specialist

    Macomb County ISD
    44001 Garfield Road
    Clinton Township, MI 48038

    Phone: 586-707-3113

    Delilah’s focus at the TA Center is to provide professional development to help support the social-emotional well-being of students as a Professional Learning Specialist with a Social Emotional Behavioral and School Mental Health focus. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Delilah worked as a Behavioral Health Counselor for a Child Adolescent Health Center located within an urban school setting. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she also has experience as a community mental health provider and in child welfare. 

  • Kate Smith

    Advanced Tiers Literacy Implementation Specialist

    Phone: 269-598-8608

    Kate Smith's focus in the TA Center is on intensifying literacy instruction within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Kate was a K-12 special education teacher in Oakland and Kalamazoo Counties, with her most recent objective to implement and support reading intervention instruction.

  • Nicole Stapleton-Coleman

    MTSS Literacy Coordinator

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon Street
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 269-598-2825

    Nicole’s focus in the TA center includes the development of content focusing on secondary literacy.  Prior to working with the TA Center, Nicole was a classroom teacher in an urban school district and an instructional coach at an ISD.

  • Kelly Tuomikoski, Ph.D.

    Model Demonstration and Alignment Administrator

    Copper Country ISD
    809 Hecla Street
    Hancock, MI 49930

    Phone: 906-482-4250

    Kelly’s focus within the TA Center is overseeing the model demonstration and research grant projects as well as aligning support from the TA Center with MTSS specific priorities of MDE. Prior to working with the TA Center, Kelly was a school psychologist, MTSS coordinator, reading instructional coach and an elementary classroom teacher.

  • John Vail

    Advanced Tiers Literacy Implementation Specialist

    Kalamazoo RESA
    1819 E. MIlham Avenue
    Portage, MI 49002

    Phone: 269-250-9223

    John’s focus in the TA Center is on the development of training content for adolescent literacy. Prior to coming to the TA Center, John served as a middle school principal, instructional coach and trainer, interventionist, and school psychologist.

  • Valerie Vandlen

    MTSS Social, Emotional, Behavioral, School Mental Health Content Coordinator

    Clinton County RESA
    1013 S. US-27 Suite A
    St. Johns, MI 48879

    Phone: 989-224-6831 x2336

    Valerie’s focus in the TA Center is on content development and training in the area of behavior. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Valerie was a special educator (K-5)  and teacher consultant (K-12).

  • Anna-Carin Veurink

    Administrative Assistant

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon Street
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 616-402-3468

    Anna-Carin works with the Administrative Assistant Unit for the TA Center. Prior to coming to the TA Center, Anna-Carin worked in manufacturing as a customer service manager.

  • Meagan Walsh, Ph.D

    Implementation Specialist

    Ottawa Area ISD
    13565 Port Sheldon
    Holland, MI 49424

    Phone: 269-387-5947

    Meagan’s focus within the TA Center is on supporting the implementation of data-based individualization and the development of training content to support intensive intervention. Prior to working with the TA center, Meagan worked as an elementary special education teacher and was a member of a research group developing and testing intensive reading interventions.

  • Sarah Weaver

    ISD MTSS Scale Up Coordinator

    Charlevoix-Emmet ISD
    08568 Mercer Blvd.
    Charlevoix, MI 49720

    Phone: 585-746-7563

    Sarah’s focus in the TA center is to support the scale-up and the successful use of an MTSS framework across the state of Michigan. Prior to working with the TA Center, Sarah was a school psychologist and PBIS Coach in the states of Oregon and Iowa.

  • Sheila Williams-White, Ph.D.

    Implementation Specialist

    Macomb ISD
    44001 Garfield Road
    Clinton Township, MI 48038

    Phone:

    Sheila’s focus in the TA Center is on the development of District Teams to install Interconnected System Framework (ISF). Prior to coming to the TA Center, Sheila worked at DPS(CD) as a school psychologist, special education coordinator, and behavior specialist.

  • Michelle Wilson

    Fiscal Coordinator

    Macomb ISD
    44001 Garfield Road
    Clinton Township, MI 48038

    Phone: 586-612-8431

    Michelle’s focus in the TA Center is fiscal coordination.  Prior to coming to the TA Center, Michelle managed federal grants and capital projects in the public sector.