Alicia Urbain
Vice President of Governmental and Legal Affairs

Alicia received her juris doctor degree from Michigan State University and her bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to MAPSA, Alicia worked for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Michigan as a Projects Coordinator tasked with the court’s legislative agenda. Alicia has also worked as legal counsel for the Michigan House Republican Policy Office, Governor John Engler’s Legal Division, the Michigan Senate Majority Counsel’s office, and the office of United States Senator Spencer Abraham. 

She has taught political science and administrative law as an adjunct professor.  Alicia resides in Brighton with husband and three children.  She coaches youth softball, is an active hockey mom, and an avid University of Michigan fan (Go Blue!).

Amy Bytof
Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator

Amy joined the MAPSA team in January of this year and serves as the Parent and Community Engagement Coordinator supporting the charter school parents and community members in the charter movement. Amy came to us from serving in an AmeriCorps program called City Year the past 2 years, tutoring and mentoring at risk youth on the Southside of Chicago. With a belief that all children – no matter their zip-code deserves a quality education, she brings passion and drive to ensure that the students of Michigan are obtaining their fullest potential.

Amy brings spontaneity and adventure to our team as an adrenaline junky who has been skydiving, parasailing, cliff jumping and scuba diving!

Angi Beland
VP of Operations and Strategy

Angi directs the program development and financial operations for MAPSA.  Angi's focus is not only on MAPSA's sustainability and adherence to best practices in budget management but also in identifying program and grant opportunities for MAPSA members.

Prior to joining MAPSA in 2007, Angi gained valuable expertise in building sustainability models and maximizing return on investment while working for other non-profit organizations.  Angi also has the keen ability to maximize opportunities when faced with limited resources.  Angi holds a Master's of Business Administration from Northwood University.

Angela Boldrey
Accounting Coordinator

Angie started at MAPSA in the fall of 2015 as Accounting Coordinator, handling all financial aspects of the organization.  Using over 20 years political and legislative experience plus her eagerness to help all kids, she has served in many volunteer roles in the greater Lansing community.  Previously to MAPSA, Angie enjoyed working in the Legislature and being a community activist while staying home with her 2 busy daughters.

Becky Carlton
Director of Marketing & Program Design

Becky works as a collaborative communicator both internally and externally to work across projects, teams and boundaries to bring forth a consistent brand for MAPSA. Becky’s creative thinking has gained her a diverse approach to strategic problem solving and the skills to envision the connectedness of both the big picture along with the small details. She’s passionate about working with great people and working for a great cause.

Buddy Moorehouse
Vice President of Communications

Buddy joined MAPSA in 2011 as Vice President of Communications. A native of Ypsilanti, Buddy graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Communications. A veteran of the newspaper industry, Buddy worked for 26 years as an editor for the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, where he won numerous state and national awards for his writing. In 2009, he was named the top newspaper columnist in Michigan by the Associated Press. More recently, he has worked in public relations and documentary production, and is a two-time Emmy nominee for documentary filmmaking. His films have appeared on TV on PBS, ABC, Fox Sports Detroit and the MLB Network, and has done several documentary projects for MAPSA. Buddy and his wife Kathy (a charter school leader) have four children. His hobbies include biking, magic and traveling with his family to his daughter's gymnastics meets.

Candace Embry
Membership Coordinator

Candace joined MAPSA in 2011 and serves as the Membership Coordinator working closely with our members to provide assistance coordinating internal and external operations for our various programs. Prior to accepting this position, Candace served as legal assistant at the Gallagher Law Firm. She has had a long and varied career in corporate industry as an executive assistant and project manager. A native of Lansing, Candace is an active community organizer and volunteer in various local organizations. Her demonstrated desire and excitement to serve the children of our future, education and the community is inspired by her daughter Danielle. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family whenever possible.

Dan Quisenberry

Dan Quisenberry, serves as the President of MAPSA.  Dan is a veteran communicator with more than 20 years experience in governmental affairs, policy development, and business management.  As President, Dan oversees all aspects of the association that promotes, protects and represents Michigan Charters.  

A graduate of Michigan State University, Dan began his career working at the State Chamber of Michigan.  He joined MAPSA in 1997 after six years as General Manager and Legal Administrator for a leading Michigan Law firm.   MAPSA currently represents more than 90% of charter schools in Michigan and is recognized as the leading advocacy organization on behalf of charter schools in the state.

Heather Risner
Director of Membership Services

Serving as the Director for Membership Services, Heather has a long history of working in the charter movement.  Her work began at the Central Michigan University Charter Schools Office and then moved to MAPSA in 1997.  A graduate of Central Michigan University holding a degree in business administration.

She continues to thoroughly enjoy working with members on all different facets, but absolutely loves when she is able to help facilitate collaboration among members.  Outside the office, she loves spending time with her husband and 3 children whether it be at sporting events or family vacations.

Julie Durham
Director of Research & Grants

Julie joined MAPSA in 2011 and serves as the association's Director of Grants and Research. She earned her master's in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin and an undergraduate degree in Public Affairs from Central Michigan University. Prior to working at MAPSA, Julie was a project manager and researcher at the Center on Education and Work. She enjoys reading, biking and spending time with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Quinley.

Karen Kundrat
Office Assistant
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Karen joined the MAPSA team in 2013 as a part-time Receptionist. She enjoys helping other people and greets everyone with a smile. Prior to accepting this position, Karen served as a CSRII at Broadstripe/WOW calling center and has over 20 years experience in administrative positions. Outside of work, she enjoys quality time with her grandchildren, taking walks and going out on dates with her husband.

Leah Theriault
Director of Instructional Systems Design

Leah joined the MAPSA team in 2013. Previously, she had consulted with MAPSA on systems and publications. She holds her BA in Technical Communications from Eastern Michigan University. Leah greatly enjoys designing system processes and creating tools to make goals more easily achievable. Currently she maintains MAPSA’s websites, manages all publications including the Charter Connect magazine and edits and designs documentation as needed. She has worked in a variety of industries but is excited to be working with an organization so dedicated and motivated to promote quality, advancements and choice!

Sara Vanderbilt

Sara joined MAPSA at the beginning of 2016 and is responsible for keeping the rest of the team on task.   She believes it is her role to do everything in her power to set her colleagues and MAPSA up for success.  Prior to joining MAPSA, she worked as Executive Director of a membership organization for senior-level meeting and event planners.  She values all of MAPSA’s members and works to ensure they are well cared for.

Outside the office, she is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhusker fan, a reluctant runner and cyclist, and loves to travel.  She also volunteers with the youth at her church.