About MAPSA

Quite simply, we believe in better education opportunities for every child. A better tomorrow depends on it.

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Our Story

MAPSA, Michigan’s charter school association, represents a statewide movement of charter school stakeholders. For 23 years, we have harnessed the power of our charter community through direct and digital grassroots engagement, identifying their shared challenges and developing resources that support their work. We facilitate public support for the movement by utilizing our effective legislative and media avenues to build positive government relations and give the charter community a voice on issues that impact our students and educators.

MAPSA's 2018-19 annual report

The MAPSA team

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Dan Quisenberry
President

MAPSA's strategic leader, government affairs & policy development veteran, business specialist & proud father and husband. 

danquisenberry@charterschools.org

517-374-9167

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21 YEARS
WITH MAPSA
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Becky Carlton
Strategy and Partnerships
Collaborative communicator, creative problem solver, marketing specialist, passionate musician & education supporter.

517-999-4429

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9 YEARS
WITH MAPSA
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Sara Vanderbilt
Operations and Finance

MAPSA's team facilitator, tech whiz, our keeper of budgets, avid Nebraska Huskers fan, cyclist, traveler & youth church group volunteer.

svanderbilt@charterschools.org

517-999-4430

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4 YEARS
WITH MAPSA
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Alicia Urbain
Governmental & Legal Affairs, Attorney

Legislative policy guru, MAPSA's eyes and ears at the capitol, active hockey mom, softball coach & proud UofM supporter - Go Blue!

aurbain@charterschools.org   

517-999-4416

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8 YEARS
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Grace Noyola
Communications and Brand

Brand strategist, strategic designer, front-end web developer, avid dog enthusiast, Spartan grad & Lansing native.

gnoyola@charterschools.org  

517-999-4422

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2 YEARS
WITH MAPSA
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Heather Risner
Membership and Development

Our longest-serving MAPSA team member, member school relationship builder, strategic collaborator and mother of three.

hrisner@charterschools.org

517-999-4421

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22 YEARS
WITH MAPSA
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Julio Montemayor
Outreach and Grassroots

MAPSA's newest worker bee, Lansing local, University of Michigan fan and grassroots organizer extraordinaire.

jmontemayor@charterschools.org

517-999-4437

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Buddy Moorehouse
Vice President of Public Relations & Media

Award-winning newspaper industry veteran, public relations leader, school outreach officer & husband to a Michigan charter school leader. 

bmoorehouse@charterschools.org  

517-999-4434

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8 YEARS
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Abby Girardot
Legislative Intern

Abby attends Michigan State University and joined the MAPSA intern team in 2018. A master of research with secret powers of digital communications, she's a jack of all trades

 

1 YEAR
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John Castro
Communications Intern

John attends Michigan State University and joined the MAPSA team summer of 2019. With a passion for writing and an eye for social media, he assists with all things communication.

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MAPSA's Board

Check out the passionate people who help guide our work.

Meet The Board
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Centrally located
Downtown Lansing
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Tech-friendly​ &
Mac Integrated
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Mission-driven​
We keep the focus on kids
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Collaborative & creative
We're a team first

Discover our vision for better education

Every child deserves a quality education in a quality school; in our ideal tomorrow, those quality options will be abundant and accessible. 

Our vision