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 over 20 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 avenues to build positive government relations, amplifying stories of success from our schools, educators and students statewide, and working closely with charter stakeholders to understand their needs and challenges, so that we can effectively give the charter community a voice on the issues that matter.

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

We are incredibly proud of the diversity reflected in our movement - from educators, to students and families. That diversity is something we strive to elevate in all our efforts - from advocacy, to storytelling, to supporting educators who service varying communities of color across the state. Our goal as an organization is simply to advance educational equity - and that equity should not depend on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or any other factor of identity.

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. 

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23 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!

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

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11 YEARS
WITH MAPSA
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Vaughn Springer
Project Coordinator

Supporting MAPSA across projects from communications to advocacy. Spartan alum and graduate student. Probably within 10 feet of a cat. 

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< 1 YEAR
AT MAPSA
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Grace Noyola
Communications and Brand

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

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3 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.orgLinkedIn

24 YEARS
WITH MAPSA
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Buddy Moorehouse
Public Relations & Media

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

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10 YEARS
WITH MAPSA

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