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Michigan Leadership Institute services are provided by the following outstanding and successful leader-practitioners:

wilmotMichael Wilmot, Ed.D.
President/CEO and Southeast Michigan Regional President

P.O. Box 62, Ossineke MI 49766
Phone: 989-471-2686 | Fax: 989-471-2690 | [email protected]

Dr. Wilmot's 42 year career in public education includes serving as a teacher, high school principal, executive director of business services and superintendent. He served as superintendent of Garden City Public Schools from 1981 through 2001. He has also served as chairman of a North Central Association visiting accreditation team, president of the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, and Chairman of the Education Commission of the Michigan PTA Board of Managers. In addition, Dr. Wilmot was president of the Michigan Education Commission as well as president of the Metropolitan Association for Improve School Legislation (MAISL). He has served on the executive boards of hospital and health organizations and on the Garden City Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Wilmot received a Doctor of Education degree, an Education Specialist degree, Master of Education degree and Bachelor of Arts in Education from Wayne State University.

andrewsCharles Andrews
Regional President for East Michigan

810-434-5631 | [email protected]

Charles Andrews' 43-year career in public education includes teaching, coaching, assistant principal and principal positions in the Portage, Marysville and Grand Ledge districts. He retired after 18 years as Superintendent of the Marysville Schools, followed by over 10 years of directing administrative services, special projects and non-traditional public school academies at St Clair Co RESA. Mr. Andrews has chaired NCA visitation teams, taught graduate level personnel and school law courses, and served an appointment to the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission. Through MASA, he is an executive coach to newly appointed superintendents, and has held MASA leadership positions at the regional and state levels. Mr. Andrews is active in the Marysville Rotary, Goodwill International and the American Red Cross. His educational credentials include Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Western Michigan University and an Education Specialist degree from Oakland University. He is a Vietnam veteran.

eckhardtMark Eckhardt
Regional President for North Michigan

Phone: 231-590-4920 | [email protected]

Mr. Eckhardt retired in 2010 from his position as Superintendent of Schools for Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, a position he held since 1993. His thirty-two year career in education includes teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels; elementary and high school principalships; and four years as superintendent at Mason County Eastern Schools. He has served in numerous leadership roles for professional associations including: Executive Board, Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators; Chairman, SET/SEG School Insurance; and Secretary/Treasurer, SET/SET Insurance Services Agency, Inc. He has also served on the Charlevoix Area Hospital Board of Trustees. Mr. Eckhardt’s educational credentials include a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.

eilerKathleen Eiler
Regional President for Northeast Michigan and Vice-President/Chief Operating Officer

Cell: 989-255-2793 | [email protected]

Ms. Eiler has had an extensive career in education, administration and private business. Her K-12 experience includes ten years of elementary teaching and six years as an elementary principal. Her university teaching experience includes work as an adjunct instructor for the University of Michigan Business School, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Junior College and Grand Valley State University. At the university level, Ms. Eiler was assistant dean of admissions and associate director of financial aids at EMU. In the private sector, Ms. Eiler was co-owner of Miller & Eiler Associates, a communications consulting company. Ms. Eiler's responsibilities with the Michigan Leadership Institute include: support to regional presidents in the preparation of proposal materials; writing the MLI Leaders’ Almanac, a monthly electronic newsletter; assisting with program development and program review; site and facility arrangements; updating business metrics; the MLI web site; the Applitrack application system; preparing monthly business reports; and training. She has a B.A. from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

david killipsDavid Killips
Regional President for South Central Michigan

734-320-6572 | [email protected]

Mr. Killips' career in education has spanned 39 years. He has fifteen years of service as a Superintendent in the Chelsea School District (10 years) and Reed City Area Public Schools (5 years). He has also served as Interim Superintendent in Ludington Area School District and in the Chelsea School District. He has worked as an Educational Consultant/Superintendent Coach since 2013. His early career included roles as Principal in two school districts, Assistant Principal/​Athletic Director, and Teacher. Mr. Killips has held numerous leadership roles in the communities where he has lived and worked. These include membership on: the Regional Board for St. Joseph Mercy Health System, the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, the Oceana County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Silver Maples Retirement Community Board of Trustees, and the Work First Development Board. He holds a B.S. degree from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in Education Administration from Michigan State University.

riderGary Rider
Regional President for Southwest Michigan

Cell: 616-901-3738 | [email protected]

Mr. Rider retired from his position as Superintendent of Thornapple Kellogg Schools in June of 2012 after six years of service there. Prior to his work in Thornapple Kellogg, he was superintendent of Brandywine Community Schools for 2 years. In his 36-year career in education, Mr. Rider has worked in eight school districts and in addition to superintendent; he has held the positions of high school principal, assistant principal, athletic director and teacher/coach. He has been active professionally as a NCA Site Visitation Chair, a member of the MASA Council, and a member of the MASSP Political Action Committee. Mr. Rider has also been active in a number of community service organizations including: the Barry County United Way Board of Directors, the Thornapple Area Enrichment Foundation, the Lake Michigan College-Bertrand Crossing Advisory Board, the Four Flags Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, the Brandywine Education Foundation and the Niles Area United Way Executive Board. He has a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

john silveriJohn Silveri
Regional President for Southeast Michigan

Phone: 248-420-9354
[email protected]

John Silveri's career in public education began in 1978 and ended with his retirement in 2015. He served five Metropolitan Detroit area school districts as a teacher, counselor, principal, human resources director, assistant superintendent and superintendent. His 24 years as an administrator in Wayne, Oakland and St. Clair counties included almost 14 years in Allen Park Public Schools, five and a half years as Superintendent of Marysville Public Schools, and nearly five years as Superintendent of Waterford School District. Mr. SIlveri has served as Chairman of a North Central Association visiting accreditation team; and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, the Waterford Coalition for Youth, The Detroit Metro Bureau and the Board of Education of the St. Clair County Intervention Academy. He has also served as President of the Wayne County Negotiators and Personnel Administrators Association and as President of the Rotary Club of Marysville. His education credentials include a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University, a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University, and an education specialist degree from Wayne State University. He is a graduate of the MLI Superintendent Preparation Series Academy and the MASA Courageous Journey Program.

andreesJoAnn Hurd Andrees, Ed.D.
Associate Regional President for Southeast Michigan

Currently Dr. Joann Andrees consults with Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Education to support the turnaround efforts of failing Michigan schools. In this capacity, she monitors and supports 26 schools as a mentor/coach. Dr. Andrees has six years experience as superintendent of two large school districts (West Bloomfield Michigan and West Haven Connecticut) with more than ten schools and a budget in excess of $75 million each. In her more than 40 years in education, Dr. Andrees has served in the roles of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, high school principal, middle school principal, assistant principal, counselor, high school teacher and elementary school teacher. For nine years, Dr. Andrees was an adjunct professor in educational administration at Wayne State University. She has previously served on the University of New Haven Advisory Advancement Council for Arts and Science, the University of New haven Education Evaluation Team, the Connecticut State Department Scientific Based Research Inquiry Advisory Council, and the Michigan State board of Education’s Evaluating Educational Leadership Task Force. Dr. Andrees holds Doctorate of Education and Master of Arts degrees from Wayne State University, a Master of Education degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany.

weberWilliam Weber
Associate Regional President for Southeast Michigan

Phone/FAX: 734-455-7163 | Cell: 313-418-0775
[email protected]

During his forty-three year career in education Dr. Weber served as a teacher, assistant principal, athletic director, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools. His entire career was spent in the South Redford School District. He also served as an Adjunct Instructor at The University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Madonna University. Dr. Weber has made presentations in numerous states on topics relating to Human Resources and Labor Relations, chaired many North Central Association Accreditation visits, and piloted a number of unique approaches to accreditation. He has been involved professionally at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Weber served as President of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, President of the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators and as an Executive Board Member of the Michigan Negotiators Association. He has also received extensive training in The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Dr. Weber has worked as a consultant to other Districts in areas including personnel, labor relations and organizational studies and has also served as an interim superintendent. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degree in Administration from the University of Michigan and his B.S. degree from Michigan State University.

Corporate Staff

suzanne wilmotSuzanne Wilmot
Vice-President/Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 989-471-2686 | Fax: 989-471-2690

Ms. Wilmot has the full financial operations and reporting responsibilities for Michigan Leadership Institute. She manages both accounts receivable and accounts payable. She prepares all invoices and executes all payments. In addition, Ms. Wilmot retains the documentation of all service agreements, receives incoming calls, makes follow-up calls to client districts, and maintains Dr. Wilmot's calendar.

blankenshipKristen Blankenship
Support Staff

Phone: 989-471-2686

Ms. Blankenship, a trained paralegal, assists with search activities in southeast Michigan by facilitating community input, supporting boards during interviews, and by contributing to candidate background checks. Ms. Blankenship also periodically works on other MLI projects and assists with technology support.