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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 | wilmotmli@hotmail.com

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.

Scott Crosby
Regional President for West Central Michigan

231-878-4207 | crosbylimitedllc@gmail.com

Mr. Crosby’s 33-year career in public education includes serving as a life skills and employability skills classroom teacher, job placement specialist, Student Services Director, Director of Career and Technical Education, and Superintendent of Schools in a local school district and two Intermediate School Districts. Mr. Crosby will retire as Superintendent of Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District in June of 2013. He has served in the top leadership roles of several professional associations during his professional career including: President of the Michigan Occupational Education Association and President of the Michigan Association of School Placement Personnel. He has served on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators is also part-time Executive Director of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies, a twenty-six state membership organization. Scott Crosby’s educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Education from Michigan State University, a master’s Degree in Education Administration from Central Michigan University, and additional advanced coursework from Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University.

eckhardtMark Eckhardt
Regional President for North Michigan

Phone: 231-590-4920 | eckhardm@hotmail.com

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

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.

riderGary Rider
Regional President for Southwest Michigan

Cell: 616-901-3738 | gridermli@gmail.com

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.

spencerDonald A. Spencer, Ed.D.
Regional President for South Central Michigan

734-625-7216 | donaldspencer1@gmail.com

Dr. Spencer joined the consultant staff of Michigan Leadership in January 2013. His 36-year career in public education includes serving as a classroom teacher, consultant, supervisor and Assistant Superintendent for Special Education. He has been the Superintendent of Monroe ISD since 1999. Dr. Spencer has served in numerous leadership capacities including his service as President of the Mercy Memorial Hospital System Board of Directors, Past President of MAISA, Past Chairman of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Child Advocacy Network of Monroe County and Chairman of the Monroe County D.A.R.E. Board. He has received a number of awards and recognitions including the 2005 and 2008 School Administrators Winners’ Circle Awards for innovative leadership, the 2006 Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society President's Award, the 2007 State of Michigan Star Power Award for advocacy for early childhood education, and selection as the 2008 MASA Region VIII Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Spencer’s educational credentials include a bachelor of science in special education from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University and specialist and doctoral degrees in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

JoAnn 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
jbweber927@sbcglobal.net

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.