Governing Board

A Statement of Solidarity Against Racism

The values of Michigan AEYC compel us to speak out against racism. Our core values are deeply rooted in the early childhood profession. We seek to be a high-performing inclusive organization that is enriched by and continually grows from our commitment to diversity, as embodied by our core beliefs. We vehemently condemn violence against black people and other people of color, and stand in solidarity with those speaking out for justice and change.

As much as we hope to be better, hope is not a strategy for change. Instead, we are committed to advancing racial equity through collective action. This involves exercising our power to change practices, rules, and norms within our organization that erode trust, put individuals in harm’s way or perpetuate discriminatory practices. This also involves supporting early childhood educators’ obligation to advance equity in the early learning settings by embracing diversity and inclusion as strengths, upholding fundamental principles of fairness and justice and working to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities for children.

We recognize our past practices have not been sufficient and are committed to doing better. Michigan AEYC is taking the following actions and are committed to continual evaluation of these practices:

Racial prejudice and discrimination have been an issue in our world for far too long. We are listening and want to learn from each of you who root your identities in communities of color about how we can do better. We see you, we are here for you, and we are ready to learn with open hearts and minds. Please do not hesitate to contact us at miaeyc@nullmiaeyc.org, or by calling 517-351-4183 X313.

Current Governing Board Members

President (2020-2022): Casey Sterle

Past President (2020-2021): Laurie Linscott

Vice President (2020-2022): Michelle Burkhard

Secretary (2020-2022): Annie McCutchen

Treasurer (2019-2021): Heather Lucas

Student Member-at-Large (2019-2021)- Jenna Craven

Central Chapter Member-at-Large (2020-2022): Michelle Stevens

Eastern Chapter Member-at-Large (2020-2022): Jackie Ellrich

Northern Chapter Member-at-Large (2019-2021): Jennifer Ray

Southern Chapter Member-at-Large (2020-2022): Peretz Hirshbein

Southeastern Chapter Member-at-Large (2019-2021): Beth Pierson

Southwestern Chapter Member-at-Large (2019-2021): Christine Whitmire

Upper Peninsula Chapter Member-at-Large (2020-2022): Tammra Barteld

Western Chapter Member-at-Large (2019-2021): Tonya Clevenger

Current Committee Chairs

Advocacy Committee: Kirsten Charnesky

Awards Committee: Patricia Lanzon

Finance Committee: Heather Lucas

Nominating Committee: Liz Garman