Governing Board

2021 Governing Board Election

Are you:

Aware of early childhood education issues?
 Interested in learning more, and growing your leadership skills and network?
Michigan AEYC member?

If so, AIM high, and consider becoming a member of the Michigan AEYC Governing Board! The following positions are available, with the term beginning June, 2021 and ending in June, 2023.  Applications are open through November 30, 2020. Please consider sharing your talents and time with us!

  • President Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Student Member-at-Large
  • Northern Chapter Member-at-Large
  • Southeastern Chapter Member-at-Large
  • Southwestern Chapter Member-at-Large
  • Western Chapter Member-at-Large

Click HERE to apply for an open position.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2020

Click HERE to review the job descriptions

of Governing Board members.

Qualifications for Governing Board Members

  1.  Must be a current member of Michigan AEYC.
  2. Possess high-quality leadership skills with a commitment and contributions to the early childhood field.
  3. Possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to objectively consider various perspectives to guide major policy decisions of the association.
  4. Prefer expertise in special areas needed by the association, including knowledge of governance and group functioning, association management skills, knowledge of and/or experiences in Michigan AEYC’s affiliate structure.
  5. Have an understanding of multiple perspectives of the variety of professional roles held by Michigan AEYC members.
  6. Have the ability to be a public spokesperson on behalf of the association and its principles
  7. Additional criteria may be determined each year by the 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