Governing Board

2022 Governing Board Election Information

Current members of Michigan AEYC are eligible to vote in the regular election of Governing Board members. Members are encouraged to vote for all candidates including Chapter Members-at-Large even if it is not in the region in which you live. The online election will be open from May 1, 2022-May 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

The following members have qualified to run for a board  position on the Michigan AEYC Governing Board.

Each candidate was asked to submit a candidate statement addressing the following topics: (1) Interest in serving on the Michigan AEYC Governing Board, (2) Knowledge, skills and abilities that would contribute to a Governing Board position. (3) Specific examples of how experiences related to governance and leadership would enhance their position on the board, and their affiliation with the field of early childhood education and AEYC.

Candidate for Central Chapter Member-at-Large:
Megan Chumbley- Read Megan’s Candidate Statement Here.
Candidate for Eastern Chapter Member-at-Large: 
Zazai Owens- Read Zazai’s Candidate Statement Here.
Candidate for Southern Chapter Member-at-Large: 
Robert Fillmore- Read Robert’s Candidate Statement Here.

Current Governing Board Members

President (2020-2022): Casey Sterle

President Elect (2021-2022): Heather Lucas

Vice President (2020-2022): Michelle Burkhard

Secretary (2020-2022): Annie McCutchen

Treasurer (2021-2023): Cody Blair

Student Member-at-Large (2021-2023)- Kyle Lewandowski

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

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

Northern Chapter Member-at-Large (2021-2023): Jennifer Wixson

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

Southeastern Chapter Member-at-Large (2021-2023): Dr. Charmaine Johnson

Southwestern Chapter Member-at-Large (2021-2023): Christine Whitmire

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

Western Chapter Member-at-Large (2021-2023): Aarie Wade


Current Committee Chairs

Advocacy Committee: Kirsten Charnesky

Awards Committee: Jennifer Griffith

Finance Committee: Cody Blair

Nominating Committee: Liz Garman

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, or by calling 517-351-4183 X313.