Governing Board

Are you:

Aware of early childhood education and ideas to move the profession forward?

Interested in learning more about Michigan AEYC and being part of a movement?

a current Member of Michigan AEYC?

If so, AIM high, and consider becoming a member of the Michigan AEYC Governing Board!

The following Governing Board positions are available from June 2022-June 2024.

Vice President


Central Chapter Member-at-Large

Eastern Chapter Member-at-Large

Southern Chapter Member-at-Large

Upper Peninsula Chapter Member-at-Large

Please share your time and talents with us!

Click HERE to submit your application to serve on the Michigan AEYC Governing Board by November 30, 2021!

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.