Our Staff

Our staff is a mixture of diverse and unique talents and backgrounds coming together to make a wonderful team dedicated to providing the best services possible in our role of authorizing charter schools in the state of Michigan for Grand Valley State University. Click here for GVSU CSO Staff Directory.


Tim Wood

Timothy Wood, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Charter Schools

Office Address: BIK-310J
Phone: (616) 331-9060
Email: woodth@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Attract, recruit, and maintain the steady influx of high functioning national charter school operators in to Michigan.
  • Provide high quality professional development for GVSU's charter school teachers to enhance their practice of teaching.
  • Facilitate the Learning Network for teams of GVSU teachers and administrators to assist with best instructional practice implementation.
  • Assist in the recruitment of GVSU charter school teachers who want to receive a Masters degree from the GVSU College of Education.
  • Provide Board of Education training in the Carver Board Governance training model.
  • Review, evaluate, and interview prospective charter school operators that seek to open new charter schools.
  • Facilitate the visitation of GVSU charter school students to the GVSU campus for tours and programming.
  • Evaluate the contract and effectiveness of existing GVSU charter schools to determine reauthorization of our charter schools
  • Oversee the full operation of the GVSU Charter Schools Office.

Robert Kimball

Robert Kimball

Deputy Director of Charter Schools

Office Address: BIK-310I
Phone: (616) 331-8549
Email: robert_kimball@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Supervises School Consultants.
  • Manages portfolio development.
  • Leads performance measurement team.
  • Manages government relations.

Alyson Murphy

Alyson Murphy

Director of Governance and Compliance

Office Address: BIK-310H
Phone: (616) 331-3656
Email: murphaly@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Monitors GVSU authorized charter schools for compliance with state and federal laws.
  • Monitor GVSU authorized charter schools for compliance with their charter contracts.
  • Maintains the integrity of the electronic document management system.
  • Collects and maintains all new public school academy applications.
  • Monitors the terms of all board of educational members for academies.

Amirah Vosburgh

Amirah Vosburgh

Manager of Programs and Marketing

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-9068
Email: vosburga@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Manages and directs all programs offered by the GVSU Charter Schools Office.
  • Manages and directs all marketing efforts.
  • Plans and coordinates all events.
  • Director of GVSU Summer Enrichment Camp.

Erin Lecker

Erin Abel

Programs Coordinator

Office Address: BIK 310
Phone: (616) 331-9094
Email: abeleri@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Assists Manager of Programs and Marketing with program logistics and development
  • Guides planning process for EBLI workshops, professional development workshops, Learning Network, and M.Ed. tuition reimbursement programs. 
  • Main contact for day-of program questions

Sherri Hall

Sherri Hall

Front Office Assistant

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: hallsh@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Provides assistance to all members of GVSU CSO
  • Coordinates CSO events with other GVSU faculty and departments
  • Assists Deputy Director with EdLabs information

Ram Ravikumar

Ram Ravikumar

Data Analyst

Office Address: BIK 310F
Phone: (616) 331-9003
Email: ravikumr@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Manages performance analysis of the GVSU Charter Schools Office portfolio
  • Develops annual contract performance reviews and provides real-time performance reports for all GVSU authorized charter schools
  • Assists Deputy Director of Charter Schools with data requirements
  • Content management for CSO website

Tona Ambrose

Tona Ambrose

Project Coordinator

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-9070
Email: ambrosto@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Assists Deputy Director of Charter Schools and Director of Governance and Compliance in the areas of charter school performance and data reporting.
  • Assists the Director of Governance and Compliance in the areas of charter school compliance and board member processes.
  • Supports School Consultants 
  • GVSU Summer Enrichment Camp Asst. Director.

Wendy Miller

Wendy Miller

Reading Intervention Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310D
Phone: (616) 331-9018
Email: millerw@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Supports teachers in the area of reading for GVSU charter schools.
  • Works with the charter schools regarding assessment, data, strategies, research, best practices, and implementation.
  • Develops Professional Development opportunities to help teachers grow their teaching craft in the area of reading.
  • Travels to all of CSO schools to work with teachers and students to help support them.

Jill Weber

Jill Weber

Reading Intervention Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310D
Phone: (616) 331-9084
Email: weberji@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Supports GVSU charter schools in the area of reading.
  • Travels to all of CSO schools to work with teachers and students to help support them.
  • Develops Professional Development opportunities to help teachers grow their teaching craft in the area of reading.

Lori Davis

Lori Davis

Reading Intervention Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-6944
Email: davisla1@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Supports GVSU charter schools in the area of reading.
  • Travels to all of CSO schools to work with teachers and students to help support them.
  • Develops Professional Development opportunities to help teachers grow their teaching craft in the area of reading.

Lissa Brunan

Lissa Brunan

Assessment Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310E
Phone: (616) 331-6963
Email: brunanl@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Helps design, develop and facilitate professional development focused on understanding assessment data and applying it to classroom instruction.
  • Provides on-site assessment support for the GVSU-authorized schools throughout the year.

Alissa

Alissa Thelen

Assessment Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310E
Phone: (616) 331-6943
Email: thelenal@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Helps design, develop and facilitate professional development focused on understanding assessment data and applying it to classroom instruction.
  • Provides on-site assessment support for the GVSU-authorized schools throughout the year.

Dan Mathews

Dan Matthews

School Consultant

Office Address: BIK-310A
Phone: (616) 331-9058
Email: daniel_matthews@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Facilitates workshops and in-school trainings on the topic of Classroom Management.
  • Attends board meetings and works closely with both Charter School Boards of Education and their principals.

James D. Smith

James D. Smith, Ph.D.

School Consultant

Office Address: BIK-310F
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: smijames@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Attends charter school board meetings.
  • Conducts orientation training for new board members.
  • Works closely with charter school boards and school leaders.
  • Serves as liaison between GVSU Charter Schools Office, school boards and principals.
  • Provides governance, goal setting and finance training for new and experienced school boards.
  • Assists in GVSU professional development for Detroit area K-12 school leaders and staff.
  • Active participant in multiple Detroit area public education initiatives.

Dan Warren

Dan Warren

School Consultant

Office Address: BIK-310A
Phone: (616) 331-9059
Email: warrend@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Provides training for start-up charter school boards in organizational compliance and effective governance.
  • Attends and provides guidance at board meetings.
  • Facilitates professional development workshops and in-school training centered on technology integration in the classroom.

Larry Spencer

Larry Spencer

School Consultant

Office Address: BIK-310C
Phone: (616) 331-6956
Email: spencerl@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Attends board meetings.
  • Teaches GVSU Master of Education courses

Cheryl Edwards-Cannon

Cheryl Edwards-Canon

School Consultant

Office Address: BIK-310C
Phone: (616) 331-6942
Email: edwardc1@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Attends board meetings.
  • Assists schools with student recruiting efforts.

Randy

Randy Remenap

School Consultant

Office Address: BIK-310B
Phone: (616) 331-6941
Email: remenapr@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Attends board meetings.
  • Provides leadership assistance for principals

Michael Cousins

Michael Cousins

Communications and Technology Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-9069
Email: cousinmi@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Assists with creation of all CSO publications.
  • Manages GVSU CSO social media accounts and website.
  • Responsible for internal technology support for the GVSU CSO.

Elizabeth Russell

Elizabeth Russell

GVSU CSO Detroit Center Coordinator

Office Address: Detroit Center 112
Phone: (616) 331-9217
Email: russelel@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Assists CSO with events and meetings at GVSU Detroit Center

Shannon McCormick

Shannon McCormick

GVSU CSO Graduate Assistant

Office: BIK 310
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: csograd@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Assist the Deputy Director with the implementation of EdLabs
  • Conduct research projects involving the CSO's portfolio of schools and report findings to staff
  • Investigate ways for the CSO to improve functionality

Antonio Bailey

Antonio Bailey

GVSU CSO Graduate Assistant

Office: BIK 310
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: chrtrstd@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Assists the Communication and Technology Specialist with creating social media content
  • Provides additional photography and videography support
  • Part of marketing team that gathers and reviews content for publications

Student Workers

Britt

Brittany Galvin

Student Worker

Office Address: BIK 310
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: chrtrstd@gvsu.edu

Kaela

Kaela Sakorafis

Student Worker

Office Address: BIK 310
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: chrtrstd@gvsu.edu

Jackie DeMaggd

Jackie DeMaggd

Student Worker

Office Address: BIK 310
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: chrtrstd@gvsu.edu

Shelbie

Shelby Laseke

Student Worker

Office Address: BIK 310
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: gvsucso@gvsu.edu