Advisory Board

The Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) works closely with the state education agency leadership in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio to identify advisory board members who represent a broad range of public and private organizations. The organizations include state education agencies, regional service centers, institutions of higher education, professional associations, business organizations, and schools. In accordance with the Education Technical Assistance Act of 2002, the board advises center staff on strategies for:

  • monitoring and addressing the education needs of the region,
  • maintaining a high standard of quality in the technical assistance provided, and
  • carrying out activities in a manner that promotes improved student achievement.


Todd Bess, Executive Director, Indiana Association of School Principals
Jeffrey Butts, Superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township
Seena Skelton, Director of Operations, Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center
Mark Sperling, Interim Dean of the School of Education, Indiana University Northwest


Cynthia Carver, Associate Professor, Oakland University
Linda Forward, Director, Education Improvement & Innovation, Michigan Department of Education
Melisa Mulder, READ180 District Coordinator/Literacy Coach, Kentwood Public Schools
Wendy Zdeb, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals


Brian Bontempo, Superintendent, Lake County Educational Service Center
Craig Burford, Executive Director, Ohio ESC Association
Mary Beth Freeman, Superintendent, Delaware Area Career Center
Don Washburn, retired, formerly Co-Director, Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC)
Jonathan Tafel, President, Sycamore Street Consulting