Our People

At the heart of any good company is good people. Choice is no exception. Our people come from all over the state and have a wide array of educational, professional, personal, and cultural backgrounds. We are all brought together by the shared passion of helping the children entrusted to us achieve the American dream.

The American dream is a living, breathing reality for our team. While our main focus is on creating the conditions of success for children to achieve their dreams, we also focus on developing one another through meaningful relationships, challenging work, constructive feedback, sound professional training, and a true commitment to nurturing the career path of each team member.


Sid-Faucette

Sidney L. Faucette, Ed.D.

Founder

Dr. Faucette created Choice Schools Associates, LLC in 1998 after 10 years as a Principal, 14 years as a public school superintendent, and two years as an educational consultant.

Sid Faucette received his bachelor’s degree from High Point University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Study from the University of Virginia. His list of publications includes the Everyday Etiquette program created specifically for implementation in elementary classrooms, journal articles in such professional publications as American Educational Research Association, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and ERS Spectrum. His doctoral dissertation titled School Board Chairmen and Superintendents’ Perceptions toward Merit Pay in Virginia was also published and has received noteworthy attention from scholars and professionals in the field of Education.

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Sarah-WildeySarah K. Wildey

CEO

Sarah joined Choice Schools Associates in 2001 as the Director of Human Resources and transitioned to the executive leadership team as Vice President in 2013. Sarah’s main role is to keep the company focused on the core values and pillars that have given Choice Schools a strong track record of success. Sarah operates in the absence of the President and oversees all function areas within Choice Schools Associates and MIChoice.

Choice Schools is more than a job to Sarah; it is a family business that helps strengthen other families by providing meaningful work, a strong academic foundation, and an environment of excellence so children can pursue their dreams.

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the School of Education and Human Development at Brenau University and is a candidate for the Senior Professional of Human Resources Certification through her membership in the Society for Human Resource. She is a member of the Family Business Alliance, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Chi Omega Alumnae Association, and the Junior League. Sarah lives in the Grand Rapids area with her husband Mike and their three young children Katherine, David, and Andrew.

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Mike-WildeyMike Wildey

Vice President

Mike Wildey joined Choice Schools in 2012. Mike is responsible for communicating with all department leaders within Choice and has part ownership in MIChoice.

A major goal of Mike’s is to give kids hope and nourish their dreams in a safe environment. Growing up, owning a business was a far stretched idea of Mike’s, however; when a mentor came along that believed in him and gave him the hope to overcome those obstacles, Mike knew he needed to spread that belief to others.

A graduate from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree, Mike is currently attending Grand Valley State University to obtain his master’s in Business Administration. Although Mike joined Choice in 2012, he joined the Choice family in 2006 when he and his now wife, Sarah Wildey, married. Together, Mike and Sarah reside in Byron Center with their three children, Katherine, David, and Andrew. In his spare time, Mike enjoys golfing, attending sporting events, fishing, golfing some more, and spending time with his family.

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Ron-WeinsRonald L. Wiens, MA, LMSW, ACSW

Chief Strategic Operations Officer

Ron joined the Choice Schools Associates team in April 2006, after being a manager, and a clinician, in the field of social work for over 30 years. As Choice’s Chief Strategic Operations Officer, Ron’s role includes overseeing grants and grant compliance, School Nutrition Program grants and compliance, Academy Compliance and Accountability, Early Childhood Programs and licensing, parent involvement and training, and multiple student services.

Ron’s career has included being active in numerous community service organizations including Rotary International, where he has served as Club President and Assistant District Governor. He was also President of a public school academy board. In addition to his volunteer service, Ron served as a Peer Reviewer and Team Leader for the Council on Accreditation, helping to improve the quality of human service organizations across the United States. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Ron is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and has jointly published health services textbook chapters and journal articles. Besides being involved in Rotary for community service, Ron is also a Deacon at his church and is a Track and Field Official for the University of Michigan.

Ron has been married to his wife Kathy for over 30 years, and together they have three adult daughters who are college graduates and professionals in the areas of dental hygiene, speech and language pathology, and retail brand management. Ron’s goal for the students he services is to assist them in achieving excellence in their academics character. As for the Academies serviced, Ron’s goal is that they reach excellence in everything they do.

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Adam-HolcombAdam M. Holcomb, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Adam has been a part of the Choice Schools Associates team since May 2008. Adam is a certified public accountant and serves as Chief Financial Officer. Adam oversees all financial activities including budget preparation, audit lead, grant management, reporting, and federal/state/authorizer liaison.

Prior to joining Choice Schools, Adam worked as a tax accountant and auditor for a well-respected Lansing-based CPA firm. During that time, he received vast experience in auditing school districts and tax preparation for non-profit entities and corporations. Adam received his B.S. in Accounting from Central Michigan University. He is currently a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In May of 2013, Adam and his wife Tonya welcomed their first child, Bryce. Aside from “daddy-duties,” Adam enjoys golfing, fishing, camping, and spending time with his friends and family. Adam may also be found taking hunting trips at the Holcomb cabin.

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Beth-SpamanBeth Spaman

Director of Human Resources

Beth joined Choice Schools Associates in 2008 and prior to working in human resources, she worked at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science as the Bookkeeper.  She has eight years of human resources experience including recruiting, training, performance management, career development, employee relations, safety, and compliance knowledge. Beth received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from Central Michigan University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration.  

Aside from her duties with Choice Schools, Beth loves meeting and learning about new people and staying healthy and active. She cherishes her time with her husband, two wonderful children, and the family’s husky dog, Chevy. 

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Chris-RuiterChris Ruiter

Chief Academic Officer

Chris Ruiter serves as the Director of Educational Leadership for both Choice Schools Associates and MIChoice. He comes to us from Byron Center Public Schools where he was the Principal at Marshall Elementary.  Prior to that, Chris served as a special education teacher for 14 years in Wyoming Public Schools (MI) and in Union City Community Schools.  Chris received his Bachelor’s in Special Education from Calvin College, his Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, and went on to earn his Special Education Administrators Endorsement in 2012 from Grand Valley State University.

Chris lives in West Michigan with his wife Beth, and their four children; Addison, Holden, Weston, and Judson. A few of his favorite things are spending time with his wife and children, serving at their church, relaxing at the family cottage up north, hobby farming and reading.

When asked about his new role, Chris said, “Coming to Choice was a great opportunity to serve students in need. In this position, I want to have an impact on the students who might otherwise get overlooked or left behind. Those students need to have every opportunity to receive the instruction that meets their needs.”

“Being able to work with staff and school leaders to collaborate will help us to create an environment where kids can get everything they need,” Chris concluded.

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Tonya-HolcombTonya Holcomb

Chief Communications Officer

Tonya began her role as Chief Communications Officer at Choice Schools Associates in October 2009. Tonya provides leadership and oversight of the Marketing department. She is responsible for ensuring effective communication and marketing planning for Choice Schools and their Academies. Prior to joining Choice Schools, Tonya worked for a Grand Rapids-based automotive group developing and maintaining their marketing campaigns. Tonya received her B.S. in Public Relations from Ferris State University.

Aside from her duties with Choice Schools, Tonya enjoys learning and participating in health and nutritional practices and has received her certification as a Holistic Health Coach. An avid “foodie,” she lives a natural and simplistic life and enjoys cooking and creating delicious dishes with organic and high-quality ingredients. She also enjoys running, hiking, and kayaking. In May of 2013, Tonya and her husband Adam welcomed their first child, Bryce.

Stan-Rathbun

Stan Rathbun

Area Superintendent

Stan Rathbun came to Choice Schools Associates in July 2009 from Mt. Pleasant, MI after serving for five years as Executive Director of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation. Previous to his role with the Community Foundation he had served the Mt. Pleasant community for eleven years in the role of Executive Director for United Way of Isabella County. Working with executive level boards and collaborating with community organizations through the United Way and Foundation grant making systems afforded him experience in bringing people together to address community needs. Included in this experience was working with public schools to develop school foundations and creating permanently endowed funds to benefit their educational programs.

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Lisa-Key

Lisa Key

Area Superintendent

Lisa Key is an Area Superintendent based out of the central office in Grand Rapids. Lisa comes to us from Lighthouse Academy where she served as Principal.  Prior to that, she served as a Principal with Grand Rapids Public Schools and as a Principal at Comstock Park Public Schools. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and her Masters of Social Work & Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.

She enjoys spending time on the beach in California with her son, Jordan, who resides in Los Angeles, with her daughter Jasmine who is a student at Michigan State University, and with her granddaughter Analise. Lisa also enjoys horseback riding and cheering on the Michigan State Football Team!

When asked why she chose the Choice family, she said, “Choice, like myself, believes that all children should have equal access to incredible educational opportunities and Choice has a track record of offering that through the school partnerships that they form and the support that they provide their schools.” Lisa serves Battle Creek Montessori Academy, Creative Montessori Academy, Macomb Montessori Academy, and Three Oaks Public School Academy.

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choice-schools-associats-laura-moellering-headshotLaura Moellering

Area Superintendent

Laura Moellering has spent nearly all of her career in education working in charter schools. She started her career with Choice in May of 2017. Starting her journey as a High School English and Psychology teacher, she moved into leadership roles first as a Curriculum Director and then as a charter High School Principal. After that, Laura moved to a Central Office position where she oversaw curriculum and instruction and mentored school leaders within a diverse portfolio of charter schools.

She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Eastern Michigan University, and it was during her master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction that Laura truly came to appreciate the opportunity that charter schools presented for students and families who desired a different educational experience. Laura finds great satisfaction in designing programs that met student’s educational and emotional needs.

She is excited to be with Choice where she is able to be part of a community that genuinely respects families and believes in every student’s ability to achieve at high levels. When she isn’t engaged in work, she can be found on Lake Michigan, ideally with one of her three daughters, or curled up with a good book or podcast.

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Doug-DotyDoug Doty

Area Superintendent/Director of Development

Doug Doty joined Choice Schools Associates as the Director of Development in 2017. He has served as a school administrator for over sixteen years in both American and Canadian districts. Earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Calvin College and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Covenant College, Doug has a strong desire to make a difference through helping people.

An advocate for education, Doug travels regularly to Peru and China working on service projects and educational partnerships. The Doty family as a whole is passionate about global education and children. He and his family have also hosted exchange students from Brazil and China in an effort to bring different cultures into their children’s lives and the local community.

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shatara_mShatara Morris

Executive Assistant to the Leadership Team

Shatara joined the Choice Schools family in April of 2012. She comes to us from National Heritage Academies. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Jackson State University and a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She serves as a gatekeeper within the organization, managing multiple projects that relate to the operations of the company. She values Choice Schools’ core principles and values the integrity, service, and support that we provide to the schools we manage.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and serving in various outreach activities and ministries with New Hope Baptist Church where she is a member.

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Michelle-EdsonMichelle Edson

Director of Central Office Financial Operations 

Growing up in West Michigan, Michelle attended Davenport University and studied Fashion Merchandising and Business. After earning her degree, she worked in retail until she decided to pursue a future in the accounting field. Michelle has worked for a Certified Public Accountant for 30 years and has been employed with Choice and MIChoice for the last three years. Currently responsible for all Central Office accounting, including Accounts Payable/Receivable, and payroll, Michelle also does the bookkeeping and payroll for the Second Home Child Development Center.

Michelle is married to a golf pro and together they have a daughter who currently resides in sunny southern California. She enjoys traveling and golfing in the summer!

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Caryn Westra

Business Development Coordinator

Caryn joined the Choice Schools family in March of 2017. She comes to us from the non-profit sector. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Kuyper College. She previously worked as a teacher and administrative assistant in an early childhood center where her love for helping children grow and develop flourished. She enjoys working for Choice because of their strong core values and vision to see each and every child succeed.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs. She loves DIY projects, traveling, and exploring her city.

Adam-HolcombAdam M. Holcomb, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Adam has been a part of the Choice Schools Associates team since May 2008. Adam is a certified public accountant and serves as Chief Financial Officer. Adam oversees all financial activities including budget preparation, audit lead, grant management, reporting, and federal/state/authorizer liaison.

Prior to joining Choice Schools, Adam worked as a tax accountant and auditor for a well-respected Lansing-based CPA firm. During that time, he received vast experience in auditing school districts and tax preparation for nonprofit entities and corporations. Adam received his B.S. in Accounting from Central Michigan University. He is currently a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In May of 2013, Adam and his wife Tonya welcomed their first child, Bryce. Aside from “daddy-duties,” Adam enjoys golfing, fishing, camping, and spending time with his friends and family. Adam may also be found taking hunting trips at the Holcomb cabin.

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Ryan-RacineRyan Racine

Finance Account Manager

Ryan joined Choice in June 2012 as an accounting intern and joined the team full-time in 2013 as the Finance Account Manager.  He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, where he received his Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining Choice, Ryan worked as a customer service representative with Huntington National Bank.

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Ben-MercerBen Mercer

Finance Account Manager

Ben earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting from Grand Valley State University. As a previous tax intern at Spartan Stores and finance intern here at Choice Schools, Ben was able to gain much experience in finance. Ben is now the Finance Account Manager and is responsible for any important financial obligations at Choice.

Ben enjoys spending his leisure time golfing outdoors, hanging out with his friends and family, and being with his wife, Maria, and their son who they welcomed in 2015.

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Chris-RuiterChris Ruiter

Chief Academic Officer

Chris Ruiter serves as the Director of Educational Leadership for both Choice Schools Associates and MIChoice. He comes to us from Byron Center Public Schools where he was the Principal at Marshall Elementary.  Prior to that, Chris served as a special education teacher for 14 years in Wyoming Public Schools (MI) and in Union City Community Schools.  Chris received his Bachelor’s in Special Education from Calvin College, his Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, and went on to earn his Special Education Administrators Endorsement in 2012 from Grand Valley State University.

Chris lives in West Michigan with his wife Beth, and their four children; Addison, Holden, Weston, and Judson. A few of his favorite things are spending time with his wife and children, serving at their church, relaxing at the family cottage up north, hobby farming and reading.

When asked about his role, Chris said, “Working with Choice is a great opportunity to serve students in need. In this position, I get to have an impact on the students who might otherwise get overlooked or left behind. Those students need to have every opportunity to receive the instruction that meets their needs. Being able to work with staff and school leaders to collaborate helps us create an environment where kids can get everything they need,” Chris concluded.

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kristinKristin Molyneux

Curriculum Instruction & Assessment Specialist

Kristin joined the Choice Team with a background in teaching. In 2004, she was a Kindergarten Aide with West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, and then took a teaching position at the Academy and then taught for eight years. In 2013, Kristin became Choice’s Curriculum and Instruction Specialist. Her role involves multiple facets of curriculum: Oversight of the mentoring program, author and oversight of the Character Choices program, oversight of all of the preschool programs (both tuition and Great Start Readiness Program), supports and sets up training for curriculum, and compliance oversight of the Teacher and Administrator Evaluation system. 

Kristin graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Kristin and her husband have been married for over 14 years and have two blissfully beautiful children. Her family is very involved in their church and loves to spend time with family and friends. She enjoys taking her family to different parks, traveling, and visiting exciting places. It is always a learning moment in the Molyneux household.

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mandy_pMandy Patouhas

School Improvement/State and Federal Programs Specialist

Mandy has been with Choice Schools Associates since 2009, starting as a Title I coordinator. Today, she oversees the School Improvement team, assisting with State and Federal Programs. A graduate of Ohio University with an undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication, Mandy offers support to the various schools of Choice in regards to Title I, Title II, 31A, school improvement documentation, homeless populations, and compliance with state and federal requirements. Mandy also received her teaching certificate and master’s degree from Wayne State University. After a brief career in Organizational Development, Mandy spent many years as a secondary English and speech educator. In her spare time, she creates memories with her husband, Paul, of twelve years, and their two sons, Max and Leo. Mandy’s vision and mission for Choice is to assist schools in building programs and systems that make great schools produce life-long learners.

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amanda_newAmanda Konopaska

Montessori Education and Communications Specialist 

As the Montessori Education and Communications Specialist, Amanda works with both the Communications and Curriculum departments for Choice Schools Associates and MIChoice. As an undergraduate, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Wayne State University and has recently earned her Masters in School Principalship with a concentration in Charter School Leadership from Central Michigan University. Additionally, she also holds an Elementary II Credential from the American Montessori Society.

Amanda’s Choice journey began in 2009, as a classroom teacher and emerged into leadership where she took on both active and interim Principal roles for two of our academies. Currently, she is the program coordinator and trainer of our Montessori Aligned Preparation Program (MAPP) and works one-on-one with our new Montessori teachers to help them grow as Montessorians. Additionally, Amanda continues to show her love for Montessori as the face behind “Montessori Rocks” a vibrant community of parents, educators, and students that are excited to share with one another their love of all things Montessori. Prior to joining the Choice and MIChoice family, Amanda worked at a private Montessori school as an upper elementary teacher.

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Carrie-PaddockCarrie Paddock

Curriculum and Literacy Specialist

Carrie Paddock graduated from Manchester University in N. Manchester, IN with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She went on to receive her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in curriculum from Indiana Wesleyan University. She taught elementary for eight years in Indiana prior to moving to Michigan. In 2005, she took an elementary position at Creative Technologies Academy, a charter school in Cedar Springs. During her time there, she obtained her K-12 Administrative Certificate in 2013 and became the Principal for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for her last five years at CTA. She is so excited for the opportunity to be part of the amazing Choice team and to be able to impact so many students through curriculum and literacy.  

Carrie and her husband, Burt, have been married for 17 years and have two daughters, Hannah and Rylee. They enjoy basketball in the winter and beach time in the summer!

Chris-RuiterChris Ruiter

Chief Academic Officer

Chris Ruiter serves as the Director of Educational Leadership for both Choice Schools Associates and MIChoice. He comes to us from Byron Center Public Schools where he was the Principal at Marshall Elementary.  Prior to that, Chris served as a special education teacher for 14 years in Wyoming Public Schools (MI) and in Union City Community Schools.  Chris received his Bachelor’s in Special Education from Calvin College, his Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, and went on to earn his Special Education Administrators Endorsement in 2012 from Grand Valley State University.

Chris lives in West Michigan with his wife Beth, and their four children; Addison, Holden, Weston, and Judson. A few of his favorite things are spending time with his wife and children, serving at their church, relaxing at the family cottage up north, hobby farming and reading.

When asked about his role, Chris said, “Working with Choice is a great opportunity to serve students in need. In this position, I get to have an impact on the students who might otherwise get overlooked or left behind. Those students need to have every opportunity to receive the instruction that meets their needs. Being able to work with staff and school leaders to collaborate helps us create an environment where kids can get everything they need,” Chris concluded.

Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

Sarah-VanderBaan

Sarah Vander Baan

Special Education Supervisor

Sarah Vander Baan is the Special Education Supervisor for Choice Schools Associates and MIChoice. Previously, Sarah was at National Heritage Academies as a middle school Resource Room Teacher and West Michigan Special Education Content Leader. Her teaching experience included early childhood through high school general education and special education. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College in Learning Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. Sarah also received her Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Grand Valley State University. Currently, Sarah is receiving her Educational Leadership-Special Education Administrator degree endorsement from Grand Valley State University. Sarah lived in Hong Kong for three years and taught at The American School there. She has traveled all over Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Free time for Sarah includes traveling, yoga, and spending time with her family relaxing in Northern Michigan. West Michigan is where Sarah calls home. Volunteering is important to Sarah as she serves on the Executive Board of Family Hope Foundation.

Sarah is excited to work at Choice and collaborate with general education and special education staff to meet the needs of all students.

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Tonya-Holcomb

Tonya Holcomb

Chief Communications Officer

Tonya began her role as Chief Communications Officer at Choice Schools Associates in October 2009. Tonya provides leadership and oversight of the Marketing department. She is responsible for ensuring effective communication and marketing planning for Choice Schools and their Academies. Prior to joining Choice Schools, Tonya worked for a Grand Rapids-based automotive group developing and maintaining their marketing campaigns. Tonya received her B.S. in Public Relations from Ferris State University.

Aside from her duties with Choice Schools, Tonya enjoys learning and participating in health and nutritional practices and has received her certification as a Holistic Health Coach. An avid “foodie,” she lives a natural and simplistic life and enjoys cooking and creating delicious dishes with organic and high-quality ingredients. She also enjoys running, hiking, and kayaking. In May of 2013, Tonya and her husband Adam welcomed their first child, Bryce.

Ally-HendersonAlly Henderson

Director of Communications & Community Partnerships

Ally began her career at Choice Schools in January of 2013. Coming from a diverse communications and marketing background, Ally has worked with professionals, children, and even animals. She earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Integrated Public Relations from Central Michigan University and her minor in American Sign Language. Ally intends to use her sign language within her current communications role someday.

Ally has a great passion for people and enjoys making connections with those involved with Choice Schools and its Academies, which makes her an asset to the Marketing team. In her free time, Ally enjoys spending time with her husband and their families, vacationing at the lake, or cooking in the kitchen.

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Rachel Nephew

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Rachel joined the Choice marketing team in June of 2017. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in English/Journalism from Southern Adventist University and her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. While Rachel has a love for all aspects of marketing, she’s incredibly passionate about writing. She works with school leaders on the execution of all marketing plans, helping them reach their enrollment goals, and empowering them to tell their story and connect with those families they are meant to serve. She enjoys exploring Michigan and all it has to offer.

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Rebecca-Schultz

Rebecca Schultz

Graphic Designer

Rebecca joined the Choice family in January of 2017 as the in-house graphic designer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and with a specialization in Design from Michigan State University. She was drawn to Choice because of the opportunity she saw to use her creativity to market each school differently.

Rebecca has a passion for drawing and studio art, which she applies to the design work she does for Choice. She is talented in hand-lettering and creating original graphics and enjoys using those in Choice’s marketing pieces. In her free time, Rebecca can be found visiting a museum, garden, or planetarium.

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Beth-SpamanBeth Spaman

Director of Human Resources

Beth joined Choice Schools Associates in 2008 and prior to working in human resources, she worked at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science as the Bookkeeper.  She has eight years of human resources experience including recruiting, training, performance management, career development, employee relations, safety, and compliance knowledge. Beth received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from Central Michigan University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration.  

Aside from her duties with Choice Schools, Beth loves meeting and learning about new people and staying healthy and active. She cherishes her time with her husband, two wonderful children, and the family’s husky dog, Chevy. 

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Courtney-Kingma

Courtney Kingma

Human Resources Generalist

Courtney joined Choice in February of 2012. She works alongside the Director of Human Resources to ensure compliance with State and Authorizer regulations. She came to us from Chicago, where she worked with an office supply company as their administrative assistant. Courtney received her degree in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University. She enjoys working for Choice because of their core values and high-level focus on education.

Courtney excels in customer service and assisting in the needs of Choice staff.

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Naomi-RiceNaomi Rice

Talent Acquisition and Compliance Manager

Naomi joined the Choice family in 2012 after working in the non-profit sector. She holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University and is honored to be a part of a company that enables children to achieve their American Dream. Over the years, Naomi has tackled various Human Resources roles at Choice working in areas from compliance to recruiting. Her passion for people and attention to detail serve her well as she works alongside our staff helping broadcast the message of Choice in areas of recruiting, compliance, and branding.

When not at the office, Naomi treasures making memories with her husband and young son. She can often be found exploring the West Michigan lakeshore or sitting around a bonfire with friends and family. As part of the Choice community, Naomi works to support the Choice mission, staff, and families in an effort to continue impacting children.

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Erin-JeffreyErin Jeffrey

Human Resources Generalist

Erin joined the Choice Schools Associates and MIChoice family in 2015 as the Human Resources Compliance Specialist where she ensured all employee paperwork was completed while also making sure the company was in compliance with the State and Department of Education guidelines. In March of 2016, Erin moved into her current role as a Human Resources Generalist.

Erin comes to Choice with a major in Interdisciplinary Health Services and a minor in Management with a Human Resources focus from Western Michigan University. When she’s not assisting our Choice staff, Erin enjoys spending time with family and traveling. Erin has a true desire to provide the best possible experience, and is grateful to have the opportunity to learn from the State’s best teachers and support staff!

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Sara Hogle

Human Resources Generalist

Sara joined the Choice family in 2017 after working 10+ years in the non-profit sector.  Sara has worked with both adults and youth on career and educational exploration, attainment, and retention.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s in Youth Development from Michigan State University.  Sara is passionate about creating and ensuring safe, empowering, and intentional places for children to learn and grow academically and personally.  Sara enjoys working for Choice because she aligns with the company goal of the overall well-being of the students the highest priority.  Outside of the office, Sara enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and spending time with her animals.  She also loves to travel anywhere with a good beach or where a good adventure could be had.

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Malyn-Goeman

Malyn Goeman

Human Resources & Payroll Specialist

Malyn began working at Choice as a Human Resources & Payroll Specialist in March 2016. She has over 30 years of Administrative and Executive Assistant experience in different industries, which include legal and accounting services, healthcare, construction management, and most recently in hospitality management as a Human Resources Coordinator supporting employees in a territory of over 200 restaurants.

She loves to help people and values impeccable customer service. Malyn enjoys working in the education industry to support school employees and ensure the company is in compliance with the Michigan Department of Education guidelines. By supporting both the Human Resources and Payroll Department, Malyn is able to ensure all the needs of our schools are met.

Married with two young adult children (boy and girl), she and her husband love to attend music concerts and enjoy spending time outside, either at the beach or walking their golden retriever dog Wrangler. Her new-found hobby is kayaking and she hopes to spend more time going north to enjoy the lakes and rivers in Michigan!

Sharon-ElderkinSharon Elderkin

Director of Payroll & Benefits

In 2013, Sharon was welcomed to Choice as a payroll and benefits specialist. With an Accounting and Business Management degree from Davenport University, and a bachelor’s in Accounting and Business Administration from Grand Valley State University, Sharon brings over 20 years of experience to the team. Before building her accounting and finance background, Sharon built and repaired computers, handled tech support, and taught classes on how to use computers and software. This led her to the human resources, payroll and benefits aspect of a business. Currently, Sharon is the Director of Payroll and Benefits for Choice. She works together with both the finance and human resources departments to ensure our systems and procedures are all within balance. Sharon works with HR regarding policies, benefits, and compliance requirements. She also handles our 401k processes including withdrawals, deferrals, and compliance.

Sharon is quite the adventurer. She enjoys being outdoors, golfing, rollerblading, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and spending time with her family. She has two children and one grandson whom she adores! At home, Sharon is blessed to have her two dogs. Aside from her spending time with her family, she loves to travel and experience new things, and meet new people. Sharon truly believes in Choice and the process and success of Charter schools. She has seen great outcomes with children when they are given the opportunity to grow within the charter school system. Sharon also believes caring and trusting that we can make a difference is what makes dreams come true.

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Jake Allen

Assistant Director of Payroll and Benefits

Joining the Choice Finance team in 2013, Jacob lends his expertise as a Finance Analyst. He works closely with the finance department, implements the SDS software, and assists our new Choice employees with any payroll needs. Jacob also assists finance and payroll with special projects and is committed to perfecting audits for Choice Schools and its Academies.

Jacob graduated from Central Michigan University, receiving his B.S. in Business Administration, and is currently working on his master’s thesis. A former U.S. Marine, he enjoys spending his time outdoors kayaking, hunting, and gardening. He also spends time on the weekends working on his family’s tree farm in Mount Pleasant. Choice Schools is thankful to have Jacob on our team.

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Malyn-Goeman

Malyn Goeman

Human Resources & Payroll Specialist

Malyn began working at Choice as a Human Resources & Payroll Specialist in March 2016. She has over 30 years of Administrative and Executive Assistant experience in different industries, which include legal and accounting services, healthcare, construction management, and most recently in hospitality management as a Human Resources Coordinator supporting employees in a territory of over 200 restaurants.

She loves to help people and values impeccable customer service. Malyn enjoys working in the education industry to support school employees and ensure the company is in compliance with the Michigan Department of Education guidelines. By supporting both the Human Resources and Payroll Department, Malyn is able to ensure all the needs of our schools are met.

Married with two young adult children (boy and girl), she and her husband love to attend music concerts and enjoy spending time outside, either at the beach or walking their golden retriever dog Wrangler. Her new-found hobby is kayaking and she hopes to spend more time going north to enjoy the lakes and rivers in Michigan!

Ron-WeinsRonald L. Wiens, MA, LMSW, ACSW

Chief Strategic Operations Officer

Ron joined the Choice Schools Associates team in April 2006, after being a manager, and a clinician, in the field of social work for over 30 years. As Choice’s Chief Strategic Operations Officer, Ron’s role includes overseeing academy board support, compliance and accountability, facility compliance and management, crisis management and school safety, technology infrastructure, grants and grant compliance, child care licensed programs, school nutrition programs, transportation support, strategic planning, and company “give back” programs.

Ron’s career has included being active in numerous community service organizations including Rotary International, where he is in Rotary District leadership roles supporting 50 Rotary Clubs. He was also President of a public school academy board and is currently on the Board of Directors of a local non-profit agency. In addition to his volunteer service, Ron served as a Peer Reviewer and Team Leader for the Council on Accreditation, helping to improve the quality of human service organizations across the United States. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Ron is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and has jointly published health services textbook chapters and journal articles. Ron has also been a Deacon at his church and is a Track and Field Official for the University of Michigan.

Ron has been married to his wife Kathy for over 34 years, and together they have three adult daughters who are college graduates and professionals in the areas of dental hygiene, speech and language pathology, and retail brand management. Ron’s goal for his department is to provide excellence in service to the academy boards, staff, and the school community.

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Mandy Patouhas

School Improvement/State and Federal Programs Coordinator

Mandy has been with Choice Schools Associates since 2009, starting as a Title I coordinator. Today, she oversees the School Improvement team, assisting with State and Federal Programs. A graduate of Ohio University with an undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication, Mandy offers support to the various schools of Choice in regards to Title I, Title II, 31A, school improvement documentation, homeless populations, and compliance with state and federal requirements. Mandy also received her teaching certificate and master’s degree from Wayne State University. After a brief career in Organizational Development, Mandy spent many years as a secondary English and speech educator. In her spare time, she creates memories with her husband Paul and their two sons, Max and Leo. Mandy’s vision and mission for Choice is to assist schools in building programs and systems that make great schools produce life-long learners.

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kristinKristin Molyneux

Curriculum Instruction & Assessment Specialist

Kristin joined the Choice Team with a background in teaching. In 2004, she was a Kindergarten Aide with West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, and then took a teaching position with the academy and taught for eight additional years. In 2013, Kristin became Choice’s Curriculum and Instruction Specialist. Her role is within the teacher mentoring program, Great Start Readiness Program, and curriculum.

Kristin graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and emphasis in Group Science. Currently, she is attending GVSU for her master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Kristin and her husband have two blissfully beautiful children. She is involved with her church and teaches GEMS for her daughter’s class. She loves taking her family to different parks, traveling, and visiting exciting places. It is always a learning moment in the Molyneux household.

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Laura Moore

Development Specialist

Laura joined MIChoice in 2012 after serving as a founder and school board member of a public Montessori charter school in Michigan for many years. She is an integral part of MIChoice’s Strategic Operations team and supports the group as an author and editor of charter applications and federal and local school grants. Laura has now moved into the position of board liaison with Four Corners Montessori Academy.

Laura attended the University of Michigan – Dearborn with a declared major in education but instead ended up in the field of graphic design. For over 20 years she gained skills in marketing, copywriting and editing. During this period she also became actively involved in the Montessori community. Under the guidance of her Montessori-trained mother and aunt, she combined her graphic design skills with her love of Montessori education to produce classroom support materials, which have been presented at local and national Montessori conferences. After the birth of her daughter she transitioned into the role of Montessori parent, advocate, and self-proclaimed “Montessori Groupie,” helping to organize a local founding group that was awarded a charter to open the first public Montessori school in Oakland County, Michigan.

Laura enjoys road-tripping around the country with her husband of over 20 years and their teenage daughter. Their favorite travel destinations include Maine, Boston and Florida. Laura looks forward to helping other families across the state pursue their passion for true public school choice by creating exceptional learning opportunities for children through charter school education.

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sherry_bSherry Brown

Director of Compliance and Accountability

Sherry joined the Choice family six years ago as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science in Walker, MI. There, she handled all forms of Federal, State, Authorizer, County and Intermediate School District Compliance Requirements.

She joined the Central Office team in 2014 as the Director of Compliance and Accountability. She now oversees all of Choice School Associates and MIChoice’s compliance requirements and ensures all deadlines are met by all of our Charter Schools. Sherry has also trained office personnel at all schools in accordance with Federal, State and Authorizer Compliance Submission rules, regulations, laws and duties.

After attending Bay De Noc College, Sherry went on to attend Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, as well as completing many other forms of Independent Coursework. She has received education in the following areas: Computer Science, Business Management, Bookkeeping, Liberal Arts, Microsoft Office certified, MI Pupil Accounting & Attendance Association (MPAAA), Business Administration and English Literature.

Outside of work, Sherry enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband of over 30 years. She has three fantastic, adult children and six fun grandchildren. Sherry is a tropical landscape painter and enjoys writing. Two novels that Sherry has written have been published, she continues to write and enjoys it very much. Going on cruises, biking, snorkeling and volunteer work with their church group are some of the things she enjoys most. Sherry’s vision and mission for Choice and MIChoice is to remember everything we do is about the children. Also, to assist to the best of her ability to all of those who have the capability and talent to empower each child to reach their dreams.

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Doug-DotyDoug Doty

Director of Development

Doug Doty joined Choice Schools Associates as the Director of Development in 2017. He has served as a school administrator for over sixteen years in both American and Canadian districts. Earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Calvin College and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Covenant College, Doug has a strong desire to make a difference through helping people.

An advocate for education, Doug travels regularly to Peru and China working on service projects and educational partnerships. The Doty family as a whole is passionate about global education and children. He and his family have also hosted exchange students from Brazil and China in an effort to bring different cultures into their children’s lives and the local community.

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