Our Team

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 children.

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.

Finance Support Specialist Pam Behling
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Pam comes to us from the traditional public school setting where she spent the last 24 years helping numerous schools in their finance departments. Pam just retired from the traditional public system as the Director of Finance from Lakewood Public Schools and will be bringing a great knowledge and skillset to our finance team!
Director of Payroll & Benefits Jake Allen
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Jake Allen is our Director of Payroll and Benefits. Jake oversees the management of payroll processes and benefits administration, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and efficiency. He also works closely with the finance department to implement the accounting software, and assists our new and current Choice employees with payroll needs. Jake also assists finance and payroll with special projects and is committed to perfecting audits for Choice Schools and its academies. Jake graduated from Central Michigan University, receiving his B.S. in Business Administration and Economic Theory. Jake is also a proud Marine, having served in the military from 2001 to 2005. Jake will advocate for employees' needs, provide world-class benefits, and build a foundation for accurate payroll processes while rooted in our values.
Director of School Finance Brian Beaudrie
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Brian Beaudrie is the Director of School Finance at Choice Schools Associates. He has been a member of the Choice family since 2014. Prior to joining Choice Schools, Brian worked with charter schools as an auditor and finance director. Brian graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in accounting. He became a CPA in 2003. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, volunteering in his community, playing golf and watching sports, especially football.
Chief Finance and Operations Officer Ross Hinkle
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Ross Hinkle serves as our Chief Finance and Operations Officer, providing strategic leadership and oversight across various critical areas. In his role, Ross is responsible for managing school finance, overseeing operations, ensuring safety protocols, and maintaining facilities to support our organization's mission and objectives. With his expertise and dedication, Ross plays a pivotal role in driving efficiency, accountability, and excellence in finance and operational functions. Prior to joining Choice, Ross served a local school district as Executive Director of Finance and Operations and earned his Bachelor's degree in Accounting Information Management and a Master's in Business Administration from Davenport University. He has a personal mission to make a difference in our communities.
Director of School Finance Robert Holst
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Robert Joined Choice School Associates in June 2022 as Finance Manager where he provides financial support to our schools. Robert came to Choice School Associates with a dozen years of non-profit finance experience and is very excited to expand his skills and knowledge in school finance. Robert graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management. In his spare time Robert enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with his family.
Payroll and Benefits Coordinator Stacey Maycroft
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Stacey Maycroft is our Payroll & Benefits Coordinator. She works to ensure timely and accurate pay for all Choice employees. She effectively administers the company’s leased employee payroll and benefits programs within company and academy board policy parameters while ensuring all local, State, & Federal legal requirements are met. Stacey earned her bachelor's degree in corporate & industrial accounting from Baker College of Muskegon. Before joining Choice, she was a payroll assistant at TrueNorth where she became the "go-to" person for all topics. She assisted with employee benefits and participated in the onboarding process for new staff.
Director of Finance Michael Nagy
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Michael Nagy is our Director of Finance, he will supports the environmental model academies. As director of finance, Michael will meet with board members, principals, and superintendents on a monthly basis to delve into financial matters, budgets, and any divergences between projections and actuals. He carries the crucial responsibility of overseeing all financial reporting to the state, showcasing his adeptness in navigating regulatory requirements. Michael also possesses a wealth of experience in writing federal and state grant applications, ensuring compliance with stipulated guidelines and adeptly managing funding allocations. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and has extensive experience spanning various sectors, notably in Charter/K-12 education. He previously served as the adept manager of finance and budgets for 10 schools across multiple states, including Michigan, New York, and Louisiana.
Assistant Director of Finance Jennifer Shiels
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Jennifer Shiels joined the finance team at Choice Schools Associates in June 2019. In this role she supports the budget process, assists with grant management, compliance handles the financial reporting function and facilitates external audits for the charter schools. Jennifer graduated from Central Michigan University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and minors in finance and legal studies. From there she pursued a career as a public accounting professional with Deloitte, obtaining her Certified Public Accountant license in 2010 and gaining experience performing single audits on charter schools across the Midwest. Since leaving public accounting in 2012 Jennifer has ventured into several industries bringing budgeting and financial reporting experience from wealth management, not-for-profits, hospitality and wholesale food distribution companies. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids camping, hiking and biking. She also values maintaining a healthy lifestyle and seeks to incorporate healthy eating along with being active. Jennifer resides with her family in West Michigan.
Director of Operations Tiffany Wilhelm
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Tiffany Wilhelm is our Director of Operations. In her role, Tiffany is responsible for facilities management, ensuring a safe and conducive environment for all stakeholders. She also spearheads safety initiatives, operational efficiency, transportation logistics, and meal services. With her strong leadership and attention to detail, Tiffany plays a pivotal role in ensuring smooth day-to-day operations and the overall well-being of our community. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from San Francisco State University. She previously served as an Executive Assistant and Special Projects Manager at a public school district in California. She also holds a California multiple subject (K-8) teaching credential, which she renewed during the pandemic to help with teacher shortages when needed. Education for all is important to her, and she loves connecting with students and finds that she serves their success best from the central office.