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.

Director of Payroll Jacob Allen
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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 Economic Theory. 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 Lake Isabella.
Human Resource Generalist Patrick Coleman
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Patrick joined Choice Schools Associates in October of 2019 as the Human Resources Coordinator. He came to us from an auto manufacturing company, where he worked as an HRIS Analyst. Patrick received his Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management from Davenport University. He loves to help others and takes value in ensuring the company is in compliance with the Michigan Department of Education guidelines. Patrick also enjoys helping with employee relations, benefits, and customer service. He is grateful to work in the education industry and is excited to continue learning and growing in a remarkable company. Outside of the office, Patrick enjoys playing many team sports with friends, Hanging with his wife, twin daughters, and his Goldendoodle Blue.
Human Resources Generalist Esmeralda Duran
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Esme (pronounced Ez-may) joins Choice Schools Associates as an HR Generalist for our Montessori Model Schools. Before joining our team, She was a member of the people services department at National Heritage Academies. Esme has five years of human resources experience, including recruiting, employee relations, and onboarding. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in International Business with a concentration in Human Resources from Aquinas College. In the Fall of 2018, she had the opportunity to take 12 general education classes in Rome, Italy. Outside of work, Esme enjoys traveling to new countries and emerging into new cultures. When she’s close to home, she likes to spend time with her family and three pet rabbits
Human Resources & Payroll Specialist Malyn Goeman
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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!
Senior Human Resources Generalist Sara Hogle
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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.
Payroll and Benefits Coordinator Stacey Maycroft
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Stacey Maycroft joins the Central Office team as the Payroll and Benefits Coordinator on the Human Resources Team. Stacey works to ensure timely and accurate pay for all Choice employees. 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. Stacey’s daughter encouraged her to apply for the position because she works at New Branches Charter Academy. Stacey and her husband will be celebrating 30 years of marriage this year.
Director of Human Resources Erin Sangalli
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Erin joined the Choice Schools Associates 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 2020, Erin moved into her current role as the Assistant Director of Human Resources. 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!
Chief Human Resources Officer Beth Spaman
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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.