Michigan Leadership Institute

Michigan Leadership Institute

Michigan Leadership Institute services are provided by the following outstanding and successful leader-practitioners.

Steven TunnicliffSteven Tunnicliff, Ph.D.

2413 West Maple Avenue, Flint MI 48507
Phone: 810-591-3251

Dr. Tunnicliff served as a teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent at the local district level for 19 years. In 2015, Dr. Tunnicliff was selected by his peers as the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) Region 5 Superintendent of the Year. In 2016, Dr. Tunnicliff left his role as Superintendent of Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools to become the Associate Superintendent of the Genesee Intermediate School District. As Associate Superintendent, Dr. Tunnicliff oversees areas that include legislative and public relations, communications, and philanthropic activities of the countywide school district and the nonprofit Genesee County Educational Foundation. In addition, Dr. Tunnicliff oversees the Greater Flint Educational Consortium, a collaboration between the 21 local school districts in Genesee County, the four higher education institutions in Genesee County, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which develops and supports K-16 initiatives and a leadership academy for aspiring leaders. Steve has taught leadership courses in the Educational Specialist Program at the UM-Flint since 2013, allowing him to pursue his passion for cultivating future leaders. Dr. Tunnicliff currently serves as the President of MASA Region 5 and sits on numerous advisory boards throughout Genesee County. Dr. Tunnicliff earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University; and both a specialist and doctoral degree from Oakland University in Educational Leadership.

Michael WilmotMichael Wilmot, Ed.D.
President/CEO Emeritus and Regional President for Southeast Michigan

P.O. Box 62, Ossineke MI 49766
Phone: 989-471-2686 | Fax: 989-471-2690

Dr. Wilmot is President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of the Michigan Leadership Institute. He served as the Regional President for Southeast Michigan for a period of nine years before assuming leadership of the Michigan Leadership Institute in 2009 and serving as President/CEO until July 2018. Dr. Wilmot is the longest-serving and most experienced MLI Regional President. Dr. Wilmot’s 42-year career in public education included serving as a classroom teacher, high school principal, Executive Director of Business Services and Superintendent of Schools. He retired from public education after serving18years as Superintendent of the Garden City Public Schools in Garden City, Michigan. Dr. Wilmot served in the top leadership roles of several professional associations during his professional career. Some of the leadership roles he held include: President of the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies; President of the Michigan Education Commission; and President of the Metropolitan Association for Improved School Legislation (MAISL). Dr. Wilmot also served as Chairman of the Michigan PTA Board of Managers-Education Commission. Dr. Wilmot has served on the corporate boards of health care organizations and other business-related, professional organizations. He served as a member of the Garden City Hospital Board of Trustees for over 15 years. During the last three years of his tenure on this board, Dr. Wilmot served as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Wilmot has also served as a member of the Amerigard Health Services Board of Directors and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Wilmot’s educational credentials include Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wayne State University, an Education Specialist Certificate from Wayne State University and a Doctor of Education degree, also from Wayne State University.

charles andrewsCharles Andrews
Regional President for East Central Michigan

810-434-5631 | candrewsmli@gmail.com

Mr. Andrews’ distinguished 42-year career in public education includes serving as High School Teacher and Coach for Portage Public Schools, Assistant High School Principal for Marysville Public Schools, High School Principal for Grand Ledge Public Schools, and 18 years as Superintendent of the Marysville Public Schools. Engagement in a variety of educational experiences has been a priority for Mr. Andrews throughout his career. He has chaired several NCA visitation teams and has served on an AdvancEd visitation team. He has taught graduate level classes in school law and personnel for Saginaw Valley State University. In addition, he held an appointment on the Michigan Teacher Tenure commission and, through MASA, currently works as an executive coach for newly appointed superintendents. His work as the Chief Administrative Officer for several charter schools has given him unique insight into non-traditional education. Throughout his career, Mr. Andrews has been active in professional and service organizations. He has held positions of responsibility as President of MASA Region 5, MASA Conference Planning Chair, and as a member of MASA Council. His community service includes serving as President of the Marysville Rotary, an officer of Goodwill International of St. Clair County, Education Representative for the St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning Commission, and as a volunteer for Southeast Michigan American Red Cross. Mr. Andrews obtained his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree from Western Michigan University and an Education Specialist degree from Oakland University. His areas of expertise and interest include effective decision making, long range planning, and comprehensive school management. He is a Vietnam veteran.

mark eckhardtMark Eckhardt
Regional President for Northern Michigan

Phone: 231-590-4920 | eckhardm@hotmail.com

Mr. Eckhardt’s 32-year career in education has included teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels; building administration; and local and ESD superintendencies. He served as Superintendent of Mason County Eastern Schools for four years and as Superintendent of Charlevoix-Emmet ISD for 17 years. Mr. Eckhardt has served in numerous leadership roles for professional associations. These include: membership on the MAISA Executive Board, Chairman-SET/SEG School Insurance; and Secretary/Treasurer-SET/SEG Insurance Services Agency Inc. In addition, he has served on the Charlevoix Area Hospital Board of Trustees. Mr. Eckhardt has assisted numerous school districts throughout Michigan with Superintendent searches, district goal planning, and Superintendent evaluations. Mr. Eckhardt’s educational credentials include Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University.

joann hurdJoAnn Hurd Andrees, Ed.D.
Associate Regional President for Southeast Michigan

Dr. JoAnn Hurd Andrees is a retired superintendent and educator. She has been a teacher of special education, counselor, high school assistant principal, and both middle school and high school principals. She served as Superintendent of the West Bloomfield School District from 2008-2012. Her responsibilities included educational leadership of two high schools, two middle schools, and six elementary schools. From 2006 – 2008, she served as Superintendent in the West Haven, Connecticut School District. Dr. Andrees has received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2010, she received the Women of Excellence Award - Michigan Chronicle, and she was named the 2011 Keego Harbor Optimist Club International Optimist of the Year. Her other awards include: 2012 Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Award for Education, the 2012 MASA Winner’s Circle for “Tutorial Program for African American Males Closing the Achievement Gap”, the 2012 Dr. Seymour Gretchko Youth Advocate Award and the 2013 Tri- County Alliance for Public Education Hall of Fame. Dr. Andrees was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and traveled to Japan with Japanese Businessmen to study Japan’s educational system. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Arts in Education, and a Doctorate of Education from Wayne State University, as well as a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Michigan State University.

david killipsDavid Killips
​​Regional President for Southwest Michigan

734-320-6572 | dkkillips@gmail.co​m

David Killips’ career in education has spanned 39 years. He has 15 years of service as a Superintendent in the Chelsea School District (10 years) and Reed City Area Public Schools (5 years). He has also served as interim Superintendent in Ludington Area School District and in the Chelsea School District. He has worked as an Educational Consultant/Superintendent Coach since 2013. His early career included roles as principal in two school districts, assistant principal/athletic director, and teacher. Mr. Killips has held numerous leadership roles in the communities in which he has lived and worked. These include his membership on: the Regional Board for St. Joseph Mercy Health System; the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, the Oceana County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Silver Maples Retirement Community Board of Trustees and the Work First Development Board. In addition, he has been a volunteer for the Chelsea Senior Center; an active member of Rotary; and active in support of the Oceola Community Foundation and the Easter Seals Campaign. He has been a Boy Scout Merit Badge Director and Eagle Scout Project Review Team member and a Little League coach in multiple sports. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University and a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Michigan State University. He also has done additional coursework through Michigan State University, The University of Michigan, Western Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University.

gary riderGary Rider
Regional President for Southwest Michigan

Cell: 616-901-3738 | gridermli@gmail.com

Mr. Rider retired from his position as Superintendent of Thornapple Kellogg Schools in June of 2012 after six years of service there. Prior to his work in Thornapple Kellogg, he was superintendent of Brandywine Community Schools for 2 years. In his 36-year career in education, Mr. Rider has worked in eight school districts and in addition to superintendent; he has held the positions of high school principal, assistant principal, athletic director and teacher/coach. He has been active professionally as a NCA Site Visitation Chair, a member of the MASA Council, and a member of the MASSP Political Action Committee. Mr. Rider has also been active in a number of community service organizations including: the Barry County United Way Board of Directors, the Thornapple Area Enrichment Foundation, the Lake Michigan College-Bertrand Crossing Advisory Board, the Four Flags Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, the Brandywine Education Foundation and the Niles Area United Way Executive Board. He has a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

john silveriJohn Silveri
Regional President for Southeast Michigan

Phone: 248-420-9354

John Silveri’s career in public education began in 1978 and ended with his retirement in 2015. He served five Metropolitan Detroit area school districts as a teacher, counselor, principal, human resources director, assistant superintendent and superintendent. His 24 years as an administrator in Wayne, Oakland and St. Clair counties included almost 14 years in Allen Park Public Schools, five and a half years as Superintendent of Marysville Public Schools, and nearly five years as Superintendent of Waterford School District. Mr. Silveri has served as Chairman of a North Central Association visiting accreditation team, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, the Waterford Coalition for Youth, the Detroit Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies and the Board of Education of the St. Clair County Intervention Academy. He has also served as President of the Wayne County Negotiators and Personnel Administrators Association and as President of the Rotary Club of Marysville. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University, and an Education Specialist degree in Administration from Wayne State University. He is a graduate of the MASA Courageous Journey Program and the Michigan Leadership Institute Superintendent Preparation Series Academy.

william weberWilliam Weber, Ph.D.
Associate Regional President for Southeast Michigan

Phone/FAX: 734-455-7163 | Cell: 313-418-0775

During his 43-year career in education, Dr. Weber served as a teacher, assistant principal, athletic director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. Dr. Weber’s entire career was spent in the South Redford School District. He also served as an adjunct instructor at The University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Madonna University teaching a range of classes including organizational behavior, educational leadership community organization, and human resource management. Dr. Weber has also made presentations in numerous states on topics relating to human resources and labor relations. Dr. Weber chaired many North Central Association Accreditation visits and piloted a number of unique approaches to accreditation. Since his retirement, he has also served as an Interim Superintendent. Dr. Weber has been involved professionally at the local, state and national levels. He served as president of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, President of the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators, and as an Executive Board Member of the Michigan Negotiators Association. Dr. Weber received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in administration from The University of Michigan. He received his B.S. degree from Michigan State University.