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 Meet the Instructional Center Team Staff 

 

Margie McGlinchey Margie McGlinchey, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
 
Margie has worked in education for over 30 years, teaching preschool, secondary education, and working as a school psychologist. She has published research on education and has presented nationally on leadership, designing and leading change, implementation research, and effective instruction. Prior to this appointment, Margaret was Co-Director of Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative, a statewide project that provided training and technical assistance in the implementation of Response to Intervention for reading and behavior support in over 600 schools across Michigan.
 
Tel: 269.250.9210 / margaret.mcglinchey@kresa.org
 
 
 

 
A. Alexander Ethan Alexander, M.A.
Positive Behavior Supports Specialist 
 
Ethan is a Positive Behavior Support Specialist at Kalamazoo RESA.  He specializes in classroom management training. Ethan has also worked extensively in training and coaching in non-structured school areas such as playgrounds and cafeterias. With a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, Ethan has over 10 years of experience in child and family therapy.  He has worked in home-based programs, day treatment facilities, as well as residential and in-patient psychiatric programs.  He is also the Executive Director of the Open Roads Bike Program, which helps teach youth social skills and bicycle mechanic skills. 
  
Tel: 269.250.9233 / ethan.alexander@kresa.org
 
 

 
D. Boersma Deborah Boersma, M.A.
Literacy Specialist
 
Debbie is a Literacy Consultant in the Instructional Center. Debbie received her education training and master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Western Michigan University. Debbie has 14 years of teaching experience including both the elementary and middle school settings as well as designing and implementing successful K-8 Summer School programs. Most recently, Debbie worked as a middle school reading interventionist and instructional coach. She also brings her expertise in the areas of using data and quality instruction to implement multi-tiered systems of support in the areas of reading and behavior. Furthermore, Debbie is the recipient of two local Teacher of the Year awards and is a DIBELS Next Mentor.
 
Tel: 269.250.9216 / deborah.boersma@kresa.org
 
 

 
Mary Burke Mary Burke, M.A.
Science Specialist
 
Mary Burke earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central Michigan University and Master’s degree from Western Michigan University.   Her prior work experience was as a middle school science teacher for the past twenty years. In addition, she was an Instructional Specialist and Instructional Coach, providing professional development and coaching support to teachers. Mary worked as a teacher in residence at WMU for two years on the Enlist, Equip, and Empower grant and is a part time WMU instructor teaching the Elementary and Middle School Science Methods course.  
 
Tel: 269.259.9238 / mary.burke@kresa.org
 
 
 
 

 
M. Nantais Katherine Clark, M.A.
Literacy Specialist

Katherine Clark, M.A, currently serves as a Literacy Consultant and Instructional Coach for Kalamazoo RESA Instructional Center. She received her educational training at Western Michigan University with an early childhood endorsement as well as a master’s degree in the teaching of Reading. Prior to her career at Kalamazoo RESA, Katherine spent 16 years as an elementary teacher and instructional coach. Katherine served as an instructional coach in a priority school supporting teachers in all subject areas. Currently, Katherine supports local districts with the implementation of research based strategies to improve student outcomes. Katherine shares her expertise as a DIBEL’s Mentor and a trainer of Explicit Instruction. 

Tel: 269.250.9210katherine.clark@kresa.org
 

 
S. Coccimigilo Soraya Coccimiglio
MiBLSi Content Specialist & Equity Coach 
 
 
Tel: 269.250.9226 / ccoccimiglio@miblsimtss.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Nicole Coleman Nicole Coleman, M.A.
Literacy Specialist 

Nicole is a Literacy Consultant in the Instructional Center. Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. Nicole has 11 years of teaching experience including both the middle school and high school settings. Most recently, Nicole worked as a curriculum writer of new courses intended to support literacy in all content areas. She also brings her expertise in the areas of working with struggling readers and writers in the secondary setting. 
 
Tel: 269.250.9217 / nicole.coleman@kresa.org
 
 
 
 

 
Gracie Coston Gracie Coston
Department Secretary
 
 
Tel: 269.250.9221 / gracie.coston@kresa.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Karen Goudie Karen Goudie
Executive Secretary
 
 
Tel: 269.250.9210karen.goudie@kresa.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
John Haas John Haas
Associate Executive 
 
 
Tel: 269.250.9229 / john.haas@kresa.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
M. Nantais Lisa Jenkins, M.A.
School Improvement Facilitator

Lisa Jenkins has been an educator for over 26 years. She began her career in Detroit Public Schools as an elementary and middle school teacher, team leader, instructional specialist, school improvement chairperson, and an administrative team member. Lisa comes to us as the School Improvement Specialist for Detroit Public Schools where she provided coaching and support to over 97 schools assisting them in developing effective practices for implementation of the school improvement process; reviewing and analyzing school data; targeting weaknesses and gaps; reviewing research to select the best model/research-based strategies to meet school needs in closing areas of deficit; and assisting in developing goals, objectives, strategies, and activities that were attainable, and sustainable in improving overall student achievement and impact school culture. Lisa has facilitated training in the School Improvement Framework, Multi-Tier Systems of Support, Tools for Continuous School Improvement, Sustainability, Consolidated Budget and Title I support, the Program Evaluation, and Change Systems that supported district and school level administrators, school improvement teams, and school level staff in building their knowledge and understanding of the continuous school improvement process. Lisa is a nationally certified teacher, holds a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction and in Supervision and Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. She will complete her Educational Specialist degree from Oakland University in Early Childhood Special Education this winter. 
 
Tel: 269.259.9220 / lisa.jenkins@kresa.org
 
 
Nicole Kalmbach Nicole Kalmbach, M.A.
Literacy Specialist
 
Nicole Kalmbach, M.A. currently serves as a Literacy Consultant and Instructional Coach for the Kalamazoo RESA Instructional Center. She received her educational training at Western Michigan University with endorsements ranging from early childhood to eighth grade and has a master's degree in Educational Technology. She is currently attending Walden University in pursuit of an EdS degree in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment. Prior to her career at Kalamazoo RESA, Nicole spent 15 years working as an elementary teacher, Instructional Specialist, and District MTSS Coordinator. Within her role at the district level, she helped establish district wide systems to support all tiers of instruction, a district coaching model, and supported an initiative for English Language Learners. Currently, Nicole is involved in supporting local districts with the implementation of research based strategies to improve student outcomes. Nicole provides knowledge to educators with her expertise as a DIBELS Next Mentor, Trainer of Explicit Instruction, Rewards, and Phonics for Reading.

Tel: 269.250.9215 / nicole.kalmbach@kresa.or

 
N. Lindahl Nancy Lindahl, M.A.
Positive Behavior Supports Specialist 
 
Nancy is a Positive Behavior Support Specialist with nearly 40 years’ experience as a Special Education Classroom Teacher and Behavior Specialist in urban settings. She has extensive experience working successfully with “hard to teach” students in both academic and behavioral areas. She has a real passion for working with students and families who are under-resourced, as well as coaching teachers in effective classroom management strategies. For ten years she was the Behavior Specialists in a charter school serving students in preschool through eighth grade. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Western Michigan University and the University of Western Australia in Perth. Nancy received her education training and master’s degree from Western Michigan University and is the recipient of several local, state and national teaching awards.  
 
Tel: 269.250.9231 / nancy.lindahl@kresa.org
 

 
L MacVicar Lauren MacVicar
Early Education Specialist 
 
 
Tel: 269.250.9213 / lauren.macvicar@kresa.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
M. Nantais Melissa Nantais, Ph.D.
MiBLSi Professional Learning Coordinator
 
Melissa is the Professional Learning Coordinator for Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Supports Initiative (MiBLSi) housed in the Instructional Center at Kalamazoo RESA. Before starting at Kalamazoo RESA, Melissa was a faculty member in the School Psychology program at the University of Detroit Mercy. She has also worked as a school psychologist for two years with Kalamazoo Public Schools. Melissa also worked for seven years in the greater Cincinnati as a school psychologist and as an educational consultant, trainer and coach with a specialty in collaborative consultation for systems change related to Response to Intervention (RtI). Melissa received her B.A. from the University of Detroit Mercy in Psychology and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Cincinnati.
 
Tel: 269.605.9933 / mnantais@miblsimtss.org 
 

 
IC logo Amy Pratt, M.A.
K-12 Math Specialist
 
Amy is a Mathematics Consultant in the Instructional Center at Kalamazoo RESA. She specializes in working with students who have a history of struggling with mathematics, as well as using data to inform instructional practices. Amy received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Master's degree in Teaching and Learning, both from Western Michigan University. Amy has 14 years of mathematics teaching experience in the middle school setting. Most recently, Amy worked as a math specialist, designing and implementing a school-wide mathematics intervention program. 

Tel: 269.250.9343amy.pratt@kresa.org
 
 
Diane Owen-Rogers Diane Owen-Rogers, Ph.D.
K-12 Math Specialist

Diane Owen-Rogers, Ph.D. is a Mathematics Consultant in the Instructional Center at Kalamazoo RESA. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in secondary mathematics education from Western Michigan University (WMU) as well as a doctorate in evaluation from WMU. Diane’s 16 years of service in the educational system includes experience teaching middle and high school mathematics, coaching K-12 mathematics, curriculum development, and school improvement efforts such as data analysis and strategic planning. Diane has instructed preservice teacher and graduate courses at the university level and has published her research in book chapters and conference proceedings. Additionally, Diane was a graduate research assistant on a National Science Foundation Assessment for Learning grant where she researched effective pedagogical practices related to formative assessment in STEM education and facilitated workshops on the local, national, and international levels. Diane brings expertise in applying Anti-Bias Education pedagogy to the classroom to promote access and equity.

 Tel: 269.259.9224 / diane.owenrogers@kresa.org

 
Danielle Seabold Danielle Seabold, M.A.
K-12 Math Specialist 

Danielle has worked in education for over 20 years, teaching mathematics and physics at the high school and collegiate levels, developing, implementing, and evaluating professional development programs, as well as consulting and coaching K-12 mathematics educators and their administrators. Currently Danielle serves as one of Kalamazoo RESA’s K-12 mathematics consultants. Most recently, she has focused on developing and delivering professional development and coaching teachers in effective mathematics instruction. Prior to coming to Kalamazoo RESA, Danielle served as a Senior Program Coordinator for the Charles A Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin where she was involved in the development, delivery, and evaluation of mathematics standards, professional development, and instructional, curricular, and assessment programs at the local, state, and national levels.
 
Tel: 269.250.9227 / danielle.seabold@kresa.org
 

 
J. Vail John Vail
MiBLSi Technical Assistance Partner & Implementation Specialist
 
John is a Technical Assistance Partner for Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative through the Instructional Center at Kalamazoo RESA.  Most recently John spent three years as a middle school principal for a local district.  Prior to serving as a principal, John was an Educational Consultant for Kalamazoo RESA for six years.  During that time, he served as a trainer and coach for data-based decision making initiatives in instruction and leadership.  Twelve years in the business world as an engineer/project manager and now 20 years in public education gives John somewhat of a unique perspective on the interaction between schools and communities and their need to focus on important student outcomes.  John received his undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University and his masters and Educational Specialist degree from Western Michigan University.
 
Tel: 269.250.9223 / jvail@miblsimtss.org 

 
M. Nantais Barb Ver Sluis
MiBLSi Program Administrative Assistant
 
 
Tel: 269.259.9218bversluis@miblsimtss.org
 
 
 

 
 
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