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  • Getting to know you
    Here's a chance to get to know your fellow employees, and learn more about the wonderful and diverse work we do at KRESA.

    Deb Vliek
    Deb Vliek
    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent


    How long have you worked at Kalamazoo RESA?
    It will be 11 years in February.

    Briefly describe your job:

    My job is to support the Superintendent in the daily operation of Kalamazoo RESA.  My duties include organization and scheduling of board meetings, administrative meetings, external meetings and events.  I work with staff, administrators, local district offices, superintendent organizations, and the public for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the Superintendent’s office.  I am also the recording secretary for the Board of Education and Kalamazoo RESA Foundation Board.

    What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?
    I love to read and watching anything that has to do with history and specifically World War II.

    What's something people would be surprised to know about you?

    Back several years ago, I was a veal farmer for about 11 years.  We had a family farm and raised 500 milk-fed veal calves at a time.  I can tell you a thing or two about how to teach a calf how to drink from a bucket and I can drive a tractor.

    What inspires you most about working at Kalamazoo RESA?

    I am inspired by stories I hear of our employees who work with some of the most delicate of students that we serve.  Thinking back to one of our Board of Education/Kalamazoo RESA Foundation Board meetings where employees who receive teacher incentive grants just pour out their hearts with stories of what they are doing to improve the lives of children in the community.   I may not be doing that, but I, along with all of us here, support them and that’s what inspires me!