Our Staff

Our staff is a mixture of diverse and unique talents and backgrounds coming together to make a wonderful team dedicated to providing the best services possible in our role of authorizing charter schools in the state of Michigan for Grand Valley State University. GVSU CSO Staff Directory.


Tim Wood

Timothy Wood, Ph.D.

Special Assistant to President for Charter Schools

Office Address: BIK-310J
Phone: (616) 331-9060
Email: woodth@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Attract, recruit, and maintain the steady influx of high functioning national charter school operators in to Michigan.
  • Provide high quality professional development for GVSU's charter school teachers to enhance their practice of teaching.
  • Facilitate the Learning Network for teams of GVSU teachers and administrators to assist with best instructional practice implementation.
  • Assist in the recruitment of GVSU charter school teachers who want to receive a Masters degree from the GVSU College of Education.
  • Provide Board of Education training in the Carver Board Governance training model.
  • Review, evaluate, and interview prospective charter school operators that seek to open new charter schools.
  • Facilitate the visitation of GVSU charter school students to the GVSU campus for tours and programming.
  • Evaluate the contract and effectiveness of existing GVSU charter schools to determine reauthorization of our charter schools
  • Oversee the full operation of the GVSU Charter Schools Office.

Robert Kimball

Robert Kimball

Deputy Director of Charter Schools

Office Address: BIK-310I
Phone: (616) 331-8549
Email: robert_kimball@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Supervises Field Service Representatives.
  • Manages portfolio development.
  • Leads performance measurement team.
  • Manages government relations.

Pat Oldt

Patricia Oldt, Ph.D.

University and Community Liaison

Office Address: BIK-310G
Phone: (616) 331-3479
Email: oldtp@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Professor in Grand Valley's College of Education.
  • Lead for Strategic Planning.

Alyson Murphy

Alyson Murphy

Director of Governance and Compliance

Office Address: BIK-310H
Phone: (616) 331-3656
Email: murphaly@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Monitors GVSU authorized charter schools for compliance with state and federal laws.
  • Monitor GVSU authorized charter schools for compliance with their charter contracts.
  • Maintains the integrity of the electronic document management system.
  • Collects and maintains all new public school academy applications.
  • Monitors the terms of all board of educational members for academies.

Amirah Vosburgh

Amirah Vosburgh

Manager of Programs and Marketing

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-9068
Email: vosburga@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Manages and directs all programs offered by the GVSU Charter Schools Office.
  • Manages and directs all marketing efforts.
  • Plans and coordinates all events.
  • Director of GVSU Summer Enrichment Camp.

Ram Ravikumar

Ram Ravikumar

Data Analyst

Office Address: BIK 310F
Phone: (616) 331-9003
Email: ravikumr@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Manages performance analysis of the GVSU Charter Schools Office portfolio
  • Develops annual contract performance reviews and provides real-time performance reports for all GVSU-authorized charter schools
  • Assists Deputy Director of Charter Schools
  • Content management for www.gvsu.edu/cso website

Tona Ambrose

Tona Ambrose

Project Coordinator

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-9070
Email: ambrosto@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Assists Deputy Director of Charter Schools and Director of Governance and Compliance in the areas of charter school performance and data reporting.
  • Assists the Director of Governance and Compliance in the areas of charter school compliance and board member processes.
  • Supports Field Service Representatives.
  • GVSU Summer Enrichment Camp Asst. Director.

Wendy Miller

Wendy Miller

Reading Intervention Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310D
Phone: (616) 331-9018
Email: millerw@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Supports teachers in the area of reading for GVSU charter schools.
  • Works with the charter schools regarding assessment, data, strategies, research, best practices, and implementation.
  • Develops Professional Development opportunities to help teachers grow their teaching craft in the area of reading.
  • Travels to all of CSO schools to work with teachers and students to help support them.

Jill Weber

Jill Weber

Reading Intervention Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310D
Phone: (616) 331-9084
Email: weberji@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Supports GVSU charter schools in the area of reading.
  • Travels to all of CSO schools to work with teachers and students to help support them.
  • Develops Professional Development opportunities to help teachers grow their teaching craft in the area of reading.

Lori Davis

Lori Davis

Reading Intervention Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-6944
Email: davisla1@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Supports GVSU charter schools in the area of reading.
  • Travels to all of CSO schools to work with teachers and students to help support them.
  • Develops Professional Development opportunities to help teachers grow their teaching craft in the area of reading.

Lissa Brunan

Lissa Brunan

Assessment Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310E
Phone: (616) 331-6963
Email: brunanl@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Helps design, develop and facilitate professional development focused on understanding NWEA data and applying it to classroom instruction.
  • Provides on-site NWEA support for the GVSU-authorized schools throughout the year.

Alissa

Alissa Thelen

Assessment Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310E
Phone: (616) 331-6943
Email: thelenal@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Helps design, develop and facilitate professional development focused on understanding NWEA data and applying it to classroom instruction.
  • Provides on-site NWEA support for the GVSU-authorized schools throughout the year.

Bob Fortin

Bob Fortin

Field Service Representative

Office Address: BIK-310B
Phone: (616) 331-3708
Email: fortinr@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Attends board meetings and works closely with both Charter School Boards of Education and their principals.
  • Serve as CSO liaison with boards & principals.
  • Meets & provides insights for new board members.
  • Participates in training for existing board members.
  • Field Service Representative for Arbor Academy, Byron Center Charter School, Crossroads Charter Academy (K-6 & 7-12), Endeavor Academy, Evergreen Academy, Excel Charter Academy/Grand River Prep High School, Forest Academy, Knapp Charter Academy, Oakland Academy, Timberland Charter Academy, Vanguard Charter Academy and Walker Charter Academy. 

Dan Mathews

Dan Matthews

Field Service Representative

Office Address: BIK-310A
Phone: (616) 331-9058
Email: daniel_matthews@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Facilitates workshops and in-school trainings on the topic of Classroom Management.
  • Attends board meetings and works closely with both Charter School Boards of Education and their principals.
  • Field Service Representative for Chandler Woods Charter Academy, Covenant House Academies of Detroit, Covenant House Academy Grand Rapids, Covenant House Academy Muskegon, West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics and William C. Abney Academy. 

James D. Smith

James D. Smith, Ph.D.

Field Service Representative

Office Address: BIK-310F
Phone: (616) 331-6962
Email: smijames@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Attends charter school board meetings.
  • Conducts orientation training for new board members.
  • Works closely with charter school boards and school leaders.
  • Serves as liaison between GVSU Charter Schools Office, school boards and principals.
  • Provides governance, goal setting and finance training for new and experienced school boards.
  • Assists in GVSU professional development for Detroit area K-12 school leaders and staff.
  • Active participant in multiple Detroit area public education initiatives.
  • Field Service Representative for Global Heights Academy, Grand River Academy, Michigan Math and Science Academy, Public School Academies of Detroit (PSAD) (UPA, UPSM and Henry Ford), Reach Charter Academy, Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Charter Academy, Warrendale Charter Academy and New Paradigm College Prep.

Dan Warren

Dan Warren

Field Service Representative

Office Address: BIK-310A
Phone: (616) 331-9059
Email: warrend@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Provides training for start up charter school boards in organizational compliance and effective governance.
  • Attends and provides guidance at board meetings.
  • Facilitates professional development workshops and in-school training centered on technology integration in the classroom.
  • Field Service Representative for Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass, Eagles Nest Academy, International Academy of Detroit, International Academy of Lansing, Light of the World Academy and Partnership Park Academy.

Larry Spencer

Larry Spencer

Field Service Representative

Office Address: BIK-310C
Phone: (616) 331-6956
Email: spencerl@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Field Representative for Achieve Charter Academy, Cornerstone Health High School, Detroit Enterprise Academy, Detroit Merit Charter Academy, East Arbor Charter Academy, Lincoln-King Academy, Madison-Carver Academy, Metro Charter Academy, Michigan Virtual Charter Academy, Vanderbilt Charter Academy, Washington-Parks Academy and Windemere Park Charter Academy. 
  • Attends board meetings.
  • Teaches GVSU Master of Education courses

Cheryl Edwards-Cannon

Cheryl Edwards-Canon

Field Service Representative

Office Address: BIK-310C
Phone: (616) 331-6956
Email: edwardc1@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Field Representative for Black River Public School, Detroit Achievement Academy, Faxon Language Immersion Academy, Pathways Global Leadership Academy and Success Mile Academy
  • Attends board meetings.
  • To assist schools with student recruiting efforts.

Randy

Randy Remenap

Field Service Representative

Office Address: BIK-310B
Phone: (616) 331-6956
Email: remenap1@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Field Representative for Canton Preparatory High School, Detroit Premier Academy, Early Career Academy, Hanley International Academy, Legacy Charter Academy, South Canton Scholars Charter Academy and Taylor Preparatory High School.
  • Attends board meetings.

Michael Cousins

Michael Cousins

Communications and Technology Specialist

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-9069
Email: cousinmi@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Assists with creation of all CSO publications.
  • Manages GVSU CSO social media accounts and website.
  • Responsible for internal technology support for the GVSU CSO.

Elizabeth Russell

Elizabeth Russell

GVSU CSO Detroit Center Coordinator

Office Address:
Phone: (616) 331-9217
Email: russelel@gvsu.edu

Duties:

  • Assists CSO with events and meetings at GVSU Detroit Center

Student Workers

Kendra Ollis

Kendra Ollis

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: gvsucso@gvsu.edu

Brittany Galvin

Brittany Galvin

Office Address: BIK-310
Phone: (616) 331-2240
Email: chrtrstd@gvsu.edu