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Board of Directors

The Early Childhood Investment Corporation is governed by the Corporation Board, including the Executive Committee. Our board is made up of an exceptional group of individuals who bring to their responsibilities a wide array of expertise and experience.

Meetings are held at the Early Childhood Investment Corporation office unless otherwise noted. 

Review Board Minutes: 2005 to Present


Executive Committee

Shauna Barbeau

Nurse Practitioner - Jane Street Academic Community Health Center
Term Expires: 7/22/20

Shauna is a family nurse practitioner at the federally qualified health center, Jane Street Academic Community Health Center in Saginaw, Michigan.  She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Originally from Spokane, Washington, Shauna holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Seattle University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University.  She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners.  A veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve, Shauna served as a captain in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom as flight nurse.  She is a member of the American Legion.  She was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in March 2012 to complete the term of Janet Olszewski and was re-appointed to a full term in September 2012.

Beverly Burns

Board Chair
Principal - Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.,
Term Expires: 7/22/19

Beverly was elected chairperson of the Executive Committee Board in September 2013.  She has more than 30 years’ experience representing and advocating for employers, whether at the negotiating table, in hearings, in board rooms or community gatherings.  She has negotiated labor agreements with unions ranging from the Steelworkers to the American Federation of Teachers and from the Teamsters to the Service Employees International Union.  For school district clients, Beverly has acquired a niche specialty in special education and has represented schools from the Individual Educational Program meetings to litigation in federal court.  She was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in January 2012 and reappointed in September 2015.

Luanne Thomas Ewald

Chief Executive Officer-Children's Hospital Of Michigan
Term Expires: 7/22/21

Ewald is CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and has been with the Detroit Medical Center for nearly 25 years. Ewald holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Marquette University and a master of hospital and health administration from Xavier University. She was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in August 2017.

Hiram Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology and Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement - Michigan State University
Term Expires: 7/22/2022

Hiram Fitzgerald, Ph.D. is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University.  

He is past president and executive director of both the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Association for Infant Mental Health, and for 16 years (1992-2008) served as executive director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.  He is founder and current co-chair of the MSU Interdepartmental Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood graduate program.  He has been associated with the Michigan Longitudinal Study of Family Risk for Alcoholism over the Life Course for 26 years, the Early Head Start National Research Consortium,  is a member of the Native Children’s Research Exchange, the Tribal Research Center for American Indian/Alaska Native Early Childhood Education, the national advisory board for the University of Nebraska Buffett Early Childhood Institute, and is a member of a variety of interdisciplinary research teams focusing on evaluation of community-based early childhood preventive-intervention programs in Michigan.  He is also the Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal and is senior editor for the Mental Health and Child Development book series published by Praeger Press.  He has received numerous awards, including the ZERO TO THREE Dolley Madison Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Development and Well Being of Very Young Children.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 7, 34, 37) and the Association of Psychological Science.  He was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in August 2014.  


Judy M. Freeman

Principal Consultant for Education Consulting Practice, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Term Expires: 7/22/20

Judy Freeman is the principal consultant for Education Consulting Practice, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She does project based work in the field of education, provides training for parents and works on advocacy issues which affect families and young children.  More recently she worked as a manager with the First Step Initiative and as the Director for Kent County Great Start Collaborative.  She is an Education major with a B.A. from Michigan State University and holds a M.A. in Education Administration from Grand Valley State University.  Judy began her career teaching kindergarten, first grade and pre-school special education.  Differentiated curriculum and working with parents to improve student achievement are two specialties where Judy has completed much additional training and both concepts were of paramount importance in the schools where she was a long-term principal. She was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in October 2016.  

Jason Gold

Jason Gold

Founding Advocate of Gold Standard Advocates and Ann Arbor Police Officer
Term Expires: 07/22/2019

Jason is the founding advocate of Gold Standard Advocates (GSA). GSA’s niche is answering the diverse needs of students, parents, educators, and the community. He created the ABCs, a behavior intervention and character education curriculum. Jason implements the ABCs in schools to safeguard teaching & learning and to foster youth development. He has been serving as an Ann Arbor police officer over fifteen years in a variety of positions. The most rewarding position was as a school resource officer within the Ann Arbor Public Schools. He also served as an assistant high school football coach for Ann Arbor Pioneer and Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard. Gold received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and a master’s degree in organizational leadership and administration with a concentration in transformational leadership from Concordia University. He was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in February 2015 to complete the term of Jeanne Englehart and reappointed in September 2015.

Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht

Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht

Deputy Superintendent, Office of Great Start - Michigan Department of Education
Term Expires:

Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht joined the Michigan Department of Education as the Deputy Superintendent of the P-20 System and Student Transitions Division on August 1, 2018. He has over twenty-five years of experience in education, 11 years as an Intermediate School District Superintendent.

Dr. K. served 3 years at Ingham ISD prior to his time as the superintendent of Montcalm ISD for over 8 years. He is experienced in providing educational leadership in general education, special education, career and technical education, technology, curriculum, school improvement, and is active with the legislature. 

Dr. K., as he is most commonly known, attended Central Michigan University, where he received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees. He has earned several academic achievements including the honor of Phi Kappa Phi, which is CMU's highest Honor Society recognizing superior scholarship. 

Dr. K. was appointed by the State Board of Education to the Special Education Advisory Council from 2010-2014. In 2011, he was appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System's Special Education Reform Task Force that provided recommendations in five focus areas to personalize and restructure special education programs in Michigan. 

In November of 2017,he also chaired the subcommittee that was responsible for producing the Special Education Funding Report detailing the current state of Special Education funding in Michigan. 

Dr. K.'s first position was at Grandville Public Schools as a middle and high school social studies teacher. Between 1994 and today, he has gained local district experience as a teacher, assistant principal and superintendent. Prior to his Montcalm ISD Superintendent role, he served 6 years as Superintendent for Fowler Public Schools. He is also an Associate Graduate Faculty at CMU where he teaches leadership and educational administration. 

Dr. K. and his wife, Jenny, have five children. 

Laurie Linscott

Director-Michigan State University Child Development Laboratories
Term Expires: 7/22/21

Linscott is the director of the Michigan State University Child Development Laboratories. Her career has been devoted to the field of early childcare and education. Linscott holds an associate’s degree form Grand Rapids Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University, and a master’s degree in child development from Michigan State University. She was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in August 2017.


Kristen McDonald

Chief Executive Officer-Greater Midland Community Centers
Term Expires: 7/22/2022

McDonald is the president and CEO of Greater Midland Community Centers and was previously the vice president of the Skillman Foundation. McDonald holds a bachelor’s degree in history form Michigan State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Michigan. She was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in August 2017.

Scott Menzel

Superintendent-Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Term Expires: 7/22/21

Menzel is the superintendent of Washtenaw Intermediate School District. He has served on the Early Childhood Investment Corporation Corporate Board and was recently awarded the Eastern Michigan University Scholar of Excellence Award. Menzel holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University of Southern California, a master’s degree from the American University, and a specialist’s degree and Ph.D. in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in August 2017.

Leslie Murphy

Vice Chair
President & CEO, Murphy Consulting, LLC
Term Expires: 7/22/20

Leslie is a CPA and president and CEO of Murphy Consulting Inc., where she provides services to businesses, professional firms and nonprofit entities in the areas of corporate governance, enterprise risk management, culture enhancement and staff retention, with particular focus on programs that contribute to the advancement of women. Previously, she served as a group managing partner with Plante Moran PLLC and also chaired the board of the American Institute of CPAs Board of Directors.  In 2012, Leslie was honored with the Gold Medal, the highest individual honor bestowed by the CPA profession.  Today, Leslie devotes the majority of her time to serving on the board of directors of Kelly Services, VSP Global and Detroit Legal News, as well as several non-profit boards in her community.  Leslie’s passion involves a focus on early childhood and the welfare of youth, and she currently serves on the following non-profit boards, in addition to the Early Childhood Investment Corporation: United Way for Southeastern Michigan, St John Providence Health System, Covenant House of Michigan, and the Children’s Leadership Council.   Murphy received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Michigan. She was appointed to the Executive Committee by Governor Rick Snyder in September 2012.

Judith O'Neill

Board Secretary
Retired Partner - Foley & Lardner LLP
Term Expires: 07/22/2019

Judy is a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she practiced in bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, commercial transactions and corporate law and handled business transactions, concentrating on issues arising under the Bankruptcy Code. Judy was the firm’s national Automotive Crisis Insolvency chair and former national vice chair of the Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice. She also co-headed the firm’s State and Local Fiscal Crisis Group. Judy has received numerous accolades over the years, including a peer review rating of AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest performance rating. In 2014 and 2015, Corporate International Magazine gave Judy the Global Award - Automotive Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in Michigan. In 2002, the American College of Bankruptcy Fellows invited Judy to become a fellow in the College. She now serves as the Sixth Circuit Regent for the College. Judy is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where she teaches a Chapter 11 bankruptcy practicum.  She was appointed to the Executive Committee in November 2015 by Governor Rick Snyder.

Carol Paine-McGovern

Executive Director of the Kent School Services Network (KSSN)
Term Expires: 07/22/20

Carol Paine-McGovern is Executive Director of the Kent School Services Network, KSSN.  KSSN is a community school initiative in Kent County Michigan partnering with 39 schools in 8 school districts and 4 programs at the Kent Intermediate School District.  Previous employment included President of the Paine Family Foundation, working as Manager for the Kent County Healthy Start Program as well as consultant for the Frey and Nokomis Foundations.  Prior to moving to Michigan, Carol worked as an Education Policy Analyst for the Oklahoma State House of Representatives and as Nutrition Coordinator for the Oklahoma State Health Department.  Carol also served four years with the National Health Service Corps in rural West Virginia.  Carol is a former school board member of the East Grand Rapids Public Schools and was recently appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Executive Committee of Early Childhood Investment Corporation in October 2016.

Corporate Board

  • Kerenda Applebey - Berrien RESA
  • Teresa Belote - St. Joseph County ISD
  • Lise Black - Van Buren ISD
  • Karen Black - Clinton County RESA
  • Katie Bourbina - Monroe County ISD
  • William Brown - Allegan Area ESA
  • Iola Brubaker - Copper County ISD
  • David Cox - Wexford-Missaukee ISD
  • Jane Dezinski - Newaygo County RESA
  • Monica Duncan - Wayne County RESA
  • Hillary Eley - Branch ISD
  • Becky Gorinac - St. Clair County RESA
  • Mark Haag - Lenawee ISD
  • Jill Haan - Charlevoix-Emmet ISD
  • Maureen Hale - Kent ISD
  • Courtney Herrick - Shiawassee RESD
  • Kevin Heye - Midland County ESA
  • Lyn Hopper - Genesee ISD
  • R. Michael Hubert, Ed. D - Livingston ESA
  • Jill Iskow - Huron ISD
  • Deborah Kadish - Bay-Arenac ISD
  • Katie Keith - C.O.O.R ISD
  • Rachel Koepf - Tuscola ISD
  • Lacy Lauzon - Delta-Schoolcraft ISD
  • Douglas Luciani - Traverse City Area ISD
  • Terance Lunger - Calhoun ISD
  • Terri Mannes, PhD - Ottawa Area ISD
  • Steve Martin - Menominee County ISD
  • Bruce Mayle - Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD
  • Lucy McClintic - Ingham ISD
  • Andy Meisner - Oakland Schools
  • Scott Menzel - Washtenaw ISD
  • Dr. Mary Moore - Saginaw ISD
  • Cari O'Connor - Montcalm Area ISD
  • Sheryl Presler - Clare-Gladwin RESD
  • Bill Rayl - Jackson County ISD
  • Mark Savoie - Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD
  • John Severson - Muskegon Area ISD
  • Jennifer Sova - Kalamazoo RESA
  • Deb Veiht - Marquette- Alger RESA
  • Wendy Warmuth - Dickinson-Iron ISD
  • Marie Wilkerson - Mecosta-Osceola ISD