Tammy Brown : President

Tammy Brown


Director of Continuing Education

Troy Public Schools

Tammy presently administers adult education and high school summer school programs through Troy School District in Troy, MI.  Programs include English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, High School Completion, GED prep, Career Certification (IET/IELCE), and High School Summer School.  She oversees the hiring, training, and evaluation of staff in both in-seat and virtual learning programs.  She is responsible for six budgets, including five state and federal grants.

Tammy is the current President of the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Educators (MACAE), a statewide association advocating and supporting lifelong learning programs. Her previous experience as a School Board Member and business owner have offered her the opportunity to look at programming needs from different perspectives. It has also given her experience in strategic planning, high level communications, and management of both union and non-union programs.   She previously served as the MACAE Treasurer and President of the Oakland County Community and Adult Educators Association.

Tammy joined MACAE because she believes it is important to serve the community you are a part of.  It is also imperative to stay in the loop with state level action in such flux in the past few years.  MACAE is a great way to stay connected to peers, the State of Michigan Adult Education office, and key partners in programming!  Being a part of MACAE has helped Tammy grow her expertise in adult and community education.  The mentorships and networking available through an active MACAE involvement is irreplaceable.

Karyn Goven : Vice President

Karyn Goven

Vice President

Director of Workforce Development

Southwest Solutions

Karyn Goven has worked in public education for over 20 years. A majority of that time has been in various Adult, Community, and Early Childhood leadership positions. Karyn worked with the state and opened 9 Learning Labs in Detroit. She currently is the Director of Workforce Development for Southwest Solutions in Detroit, MI. She oversees a Michigan Works Career Center, Earn + Learn programs, Randolph CTE, PATH, Youthbuild, Re-entry and the Learning Labs. She is responsible for overseeing a staff, maintaining an annual budget, staff professional development, data and institutional reporting, program and career pathways development, student retention, and writes grants that will continue to grow support with families in Detroit.

Karyn coordinates networking opportunities for members across the state to share ideas as the Vice President of the MACAE Board of Directors.  In addition she serves as the MACAE Workforce Development Chairperson bringing together stakeholders from across the state to improve the system for all participants.

Oogie La Mar : Advocacy Chairperson, At- Large

Oogie La Mar

Advocacy Chairperson, At- Large

Director of Adult Education

Kent ISD Adult Education

Oogie’s experiences include nine years as the Director of Adult Education for the Wyoming Public Schools and the Kent ISD with an additional twelve-years as an administrator with the Wyoming Public Schools serving as Newhall Middle School Principal and Omega Alternative High School’s Dean of Students. Prior to Oogie’s service as a K-12 administrator, he served as a college administrator at Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University and Aquinas College. He currently serves as a Board Member of Head Start for Kent County (Past President), Central Michigan University Alumni Board (Emeritus) and the West Michigan Literacy Center’s Advisory Council.

Oogie serves as the MACAE Advocacy Committee Chairperson.  The Committee is committed to supporting the importance of adult, alternative, community education and workforce development to policymakers at the local, state and national level.

Kelly Vella : Treasurer, At-Large Representative

Kelly Vella

Treasurer, At-Large Representative

Adult Education Secretary

Huron Valley Adult and Alternative Education

Kelly has gained a wide range of experience working in the front office at Huron Valley Adult and Alternative Education.  She has extensive experience with student intervention support services, MAERS student data management, test administration and program management.

She most recently served as the MACAE Fall Conference 2019 Co-Chairperson.  She serves as an active member of the High School Equivalency Committee.

Bob Steeh : Past President

Bob Steeh

Past President

Novi Community Schools

My community education career began in 1976 as a programmer then Assistant Director of Community Education and the first Executive Director, Southeastern Livingston County Recreation Authority (SELCRA). I advocated for and facilitated five units of government for the creation of SELCRA. I became Director of Community Education, Novi Community Schools in 1998.

Also, I have served as an advocate for state and national funding of adult and community education programs among State Legislative and Congressional leadership. Served in leadership roles for several organizations: NCEA Board of Directors, MACAE President, MACAE Government Affairs Chair, Oakland County Community & Adult Education (OCCAE) President, Michigan Adult Education Advisory Board, Providence Hospital Community Relations Board, President of St. George Lutheran Church Council and Vice Chair of the Novi Youth Assistance Board.

Renae Gowen : Professional Development Chairperson

Renae Gowen

Professional Development Chairperson

Adult Education Coordinator

Romulus Adult Education

Renae has been in Adult Education for ten years now. In addition to her duties and responsibilities at Romulus she also works as an instructor the Washtenaw County Community College’s WCC's Adult Transitions Program. She serves as the current President of the Wayne / Monroe Adult, Alternative, and Community Education Association- another association that has been around for many years. In addition she shares her expertise with the MACAE High School Equivalency Committee serving as the Committee Chairperson.

Renae has a passion with connecting and learning with other educators and sharing best practices and resources to meet the needs of students.

She serves as the MACAE Professional Development Chairperson.  In this role she is instrumental in planning MACAE's professional learning experiences for support staff, instructors and program administration and managers.

Heather Robidoux : Networking Chairperson

Heather Robidoux

Networking Chairperson

Heather Robidoux is the Adult Education Program Supervisor for Michigan Works! Southeast where she oversees adult education programming across three counties and works to connect regional adult education and workforce development efforts. She focuses on collaboration and utilizing innovative strategies and technology to help Michigan Works! Southeast become more efficient, more engaging, and more participant-centered.

Heather has 10+ years in the field of education, specializing in early literacy, foundational mathematics, working with English Language Learners, and providing professional development to colleagues.  In addition, she has worked to develop youth and adult career readiness programs and has developed creative workforce solutions through partnerships with local businesses.  Heather holds a BA in Spanish and a MA in Educational Studies both from the University of Michigan.

As the MACAE Networking Chairperson, Heather works to expand MACAE Membership and connectivity among the members at large.

Bill Henry : MACAE Region 1 Representative

Bill Henry

MACAE Region 1 Representative

Director of Adult Education
Consolidated Community Schools

Bill Henry is currently the Director of Consolidated Community School Services, a consortium of 10 school districts in the Eastern Upper Peninsula that provide Adult education, alternative education, preschools and enrichment programs. Bill's previous employment in education has included working as a teacher and college instructor. Before working in education he worked in the retail banking and investment field. As the MACAE Region 1 representative, Bill represents all of the Upper Peninsula.

Tina Williams : MACAE Region 2 Representative

Tina Williams

MACAE Region 2 Representative

Director of Adult and Alternative Education

Iosco RESA

Tina Williams is the director of Adult and Alternative Education for the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency located in Tawas, MI. She began this adventure as a teacher-mentor for at-risk students at the Alternative Educational Academy of Iosco County in August of 2013. Since that time, she has completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and has assumed directorship of the Academy. In the fall of 2014, Tina assisted Iosco RESA in the development of a second Alternative Academy located in Ogemaw County as well as the Iosco RESA Adult Education program currently servicing eight counties in Northeast Michigan.

Beginning her career as an Elementary teacher in 2002, Tina is passionate about the necessity for quality education at all levels. Whether it be in a preschool classroom, a Michigan Works! Service Center, or in the rec room of the county jail, Tina believes educational opportunities should be available for all.

She enjoys teaching Sunday school, spending time with her family, and appreciating all the beauty Northern Michigan has to offer. Tina, her husband, and their 3 children reside in Oscoda, MI.  Tina serves as the MACAE Representative for the northern part of the lower peninsula.

Brenda Baker : MACAE Region 3 Representative

Brenda Baker

MACAE Region 3 Representative

Director of Adult Education

Fruitport Public Schools

I started my education in Fruitport in 2006 working as a teacher for Fruitport Adult Education. When I state "education", that means our students are teaching me as well. As non-traditional students, they all teach me in numerous ways every day while in the classroom. We, in Adult Education, truly meet amazing people and help them achieve their goals in many different ways.

I was also a non-traditional student when I chose to go to college and pursue my degree in hydrogeology. At that time, my children were only 2 & 6 years old. I met many challenges while pursuing my education, but they were obstacles I was able to overcome with the help of my husband and children. While taking classes at Western Michigan University, I realized how much I loved working with people and fellow students. It was then I decided I had the yearning to teach. I switched my major to education and continued working towards my goal. It was during my teaching internship that I realized what a continual field of change working in the
classroom is. I love the challenges and have acquired a huge passion for working with the Adult Education students.

A few years back, I took on the challenge of being the of Director for Adult Education and thoroughly enjoy working for such a great district. Adult Education is an ever changing field and continues to assist students in achieving their educational goals, obtaining a job or pursuing a college degree.

Brenda serves as the MACAE Representative for the thirteen county region in West Michigan.

Stacie Zeien : MACAE Region 4 Representative

Stacie Zeien

MACAE Region 4 Representative

Adult Education Coordinator/Navigator

Mt. Pleasant Schools

Stacie has experience in alternative and adult education.  Her current position allows her to directly assist students in overcoming any barrier that prevent them from learning and to support their educational and career exploration goals.  In addition, Stacie works extensively with her colleagues to provide professional development and training.

Stacie serves as a member of the Alternative Education Committee.  She serves as the MACAE Representative for Mid-Michigan.

Maha Makki : MACAE Region 6 Representative

Maha Makki

MACAE Region 6 Representative

Maha Makki is the current Assistant Supervisor of the Dearborn Schools Adult and Community Education Department. Maha joined Dearborn Adult Ed 2 years ago. Prior to joining Dearborn Schools, Maha spent her career in the corporate and private sector. Joining Adult Ed has been one of the most enriching and fulfilling experiences. Being part of MACAE is wonderful as it expanded the sharing of knowledge of other Adult and Community Ed programs across the state. Meeting all the amazing people across the state is a phenomenal experience.

Maha’s favorite thing in the world is watching TV at night with her 2 teenage sons! Spending time with them whether Kayaking, hiking, or any outdoor activity is the most precious thing.

Maha is the current MACAE Region 6 Representative and an Advocacy Committee member.

Connie Cox : MACAE Region 5 Representative

Connie Cox

MACAE Region 5 Representative

Director of Community and Adult Education

Milan Community Schools

Connie has been working at Milan Community Education for a number of years. She has survived 5 different superintendents and five different building principals during her time at Milan Area Schools. Connie helps oversee the only high school completion program in a federal prison in the entire state of Michigan. Connie was elected Director of the year by MACAE in 2013. Connie has focused very hard on fundraising efforts through craft shows and other means to establish an adult education scholarship for graduates of the program to go on to college through the Milan Community Foundation.

Shelley Hanson : At-Large Representative

Shelley Hanson

At-Large Representative

Director of Adult, Alternative and Community Education

Swan Valley Schools

Shelley serves as the Director of Adult and Community Education and Principal of Alternative Education at Swan Valley.  She has extensive experience in Child Development, Family Literacy and Secondary Education.  She holds a K-12 Michigan Educational Leadership Certificate.

In her role, Shelley oversees many aspects of programming in her district from community and events and planning to student intervention support and financial oversight and community relations.

Shelley serves as an At-Large Representative on the MACAE Board.


The MACAE Leadership is made of a board of volunteers elected by the membership at large. The MACAE Board of Directors consists of instructional and support staff, administrators and professionals from a wide array of programs and backgrounds.