Michigan Leadership Institute

Developing, Deploying and Supporting LEADERS Across Michigan

APRIL, 2022 Volume 4

Starting your meetings with a moment of conversation …..

The link above gives you many interesting and enjoyable “Would You Rather? “ Questions to start your next leadership team meeting or any meeting where you need to engage people. With the negative distractions and many demands in everyone’s day to day work, many times it is the leader’s responsibility to stop and engage the group, reconnect people, create positive moments and bring out a smile. These quick conversation starters will also help your group engage and you help to understand your team and how or why they think they way they do. Often their answers help you understand what they value and prioritize and provide insights you may not have realized.

  • Would you rather lose the ability to read or the ability to speak?
  • Would you rather be an only child or from a family of eight?
  • Would you rather have an easy job working for some one else or a difficult job working for yourself?
  • Would you rather there be a perpetual water balloon fight in your city or a perpetual food fight?

Try it in partners or with the whole group, pick and few and enjoy!



The Michigan Leadership Institute is committed to developing LEADERSHIP at all levels. Thanks to generous donations to our foundation, we are able to give Seniors some financial assistance to help with their next steps in achieving their goals and dreams.

Education, Training and Self-Improvement are powerful weapons that we truly believe our young people will use to help make our world a better place.

These Scholarships are open to any Michigan Senior based on the following criteria:

  1. Student must maintain good Attendance.
  2. Student must possess Leadership skills and ambition.
  3. Student must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  4. Student must complete the attached application.

Please encourage your young leaders to apply for the funds and be recognized.

Applications are available here and on the MLI Website.

Funds are available for multiple scholarships and will be awarded around May 16, 2022.

Return to : Genesee County Education Foundation. Postmarked by May 10, 2022.

2413 W. Maple Avenue, Flint, MI 48507 OR email all pages to lhagelmli@geneseeisd.org Deadline May 13, 2022

Surrounding Yourself With Good People

It matters who you chose to surround yourself with-

You will talk how they talk, and you’ll treat others how they treat others. Your attitude may reflect their attitude whether you realize it or not. Surround yourself with BELIEVERS, DREAMERS,

And, DO-ERs. Find people who shine and who give and love. Surround yourself with the true ones, the grateful ones, and the ones who know how to be genuine.

Leaders need good people.

Follow: @sisteriamwithyou for more.

Surrounding Yourself With Good People


What is the Superintendent Preparation Academy?

The Superintendent Preparation Academy is a comprehensive leadership development experience to prepare individuals who will be the next “class” of superintendent candidates – those considering the pursuit of positions in the year 2022 or thereafter. This experience will also help you grow as an educational professional regardless of your leadership position and strengthen your skills and knowledge to increase performance today and tomorrow.

Why was the Academy developed?

MLI is committed to K-12 school districts and public institutions throughout Michigan and the success of all children by developing, deploying and supporting outstanding executive leadership.

There will be an unprecedented number of superintendents retiring over the next decade. At the same time, fewer people with the necessary capacity-building experiences are aspiring to move into these critical leadership roles. In addition, the superintendency has become increasingly complex. It is critical that future superintendents have the best preparation and network possible as you take leadership of the district and we want to help you be successful.

To see more information or register for the SUPES ACADEMY see the link and brochure below or MLI website. We guarantee you will not be disappointed in the professional learning and relationships made in this experience. Please call Dr. Lisa Hagel at 810 516 9368 0r email at lhagelmli@geneseeisd.org

Find the Supes Academy 202 Registration Packet here.

Great Leaders Create the Culture and Environment for others to Feel Safe, Grow, and Give Back

A critical part of leadership is to develop a culture within the organization where trust, respect and honesty are continuously present. A great leader must creat a place people want to be a part of and be proud of, as Simon Sinek discusses below- great leaders must make people feel values and safe in their environment if they want to have a shared vision, goals and real engagement.
Why good leaders make you feel safe | Simon Sinek
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Leadership Vacancies - Our Students Need Great Leaders………

Do you know someone ready to lead or for the next step? Our state needs the best leaders to help carry us all forward, be a mentor, or look for the next wonderful opportunity for yourself.

See the MLI Website for more information. http://www.mileader.com

  • Dundee Community Schools
  • Novi Community School District
  • VS America Director of Learning Environments and Instructional Design ( no sales)
  • Morenci Area Schools
  • Glen Lake Schools
  • Holly Academy
  • Millington Community Schools
  • Interim Superintendents and principals also needed for long and short term vacancies.

Articles to Share Today


Ms. Sheila Alles, Former Interim State Superintendent, Deputy State Superintendent, Curriculum Specialist Livonia Public Schools : Serving Districts with MLI as a Curriculum & Instructional Specialist, Strategic Planning


Dr. Randy Liepa, Former Superintendent Wayne RESA and Livonia Public Schools Serving Districts with MLI in Millage, Bond Support , Searches, and Strategic Planning liepar246@gmail.com

Dr. Keely Mounger, Former Superintendent at Westwood Heights, and Coleman, Former Deputy Superintendent for Human Resources and Operations Serving Districts with MLI in Capital and Facility Planning, Negotiations, Searches kmoungermli@geneseeisd.org

Mr. Clarence Garner, Former Superintendent Grand Blanc Schools Serving Districts with MLI in Strategic Planning Specialist cgarnermli@geneseeisd.org

Mrs.Teresa Weatherall Neal, Former Superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools Serving Districts with MLI in Instructional Coach, Searches, & Culture Coaching Leadgr616@gmail.com

Mr. David Burt, Former Operations and Maintenance Director Serving Districts with MLI in Capital and Facility Planning dburt@geneseeisd.org

Dr. Debbie McFalone, Leadership Consultant Serving Districts with MLI in Professional Development in Leadership and Instructional Learning making meaningful and powerful change


Mr. Jan Amsterburg, Former Superintendent Gratiot Isabella ISD and Durand Area Schools Serving Districts with MLI in Administrative Mentoring and Strategic Planning

Dr. William Webber, Former Superintendent South Redford School District, Serving Districts with MLI in Human Resources, Finance, and Negotiations Jbweber927@sbcglobal.net

Mr. Tom Tenbrink, Former Superintendent Jenison Public Schools, Serving Districts with MLI in Searches, Culture Building, and Bond Support tomtenbrink1953@gmail.com

Regional Presidents- Executive Searches, District Support

Mr. Dave Killips Former Superintendent Chelsea Schools Southwest Michigan dkkillips@gmail.com

Mr. John Silveri Former Superintendent Waterford Schools S. E. Michigan jsilverimli@gmail.com

Mr. Charlie Andrews Former Superintendent Marysville Schools Mi. candrewsmli@gmail.com

Dr. John Scholten Former Superintendent Petoskey Schools Northern Mi.


Mr. Andy Ingall, Former Superintendent Grand Haven Schools, Serving Districts with MLI in Searches, Mentoring, and Planning. Aingallmli@geneseeisd.org

Mr. Pete Haines- Former Superintendent, Ottawa ISD Assoc. President, S.W. Mi haines1@gmail.com

Mrs. Lisa Hook -Administrative Assistant: lhook@geneseeisd.org

Dr. Lisa Hagel, Former Superintendent at Genesee ISD and Mt. Morris Schools,

Executive Director. (810) 591-3251 lhagelmli@geneseeisd.org

Vacancies and Searches

We are ready to help you find your next leadership opportunity to impact a community of students, families and staff. Please continue to watch the MLI website at :http://www.mileader.org for vacancies.

Additionally, we can assist you in recruiting and replacing all key positions in your district as you focus on other important duties. Please do not hesitate to reach out for support.

(810) 591-3251 or mli@geneseeisd.org

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Congratulations To New Superintendents Hired Through MLI: We Wish You and Your District All The Best

Mr. Brad Jacobs - Fremont Public Schools

Mr. Joe Holloway- Constantine Public Schools

Dr. Jan Amsterburg- Byron Public School