MAC Board of Directors Bios
MAC Board Member, Assessment Development Committee Member
1986- 2005 -Classroom teacher at grades K, 1, and 3; Title I Consultant; MEAP, Gifted and Talented, and Family Resource Center Coordinator; Assistant Principal- N.I.C.E. Community School District
2006-2011 – Education Consultant at Marquette-Alger RESA providing services in the areas of literacy, mathematics, school improvement and assessment
2011 - Associate Superintendent for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Services at Marquette-Alger RESA and Director for the Upper Peninsula Center for Educational Development
1981 Marquette Area Public Schools;
1985 BA Northern Michigan -- Elementary Education (English/Speech and Math);
1993 MAE Northern Michigan University-Education Administration;
2009 School Administrator Certificate—Elementary and Secondary Admin K-12
Building and district level assessment coordinator for MEAP, MME and district adopted assessments.
RESA level assessment coordinator for state assessments
Participant in the MAC – Common Assessment Development Series
Debra S. Asano, Associate Superintendent,
Teaching, Learning, and Technology Services
321 E. Ohio Street
Marquette, MI 49855
MAC Board Member, Assessment Resource Development Committee Co-Chair
Career Highlights: High school mathematics teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and high school principal. Denise currently is employed by the Shiawassee RESD as a K-12 mathematics and science consultant and is also the Capital Area Science and Mathematics Center Director (CASM). CASM provides services for teachers and students in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia and Shiawassee Counties. Denise also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.
Educational Journey: Denise earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Mathematics and a minor in General Science from the University of Michigan – Flint. She has also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.
Assessment Connection: Denise has worked with educators to develop sustainable systems for curriculum alignment, sound instructional design and the effective use of formative and summative assessment systems to increase student achievement. She has led teacher groups in the design of balanced assessment systems and developed K-8 common assessments in mathematics. Denise has served on the Michigan Assessment Consortium Board since 2012.
Mathematics and Science Consultant
Capital Area Science and Mathematics Center Director
MAC Board Member, Knowledge & Practice Committee (Member)
Career Highlights: Work with amazing educators in the Great Lakes Bay Region as a Curriculum Coordinator; Taught some of the most outstanding students 20 years in Oklahoma and Michigan; Teach for MVU AP Government & Civics
James Madison Fellowship Recipient; MVU Online Teacher of the Year; Saginaw Valley State University Gerstacker Fellow
Educational Journey: Central Michigan University (2 bachelors), University of Tulsa (master’s), Saginaw Valley State University (Ed Specialist, in progress)
Always have more Graduate classes & SC-ECHs than needed to maintain certification – just thought a degree pursuit would be a good focus
Assessment Connection: Assessment Expert Wannabe
Have worked with districts for several years developing and implementing common assessments…then took the MAC Building & Using Common Assessment series! Tread very carefully since!
Contact Information: 4228 Two Mile Road, Bay City, MI 48706
MAC President/CEO, Executive Committee (Chair), Knowledge & Practice Committee (Member)
Career Highlights: Adult education and alternative education secondary teacher and administrator, Reading Specialist, Education Foundation Executive Director, Regional Service Agency Curriculum Director, MAC, Inc. President/CEO
Educational Journey: Bloomfield Public Schools, Michigan State University/James Madison College – Political Philosophy/Secondary Teaching (B.A.) Michigan State University, College of Education – Reading Endorsement (M.A.) Michigan State University College of Education – Curriculum & Instruction (Ph.D.)
Assessment Connection: A founding member of the MAC, Kathy co-created an outlet for promoting balance and quality in assessment practices as they support a comprehensive curriculum and instruction program. Twenty plus years of curriculum development led to framing professional development on topics such as sound classroom assessment practices, performance assessment, and grading and reporting practices. Kathy’s assessment mentors have included: Rick Stiggins, Jane Bailey, Carol Commodore and Ken O’Connor. Kathy currently represents the MAC on various MAISA committees, the MDE Accountability and Assessment Advisory, the MI School Testing Conference Planning Committee and the SBAC Digital Library Statewide Advisory and as project director for the MI Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Program . Kathy currently serves as president of the board and CEO of MAC.
Judith Dorsch Backes, Ph.D.
MAC Board Member, Knowledge & Practice Committee (Chair)
Career Highlights: School Improvement/Assessment Consultant, Macomb ISD, MI, 1998-2011; Supervisor School Performance/Assessment, Carroll County Public Schools, Westminster, MD, 1991-1998; Director of Staff Development/Curriculum, Clarkston Community Schools, MI, 1988-1991; Elementary Principal, Walled Lake Cons. Schools, MI, 1982-1988; Additional highlights, Elementary Principal and High School Asst. Principal; LD/EI Consultant and Resource Teacher.
Educational Journey: Began education at Bowling Green State University as a teacher of Learning Disabilities & Emotionally Disturbed students; Taught in rural Ohio while completing Master’s Degree in LD/EI; moved to Kearsley Schools, Flint, MI as LD/EI Consultant, Elementary Principal/Asst. HS Principal; Completed Educational Leadership Ed.Specialist at EMU and moved to Walled Lake Cons. Schools as Elem. Principal; Completed Ph.D. at MSU in K-12 Administration and Labor & Industrial Relations; Worked in Maryland with Jay McTighe and MD Assessment Consortium; Returned to Michigan and worked in assessment and school improvement.
Assessment Connection: Trained in classroom assessment by Rick Stiggins; worked with Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins with MD Assessment Consortium; Served on MD Dept. of Education Assessment committees; Served as county Assessment Supervisor in Maryland; Assessment an Accreditation Consultant for Macomb ISD; served on MEAP Advisory Committees, Assessment Review Committees, and Bias and Sensitivity Reviews; Conducted training in classroom assessment for 20 years.
Michigan ASCD , Executive Director, Professional Learning Committee ( Member)
Career Highlights: Secondary English Language Arts teacher/ Curriculum Developer and School Improvement consultant at a Regional Service Agency, President of Fahner Consulting, LLC, Executive Director of Michigan ASCD
Educational Journey: Sturgis High school graduate, Michigan State University: College of Education-Secondary English ( BA) Michigan State University: Community College Teaching of English (MA)
Assessment Connection: As a school improvement consultant, Nancy helped districts to analyze multiple sources of data to determine patterns, trends, and research-based approaches to increasing student achievement. She co-developed and helped implement with business partners, a manufacturing program that used performance assessment for each unit and a Capstone Experience as a culminating assessment. Nancy had the opportunity to learn from Rick Stiggins, Carol Commodore, Ken O’ Connor, Jay McTighe and Jane Bailey. As Executive Director of Michigan ASCD, Nancy helps plan, coordinate and market assessment professional learning opportunities across the state.
Contact Information: email@example.com
MAC Board Member, Nominating Committee (Chair), Professional Learning Committee(Member)
Career Highlights: Over the course of her career, Lisa has worked with students from kindergarten through high school. Her education background included experience as a special education teacher, library media specialist, Technology Director, and currently the Director of General Education at Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District.
Educational Journey: Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Education Technology in Instructional Design from Michigan State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Western Michigan University.
Assessment Connection: A former coach for the Formative assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME) project, Lisa has worked with local districts and her ISD service area to create both common assessments and assessment plans. She has received training in assessment for learning from Tom Hierck, Nicole Vagle, Spence Rogers, Rick Stiggins and Robert Marzano. Lisa is currently the Project Manager for the 22i activity seven grant, focusing on high volume/low cost digital assessments for the State of Michigan. As a member of the MAC Board, Lisa chairs the nomination committee, serves on the professional development committee, and provides social media support.
Terri L. Portice
MAC Board Member, Professional Learning Committee (Chair), Nominating Committee (Member)
Career Highlights: Started my career as an Elementary Special Education teacher in East Grand Rapids and later moved to Rockford Public Schools. Within Rockford, I held the position of Elementary Special Education teacher, Teacher Consultant, and lead teacher for Lakes Elementary. Next, I made a transition to the role of Elementary Principal which I served four years, first, in Byron Center Public Schools and then within Sparta Area Schools. Next I had the honor of working for Kent Intermediate School District as the Director of Teaching and Learning. In this position, I had oversight of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning for the county. In the fall of 2012, I made the transition back to a district level Administrator and currently serve as the Director of Teaching and Learning. My goal in transitioning back to a local district was to be able to have direct working relationships with a constant group of educators where I could support them and have a positive influence on the transition to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and the new SBAC Assessment. Other roles I continue to serve in include the Michigan Assessment Consortium Board and the MAISA General Education Leadership Network (GELN). I have served on the MAC board for three years and for the past two years have served as the chair for the professional learning committee. I serve in a similar role on the GELN as I have co-chaired the Professional Learning Committee for three years.
Bachelor of Applied Arts from CMU, May 1986; Major: Interior Design and a Minor: Industrial Technology
Bachelor of Science from GVSU, June 1994 Professional Certificate ~ K-5 all subjects; Endorsements (K-12) Cognitive Impairment (SA); Emotional Impairment (SE); Learning Disabilities (SM) and KISD Teacher Consultant Approval, Fall 1999
Masters of Education, from GVSU in 1999 & 2000:
Assessment Connection: I have served on the MAC board since 2009. I have a passion to help all educators understand the power of formative assessment and the importance of quality summative assessment to drive instructional planning and improved student learning. My experiences on the MAC board have provided me with a new depth of knowledge of assessment and have provided me access to materials that can be used with teachers/administrators to deepen their knowledge and practices involving assessment; therefore allowing all educators to become more assessment literate. Our goal has been to provide all educators with similar resources and quality assessment training materials that will assist schools in developing a balance and quality assessment system.
Terri L. Portice
Director of Teaching and Learning
Board member, Professional Development and Nominations Committees
Career Highlights: Dodie began her career as a schools psychologist responsible for the assessment and diagnosis of learning difficulties for individual children. From this role, she moved into general education, focusing primarily in the area of school improvement, helping schools to use data to inform classroom practice to help all students. She is currently the Director of Instructional Leadership at St. Joseph County ISD, working with 9 school districts to facilitate the implementation of research-based practices to improve student success.
Dodie has been involved in several MDE advisory committees including the OEII Advisory Committee and Mi-CSI. She has worked on the development of several statewide tools including the School Improvement Framework, ASSIST, School Improvement training modules and accompanying tools.
Educational Journey: Dodie received Bachelor of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University and her Master of Arts and Specialist in Psychological Services Degrees from Central Michigan University.
Assessment Connection: Having been trained as a school psychologist, assessment has always been at the forefront of Dodie’s work. She strives to build assessment literacy skills throughout her county in order to positively impact the outcomes for students. She has participated in training by Dr. Robert Marzano, Dr. Rick Stiggins, Nicole Vagle, Deborah Wahlstrom, and the FAME project. She has worked extensively with Debra Pickering for the past 3 years to help to implement competency based scoring through quality assessment practices throughout her county.
MAC Board Member; Assessment Development Committee Member
Career Highlights – Middle School Classroom teacher, Secondary Reading Specialist and English Language Arts Consultant at the Ottawa Area intermediate School District.
Educational Journey – Bachelor of Science in Biology, Aquinas College; Master of Arts in Reading and Science Studies, Western Michigan University; Education Specialist in Education Leadership, Michigan State University.
Assessment Connection – Diagnostic and formative assessment are tools of the trade for effective Reading Specialists. As a Language Arts Consultant, using student work to identify tracks of teaching and progress toward learning goals is in the forefront of my work.
Contact Information – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MAC Board Member, Executive Committee (Secretary), Knowledge & Practice Committee (Member), Newsletter Editor
Career Highlights – Exercise Development Consultant, National Assessment of Education Progress (1969-72); MEAP Supervisor, Michigan Department of Education (1972-1991); Director, Student Assessment Programs, Council of Chief State Schools Officers (1991-1998); Vice-President, External Relations, Measured Progress (1998-2003); Senior Executive Director, Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability, Michigan Department of Education (2003-2007); Adjunct Professor, College of Education, Michigan State University (2007-2012); Senior Assessment Policy Advisor, Wisconsin Center for Education Research/WIDA (2012 to Present)
Educational Journey – Ann Arbor Public Schools; A.B. University of Michigan (Psychology and Political Science); A.M. and Ph.D. University of Michigan (Educational Psychology/Measurement and Evaluation)
Assessment Connection –
Contact Information – email@example.com 517.614.4877 (cell) or 517.339.9311 (MI Office)
Dr. Ellen Vorenkamp
MAC Board Member
Career Highlights: Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher in El Paso, TX and Detroit, MI. Middle School Asst. Principal. Owner independent consulting firm, MKJ Educational Consulting. Director of Quality Schools for local CMO.
Educational Journey: Bachelors of Science from Baylor University in Waco, TX. Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Ed. Specialist in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.
Assessment Connection: Currently an Assessment Consultant at Wayne RESA in Southeast MI. Responsible for aiding districts in data analysis, assessment development, and formative assessment process implementation. Adjunct instructor at several local universities in the area of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Lead in the MI Department of Education FAME program.
Dr. Ellen Vorenkamp