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MMEA 2016 Elections
April 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am - April 25, 2016 @ 11:55 pm
All current MMEA members are eligible to vote in the 2016 elections. Please take a moment to read the candidate biographies below, and visit the voting link to select your candidate(s) of choice. You can view the election link in the email sent on 4/11/16. Please note that all voting will close at 11:59 PM on Monday, April 25th, 2016. 2016-2018 officers will be announced in early May.
2016 Election Biographies
Lisa J. Furman, Ph.D., earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Michigan State University, and a Master of Music degree in Music Education and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan. Prior to her current appointment at Olivet College, she taught middle and high school instrumental music in Michigan for East Jackson Community Schools, and remains an active public school colleague and clinician. Furman joined the faculty at Olivet College in 2011 and served as the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music leading the athletic and wind ensembles, teaching undergraduate music theory, music education and teacher preparation courses, and supervising student teachers. Furman’s professional experiences include public school and undergraduate teaching, including elementary, middle, and secondary school music methods, preservice and in-service professional development, and supervision of student teachers. She is currently the Director of Education at Olivet College overseeing the daily operations of the graduate and undergraduate educator preparation programs. In addition, she also chairs the Student Learning and Assessment Committee for the college, which is responsible for college-wide curriculum review and program assessment. Furman currently acts as the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force Advisor for the MMEA and previously acted as the Diversity and Urban Studies chair. She has been an active member of the Michigan Association of College’s for Teacher Education (MACTE), and the Director and Representatives of Teacher Educator Preparation (DARTEP) organizations, and is currently a member of the Olivet College Higher Learning Commission re-accreditation team.
Carin McEvoy has been teaching early childhood at the Michigan State University Community Music School for over ten years. She previously taught elementary fine arts in the Corunna School District for four years before choosing to stay home and raise her three children. She has served MMEA as a member of the Michigan Music Conference planning committee for the last three years. Carin holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees for music education from Michigan State University. She has studied many instruments including French horn, piano, and voice. She has sung with the Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing. She has also performed with Lansing Civic Players, Riverwalk Theatre, and Starlight Dinner Theatre since 2002 and has received awards for both her stage work and in musical direction.
Lindsey Micheel-Mays earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Michigan where she graduated with highest honors. She has taught elementary general music and beginning band in the Michigan Center School District since 2004 where she regularly opens her classroom to pre-service and student teachers from Michigan and Wisconsin. Lindsey was appointed to the MMEA board in 2006 as the Early Careers Chairperson. She planned two statewide Early Career Conferences for beginning teachers and was subsequently awarded the 2008 Hilda Humpreys Award for appreciation of “service to MMEA and the cause of music education in the State of Michigan.” Lindsey served on the Planning Committee for the Michigan Music Conference from 2009-2011 and then co-hosted three South Central Michigan Elementary Choral Festivals beginning in 2014. She also contributed to the Michigan Music Educator with an article on the power of action research. Finally, Lindsey has served as the MMEA secretary since 2007. She seeks to continue serving Michigan’s music educators as the MMEA secretary and believes her organization, efficiency, and attention to detail make her a strong candidate for the position.
Deidra Ross has been a musician since her childhood years thanks to her parents’ encouragement and active participation in church and community musical events. She was also encouraged and inspired from a slew of talented music educators in her school district—Reeths-Puffer in Muskegon, MI. A strong arts experience led her to study vocal music education at Cornerstone University and masters level learning at Grand Valley State University and VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Deidra values being an eclectic music educator and has studied Orff, MLT and Dalcroze methodologies, and most recently obtained her Kodaly Level I certification from Central Michigan University. Deidra is in her 13th year of teaching and is currently in the Reeths-Puffer School district covering 5th and 6th grade Vocal Music, 7th and 8th grade Choirs and Middle School Theatre Courses. She is an active member of both MSVMA and the MMEA and has helped to chair the West Michigan Elementary Choral Festival. Mother to 3 music-loving children and wife to 1 wonderful (and patient) husband, she is committed to music education and plans to continue in some capacity wherever it may lead!