Wendy ZdebWendy Zdeb
Executive Director

Wendy joined the MASSP as the Associate Director on August 1, 2011 and after five months of transition, she officially became the Executive Director on January 1, 2012. Wendy began her career in education as a teacher at Warren, Fitzgerald High School where she taught English and coached three varsity sports. She then went on to become the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at St. Clair High School in the East China School District. After three years as an Assistant Principal, Wendy was ready to seek a new challenge and she found it as the Principal at Rochester High School where she worked for seven years. Wendy holds a bachelor's degree in English and History from Western Michigan University and her Master's in Ed Leadership and Education Specialist degrees are both from Saginaw Valley State University.

Wendy enjoys golfing, travel, going up North, working out, spending time with family and friends and going to sports events.


Colin RipmasterColin Ripmaster
Associate Executive Director

Colin joined MASSP as its Associate Director in January 2013 after serving as the principal of Mattawan High School for nearly 10 years. Prior to Mattawan, Colin was a middle level Assistant Principal and elementary teacher in West Ottawa Public Schools. While Principal at MHS, Colin served on the MASSP Board of Directors, initially as a regional representative and then on the executive board as the board liaison, and most recently the President of the Association (2012-13). Colin earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Hope College with a Major in K-12 Special Education and Minor in Elementary Education. He attended Michigan State University for Graduate School, earning a Masters Degree in K-12 Educational Administration and Leadership.

Colin and his wife, Elise, and have two sons, Jacob (Class of 2016) and Lucas (Class of 2019). The Ripmaster family enjoys attending high school student activities, sporting events, vacationing at their family's cottages on Lake Michigan and Stony Lake, fishing, and shuttling the boys to and from their hockey and lacrosse events.


Ben MainkaBen Mainka
Associate Director

Ben joined MASSP as an Associate Director in June 2015 after serving as the principal of Hartland High School. Prior to Hartland, Ben served as a High School Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal in Fowlerville. As a teacher, he was a middle school and high school science teacher. Ben has a long-standing relationship with MASSP serving on their Board of Directors and has done numerous presentations for MASSP over the years. Ben has written articles, consulted in many school districts, and worked throughout Michigan advancing learning on Standards-Based Grading, Assessment, Teacher Evaluation, and Teacher Collaboration. Ben earned his Bachelors Degree from Spring Arbor University with a double Major in Secondary Education and Biology and Minors in Kinesiology and General Science. He attended the University of Michigan for Graduate School, earning a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Degree with a focus on Educational Administration.

Ben and his wife, Jen, a Clinical Psychologist in the Brighton area, live in Brighton with their four young children: Abigail, Alyssa, Ariana, and Alexander. Much of their family time is spent taking the kids to all of their sports, musical, and drama activities. The Mainka family loves outdoor activities including water sports, hiking, going up north, camping, and anything they can do that takes them outside. Ben is a sport and fitness enthusiast and his family stays very active in their local church.


Steve SewardSteve Seward
Associate Director

Steve joined the MASSP as the Associate Director in April 2016. Steve began his career as an early elementary educator, teaching both kindergarten and first grade in Thronapple Kellogg Public Schools. He then then went on to become an instructional coach in Cedar Springs Public Schools. After two years Steve began working with district administration and was named the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Steve is a National presenter in the areas of leadership, coaching, classroom pedagogy, data dialogue, Professional Learning Communities, district transformation and systems alignment. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University and Aquinas College and is a Training Associate for Adaptive Schools®.

Steve enjoys running, reading, traveling, and spending time on the lake shore with family and friends throughout the state.


Bob KefgenBob Kefgen
Director of Government Relations

Bob Kefgen comes to MASSP with over ten years of experience in state politics, with a particular focus on education and human services policy. He began his career in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he worked as a legislative aide and eventually chief of staff. He spent two years as legislative liaison for the Michigan Association of School Administrators. Immediately prior to coming to MASSP, Bob worked at the Michigan Department of Human Services where he was involved with a variety of strategic planning and process re-engineering projects, with a focus on child welfare. He has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University where he studied history and German.

Bob and his wife Kacie live in East Lansing with their son, Theo, and cat. In his free time, Bob enjoys travel, homebrewing, gardening, hunting, woodworking, and cooking.


Matt AlleyMatt Alley
Director of Student Services

Matt is the new Director of Student Services for MASSP and MASC/MAHS. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and with a Master of Arts in Counseling. Prior to coming to MASSP, Matt served as a counselor at Lapeer East High School. Before Lapeer, he was a counselor at the Montcalm Area Career and Technical Center.
Matt and his wife, Riley, are the proud parents of three wonderful children (debatable depending on the day).


Chelsey MartinezChelsey M. B. Martinez
Operations and Program Manager

Chelsey began her work with MASSP in January 2011. She previously spent three years as a Communications Analyst/Writer for the Democratic Caucus at the Michigan House of Representatives doing PR and communications for 13 plus State Representatives and as the second writer for the Speaker of the House. She also garnered extensive election and fundraising experience during her two campaign cycles with the House.

A proud graduate of Michigan State University, Chelsey holds a bachelor’s in Social Relations and Policy from James Madison College and a bachelor’s in Journalism. She's also a graduate of MSAE's Academy of Association Management. When she isn't working, Chelsey enjoys camping, hunting, playing golf and watching her beloved Spartans play just about any sport. She also continues to volunteer on local election campaigns and is an alumnus volunteer for Michigan DECA.

Chelsey and her husband, Brent, live in Dimondale and are the proud parents of a daughter (Ainsley), cat (Lilly), and dog (Harley).


Angel BrewerAngel Brewer
Meeting Planner/Member Services

Angel began her career with MASSP in July 2000. She brought with her an extensive background in customer service, and the exemplary ability to create and maintain relationships with a diverse group of people. Daily, she strives to provide a high-quality level of service to MASSP members. She previously spent 11 years as a customer service and distribution supervisor with a local dairy products production facility and distributor.

Originally a criminal justice major, Angel made a few turns in her professional path. Once settled at MASSP, she realized the Association world was the place for her to build her career. As a member of the Michigan Society of Association Executives, Angel continues to build her professional development.

Along with her exciting professional growth, Angel has also had quite the amazing personal journey over the last few years as well. She set some tough goals and takes pride in accomplishing every single one of them. An avid cyclist (yes, she finally claims the title of cyclist), she has peddled 340 miles from Lansing to the Mackinac Bridge twice on the annual DALMAC tour. She will tell you that you haven’t truly experienced the bridge crossing until you’ve done it on your bicycle. She also enjoys running and swimming and welcomes most physical challenges.

Angel's two children, Emily and Jake, both attend Mason Public Schools.

"You’re in the middle of the marathon – enjoy the scenery!"


Gail SchupbachGail D. Schupbach
Business and Membership Specialist

Gail joined MASSP in November 2012 after working for the Michigan House of Representatives for five years. Gail worked as legislative staff and in the Human Resources office.

Gail is a proud Michigan State University grad. Having worked for both Lansing Community College and Sparrow Hospital, Gail brings with her extensive experience with business policies.

Gail and her husband, David, live in Delta Township and are proud to be the parents of Katie, Nate, Ayden and Ruby and their two dogs. When she has spare time, Gail enjoys reading, crafting, coaching her kids’ soccer team and spending time with her family.


Maria CuthbertMaria Cuthbert
Office Assistant/Registrar

Maria joined the MASSP team in June 2013. She is the first person you see in the office and the cheerful voice on the other end of the phone.

Maria and her husband, Dan, live in Perry and are the proud parents of two daughters: Madisyn and Peyton and their two dogs.


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