Ann Thorpe

Anne Thorp, PhD

Director, REMC 7; Instructional Technologist, OAISD

I have one son and daughter in law and they have given me 5 amazing grand sweeties. I am married with a step daughter as well. Our family is rounded out with two lab mixes whose antics make us laugh everyday.

Jennifer Hammond

Director of Academic Services and Talent Management

I have been active in the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness, MASSP (President), Muskegon Women's Club, Muskegon Rotary, American Legion Auxillary. I am married to Don Hammond and have two dogs, Kingston and Violet.Read, practice yoga, travel, boat on Muskegon Lake

Sue C. Carnell, Ph.D.


I am a Former Board of Trustees-Grand Valley, Former President MASA, Former President Middle Cities Educ. Assoc., and Consultant Metro Bureau.  My husband and I have been married for 40 years. We have two grown children and three grandchildren. My hobbies are to read and travel.

Trish Poelke

Principal at Parker Middle School

My husband and I are busy with our two boys: Wyatt (7) and Gavin (6). Wyatt loves robotics, trains, and camping. Gavin love sports and Legos. In my spare time I love to camp, mountain bike, read, and watch college football. I love teaching this class and being able to share some of my experience and knowledge in the area of teacher observations. It is one of our most challenging jobs as administrators and also one of the most rewarding.

Dodie Raycraft


I have participated in Michigan School Improvement Facilitators, Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists, and Michigan Assessment Consortium.  I have two grown daughters - one works as an epidemiologist and assists with crisis response teams. The other attends Michigan State University, working toward a doctorate in behavioral neuropsychology. My husband is a retired Director of Special Education who continues to provide support to districts, at times.  Hobbies include Digital photography, astrophotography, and gardening.

Dave Powers

Middle School Principal

I was recently married (July 13) to Christina Feneley (Union City HS Principal), whom I met through our service on the MASSP Board of Directors!! We have her two daughters (5th and 6th grade) living with us, and I have two grown/married children of my own (daughter and son) from a previous marriage, along with two granddaughters.  Like any hardworking school administrator, my first thought is "What spare time?" However, when I'm not thinking about or conducting my work I truly love staying fit and spending time with family.  My membership and participation in MASSP has by far provided my most cherished and valued experiences of my career. As we all know, every good experience begins with RELATIONSHIPS!! The highlight of my connection to MASSP was meeting my wife, obviously! However, without ALL of the amazing MASSP team and the incredible fellow administrators I've met and learned from throughout the years, I could not have realized the collective success and individual student impact, I've been blessed to have experienced.

Sophia Lafayette

Assistant Principal

I am married to my wife of 6 years, I have 3 grown children - my oldest son works for Pfizer in Kalamazoo, my daughter is a junior at Bowling Green studying marketing, and my youngest son is a sophomore at University of Louisiana - Lafayette where he plays division 1 basketball.  In my freetime, I watch sports, especially college basketball, go hiking, biking, and traveling with my spouse.  My philosophy towards education is based on the Frederick Douglass quote "It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men." I believe it is my responsibility as an educator to do whatever I can to create systems that ensure all children are valued and have the opportunity to be successful academically, emotionally, and socially.

Tammy Jackson

Program Manager - Path to Leadership

Tammy joined the MASSP staff in September 2016 after a 31-year tenure with the East Jordan Public Schools, first as a teacher then assistant principal/athletic director and finally principal for the last 18 years. Along with her extensive tenure as a school administrator, Tammy has served on MASSP’s board of directors including two years as president.

Tammy has also been an instructor for MASSP Path to Leadership program and played a role in the development of course work for the program. As a principal Tammy has been instrumental in her districts use of 5D+, including the training of the K-12 teaching staff.

Outside of her position as school principal, Tammy has served the community where she works and lives, presiding over both on the East Jordan Rotary Club and East Jordan Chamber of Commerce.

Tammy and her husband, Ron, live in East Jordan and are the parents of two grown daughters.