Wendy 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 Ripmaster

Deputy 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, have two sons, Jacob (Class of 2016) and Lucas (Class of 2019). Colin enjoys training and competing in obedience, tracking and confirmation with his Rottweilers, chasing his sons around the country as they compete in drum and bugle corp, attending sporting events, and vacationing at their family’s cottages on Lake Michigan and Stony Lake.

Bob Kefgen

Associate Director of Government Relations

Bob has been working in state state politics since 2001 when he began his career as a legislative staffer in the Michigan House of Representatives. Prior to coming to MASSP, Bob worked at the Michigan Association of School Administrators and Michigan Department of Human Services. He has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, is the child of two educators, and has been around education politics so long he remembers having a Proposal A yard sign in his lawn as a kid.

Bob lives in East Lansing with his wife Kacie, two children, and cat. In what free time he has, Bob enjoys running, homebrewing, tabletop gaming, and hunting.

Matt Alley

Associate Director of Student Services

Matt is the Director of Student Services for MASSP and MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership. 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 four wonderful children (debatable depending on the day): Auden, Laken, Reddick and Sutter.

Ryan Cayce

Director of Digital Learning & Resources

Ryan Cayce joined the MASSP team in September 2017. He started his career at Croswell-Lexington High School as a Business & Technology teacher where he taught and coached basketball for six years. Ryan moved into administration at Cros-Lex High School as the Assistant Principal and then Principal. He also served as Principal of Ubly Jr/Sr High School. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s in Business Education from Western Michigan University and a Master’s in Public Administration from U of M-Flint.

Ryan lives in Croswell and enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and four children, Rozlynn, Piper, Beckett, and Paxton. As a family, they spend most of their time on the sports fields/courts, swimming/boating and watching the Detroit Lions. In his free time, Ryan also enjoys playing guitar and running.

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.

Mike Brewer

Director of Business & Operations

Mike joined MASSP as the Director of Business Operations in April 2019. Prior to joining the Association, he spent the previous five years working at the Michigan Department of Education, where he worked in finance and contract management. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and with a Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University.

Mike lives in Mason, with his wife Marcie and their four daughters (yes, four girls!), Mya, Mila, Maylee, and Mariana.

Angel Brewer

Director of Events & Office Operations

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.

Maggie Helmer

Maggie Helmer

Coordinator of Programs and Communications

Maggie joined MASSP as the Coordinator of Programs and Communications in June 2020. Maggie began her career in education at the Ionia County Intermediate School District in 2010 and advanced in positions, from Youth Intern to Secretary to AmeriCorps VISTA, while going to college. Coincidingly, she served as a Board member for both the Ionia County Community Foundation (3.5 years) and Ionia Jaycees (2 years). Maggie graduated from Aquinas College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Community Leadership and as a certified Mediator. After graduating, she worked at the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators for 4 years as their Executive Assistant, prior to coming to MASSP. 

Maggie grew up in Ionia and is now living the city life in Lansing. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, playing cards, working out, a good book, watching sports (Go Blue!), movie marathons, time with family/friends (especially at the lake or pool), and pushing herself outside her comfort zone (no matter how scary it may be).

Abby Cousineau

Communications & Design Specialist

Abby joined MASSP as the Communications & Design Specialist in December 2021. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in marketing. Abby has been working in the field of communications since college but began her career in education at Eastern Michigan University as a Marketing Director for Dining Services. There, she realized her passion for working with students and developing programs that enhanced the educational experience. Prior to coming to MASSP, Abby also had the opportunity to work with several national organizations in a marketing and communications capacity. She’s been involved with Make-a-Wish Michigan, Chevrolet, The YMCA, Kona Ice, and several universities in the state. She enjoys graphic design, writing, and developing integrated marketing strategies. Her favorite thing about working for MASSP is that she gets to be creative every day and work across many areas of the association. 

Abby lives in Lansing with her boyfriend, David, and two cats, Seiko and Winnie. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, trying out new vegan restaurants, working out, reading, participating in outdoor activities, and spending time with her family. You can also occasionally find her serving up shaved ice, as her family owns several Kona Ice trucks in the Lansing area!  

Sarah LaLonde

Membership & Billing Specialist

Sarah joined the MASSP team as the Administrative Assistant in February of 2019.  Sarah attended LCC for her Certified Nursing Assistant training. After completion of the course she started working at a large assisted living facility as a caregiver. During her time there she continued to learn about the healthcare industry and eventually became the Administrator of the facility. Sarah joined MASSP with a desire to balance work and home life.

At home, Sarah stays busy with her two children, Emme and Jameson who both attend Mason Public Schools. She also has a large, 3-legged Australian Shepard/Chow mix dog named Buckley that wears clothes and a small Shih-Tzu named Lucy. She enjoys reading, music, and crafting with polymer clay. However, between the kids and dogs, she hardly has time for any of that.