Wendy Zdeb

Executive Director
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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

Associate Executive Director
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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.

Steve Seward

Associate Director
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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 Thornapple 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.

Tammy Jackson

Associate Director
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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.

Ryan Cayce

Director of Digital Learning & Resources
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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 (two years) and Principal (two years). He then spent one year as the 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 his hometown of Port Sanilac and enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and four children, Rozlynn, Piper, Beckett, and Paxton. As a family, they like to go camping, boating, and watching the Detroit Lions. In his free time, Ryan also enjoys golf and basketball, as well as playing guitar. Ryan is in a rock and roll cover band called “The Hooligans” and can be seen playing at various festivals and events in the thumb area.

Bob Kefgen

Director of Government Relations
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Bob Kefgen brings over fifteen years of experience in state politics to MASSP, 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, daughter, and cat. In his free time, Bob enjoys travel, homebrewing, gardening, hunting, woodworking, and cooking.

Matt Alley

Director of Student Services
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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.

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.

Alyssa Schoenherr

Executive Assistant

Alyssa joined MASSP as the Executive Assistant in August of 2018. Prior to her full-time position, Alyssa spent two years interning for MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership while completing her degree. She recently graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and an additional major in Psychology. As a new inhabitant of downtown Lansing, she likes exploring the city with her friends. Alyssa's favorite season is MSU football season (Go Green!), and she also enjoys reading, painting and running.