Interested in Becoming a Governing Member?

  • Are you aware of early childhood education issues?
  • Are you interested in learning more, and growing your leadership skills and network?
  • Are you a Michigan AEYC member?

If so, AIM high, and consider becoming a member of the Michigan AEYC Governing Board!

Contact us for more information and next steps to get involved. Contact us directly at email:

Qualifications for Governing Board Members

  1. Must be a current member of Michigan AEYC.
  2. Possess high-quality leadership skills with a commitment and contributions to the early childhood field.
  3. Possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to objectively consider.
  4. various perspectives to guide major policy decisions of the association.
  5. Prefer expertise in special areas needed by the association, including knowledge of governance and group functioning, association management skills, knowledge of and/or experiences in Michigan AEYC’s affiliate structure.
  6. Have an understanding of multiple perspectives of the variety of professional roles held by Michigan AEYC members.
  7. Have the ability to be a public spokesperson on behalf of the association and its principles.
  8. Additional criteria may be determined each year by the Governing Board.

Current Governing Board

President (2022-2024):

Heather Lucas

Member-at-Large (2022-2024):

Zazai Owens

President Elect (2023-2024):

Cheryl Priest

Member-at-Large (2023-2025):

Jennifer Wixson

Treasurer (2023-2025)

Bonnie Bonifield

Member-at-Large (2022-2024):

Robert Fillmore

Vice President (2022-2024):

Annie McCutchen

Member-at-Large (2023-2025):

Jolene Andriaschko

Secretary (2022-2024):

Christine Whitmire

Member-at-Large (2023-2025)

Kari Shepherd

Member-at-Large (2022-2024):

Lyndsay Carey

Student Member-at-Large (2023-2025):

Kyle Lewandowski

Member-at-Large (2023-2025):

Aarie Wade

Member-at-Large (2022-2024):

Meghan Chumbley

Current Committee Chairs

Advocacy Committee:

Kirsten Charnesky

Nominating Committee:

Tammy McDaniel

Awards Committee:

Jennifer Griffith

Finance Committee:

Bonnie Bonifield

A Statement of Solidarity Against Racism

The values of Michigan AEYC compel us to speak out against racism. Our core values are deeply rooted in the early childhood profession. We seek to be a high-performing inclusive organization that is enriched by and continually grows from our commitment to diversity, as embodied by our core beliefs. We vehemently condemn violence against black people and other people of color, and stand in solidarity with those speaking out for justice and change.

As much as we hope to be better, hope is not a strategy for change. Instead, we are committed to advancing racial equity through collective action. This involves exercising our power to change practices, rules, and norms within our organization that erode trust, put individuals in harm’s way or perpetuate discriminatory practices. This also involves supporting early childhood educators’ obligation to advance equity in the early learning settings by embracing diversity and inclusion as strengths, upholding fundamental principles of fairness and justice and working to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities for children.

We recognize our past practices have not been sufficient and are committed to doing better. Michigan AEYC is taking the following actions and are committed to continual evaluation of these practices:

  • Signing on in support of the NAEYC Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement,
  • Committing to using the statement to make decisions, develop strategic plans, priorities, and programming. (NAEYC Resources for Living the Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Position Statement)
  • Reviewing our recruiting and outreach practices for our governing board and staff to ensure they are equitable and inclusive.
  • Providing ongoing board and staff professional development to explore implicit bias and promote cultural awareness.
  • Advocating for racial equity in policy and legislation.

Racial prejudice and discrimination have been an issue in our world for far too long. We are listening and want to learn from each of you who root your identities in communities of color about how we can do better. We see you, we are here for you, and we are ready to learn with open hearts and minds. Please do not hesitate to contact us at, or by calling 517-351-4183 X313.