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Learning Team Information

Each of the Michigan EPFP Fellows participates on a learning team that is created around their learning priorities and objectives. The learning teams are comprised of 4-6 members and they attempt to represent the diversity of the program's participants. The learning teams work as cross boundary groups to explore topics of mutual interest. Each learning team is responsible for developing one of the seminar presentations during the program year (see the flowchart). The learning teams use multiple presentation formats, resources and learning styles to address the topic or theme selected by the group's members. Participation on a learning team provides enhanced networking opportunities and the development of collaborative skills.

Learning Teams will be established during the last seminar in October, based on similar learning objectives, diversity of participants, networking opportunities, individual strengths, cross boundary organizations, and member roles and responsibilities. The EPFP Learning Teams will work as virtual communities and use Web-based tools to support their efforts.

Each Learning Team will develop the seminar topic, prepare and post a pre-session announcement and program agenda, identify seminar resources including guest speakers and panelists, prepare handouts, provide introductions, facilitate the seminar presentations, moderate audience questions and discussion, summarize seminar highlights and distribute notes via the EPFP electronic discussion list. 

The EPFP Learning Teams are established as collaborative groups which operate on the basis of consensus decision making. The Team members are responsible for clarifying the task or function, identifying roles and responsibilities, establishing basic operating agreements, developing a Team mission and a plan of action, identifying benchmarks of success, and developing collaborative skills.  The EPFP Coordinators serve as consultants to the Learning Teams and can provide technical support, access to resources and other forms of assistance.

Additional Reading:  Marshall, Edward M., Transforming the Way We Work: The Power of The Collaborative Workplace, American Management Association, 1995.

Michigan EPFP Current Fellows:  2009-2010


Ms. Lori Abbott-Smith

Development Specialist
Response to Intervention Project
Lansing School District
519 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 755-1037 [at]

Sponsor: Julie F. Lemond (EPFP 2007-08)


Ms. Beth H. Baker

Curriculum Consultant
Instructional Services
Wayne RESA
33500 Van Born Road
Wayne, MI 48184
(734) 334-1440
bakerb [at]

Sponsor: Chris Wigent (EPFP 1998-99) and Ric Wiltse, (EPFP 2000-01) MACUL


Ms. Kim Bilyk

Department Manager
Office of Grants Coordination & School Support
Child & Adult Care Food Program
Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-0377
Bilykk [at]

Sponsor: Marla Moss (EPFP 2006-07)



Ms. Elizabeth V. Elliott

Project Manager
Michigan LearnPort
Michigan Virtual University
3101 Technology Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 664-5467
eelliott [at]

Sponsor: Jamey Fitzpatrick (EPFP 1990-91)


Patty L. Farrell, Ph.D.

University Outreach & Policy Research
Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan
101 S. Washington St. Suite 600
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 432-1482
pfarrell [at]

Sponsor: Dr. Michael Boulus (EPFP 1976-77)


Ms. Leisa K.Gallagher

Reaching & Teaching Struggling Learners Initiative
Ionia County ISD
6412 Centurion, Suite 130
Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 908-3921
lgallagher [at]

Sponsor: Beth A. Steenwyk (EPFP 2001-02) and Bob Kjolhede


Arthur L. Garner, Jr. Ed.D.

Central High School
Grand Rapids Public Schools
421 Fountain St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 819-2312
garnera [at]

Sponsor: Jane DeGroot and Dr. Barbara Markle (EPFP 1993-94)


Ms. Abbie G. Hilgendorf

Instructional Specialist Consultant
Office of Educational Improvement & Innovation
Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-2636
hilgendorfa [at]

Sponsor: Dr. Deborah Clemmons (EPFP 1983-84)


Diane Jackson, Ph.D.

Program Development Manager
Michigan Coaches Institute & Principals Fellowship
College of Education
Michigan State University
201 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-8950
jack1033 [at]

Sponsor: Dr. Barbara Markle (EPFP 1993-94)


Mr. Matt P. Korolden

Michigan Transition Outcomes Project
Ionia County ISD
6412 Centurion, Suite 130
Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 908-3918
mkorolden [at]

Sponsor: Beth A. Steenwyk (EPFP 2001-02) and Bob Kjolhede


Mr. Randy A. Lindquist

Technology Services
Muskegon Area ISD
630 Harvey St.
Muskegon, MI 49442
(231) 767-7229
rlindqui [at]

Sponsor: Susan Meston and Ric Wiltse, (EPFP 2000-01) MACUL


Ms. Teresita C. Long

Coordinator of Monitoring
Office of Special Education & Early Intervention Services
Michigan Department of Education
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-0474
Longt1 [at]

Sponsor: Dr. Jacquelyn J. Thompson (EPFP 1992-93)


Ms. Holly S. Sasso

Center for Educational Networking
Marquette-Alger RESA
6412 Centurion, Suite 130
Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 908-0703
hsasso [at]

Sponsor: Beth A. Steenwyk (EPFP 2001-02) and Steven E. Peffers


Ms. Debbie J. Squires

Associate Director
Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association
1980 College Rd.
Mason, MI 48854
(517) 694-8955
Debbie [at]

Sponsor: Bob Howe (EPFP 2007-08)


Ms. Paula B. Steele

East Lansing High School
East Lansing Public Schools
509 Burcham Drive
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 333-7501
steele_pb [at]

Sponsor: Dr. David Chapin


Mr. Steven G. Viger

Manager of Psychometrics & Research
Office of Educational Assessment & Accountability
Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 241-2334
VigerS [at]

Sponsor: Dr. Joseph A. Martineau (EPFP 2007-08)


Ms. Katie Wolf

Executive Director
Michigan Association of Community & Adult Education
4000 N. Okemos Rd.
Okemos, MI 48864
(517) 706-5024
kwolf [at]

Sponsor: Julie Menassaka


Ms. Angie N. Zeller

Associate Superintendent
Instructional Services
Eaton ISD
1790 Packard Hwy.
Charlotte, MI 48813
(517) 541-8934
azeller [at]

Sponsor: Albert Widner and Ric Wiltse, (EPFP 2000-01) MACUL


Ms. Glenna J. Zollinger-Russell

Career Planning & Education Unit
Office of Career & Technical Education
Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 30712
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 241-2072
Zollinger-RussellG [at]

Sponsor: Patty Cantu (EPFP 2006-07)