Networking with a Purpose
May 7 2012
Michele Corey, Vice President for Programs, Michigan's Children
Michele Robotham Corey (EPFP 1993-94) is the Vice President for Programs at Michigan's Children, a child advocacy organization that acts as a voice for children. In that capacity, Ms. Corey is responsible for increasing the level of awareness of children's issues around the state; and creating opportunities for local child advocates and coalitions to communicate effectively with local- and state-level policy-makers. She has extensive experience in presenting data and policy information to a wide variety of audiences throughout Michigan, develops issue analyses and related publications for distribution throughout Michigan, and works with other organizations in developing and implementing cradle to career advocacy strategies.
Ms. Corey is currently responsible for a statewide dropout and recovery initiative focused on producing multiple pathways to graduation by growing better data about young people and the systems that serve them, providing better educational options for young people, and building public support for policy and practice that sustain those options. She also helps policy makers and local communities use the information available through the Kids Count project to improve planning and decision-making about children's services.
Thomas White, Associate Director for Labor Relations, Michigan Association of School Boards
Tom White has worked his entire career in the area of education management: Tom was the Executive Director of the Michigan School Business Officials for 11 years. He retired from that position in December of 2008 and has operated a successful consulting business since then in the areas of management, marketing and labor relations.
Before his job at MSBO, Tom spent 9 years as the Director of Government Relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards from 1989 to 1998. He started his career as a labor negotiator for school boards in Michigan and Oregon, which he did for 10 years.
Since Tom’s retirement from MSBO in 2008 he has served as a consultant to the Confucius Institute at MSU, and is now the Associate Director for Labor Relations at the MASB. Tom has been on the Clinton Regional Education Service Agency Board of Education for 14 years, serving as its president for the past two years. Tom has a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations and a bachelor’s of science in multidisciplinary social science, both from Michigan State University.