Our Organization

The staff at Bay Mills Community College Charter School Office brings passion, experience and expertise to assure accountability and innovation. Our staff serves as a resource on our four major components of oversight: academics, finance, compliance and governance.  Click here for a complete contact list.

This is a picture of Mariah WanicMariah O. Wanic

Assistant Director of Charter Schools
(906)248-8446
mwanic@bmcc.edu

A.A.S., Bay Mills Community College
B.S., Central Michigan University
M.A., Central Michigan University

Mariah is the Assistant Director of Charter Schools at BMCC. Mariah is a graduate of Bay Mills Community College. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Development with a concentration in General Administration and a Master’s of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. Mariah is currently pursuing a Specialist in Education degree in Administrative Leadership K-12 from Central Michigan University.  She is also a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community.

This is a picture of Patrick TadgersonPatrick Tadgerson

Information System Administrator
(906)248-8405
ptadgerson@bmcc.edu

A.A.S., Lake Superior State University
B.S., Lake Superior State University
M.S., Central Michigan University

Pat is the Information System Administrator for the BMCC CSO. Pat attended Lake Superior State University, where he acquired an Associate degree in Internet/Network Specialist and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. He also obtained a Master’s of Science Administration for Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University. Pat is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community.

A picture of Katherine TassierKatherine Tassier

Curriculum Specialist
(906)248-8449
ktassier@bmcc.edu

B.S., Lake Superior State University
M.A., Lake Superior State University
Ed.S., University of Michigan

Katherine is the Curriculum Specialist for the Bay Mills Charter School Office.  She is responsible for tracking academic achievement at BMCC’s public school academies.  Among other duties, Katherine serves on the reauthorization team, reviews school curriculum and assists in coordinating conferences for school leaders and board members.  She obtained her Bachelor of Art in Education and a Master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum Design from Lake Superior State University and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Michigan – Flint.  Katherine has taught in the K-12 setting as well as at the college level. She currently holds a Teaching Certificate as well as a School Administrator Certificate from the state of Michigan.  Katherine is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community.

 

Megan Ringuette

Compliance and Governance Specialist
(906)248-8419
mringuette@bmcc.edu

A.S., Bay Mills Community College

Megan is the Compliance and Governance Specialist for the Bay Mills Charter Schools Office. She is responsible for assuring authorized public school academies are in compliance with all state law and reporting requirements of the contract. She is also responsible for tracking terms, accepting applications, backgrounding and securing Board of Regents approval of academy board member appointments. Megan assists in the planning of two annual board member training events and also serves as the reauthorization team leader. Megan obtained her Associates degree in General Science at Bay Mills Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development with a concentration in Community Services. Megan is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community. 

A picture of Abby MilokowskiAbigail Mikolowski

Finance Specialist
(906)248-8451
amikolowski@bmcc.edu

A.A.S., Bay Mills Community College
B.S., Central Michigan University
M.S., Central Michigan University

Abby is the Finance Specialist for the BMCC CSO. Abby is a graduate of Bay Mills Community College. She continued on at Central Michigan University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Development and a Master’s in Public Administration. Abby is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community.

A picture of Tim MorrisTim Morris

Field Representative
(616)822-3556
tmorris@bmcc.edu

Tim is a Field Representative for BMCC CSO. He has worked as a school administrator at the elementary, secondary, central office, and ISD levels for thirty-two years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Central Michigan University.

A pictur of Lester P AlbertLester P. Albert

Field Representative
(616)340-5111
lalbert@bmcc.edu

Les is a Field Representative for BMCC CSO. He has been in the field of education for numerous years and has taught industrial education at various levels. Les has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Grand Rapids Community College and is currently serving in this position at Montcalm Community College. He holds an Associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Jr. College, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education from Central Michigan University, and a Masters of Arts degree in Industrial Education and Technology.

A picture of Albert BertramAlbert Bertram

Field Representative
albertb@bmcc.edu

A.A., Bay Mills Community College
B.S., Lake Superior State University
Certificate, Michigan State University
M.B.A., University of Michigan

Ed.S., University of Michigan

Albert is the Field Representative for the BMCC CSO. Albert earned an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Bay Mills Community College; a certificate in Turfgrass Management – Golf from Michigan State University; a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis on management, from Lake Superior State University; a Master’s of Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of Michigan- Flint; and an Education Specialist degree, with a Central Office and School Administrator Certification, from the University of Michigan- Flint.  Albert is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from the University of Michigan-Flint.  Albert is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community. 

A picture of Alejondro VelasquezAlejandro Velasquez

Field Representative
(906)203-1686
avelasquez@bmcc.edu

Alejandro is a Field Representative for BMCC CSO.

A picture of Holly PowlessHolly B. Powless

Associate General Counsel and FOIA Coordinator
(906)248-8430
hpowless@bmcc.edu

A.A. Haskell Indian Junior College
B.A. University of Michigan
M.P.A. Kent State University
J.D. Wayne State University Law School

Holly is an Associate General Counsel and FOIA Coordinator for the BMCC CSO.  Holly obtained her Bachelor Degree from the University of Michigan and majored in Political Science.  She then earned a Masters in Public Administration from Kent State University while also serving as a Graduate Assistant.  Holly then served as a Robert Millender Fellow in the Mayor’s Office in Detroit, Michigan.  She also earned her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University and is a licensed attorney.  Holly is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community.

Karen CarrickKaren Carrick

Administrative Assistant of the Charter Schools Office
(906)248-8444
kcarrick@bmcc.edu

A.A., Bay Mills Community College

Karen is the Administrative Assistant to the Charter Schools Office.  She received her Associates Degree from Bay Mills Community College in Business Administration and began pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University in January 2019.  Karen is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community.