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Board of Education

Our Board of Education Members at Whitmore Lake Public Schools

The Board of Education at Whitmore Lake Public Schools consists of members who work to establish a vision for the community. Through meetings and activities our members work hard to establish goals, strategies, and actions for achievement. Get to know the members of the board by reading their bios below.

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Michelle Kritzman

WLPS Board of Education President

Serving on the BOE since December 2015, Shelli is currently appointed to BOE Finance, Superintendent’s Evaluation and Economic Performance Committees.

Nuclear Medical Physicist at Medical Physics Consultants. Married to Jim (March 1997). Mark, Luke and Joey attend Whitmore Lake. “This is a great community and I am excited to play a role in maintaining high academic standards and opportunities for extracurricular activity for all grade levels. I am enthusiastic to continue moving our district forward on a positive path.”
I have lived in Whitmore Lake over 20 years. I have represented WL on the Parent Advisory Committee at the WISD for seven years. Atherton High School (1989) Ferris State University BS in Nuclear Medicine Technology (1993) Wayne State University MS in Radiological Physics (2000) American Board of Radiology Certified Nuclear Medical Physicist. Email Michelle
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Frank Zolenski

WLPS Board of Education Vice-President

Has served on the Board since 2020.

Marketing Director for Absopure Water Company. Wife, Tara, and children Drew and Julia. “There’s something very special about our community and schools. I am a proud graduate of Whitmore Lake and wouldn't have my children any place else.”
Serves on the board of Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars and is an active supporter of JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Graduate of Whitmore Lake High School, Washtenaw Community College Associates Degree, University of Detroit Mercy, Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems. Email Frank
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John Meadows Jr.

WLPS Board of Education Treasurer

Crop Consultant and Dispatcher for Crop Production Service Married to wife, Ramona. Two children, Jamie & Natalie attend WLPS. "Stabilizing and growing our student population is critical to the success of WLPS and will be a top priority for me. I have lived in this community for over 40 years. I was educated and graduated from WLHS. I understand the value of a small school and a personalized education."
For several years I have been involved with WL Junior Football and Cheer, have worked on many projects for both the football fields and school grounds, and have been coaching basketball with the community recreation program. WLPS alumni. Michigan State University, B.S. in Food Systems Economics and Management Email John
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Lisa McCully

WLPS Board of Education Secretary

Has served on the the Board since 2014

Salon owner, stylist Spouse, Dennis, 1 son, Max a senior 18 yrs, 1 dog and 2 cats “I want to help make WLPS the best it can be for our kids. I see so much potential in our community and want to help get the word out how great we are.”
Has lived in Whitmore Lake for over 20 years and is dedicated to community growth and downtown development. Graduate of Bentley High School and Sally Esser School of Cosmetology Email Lisa
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Lee Cole

WLPS Board of Education Trustee

Has served on the Board since 2017

Mostly retired but prior taught English, served as a school psychologist, 14 years as an elementary principal, and 5 years as a Headmaster at a private school. And since 1972 had a private practice as a psychologist. Has also taught at MSU and EMU and served in the Marine Corps. Married to Dawn. Two sons: Christopher, who passed away June 12, 2021 and Jason, married to Anna who lives in Scio Township. Three grandkids: Ian, Abigail, and Dylan.  "It is with a sense of humor and humility to be reelected to the WLPS BOE. It is a hard working, goal-oriented board that has student welfare and academic/life success at the forefront at all times. "
Has lived in Whitmore Lake since 1998, works with veterans when they return from deployment, and still works in a clinical practice, and Lifestyle Consultant in nutrition and fitness. Graduated from Flint Southwestern HSGraduated from University of Michigan with an AB Masters from MSU in education and psychology. Certification in therapy techniques. Email Lee
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Bob Henry

WLPS Board of Education Trustee

Has served on the Board since 2009 and currently serves as liaison to HeadStart.

Retired from WLPS. Wife, Gail, and family have lived in Whitmore Lake for over 42 years. Twin daughters graduated from WLHS in 1995. Daughter, Jill is currently serving as principal for grades 7-12 at WLHS. Granddaughter Delaney graduated from WLHS in 2021. “I believe in this school district and I want to help it serve the students of this community, now and in the future. I also believe it is the role of the BOE to provide the tools necessary to accomplish this.”
Retired after 34 years of service to WLPS as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. St. Mary of Redford High School. Eastern Michigan University graduate for B.S. and M.A Email Bob
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Laura Schwennesen

WLPS Board of Education Trustee

Has served on the Board since 2013.

Contract Manager, Bosch My husband Jeff of 24 years; we've lived in WL for 22 of those. Both of our kids are WLHS graduates and off to college so we're figuring out our new empty nest with our 9 year old labradoodle, Lucy. “Serving in this way is a great opportunity to give back to the community. The lifeblood of any community is its school and it's an honor to give my time in this way.“
Dedicated to the Community Scholarship Fund, Kiwanis, United Way, Give 365, Natural Resources Preservation Council Fenton High School, Western Michigan Univ BS Political Science, Eastern Mich Univ, courses taken towards Master in Public Administration Email Laura
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