Local College Access Network (LCAN) Staff
In August 2012 the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board approved the employment of Megan Byard-Karaba, College Access Specialist. In her position with the MAISD and Muskegon Opportunity (LCAN Coordinator), she provides local districts, students and their families with the tools, knowledge, information and resources needed to Start, Stay and Succeed in college. Additionally, Mrs. Byard-Karaba works to oversee and implement the new college access scholarship program titled the Muskegon Area Promise. Mrs. Byard-Karaba, has been a professional and resident within Muskegon County for the past 20 years. In these years she has been afforded the opportunity and experience in educational careers such as middle school teaching, adult and alternative education coordination and supervision of instructional services. Mrs. Byard-Karaba obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University and her master’s degree in education from Grand Valley State University.
LCAN Coordinators hold a unique position in our communities within the state – they coordinate a community-wide college access strategy developed with the leadership team. Coordinators should have a clear vision of where the LCAN needs to focus and the ability to drive that focus forward. Rather than simply providing direct services to students and families, they work as trainers, conveners and liaisons.
As the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) coaches and guides LCANs through the planning process of operations, they often turn to a list of ideal skill-sets that make an effective network coordinator:
- Collaborative, relationship builder
- Focused, but adaptive
- Charismatic and influential communicator
- Politically savvy
MCAN encourages its LCAN Coordinators to empower the direct-service providers in their own network and hold them accountable for shared outcomes. A coordinator can’t shy away from constantly pushing the community to action! Mrs. Byard-Karaba’s passion and dedication to our districts, students and families of Muskegon County works to empower that action.
Executive Leadership Committee
The Muskegon Opportunity Executive Committee meets once a month. The meetings are not open to the public.
Mrs. Patricia Walstra, Chair Elect 2016 (Retired Superintendent Orchard View Schools, Kent ISD Consultant)
Mrs. Erin Patrick, Co-Chair Elect 2016 (Mercy Health – Regional Manager of Communication and Public Relations)
Mrs. Lisa Tyler (Senior Resources of West Michigan – Communication Director)
Mr. Steve Parker (LongView Management Consulting – President)
Ms. Kelly Ivy (Muskegon Public Schools – Assistant Principal, Nelson Elementary School)
Dr. John Selmon (Muskegon Community College – Vice President of Student Services)
Mr. Randy Lindquist (Muskegon Area Intermediate School District – Associate Superintendent for Academic Services)
Mr. Lee Coggin (Baker College of Muskegon – President)
Mrs. Shawntain Jenkins (Grand Valley State University – Director of the Muskegon Regional Center)
Mr. Rob Patton (Oakridge Public Schools – School Guidance Counselor)
Ms. Ashley Barr (Holton High School/ECMC Graduate)
Mrs. Connie Maxim-Sparrow (Hatch a Plan, LLC: Muskegon County – Grants Coordinator)
Dr. Curt Babcock (North Muskegon Public Schools – Superintendent)
Mrs. Dana Scott (Community Foundation for Muskegon County – Scholarship Coordinator)
National College Advising Corp (NCAC), College Advisers within local districts:
Holton High School – MSU Peer Contract
Oakridge High School – MSU Peer Contract
Orchard View High School – MSU Peer Contract
Reeths-Puffer High School – MSU Peer Contract
Muskegon High School – Advise MI Contract (GVSU)
Muskegon Heights PSA – Advise MI Contract (Ferris)
Montague High School – Advise MI Contract (GVSU)