Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators Announces Leadership Team Additions

LANSING, Mich.  –  The Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators today announced several exciting staffing changes at the association.

MASA is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Sarena Shivers as Deputy Executive Director of Professional Learning and Member Services, effective July 1, 2020.

“We’re excited about the leadership, vision and experience that Dr. Shivers will provide,” said MASA Deputy Executive Director Dr. Tina Kerr. “She is a proven educational leader with years of experience in program development, curriculum, and instruction, and will bring a new vision to our professional development programs as we navigate the ever-changing educational landscape.”

Dr. Shivers brings more than two decades of experience to the role, having served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent at school districts in Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, and overseas for the Department of Defense. She is currently the Superintendent of Redford Union Schools, a doctoral-level teacher at Madonna University, and a guest lecturer at Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Shivers holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from Indiana University, a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision from Ball State University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Morgan State University.

In 2014, she received the S.L. Roberson Community Leadership Award – the highest award the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office bestows on a civilian– and in 2018, Dr. Shivers earned the Redford Community Foundation Service Award. She was named to Michigan’s Crain Notable Women in Educational Leadership in 2019.

Also starting July 1 is Chelsey Martinez, who will serve as MASA’s Director of Communications and Operations. With more than a decade of communications and PR experience in the educational and political realms, Martinez will oversee board and committee communications, as well as special projects at MASA.

Martinez began her career at the Michigan House of Representatives doing public relations and communications for 13 State Representatives and as the second writer for the Speaker of the House. Martinez then went on to work for eight years at the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). Most recently she served in the Office of Educator Excellence at the Michigan Department of Education.

Martinez holds two bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University – Social Relations and Policy, and Journalism, with an emphasis on print media/graphic design.

“We are so excited to welcome Chelsey to the MASA team where her communications experience and deep understanding of education and policy will help us to better meet member needs and highlight the work of Michigan’s educators at a national level,” Dr. Kerr said.

Peter Spadafore, a long-time MASA staff member, will also see a title change come July. He was recently named the Deputy Executive Director for External Relations. Spadafore will continue to represent the interests of MASA and its members at the Michigan Capitol and oversee communications and government relations at MASA.

Dr. Kerr was recently named the next MASA Executive Director, effective July 1.




About MASA: The Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA) provides “just-in-time” technical, personal and legal services to our members, in addition to government relations services, print and digital publications, and professional development opportunities targeted especially for Michigan’s top-level school leaders. MASA serves public school leaders in nearly 600 public school districts and intermediate school districts across the state, helping the leaders of Michigan’s most important public institutions get better results for our more than 1.5 million students.