Mr. Steve Ezikian

Steven Ezikian is Deputy Superintendent of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency. Ezikian has spent 25 years on the business side of public education, 16 of those years at WCRESA. Prior to his work in public education, he spent 10 years as a certified public accountant, specializing in private industry and public sector clients. Ezikian is a graduate of the University of Michigan, serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan School Business Officials, and is a standing member of the State of Michigan Accounting Manual Referent Group.

Dr. Lisa Hagel

Dr. Lisa Hagel, Superintendent of the Genesee Intermediate School District, has served more than 30 years in public education, including as a local district superintendent, elementary school principal and teacher, high school principal and curriculum director. Dr. Hagel has served in her current role since 2010. She is Past President of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Districts Board of Directors, and was previously President of the Genesee County Superintendents Association. Dr. Hagel also previously served as Chair of the GenNET Governing Board, a consortium of Genesee County’s 21 public school districts and the intermediate district that provides state-of-the-art voice, video and data resources to all member districts. Dr. Hagel is a recipient of the Justus Prentice Award for being named National ISD Superintendent of the Year. In 2015, she was inducted into the Greater Flint Area Women’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Hagel serves on several local boards, including the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Flint Cultural Corporation Board, Genesee County Education Foundation, Genesys Healthcare System and the Mott Middle College Advisory Board. She volunteers with numerous community organizations, including Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Toys for Tots, and has coached several local sports teams. Dr. Hagel holds multiple degrees from Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. She earned her doctorate degree from Walden University.

Lisa Hansknecht

Lisa Hansknecht is Director of the Office of Government Relations and Pupil Services for Oakland Schools, lobbying on behalf of the intermediate district and its 28 constituent districts at the state and federal levels. A native Detroiter, Hansknecht’s public service career began as a college intern for a state representative. She later worked on constituent services relating to immigration issues for former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. She worked in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1989 to 2007, eventually working as an education policy advisor. In 2007, Hansknecht was appointed Legislative Director for the Michigan Department of Education. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University.

Mr. David Hecker

David Hecker is president of AFT Michigan, the state organization of the American Federation of Teachers. Hecker has also served as a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers since 2004. Hecker serves on the AFT’s Executive Committee, Michigan State AFL-CIO Executive Council, Education Alliance of Michigan board and New Detroit board. Additionally, he is chair of the Community in Schools Michigan and co-chair of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren.