Meet The Staff
Jennifer serves as the Regional Executive for WAY. She is a visionary educator and administrator with proven leadership abilities in oversight of multiple districts and programs. She has 27 years of experience in public education in the City of Detroit.
She began her career in elementary education where she spent 12 years as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader training teachers through Oakland University and implementing the intervention program in 10 elementary schools with Detroit Public Schools. She applied her strong background of Reading and Literacy to her position as Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
In this capacity, she developed academically rich programs for elementary and high school specializing in blended learning models of instruction. Jennifer contributed to the district’s educational platform, Hero, by developing competency- based courses that include national standards plus holistic competencies to create learning paths that prepare students to graduate; college, career, and workforce ready.
Madeline has been a leader in blended and project based learning since 2008. She provides our partnerships with experience gained from years in education serving as a classroom teacher, building leader, community outreach and quality assurance director. She is a mentor for students, teachers and administrators.
Mark's nineteen year career in Information Technology experience includes, but not limited to, Network LAN WAN implementation, Management of technical department personnel. Technical Lead for the installation of a multi campus Windows and Apple server farm. The development Lead of new data center operations and security procedures.
Michelle Sarkody has been with WAY Program since 2010. She is currently serving as the Director of Compliance and Accountability for WAY Program.
A few of Mrs. Sarkody’s responsibilities include completion and submission of numerous state and federal forms on behalf of the Academy sites Michelle also assists with WAY partner sites with the same task, ensuring compliance documents are completed, submitted, and uploaded to the Academy site authorizers, handles pupil accounting for Academy site locations, REP reporting, MCIR reporting and much more.
Kelli Glenn, Director of Finance, has 22 years of experience in the complex and ever changing environment of school finance. Prior to joining WAY Program, Kelli was employed with several Public Schools working with both thriving and financially challenged schools districts.
Kelli has direct knowledge of Public School Academy Budgeting, Cash Management, Auditing Standards and establishing strong Internal Controls. Kelli also has more than 18 years of experience working with Grants and Federal Funds. While working in the Public School Arena, Kelli had financial oversite of a $64 million dollar Bond Project that came in under budget and on time and helped negotiate a 10% salary reduction to reduce costs in a deficit district.
Kelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University and attended the Colorado State University Masters of Science in Accounting program. Kelli Glenn is also a member of MSBO (Michigan School Business Officials) where she holds a CFO certification.
Joy has been with WAY since November 2014, she is the, District Site Technician, mainly for our Southwest and West WAY Academies, but focuses on other school locations when needed. Her technology focus consists of but is not limited to, providing desktop support, printer support, HERO support, application support, networking support, researcher home computer imaging, lab computer imaging, and general technical support for the school. She does school wide hardware repairs and computer imaging for re-distribution, and she manages school wide researcher Internet connectivity. She also assists in the school where needed to ensure a smooth operating environment for both staff and researchers.
When it comes to WAY, Joy is very passionate about watching all of the researchers succeeding. She loves talking to them on a daily basis, empowering them, and motivating them to do better. She loves to make an impact in their lives with sometimes just a simple “hello,” and smile. She reminds the researchers that they all have the potential to do great and positive things throughout their lives. On Joy’s free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her teenage daughter, family, and friends.