Thornapple Kellogg School Board Members Honored

Hamming has earned the Master Board Member Award and Powers has earned Certified Board Member and Level 2 Award of Merit.

Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities. This dedication to their work as board members demonstrates their commitment to student achievement and their own continuous improvement.

Hamming has served on the TK Board of Education since 2013 including holding several offices including a term as board president. Powers has been on the board since 2018 and currently serves as vice president.

The training and professional development helps board members keep pace with the fast-moving and complex changes in public education. Last year, more than 1,300 school board members statewide participated in MASB’s professional development program for elected school leaders. The hours devoted to this training are above and beyond the time members spend at their local meetings, events, and reviewing policies and board packets.

“I’ve worked with school boards and public schools for more than 19 years and am always in awe of the commitment of so many members,” said MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba, CAE. “Schools are under exceptional pressure to be innovative and reinvent the way they deliver education. Training equips them with the tools necessary to make the best decisions for Michigan’s schoolchildren. The time they spend being servant leaders and honing their skills is second to none.”

Other currently active Thornapple Kellogg School board members have also previously received awards from MASB. Dave Smith earned the President’s Award of Recognition and Kristen Cove earned Level 2 Award of Merit.

A full overview of the individual and whole board training levels can be viewed at