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The MESTA Board consists of an Executive Committee (made up of the President, President-Elect, Past President, Journal Editor, Membership Director, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer), a Governing Board (presiding over various positions within the organization), and Members-At-Large (appointed by the President).  Board members are listed in the table below.

We are always looking for new volunteers.  If you would like to fill an open position or inquire about how you can help us out, please contact our President (

President Message

Peter Voice

MESTA President
Through October 2023    

Good Day Everyone! It is a privilege to serve as your new president.  The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association has been a great second family over the past six years and I am happy to give back to the society by being an officer.  I would like to take a moment to thank Lisa Bouda for her service to MESTA. She ably led the society for the past two years and it is with sincere gratitude that I thank her.

A little bit about myself, I am a faculty teaching specialist at Western Michigan University. I teach a variety of courses in geology (Historical geology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, oceanography, etc.) for non-majors, majors, and graduate students.  My research focuses on sedimentology, stratigraphy and natural resources of the Michigan Basin. 

I also oversee in my spare time, the CoreKids program. CoreKids is the outreach arm of the WMU Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and the Michigan Geological Survey.  It started back in 2007 under Sue Grammer and I took over in 2013.  The program works with ~20,000 children and teachers a year with events at Mineral Shows, Science and Career Exploration Fairs, and Museums.

I look forward to meeting many of you at future conferences and field trips.  I am happy to discuss Michigan Geology, MESTA or anything else with you.  I can be contacted at and (269) 387-5488.

NamePosition Contact InformationTerm Expires
Executive Committee:   
Peter Voice
PresidentWestern Michigan University 2023
Lisa BoudaPast-President, Science Olympiad Liaison 


Sherry ClaflinPresident-Elect, Publicity Chairperson

White Cloud Junior High School

Cris DeWolfJournal Editor, Stoney Grants Chairperson, MIQuakes

Chippewa Hills Public Schools

Ardis HerroldMembership Director

Rubin Observatory

Dawn Niedermiller Recording Secretary

Wayne State University

Andrea WilliamsTreasurer, OESTA Chairperson

West Bloomfield Middle School

Governing Board:   
Kevin DehneCranson Field Scholarships Chairperson, Field Trip CoordinatorDelta College 2023
Chuck SchepkeFree and Inexpensive CoordinatorRoscommon Middle School 2023
K Rod CransonHistorianRetired 2023
Maria GonzalezKit Coordinator

Holy Family

Tim NeasonMSTA ContactRetired 2024
Dave ChapmanMeteorology Liaison


Jay SinclairRock Raffle CoordinatorRetired 2023
Shawn McNamaraOperations Manual ChairpersonGrosse Pointe South High School 2022
Parker Pennington IVE-News Editor, Rock Shop Chair, NESTA State Contact


OpenVolunteer Coordinator
Jack HentzWebsite CoordinatorRetired 2023
Marie Solum


Kaz FujitaAppointed




Tiffany 2024
Reggie MulliganAppointedRetired 2023
Judy RuddockAppointedRetired 2023
Dave ThomasAppointedSemi-retired 2024

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