Meet The Team

The WAY Central Office team is committed to providing high quality programs and services to our students, staff, schools, and families.


Rich Klemm

Executive Director

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Rich is a proven leader in non-traditional education at the local, regional and state levels. With more than 20 years of progressive experience in education as a counselor, building administrator, central office administrator and assistant superintendent, his passion is working with district professionals to implement the most supportive, enriched environment possible for learners.

Rich has been often called upon to share his expertise with other educators in a variety of settings - including presentations at state and national conferences.


Madeline Black

Superintendent of Charter Schools

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Madeline serves as the Superintendent of WAY Charter Schools. 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.


Michelle Sarkody

Director of Compliance and Accountability

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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

Business Director

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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.


Thea Daniels


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Coming Soon!


Brett Emil

Director of Development


Brett serves as the Assistant Director of Development at WAY. As a high school English teacher, he loved designing instruction and bringing creative ideas to life. Brett comes from a classroom teaching and instructional design background. Prior to joining the WAY team, he spent several years teaching at public schools and Wayne State University.

Outside of the office, you’ll find him reading, playing board games, and hiking with his son and wife.


Lindita Qira

Coordinator of Online Instruction

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Lindita serves as the Coordinator of Online Instruction at WAY. She is a skilled educator with a deep understanding of multidisciplinary project-based learning and experienced in engaging hands-on learning while maintaining academic rigor.

Lindita started teaching at the high school level in English and Health for 8 years in the classroom setting. During that time she created and implemented a writing protocol to be followed school wide which included common assessments and accountability among teachers and students. She also served as a health and ELA online expert with WAY, and as an ESL college instructor at Lawrence Technological University.

As Coordinator of Online Instruction, she works with the online teaching staff to instill practices for teaching diverse learners through well-versed instructional strategies reaching students of different skill levels in the same instructional setting.


Darrell Wanamaker

Director of Multimedia and Design

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Darrell administers the overall goals, policy, workflow, and projects for the multimedia and technology departments. This includes the design, development, and support of web-based initiatives, video needs, marketing initiatives, pupil accounting, and technology services. He is also responsible for aligning multimedia technology services into a unified, formal structure and provide supervision, leadership, implementation, and strategic planning for these services.

Darrell's twenty-plus year career in Instructional Technology and Web Application Development has encompassed a diverse set of experiences, from hands-on technology development and implementation to project management and administration for Wayne County and statewide school systems. During this time he has successfully completed many large-scale technology initiatives, including the acquisition, logistics, and implementation of distance learning technology packages for Detroit Public Schools, enterprise-level technology deployment for Wayne County schools, and development of statewide government streaming video systems for Michigan REMC Association and the Michigan Department of Education.


Mark Ray

Network Administrator

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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.

Online Teaching Staff

Meet our online teaching staff who create instruction, grade student work, and do what it takes to help our students succeed.

William Ballard

Health & Physical Education Teacher

Randi Watts

Careers Teacher

Lea Arend

Social Studies & ICT Teacher

Jennifer Tomanek

Careers Teacher

Beverly Henry

Science Teacher

Stephanie Current

Visual Arts Teacher

Megan Thompson

Science Teacher

Juliette Abbott

Visual & Performing Arts Teacher

Maggie Gistinger

Social Studies Teacher

Joe Bradley

Social Studies & ICT Teacher

Jason Williams

ELA & Social Studies Teacher

Tina Donze

Music Teacher

Kathryn Haske

Math Teacher

Sara Millward

ELA Teacher

John Martini

Physical Education Teacher

Amanda Coughlin

Psychology Teacher

Kerin Stover

Science Teacher

Stacy Long

Social Studies Teacher

Debra Lammers

Social Studies & ELA Teacher

Tracy Dryer

ELA & Psychology Teacher

Jeff Sanford

Social Studies Teacher

Lynn Bahena

Math Teacher

Laurie Leet

Spanish Teacher