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Gary Gasowski
President
Gary Gasowski
First Elected May 1985
Term Ends December 31, 2022

Gary and his wife, Jill, have lived in the Center Line Public School District over 35 years. They have six children - Nathan, Heather, Nicole, Sarah, Emily and McKenzie.

Gary has served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, President, and Trustee of the Center Line Board of Education. Gary has also taken numerous classes to become more knowledgeable in Board related matters and has accumulated over 2,200 educational credits earning the President's Award from the Michigan Association of School Boards (only seven other Board members in the state have earned this honor).

He was employed by Oakland County where he counseled young people and developed community-based programs for families. He has been on the part-time faculty of Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College.
 
 
Karen Pietrzyk
Vice President
Karen Pietrzyk
First Elected May 2008
Term Ends December 31, 2024
 
Karen has been a lifelong resident of Center Line, residing with her husband John over 35 years on the same street where she grew up.  All four of their children graduated from Center Line, and two of the four now reside in the school district with their families.  Six of their nine grandchildren attend Center Line Public Schools. One daughter has been a teacher in the district for 18 years. The school district and the community have always been of great importance to Karen.


Karen is retired from the family business and holds a part-time job with the city. She is grateful for the chance to serve on the Board of Education for Center Line Public Schools and will continue to promote a positive vision for the district.  Being a part of the Strategic Planning Team and the passing of the 2017 Bond have been some of the highlights of her tenure.  However, she feels the most important highlights are those displayed by the students, teachers, and staff, who are the backbone of our district.

 

Treasurer
Henry Newnan
First Elected May 2010
Term Ends December 31, 2024

Henry is a taxpayer and single man who has worked or lived in Warren for more than twenty years. Born in Detroit, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1980 and received three Summa Cum Laude Associates degrees from Macomb Community College in Communication Arts. Henry has worked in several media capacities in Michigan including graphic design, website design, newsletter publishing, and video production.

Providing top-flight educational opportunities for our kids at every level is Henry's top priority. In the end, he feels that each of us is responsible for what we make of our lives. Since fortune favors the prepared, he encourages students to be diligent and develop brave hearts. Having a career and college focus from an early age is key to a child's later success in our competitive world.

Henry is self-employed as a graphic designer and as an estate trustee. He brings his environmental and business perspectives to his role as a Center Line Public Schools Trustee. Henry has earned the Master Board Member Award through the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB).

Henry's goals are to build the health of our community by supporting student achievement and our district. The Center Line School District is an exceptionally good place for students to be.
 
 
Shelley Harenski
Secretary
Shelley Harenski
First Appointed August 2016; elected November 2018.
Term Ends December 31, 2024

Shelley Harenski was appointed on 8/8/16 to finish out the term vacated by previous board member Dee Lindeman. She was then elected to the position in November 2018 and has served since. Shelley has been a resident of Center Line for over 16 years. She is married to Peter, a Center Line Reserve Officer of over 16 years, and has two daughters who both attend Center Line Public Schools. Shelley is very familiar with Center Line, having attended the former St. Clement Elementary and High School for 6 years. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University and is a current licensed OT in the State of Michigan. She maintains registration with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Shelley has been with her current employer for over 17 years, holding many roles. For 12 years, she was the Operations Director for her office, working with physician specialists, therapists, and having responsibility over expense management, colleague HR decisions, financial statement review, coaching colleagues to demonstrate the best customer service possible, and having to perform service recovery as needed.

Shelley is excited to be part of the Center Line Board of Education, seeing how different today is when it comes to raising children. She is registered to begin classes through the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) and is looking forward to bringing her background together with the Board to create a positive, welcoming, safe educational environment for our children, while growing the district for continued success.
 
 
Trustee
First Elected November 2018
Term Ends December 31, 2024
 
Wendy Watters is formally of Tennessee and has lived in Warren and the Center Line School District for over 16 years. Wendy's husband Gordon is a Center Line alum, and is a Senior Controls Engineer with Fiat-Comau; they have two sons who attend Center Line Public Schools, Gavin (Class of 2022) and Garrett (Class of 2026). Wendy is a stay at-home-parent and a chef. She is a graduate of Sullivan University in Louisville, KY with A.S. in Culinary Art and an A.S. in Hospitality Management. She has worked in many areas of the hospitality industry including hotels, hospitals, restaurants, and catering companies, most recently working as a culinary paraprofessional at Rising Stars Academy, teaching culinary arts and life skills as well as being a job coach to adults with intellectual disabilities.

Wendy is dedicated to giving back to community by volunteering many hours in local programs. Wendy served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary of the Roose Elementary Parent Teacher Committee (PTC) over a period of 10 years. Wendy also served as Vice President of the Wolfe PTC for 2 years and is a member of the CLHS Band Boosters and the Center Line Moms' and Dads' Club. Wendy and her family are members of Woodside Bible Church Warren Campus. Wendy volunteers in children's ministry, the Woodside Thrift Store, and Kids Flip Camp as well as the different food ministries at Woodside. 

Wendy is excited to serve the families and students of Center Line Public Schools. When schools, community and families come together our children rise to the top. This is a great time to watch Center Line Public Schools grow and Wendy is ready to continue to invest in growth of all the students of CLPS.
 
 
Dan Snyder
Trustee
Appointed January 20, 2020 through Nov. 2020 - new term begins January 2021
Term Ends December 31, 2024
 

Dan Snyder is a long-term resident of Warren and Center Line.  Dan grew up in Warren, graduating from Warren Woods Tower in 1987.  In the late 90’s Dan and his family made the choice to move into Center Line for the school district because of the great reception his family received visiting the Early Childhood Center and Miller Elementary at the time, and they have been committed to Center Line Schools ever since. To date he has had two daughters graduate from Center Line High School, and one daughter is a current student.  His wife Kelly works as a teacher for Center Line, previously at Miller Elementary and now Crothers Elementary.

 

Over the past 20 years Dan has served as President for Miller Elementary PTC and the Moms and Dads Club, and as a member of the Center Line Board of Education, the Strategic Planning Team, and the CLPS Education Foundation.   Dan has also continued to support the city of Center Line as a member of the Center Line Board of Review and the Center Line Planning Commission.  Dan’s working background has included roles in human resource management, store leadership, multi-unit leadership, and training and development, mostly within the retail pharmacy sector.

 

 

 

Dan Taylor
Trustee
First Elected November 2020
Term ends December 31, 2022
 

Previously, Dan Taylor was appointed on July 16, 2018 to serve on the board of education until the November 6th, 2018 general election.  In November 2020, he was elected to serve a partial term. Dan has been a resident of Center Line for 15+ years and is married to Vickie, a first grade teacher in Roseville.  They have two sons who attend school in the district. 

Dan has been a music educator for over 17 years and currently serves as the Band and Orchestra Director at Fordson High School in Dearborn.  Dan holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters degree in K-12 Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.  Dan enjoys coaching baseball, fishing, golfing and vacationing with his family. He enjoys performing on his trombone and is a strong supporter of the arts.  He is looking forward to serving on the board and implementing the district vision.