Godwin Heights Board of Education Members
Allen E. Johnston
Elected 2005, term expires 12/31/2020
Allen E. Johnston was recently re-elected to serve as President of the Godwin Heights School Board. He retired after serving in the district for over 30 years before joining the board.
Mr. Johnston feels his work with the board is important because he can serve as a voice for the community while continuing to be involved in the lives of students.
"The most important role of a board member," he said, "is to set good policy that will enhance learning as well as make sure that the district's money is spent on things that will ultimately affect our students and the educational process in a positive way."
Lee Ann Platschorre was elected in 1991 to serve on the Godwin Heights Board of Education. She currently serves as the Vice President and has held the positions of Secretary and President in the past.
Prior to her involvement with the board, Lee Ann was very active in the Godwin Heights School community. She, her husband Dan, and three children are all Godwin alumni. Currently she has one grandchild currently attending and a granddaughter who graduated from Godwin in 2007. Throughout the years she has served on several committees in the district and in the community. She is presently a member of the Friends of the Wyoming Public Library organization, and the Wyoming Youth Violence Initiative.
Lee Ann takes her board membership very seriously. "I understand the trust the community has put in me to make the right decision(s) to ensure that their child(ren) have every advantage when seeking out their career paths. It is our responsibility," she continued, "to help them realize their potential and to achieve it."
Jan Allen was elected to the Godwin Heights Board of Education in 1999. Currently, Jan holds the position of Secretary.
Jan and her three children are all Godwin Heights graduates; she is a life-long resident of the community. Jan enjoys being part of a larger group of school boards across the country that work together to shape the future of education in America.
"I believe a board member's most important role," she said, "is to establish a vision of academic excellence for every student and to give our fine staff the tools and motivation to achieve that vision."
Kenneth Hornecker was elected to the Board of Education in May, 2010. He is married to Karen who is a teacher with the Head Start program. They have three children who have attended Godwin schools. Their son graduated in 2006 and one daughter graduated in 2010. He has a daughter who currently attends Godwin High School, as well.
Ken has worked as an accountant at Care Source for 15 years and also was an accountant at Faith Reformed Church. He is very active in the community serving as a member of the Godwin Heights/Godfrey Lee Accreditation Advisory Committee, a member of the Michigan Black Caucus, and also works as an English language tutor for a gentleman from Burma. "I believe that if I am going to complain about something, that I should also bring a solution to the table." He also believes that "the biggest asset a Board member has is an open mind; listening to all arguments for and against a proposal before making a decision."
Kathryn C. DeYoung has been a member of the Board of Education since 2001 and currently serves as a board trustee.
Kathy is a graduate of Godwin Heights High School. Along with her husband Dave, Kathy has four children, all of whom attended and graduated from Godwin Heights. The DeYoungs also have seven grandchildren.
Kathy is retired from the Family Independence Agency after 30 years. She served as a UAW union representative for five years. Kathy is an advocate for the students of Godwin Heights and feels privileged to be on the Board of Education
Elected 2017, term expires 12/31/2018
Rick was appointed to the Board in January 2017. Rick is a 1992 graduate of Godwin Heights and currently Rick and his wife Emily of 19 years have two children attending Godwin High School, who are 5th consecutive generation at Godwin Heights. Rick has been very active in the community, he retired from the Wyoming Fire Department in late 2015 after serving almost 24 years as a reserve fire fighter.
"It is an honor to be able to serve the students, parents and community that I was raised in, I will do my very best to listen more than I talk and realize this is not about me it's all about what is best for our students."
Elected 2013, term expires 12/31/2018
David Drake was elected to the Board of Education in August of 2013. As a lifelong resident of Godwin Heights, David and his wife Libbie have four children that attend Godwin Heights schools.
David is very active in the community as the Pastor of CrossWinds Church. He has served on the Board of Executive Directors for the Michigan Baptist General Conference. David has also volunteered at every level of education in the Godwin District as well as coaching football. David is very commited to the Godwin Heights community and believes that greatness is available and possible for all of our students.