LEAD 2023 Speakers

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House & Senate Track Speakers & Coaches

Joseph Cecil - Instructor

President, Student Statesmanship Institute

Joseph Cecil serves as the President at SSI and is an alumni of the SSI LEAD Summer Program. Previously, he worked in the Michigan House of Representatives as a Legislative Director and Member Advisor. He has also been privileged to work with many local and statewide campaigns. Joseph is passionate about empowering young people and equipping them to be effective leaders in their communities.

Joseph has been married to Charlie Ann since 2015 and together they are raising two dynamic boys. Outside of the office Joseph enjoys spending time with family and is an active member of his church, his community, and Michigan’s political landscape.

Aimee Chauvin - Senate Instructor

Programs Coordinator – Student Statesmanship Institute

Aimee has been working with SSI since 2015 as the Director of Programs.  Before hiring on, she had attended SSI as a student twice and volunteered as an ADC for four years.  Aimee has experience as a tutor, and for five years after graduating high school she worked with homeschool groups and co-ops offering classes in math, English, speech, debate, and American Sign Language.  She loves helping people understand things which is why the environment at LEAD is so perfect for her.  Aimee also enjoys coaching the Lansing area homeschool junior high soccer team (LA Dragons) and playing music in her spare time (especially show tunes). 

Anthony Weber - Advanced Worldview Instructor

Pastor and Teacher – Northwestern Michigan College

In addition to being a pastor for the past 17 years, Anthony Weber was an English, Logic, and Comparative Worldviews teacher at Traverse City Christian school from 1997 until 2017. He currently teaches a Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas class at Northwestern Michigan College along with his pastoral work.

A lot of Anthony’s life revolves around seeking to engage a wide variety of people in conversation that is bold, honest, and true when it comes to issues of life: God, morality, politics, the church, etc. Anthony blogs on worldview and church issues at empiresandmangers.blogspot.com; he podcasts with two other friends at Breaking the Surface (on Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Google Podcasts)

Hobbies: napping, drinking coffee, writing, reading, and ineffectively trying to avoid arguments on Facebook.

Anthony married up, as everyone in his life will attest. He and wife, Sheila, have been married 31 years and have three boys: AJ (25), Braden (21), and Vincent (15).

Lennie Mailand - Worldview Instructor

For nearly forty years, Mr. Mailand has worked in the field of education at the college and secondary level as an administrator, teacher, and coach. He has taught classes in a variety of subjects including Bible, apologetics, history, government, and comparative world-views. Along the way, he was able to attend seminars conducted by Dr. David Nobel, founder of Summit Ministries. In his own teaching he has utilized an adaptation of the “Understanding the Times” curriculum. His other contributions have included curriculum development, teacher training, and coaching where his teams have recently won three National Homeschool Soccer Championships.

Business Track Speakers & Coaches – Week 1

Gary W. Britten - Track Instructor

Associate Professor of Business, Spring Arbor University

Gary W. Britten is a 1973 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Business and a 1976 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law. He has been on the faculty of the Gainey School of Business at Spring Arbor University for over thirty years, teaching law, economics, argumentation, and business strategy.

 

Ryan Kolis - Track Instructor

Business Analyst – Doxim

Ryan Kolis is a LEAD alum and attended the Business Track himself when he was a student.  Ryan studied Business at Macomb Community College and later at Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration. He has worked in the print industry since 2013 and currently works as a Business Analyst with Doxim, a company providing both print and electronic communication solutions to financial institutions and municipalities primarily in the US and Canada.  In his spare time Ryan enjoys working on home improvement projects, and expanding his handyman skill set while he renovates his home in Fraser, MI.

Joseph Cecil - Speaker

President, Student Statesmanship Institute

Joseph Cecil serves as the President at SSI and is an alumni of the SSI LEAD Summer Program. Previously, he worked in the Michigan House of Representatives as a Legislative Director and Member Advisor. He has also been privileged to work with many local and statewide campaigns. Joseph is passionate about empowering young people and equipping them to be effective leaders in their communities.

Joseph has been married to Charlie Ann since 2015 and together they are raising two dynamic boys. Outside of the office Joseph enjoys spending time with family and is an active member of his church, his community, and Michigan’s political landscape.

Mock Trial Speakers & Coaches – Week 2

Scott Robe, Esq - Track Instructor

Scott M. Robe, Esq., earned an A.B. degree summa cum laude in History at Ohio University in 1984. He received a Master of Public Policy and a Juris Doctor degree from Regent University in 1986 and 1989 respectively. He passed the Virginia Bar Exam in 1989, the District of Columbia exam in 1990, and the Ohio exam in 1991, and is admitted to practice in each of those jurisdictions.

Kerry Lee Morgan, Esq - Speaker

Attorney

Kerry Lee Morgan is an Attorney admitted to practice in Michigan, Virginia, the District of Columbia as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He formerly served as an Attorney-Advisor with the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Washington D.C.  In addition to practicing law, since 1980, Mr. Morgan has also written a number of thought-provoking articles in the areas of natural law and unalienable rights. He completed an extensive legal review of religious liberty principles and Supreme Court cases titled, Unalienable Rights, Equality and The Free Exercise of Religion. In 1997, University Press of America published his book, Real Choice, Real Freedom in American Education, a scholarly work that articulates the legal and Constitutional case for parental rights and against governmental control of American Education. He has been nominated every year since 2017 as a Super Lawyer in Municipal law, an honor reserved for the top 5% of Michigan attorneys.

Moot Court Speakers & Coaches – Week 2

Jonathan Robe, Esq - Track Instructor

Jonathan E. Robe earned a B.S.M.E. degree summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the State of Ohio.  He is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he focuses his practice on electro-mechanical and medical device technologies.  He practiced for a number of years at a large firm in D.C. but now practices under his father, Scott Robe.  He resides in Athens, Ohio with his wife and two young children.  His favorite book is The Development of the Flour-Milling Industry in the United States, With Special Reference to the Industry in Minneapolis by Charles B. Kuhlman.

LEAD is a week-long, hands-on leadership experience for high school students that empowers them to change their world. Click here to learn more about how you can attend LEAD this summer!

Week 1: June 18-23, 2023

Week 2: July 9-14, 2023

Week 3: July 23-28, 2023

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Past Speakers

Each week of camp, students hear from and are coached by experts in the legislative, media, business, judicial, and campaign fields. Past speakers and coaches have included…

 

Greg Kelley

Executive Director of World Mission

Brian Calley

Lt. Governor of Michigan

Abdu Murray

North American Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

The Honorable Richard Bernstein

Michigan Supreme Court Justice

Andy Schor

Mayor of Lansing, former State Rep.

Scott Richards

Vice President, Hallmark Tool & Gage