In the 1960s, a group of non-public school leaders met with Michigan Catholic Conference staff to discuss educational issues such as auxiliary services for private school students, bus transportation, vouchers, shared time and education. During these meetings, the seeds were sown for the formation of the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS) in 1972. Non-public school leaders found at that time, as well as today, there is legislative strength in numbers. One of the group’s first successes was playing an instrumental role in passage of the Auxiliary Services Act – an act which to this day provides health, remedial and psychological services to non-public school students.

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MANS convenes Christian educational leaders from multiple faith traditions to:

  • Advocate for and empower faith-based administrators toward excellence
  • Advocate for faith-based schools with public policy makers
  • Raise visibility, value, and awareness of faith-based schools
  • Provide resources for quality instruction and managerial practice that enhance faith-based education.


MANS is recognized as the essential voice advancing equity and excellence for all of Michigan’s faith-based, Christ-centered schools.

Statement of Beliefs

  • Education of the next generation is the responsibility of everyone. Parents are the primary educators of their children. Parents partner with schools, churches, communities and local, state and federal governments in order to provide the best opportunities for their children.
  • All parents need to have the power to choose their children’s educational delivery system. This power is currently limited due to the funding structure of education and constitutional prohibition.
  • Educational opportunities need to be as diverse as the educational needs. Everyone has a right to be able to learn. Effective opportunities need to be extended to the learner so that he/she can attempt to reach his/her potential.
  • Technological changes are a significant force in changing the delivery of education to all students. Financial support for these new technological advances in education need to be funded across public and non-public lines.
  • Currently funded national programs that serve students with various needs must be funded at least to the current levels. The programs that impact children in non-public schools need to be maintained or enhanced.
  • A more cooperative spirit needs to exist between the local public school district and the non-public school in the planning and delivery process of the various Title programs. Measures need to be taken to ensure the non-public school’s involvement in the planning process and to ensure that decisions regarding these programs are made in conjunction and cooperation with the non-public schools.

Board Members

Ms. Mary Ann Deschaine
Diocese of Saginaw

Mr. Thomas J. DeJonge
Vice President
Member at Large
Christian Schools International

Mr. Charles Winterstein
Member at Large
Lutheran Schools Missouri Synod

Mr. Daniel Netz
Christian Schools International

Ms. Melissa Lipsmeier
Member at Large
Archdiocese of Detroit

Mr. Kevin Kijewski
Archdiocese of Detroit

Rev. Steven Mattson
Member at Large
Diocese of Lansing

Mr. Sean Costello
Diocese of Lansing

Ms. Margaret Erich
Diocese of Kalamazoo

Mr. David Faber
Diocese of Grand Rapids

Mr. Travis Grulke
Lutheran Schools Missouri Synod

Mr. Paul Long
Michigan Catholic Conference

Mr. Mark Salisbury
Diocese of Marquette

Mr. Frank Sander
Diocese of Gaylord