About UsAt the Michigan Registry, we proudly support members of the Michigan Early Childhood and School-Age workforce. We are an all-in-one resource for tracking professional development, facilitating training, and growing professionally. We are here to support you.
Emily FinnerudDirector of Operations
Emily has registry experience both as the Operations Coordinator and a Quality Assurance Specialist. Emily strives for excellence in both her work and in supporting you.
Karaoke Song: “Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates
Favorite movie line: “No! Try not! Do, or do not. There is no try!” – Yoda
Currently watching on Netflix: The Great British Baking Show
Carlie McKinneyProfessional Development Coordinator
Carlie served 3 years as an AmeriCorps Vista in three states. Before joining the MiRegistry team, she spent 5 years working in Out of School Time programs. Carlie believes in the importance of having quality professional development opportunities and the role trainers play within the field of childhood care and education.
First Concert: NSYNC
Celebrity to play me in a movie: Aidy Bryant
Achievement: Winning the Smile Award in a dance competition
Issaka AguirreProfessional Development Specialist
Issaka comes from a 7-year background in customer service and administrative management, with prior experience in child care both as a nanny and volunteer. She believes that we all benefit when child care providers receive support and opportunities for professional development.
Most interesting place I’ve been: Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico
I could win a gold medal if this were an Olympic sport: Pasta Making
Karaoke Song: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
Emily Morrison-WeeksIntake Specialist II
Emily spent 8 years teaching preschool and school-age children in regular classrooms, Reggio Emilia-inspired, and children’s theatre settings. She believes that when early childhood professionals are supported, they can offer more in their work with children.
Most interesting place I’ve been: London
I could give a 40-minute presentation with no preparation on: Script analysis on Shakespeare’s As You Like It
Celebrity to play me in a movie: Zooey Deschanel
Erin MatusinecData Verification Coordinator
Erin has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and prior teaching experience in an Early Head Start classroom. She believes it is essential that child care and education professionals are comprehensively supported and valued. She strives to provide helpful support for professionals throughout their early childhood careers.
Most interesting place I’ve been: Big Bend National Park
I could give a 40-minute presentation with no preparation on: Documentary films
Skill I would like to master: Gardening and food preservation
Karissa EbertData Verification Specialist
Karissa has a degree in Rehabilitation Psychology and a background working both in preschools and with students with disabilities. She believes that the more we listen and get to know child care providers, the better they can be supported by organizations like MiRegistry.
Karaoke Song: “Africa” by Toto
I could give a 40-minute presentation with no preparation on: Taylor Swift fan theories
Skill I would like to master: Snowboarding
Ayla KunesIntake Specialist
Ayla has a degree in Environmental Sciences and has prior experience in customer service. She believes that early childhood professionals are the backbone of society and that providing quality support can help enable more positive experiences for children in their care. She recognizes child care providers play an essential role in supporting the emotional, social, and physical developments of the next generation.
Favorite book quote: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” A.A. Milne – “The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh”
If I could join any musical group: Imagine Dragons
Currently watching on Netflix: Is It Cake?
Kendra LofthusData Verification Specialist
Kendra has 5 years of customer service experience and spent 2 years caring for children aged 6 months to 8 years in a child care setting. She maintains that child care professionals have one of the most difficult, but most rewarding, jobs and strives to support you as best as she can in your endeavors.
First concert: Kenny Chesney/Jason Aldean
If I could live anywhere: The Netherlands
Favorite movie line: “Never look back, darling. It distracts the now.” – Edna Mode