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Dr. Daveda Colbert, Superintendent

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Dr. Daveda Colbert celebrates more than 27 years of proven results in education and leadership. She serves as a high energy executive and life-long educator as the Superintendent of Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency (Wayne RESA).  

Before taking the helm as Superintendent, July 1, 2021, Dr. Colbert served as Wayne RESA’s Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for two years, leveraging existing resources to meet the current and future needs of both internal and external stakeholders.  Since the onset of the pandemic, her leadership has been instrumental for the coordinated efforts and resources for responding, recovering, and rethinking education in Wayne County. 

Prior to joining Wayne RESA, Dr. Colbert served as a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent at the local level in school districts throughout Southeastern Michigan.  Prior to her commitment to public education, she served as an accountant for the government. 

Currently, Dr. Colbert serves on many boards and committees locally, state-wide, and nationally.  She is recognized as a student-centered, equity-focused advocate for public education and a champion for children and their life outcomes. 

Dr. Colbert holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education from Oakland University; an Education Specialist Certificate in Administration and Supervision and Masters of Arts Degree in Teaching from Wayne State University; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Southern University at New Orleans.



Dr. Daveda Colbert


Beth Gonzalez

Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services

Kelly Bohl

Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services and FOIA Coordinator

Kurt Rheaume

Senior Executive Director of Information Technology Solutions

Michael Latvis

Senior Executive Director of Legislative Affairs

Drew McMechan

Assistant Superintendent of Financial Services

Rob McCoy

Senior Executive Director of Operations and IT Infrastructure

Dana Chicklas

Senior Executive Director of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing

Tiesha Hakim

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education

Dr. Jennifer Taiariol

Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Early Intervention Services