Tom Howell has served as CEPI director since 2009. He has also held various leadership roles with CEPI since it was formed in 2000. As director, Tom sets overall strategic goals, guiding CEPI to achieve its mission and vision. He engages with state partners, including the Department of Education, community colleges and universities, early childhood providers, and workforce agencies, working to develop secure tools that make education information accessible for parents, educators, and policy makers. Tom also participates in data conversations at the national level, as Michigan is a respected leader for its sound education data systems and innovative practices.
Prior to joining CEPI, Tom served six years as a business manager and auditor with the Michigan Department of Education, and previously held auditing positions in the private sector. Tom earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in public policy and planning from Western Michigan University.
Trina Anderson has been CEPI’s assistant director since 2012. She oversees CEPI operations including the longitudinal data system, data collections, data quality and support, project management and data governance. Trina also serves as CEPI’s Chief Privacy Officer, monitoring and enforcing our privacy and security policies.
Trina joined CEPI in 2006 as student data manager. Previously, she worked on enterprise standards and research with the state’s Department of Information Technology (now Technology, Management and Budget). She also held various marketing positions in the private sector. Trina earned a bachelor’s degree in American public affairs and a master’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University.
Our work is accomplished by four organizational divisions:
- Data Systems. This unit, led by Tosha Johnson, is responsible for the secure online applications that collect student, transcript, school infrastructure, financial, and personnel data.
- Longitudinal Data. This team manages Michigan’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (MSLDS). They also handle interagency data connections and federal and state reporting compliance.
- Data Support. Rod Bernosky leads the staff responsible for the MI School Data website and CEPI customer support services.
- Strategic Planning and Data Governance. This team, managed by Kim Harter, oversees office-wide project management, data governance, and data sharing with researchers, education partners and evaluators.
CEPI is a division of the State Budget Office, led by the State Budget Director.