About Michael Speigl
Michael is a man of many passions who spent his adult life contributing to, supporting, and serving in leadership roles with and for non-profit organizations.
Michael attributes most of his passion for education to his time at the University of Michigan where he received a BA in Economics. Coming from a free/reduced lunch background, the academic standard at UofM caused him to look at life in a whole different way. Michael committed himself to remove the obstacles of any passionate student trying to maximize their academic potential. The same obstacles that he faced in his youth. PrepandMe is this commitment realized. Providing resources to the hardest working, brightest, underprivileged students is something that has consumed Michael’s thoughts for a very long time.
Michael’s passions are his love of family, leadership, culture, and competition in any form. Michael has been lucky to be able to live this out every day as he’s been on such great teams in multiple automotive companies. He’s been with Williams Automotive Group for the last ten years and currently serves as President. Williams is part of a bigger automotive family in Fortune 250 company Lithia Motors as they were acquired back in 2019. Before WAG, he was part of the Cox Automotive family for 7 years.
The only passion greater than helping others is the love that he has for his family. Ashley and Michael are blessed with five young children (Braxton, Brenton, Brooklyn, Braden, and Bowen) who are the center of their universe.
PrepandMe Executive Director
About Rozelia Kennedy, Ph.D.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” – Benjamin Franklin
Rozelia is a native of Tampa, Florida who spent her grade school years attending Meacham, Lomax, and Potter Elementary Schools, Booker T. Washington Middle School, Middleton Senior High School and C. Leon King High School. She recently received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida’s College of Education majoring in Curriculum and Instruction. She has a master’s degree in Education Administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida Memorial University. She has spent much of her career functioning in financial positions but also teaching in a variety of subjects and settings including budgeting, analysis, forecasting, research, funding applications, grant administration, financial management, and education, and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of South Florida teaching Resource Development: Fundraising and Grantsmanship for the College of Public Affairs.
In addition to her career choices, she is a Level III Certified Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Trainer based on the philosophy, strategies, and methodologies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and has trained over 300 program participants. The title of her doctoral dissertation is “A Biographical Study of Bernard LaFayette, Jr. as an Adult Educator Including the Teaching of Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation”.
Rozelia and her husband, John, have five sons. Two of them are University of Florida Engineering graduates and three have well-established careers. Rozalia knows that PrepandMe is a great opportunity for many students in the local school district who would be thinking a college education is unobtainable. Prep and Me will give them the tools they need to succeed and be ready to help others.
About Will Riebel
Will Riebel was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan and majored in Biology, and later went to grad school at Eastern Michigan University for Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology.
Will’s been involved in education his whole life. He started tutoring when he was in high school, and has been doing it ever since. He’s been tutoring professionally since 2014, and now owns his own tutoring program. He is a high school math teacher and works in the academic support center at Grand Rapids Catholic Central HS as an educator and case manager for students with learning deficits.
Will’s guiding principle in life is educating the next generation and seeing them succeed. Will was lucky enough to have the opportunities to earn a full academic scholarship to college; now he wants to find ways to provide those chances to the dedicated youth today. In his free time, Will most enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing board games, and watching Michigan sports.