The Metro Bureau Team

Melissa Baker 

 Executive Director 


Business Partners


and Central Office Search

Prior to her arrival to The Metro Bureau, spent her professional career as a public school educator in Michigan. Her 27 years in education include teaching elementary school, as an elementary principal in two tri-county districts, as well as fifteen years as a central office administrator. Melissa most recently served as the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, Deputy Superintendent, and then Superintendent for South Lyon Community Schools.  Through these experiences Melissa was immersed in the work of human resources; contract negotiations; public relations; curriculum and instructional best practices; strategic planning; and student and district data analysis for school improvement.


Melissa is well-networked with school administrators both within the southeastern Michigan Region and across the state. While at South Lyon Melissa served as an executive board member and secretary for the Michigan Negotiators Association, president and vice-president of the Oakland Association of School Personnel Administrators, and member of the Oakland County Superintendent Association serving on the Legislative Committee and Special Education Committee.  Melissa also served on the Tri-County Board and is a member of the Michigan Association of School Administrators.

Gregory J. Baracy

 Associate Executive Director 


CCN: Council of
Chief Negotiators

Gregory J. Baracy, Associate Executive Director, retired from the Wayne-Westland Community Schools after serving as its superintendent for 17 years.  In addition to his district responsibilities, Greg served as President of The Metro Bureau and President of the Middle Cities Education Association.  Prior to becoming superintendent, Greg served as a high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, director and assistant superintendent for administrative services.

Nancy J. Campbell

 Associate Executive Director


CAL: Council of Academic Leadership

The Metro Bureau's Associate Executive Director, is the former Superintendent of Romeo Community Schools.  Before becoming a superintendent, Nancy was the Deputy Superintendent in the Berkley School District and had responsibility for curriculum and instruction.  Nancy was also a middle school principal in The Lamphere Schools and a high school English teacher and district-wide reading consultant, including Title I, II and III, in the Avondale School District. 

Cindy DeSmit, Research Specialist, has in-depth experience in resolving client-related concerns.  She specializes in responding to the extensive and detailed requests for research data of The Metro Bureau clients.

Patricia Denson, Administrative Assistant, has served The Metro Bureau constituents since 1984.  She has extensive experience in the structuring of data as well as in complex computer technologies.

Cindy DeSmit 

 Research Specialist  

Administrative Assistants 

Patricia Denson 

 Office Manager