Before coming to the University of Michigan, I completed my Masters Degree at Ball State University. I held an assistantship in Student Activities working with and advising the University Program Board and the Late Nite at Ball State organizations.
This is my first professional role! Before coming to the University of Michigan I was a Graduate Student at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse where I held an assistantship in the Leadership & Involvement Center working with student organizations and resources. I also served as a graduate intern for New Student Orientation and First-Year Experience.
Before coming to Michigan, I received my Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Connecticut. While completing my Master's program, I served as the Graduate Assistant for Community Standards and Student Activities. This was a newly created position that focused on constructing a conduct process for student organizations. After receiving my Master's degree, I became a Hall Director and Coordinator for Diversity and Equity Programming at Carthage College located in Kenosha, WI.
I am delighted to join the CCI staff! I have spent the previous thirteen years leading collaborative community engagement and student leadership through faith communities, social action, and residential education.
While my heart still bleeds Carolina Blue, my family and I have quickly fell in love with Michigan and all the University and Ann Arbor offer. Most weekends you can find us on the sidelines of a Michigan athletic event, youth soccer match or exploring Ann Arbor.
My time in Student Affairs began during my graduate experience at Western Michigan University. There I was a Hall Director and did internships with Student Activities and Leadership Programs. This gave me a variety of experiences from conduct to Welcome Week programming. I came to UM to work within Residence Education in Housing.
I love great restaurants and luckily Ann Arbor is the place to be if you want great foodie places!
I worked at Walt Disney World from 1984 to 1990. I started in the character department then moved into the Entertainment/Live Shows department. From 1990 to 1995 I was a co-founder for the Robot Works, a small entertain company that maid radio controlled robotic characters, which were sold to small theme parks throughout the world. My function as Operations Manager was to operate and train others on the robot functions.
I have been to all 50 states, but I don't remember much about North Dakota?
Prior to coming to the University of Michigan I advised programming and concert boards at Mississippi State University and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
I currently live in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with my husband and our furry 4-legged child, Princess GrettaBelle. I volunteer with Youth for Understanding, the worlds oldest and largest cultural exchange program for youth! I enjoy musical theater, yoga, baking, playing board games, and doing home improvements.
I currently serve as the Manager for Student Programs, which means I get to work with an incredible team of professional staff, graduate interns, and student programmers to create social, cultural, and educational events for campus.
From UMix Late Night, to Savvy Workshops, to Hot Topics Lectures, to Finals Survival Breakfast - and everywhere in between! - CCI puts on a wide variety of programs to fit every interest. I love working with our amazing students to bring great events to the UofM community!
My professional journey took me to Ann Arbor from Philadelphia. Throughout my career, I have gained experience in a variety of areas in student life, including new student orientation, study abroad, multicultural affairs, and service learning. My heart, though, has remained with the community building that occurs with students and staff through campus programs and student organizations. I enjoy the meaning making, partnerships, and learning that occur with these experiences, particularly within the unions at the University of Michigan.
The Michigan Union has played a role in my personal and professional development for over half of my life. Except for lounging on a beach enjoying retirement, there is no other place that I want to be. Just Michigan for me!
Currently, I manage the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC), Balloon Deliveries, and reservations for the Diag.
I previously worked as a Program Coordinator for MESA here at the University of Michigan. In this role I re-structured student org leadership structures and evaluated student programming. As a Career and Education Counselor at the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) I conducted one on one counseling sessions with UM students, faculty & staff to assess their skill set and develop career and academic goals.
Currently, I serve as a Graduate Assistant at the VISION Volunteer Center in the Diversity and Community Involvement Department at Eastern Michigan University. At VISION (one of 4 DCI centers) we coordinate community programs such as Alternative Spring Breaks, Best Buddies, Giving Garden, Pen Pals and other service oriented projects.
I entered Washington & Lee University as a student-athlete, but quickly determined I wanted to expand my interests beyond volleyball. My first leadership opportunities came through my Greek organization, Chi Omega Fraternity. I served as my chapter's Vice President and President before eventually pursuing my first post-graduate career as a National Leadership Consultant. This role took me to 37 universities in 19 states and ultimately led me to Michigan to study Higher Education. Travel is a passion of mine -- I can't stay in one place for too long!
As an undergraduate I had the opportunity to work with University of Miami Wellness and Health Centers and the Greek Community. From wellness programs and workshops, to organizing the Coalition for Collegiate Women's Greek Leader Annual Conference and attending NASPA as a Undergraduate Fellow I developed a passion for the world of Student Affairs.
Within CCI I will be working with Leadership Development Programs, overseeing LeaderShape and Leadership Connection.
University of Miami, FL
Bachelor of Arts in Advertising
After I graduated from Michigan I spent three years in charge of the Community Standards (student conduct) Department at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and then I spent three years at Rice University in Houston Texas, eventually ending in the role of Academic Program Administrator in the Chemistry Department. In June of 2016 I left my job at Rice University to backpack around the world! I was able to visit 19 countries over 9 months on three different continents.
During and after my undergraduate at BGSU I planned weddings and other special events at the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium. After moving to Ann Arbor I wanted to find a career that I could plan programs and special events at a local university, however found out that many of the positions that I was/am interested in required a masters; therefore I am taking a personal time out and getting my masters from Eastern Michigan University in Higher Education and Student Affairs.
Within higher education, my roles have included developing a staff of Resident Advisors as Graduate Hall Director in Residence Life, advising education students as an academic advising intern, and supporting faculty programs at the Faculty Development Center, all at Eastern Michigan University. I also spent several years as a meteorologist in Houston, Texas forecasting offshore weather conditions for interests around the world.
As an undergraduate student at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I had the opportunity to work in several campus offices, including The Vice Chancellor for Student Life Office, The Office of Orientation and Transition, and The Center for Student Engagement. I also attended and presented at several conferences, such as The Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW), National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and The Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference.