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.
Program Advisor, Graduate and Professional Students
My experience with student affairs began when I was an undergraduate student here on campus during which time I held various student staff roles. Since that time I have worked in various capacities including Residence Education, Living Learning Program, Student Conduct, Event Services, as well as Intergroup Diologue. I am excited to be back at the University of Michgian in this new role after spending time working in the Dean of Students office at the Univerisity of Arizona while obtaining my master's degree.
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?
Advisor, University Activities Center and Major Events
Before joining CCI, I worked with the Living Arts living learning community as the Program Assistant and Coordinator of the Peer Mentorship Program, providing leadership and professional development workshops to the peer mentors. Additionally, I served as a Graduate Student Instructor with the Michigan Marching Band, helped with financial development for the Marching and Athletic Bands, and worked for the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research. I also worked as a research assistant within Michigan's department of Student Life.
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 was involved in many student organizations and leadership development programs as an undergraduate student. After graduation, I completed an AmeriCorps year of service with City Year in Los Angeles. Afterwards, I moved home and worked with at-risk high school students to increase access to higher education. I decided to further my education by attending Eastern Michigan University to receive my Master's degree in Student Affairs. While attending EMU, I was the Graduate Assistant for Student Organizations and Leadership Development.
After spending several years as a marine meteorologist in Houston, Texas, I transitioned into higher education at Eastern Michigan University. At EMU, I worked in Housing and Residence Life as a Graduate Hall Director, as well as an academic advisor in the College of Education.
I am the biggest weather nerd and can spend hours talking about any and all kinds of weather. Besides weather, I love hiking, running, and playing soccer. I watch too much television, but balance that with reading and playing board games with friends.
I began my first role in Higher Education at Washtenaw Community College working in Student Connection. My primary role was to support new and returning students with admissions and registration, as well as providing active outreach to new students.
Before arriving at the University of Michigan in fall 2017, I travelled for two years as a National Leadership Consultant for Chi Omega Fraternity. This position took me across the country (literally) to 37 colleges and universities in 19 states. My experiences collaborating with student leaders and alumnae energized me, challenged me professionally, and ultimately inspired me to pursue a career in higher education.
I am currently working towards my master of arts in Educational Leadership, Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I began working for a specialty and emergency veterinary hospital. While in this role, I was given the opportunity to work closely with DVM student interns, technician student interns, and resident doctors. I was able to work closely with them to guide them through their intern and resident programs at the hospital and ensure that they were completing their necessary requirements.
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.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2012, I worked as an Academic Supervisor and English Language Instructor in Southeast Asia and South America for five years. I was responsible for the educational advising and development of 60 teachers from diverse backgrounds across ten different company affiliates in Santiago. I guided the collaboration that was necessary between these companies and the teachers to maintain quality control and ensure that the educational strategies had a strong academic fit.
During my time at my undergrad institution, I worked at an exercise physiology lab conducting health-related research, fitness and performance tests, and assessing and validating new health and fitness technology. After graduation, I continued working at the lab while also interning at San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, assisting with health communications under the Live Well San Diego initiative.
My time in higher education student affairs began in undergrad as I worked for University of Michigan Center for Campus Involvement. I worked there for two years and loved it! After graduating from undergrad at University of Michigan I worked full time in marketing before deciding to pursue my masters in higher education and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University.
As an undergraduate student at Kent State University, I taught the Peer Leader Training Course, assisted with Welcome Weekend, and served on the Dean's Student Advisory Council. My passion for traveling also led me to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand where I taught classical modern dance and researched the benefits of cultural collaboration. Additionally, I attended a three-week choreographic intensive in Florence, Italy. My participation in Greek life and my sorority, Chi Omega, had a tremendous impact on my career goals in higher education.
My professional experience consists of working at Victors which is a store on campus at the University of Michigan as a cashier. I've also held an internship with the Detroit Pistons in the ticket sales department.
A fun fact about me is that I collect shoes such as Air Jordan's and Yeezy's.
My first job was at a 9 hole golf course working the clubhouse and monitoring the course flow. The next summer, I started working at a local credit union. There, I was a teller for a little over a year, working two summers and through high school. I began as a Co-Op student but turned into an intern after I graduated. I am excited to continue helping and serving people, this time, through creating opportunities for them to make new friends and have new experiences.
I love to ski, no matter if it's downhill, cross country, or on water.
I love concerts, cubs games, Parks and Recreation, vine compilations, and internet memes. I love student life at the university of michigan and get super excited to tell people about all the great opportunities they can find here to personalize and improve their Michigan experience.
I help plan programs that celebrate common student spaces on campus as well as market CCI's wide array of events through on-campus advertising and our social media accounts!