Staff Biographies by Department

STUDENT AFFAIRS
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
CAREER SERVICES
CLINICAL COUNSELING
CAMPUS DINING

 

DISABILITY SERVICES
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
SPORTS AND RECREATION
UNIVERSITY HOUSING 

 

 

 

Student Affairs Staff Biographies

 

Kevin Finn
Dean of Students

I am a proud graduate of Lawrence Technological University’s MBA program.  I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland University.  I am a certified career coach and career development facilitator.  My professional experience includes working with government-funded employment and training initiatives for expanding companies, displaced workers and the economically disadvantaged.  I take great pride in helping people who are struggling with identifying their mission in life.

My passion is in creating and delivering programs and services that provides students with career planning resource materials and employment opportunities to meet the rapidly changing career needs for today’s global job market.  I accepted the position of Director of Career Services in 2001, and was promoted to the position of Executive Director of Career Services and International Programs in 2007.  My department is committed to helping our visiting students with their visas and paperwork, finding employment and enjoying the wonderful community of Metro Detroit.

 

Cyndi Cyndi McMicahael
Assistant Dean of Students

I received my Master of Education degree (M.Ed) in Higher Education from the University of Toledo. My graduate degree was preceded by a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Communications. I joined the Lawrence Tech family in 2005 and I enjoy my work immensely.

As the Assistant Dean of Students at Lawrence Tech, I am blessed to be able to support the Dean of Students in the leadership and direction of the Division of Student Affairs; including Clinical Counseling, Residential Life, Disability Services, International Programs, Athletics and Wellness, Student Engagement, Dining Services, and First Year Programs. 

During my tenure at Lawrence Tech, I have been fortunate to work in several departments within the Division of Student Affairs which has provided me with valuable experiences and insight into many functional areas within our unit. I always find that no matter what my day might entail, the greatest joy in my position is supporting the engagement, learning, and success of our students. 

I am currently a member of several professional organizations, including The American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Learning Disability Association of America, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA), The Michigan Association of International Educators (MAIE), Michigan Association on Higher Education and Disability (MI-AHEAD). 

I also serve as the ADA Section 504 Compliance Officer, and Primary Designated School Official (PDSO). Additionally, I am a member of the University Retention Committee and Global Talent Retention Board Member. I am certified in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and a proud recipient of the 2011 Marburger Administrator of the Year Award.

In my most recent adventure, I am very honored to act as the advisor for Kappa Beta Gamma, the newest addition to our Greek Life family and Order of Omega, the Greek Honor Society here on campus.

I am so excited to be a part of the warm, diverse, and collegial environment at Lawrence Tech. I look forward to sharing it with you soon so stop by and say hello anytime! GO BLUE DEVILS!

Joyce Genat
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs

I graduated from Moser Secretarial School, Chicago, Illinois, and have worked for 38 years as an administrative assistant in Illinois, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and Michigan.  I have worked for various dental associations, an engineering firm, a supplier of medical equipment, and various other types of companies, such as the Toledo Jewish Community Center.  I have been an active member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals for over 15 years and received my Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) rating in 1994.

I’ve worked in the Office of the Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs, for over five years and have enjoyed being part of what the Division has accomplished during that time.  My love of working in the educational field, in addition to my late husband, Dr. Kevin Wolka, who worked as an adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering Department, brought me to Lawrence Technological University.  My job expertise for working at an educational institution includes three years in the Office of Minority Student Affairs at Iowa State University and ten years in the Placement Department at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, Southfield.

 

Dorrie Frontera
Secretary, Office of the Dean of Students

I achieved an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Davenport University, formerly Detroit College of Business.  My previous work experience includes positions as an Administrative Assistant to financial planners, accountants, stock brokers, and insurance brokers.

I joined the Division of Student Affairs in June 2006 and work in the Office of the Dean of Students.  As the office secretary, I provide work on the University switchboard, as well as support various departments, which include Career Services and International Programs, and Student Activities.

I am an active member with the International Association of Administrative Professionals, (IAAP), Macomb Chapter.  Over the years I have been involved in different committees associated with the association.

 

 

 

Student Engagement Staff Biographies

 

Eula MuckleroyEula Muckleroy
Program Coordinator, KCP (King-Chavez-Parks) Initiative
Staff, Multicultural Student Support Services
Staff, Commuter Student Support Services

I attended Oakland Community College for 2.5 years before transferring to Lawrence Technological University.  In 2002 I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Power.  As a commuter student and to feel a part of campus, I involved myself with the National Society of Black Engineers.  Through a student employment position in the Financial Aid office, I found more opportunities to involve myself in social and academic activities on campus.

After graduation, I joined the Office of Student Affairs shortly as the Coordinator of the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) here at LTU.  For two years I ran this program, as well as helped the organization of another pilot program, Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST).  In 2004 I was given the opportunity to coordinate another great program on campus, the Students in Technology Achieving Results (S.T.A.R.) program funded by the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

I feel Lawrence Technological University offers students a unique educational experience and shows its concern for the well being of its community.

 

phil-lucas-picture.jpgPhil Lucas
Student Engagement Coordinator

I received my Bachelor of Science from Lawrence Tech in 2012. I spent my entire undergraduate years as a student employee within various sectors of Student Affairs. I assisted as LTU redefined its reputation from a commuter university to a residentially-focused campus. The return of varsity athletics and the re-establishment of Student Government were two major initiatives that I helped manage.

 
From 2012 until 2014, I oversaw athletic game-day environment for spectators and participants, researched and created a Hall of Fame, and opened The Devil's Den merchandise store. Although our athletic staff developed a brand new program with a young staff, our game-day experience was immediately well-respected for its efficiency and fan-engagement.
 
My current role is to bridge the City of Southfield and students together so that we may continue to grow the college-town City Centre district. My goal is to educate and help students capitalize on their experiences in the city, ultimately retaining great Blue Devil graduates in southeastern Michigan. I am extremely passionate about soccer and community-engagement in the Detroit area. I encourage all students to "live, learn, and play" in a region that is bursting at the seams with opportunity!
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Career Services Staff Biographies

 

Margaret (Peg) M. Pierce, M.S, LPC
Director, Career Services

Margaret Pierce is currently serving as the Director of Career Services at Lawrence Technological University. Before she joined the Lawrence Tech Career Services team in August of 2008, she served as the Assistant Dean of Career Services at the University of Detroit Mercy for 6 years. Prior to UDM she served for 10 years as the Employment and Training Counselor for the City of Southfield, a Michigan Workforce Development program. Margaret has a Master of Science degree in Higher Education with a specialization in College Student Personnel Counseling from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor through the State of Michigan, Board of Counseling. She is the Vice President for Colleges on the board of the Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance and served as the Chairperson for the Midwest Cooperative Education and Internship Association Conference, held in Detroit Michigan in October 2008. She is also a member of the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA), and the American Society of Engineering Educators.

 

riley.jpgEliana Riley M. Ed
Career Services Advisor

I received my Masters in Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Prior to that, I achieved a Bachelors of Arts and Masters in Opera Performance at Michigan State University and Oakland University. The career transition from music to higher education was very exciting and I was able to transfer many skills over, in particular my teaching and advising skills.

Before I started at LTU, I was the graduate assistant in the Career Center at Grand Valley State University where I helped students discover their skills, passions and values as well as advised them with career exploration and job search strategies. This valuable experience allowed me to realize my strong passion for advising students in higher education in career related areas. In addition, I have a wide range of higher education experiences consisting of academic advising; international student advising; and mentoring students from various subpopulations including First-generation, Veterans, LGBT and Latino/a students.

I joined the Career Services team in July 2014 and am thrilled to have the opportunity to guide students towards career success!

 

 

Bianca BryantBianca Bryant, M.A.
Career Services Advisor

I received my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs and Financing from Central Michigan University. Prior to graduate school, I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child Development at Central Michigan University. The transferable skills that I obtained from teaching early childhood education to the collegiate setting has by far been a wonderful and exciting journey. It has sharpened my ability to provide educational yet enjoyable programming within the college setting to promote engaging, and lifelong learning opportunities for students to assist with personal, and professional development.

Currently, as a Career Advisor within Lawrence Technological University I have the upmost pleasure of serving our current & alumni students by providing resources that can help in obtaining lifelong goals, dreams, and aspirations. I am passionate about working with students to achieve their Higher Educational goals and I pride myself on being able to provide the necessary resources that will equip and increase student knowledge concerning their academic and career exploration.

 

  

International Programs Staff Biographies

Laura Affer
International Student Advisor, International Programs

I received my Bachelor of Arts in English from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.  After graduation, I worked in customer service before joining the staff of the President’s Office at LTU in July 1998.  In January 2000, I began working as the Housing Coordinator in the Office of University Housing.  I applied for the position in University Housing so that I could work more closely with students and help develop the Community Leader program at LTU, which had only begun the previous semester.  I worked in University Housing for 5 ½ years, during which time I enjoyed seeing the positive changes in the Residence Life Program and developed close relationships with my residents and student staff.

In August 2006, I began working in my current position.  I am learning a great deal from LTU’s international students, and I hope they are learning from me, as well.  The Office of Career Services and International Programs is at the start of a new era of development and growth, just as University Housing was when I started.  I am looking forward to once again being a part of developing a program that is such an integral part of our campus community.

 

Kalie2Kalie Davio
International Student Advisor, International Programs

I am a recent graduate of Lawrence Technological University, receiving my Master’s in Business Administration International. In addition, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from LTU in 2009. After graduation, I worked in the corporate world for a short time before returning to LTU, where I am currently employed in the Office of International Programs.


While in my current role, I have had the pleasure of organizing and being involved in a variety of events which has allowed me in getting to know the international student population at LTU. I have also enjoyed watching the University grow and evolve into the dynamic environment it has become.

 

 

Clinical Counseling Services Staff Biographies

Jeffrey Betman Ph.D.
Psychologist, Clinical Counseling Services

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed a post-doctoral program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.  I continued on staff at McLean Hospital, then was a staff psychologist at Dean Medical Center in Madison, WI.  I have over 20 years of experience providing mental health services and am currently publishing a book aimed at middle school readers.

Currently, I work as one of two part-time psychologists here on campus and also have my own private practice in Farmington Hills, MI.

 

Lusine Hambardzumyan, M.S., MA., LLP
Clinical Counselor, Clinical Counseling Services

I received my M.S/ B.S. in Psychology from Yerevan State University, with postgraduate training and specialization in Medical Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. I successfully completed the three stage advance PTSD training “Helping Children in Distress,” organized by UNICEF (September 1995, October 1996 and October 1997).  I have previous clinical, teaching, and research experience working at Yerevan State University in the department of Psychology, and at Yerevan State Medical University in the department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology.  I have published 13 professional articles in Armenia, Russia and Switzerland.  One of the articles was presented at the Sixth European Congress of Psychology (Italy, July 1999).

Currently, I hold positions as the Counseling Psychologist in Counseling and Support Services at University of Michigan (Dearborn) and I am also a part-time Clinical Counselor here at LTU.  I use my clinical experience and knowledge to provide mental health professional services to students who experience different emotional, personal, developmental and cultural issues and problems.  When working with students, I help them develop and implement effective coping skills and strategies to have healthy and meaningful personal growth.

 

 

 

Campus Dining Staff Biographies

Profile information coming soon.


Disability Services Staff Biographies

MeganMegan Marshall
Advisor, Disability Services

I am a proud graduate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in both English and Political Science. Prior to starting at LTU, I gained valuable experience working in a variety of disability-related leadership positions. From 2009 to 2012, I served as Chair of the University of Michigan Disability Affairs Commission, for which I received the Council for Disability Concerns’ Certificate of Appreciation Award. While also serving as Chair, I was a student who represented the voices of students with disabilities on campus in the Dean of Students Advisory Board and UM Student Safety Work Group Initiative. In my final year, I created the first-ever University of Michigan Services for Students with Disabilities Office Advisory Board. Now in my first post-graduation position, I am very excited to work as a Disability Advisor in the LTU Disability Services Office.

Overall, my passion towards disability awareness and advocacy comes primarily from my personal experiences. As an individual with a physical disability, I long ago decided that my career would be dedicated to helping those with disabilities. It was during my time as an undergraduate that I came to appreciate and value the support of my Disability Services Office. At LTU, I am dedicated to return the high level of support that I received by advocating for students with disabilities so they may have a rewarding college experience. For where some people might see weaknesses, I see strengths. My disability is my strength. I believe it is here at LTU that I have the opportunity to help ensure future generations with disabilities have the confidence to say the same about themselves. Go Blue Devils!



 

Fitness and Recreation Staff Biographies

 

Scott TrudeauScott Trudeau
Director - Recreation, Athletics, & Wellness

I am a proud graduate of Central Michigan University, “Fire up Chips.”  I completed my undergraduate work in Sports Studies, Business Administration, and Coaching, followed by a graduate degree in Sports Administration.  Sports have always been a very big part of my life.  I have played everything and anything.  While in College I participated in intramural sports, as well as a barrage of other sports activities, including flag football, basketball, softball, floor hockey, and golf.  I was lucky enough to have participated in three national tournaments in flag football and one in basketball, while attending college.  I still play in leagues for basketball, softball, and golf when I’m not enjoying time fishing or relaxing on the lake.

I joined the staff of Lawrence Tech in January 2002 as the Assistant Director of Student Recreation.  My responsibility is to oversee all intramural, extramural, club sports, fitness, facility, and management of the Student Recreation Department.  Prior to joining LTU, I worked in Sports Marketing and Advertising as an Assistant Manager.  I also spent some time as a substitute teacher for junior high school students.  I received two honored awards while working at LTU, Staff Member of the Month and the Marburger Administrator of the Year.  Through hard work, a great attitude, and great colleagues, I hope to keep improving Student Recreation at Lawrence Tech for years to come

Athletics, fitness, and recreation are a great way to interact with fellow students.  The experience I gained from getting involved outside the class is why I enjoy working in the field.  I want everyone to experience the most of college life while getting a great education.  Students will remember things they did outside of the classroom and the people they interacted with more than the tests they took during college. 

 

Don Gillette
Assistant Director- Recreation, Athletics, & Wellness

I am a very proud graduate of both Central Michigan University and The University of Southern Mississippi. I have a Bachelor's degree from CMU and a Master's from Southern Miss both in Sport Management. I have worked in Student Recreation and Student Affairs for 4 years now.

I started my Recreation career as an intramural sports official at CMU. My last job was as the Intramural Sports Graduate Assistant at USM. I joined the Lawrence Tech team just recently and I am currently the Assistant Director of Recreation, Athletics, & Wellness. Here at LTU I am responsible for overseeing the intramural, extramural, club sport, fitness, wellness, and athletics here at Student Recreation.

Student Recreation is an integral part of any university. Through quality programming and dedication from the staff I believe we can make the student experience just that much more enjoyable.

 

 

 

University Housing Staff Biographies

 

Kim OsantowskiKim Osantowski
Director of Residence Life

University Housing

I graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with my B.A. in History and Women's Studies. After graduation I realized my passion was working with students and became the Graduate Resident Director for the First Year Experience Residence Hall at UDM. After a short time I became the Interim Resident Director. I am excited to work at LTU and hope to get the students involved because I want every student to get the most out of their college experience.

Tamara Braswell
Secretary, University Housing

I graduated from Cass Technological High School in Detroit, MI, and went on to complete an Associate’s in Accounting at the Detroit College of Business (Davenport University).

I have over 14 years experience as an administrative assistant, working for such companies as the Internal Revenue Service and General Motors.

I enjoy working in the Office of University Housing.  No two days are ever the same!
It is my desire to impact students by assisting in providing an environment in University Housing that helps students gain the “true college experience.”

 

VaNessa Thompson

Residence Hall Coordinator, South

I was raised in Lathrup Village, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a focus on Interpersonal Communication as well as cognates in Psychology and Sociology in 2008. 

While at MSU, I was heavily involved on campus.  In 2004-2007, I was a Resident Mentor.  While serving as a Resident Mentor, I also participated in MORHA (Michigan Organization of Residence Hall Association) as an Entertainment Conference Chair (2005) and the Chair of Issues and Diversity (2006-2007); I was a McNair/SROP Scholar 2006 and 2007.  My final year at MSU I served as the Night Receptionist Coordinator for Brody Complex.  Upon graduation, I have worked for Wayne State University as the Assistant Community Director in 2008-2009.  Most recently, I was an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor for Marygrove College, in Detroit, MI.

I will be completing my Masters of Science in Technical and Professional Communication here at LTU while serving as the Residence Hall Coordinator for South Housing.  Go Blue Devils!