As deputy director, Jamie provides strategic support for MCAN, interfacing with all departments and programs, and acts as a key partner to the executive director in the leadership and management of the organization. Jamie also serves as the lead of the High School Innovation Strategy department which includes grantmaking, school-based campaigns, professional development, MCAN's annual conference, school counselor leadership development, and partnership development between K-12 and higher education.
Jamie has worked in the education and nonprofit field for more than ten years. After pursuing a career in electrical engineering, she made a career change to education. Jamie began her career in education at Michigan State University, where she worked in a variety of capacities including serving as a residence hall assistant director, student group adviser, academic adviser, competency-based curriculum development coordinator, and teaching assistant. During her time at MSU, Jamie helped to develop and launch MSU's First-Year and Second-Year Experience programs, which catalyzed and set the foundation for the neighborhood-based student support model in place today. Jamie began her nonprofit career in 2011 at MCAN. During her first year with MCAN, Jamie led the launch of the Michigan State University College Advising Corps, which years later inspired the launch of MCAN's AdviseMI program. Over the last decade, Jamie has served in many capacities for the organization including intern, program director, director of professional development, senior director of high school innovation, and now as deputy director since November 2019.
Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and then attended the University for graduate school, earning a Master of Arts in student affairs administration from the College of Education. Jamie credits her mother for harnessing and nurturing the strengths of a talkative and opinionated child into a bold and tenacious leader, and her father for teaching her to enjoy life and find her passions. Jamie's high school physics teacher encouraged her to pursue a degree in engineering and challenge the status quo of the profession. It wasn't until Jamie began her college journey that she began to understand her privilege and responsibility to blaze trails and provide support for others in defining their own path. This passion fueled Jamie's campus involvement while in undergrad and was no doubt the lead catalyst in her career change into education.
Jamie is active in the community and recently served on the Oak Park YMCA Board of Directors in addition to serving as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Jamie spends her time deconstructing and reconstructing her 125-year-old farmhouse, never missing an MSU basketball game, gardening, and finding spare time to train for her next triathlon. She lives outside Grand Ledge with her husband, three children, and a 5-year-old puppy.