As director of operations, Vicky oversees financials, human resources, and general operations of MCAN. Vicky supports the overall mission of Sixty by 30 by supporting the staff in a myriad of ways. Vicky also manages MCAN's event management system and is a liaison to the MCAN Board of Directors. She's often the person who sends the emails from MCAN—you just don't know it! Vicky can also be seen organizing professional development and team building activities for the MCAN staff.
Vicky has worked in the higher education and nonprofit fields for more than 15 years. Vicky served as the coordinator of first-year residence education at Case Western Reserve University, where she helped develop the programming curriculum for the First-Year Residential Colleges. Vicky's residential college theme, Multiculturalism through Knowledge, fueled her passion for equity and inclusion, where she created and implemented campus-wide programs aimed at diversity and equity initiatives and identity development. After CWRU, Vicky came back to Michigan and served as the director of the First-Year Experience at Siena Heights University, where she led the first-year seminar curriculum, established the Peer Mentor Program, and taught leadership courses. Vicky then took her passion for working with first-year students to Albion College, where she served as the assistant dean of students. There, she served as a first-level crisis responder, assisted students experiencing academic and personal concerns, and sat on the Diversity Task Force. Throughout her time in higher education, Vicky is most proud of her work with students in helping them attain a college education while teaching them life skills.
Vicky has a bachelor's degree from Aquinas College, a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Akron, and a master's degree in positive organizational development and change from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. The path to college wasn't always easy for Vicky as a first-generation college student. However, she had the support of her brother and sister-in-law and knew that college was where she belonged. She also met staff and faculty at Aquinas who helped her in her transition to college. This made Vicky want to do this type of work as a professional and so sparked her passion for education and access to college.
Vicky loves being outside, no matter the weather! During the summer, you can find her camping and hiking with her dog and kayaking. Vicky also enjoys quilting and being crafty—she's a DIY-er at heart!