EMU Regents approve 22 new staff appointments

by Ward Mullens, Published September 09, 2009

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The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 22 new staff at its regular meeting Sept. 22.
            Of the 22 appointments, five (23 percent) are females and 17 (77 percent) are males. The group includes 18 Caucasians (82 percent) and four African Americans (18 percent).
            Those receiving appointments are:

Eric Oakley, of Canton, Mich., assistant coach, softball/recruiting coordinator, intercollegiate athletics. He will serve as pitching and catching coach. Previously, Oakley was assistant women’s softball coach at Eastern Michigan University from 2006-2009, where he served as first base coach and coached outfielders and baserunning.  Oakley received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University.

John Gelsomino, of Naples, Fla., associate director, enterprise application services, DoIT-enterprise applications and services. Gelsomino previously was a director of professional services for ASG Software Solutions from 2007-2009. Before that, he was director, enterprise applications, for Alaska USA FCU from 2006-2007. Gelsomino received his master’s degree in computer science from Suffield University in Massachusetts and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Adelphi University in Long Island, N.Y.

Walter Kraft, of Royal Oak, vice president, communications and public affairs. Kraft previously was executive vice president for Caponigro Public Relations in Southfield from 2002-2009. Before that, Kraft was news director at WXYZ-TV in Detroit from 1992-1997. Kraft received his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University.

Adam Meyer, of Kirkwood, Maryland, director of students with disabilities, students with disabilities office. Prior to coming to Eastern Michigan University, Meyer was disability services program manager at Saint Louis University from 2008-2009. Before, that Meyer was disability services counselor there from 2004-2008. Meyer received his doctorate in higher education administration from Saint Louis University; his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Southern Illinois University; and his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Saint Louis University.

Edward Bozek, of Howell, undistributed maintenance labor, HVAC control specialist. Bozek previously was a maintenance mechanic/supervisor/mechanic air conditioning and heat for Chrysler Technical Center from 1992-2009. Bozek received his bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Baker College.

Bruce Urbanski, of Plymouth, building automation specialist, HVAC heating ventilation, AC. Urbanski previously was a service technician for Advanced Air Services in Livonia from 2007-2009. Before that, he was a controls and HVAC/service –controls technician for Controlled Temperature in Walled Lake from 2005-2007. Urbanski received his associate’s degree in climate systems technology from Schoolcraft College.

Allan Edwards, of Ypsilanti, information systems specialist, physical plant office. Previously, Edwards was a lab technician in EMU’s ATCS/information technology labs from 2008-2009. Before that, he was a networking administrative assistant for EMU’s College of Technology from 2006-2008. Edwards received bachelor’s degrees in Japanese language and culture, and network and information technology administration, both from Eastern Michigan University.

Matthew Hammond, of Plymouth, data analyst, accreditation and assessment, College of Business-dean’s office. Previously, Hammond was a graduate assistant in the accounting department of EMU’s College of Business from 2008-2009. Before that, he was a bookkeeper for North Coast Banners & Bags in Ann Arbor from 2005-2006

Gregg Heinrichs, of Ann Arbor, academic adviser I, academic advising center. Previously, Heinrichs was an adjunct lecturer in EMU’s Department of English from 1998-2009 and an adjunct lecturer in EMU’s Division of Academic Affairs from 2001-2009. He also was interim coordinator of PASS (Promote Academic Survival and Success), FIG (First-Year Interest Groups) and University Retention Programs from 2007-2009. Heinrichs received both his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in English from Oakland University. 

Sharon Mack, of Dearborn, program coordinator, advising service center, retention services. Prior to coming to EMU, Mack was interim director of the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Cooperative Education Program from 2008-2009. Before that, she was a university counselor I for academic affairs at Wayne State University from 2004-2008. Mack received her master’s degree in adult and continuing education from Michigan State University and her bachelor’s degree in general studies/communications from Wayne State University.

Gene Skidmore, of Dexter, coordinator, admissions visit program, admissions internal operations. Previously, Skidmore was in corporate purchasing/inside sales for ALRO Steel Corporation in Jackson, Mich., from 2008-2009. Before that, Skidmore was assistant sports information director for the University of Michigan during 2008 and assistant football recruiting coordinator there from 2004-2008, Skidmore received his bachelor’s degree in pubic relations from Eastern Michigan University.

Steven J. Smith, of Allendale, Mich., assistant athletic trainer, intercollegiate athletics. Before coming to EMU, Smith provided athletic training at Grand Valley State University from 2007-2009 and at Northern Michigan University from 2001-2007. Smith received his master’s degree in public administration/health administration from Grand Valley State University and his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Northern Michigan University.

Mary Tallman, of Jackson, regional manager, continuing education, Continuing Education Regional Center in Jackson. Before coming to EMU, Tallman was an education coordinator at Recycling Jackson in Jackson County, Mich., from 2008-2009. She also was a Title I parent liaison for Jackson Arts & Technology during 2008. Tallman received her master’s degree in education from Spring Arbor University and her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan.

Taye Teklemariam, of Ypsilanti, assistant unit manager, dining services. Teklemariam previously was conference operation manager for Eagle Crest Management Corporation from 2007-2009. Before that, he was assistant food and beverage director for the Doubletree Hotel-Detroit in Romulus from 2004-2006.

Others receiving appointments are:
Russell Angerer, of Dundee, Mich., foreperson, custodial services.
Ronald Austin, of Northville, manager, women’s basketball operations, intercollegiate athletics.
Amanda Gagern, of Inkster, campus police officer, Department of Public Safety.
Joseph Hogan, of Belleville, campus police officer, Department of Public Safety.
Sheri Hillman, of Chelsea, secretary II, teacher education.
Adam Martin, of Albion, facilities attendant, intercollegiate athletics, maintenance.
Trisha Moore, of Flat Rock, Mich., dining services unit leader 1, dining services.
Carl Smith, of Ypsilanti Township, stationary engineer, heating plant.

Ward Mullens

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