by Ward Mullens, Published February 24, 2009
YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 22 new staff at its regular meeting Feb. 24.
Of the 22 appointments, nine (41 percent) are female and 15 (59 percent) are male. The group includes 12 Caucasians (55 percent), nine African Americans (41 percent) and one Hispanic (4 percent).
Those receiving appointments are:
• Ron English, of Louisville, Ky., head coach, football. Before coming to Eastern Michigan University, English was defensive coordinator for the University of Louisville during 2008. Previously, he was an assistant coach at the University of Michigan from 2003-2007, first as a secondary coach and then defensive coordinator. In 2006, English oversaw a Michigan defense that was ranked 10th nationally in total defense and first against the run. English also had assistant coaching jobs at Arizona State University (1994-1995 and 1998-2002), San Diego State University (1996-1997), Northern Arizona University (spring 1996) and Mt. San Antonio College (1993). English received his master’s degree in education administration from Arizona State University and his bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of California-Berkeley.
• Kevin Wolthausen, of Ypsilanti, associate head coach/defense, football. Wolthausen, with 28 years of coaching experience, previously was an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University during 2002 and, most recently, was a defensive coach with the Atlanta Falcons during 2007. He also has had coaching stints at the University of Louisville, Arizona State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Southern California, the University of Arizona, Humboldt State University, Cal State Northridge University and the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena League. Wolthausen received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Humboldt State University.
• Ken Karcher, of Toledo, Ohio, assistant coach, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, football. Karcher previously was the quarterbacks coach at the University of Toledo in 2008. He also was head coach of Liberty University from 2000-2005. Karcher played collegiately at Notre Dame and Tulane, and also in the NFL for the Denver Broncos. Karcher received his bachelor’s degree in general studies from Tulane University.
• Eric Lewis, of Louisville, Ky., assistant coach, defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach, football. Before coming to EMU, Lewis coached defensive backs at the University of Louisville in 2008. Prior to that, Lewis was an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers. Lewis also was a secondary coach at Ball State University from 2003-2005, an assistant coach at Bucknell during 2002 and a graduate assistant coach at Michigan State University during 2001. Lewis received his bachelor’s degree in finance from San Diego State University.
• Tom Burpee, of Louisville, Ky., assistant coach, tight ends/special teams, football. Before coming to EMU, Burpee was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Louisville in 2008. Previously, Burpee served in a number of roles — including student manager, undergraduate assistant coach, volunteer assistant and defensive quality control coach — for the University of Michigan football team, from 2002-2007. Burpee received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
• Antonio Carter, of Tallahassee, Fla., assistant coach/wide receivers, football. Before coming to EMU, Carter was wide receivers coach at Appalachian State University during 2008. Carter began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Texas El-Paso from 2005-2006 and a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama in 2007. Carter received his bachelor’s degree in human environmental sciences from the University of Alabama.
• Tim Carter, of Durham, N.C., assistant coach/defensive backs, football. Carter, the brother of Antonio Carter, most recently was a graduate assistant coach at East Carolina University from 2006-2008. Carter received his master’s degree in exercise science from East Carolina University and his bachelor’s degree in social science from Tulane University.
• Casey Creehan, of Ypsilanti, assistant coach/defensive line, football. Prior to coming to EMU, Creehan was an assistant coach with the Montreal Alouettes during 2008, helping the team make the Grey Cup Championship. Previously, Creehan was an assistant coach/defensive line for the Calgary Stampeders from 2004-2007. He also has been an assistant coach at James Madison, Clarion, Southern Illinois and Leigh universities. Creehan received his master’s degree in health and physical education from Emporia State University and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Grove City College.
• Tyrone Wheatley, of Ypsilanti, assistant coach/running backs. Wheatley, who enjoyed a 10-year professional career with the N.Y. Giants and the Oakland Raiders from 1995-2004, was most recently an intern coach at Ohio Northern University in 2008. The MVP of the 1994 Rose Bowl, Wheatley served as an evaluator at the Rising Stars Football Camp in 2008 and was the head football and track coach at Dearborn Heights Robichaud High School from 2006-2007. Wheatley received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Michigan.
• Amanda Lefeld, of Canton, director business operations, University Health Services. Lefeld previously was business manager of University Health Services from 2007-2009. Prior to that, she was a customer service representative for RECON Management System from 2004-2007. Lefeld received both her master’s degree in human resources and organizational development, and her bachelor’s degree in health administration from Eastern Michigan University.
• Mark Wesley, of Chelsea, director of emergency management, public safety/parking. Prior to coming to EMU, Wesley was planning and program development section manager for the Michigan Department of State Police’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division from 2005-2009. He also was that organization’s local planning unit manager from 2004-2005. Wesley received his master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University.
• Ray Perkins, of South Lyon, officer, campus police, public safety/parking. Before coming to EMU, Perkins was a child abuse investigator with the Detroit Police Department from 2001-2008. He also was a police officer/coordinator there from 2000-2001 and a police officer from 1996-2000. Perkins received his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University.
• Theresa Uscinowicz, of Plymouth, health and safety specialist, health safety administration. Prior to coming to EMU, Uscinowicz was a quality and environmental healthy and safety manager for Future Tool and Machine in Romulus from 2007-2009. Previously, she was a health and safety specialist for BASF Chemical Company in Southfield during 2006 and was a senior quality assurance and safety specialist/hazardous materials officer at NSF International in Ann Arbor from 1998-2006. Uscinowicz received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Wayne State University.
• Lori Kilian, of Dexter, staff nurse, health services administration. Before coming to EMU, Kilian was a pediatric office nurse for Turke and Thomashow Pediatrics from 1999-2008. She also was a student health services nurse in Snow Health Center from 2006-2008. Kilian received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan.
• Susan Smith, of Royal Oak, project coordinator, Institute for Language Information Technology.
• Laura Urteaga-Fuentes, of Ann Arbor, project coordinator, Wraparound Program, special education. Before coming to EMU, she was a clinical therapist intern at Development Center in Detroit during 2008 and a student services representative for the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work from 2007-2008. Urtega-Fuentes received her master’s degree in social work and bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and English, all from the University of Michigan.
• Stephen Edwards, of Ypsilanti, platform specialist I, DoIT enterprise applications and services. Edwards previously was a student senior technician for EMU’s Division of Information Technology Help desk from 2004-2008 and a Web server administrator for In-the-Box Technologies in Kimball, Mich., from 2007-2008. Edwards received his bachelor’s degree in network information technology administration from 2004-2008.
Others receiving appointments are:
• Kimberly Freeman,of Ypsilanti, secretary II, Honors College.
• Leah Weinberg,of Ann Arbor, secretary II, special education.
• Tamika Hutchons,of Ypsilanti, senior secretary, world languages.
• Tiara Price, of Ypsilanti, payment and student account specialist, student business services.
• Dwight VanTuyl, of Canton, junior database analyst/programmer, Institute for Language Information Technology.