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June 17, 2008
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EMU Regents approve 21 staff appointments

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 21 new staff at its regular meeting June 17.

Of the 21 appointments, 11 (52 percent) are female and 10 (48 percent) are males. The group includes 16 Caucasians (76 percent), two African Americans (9.5 percent), one Hispanic (5 percent) and two not reported (9.5 percent).

Those receiving appointments are:

  • Susan Martin, of Ypsilanti, president, Eastern Michigan University. Most recently, Martin was provost and vice-chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since July 2006. The majority of Martin’s higher education career was at Grand Valley State University, where she taught and published as a professor of accounting and taxation. While at GVSU, Martin served as director of the master of taxation program, director of international business programs, and chair of the accounting and taxation department. In June 2001, Martin joined the GVSU provost’s office and served in roles as assistant, associate and executive associate vice president of academic affairs. Before GVSU, Martin was deputy state treasurer for the Bureau of Local Government Services for Michigan from June 1981 to June 1984. She also was the commissioner of revenue for the state of Michigan from 1985-88. Martin received her doctorate and master’s degree in accounting, both from Michigan State University; and her bachelor’s degree in public speaking from Central Michigan University.
  • Jason Broge, of Adrian, executive director, University budget. Previously, Broge was controller at Adrian College from 2006-2008. Before that, he was director of finance/controller for Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio, from 2000-2006. Broge received his master’s degree in organizational leadership from Siena Heights University and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.
  • Darcy Gifford, of Adrian, director of publications, office of marketing and communications. Before coming to EMU, Gifford was director of communications and marketing at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio, from 2004-2008. Prior to that, she was director of public relations and editor of the alumni magazine at Adrian College from 2000-2003. Gifford received her master’s degree in organizational communication from Western Michigan University and her bachelor’s degree in English/journalism from Adrian College.
  • Joseph Torres, of Saline, campus police officer, public safety/parking. Previously, Torres was a licensed office staff/marketing coordinator for Barb Young State Farm Insurance from 2002-2008. Before that, he was an administrative assistant/security coordinator for Hallwood Commercial Real Estate, LLC, from 1997-2002. Torres received both his police academy training and his bachelor’s degree in applied science from Washtenaw Community College.
  • Joseph Braunschneider, of Adrian, campus police officer, public safety/parking. Prior to coming to EMU, Braunschneider spent 20 years with the City of Ypsilanti Police Department.  He was in the detective bureau from 2002-2005; a school liaison officer in Ypsilanti Public Schools (1997-99) and a road patrol officer for 13 years. He also had one-year assignments with the Washtenaw Area Auto Theft (WAAT) unit and with Operation Pressure Point (O.P.P.), an in-house vice unit assigned with investigation of drug, prostitution and local problem oriented policing. Braunschneider received his associate’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy.
  • Jennifer Janicek, of Plymouth, financial aid adviser, financial aid office. Before coming to EMU, Janicek was a special projects manager for the American Heart Association in Southfield from 2003-2008. She also was an accounting clerk at North Carolina State University during 2003. Janicek received her bachelor’s degree in management from Michigan State University.
  • Julie Wooster, of Chelsea, administrative associate I, College of Education – dean’s office. Wooster most recently was director of sales and marketing at Eagle Crest Resort from 2007-2008. Before that, she was director of sales for the Ypsilanti Area Convention & Visitors Bureau from 2005-2007. Wooster received her bachelor’s degree in business education from Ferris State University.
  • Matthew Davey, of Ypsilanti, platform specialist I, DoIT enterprise applications and services. Most recently, Davey worked at Eastern Michigan University as an ICT Help Desk technician and a residential computing consultant, both from 2006-2008. Davey received his bachelor’s degree in applied computer science from Eastern Michigan University.
  • Sharon Carney, of Valparaiso, Ind., psychologist, counseling. Carney previously was a staff therapist at Valparaiso University from 2007-2008; and a staff clinician and psychology intern at the University of Notre Dame from 2005-2007. Carney received her doctorate of philosophy from Western Michigan University; and both her master’s degree in guidance and counseling, and her bachelor’s degree in special education from Bowling Green State University.
  • Melissa Rosenblum, of Dearborn Heights, psychologist, counseling. Rosenblum most recently was a psychology post doctorate fellow with the University of Michigan’s Psychological Clinic Institute for Human Adjustment from 2007-2008. Before that, she was a predoctoral psychology intern at Appalachian State University from 2006-2007. Rosenblum received her master’s degree in counseling and psychology from the University of Kentucky and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State University.
  • Joshua Thompson, of Detroit, database analyst programmer, Institute for Language Information Technology (ILIT). Thompson had been a software developer for EMU’s The LINGUIST List from 2007-2008 and also was a software developer for Nocheck, LLC, during the same time period. He also previously worked as a Linux administration/developer for Secure-24, Inc., from 2005-2006; and MichTel Communications, LLC, from 2003-2005. Thompson received  his associate’s degree in general studies from Oakland Community College.
  • Michael Drumm,of Saline, college technical specialist II, College of Arts and Sciences, dean’s office. Previously, Drumm was at the University of Michigan from 1989-2008, serving in a variety of roles, including a senior database programmer, IT support manager and manager of academic users services. Drumm received both his master’s degree in instructional technology and bachelor’s degree in business information systems from Eastern Michigan University.
  • Donald Lund,of Milan, senior technical analyst, Institutional Research and Information Management. Previously, Lund was an IT lead at Ford Motor Company from 2005-2008 and a programmer analyst there from 1996-2008. Before that, he was a research scientist at the University of Michigan from 1993-1996. Lund received his master’s degree in atmospheric science from Purdue University and his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Others receiving appointments are:
  • Thomas Nelson, of Rochester, elevator repair/control specialist, undistributed maintenance labor.
  • Krista Wiedmeyer, of Dexter, secretary II, School of Social Work.
  • John Etsweiler, of Ann Arbor, senior secretary, history and philosophy.
  • Belinda Griffith, of Ypsilanti, senior secretary, Student Center.
  • Courtney Poles, of Shelby Township, senior secretary, foreign languages and bilingual studies.
  • Shayna White, of Ypsilanti, police dispatcher, public safety/parking.
  • Beth Bozicevich, of Ypsilanti, information systems specialist, dining services, HDC support services-dining.
  • Jennifer Quinnell, of Cedar City, Utah, administrative assistant II, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance.


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