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Sept. 16, 2008
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EMU regents approve 26 staff appointments

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 26 new staff at its regular meeting Sept 16.

Of the 26 appointments, 13 (50 percent) are female and 13 (50 percent) are males. The group includes 19 Caucasians (73 percent) and seven are African Americans (27 percent).

Those receiving appointments are:

Nikole Denman, of Toledo, assistant coach, women’s softball. Denham previously was a volunteer assistant coach for EMU’s women’s softball team from 2000-08. She also has worked with Metroparks-Toledo area as a building service person, naturalist intern and a maintenance worker, from 2005-2008. Denman received her bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management from Eastern Michigan University.

Kemp Savage IV, of Norfolk, Va., assistant coach, women’s crew. Before coming to EMU, Savage was the rowing club head coach at Old Dominion University from 2007-08 and varsity women’s crew coach there from 2006-07. Savage received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Mary Washington.

Mark Van Ameyde, of Lake Orion, assistant coach, men’s baseball. Van Ameyde has served as assistant baseball coach at EMU since January 2008. He also was an assistant baseball coach at Georgetown University from 2004-07 and associate head baseball coach at the University of Detroit Mercy from 2000-04. Van Ameyde received his bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Andrew Moore, of Ypsilanti, assistant coach, men’s basketball. Most recently, Moore was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Bowling Green State University during 2007-08 and the five years before that as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Michigan. Moore was director of basketball operations at EMU from 2000-02. Moore received his bachelor’s degree in speech and communications from Muskingum College in Ohio.

James Alexander III, of Redford, head coach, baseball. Prior to coming to EMU, Alexander was head baseball coach at Wayne State University from 2002-08 and associate head baseball coach there from 1997-2002. During his six years as  head coach, his teams averaged 27 wins a year and he was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2008. His 2008 team was 34-19, won the GLIAC regular season and tournament championships, and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. Alexander received his master’s degree in human resource management from Marygrove College in Detroit and his bachelor’s degree interdisciplinary studies from Wayne State University.

Samino Scott II, of Southfield, manager, regional admissions. Prior to coming to Eastern Michigan University, Scott was a regional recruitment manager for Michigan Technological University from 2005-06 and assistant director of admissions at Oakland University from 1999-2002. Since 2004, Scott has been project manager/owner of Scott Home Improvements and Investments, LLC. Scott received both his master’s degree in business administration and his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Oakland University.

Mark Jackson, of Detroit, director, Holman Learning Center. Prior to coming to Eastern Michigan University, Jackson was dean of student affairs at Marygrove College in Detroit from 2005-07 and supervisor of research and evaluation for the School District of the City of Pontiac from 1998-2005. Jackson received his doctorate in psychology; his master’s degree in clinical psychology/educational systems analysis; and his bachelor’s degree in psychology, all from Western Michigan University.

Brian Kulpa, of Livonia, director, financial services. Before coming to Eastern Michigan University, Kulpa was director of budgets and administration at Bowling Green State University from 2005-08. He also was associate director of business affairs for university dining services at Bowling Green State University during a portion of 2005. Kulpa received his MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy and his bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Caroline Brackette, of Memphis, Tenn., director, Students with Disabilities Office. Prior to coming to EMU, Brackette was an assistant professor in the department of counseling, educational psychology and research at the University of Memphis from 2007-08. Previously, Brackette was a school counselor/administrator with Liberty High School in Toledo  and was a disability specialist in the office of accessibility at the University of Toledo from 2001-05. Brackette received her doctorate in counselor education and supervision, and her master’s degree in guidance and counseling, both from the University of Toledo. She also received two bachelor’s degrees, one in psychology and the other in journalism.

April Badon, of Ypsilanti, admissions adviser, admissions, off-campus outreach. Badon previously was a pre-college program graduate assistant at Holman Learning Center from 2003-08. Badon received her bachelor’s degree in communication and drama for the young from Eastern Michigan University.

Joel Clendenin, of Ann Arbor, accountant II, financial operations. Before coming to EMU, Clendenin was an accounting coordinator with PMA Consultants, Inc., in Ann Arbor from 2007-08 and a staff accountant with Creative Financial Staffing-REDICO in Southfield during 2007. Clendenin received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University.

Celia Flaschmann,of Ypsilanti, admissions adviser, admissions, off-campus outreach. Prior to coming to EMU, Flaschmann was a cooperative education coordinator at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering during 2008. Previously, she was a human resources cooperative education coordinator with Kelly Services during 2008. Flaschmann received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University.

Mary Larkin,of Ann Arbor, program coordinator, LGBTRC. Prior to coming to EMU, Larkin was director of RESREP Theatre Troupe, University of Michigan housing-residence education, from 2002-08. She also was general manager of Cafe Maria in Ann Arbor from 2001-08. Larkin received her bachelor’s degree in comprehensive theatre arts and communication from Eastern Michigan University.

Andrea Perkey,of White Lake, occupational therapy field workforce coordinator, School of Health Sciences. Previously, Perkey was an adjunct faculty and an occupational therapy admission and advising assistant in EMU’s Occupational Therapy Department from 2006-08. She also was an occupational therapist and case manager in private practice from 2005-08. Perkey received both her master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University.

Others receiving appointments are:

Richard Williams,of Martins Creek, Pa., assistant coach, strength and conditioning, intercollegiate athletics.

Catherine Geyer,of Ann Arbor, police officer, Department of Public Safety.

Thomas Shackelford,of Ann Arbor, police dispatcher, public safety/parking.

Sabrina Morgan, of West Bloomfield, custodian, custodial services.

Randal Elgas, of Belleville, roofer, general maintenance and repair.

Julia Beaver, of Washington, D.C., international student specialist I, international students.

Meghan Britton, of Trenton, marketing assistant, University marketing and communications.

Margaret Diehl, of Sylvania, Ohio, department technology coordinator, HDC support services-housing.

Nicholas Rachowicz, of New Orleans, La., area complex director, HDC support services-housing.

Jeremiah Richardson, of Ypsilanti, area complex director, HDC supports services-housing.

Amy Simonson, of Alma, area complex director, HDC supports services-housing.

Cristina McMurphy, of Fowlerville, communications coordinator, Student Center.


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