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Sept. 21, 2007
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EMU regents approve 20 staff appointments

YPSILANTIThe Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 20 staff at its regular meeting Sept. 21.

Of the 20 appointments, 12 (60 percent) are female and eight (40 percent) are males. The group demographics include 16 Caucasians (80 percent), three African Americans (15 percent) and one Hispanic (5 percent).

Those receiving appointments are:

Kevin Lehman, of Lancaster, Ohio, director of basketball operations, women’s basketball, intercollegiate athletics. Previously, Lehman was women’s basketball manager at Michigan State University from 2004-2007. Lehman received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Camila Olaio, of Ypsilanti, assistant coach, women’s volleyball, intercollegiate athletics. Most recently, Olaio was a graduate assistant volleyball coach at Eastern Michigan University during 2006. She also was marketing coordinator for Amazon Mania in Sao Jose dos Campos, SP, from 2004-2006. Olaio received her bachelor’s degree in travel and tourism from Eastern Michigan University.

Darin Thrun,of Nashville, Mich., assistant coach, women’s basketball, intercollegiate athletics. Previously, Thrun was student manager for the women’s basketball team at Michigan State University and has worked with the Michigan State University basketball camps. Thrun received his bachelor’s degree in biological science from Michigan State University.

Sarah Volpe, of Athens, Ohio, administration, intercollegiate athletics. Before coming to EMU, Volpe was an assistant swimming coach at Ohio University from 2005-2007. Volpe received her master’s degree in recreation and sports science and her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, both from Ohio University.

LaTonya Tate, of Detroit, assistant coach, women’s basketball. Prior to coming to EMU. Tate was an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Detroit Mercy from 2004-2007 and at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1999-2001. Tate received her bachelor’s degree in leisure services from the University of Iowa.

Leonard Drake, of  Beaumont, Texas, assistant head coach, women’s basketball. Previously, Drake was  women’s head basketball coach at Lamar University from 2002-2007. He was associate head basketball coach at Lamar from 1997-2002.  Drake also had been men’s head basketball coach at Central Michigan University from 1993-1997. Drake received his master’s degree in special education and his bachelor’s degree in education, both from Central Michigan University.

Martita Lawson, of Toledo,  Ohio, assistant director, Student Business Services. Lawson received her MBA in human resource management from the University of Toledo and her bachelor’s degree in human resource management Previously, Lawson was student account coordinator at Adrian College from 2004-2007 and an insurance agent at American Family Insurance in Toledo, Ohio, from 1996-2003.

Chad Crocker, of Springtown, Texas, director, facilities maintenance, physical plant. Previously, Crocker was assistant director of facilities at Texas Wesleyan University from 2006-2007, Crocker also had served as supervisor of the central plant at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, from 2004-2006. Crocker received his MBA from the University of North Texas; his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Park University in Parkville, Mo.; and his associate’s degree in liberal arts from the University of North Dakota Lake Region from Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, N.D.

John Donegan, of Toledo, Ohio, associate vice president, facilities, physical plant. He previously was director, facilities management and senior director, plant operations at the University of Toledo from 2000-2007. He was administrator/chief facilities officer and vice president for facilities at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio, from 1988-2000. Donegan received his MBA from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Ohio State University.

Tamara Morle, of Jefferson Hills, Pa., executive secretary, vice president for business and finance. Before coming to EMU, Morle was assistant executive director for Verizon Wireless in Warrendale, Pa., from 2006-2007. Prior to that, Morle was executive assistant to the vice president of sales at Ariba, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pa., from 2005-2006.  

Tashina Frost, of Belleville, customer service representative II, Student Business Services. Previously, Frost was a regional sales coordinator for CitiMortage in Ann Arbor from 2005-2007 and a services specialist with Citizens Insurance in Howell, Mich., in 2005. Frost received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University.

Sara Bliss, of Ypsilanti, site coordinator, Center for the Study of Children and Families. Bliss most recently was an at-risk educator at Redner Elementary School in Ypsilanti from 2006-2007. Before that, she was an ESOL instructor at Language Link in Ann Arbor from 2004-2005. Bliss received her bachelor’s degree in Asian languages and cultures from Michigan State University.

Allison Fournier, of Westland, administrative associate I, communication and theatre arts.  Fournier most recently served as supplemental office support in the communication and theatre arts department and a SummerQuest program director at Eastern Michigan University during 2007. She also has been an adjunct lecturer at EMU since 2004. Fournier received her master’s degree in communication and her bachelor’s degree in communication and theatre arts, both from Eastern Michigan University.

Samuel Froomkin, of Belleville, site coordinator, Center for the Study of Children and Families. Froomkin most recently was director of campus programming, research assistant for GEAR UP at Eastern Michigan University from 2006-2007. Prior to that, he was a middle school social studies and language arts teacher at Yeshivas Darchei Torah in Southfield. Froomkin received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education social studies from Eastern Michigan University.

Katelyn Porter of Manchester, Mich., site coordinator, Center for the Study of Children and Families.

Megan Snow, of Holland, Mich.,  assistant athletic trainer, intercollegiate athletics. Snow previously was an athletic training intern at Michigan State University from 2006-2007 and a graduate assistant for women’s field, hockey, gymnastics and volleyball at Central Michigan University from 2004-2006. Snow received her master’s degree in sport administration at Central Michigan University and her bachelor’s degree in movement science from Grand Valley State University.

Michael Andaloro, of Grass Lake, senior graphic designer, advancement communications. Andaloro had been a freelance graphic designer for advancement communications at Eastern Michigan University from 2006-2007. Before that, he had been a freelance graphic designer for various clients since 1992. Andaloro received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Eastern Michigan University.

Lourdes Mir-Orrange, of Ann Arbor, mental health counselor, counseling. Mir-Orrange previously was a therapist at HelpSource in Ann Arbor from 2002-2007 and a counselor/therapist for counseling and psychological services at Cornell University Health Services in Ithaca, N.Y.

Paul Vuocolo, of Ypsilanti, college Web master, College of Education, dean’s office. Prior to coming to EMU, Vuocolo was an assistant manager at Reprographics One, Inc., in Livonia, from 2004-2007 and a records and information coordinator for Pfizer, Inc., in Ann Arbor, from 2001-2003. Vuocolo received his bachelor’s degree in communications technology from Eastern Michigan University.

Ann Marie Steichmann, of Ypsilanti, platform specialist II, ICT enterprise applications and services. Steichmann most recently was a software engineer for Soar Technology in Ann Arbor from 2005-2007.

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