Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
201 Boone Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Meet the Staff
Mark A. Jackson, Director
Bio: Dr. Jackson has over 30 years' experience serving with programs that work to enhance student opportunities. He has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis in Educational Systems Analysis, all from Western Michigan University. Dr. Jackson has devoted his career to designing and implementing quality programs that enhance the professional development, character, and academic performance of high school and college students. He has also helped create a variety of mentoring programs that assist youth in self-improvement. He states that "serving in this arena has taught me many times over that there is much unrealized potential among those seeking higher education, and I love to help others reach their potential."
Personal Information: He enjoys spending time with his lovely wife participating in a variety of outdoor activities such as traveling, ski/snowboard racing, golf, mountain biking, kayaking, etc.
I love my job because: I chose to work in student support programs because when I arrived as a freshman college student, the people who supported me made an enormous difference in my life by encouraging me to work hard and take full advantage of available opportunities. My greatest satisfaction has come from working with dedicated coworkers for the purpose of enhancing students’ educational abilities and opportunities. I consider it a privilege and a blessing to help others face the many challenges that life brings. Many people made a difference in my life; therefore, I believe it is my duty to do the same for others.
Florence Andrews, Associate Director
Bio: I worked fifteen years in information technology before starting work as an Upward Bound secretary in 1995. I have an Associates Degree in Business Information, a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Management and Organizational Development. I recently earned a Master's Degree in Education.
Personal Information: I am an avid reader and admitted computer geek. I am trying to develop a more physical exercise regime. I walk in the woods near my house and am trying to cook healthier. I would love to learn to ride a horse.
I love my job because: I love watching youth develop right before my eyes. Parents are with their students everyday and growth is somewhat gradual. With us the transformation over the years from eighth to twelfth seems more apparent. I especially enjoy seeing the students come back after they achieve their academic goals.
Academic Programs Specialist - Vacant
Kim L. Rankins, Senior Secretary
Bio: I have worked a total 6.5 years at Eastern Michigan University in the Nursing Department and The Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities before starting with Upward Bound in 2008. I have Associate Degrees from Washtenaw Community College in Administrative Technology, Administrative Medical technology and a Certificate in Computer Applications. Currently, I am attending Eastern Michigan University and working toward completing my Bachelors degree in Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology.
Personal Information: I have two beautiful daughters and a wonderful grandson. I enjoy several activities with my family such as swimming, biking and traveling. My hobbies include crocheting and taking care of my flowers and plants. My participation in church is also very important to me.
I love my job because: The environment is very friendly. The staff and student workers work together in meeting the goal of Upward Bounds mission statement. I enjoy watching the hard work the students of Upward Bound do to excel as high academic achievers. It is an honor to be a part of this team.