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332-332A King Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197


Tucker C. Staley, Ph.D.
NLA Campus Director

Dr. StaleyDr. Tucker Staley joined EMU as an assistant professor and director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in the fall of 2017. Before joining the faculty at EMU, he taught at the University of Central Arkansas and University of Minnesota-Duluth. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri (2012) and his B.S. in political science from the University of Oregon (2005) with a minor in business administration.

Within the Political Science Department, Dr. Staley specializes in public and non-profit administration  He serves as the advisor for the undergraduate Nonprofit Administration minor, the graduate Nonprofit Management MPA concentration, and the Nonprofit Management graduate certificate.  Dr. Staley enjoys working with community organizations and local governments, and he encourages his students to be actively involved in their broader community.

Lisa Gavan
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Lisa Gavan joined the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in September 2017 as a Graduate Assistant, pursuing her Master of Arts Administration degree.  Before coming to Eastern Michigan University, Lisa worked as a professional photographer, administrative assistant and community theater volunteer.

Lisa has spent the last 7 years volunteering with Ann Arbor Civic Theater, UMGASS and PTD Productions as an actor, stage manager, props master, assistant director and photographer.  She is currently a member of the executive board for Ann Arbor Civic Theater.

Lisa also volunteers her time photographing theater productions for Skyline High School.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts in Biomedical and Fine Art Photography from College for Creative Studies in 2004.

NLA Advisory Board

The NLA Advisory Board supports the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at EMU in preparing students and working professionals for careers in the nonprofit sector. Our 2017-2018 Board members are:


Cheryl Aubuchon, Faculty Member at EMU

Caryn Charter, Director of the Office of Research and Development at EMU

Mike Corbin, Consultant at Mike Corbin Consulting

Theresa Dark, Former EMU General Education Program

John Fike, Founder of Philanthropy Solutions, LLC

Bridget Healy, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Washtenaw County

Diane Hockett, Consultant

Emmanuel Jones, Executive Director, Mentor2Youth

Kim Kopka, Faculty Member at EMU

Markell Miller, MPH, Director, Community Food Programs, Food Gatherers

Barbara Niess-May, Executive Director of SafeHouse Center

Debra Polich, President and CEO of A3Arts & Artrain, Inc.

Laura Schultz Pipis, Faculty Member at EMU and Executive Director of Family Counseling and Children’s Services of Lenawee County

Morghan Williams, Youth Development and Outreach Coordinator, Corner Health Center