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Meet Your Coordinators

Who better to collect the stories of LSA alumni and their families than recent graduates, those most closely connected to campus? That is why the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts has designed College Connections, to pair alumni from all backgrounds with new LSA graduates. Each coordinator will get a taste of the University across eras while sharing a common bond.

Our coordinators are eager to make real connections with fellow members of the LSA family! They welcome the opportunity to strengthen the College's alumni outreach and make your experience as an alum more personal.

Avery Gleason graduated in July of 2015 with a A.B. in economics. Originally from Holt, MI, he always dreamed of attending the University of Michigan—a dream that was made possible by the Lefkofsky Family Foundation Scholarship. During his time as a student, Avery participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and worked with Appreciate + Reciprocate, a student organization that raises money for need-based scholarships. This experience led Avery to The Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP), where he worked as a development intern at a local youth homeless shelter, Ozone House Youth and Family Services. In his spare time, Avery loves traveling as much as possible, listening to NPR, and knitting!  

Samantha Lemmen graduated from LSA in May of 2016 with a A.B. in psychology and a minor in business administration. Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Samantha followed in the footsteps of her older brother, Alex (B.B.A. ’13), from the shores of Lake Michigan to the bleachers of the Big House. As an undergrad, Samantha was heavily involved with Appreciate + Reciprocate, a philanthropic student org that volunteers in the community and also fundraises for the LSA Appreciate + Reciprocate Scholarship. The experience led Samantha to The Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP), where she worked on a fundraising plan for a Teen Space at Ypsilanti District Library. She also served a brief stint as a sports writer for The Michigan Daily. Samantha’s love for the University, strong belief in the value of a liberal arts education, and appreciation for people and stories of all kinds sparked her interest in alumni relations. In her spare time, you can find Samantha watching basketball and football, spending time with family and friends, running, reading, fishing, and likely drinking excessive amounts of coffee.

Previous College Connections Coordinators

What have the former College Connections coordinators been up to since they "graduated" from the program?

Patrick Pjesky (2015-2016) has taken a job with Google Marketing Solutions in Ann Arbor. 

Christina Pechette (2014-2016) works at Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit, but still calls Ann Arbor home!

Monica Phillip (2014-2016) is enjoying her new role within LSA as a major gift officer for the West Coast, joining Jenny Howard.

Ellie Chessen (2012–2015) didn't go too far from LSA: she is currently pursuing her Master's at the U-M Ford School of Public Policy, just down the street. 

Mark Chou (2013–2015) moved to Brooklyn, NY, to work as a special projects coordinator at Uncommon Schools' Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate. 

Kathleen Hinkley (2011–2014) moved to Madison, WI, with her husband Tim, a pharmacy resident at UW-Madison. Kathleen serves as a director of development for the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Jenny Howard (2009–2012) continues to work at LSA as a major gift officer for the West Coast. 

Elizabeth Williams (2009–2012) spent about seven years as a part of the LSA family, with four years as a major gift officer on the East Coast. Now she has moved back to Michigan, from Washington D.C., to be a major gift officer covering Washtenaw County for OUD. 

Tina Sula (2009–2012) took on a new role in LSA as the director of international giving before leaving LSA to become a chief development officer at the Henry Ford Health System. She continues to stay involved with the College as a Lecturer in the LSA Program in International and Comparative Studies.