Our coordinators are eager to make real connections with fellow members of the LSA community. Their goal is to collect meaningful insights from alumni and parents, while providing updates on the dean’s priorities and the current state of the college. Each coordinator is a recent graduate, and their different backgrounds allow for a nice sampling of what LSA offers students today.
Selena Joarder graduated from LSA in May 2018 with an A.B. in organizational studies. She was raised in a close family of Wolverine fans in Allen Park, MI. Selena began her time as a resident of the social-justice based learning community Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP), which gave her experience in encouraging meaningful engagement as a student leader. As a student, she also promoted student philanthropy on campus, working with the Gifts of Kindness Fund as Chair and LSA Advancement. Her time with FeelGood, a national nonprofit that works to sustainably end extreme world poverty by 2030, similarly gave her the opportunity to work with a group of leaders to consider all parts of developing an organization with a strong culture of empowerment. Learning from the Center for Positive Organizations as a +LAB Fellow, she studied research-based strategies to build authentic relationships. Selena was also a Barger Leadership Institute Fellow, traveling to Seattle with the program to shadow alumni in the region. With spare moments, Selena loves having family dinners, exploring the bounty of AA, and making new acquaintances. Her love of meeting new people, combined with a genuine belief that a liberal arts education can allow people to be their very best, compelled her to join the team.
Kai Mason graduated from LSA in May 2019 with an A.B. in English. Growing up, she attended various schools throughout Southeast Michigan, as well as across the world in Japan. She started at U-M as a pre-med transfer student from Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College, beginning her Michigan tenure in the Global Scholars Program where she eventually became a Dialogue Facilitator and Resident Advisor. As a junior, she received an optiMize grant and scholarship to start imi, a magazine that works to bring meaning to fashion through social, economic and environmental consciousness. Through the Opportunity Hub, she was able to intern with the environmental nonprofit MORIUMIUS in Miyagi, Japan, serving as a Japanese-English translator and activity lead at the sustainable farm facility. As a senior, she became the first graduate of LSA’s Honors in Engaged Liberal Arts program, an interdisciplinary thesis track, using her magazine as her project. Throughout her college career, she served as President of U of M Slam Poetry, the university’s official slam poetry team, competing in the national College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). With a love of storytelling and travel, she is excited by the opportunity to connect with alumni and help enhance her alma mater. In her spare time, she loves to shop, read, write, and (day)dream about the future!
Previous College Connections Coordinators
What have the former College Connections coordinators been up to since they "graduated" from the program?
Anna Thompson (2017-2020) works for Michigan Medicine Development as a lead annual giving officer.
Joe Murray (2016-2018) is a part of the LSA Major Giving team meeting alumni and donors in the Chicago region.
Amanda Piazzon (Harvey) (2016-2018) is living in Cardiff, Wales and beginning her new career.
Samantha Stears (Lemmen) (2016-2017) is a part of the LSA Major Giving team meeting alumni and donors in the central states.
Avery Gleason (2015-2016) works for the Office of University Development in Ann Arbor as a business intelligence analyst.
Patrick Pjesky (2015-2016) works for Google as an account manager in San Francisco.
Christina Pechette (2014-2016) lives in Minneapolis, MN and works as an associate director of clinical strategy at UnitedHealthcare.
Monica Phillip (2014-2016) is a part of the LSA Major Giving team meeting alumni and donors in the western states.
Ellie Chessen (2012–2015) works for Deloitte as a senior consultant in Washington, D.C.
Mark Chou (2013–2015) lives in San Francisco and works at Facebook as a project manager.
Kathleen Hinkley (2011–2014) is a grateful family philanthropy officer at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Jenny Howard (2009–2012) continues to lead LSA's Planned Giving program and is a part of the LSA Major Giving team meeting alumni and donors in the central states.
Elizabeth Blouin (Williams) (2009–2012) works for the Office of University Development as a director of major gifts in Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan.
Tina Sula (2009–2012) is a senior director of development at Henry Ford Health System. She also is a lecturer in U-M's Program in International and Comparative Studies.