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.
Paige Apsey graduated from LSA in May 2021 with an A.B. in Psychology. She grew up splitting her time between Belleville, Michigan and Saginaw, Michigan, and her grandfather always said she “had maize and blue in her” from the time she was born. During her time at LSA, Paige ignited an interest in film and minored in Global Media Studies. She joined the University of Michigan’s Panhellenic Association as External Relations chair, which taught her the true value of connecting with others. During her first year at Michigan, Paige began fundraising for breast cancer research through both Relay for Life and Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropic cause: breast cancer education and awareness. A strong advocate for mental health, Paige was an active member of Wolverine Support Network, as well as a research assistant at the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry, where she worked in the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Program. She was also involved in Project Outreach, where she volunteered with at-risk children at local preschools and daycares. Paige began working for LSA Advancement as a student in 2019, taking on the role of Digital Fundraising Assistant. This opportunity allowed her to connect with thousands of donors, and sparked her interest in meeting and connecting with the LSA community, particularly alumni and parents. In her spare time, Paige loves watching the newest critically-acclaimed films (along with the occasional Rom-Com), reading, and spending time with her loved ones.
MaryRose Clark graduated from LSA in May 2020 with an A.B. in Communication and Media and dual minors in Entrepreneurship and Law, Justice, and Social Change. She was raised in the small village of Dryden in the ‘thumb’ of Michigan, and was a HAIL Scholarship recipient. Being a part of the Comprehensive Studies Program assisted in her transition to U-M, and provided continuous support throughout her undergraduate career. MaryRose had the opportunity to travel abroad to France, Italy, and Vietnam with the Center for Global and Intercultural Study, as well as to Paris, Virginia with Alternative Spring Break. As a junior, she served as a Dobson intern at Eversight with the Development Summer Internship Program, which piqued her interest in development work. On campus, she frequently promoted philanthropy as the President of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) of Ann Arbor, and volunteered her time to local non-profit animal organizations. MaryRose also spent nearly 3 years working at Bert’s Cafe on the first floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library as a Student Manager, during which she made meaningful connections with fellow student workers and shaped her leadership skills. Her spare time is filled with outdoor adventures, caring for her 40+ houseplants, and spending quality time with friends and family. She is ecstatic to begin engaging with parents and alumni, and to rediscover her love of exploring new places.
Previous College Connections Coordinators
What have the former College Connections coordinators been up to since they "graduated" from the program?
Kai Mason (2019-2021) is living in Tokyo, Japan, to test her communications chops as a bilingual writer.
Selena Joarder (2018-2020) works to integrate child welfare and behavioral health services as a cross-system trainer for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services
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 Arizona, Southern California, and Utah.
Amanda Piazzon (Harvey) (2016-2018) is living in Cardiff, Wales, working as a Project Support Associate at Deloitte.
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 Financial Analyst in London, UK.
Christina Pechette (2014-2016) lives in Minneapolis, MN and works as an associate director of clinical strategy at UnitedHealthcare.
Monica Phillipp (2014-2016) is the Associate Director of Development at North Star Reach.
Ellie Chessen (2012–2015) works for Deloitte as a manager of strategy & analytics 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) is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
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 the Vice President of Major Gifts at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center. She also is a lecturer in U-M's Program in International and Comparative Studies.