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Dean's Staff Advisory Committee Roster

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Inaugural Committee

  • Melissa Kacos (Chair)
    Office of Student Affairs and Services
    Term expires 2022

    Melissa is an administrative assistant in the Office of Student Affairs and Services. She is the lead staff coordinator of student scholarships and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, assists in the planning and coordination of student events, and is the administrative support person for Dr. Julie Phillips and Mrs. Deana Wilbanks. She has been with Michigan State University for eight years and with the College of Human Medicine for 4.5 years. Melissa enjoys staying active as a triathlete along with strength training, spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on MSU football and basketball. Go Green!

  • Karla Cody (Vice Chair)
    Department of Family Medicine
    Term expires 2022

    Karla is a community clerkship assistant and residency network coordinator for the Department of Family Medicine. She is responsible for scheduling 3rd year College of Human Medicine students for their Late Clinical Experience with the Family Medicine Clerkship. She is the coordinator for the Family Medicine Residency Network, and the reappointment, promotion and tenure coordinator for the Department of Family Medicine. She has worked for MSU for six years. Karla loves spending time with her five children and husband and has the privilege of being “Grammy” to two awesome grandsons. She enjoys camping, kayaking, and is a HUGE MSU football and basketball fan!

  • Harmony Van Valkenberg (Secretary)
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
    Term expires 2022

    Harmony is a department administrator for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology. She is the administrative dyad to Dr. Leach. She supports the financial, human resources, and strategic planning for the department at the Grand Rapids Research Center, Secchia Center, and East Fee Hall. She has been with Michigan State University for 2.5 years. In her spare time, Harmony loves spending time with her husband (John) and her two boys, Ethan (9) and Jack (4).
  • Kim Healy
    Dean's Office
    Term expires 2021

    Kim is a human resources administrator in the Dean’s Office. She oversees the human resource functions for the Secchia Center and the Grand Rapids Research Center She has worked for MichiganState University College of Human Medicine for 1 year. Kim likes to bike and mediocre golf.

  • Kelsey Magolan, MS 
    Department of Translational Neuroscience
    Term expeires 2022

    Kelsey is a clinical research coordinator, working in the Translational Neuroscience Department. She has been with Michigan State University for just over 1.5 years. She works under Dr. David Morgan to conduct clinical trials for Alzheimer’s Disease. Their lab specializes in a neuroinflammatory approach to potential therapeutics for the disease, working in preclinical benchtop research as well as clinical research. In Kelsey’s spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and attending rugby games or concerts.

  • Amy Nienhouse, MS
    Office of Communications, Engagement and Outreach
    Term expires 2022

    Amy is the digital communications manager for the Office of Communications, Engagement, and Outreach. Her role includes content strategy, social media, and website design. She supports other communications initiatives including media relations, event promotion, and branding. She has been with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for more than five years. In her spare time, Amy enjoys camping, hiking, listening to podcasts, and crafting.

  • Holly Nysse, MPA
    Office of Late Clinical Experiences
    Term expires 2022

    Holly is a director of Grand Rapids community Campus student programs in the Office of Late Clinical Experience (LCE). She works with students placed in Grand Rapids for their schedule, career development, guides them through the residency match process, and is the point person for many of their needs throughout the LCE. She has been with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for almost seven years. Outside of work, Holly spends time with my family. She has an almost 2-year-old son, and almost 12-year-old step daughter that keep her and her husband on their toes!

  • Brenda Reynolds, CHRS 
    Department of Medicine
    Term expires 2021

    Brenda is an assistant department administrator in the Department of Medicine. She reports directly to the chief department administrator within the Department of Medicine, provides direct supervision of professionals within the finance/accounting, grants management, and human resources areas of the department. She partners with other department and division leaders to report critical information to assist in setting objectives, develop policies, operational procedures, and advance projects, budgets, and staffing objectives. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys spending time with her three children, playing volleyball, and traveling.

  • Robert Schiering, CHRS
    Department of Pediatrics and Human Development
    Term expires 2021

    Robert is an administrative assistant for the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. He serves the College in matters of human resources and communications. He is responsible for myriad administrative duties, from coordinating recruitment efforts, to creating content for the Pediatrics and Human Development website and social media accounts. He has been with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for five years. Rob prefers to spend his free time reading, writing, and traveling with his wife.

  • Megan Stechschulte 
    Office of Clinical Experiences
    Term expires 2021

    Megan is an office coordinator I with the Office of Clinical Experiences. She provides high-level administrative support to the Offices of Clinical Experiences and Academic Achievement, as well as Academy sub units in the Shared Discovery Curriculum. She serves as a primary communication liaison for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other university stakeholders. She has worked for Michigan State University for seven years and the College of Human Medicine for three years. In her spare time, Megan enJoys spending time with her husband, three-year-old daughter and their dog Cain. They like to kayak, go for walks, and go to concerts.

  • Teresa Thomas 
    Health Colleges Research Office
    Term expires 2020

    Teresa is a research administrator in the Health Colleges Research Office. She assists faculty and staff in pre-award grant submission, reporting, and assists departmental administrators and faculty on post-award/compliance issues. With two degrees from Michigan State University and several years of employment, she is a true Spartan at heart. Outside of MSU, she enjoys time with her family, reading, kayaking, and visiting the lake and lighthouses.

Selection process

A total of 33 applications for the inaugural commitee were first sorted by CT, APA and APSA employee groups, as guidelines dictate that three representatives from each bargaining group be included.

Next, applicant metrics were reviewed to ensure diversity across locations, departments, experience, and roles. The selection committee did their best to identify individuals who might best serve on an inaugural committee, which will involve being able to lay the foundation for this committee going forward.