Staff Biographies by Department

STUDENT AFFAIRS
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
CAREER SERVICES
CLINICAL COUNSELING
CAMPUS DINING

DISABILITY SERVICES
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
SPORTS AND RECREATION
UNIVERSITY HOUSING

Student Affairs

Kevin Finn Kevin Finn
Dean of Students

I am a proud graduate of Lawrence Technological University's MBA program. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland University. I am a certified career coach and career development facilitator. My professional experience includes working with government-funded employment and training initiatives for expanding companies, displaced workers and the economically disadvantaged. I take great pride in helping people who are struggling with identifying their mission in life.

My passion is in creating and delivering programs and services that provides students with career planning resource materials and employment opportunities to meet the rapidly changing career needs for today's global job market. I accepted the position of Director of Career Services in 2001, and was promoted to the position of Executive Director of Career Services and International Programs in 2007. My department is committed to helping our visiting students with their visas and paperwork, finding employment and enjoying the wonderful community of Metro Detroit.

Cyndi SpottsCyndi Spotts
Associate Dean of Students

I received my master's degree in Higher Education from the University of Toledo. My graduate degree was preceded by a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Communications. I joined the Lawrence Tech family in 2005 and I enjoy my work immensely.

As the Assistant Dean of Students at Lawrence Tech, I am blessed to be able to support the Dean of Students in the leadership and direction of the Division of Student Affairs; including Clinical Counseling, Residential Life, Disability Services, International Programs, Athletics and Wellness, Student Engagement, Dining Services, Career Services, the Academic Achievement Center and First Year Programs.

During my tenure at Lawrence Tech, I have been fortunate to work in several departments within the Division of Student Affairs which has provided me with valuable experiences and insight into many functional areas within our unit. I always find that no matter what my day might entail, the greatest joy in my position is supporting the engagement, learning, and success of our students.

I am currently a member of several professional organizations, including The American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Learning Disability Association of America, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA), The Michigan Association of International Educators (MAIE), Michigan Association on Higher Education and Disability (MI-AHEAD).

I also serve as the ADA Section 504 Compliance Officer, Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Office (RO). Additionally, I am a member of the University Retention Committee and Global Talent Retention Board Member. I am certified in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, certified QPR suicide prevention instruction and certified TIPS trainer. I am also a proud recipient of the 2011 Marburger Administrator of the Year Award.

In my most recent adventure, I am very honored to act as the advisor for Kappa Beta Gamma, the newest addition to our Greek Life family and Order of Omega, the Greek Honor Society here on campus.

I am so excited to be a part of the warm, diverse, and collegial environment at Lawrence Tech. I look forward to sharing it with you soon so stop by and say hello anytime! GO BLUE DEVILS!

Dorrie Frontera Dorrie Frontera
Secretary
Office of the Dean of Students

I earned an associate's degree in Business Management from Davenport University, formerly Detroit College of Business. My previous work experience includes positions as an Administrative Assistant to financial planners, accountants, stock brokers, and insurance brokers.

I joined the Division of Student Affairs in June 2006 and work in the Office of the Dean of Students. As the office secretary, I provide work on the University switchboard, as well as support various departments, which include Career Services and International Programs, and Student Activities.

I am an active member with the International Association of Administrative Professionals, (IAAP), Macomb Chapter. Over the years I have been involved in different committees associated with the association.

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Student Engagement

Eula MuckleroyEula Muckleroy
Program Coordinator, KCP (King-Chavez-Parks) Initiative
Staff, Multicultural Student Support Services
Staff, Commuter Student Support Services

I attended Oakland Community College for 2.5 years before transferring to Lawrence Technological University. In 2002 I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Power. As a commuter student and to feel a part of campus, I involved myself with the National Society of Black Engineers. Through a student employment position in the Financial Aid office, I found more opportunities to involve myself in social and academic activities on campus.

After graduation, I joined the Office of Student Affairs shortly as the Coordinator of the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) here at LTU. For two years I ran this program, as well as helped the organization of another pilot program, Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST). In 2004, I was given the opportunity to coordinate another great program on campus, the Students in Technology Achieving Results (S.T.A.R.) program funded by the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

I feel Lawrence Technological University offers students a unique educational experience and shows its concern for the well being of its community.


Jamie Vassel
Jamie Vassel
Student Engagement Coordinator
Greek Life Adivisor

I received my master's degree from Eastern Michigan University in Higher Education, Student Affairs as well as a graduate certificate in Academic Advising. I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for two years after graduating from Saginaw Valley State University with my bachelor's degree in History and Political Science. Prior to working at LTU, I interned at the University of Michigan Engineering Career Resource Center and worked as an event coordinator for a non-profit called Winning Futures.

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Career Services

PegMargaret (Peg) M. Pierce, MS, LPC
Director, Career Services

Before she joined the Lawrence Tech Career Services team in August of 2008, she served as the Assistant Dean of Career Services at the University of Detroit Mercy for 6 years. Prior to UDM, she served for 10 years as the Employment and Training Counselor for the City of Southfield, a Michigan Workforce Development program. Margaret has a Master of Science degree in Higher Education with a specialization in College Student Personnel Counseling from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor through the State of Michigan, Board of Counseling. She is the Vice President for Colleges on the board of the Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance and served as the Chairperson for the Midwest Cooperative Education and Internship Association Conference, held in Detroit Michigan in October 2008. She is also a member of the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA), and the American Society of Engineering Educators.


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International Programs Staff Biographies

Kalie DavioKalie Davio
Director, International Programs

I am a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, receiving my Master's in Business Administration International. In addition, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from LTU in 2009. After graduation, I worked in the corporate world for a short time before returning to LTU.

While in my current role, I have had the pleasure of organizing and being involved in a variety of events which has allowed me in getting to know the international student population at LTU. I have also enjoyed watching the University grow and evolve into the dynamic environment it has become.

Laura Affer

Laura Affer
Assistant Director, International Programs

I received my Bachelor of Arts in English from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduation, I worked in customer service before joining the staff of the President's Office at LTU in July 1998. In January 2000, I began working as the Housing Coordinator in the Office of University Housing. I applied for the position in University Housing so that I could work more closely with students and help develop the Community Leader program at LTU, which had only begun the previous semester. I worked in University Housing for 5½ years, during which time I enjoyed seeing the positive changes in the Residence Life Program and developed close relationships with my residents and student staff.

In August 2006, I began working in my current position. I am learning a great deal from LTU's international students, and I hope they are learning from me, as well. The Office of Career Services and International Programs is at the start of a new era of development and growth, just as University Housing was when I started. I am looking forward to once again being a part of developing a program that is such an integral part of our campus community.

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Clinical Counseling Services

Jeffrey BetmanJeffrey Betman PhD
Psychologist, Clinical Counseling Services

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed a post-doctoral program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. I continued on staff at McLean Hospital, then was a staff psychologist at Dean Medical Center in Madison, WI. I have over 20 years of experience providing mental health services and am currently publishing a book aimed at middle school readers.

Currently, I work as one of two part-time psychologists here on campus and also have my own private practice in Farmington Hills, MI.

Lusine HambardzumyanLusine Hambardzumyan, MS, MA, LLP
Clinical Counselor, Clinical Counseling Services

I received my M.S/ B.S. in Psychology from Yerevan State University, with postgraduate training and specialization in Medical Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. I successfully completed the three stage advance PTSD training, Helping Children in Distress, organized by UNICEF (September 1995, October 1996 and October 1997). I have previous clinical, teaching, and research experience working at Yerevan State University in the department of Psychology, and at Yerevan State Medical University in the department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology. I have published 13 professional articles in Armenia, Russia and Switzerland. One of the articles was presented at the Sixth European Congress of Psychology (Italy, July 1999).

Currently, I hold positions as the Counseling Psychologist in Counseling and Support Services at University of Michigan (Dearborn) and I am also a part-time Clinical Counselor here at LTU. I use my clinical experience and knowledge to provide mental health professional services to students who experience different emotional, personal, developmental and cultural issues and problems. When working with students, I help them develop and implement effective coping skills and strategies to have healthy and meaningful personal growth.

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Campus Dining

Profiles coming soon.

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Disability Services

Sam PhotoSamantha Veldboom
Advisor, Disability Services

I am a graduate of Lawrence Technological University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cell Biology.  After graduation, I worked at a Center Based School for students with special needs who were severely cognitively impaired, severely multiply impaired, or students dual-diagnosed with cognitive and emotional impairments. I am excited to be a part of the LTU family again as the Disability Services Advisor and advocate on behalf of the students at LTU.   

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Fitness and Recreation

Scott TrudeauScott Trudeau
Director, Recreation, Athletics, & Wellness

I am a proud graduate of Central Michigan University, Fire up Chips. I completed my undergraduate work in Sports Studies, Business Administration, and Coaching, followed by a graduate degree in Sports Administration. Sports have always been a very big part of my life. I have played everything and anything. While in College I participated in intramural sports, as well as other sports activities, including flag football, basketball, softball, floor hockey, and golf. I was lucky enough to have participated in three national tournaments in flag football and one in basketball, while attending college. I still play in leagues for basketball, softball, and golf when I'm not enjoying time fishing or relaxing on the lake.

I joined the staff of Lawrence Tech in January 2002 as the Assistant Director of Student Recreation. My responsibility is to oversee all intramural, extramural, club sports, fitness, facility, and management of the Student Recreation Department. Prior to joining LTU, I worked in Sports Marketing and Advertising as an Assistant Manager. I also spent some time as a substitute teacher for junior high school students. I received two honored awards while working at LTU, Staff Member of the Month and the Marburger Administrator of the Year. Through hard work, a great attitude, and great colleagues, I hope to keep improving Student Recreation at Lawrence Tech for years to come.

Athletics, fitness, and recreation are a great way to interact with fellow students. The experience I gained from getting involved outside the class is why I enjoy working in the field. I want everyone to experience the most of college life while getting a great education. Students will remember things they did outside of the classroom and the people they interacted with more than the tests they took during college.

Don Gillette Don Gillette
Assistant Director, Recreation, Athletics & Wellness

I am a very proud graduate of both Central Michigan University and The University of Southern Mississippi. I have a Bachelor's degree from CMU and a Master's from Southern Miss both in Sport Management. I have worked in Student Recreation and Student Affairs for 4 years now.

I started my Recreation career as an intramural sports official at CMU. My last job was as the Intramural Sports Graduate Assistant at USM. I joined the Lawrence Tech team just recently and I am currently the Assistant Director of Recreation, Athletics, & Wellness. Here at LTU I am responsible for overseeing the intramural, extramural, club sport, fitness, wellness, and athletics here at Student Recreation.

Student Recreation is an integral part of any university. Through quality programming and dedication from the staff I believe we can make the student experience just that much more enjoyable.

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University Housing

Kim OsantowskiKim Jerdine
Director of Residence Life, 
University Housing

I graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with my B.A. in History and Women's Studies. After graduation I realized my passion was working with students and became the Graduate Resident Director for the First Year Experience Residence Hall at UDM. After a short time I became the Interim Resident Director. I am excited to work at LTU and hope to get the students involved because I want every student to get the most out of their college experience.

MarissaMarissa Gonzalez
Residence Hall Coordinator, Donley Hall

I am a recent graduate of Lawrence Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. This is my 5th year on the housing staff here at LTU and my 2nd year serving as the Residence Hall Coordinator of Donley Hall. Raised in Dallas, Texas, LTU has become my home away from home and I hope to help residents find their place in college. I am looking forward to meeting more students and watching them grow during their time at college.


TylerTyler McLean
Residence Hall Coordinator, Reuss Hall

I started my journey in higher education as a First-Generation College Student at Millikin University and earned a B.A. in English Literature. I was a Resident Assistant for three years while at Millikin, and after graduating, I moved into a professional role as the Student Engagement Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA. Then, I continued my work and studies at Western Illinois University, where I earned my M.S. in College Student Personnel Services in 2018, serving as an Assistant Complex Director. From these experiences, I learned the value of promoting personal and professional growth, leadership development, and building community with students in the residence halls. I also found passion in supporting First-Generation College Students and advising student groups. I am excited to continue learning and growing with the students in Reuss Hall this year!

ShannenShannen Stiffler
Residence Hall Coordinator, South Hall

I originate from central Pennsylvania, where I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for my Bachelor of Science in Energy Resources Geology, as well as my Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education.  Although I enjoyed my time in Geology, I realized I had far more interest in working with students during their time in college!  This will be my second year as the Residence Hall Coordinator for South Hall.

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