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Imagine the difference you can make.  University Advancement strengthens the University of Michigan-Flint’s ability to make meaningful connections with each and every member of the university community. Connecting students, alumni, parents and friends, corporations and foundations, faculty and staff is critical to our future. We integrate development, alumni relations, and government relations to build a culture of engagement and philanthropy within the UM-Flint community.

Our Office of Development team solicits donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to promote learning, research, and education at the University of Michigan-Flint. Our Major Gift Officers represent our campus' schools, programs, and units, and provide fundraising leadership to complement, encourage, and support university-wide efforts to achieve comprehensive objectives for generating financial resources to support students, faculty, and staff.

The Office of Alumni Relations adds value to the alumni experience through fostering university spirit and managing communications.  Our programs are designed to build leadership, create traditions, support students, and foster connections among our 30,000 alumni.  Our office, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Alumni Association, is your tie to the Leaders and Best.

The Office of Government Relations serves as the primary liaison between the University of Michigan-Flint and all levels of government.  Our office offers information on State and Federal higher education issues, information on how you can help UM-Flint promote its legislative goals, tracking key pieces of legislation that may affect our campus, and becoming involved in the "Wolverine Advocates" program. The office is also involved in a number of community based projects that has a direct impact on the university, the City of Flint and greater region that the university serves.

For more information on any of these areas, please contact one of our staff. To view the organizational chart for University Advancement at UM-Flint, click here.

Phone:
(810) 762-3457
Email:
krislind@umflint.edu

Kristin Lindsey

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Kristin Lindsey joined the UM-Flint in October of 2015. She has over 25 years of experience working with organizations dedicated to making change at every level: community, local, national, and global.

Phone:
(810) 762-3043
Email:
maryjoss@umflint.edu

Mary Jo Sekelsky, Ed.D.

Executive Director for Alumni Relations

Mary Jo Sekelsky was appointed to the position of Executive Director for Alumni Relations in Fall 2015.  Delivering the resources necessary to develop systems and policies that enhance the overall campus experience has been a primary objective throughout her thirty-plus years in higher education.

Phone:
(810) 424-5448
Email:
nusselj@umflint.edu

Jay Nussel

Director of Development

Jay Nussel joined the UM-Flint staff from Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia, where he served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Prior to his current appointment, Jay served at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana as Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations; and Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana, where he served as Executive Director of Development.

Phone:
(810) 766-6718
Email:
krislind@umflint.edu

Mia McNeil, Esq.

Director of Government and Community Relations

Phone:
810-424-5244
Email:
bankemil@umflint.edu

Emily Bank

Career Advisor

Emily joined the University Advancement staff as a Career Advisor in our Career Center in 2016.

Phone:
(810) 424-5497
Email:
bpbarker@umflint.edu

Bill Barker

Development Communications Specialist

Bill joined University Advancement in 2015. He has almost twenty years of experience handling communications efforts in the fields of higher education and non-profit organizations. 

Phone:
(810) 762-0919
Email:
sbarton@umflint.edu

Sara Barton

Career Center Manager

Sara joined the University of Michigan-Flint team in 2013. A large part of her work focuses on connecting industry to students through internships, events, and employment. Sara is a 2006 UM-Flint Alumna, graduating with an MBA. 

Phone:
(810) 424-5482
Email:
elbros@umflint.edu

Ellen Brothers

Major Gifts Officer

Ellen has served as a Major Gift Officer at UM-Flint since 2010 with concentrated efforts in the School of Education and Human Services and the School of Health Professions and Studies. She is a 1990 UM-Flint Alumna, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts.

Phone:
810-424-5450
Email:
mbueby@umflint.edu

Matt Bueby

Alumni and Career Center Assistant

Matt joined the University Advancement team in 2016. An alumnus himself, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UM-Flint.

Phone:
810-424-5246
Email:
mycannon@umflint.edu

Myesha Cannon

Career Advisor

Myesha joined the University Advancement staff as a Career Advisor in the Career Center in 2016.

Phone:
(810) 762-3243
Email:
scurrier@umflint.edu

Sheila Currier

Executive Secretary for Vice Chancellor

Sheila has been with the University of Michigan-Flint since 2010 and with University Advancement since 2015.

Phone:
(810) 762-3359
Email:
sferriby@umflint.edu

Sara Ferriby

Donor Relations & Stewardship Assistant

Sara joined the University Advancement team in 2016. She is a 2007 graduate of Central Michigan University.

Phone:
(810) 424-5450
Email:
bnickola@umflint.edu

Brent Nickola

Alumni Relations Manager

Brent has served as Manager of Alumni Relations since 2008. Brent holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters degree from UM-Flint.

Phone:
810-762-5978
Email:
mlpanik@umflint.edu

Monica Panik

Senior Development Assistant

Monica joined the University Advancement team in January of 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.

Phone:
(810) 424-5449
Email:
rpetteng@umflint.edu

Rebecca Pettengill

Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer

Becky has served as Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Master in Business Administration degrees from UM-Flint.

Phone:
810-424-5456
Email:
nsadien@umflint.edu

Nakshidil Sadien

Program Assistant for University Advancement

An alumna of the University of Michigan-Flint, Nakshidil joined the University Advancement team in 2016.

Phone:
(810) 424-5480
Email:
msfarrel@umflint.edu

Melissa Stephens-Farrell

Major Gifts Officer

Melissa has served at UM-Flint since 2001, starting as Development and Marketing Director for University Outreach. Currently, she is a Major Gift Officer for the University with focus on the School of Management from which she holds a degree.

Phone:
(810) 424-5460
Email:
jillener@umflint.edu

Jill Verdier

Annual Giving Officer - Senior

Jill has worked with the University Advancement team since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from UM-Flint.

Phone:
(810) 762-3382
Email:
clauswe@umflint.edu

Claus Weimann

Academic Exchange Officer

Claus joined the University Advancement team in 2015 as the Academic Exchange Officer. In this role, he concentrates his efforts on international development.

Phone:
810-424-5485
Email:
pzemore@umflint.edu

Pam Zemore

Community Relations Specialist

Contact Pam for assistance with:

  • Sponsorships for community events and initiatives
  • Partnerships for community oriented projects
  • Inquiries about hosting community events on campus
  • School yearbook and school newspaper ad requests
  • Sponsorships for youth education programs