Phone:
(810) 241-4053
Email:
pnas@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Paula Nas

Interim Director

Paula is the Interim Director of Outreach and has been a lecturer of Economics at UM-Flint for the past 20 years, and the Director of our Center for Economic Education for the past 8 years. She is a graduate of the Honors Program at UM-Flint, and holds an MA in Economics from MSU and a JD from Wayne State University Law School.  Paula is passionate about community engagement, specifically in connecting our students with local business, education, civic, health care, and municipal leaders through a variety of initiatives.  She is an active volunteer with many civic organizations and serves on the Grand Blanc City Council. Paula is eager to continue to expand and broaden meaningful relationships between UM-Flint and the community in ways that will benefit our community partners and our students, faculty, and staff alike.

Email:
ncuster@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Nic Custer

Program Assistant

As a graduate of the Incubator, Nic offers a unique perspective when he interviews clients in our program.  Nic owned a publishing and editing business, established a housing cooperative, and serves on the board of a local non-profit. As a researcher and writer, he produces marketing and communications materials for University Outreach. He also provides business counseling and directs clients to resources and networking opportunities. Nic earned his Bachelor’s in Anthopology and is nearing completion of the graduate certificate in business at UM-Flint’s School of Management.

Phone:
(810) 424-5428
Email:
shayden@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Sherry Hayden

Administrative Assistant

Sherry's diverse experience helps clients of the Incubator create their own opportunities. She worked as a graphic designer and editor for a news corporation and in her own publishing business, while earning a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. As a lecturer at UM-Flint and Mott Community College, she created curriculum using community partners as clients, and helped students prepare for communications and design careers. Sherry has served on the board of a Flint non-profit for 15 years, volunteering as a leader and grants writer. She likes helping people imagine and create dreams that tangibly benefit the community.

Phone:
(810) 424-5489
Email:
smcdonne@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Sara McDonnell

Program Coordinator

Sara is a connector who focuses on finding mentors for aspiring and operating business owners. She enjoys inspiring others to follow their passion -- and make money in the process. She has cultivated a wide network of community members and displays a deep understanding of governmental processes through her work with municipalities and townships. A former business owner, Sara can share lessons learned and recently received her MBA from UM-Flint. 

Phone:
(810) 424-5481
Email:
dmerot@umflint.edu
University Outreach - Innovation Incubator

David Mérot

Senior Project Manager

David Mérot has an extensive background in economic development research and implementation.  Most recently, he has been involved in numerous economic development research projects, including a bi-annual 7-county wages and benefits survey, broadband access study, opportunity youth fiscal scan, literacy network data collection, and data visualization. He has supported local business owners to expand their business operations in the area and into international markets in partnership with the State of Michigan STEP grant economic development initiative. David has facilitated and developed creative approaches related to entrepreneurship, community development, and a number of issues surrounding nonprofit funding, coalition implementation, and data collection for nonprofits and organizations in the region with the support of the Ruth Mott Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Harding Foundation and The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  David has been involved in strategic planning and development by coordinating, organizing, and facilitating local partner funding opportunity collaboration, as well as consulting on data analysis and branding for a number of organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance from EDC Paris.  Prior to his arrival in Michigan, David worked in several countries and in multiple multinational firms.