Mission

University Outreach connects campus and community to support learning, collaboration and partnerships.

Staff Directory

Main Line - (810) 424-5486
Fax - (810) 424-5484

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.

Phone:
(810) 424-5458
Email:
gaashley@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Gary Ashley

Project Coordinator

Gary Ashley earned a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Human Relations from the University of Michigan-Flint in December 2005. Since then he has been employed at the University of Michigan-Flint and has held a number of positions. He started working in Alumni Relations and then moved to Institutional Advancement; he worked in each department for one year respectively. He is currently working in University Outreach and has a great deal of experience in partnering with departments within the university and organizations outside the university to help revitalize Genesee County. It is his personal mission to help Genesee County be a better place to live, work, play, etc.!

Phone:
(810) 424-5473
Email:
kellsull@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Kelli Catrell

Grants and Contracts Administrator

Kelli is a Grants & Contracts Administrator and manages our department budgets, including internal and external funding. She is also responsible for the financial business operations for the department. She graduated from Central Michigan University with her Bachelor’s degree in 2003 and began working for UM-Flint shortly after graduation. Kelli enjoys camping and traveling with her family.

Phone:
(810) 424-5454
Email:
ncuster@umflint.edu
University Outreach - Innovation Incubator

Nic Custer

Program Assistant

As a graduate of the Innovation 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 recently began a program to earn a graduate certificate in business at UM-Flint.

Phone:
(810) 424-5437
Email:
agillman@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Alicia Gillman

Program Assistant

Alicia Gillman earned a B.S. in Health Sciences with a minor in Public Health from the University of Michigan-Flint in December 2014. She is currently continuing her education at the university and is pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Alicia was actively involved with Alternative Breaks because of her desire to make a difference in the Flint community.  She now continues her work in civic engagement and service-learning as a program assistant in University Outreach. Previously, Alicia has held several positions in Housing and Residential Life as well as conducted research at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Alicia strives to create opportunities for others to continue to learn about and address the needs of the communities in which we live!

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

Sherry Hayden

Administrative Assistant

Sherry worked as a graphic designer and editor for a news corporation and in her own publishing business, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in English at UM-Flint and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at the UM Rackham School. As a lecturer at UM-Flint and Mott Community College, she created curriculum taking community partners as clients, and helped students prepare for communications and design careers. She came to University Outreach in 2006 to work on the Green Arts Project, which raised environmental awareness through the arts. In 2008 she began work in the Innovation Incubator, helping startups focused on the Triple Bottom Line that values people, the planet, and profit. Sherry has volunteered as an environmentalist for more than 20 years, and has served on the board of a Flint non-profit for 16 years 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 relationship builder who focuses on connecting University faculty and students to community needs. She often serves as a convener, facilitator, and technical advisor for nonprofits around environmental planning, and public engagement. She enjoys inspiring others to follow their passion and has cultivated a wide network of community members and leaders. She displays a deep understanding of local and regional environmental issues and governmental processes through her work with municipalities and townships. Sara earned both her B.S. in Resource Ecology and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan-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.

Phone:
(810) 424-5486
Email:
amcginni@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Annette Patterson

Administrative Assistant

Annette has been employed with the University of Michigan-Flint since 2005.  She earned her BS in Education with honors in 2014 from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Annette assists faculty and staff with various secretarial support needs. She assists with civic engagement activities and course support in addition to numerous other administrative duties.

Phone:
(810) 424-5456
Email:
jeneep@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Jeneé Price

Flint Truth and Action Project Leader

Jeneé earned her B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2009, and completed her M.A. in Linguistics program at Wayne State University in 2017.  She has worked extensively with public schools, administering programs to promote educational, social, and personal growth and development in K-12 students.  Jeneé has also created opportunities for local students to expand their knowledge and awareness of cultural diversity and inclusion. She is excited about developing programs that will engage and inspire the Flint community.

Phone:
(810) 424-5477
Email:
lsanker@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Leyla Sanker

Community Outreach Coordinator

Leyla Sanker approaches her work from a sustainable community perspective and recognizes the importance of connecting people to the land, to their communities, and to each other.  She utilizes her training and experience in public participation, community engagement, organizational capacity building, urban planning, and natural resources management to advance those efforts.  Over the past twelve years, Leyla has worked with local, state and federal partners, community residents, non-profits, K-12 teachers and students, and University faculty and students to address local and regional efforts, and currently coordinates Discovering PLACE, the Flint place-based education hub of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.  Leyla holds a Master’s Degree from Duke University in Environmental Management and B.S. from UM-Flint in Resource Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Phone:
(810) 424-5479
Email:
lstoddar@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Lindsay Stoddard

Multimedia Designer

As University Outreach's Multimedia Designer, Lindsay creates print and digital promotional pieces for all of University Outreach's programs and events. She also manages the web and social media presence for the office. Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UM-Flint, and has been with University Outreach since 2007.

Faculty Advisory Committee

According to the UM-Flint Faculty Code:

The Faculty Advisory Committee on University Outreach and Engagement shall consist of five faculty members serving three year, rotating terms and includes at least one member from each instructional unit and one student member. The Director of University Outreach is an ex officio member of the committee.

The committee charge is to monitor the effectiveness of University Outreach’s programs as aligned with Outreach’s purpose and values. Thus, the committee is responsible for reviewing and maintaining the quality of programming built upon public scholarship, community engagement, and mutually beneficial partnerships between the university and its larger community. The committee evaluates applications and awards the annual Freeman and Saab service scholarships to students.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Janet Haley, co-chair (term ends 2017)

Nubwa Gadzama - Student Representative 

Lisa Lapeyrouse, co-chair (term ends 2018)

Kathleen Levinstein (term ends 2018)

Seyed Mehdian (term ends 2017)

Tracy Wacker, ex officio

Our Values

Being in service

University Outreach engages with hundreds of community-based organizations each year. Most often that engagement involves students. We identify the needs, struggles, and common interests of our partners so we can best access collective resources. Through this process, community needs are met and students are transformed. By maintaining balanced partnerships with those we serve, University Outreach has built trusted relationships to benefit the greater community.

Healthy relationships

Building stronger connections between people, land and community is at the core of University Outreach work. Building upon Michigan’s rich history of resource conservation, University Outreach is concerned with the relationships between land, water, people and our state. We embrace contributing to healthy lifestyles and communities, while building a stronger, more resilient Michigan.

Justice and fairness

University Outreach promotes justice and fairness in our work. By acknowledging that all voices and viewpoints are important and valuable, we demonstrate our commitment to sharing power and challenging others to do the same. Providing access to University and community resources, fostering relationships, supporting partnerships, and promoting action contribute to a fairer, more just community.

Community-building

University Outreach supports communities that are working to protect natural assets and rebuild their economies. We provide neutral spaces for those with resources and those with needs to come together to solve problems, which builds community. Our inclusive and solution-based approach helps unite communities, and builds local, regional, and national networks. These contribute to a positive and prosperous future for those we serve.

Economic vitality

University Outreach supports innovation and creativity, and fosters a culture of entrepreneurship. Working collectively to develop and retain talent will lead us to a vibrant local community. Our Innovation Incubator helps students navigate the extraordinary economic challenges facing their communities.