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

Staff Directory

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

Paula Nas, Interim Director - (810) 424-5486

Gary Ashley, Project Coordinator - (810) 424-5458

Mary Black, Civic Engagement Coordinator - (810) 424-5456

Kelli Catrell, Grants and Contracts Administrator - (810) 424-5473

Nic Custer, Program Assistant - (810) 424-5454

Alicia Gillman, Program Assistant - (810) 424-5437

Sherry Hayden, Administrative Assistant - (810) 424-5428

Sara McDonnell, Project Coordinator - (810) 424-5489

Mona Munroe-Younis, Program Manager  - (810) 424-5481

Annette Patterson, Administrative Assistant - (810) 424-5486

Maria Salinas, Student Services Coordinator - (810) 424-5476

Leyla Sanker, Community Outreach Coordinator - (810) 424-5477

Jo Ann Shabazz, College Readiness Coordinator  - (810) 424-5437

Lindsay Stoddard, Multimedia Designer - (810) 424-5479


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

Erica Britt (term ends 2016)

Janet Haley, co-chair (term ends 2017)

Vacancy - 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

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.


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.