MCCA Staff

Michael Hansen

Michael Hansen


Mike Hansen is the President of the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) where he works with the State’s 28 community colleges to advance MCCA’s public policy agenda. Prior to coming to the MCCA, Mike worked for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency where he was a chief analyst for Capital Outlay and Community Colleges. His professional background also includes teaching in the public schools. Mike has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from Michigan State University in Labor Relations.

Erin Schor

Erin Schor

Vice President

Erin Schor joined the MCCA in 2012 as Legislative Director before becoming Vice President in 2018. She has extensive experience working with Michigan’s policy making process on many issues including tax policy, education, appropriations, and retirement. Erin has served as a policy analyst with the House Democratic Policy Staff, as Legislative Director to the House Judiciary Committee Chair, and as Chief of Staff to the House Majority Floor Leader.

Erin earned both her B.A. in Political Science and Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She serves as Chair of the Lansing Mayor's Arts and Cultural Commission, Chair of the Board for Impression 5 Science Center, serves on the Board of Education for the Ingham Intermediate School District, and the Board of the Potter Park Zoological Society.

Erica Orians

Erica Lee Orians, Ph.D.

Executive Director Michigan Center for Student Success

Erica joins the Michigan Community College Association from her most recent position as Senior Research Associate in the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) at the University of Utah. Erica has also held positions in student affairs and academic advising at The Ohio State University, Miami University- Middletown campus, and the Columbus College of Arts and Design. Erica has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at several institutions of higher education and enjoys staying active in local, state, and national professional organizations.

Erica earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah where her dissertation focused on benchmarking and efficiency among rural community colleges. She earned her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs and BA in History from The Ohio State University. Erica is thrilled to join the staff of the MCCA where she can focus on student success at Michigan's 28 community colleges.

Jenny Schanker

Jenny Schanker, Ed.D.

Director of Research and Institutional Practice

Jenny joined the MCCA in 2011 as Associate Director of the Center for Student Success before becoming Director of Research and Institutional Practice in 2014. Previously, she taught developmental and college-level writing at universities and community colleges in Michigan and Illinois for 20 years, most recently at Lake Michigan College where she also served as Chair of the Department of Transitional Studies, Project Director for Achieving the Dream and Chair of the Student Success Steering Council. She also co-chaired the Student Learning Assessment Committee.

Since joining MCCA, Jenny has led the center's work on college readiness, developmental education, dual enrollment, and alignment of non-credit and credit career education. She currently leads the Michigan Guided Pathways Institute and the Right Math at the Right Time (RM@RT) initiatives. Jenny is a Scholar in the Higher Learning Commission's Student Success and Assessment Academies. She holds an M.A. in English from DePaul University and earned her Ed.D. in Community College Leadership from National-Louis University in 2011.

Ronda Edwards

Ronda Edwards

Executive Director of Michigan Colleges Online

As the Executive Director for the Michigan Colleges Online, Ronda provides leadership for the project, works with all 28 community colleges in support of their distance learning programs and manages the MCO services to students.

Prior to this she was the Director of Academic Programs for MCCVLC and focused specifically on assisting colleges with the development of online curriculum and facilitating professional development for faculty and staff across the state. Before her role at MCCA, Ronda was the Director of Distance Learning and Media Technologies at Northwestern Michigan College where she started their online program. She is on the Board (and past Chair) of the Instructional Technology Council – an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Her earned degrees are from Lansing Community College in Business/ Accounting (AS), Aquinas College in Human Resource Development (BS) and Michigan State University in Instructional Design/Education Technology (MA).

Adriana Phelan

Adriana Phelan

Director, Michigan New Jobs Training Program

Adriana Phelan previously served as Vice President for the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), and recently transitioned to a part-time role as Director of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. Adriana’s professional background includes consulting and public policy research in education and workforce development, and teaching at the University of Michigan. Adriana has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan.

Katie Giardello

Katie Giardello

Project Consultant

Katie serves as the Project Consultant for the MiTransfer Pathways project and continues to support MCCA involvement with the Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators. Prior to this position, Katie served as the Director of Veteran and Transfer Initiatives at the MCCA, Assistant Director of Community College Relations at Eastern Michigan University. Before moving to Michigan in 2013, Katie spent several years working with the Ohio Board of Regents (now the Ohio Department of Higher Education), where she was heavily engaged in statewide articulation and credit transfer initiatives, particularly around awarding credit for military experience and other competency-based educational structures.

Katie holds a B.S. in Human Ecology and M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership, both from The Ohio State University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University.

Kathy Taskey

Kathy Taskey

Business Office Manager

Prior to coming to the MCCA, Kathy worked in the banking and finance field as a Branch Operations Manager for Independent Bank and a Senior Vice President of First National Bank of Gaylord. Kathy has a B.A. from San Diego State University and most recently a B.A. in Accounting.

Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Michelle has served the MCCA as administrative support since 2011. Working in various fields including laboratory/medical services, transportation (JIT) logistics, construction management, as well as having owned her own restaurant in Lansing’s Old Town, Michelle brings a strong background in client and customer relations to the MCCA.

At the MCCA, Michelle deals with issues related to event planning for both the Association and the Center for Student Success. She also handles technical/maintenance aspects and scheduling for the MCCA’s buildings, offers support to Michigan Colleges Online, manages multiple software platforms, and performs various clerical functions.

Outside of the MCCA, Michelle currently serves the community as a victim advocate for both the Lansing Police Department and the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office. She also continues to offer volunteer support to approximately 4 other organizations throughout the Mid-Michigan area.

Gracie (our office pet)

“Gracie” Dakota’s Amazing Grace

Public Relations Liaison


Gracie began her career as an intern at the MCCA in 2011 but quickly moved into a part-time position as the official MCCA Public Relations Liaison. She was a natural fit with her positive attitude and eagerness to learn. Outreach is her number one mission as “Ambassador” for the Association, which she excels at. Her stellar performance and advocacy has developed strong relationships with many in the community, including winning over the most reserved of visitors, the mail carrier. Gracie also stands out as an exemplary team player as she enthusiastically provides hospitality to visitors, and at times, offers technical support at the reception desk. She looks forward to a long career at the MCCA and would love to foster many more association relationships.