MCCA Staff

 
Michael Hansen
 

Michael Hansen

President

mhansen@mcca.org
 

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

eschor@mcca.org
 

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 served as the founding Chair of the Lansing Mayor's Arts and Cultural Commission, as Chair of the Board for Impression 5 Science Center, serves on the Board of Education for the Ingham Intermediate School District, and on the Board of the Potter Park Zoological Society.

 
Erica Orians
 

Erica Lee Orians

Executive Director Michigan Center for Student Success

eorians@mcca.org
 

Erica joined the MCCA in 2015 as the Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Student Success where she supports community colleges in their efforts to improve student success. Erica previously held positions at the University of Utah, 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.

 
Jenny Schanker
 

Jenny Schanker

Director of Research and Institutional Practice

jschanker@mcca.org
 

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.

 
Precious Miller
 

Precious Miller

MI-BEST Coordinator

pmiller@mcca.org
 

Precious Miller comes to the Michigan Community College Association from her most recent position as a Campus Coach for Student Success at Western Michigan University. While instituting a holistic model for student success in the College of Education and Human Development, Precious assumed an instructor role for a course specific to supporting first-generation and first-time college students. Precious also obtained her Gallup Certification as a CliftonStrengths coach, helping individuals move from talent to strength.

Her professional background additionally includes the removal of barriers for students in public schools and coordinating the care of adults with mental illness. As a proud Western Michigan University alumna, Precious holds a BA in Social Work and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is excited about being a part of the MCCA family and looks forward to supporting the work of student success in the 28 Michigan Community Colleges.

 
Carl Weckerle
 

Carl Weckerle

Director of Michigan Colleges Online

cweckerle@mcca.org
 

Carl Weckerle provides leadership in support of the 28 community colleges' distance learning programs and manages the MCO services for students. His work also extends into providing support for Open Educational Resources (OERs), digital accessibility, and other areas of online learning.

Prior to this, Carl served as the Director of Instructional Technology and Online Learning and Macomb Community College to direct the administration of the College's Learning Management System (LMS), including the management of professional development & support staff, budget, and all online learning activities. Previously, he worked in the Center for Teaching & Learning and Workforce Development departments and as a K-12 teacher. He has also served on several higher education and K-12 advisory groups.

Carl has his Master of Education in Instructional Technology and Bachelor of Science in Education, both from Wayne State University. He has completed PhD coursework in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University.

 
Amy Lee
 

Amy Lee

Director of Collaborative Programs/ MiRIS Director

alee@mcca.org
 

Amy joined the Michigan Community College Association in 2015 as Director of Collaborative Programs from her most recent position as Educational Coordinator at Kellogg Community College. Amy has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare profession, with the last 15 years in imaging science. Amy has also taught courses at four Michigan community colleges and two universities.

Amy earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix where her dissertation focused on community college recruitment. She earned her MA in Higher Education with a focus in Community College Leadership and BA in Business Administration from Siena Heights University. In addition, Amy is registered by the ARRT in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Radiography.

 
Amanda Morgan
 

Amanda Morgan

MiRIS Clinical Coordinator

amorgan@mcca.org
 

Amanda joined the MCCA in June of 2019 as Clinical Coordinator for the MiRIS Consortium MRI Program. Amanda acts as an advisor and mentor to students within the MRI Program, and as a liaison between the students and clinical instructors at participating clinical sites across the state of Michigan. In addition to being Clinical Coordinator, she is also an Adjunct Instructor for the MRI Program. Before joining the MCCA, she was Clinical Instructor and MRI Technologist at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Amanda holds a B.S. in Radiologic Technology with a minor in Healthcare Management from Siena Heights University. She also has a combined 15 years of clinical experience in both Radiography and MRI.

 
Adriana Phelan
 

Adriana Phelan

Director of Michigan New Jobs Training Program

aphelan@mcca.org

 

Adriana Phelan previously served as Vice President for the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), and now serves on a contract basis to support 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

Manager of Network Engagement, Michigan Center for Student Success

kgiardello@mcca.org
 

Katie has been with MCCA since 2015. She is currently the Manager of Network Engagement for the Center for Student Success, having served previously as MiTransfer Pathways Project Consultant and Director of Veteran and Transfer Initiatives. She has also worked at Eastern Michigan University, The Ohio State University, and Ohio Dominican University in addition to several years 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.

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 where her dissertation is focused on the organizational complexities of transfer articulation.

 

Kathy Taskey
 

Kathy Taskey

Business Manager

kathy@mcca.org
 

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

Office Manager

michelle@mcca.org
 

Michelle joined the MCCA in 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.