MCCA Staff

 
Brandy Johnson
 

Brandy Johnson

President

bjohnson@mcca.org
 

Johnson was selected as the President of MCCA in December 2021. Prior to this role, she served in the Governor’s administration, first as Governor Whitmer's education policy advisor and most recently served as a manager of the Office of Sixty by 30 within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. In 2010, she founded the Michigan College Access Network and served as its Executive Director until 2019. Johnson also was a policy fellow and college access coordinator under Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Johnson was also appointed by Governor Whitmer to represent Michigan on the Midwest Higher Education Compact and served on Governor Snyder’s 21st Century Education Commission. She has been recognized for her leadership and advocacy by the Michigan Association of School Administrators, National College Access Network, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, as well as by the Michigan College Access Network.

 
 
 
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 joined the MCCA in 2020 as the Coordinator of MI-BEST. Precious coordinates and supports the efforts of Michigan community colleges in creating and sustaining systems that support the non-academic barriers to student retention and persistence. Before joining the MCCA, Precious implemented a holistic student success model as a Campus Coach at Western Michigan University in addition to being an instructor 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 k-12 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.  

 
 
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.

 
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 and administrative support for the MCCA and all its Centers. Managing multiple software platforms, maintaining and updating records and offering support to all members of Michigan's Community Colleges, Michelle is the first contact for managing the details.  

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.