As the most recent addition to the Palmer Commons team I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience to this wonderful University. My last 10 years have been spent in Las Vegas (with a year in Ixtapa, Mexico) where I not only had the opportunity to work for the MGM Grand Productions team and Club Med Ixtapa, Mexico respectively, but set or run sound for all the major tours including Aerosmith, Earth Wind and Fire, Beyonce and more!
I have coordinated meeting & events for the University of Michigan for several years and have been a core member of the Palmer staff before the building held its very first event in 2004. I enjoy my daily puzzle solving for Palmer Commons on events that flow in and out of the event service area. In addition to my role with Palmer Commons, I am also part of the UM Athletics event staff team. I like to spend my spare time on Portage Lake kayaking or teaching water aerobics in my community.
I started working at the University of Michigan in 2004 as a student setup at the Michigan Union. In 2010, I joined the Michigan League as the Technical & AV coordinator where I worked until moving back to the Michigan Union in 2012 in a similar role. In 2014, I became a member of the Palmer Commons team as the Facilities Coordinator. I enjoy working with students and helping them develop to achieve their goals. Outside of work, I love spending time with family and friends and playing rec sports.
My professional experience includes over 30 years in the hospitality industry, ranging from working in restaurants, to extensive experience in managing events, owning my own business and daily operations in a higher education setting.
Our student building managers are responsible for managing events and all building operations when professional staff is not present. They are the front line leaders for our building, where safety, security and comfort are of utmost importance.
Conference Service staff are responsible for setting up physical resources, such as tables, linens and AV equipment for events and assist customers with technical needs. If you need help pulling up your laptop presentation or add an extra table for your event, they’re ready to help.
Our creative staff consists of a student art coordinator, who plans exhibits and maintains Palmer’s art collection, and multi-media coordinators, who are responsible for assisting in our social media, publicity and marketing efforts.
Event Services staff assist in the planning stages by arranging all details of event reservations, quoting our services and meeting with guests for tours. They are the jugglers of many moving parts in order to plan the perfect event!