Staff Members

Professional Staff

Kathi Compton

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.

Frederick Mooney

I joined the Palmer Commons team in the fall of 2019. I oversee the building operations and work with the Welcome Desk and Building Manager staff. I have many years of experience pertaining to student union operations and events and am a graduate of Grand Valley State University earning a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership and Eastern Michigan University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management.

Melanie Pizzulo

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.

Dan Tower

I am incredibly honored to be the newest addition to the great team here at Palmer Commons. I have been providing solid media and event support since 1996 at places like Wayne State University, Concordia University, Encore-Global and Nationwide Video. My background is also in the Arts, earning a BFA in Painting from Wayne State University. My sound design, video installations and paintings have been on display at the Willis Gallery, the Detroit Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Gallery Project & The Detroit International Auto Show.

Student Staff