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Development Office

Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane, Room 513
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-1983
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Ryan Adams
Asst Director of Development
Ryan Adams is serving as assistant director of development. He received his master's degree from the Department of Kinesiology and is now completing his PhD in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) program. Ryan has experience cultivating relationships with donors and corporate sponsors as a former graduate assistant for the university's Athletics Department. He spent the past five years working in the Office of Regulatory Affairs, Human Research Protection Program, which involved reviewing and providing feedback on human research projects conducted across campus. He also has a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University.
Julie Bird
Associate Director of Development
Julie has been with the College of Education since November of 2004. She served in the role of Assistant Director of Development prior to her current role as Associate Director of Development. Before she joined the college, Julie worked as an intern and development associate in the Marketing and Annual Giving programs for MSU University Advancement. Julie grew up in Davison, Michigan and received her bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State University and her master's in higher, adult, and lifelong education also from Michigan State University
Tigiste Habtemariam
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Tigiste (Tigi) Habtemariam joined the College of Education as alumni relations coordinator in February 2014. Having previously served in various roles in Michigan state government, Habtemariam brings to the college years of partnership development and communications experience. She is a Lansing and East Lansing native, and holds degrees from Lansing Community College and Siena Heights University. In her new role, Habtemariam is responsible for collaborating with the college’s alumni association board, faculty and staff to engage and support college graduates through various events, conferences and regional alumni association activities. She also looks forward to joining the college's elite group of more than 57,000 alumni following the completion of her master's degree program in student affairs administration.
Melissa Phillips Lynch
Senior Director of Development
Melissa is the Senior Director of Development and is focused on major gift fundraising. In this key leadership position, Phillips works closely with Dean Donald Heller and fellow development officers to reach philanthropic goals established by the college. Phillips is a 1997 graduate of MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. With an extensive background in higher education fundraising, Phillips most recently served as senior director of development at the Iowa State University Foundation's College of Business.
Jackie Richardson
Associate Director of Development
Jackie Richardson joined the College of Education as an Associate Director of Development in November of 2014. Focused on maximizing philanthropic impact and creating leadership opportunities for the students and faculty of the college, she is responsible for establishing meaningful relationships with alumni and friends throughout Michigan and on the East Coast. Jackie has dedicated her career to advancing higher education and has held fundraising positions at Central Michigan University, The Florida State University Foundation, and most recently at the Eastern Michigan University Foundation, where she served as Director of Annual Giving. Jackie was raised in Burton, Michigan and is a 2007 graduate of Central Michigan University.

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