DeAndra Larkin has served as Chief of Staff since April 2019. In this role, she is responsible for serving as a trusted advisor and principal aide to the President by providing advice, support, and leadership to the President on a wide range of matters of institutional importance.
DeAndra is an alumna of Central Michigan University for both her baccalaureate and graduate studies. She previously worked as a nonprofit executive.
Michael Simon has served as Board Relations Coordinator since 2008. In this role, he coordinates tasks in the areas of research, policy and procedure development, project coordination, event planning and execution and helping the President’s Office manage and coordinate matters related to the Board of Trustees.
Michael is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester, and has completed graduate coursework at the University of Michigan-Flint.
Melody Bartholomew has served as the Executive Assistant to the President since March 2017. In this role, she is responsible for the scheduling of the President’s calendar, speaking engagements, and provides administrative assistance in the planning, managing and coordinating of activities for the President’s Office.
Melody is an alumna of the University of Michigan and has worked in the administrative field of education for over 20 years at both the secondary and post-secondary level. She previously worked as a medical malpractice paralegal.