The Council consists of a number of LSA recent graduates, including an Executive Team, who represent LSA's departments, programs, and student organizations. Kathleen Hinkley acts as the Council's Manager.

Executive Team


Stella Binkevich

Stella Binkevich

Stella Binkevich

Stella is from New York City (but was born in Ukraine). She graduated from University of Michigan, College of LSA in 2008 with degrees in Economics and Psychology. She currently lives in New York City and works for Goldman Sachs, analyzing counterparty risk.

She feels that a liberal arts education is important to her because it gave her an excellent academic foundation while affording her the flexibility to explore her eclectic interests. She enjoys traveling, being around with wonderful people, Democratic politics, reading about Middle Eastern affairs and all things Michigan. She is also fluent in Russian!

Jonathan Krasnov

Jonathan Krasnov

Jonathan Krasnov

As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Jonathan's life was defined by involvement outside of the classroom. In addition to spending two years heavily involved in the Interfraternity Council, he co-chaired the annual Charity Football Run and watched it grow into one of the campus' fourth largest philanthropic fundraiser.

After graduation, Jonathan moved to New York where he worked for a consulting firm, Towers Perrin, in its Human Capital practice. Last year he moved back to Ann Arbor where he is currently pursuing a joint master's degree, an MBA with a Masters in Public Policy, at the University of Michigan. In both business and his interest in social policy reform, Jonathan believes a liberal arts education fosters an invaluable perspective in a rapidly changing world despite the business world's focus on "practical" training from a collegiate career.

Nick Standiford

Nick Standiford

Nick Standiford

Nick Standiford graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 after double majoring in History and Political Science. During his time at Michigan, he was able to balance his LSA studies while playing on the University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team and participating in the Public Service Internship Program (PSIP). These positive experiences helped shape his four years at Michigan and taught him countless lessons that he has applied in the workplace and currently to his studies at law school.

These experiences are also the reason that Nick decided to serve on the Dean's Young Alumni Council. Looking back, he cannot understate the importance of a liberal arts education at Michigan because it allowed him to explore a variety of topics that cut across many disciplines. Additionally, Nick's LSA background was essential to finding an area of study that interested him and to revealing his passion for law and public service. Ultimately, Nick is very grateful to UM, and looks forward to giving back to LSA.

Kristen Steagall

Kristen Steagall

Kristen Steagall

Kristen Steagall graduated from LSA in 2010 with a degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies. She is passionate about the liberal arts because they taught her to examine the world through various lenses and points of view, which she uses on a daily basis. She believes that liberal arts degrees will only grow in necessity as our world grows smaller and the need to live peacefully intertwined with each other's cultures grows larger.

Currently, Kristen resides in New York City where she works in media and lives with two fellow Michigan alumni. Besides her work for the Dean's Young Alumni Council, Kristen continues to stay connected to Michigan by blogging for the Recent Grad Initiative on In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing and debating current events. She hopes to one day live in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Neil Tambe

Neil Tambe

Neil Tambe

Neil Tambe is a proud 2009 LSA graduate with an AB with honors in Organizational Studies and Political Science — an education he values because an LSA degree teaches students how to become active, engaged public citizens. A life-long Michigander, he currently works in the Detroit office of Deloitte Consulting in its Human Capital practice. At Deloitte, he has helped clients navigate large-scale change more effectively and has published on the recruitment and retention of Generation Y into federal government.

Neil also co-leads Deloitte's Center for Leadership and Community in Detroit, an initiative to help local not-for-profits build capacity in their organizations. Outside of work, he serves as a graduate advisor of his fraternity — Phi Gamma Delta — and on the ambassador board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. He enjoys reading, writing, travel, performing arts, team sports, visiting friends & family, and the outdoors — all of which he appreciates more because of his LSA education!

Kelle Parsons

Kelle Parsons

Kelle Parsons

Kelle graduated in 2009 with a BA in Organizational Studies, focusing on organizational change and social responsibility. During her time as an undergrad, she enjoyed the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplines and to be a part of several student organizations. She believes that liberal arts education is tremendously important for an effective democracy, as it encourages students to think critically and explore different perspectives while grappling with society's important questions.

Originally from Minnesota, she chose to remain in Ann Arbor after graduation, working for U-M's Business and Finance units in staff training and organizational development. She recently returned to the student life as she started working on a dual MPP/MA program in public policy and higher education at U-M. She looks forward to giving back to LSA.

Council Members

These are the dozens of additional Council Members who are charged with making up the peer-to-peer network the recent graduate population uses to communicate. They are principally responsible for reaching out to all of the alumni of the past 5 years during the campaign for the Dean's priorities.


Christine Schepeler: BA 2010 Political Science, American Culture, Communication Studies
Liberal arts thought: As I have been teaching middle and high school math, science, and technology classes I have been continuously reminded of the importance of making connections, and understanding the cause and effects of actions or inactions. A liberal arts education fosters the skill set and mindset to be capable of the higher level critical thinking to solve problems and ultimately make a difference in the world.


Alex Carrick: BA 2010 Political Science
Liberal arts thought: Liberal arts provide the opportunity to analyze the world around us with a keen qualitative scope. Skills such as critical thinking and problem solving are an integral part of a Liberal Arts education as well as being the catalysts for positive change within our communities.

Jackie Richey: BA 2006 Communication Studies, Sociology
Liberal arts thought: Having admired Leonardo da Vinci before we all became experts on his code, it only seemed appropriate for me to choose a liberal arts path. A program that exposes one to a variety of subjects not only feeds the aspiring polymath's thirst for knowledge, but also provides the opportunity to build critical thinking and problem solving skills, serviceable in any situation or quandary. The value of such a program is immeasurable.

Kari Szakal: BA 2010 Anthropology, English, Women's Studies
Liberal arts thoughts: My education in the liberal arts has provided me with the foundation for further academic thought and research. The topics that I explored during my undergraduate career enriched and expanded my intellectual outlook and challenged me to think outside of the confines of traditional disciplines. I have used my interdisciplinary academic background in the liberal arts to think critically about food justice and sustainability as it relates to social justice, something I would have been unable to do without this experience.


Joe Byrne: BA 2007 History
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts degree has allowed me to participate in an extremely broad range of education. The critical reading and writing skills as well as the ability to intelligently speak across multiple disciplines has proved invaluable to my career.

Jeremy Cohen: BA 2008 History
Liberal arts thought: In my view, specializing at a young age in a more vocational environment deprives a student of becoming well-rounded and balanced. LSA (and liberal arts generally) creates deep thinkers and the education helps build a versatile skill set that is applicable in a diversity of real world settings.

Emily DeMarco: BS 2008 Astronomy & Astrophysics
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts degree has definitely rounded out my education by strengthening my "soft" skills like communication and attention to detail, which help to stand out in the workplace.

Jennifer Guracech: AB 2010 English, Psychology
Liberal arts thought: A liberal arts education, particularly one from the University of Michigan, provided me with the ability to think about problems in holistic and in-depth manners. I am better able to provide insight in the workplace as well as find personal passions and endeavors as a direct result of my liberal arts degree.

Desiree Lauricella: BA 2008 Women's Studies, Psychology
Liberal arts thought: Thanks to my liberal arts education at the University of Michigan, I am fully equipped to understand and engage with many diverse types of people, both personally and professionally. I now view each person, situation, and experience that I encounter in a more unique, holistic way. My liberal arts education is my best asset, as it has given me the tools to continually expand my mind far beyond what I ever thought possible.

John Monaghan: BA 2009 Program in the Environment
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Kyle Rose: BA 2008 Political Science
Liberal arts thought: Five years into my career I’ve worked in several marketing, operations, and now finance oriented positions. The broad foundation and exposure to multiple subject matters provided by my liberal arts education from the University of Michigan has allowed me to quickly transition between roles and projects and provide a fundamentally different viewpoint in the workplace.

Samantha Tritsch: BA 2012 American Culture
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts education at the University of Michigan has provided me with unique insight and in-depth experience with a multitude of different subjects, perspectives, and most importantly—ways of problem-solving. My degree has taught me the importance of being a critical thinker and actor in today's world.

Laura Zeligman: BA 2008 Political Science, Sociology
Liberal arts thought: As a new management consultant, I got inquisitive looks as to how I was hired into my role with my liberal arts background. I simply explain to everyone that the foundational skills that my liberal arts degree gave me are what allow me to succeed. I know how to synthesize knowledge, communicate professionally, think critically, and most importantly-work with people! I am very proud of my liberal arts education.


George Dong: BA 2009 English
Liberal arts thought: The liberal arts education at the University of Michigan led me to the mountains of New England to explore its culture, literature, and history; it ushered me into the congressional hearings and Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. where I saw the fusion of politics and culture; it assisted me to compose a graduation speech and deliver in front of thousands of parents and students at my commencement; it encouraged me to teach in the inner-city Chicago to provide hope and optimism in a place long suffered from drugs and violence; it propelled me to travel to rural China to address educational inequality in villages of Yunnan Province. It has shaped the way I think, speak, act, and live, and it will continue to do so.


Alissa Lurie: BA 2006 Sociology
Liberal arts thought: LSA allowed me the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes, which ultimately helped me to choose my major. I credit this liberal arts education with making me the well rounded person I am today.

Brittany Sanders: BA 2009 Political Science
Liberal arts thought: My LSA education was monumental in broadening my horizons and providing a superior, well-rounded education. Despite my background in Political Science, the LSA undergraduate program successfully prepared me for a career in finance given its diverse and unique opportunities.


Kate Balzer: BA 2010 Organizational Studies
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts education taught me to value the opportunity to learn in any setting. My undergraduate studies in LSA encouraged me to explore opportunities both inside and outside the classroom that introduced me to new ideas, experiences and people that continue to impact me today.

Jeff Bogen: BA 2007 Political Science
Liberal arts thought: My diverse liberal arts education has proven invaluable as it has given me the capability to view many aspects of life — from professional to personal — from multiple perspectives; it has taught me to keep my thought process broad yet focused. Without my LSA undergrad experience, I would not be as well-rounded an individual.

Leslie Garrison: AB 2009 Environment
Liberal arts thought: I appreciate the University of Michigan's emphasis on a multidisciplinary liberal arts education. Focusing on sustainability and environmental policy, I was able to expand and apply my knowledge to a wide variety of fields by taking a diverse set of courses including political science, economics, business, and natural resources.

Julie Mida Hinderer: BS 2007 Program in the Environment
Liberal arts thought: As a scientist, I particularly appreciated my liberal arts education because it balanced out my scientific studies with different ways of thinking and learning. Few things relieved the stress of studying for a chemistry exam as much as conversing with my classmates in Italian! I have also found that my undergraduate LSA experience prepared me for the different types of writing and communicating that have been so important in my professional career.

Jason Levine: BS 2008 Sociology
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts education provided the foundation for the tools that I use every day as an attorney. My time at the University of Michigan developed my writing and analytical skills and provided me with the confidence necessary to tackle the next challenges in life.

John Lin: BA 2010, History and Political Science
Liberal arts thought: A liberal arts education makes you a more well-rounded person through exposing you to a wide range of fields and ideas. The topics you discuss and the skills you gain have tremendous real-world application.

Caitlyn Sorensen: BA 2007 Psychology
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts degree provided the experiences and the opportunities needed to be well-rounded academic and pursue higher education, which is my goal!

Ivy Wei: BA 2007 Economics, Asian Studies
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts degree cultivated numerous skill sets which I consistently utilize in today’s work place: intellectual curiosity, the ability to communicate complex, multifaceted issues in verbal and written language, and most importantly, the ability to solve problems in an interdisciplinary manner. I’m truly grateful for my time at the University and all the knowledge I accumulated with the Michigan community of educators, students, and mentors!

Steven Weinberg: BA 2011 Economics
Liberal arts thought: A liberal arts education is key component for success in our society beyond college. It forces one to critically examine his or her world from multiple points of view. In addition, a liberal arts education enables students to learn about a variety of topics, that otherwise they would never have an opportunity to learn about. For me it was an essential part of my undergraduate education. Although, it was only half of my experience (the other being the BBA program at the Ross School of Business), it added depth to my education. It also taught me how to think critically in another language about topics that I would have never learned about otherwise. Every day, I see the value of my liberal arts education in my professional life and personal lives.

Sarah Wilber: 2009 BGS
Liberal arts thought: The dynamic nature of the liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan allowed me to experiment with courses in a challenging, safe, and creative environment, and ultimately shaped my career path. This degree also allowed me to take advantage of the hundreds of cross-listed classes, which led to my graduation with a dual degree in Performing Arts Management from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance in addition to my LSA degree.


Eric Elgin: BA 2011 Economics
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts education contributed to a diverse thought process that allows me to approach problems from a variety of perspectives. Without this exposure, my curiosity about the world around me would not be the same.

New York

Danielle Duffy: BA 2009 Communication Studies, English
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts education was so important, because of the broad sociological and geographical perspective it instilled on my life, as a young student. It provided me with exposure to a wide range of different subject matters, which helped mold me into the young adult I am today and for that, I am forever grateful for my undergraduate LSA experience.

Andrew Fayad: BS 2010 Economics and Psychology
Liberal arts thought: My Liberal Arts education at Michigan provided me with a diverse, multi-perspective understanding of the world, organizations, cultures, and the people that comprise them. With that I am confident in my decision-making and analytical reasoning my colleagues and managers depend on right out of my undergraduate experience.

Noah Korn: AB 2009 Political Science
Liberal arts thought: A degree in liberal arts exposes students to a diversity of academic subjects, pedagogies, and mores. Such wide ranging exposure is so important, because very few 18 year old freshmen truly know what they want to do professionally. A liberal arts education helps form the basis of that decision, while arming young collegians with the tools to excel in whatever field they choose.

Allison Raftary: BA 2010 Psychology
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Jane Rho: BA 2008 Psychology (Honors)
Liberal arts thought: Getting a liberal arts education at the University of Michigan really allowed me to think critically, problem-solve, communicate better, and understand the world from so many perspectives. If I could do it all over again, I'd only take on a greater course load.

Catherine Roosevelt: BA 2007 RC-Arts & Ideas
Liberal arts thought: The perspectives that you gain as a student of the liberal arts are far more diverse, both in breadth and depth, than in any other educational approach; this framework pushes you to see the world in a holistic way, which, in turn, allows you to view life through a lens in which you appreciate and value far more.

Evan David Seigerman: BA 2010 Spanish Language and Literature
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts degree provided the experiences and the opportunities needed to be well-rounded academic and pursue higher education, which is my goal!


Sondra Bloxam: BA 2008 Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science
Liberal arts thought: My liberal arts education exposed me to a dynamic culture of learning that supported incredible access to a comprehensive range of subjects and experiences. I value every class I took, serving as the catalyst in my educational career, and the foundation for my professional career. The liberal arts community that LSA created, provided me with sustainable relationships with both peers and faculty that empowered learning and nurtured my interest.


John Weiss: BA 2012 History
Liberal arts thought: A degree in liberal arts provides a competence in accessing one’s own full heights, without falling to the lowest common intellectual denominator — a fate that too often prevails in business and politics. The ability to entertain thoughts without accepting them is not inherent, but must be learned, and it is established by possessing a thorough understanding of literature, sciences, and the arts.


Jessie Francis: 2007 Spanish/Pre-pharmacy (no degree), Doctor of Pharmacy 2011
Liberal arts thought: Studying the liberal arts is important simply for the opportunity to learn for the sake of learning. I took plenty of practical knowledge away from my time in LSA, but I also learned a lot about culture, trends and ideas that helped shape my view of the world. The most important thing I took away from my time in LSA is the ability to step back from a situation and view it from a largely unbiased perspective. When a person spends time studying religion, history and language, among other subjects, she gains insights into how the values of different societies shape people's opinions. I believe this prepares us to be better citizens, neighbors, friends and leaders simply because we have the ability to understand people different from ourselves.

The United Kingdom

Keary Mark Engle: BS 2007 Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics
Liberal arts thought: In LSA I had the freedom to pursue my intellectual passions, regardless of whether they stood firmly within the confines of one or two particular disciplines, or across several. As a result, I gained an appreciation for how to connect information from disparate bodies of knowledge and how to discuss it with people from diverse backgrounds. This experience has been pivotal for my development as an independent thinker and community-minded citizen.


Kelly Reinhardt: BA 2008 Organizational Studies
Liberal arts thought: By giving me space to explore my interests (French language, American history, women's studies, sociology, environmental science) my liberal arts education at UM helped me see the connections between different disciplines and how we can use lessons from each to address and solve real world problems.

Washington, D.C.

Gordon Chaffin: BA 2010 Political Science
Liberal arts thought: The liberal arts provide the foundation of all robust leaders, all brilliant thinkers, and most certainly the artists and visionaries who illustrate the world as it could be and create tomorrows few have dared to dream. The statistics for future employment might never be charitable to those seeking liberal arts education, but there will never be an Einstein without a Rembrandt, a Steve Jobs without a Shakespeare, or a Barack Obama without a Niebuhr.

Charlie Goelz: BA 2010 Political Science and Economics
Liberal arts thought: My liberal Arts education provided me with a comprehensive point of view that has helped me greatly as I move forward professionally. As an undergraduate in LSA I was exposed to dynamic professors and students across many disciplines. As a result, I feel like I can reflect and problem solve in many new ways that I couldn't before.

Dave Peterson: BA 2006 Political Science
Liberal arts thought: LSA gave me the opportunity to combine analytics with the humanities. This well-rounded education not only helped me to think more creatively and critically, but gave me a stronger appreciation for the world around me.

Spencer Smith: BS 2011 Economics, Math
Liberal arts thought: Our world requires us to be both specialists and generalists. A "liberal arts education" prepares you for this reality. Know your strengths and exploit them, but be ready to adapt, learn, and re-learn.

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