Meet the E-board
2019-2020 Executive Board Members
state student leader
The State Student Leader will represent their state student membership's interest within NIRSA, working closely with the Regional Student Leader and State Director to promote NIRSA engagement and professional development within their state. Read the full description.
2020-2021: Colton Lee
Colton is the incoming Graduate Assistant for Fitness at Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how and why you got started in Campus Recreation:
I got my start in recreation in the summer of 2017 as a fitness assistant. After two semesters of work I stepped up into a leadership role as a fitness assistant mentor to help train and lead other fitness assistants. In the summer of 2018 I was selected to be the Program Assistant for Fitness to help with the overhaul of our fitness center, and the Program Assistant for Student Development. In this position I worked on countless programs including the Bench Press Competitition, Recharge, and more. Just recently I accepted the position of graduate assistant at OURW and will begin work summer of 2020.
2. Why do you want to be the next MIRSA State Student Leader:
I have always cared deeply about student and professional development. I feel that as the state student leader I would be the bridge for students into the professional world and into the world of MIRSA/NIRSA. I want to be able to help students achieve their goals as they relate to the world of recreation as I have over the years.
3. In your opinion, what is the importance students being involved in MIRSA/NIRSA:
2019 was the first year that I ever attended MIRSA and my first conference ever. I had such an incredible experience there and I think that the tools that MIRSA/NIRSA have to offer are invaluable to students, especially in the way of professional development. MIRSA/NIRSA is a great way to meet with other universities and collaborate on a collection of ideas, and it is a great way for students to make connections and find mentors to help them through their career. They also offer an insight for the professional staff that they might not be aware of. During my time in recreation I have learned that the student perspective is often very different from that of the pro staff and after all without the students we would not have much of an organization.
4. What experiences do you have that makes you a strong candidate for the MIRSA State Student Leader position:
I have spent many years working in recreation in multiple departments, but most importantly in the Student Development department. As a leader for the students I would be able to help them with all of their student development needs. Also seeing as I have attended both MIRSA and Student Lead on in 2020 I would be able to guide students through each of these conferences. Also being in both of my PA positions has given me plenty of presentation experience making me comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people and having the presentation skills necessary to take on a presentation in either MIRSA or Lead On in the following year.
5. What is a new idea you would like to implement if selected as the new SSL? How would you go about implementing your new idea:
I would like to get more involved on social media. Facebook, and many other social media sites offer a wide range of opportunities for students and I think it is vastly underutilized. my main idea is to reach out to a new professional either bi-weekly or monthly and set up an interview with questions revolving around how they got their start in recreation and how they ended up where they are now. This would give students an opportunity to tune in and learn more about careers in the field and also give them a chance to connect and ask questions. I would implement this idea mainly through the facebook page and by reaching out to professional staff across Michigan or even other schools in the region to find participants and prep them with the questions. To ensure we get the proper turn out for the interviews we should market for the event at lease a 2-3 weeks in advance and tell people when to tune in. Afterward we can survey the students on the experience and re-asses and find ways to improve the program.
past state directors
- 1980-81 Ellen Gold, University of Michigan
- 1982-84 Ron Clark, Grand Valley State University
- 1984-85 Jan Wells, University of Michigan
- 1985-87 Rick McNeil, Eastern Michigan University
- 1987-89 Don Stabenow, Central Michigan University
- 1989-91 Leroy Hackley, Grand Valley State University
- 1991-93 Lou Gianino, Eastern Michigan University
- 1993-95 Stan Shingles, Central Michigan University*
- 1995-97 Robert Fox, University of Michigan
- 1997-99 Marc Sharphorn, Grand Valley State University
- 1999-2001 Amy Seth, Western Michigan University
- 2001-2003 Cheryll Nordin, Central Michigan University
- 2003-2004 Greg Jordan, Oakland University
- 2004-2005 Amy Seth, Western Michigan University
- 2005-2007 Jen Beck Nottingham, Central Michigan University
- 2007-2009 Demond Pryor, Central Michigan University
- 2009-2011 Chris Voss, Western Michigan University
- 2011-2013 Dr. Chris Nolan, Wayne State University
- 2013-2015 John Rosick, Grand Valley State University
- 2015-2017 Nicole Green, University of Michigan
- 2017-2018 Darin Leigh, Western Michigan University
- 2018-2019 Andy Boehnlein, University of Michigan
- 2019-2020 Bill Singleton, Oakland University
- 2020-2021 Aaron Mowen, Saginaw Valley State University
*First year as a NIRSA-endorsed State Association