Multicultural Education and Resource Center Staff

Shirley A. Brozzo -
Associate Director
Favorite quote: Life is a one-time offer.  Use it well.

Shirley has been with the Multicultural Center since 1994 and holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. She is a contingent professor with the Center for Native American Studies. Originally from Ironwood, Shirley relocated to the Marquette area in 1989. She has three adult children, one grandson and one granddaughter.  In her spare time she likes to read, knit, and catch Glee or America's Got Talent on TV.


Rena GregorichRena Gregorich - 
Senior Secretary 
Favorite Quote: "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." – Unknown

Rena is originally from Gwinn, Michigan.  She holds her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lake Superior State University.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, movies, traveling, fourwheeling, volunteering, and family time.  Rena’s favorite location that she has traveled to, so far, is Anchorage, Alaska.


A.J. Lara -
Jump Start Graduate Assistant
Favorite Quote: by Heather Leande,  "Some would say this place is on the edge of nowhere, but for me it's the center of my everywhere". 

A.J. Lara is a graduate student in the MPA program here at NMU, along with having degrees in Biology and Community Health Education. He grew up in Elko, Nevada.  A.J. enjoys camping, hiking and judo.  In his spare time he enjoys reading adventure novels.


Meredith Waara -

GEAR UP/ College Day Student Programmer

Meredith is an Elementary Education major in her second year at NMU. She enjoys running, Law & Order, and scary movies. Meredith is a Harry Potter fan and loves pandas.


Joshua Garnett - 
Jump Start Team Leader 
Favorite Quote:  "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." ~Arthur Schopenhauer

Joshua Garnett is a senior at NMU, majoring in Public Relations. This is his fourth year working in the MERC Office. He grew up in Clarkston, Michigan. He has no idea what he wants to do in the future. He enjoys Wired and Discover Magazines as well as reading science and health related articles online.  Please Stop in and say "hi" to him!

Victoria Penny -

Jump Start Team Leader

Victoria is a Hospitality Management major with a minor in Communication Studies. Her favorite color is orange. If her nose isn't stuck in a book, you can find her hiking, painting, singing, or spending quality time in the Lower Peninsula.


Kelsey Ferguson-

Jump Start Team Leader

Kelsey is a senior History major with an Anthropology minor. She would like to work in collections management or as a preservationist at a museum. Kelsey collects coffee mugs and books. She also takes great pleasure being an all-around nerd, indulging in her obsessions that include Harry Potter, Dr. Who, and Lord of the Rings.

Quote to live by:  “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” – Albus Dumbledore

Rachel Klitzke -

Jump Start Team Leader

Rachel is a sophomore, majoring in pre-practical nursing. She is the Hunt Hall Shady Grove Vice President. Rachel is a true Yooper, loves to travel, enjoys being outside. She watches Greys Anatomy every Thursday and is obsessed with Pinterest.

A quote I live by: "Why fit in when you were born to stand out!" -Dr.Suess


Rachel McOwusu -

Jump Start Team Leader

Rachel is a senior, majoring in International Development with a minor in Social Work. She is in SLFP  (Emerald Block), a McNair Scholar, and a Campus Apartment Representative. Rachel loves traveling, listening to music, spending time with family, and Pinterest.



Nicole Musi-

Jump Start Team Leader

Nicole is a senior from Fort Wayne, Indiana, majoring in Business Management and minoring in Spanish. She is on the NMU Women's Varsity Soccer team, a McNair Scholar, and President of Latino Student Union. In her free time she likes to get out and hike around Marquette.

A quote she always lives by is "Give it all you've got, and leave it on the field."