Peter Holliday


Peter Holliday

Peter joined the Student Support Services staff in July 2001. He is a native of Marquette and an NMU alumnus. After 17 years working as a school psychologist in Wisconsin and Michigan he returned to NMU as a staff member. Peter has been enjoying all aspects of the Student Support Service program. "Working with the faculty and staff has been great. Working directly with the students to help them identify and work toward achieving their goals is even better." Peter and his wife live in Marquette. He enjoys outdoor activities and spends much of his time cycling, hiking and relaxing at his camp.

Christie Parsley


Christie Linaker Parsley


Christie grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, but she has lived in Marquette most of her life. She has a bachelor of science degree in communication disorders from NMU and joined the staff at Student Support Services in March 2007. Christie enjoys cooking, swimming, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Dan Dermyer


Dan Dermyer

Program Counselor
Dan is a U.P. transplant from Adrian, Michigan. His background includes a bachelor's degree from NMU and a master's from Eastern Michigan University. He worked with youth and families as a clinical psychologist for 25 years in a child guidance clinic setting, as well as with physical therapy patients. Dan teaches the Student Support Services freshman seminar course, coordinates the Student Support Services advisory board, and truly enjoys assisting students on their road to academic and personal success. Dan's hobbies include hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, biking and photography.

Linda Sirois 
Coordinator, Academic Support Services 

Linda started out at Bay College in Escanaba as a prospective social worker, earned a B.S. here at NMU, and an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degree in Creative Nonfiction here at Northern.  She came back to college as a nontraditional student; previous careers, after escaping an eventful childhood as an Air Force brat, include long distance trucker, greenhouse worker, book-seller, church sacristan, and full time mom.   She finds that her English professor training and experience combine well with her social work inclinations while advising and mentoring students to reach their goals through academic success.