Where did you grow up? I grew up in Marquette, seven blocks up the street from NMU.
Where did you go to college? I earned my BSW degree at NMU and Master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
What degrees do you hold? BSW & MSE
How long have you been working in higher education? I have worked 15 years in higher education at NMU. I worked as a school psychologist for17 years in K-12 education for a grand total of 32 years in education.
What made you want to become an advisor? I have enjoyed working with students at all levels of education. University students have the particular challenge of finding their specific degree and career path. Being part of that dynamic process that is personally rewarding.
What is your favorite author? Too many to choose! I am an avid reader of science fiction and historical fiction. If I had to choose, I would go with J.R.R. Tolkien. I began reading the Hobbit in grade school and still read this book and his other works annually.
Where have you traveled? I’ve spent time in Germany as an exchange student in high school. My travels in the U.S. have been in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. What I enjoy most is hiking and backpacking around the Upper Peninsula. It is hard to beat hiking the Porcupine Mountains, Isle Royale or the trails throughout the Marquette area.
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, traveling, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Where did you go to college? I earned my Bachelor degree from NMU in 2012, and my Masters from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater in 2015
What degrees do you hold? I hold a B.S. in Political Science, and an M.S. in Counseling
How long have you been working in higher education? As a professional, I have worked in Higher Ed for 4 years, but I was an R.A. for 4 years so if you count that then I have worked in Higher Ed for 8 years! I love it!
What made you want to become an advisor? When I became an RA, I discovered my passion for working with college students and knew that’s what I wanted to do. As a counselor I love helping people overcome challenges and discover success and happiness for themselves. Being an advisor allows me to do bit of both!
What is your favorite author? Irvin D. Yalom
Where have you traveled? I have traveled to many places within the US, including all over Michigan, as far West as Las Vegas, and as far south as the Florida Keys, and many places in between. I have only traveled to Canada outside of the US though and am hoping to eventually make it to other countries.
Where did you grow up? I grew up all over, as I was an Air Force brat. Some places I lived: Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, and Turkey.
Where did you go to college? I earned an Associate degree from Bay College, then a B.S. in Writing and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing here at Northern.
How long have you been working in higher education? I’ve been teaching English classes here for almost five years and working as the Academic Coordinator/Advisor in Student Support Services for a year and a half.
What made you want to become an advisor? I love working with students to help them to identify what they want to do as a career, and that begins with the class selection and figuring out their major.
Who is your favorite author? Too many wonderful ones to choose just one…I especially enjoy memoir and creative nonfiction. Although I also love novels.
Where have you traveled? When I was in my 20s, my husband and I owned a semi-truck and traveled, literally, all over the contiguous United States for ten years. We went to places like Zap, North Dakota, and Nothing, Arizona, and New York City, and Los Angeles. It was quite an adventure.