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.


T.J. Aiyash -

Jump Start Graduate Assistant

Favorite Quote: “The saddest part of the human race is we're obsessed with this idea of 'us and them,' which is really a no-win situation, whether it's racial, cultural, religious or political.” – Dave Matthews​.

T.J. is pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from NMU in May of 2014. T.J. enjoys ice hockey, guitar, and spending time near the shorelines of Lake Superior.

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 fifth year working in the MERC Office. He grew up in Clarkston, Michigan. His dream is to coordinate an LGBT resource center on a college campus. He enjoys Wired and Discover Magazines as well as reading science and health related articles online.  Please stop in and say "hi" to him!

Mia.jpgMia Lubinski -

Jump Start Team Leader

Favorite Quote:  "Never put the keys to your happiness in someone else's pocket"

Mia is a Secondary Education English major with a minor in Health from Houghton, MI. She enjoys playing in any sports activities, being outside, and being around friends.


Azairian2.jpg Azairian Cartman -

Jump Start Team Leader

Favorite Quote:  “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

Azairian is a Junior from Chicago majoring in International Studies. Azairian has created policies for Chicago Public Schools as well as traveled to Ireland and India. He is passionate about the equality of people and the affects of globalization on the environment. Azairian brings his charisma, intelligence, and sense of humor to the MERC community. He is currently serving in the United States Army Reserves.

Rachel.jpgRachel Klitzke -

Jump Start Team Leader

Favorite Quote: "Why fit in when you were born to stand out!" -Dr.Suess

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.

Julio.jpgJulio Diaz -

Jump Start Team Leader

Favorite Quote: “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” –General George S. Patton, Jr.

Julio is a Clinical Lab Science major whose passions are medical sciences and improving people’s quality of life. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and his family and their culture.


Sara Spragg -

Jump Start Team Leader

Favorite Quote: "The world is changed by your example. Not by your opinion." -Paulo Coelho

Sara is a senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. She is an ASNMU representative and involved in various student organizations. Her favorite animal is a cow. Sara's enjoys riding her bicycle, reading, drinking hot tea, watching TED Talks/documentaries, and posting up in a hammock or anything else outside.