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.


Sara Spragg -
GEAR UP/ College Day Student Programmer
Favorite Quote: "The world is changed by your example. Not by your opinion." -Paulo Coelho

Sara is a senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin majoring in Political Science with minors in Art & Design and Public Relations. She is involved in various student organizations including: College Democrats, ASNMU, Platform Personalities, Pi Sigma Alpha and Mortar Board. Sara loves riding her bicycle and other outdoor activities. She also enjoys the Marquette community and all of its glory.


Jump Start Team Leader
Favorite Quote: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

Samanthia is an easy going and kind person that is family oriented. She is a junior and I major in zoology. Samanthia was born and raised in Jamaica and loves to share her culture with others. She loves the beach, animals and watching movies.


Jump Start Team Leader
Favorite Quote: “It’s not the places that you visit, but the people that you are with while visiting.” –Unknown

Julia is a pre-medical student and is seeking a Neuroscience degree. Her future career goals are to become an Emergency medical doctor in a hospital somewhere near mountains as she is highly passionate about rock and ice climbing, backpacking, kayaking, and swimming. If you ask, she will tell you all the best places where to climb or hike around Marquette. 


Jump Start Team Leader
Favorite Quote: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On!’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” -Calvin Coolidge

Thad is an English Writing major from Ludington Michigan, with minors in Film Studies, and Art and Design. He enjoys writing and literature, as well as several outdoor activities, including rock climbing and scuba diving.


Jump Start Team Leader
Favorite Quote: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf the Grey

Luke is a senior at NMU, majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Chemistry. He is from Montgomery, Michigan. Luke enjoys camping, fishing, working on research, and watching shows on Syfy.




Julio Diaz –
Jump Start Team Leader
Favorite Quote: “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Julio is a junior from Chicago, Illinois currently majoring in International Studies. He enjoys traveling, working out, and eating. Julio has recently done academic and volunteer work in Ghana and Costa Rica. Julio hopes to pursue a graduate degree in international studies after graduating from NMU.