Our Staff

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Dr. Steve VandenAvond
Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement


Dr. Steve VandenAvond became NMU’s Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement in April 2015. 

Dr. VandenAvond came to NMU from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he had been serving as the Associate Provost and Dean for Outreach and Adult Access. He had been at UWGB since 2010. From 2000-2010 he was a faculty member and administrator at Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, Wis.). He was the director of the psychology program at Michigan Technological University from 1997-2000 where he also co-founded and was the director of the Center for Educational Technology Research and Assessment.

He has a doctorate in developmental psychology from Loyola University (Chicago), a master’s in the same area from Illinois State University. His bachelor’s degree in psychology was earned at Marquette University.

Brad Hamel

Brad Hamel
Director of Global Campus Operations

Brad Hamel is currently leading the effort to establish NMU’s Global Campus environment and a quality online student experience. The establishment of a “Concierge Services” including, recruitment, admissions counseling, enrollment specialist, and continual academic advising makes NMU’s Global Campus an ideal choice. Addressing the needs of the online learner is a priority.

Brad Hamel has been with NMU since 1999. He began his career in the NMU Athletics Department and most recently resided in Alumni Relations as the Director of Alumni Engagement and External Relations Technology.

Brad is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He holds a master's in public administration and bachelor’s degree in justice studies, both from NMU. 




Dan Freeborn

Dan Freeborn
Assistant Director, Marketing and Enrollment


Dan joined the Global Campus staff in May 2018. He manages digital, print and paid marketing strategy and recruitment efforts for undergraduate online degrees. He is the primary point of contact for new student inquiries and a guide through the enrollment process.

Previously, Dan was Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at NMU and managed recruitment efforts in Northern Wisconsin and the Northern Lower and Easter Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in Graphic Communication from NMU.

He enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, traveling, camping and fishing. 

Carly Harrington

Carly Harrington
Assistant Director, Academic Support Services

Carly is the newest addition to the Global Campus staff, joining NMU in February 2019. She will be the primary academic advisor for the Applied Workplace Leadership degree program as well as undeclared and non-degree seeking students. Additionally, Carly will serve as a secondary academic advisor for all Global Campus students. She is responsible for guiding Global Campus students through the the university system while providing guidance on course selection, degree requirements, and exploring career options. 

Prior to joining the Global Campus, Carly was an advisor at Michigan Technological University and the Corporate Communications Manager at Upper Peninsula Health Plan. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's of public administration from NMU.

Dr. Stacy Boyer-Davis

Dr. Stacy Boyer-Davis
Extended Learning and Community Engagement Scholar


Dr. Stacy Boyer-Davis is the Extended Learning and Community Engagement (ELCE) Scholar for the 2019-2021 academic years, a half-time appointment.  Dr. Boyer-Davis is also an Assistant Professor of Accounting and the Assistant Department Head for Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Cyber Defense, Finance, and Risk Management for the College of Business.  In the ELCE role, Stacy works with the staff of the Division of Extended Learning and Community Engagement to design and implement systems that support student engagement and learning among distance education students and she collaborates with the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) office to provide leadership and services to support faculty with their online and other distance education teaching.  Dr. Boyer-Davis helps maintain existing programs, disseminates information about distance teaching and learning-related resources on campus, and promotes collaboration and partnership among faculty interested in distance teaching excellence.

Stacy has a doctorate in Business from Capella University, three master’s degrees (Accounting and Financial Management, Human Resource Management, and Business Administration) from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

ELCE Scholar office hours:  Wednesdays, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (other times by appointment)
Location: Center for Teaching and Learning, 112 Harden Hall
Phone:  906-227-1805  



Mindy Nannestad



Mindy Nannestad
Administrative Assistant

Mindy Nannestad joined Extended Learning and Community Engagement in April 2016 as the division's administrative assistant. She has worked at NMU since 2002 and was the executive secretary for the Dean of Students Office. She is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in business management.  




Terese Ledy


Terese Ledy
Marketing and Enrollment Assistant

Terese is the Marketing and Enrollment Student Assistant and joined the Global Campus in September 2019. This is her fourth year attending Northern and is currently pursuing her BFA in Digital Cinema. In addition to working in the Global Campus, Terese spends her time in the woods with a camera in her hand. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, photography, videography and spending time with her dog.