Staff

Office Staff


Jessi Dhanapal

Jessi Dhanapal 

Program Director

906-227-1707
orient@nmu.edu 

Emilee Rowe

Emilee Rowe

Principal Secretary

906-227-1707
orient@nmu.edu 

Alee Spagnotti

Alee Spagnotti

Orientation Program Assistant

906-227-1707
orient@nmu.edu 

Alee Spagnotti

Devyn Lomas

Orientation Program Assistant

906-227-1707
orient@nmu.edu 


Summer Orientation Staff - Summer 2020


Chad Allard

Chad Allard

Chad is from Skandia, Michigan, and graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2013.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in English writing with a minor in journalism.  Chad also plans to earn a master’s degree in higher education in Student Affairs from Northern.  During the school year, Chad works as the Resident Director of Magers Hall.  He enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and watching hockey.

Lucas Dushack

Lucas Dushack

Lucas is from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2017 with a bachelor's in secondary education with a focus on social studies. Lucas is also working on completing his master's degree at NMU in higher education in Student Affairs. During the school year, you will find Lucas at Hunt Hall where he is the Resident Director. During his free time, Lucas enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, watching basketball and playing video games.

Courtney Stone

Courtney Stone

Courtney is a senior from New Lothrop, Michigan. She is majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics with a minor in English. Courtney enjoys anything outdoors, especially camping, hiking, kayaking, and hammocking. She also enjoys reading and playing video games. On campus, you’ll find Courtney in Spooner Hall, where she is the Resident Advisor of third floor, Margaritaville. After graduation, Courtney plans to take a semester off to travel the United States. Then she hopes to be teaching high school somewhere in the Upper Peninsula.

Jordan Butler

Jordan Butler

Jordan is a sophomore from Orlando, Florida. She is majoring in Nursing and minoring in Spanish. Jordan is a jumper on the NMU Track and Field team and enjoys spending time with others, exploring Marquette and making new friends. After graduation, Jordan plans to pursue a career as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse and potentially live in Spain for a couple of years.

Jess McIntosh

Jess McIntosh

Jess is a senior from Brighton, Michigan. She is double majoring in Communication Studies and German Studies. Jess was a Resident Advisor in Hunt Hall for two years, and loves hiking and snowshoeing. Jess is planning on studying abroad in the Fall in Berlin, Germany. She loves tending to her houseplants, reading, and playing video games. After graduation, Jess is hoping to work as a Resident Director, and pursue her masters in Higher Education.

Jalen Sims

Jalen Sims

Jalen is a senior from Waterford, Michigan, majoring in Art and Design with a concentration in Graphic Design. Jalen has his own clothing company called Jalien Supply CO and will have new merch coming out at the end of summer. Jalen is a McNair scholar, director of the Students’ Art Gallery, the director of outreach for NMU EcoReps and is a member of SLFP, Anchorpoint and Love Club. In his free time Jalen likes to do yoga, meditate, read, make beats, make art, go on hikes, skate, and hang with his friends!

Nathan Born

Nathan Born

Nathan is a sophomore from Larsen, Wisconsin, majoring in Public Relations. He has been active in house and hall government and will be the Resident Advisor for Breakwater House in Cedar Hall, starting this fall. In his free time, Nathan enjoys coffee, camping, listening to music, painting, and adventuring outside with friends. After he graduates, Nathan hopes to work for a construction firm where he can help ensure customer satisfaction and assist in the management of social media accounts. 

Joshua Blasko

Joshua Blasko

Josh is a senior from Kingsley, Michigan, majoring in Art and Design with a concentration in Digital Cinematography. He has played trumpet in multiple bands at Northern including the jazz band, pep band, several combos, and the NMU marching band. He has been involved in many other organizations including house and hall government. After he graduates, he plans on working in recording studios, recording and editing videos, music, and commercials. In his spare time, Josh can be found playing guitar, singing, watching YouTube, swimming, playing video games, and hanging out with his friends.

Reese Jeakle

Reese Jeakle

Reese is a junior from Gaylord, Michigan, majoring in Elementary Education with a focus in Social Studies. She has been involved in house and hall governments and various volunteer opportunities. In her spare time, Reese can be found spending time with her friends, walking on the beach, painting, and hammocking. Reese also enjoys reading, listening to music, watching netflix, and going on adventures.  On campus you can find her in Jamrich Hall studying, or if weather permits, out in the academic mall. After graduation, Reese hopes to find a job teaching in an elementary or middle school.

Karine Pratt

Karine Pratt

Karine is a sophomore from Midland, Michigan majoring in Speech, Hearing, and Language Sciences. She has been involved in her house and hall governments, the Honors Program, and her on-campus job. Karine can be found exploring new trails with friends, laying in the sun getting a nice burn, or at a coffee shop sipping a chai tea latte. She also enjoys hammocking, kayaking, and trying new foods or activities. After graduation, Karine plans on attending grad school out of state and buying an old bus to build her own tiny home on wheels. 

Maguire Smith

Maguire Smith

Maguire is a senior from Jenison, Michigan majoring in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance. He was a Resident Adviser for 2 years in Van Antwerp Hall and loved every minute of it. He also enjoys snorkeling, scuba diving, climbing and hiking various trails around Marquette. After graduation, Maguire wants to work as a Cyber Forensics Analyst and visit Dublin, Ireland.

Sawyer Jones

Sawyer Jones

Sawyer is a junior from Madison, Wisconsin majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. He can often be found hanging out with his friends in The Den, at the beach or on Sugarloaf mountain. Sawyer is also very involved with planning events held on campus. After graduation, Sawyer wants to teach young people about the importance of the environment. His favorite part of attending NMU is that there is always an adventure to be had.

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