Staff


Michael Safarik

Assistant Director, Educational Benefits

Michael is originally from Hanover Park, Illinois, and is currently serving in the role of Assistant Director of Educational Benefits for Military Student Services.  Michael originally attended Elgin Community College and transferred to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  Michael started working in Higher Education in 2005; he was responsible for helping students find funding for school and for processing military benefits and financial aid.  Besides helping students reach their goal of graduation, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and 2-year-old daughter.




Cheryl Murray

Office Support Specialist

Cheryl Murray is originally from Chicago, Illinois.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Finance from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.


Joshua Reed

Graduate Assistant

Joshua Reed was born and raised to be a Huskie, growing up in DeKalb and receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences, emphasis in Physical Therapy, here at NIU.  In addition to being a graduate student in pursuit of a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Joshua has a personal interest in NIU's military student population as he is a Marine.  While on active duty, Joshua participated in two fourteen month combat deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Joshua works closely with the assistant director of Military Student Services to ease the transition for veterans into college and to support and advocate for veterans, military members, and their families.