Our Staff

Michaela Holtz, Acting Director
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

mholtz@niu.edu

Hometown: Kosice, Slovakia
Education: M.S. Biogeography
Advice: Be yourself, push yourself and try your best at everything you do.


Cathy Dancey, Office Support Specialist
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

cdancey@niu.edu

Hometown: Sycamore, Illinois
Advice: Be true to who you are, stay flexible and keep a positive attitude and remember to enjoy the journey!


Lauren Napolitano, Associate Director
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

lnapolitano@niu.edu

Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois
Education: M.Ed. Higher and Post-Secondary Ed.
Advice: Get to know as many people as possible, you'd be surprised how much one relationship could impact your life!


James Cooper, Program Coordinator
Pronouns: He, Him, His

jcooper5@niu.edu

Hometown: Oswego, Illinois
Education: M.S. Sociology
Advice: Use this time to define who you are. Take chances and step out of your comfort zone.


Graduate Assistants

Emily Murphy
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

emurphy4@niu.edu 

Hometown: Mundelein, Illinois
Major: Counseling-Clinical Mental Health
Year in School: second-year graduate student
Hobbies: baking, spending time with friends, DIY projects/decorating, traveling


Zachery Nielsen
Pronouns: He, Him, His, She, Her, Hers

znielsen1@niu.edu

Hometown: Tampico, Illinois
Major: Counseling-Clinical Mental Health
Year in School: second-year graduate student
Hobbies: pop culture, fashion and tattoos


Student Success Team

Jenah Anderson
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Hometown: Henry, Illinois
Major: Business Management
Year in School: Senior
Hobbies: softball, TV/movies


Logan Andrews
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: Visual Communications
Year in School: Freshman
Hobbies: Drawing, Sleeping, Eating


Anetia Dickens
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: Business Administration
Year in School: Senior
Hobbies: cooking, reading, arts and crafts, singing


Mitchell Huftalin
Pronouns: He, Him, His


Hometown: Winnebago, Illinois
Double Major: Communication Studies (Organizational/Corporate Communication emphasis); Spanish Business and Translation
Year in School: Senior
Hobbies: painting, reading playing piano


Elizabeth Korbut
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Major: Political Science
Year in School: Junior
Hobbies: Figure Skating, Netflix


Sam Lindberg
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Hometown: Spring Grove, Illinois
Major: Journalism
Minor: Journalism and Women and Gender Studies
Year in School: Sophomore
Hobbies: Reading and hanging out with friends


Kyle Majewski
Pronouns: He, Him, His


Hometown: Kildeer, Illinois
Major: Marketing
Year in School: Junior
Hobbies: playing guitar, music, graphic design, watching bad movies

Jehvania Whyte
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Major: Communication Studies (Organizational/Corporate Communication Emphasis)
Year in School: Senior
Hobbies: Karaoke, watching Netflix, reading