Executive Committee & Staff

 

Meet your Executive Committee!

 


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President – Erik Berg

Hi all! I moved into Orion in the Fall of 2018, and I’ve spent January 2019 through May 2020 as a member of the Board, the Governance Revision Committee, and Orion’s House President–aside from a brief stint working on our Education Committee and as an Office Laborer in the Summer of 2019. Nowadays, my main job around here is serving as our co-op’s President. In my free time I like to research cooperative business models, read through cooperative governing documents and history, play my accordion, and write code for software and web apps. Almost immediately after joining the SHC I became very involved with and passionate about our co-op and the cooperative movement as a whole, and I’m really excited about the future of the SHC. Always feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to talk about co-op stuff.

president@spartan.coop



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Vice President of Education – Emily Tyler

Emily Tyler graduated from Michigan State in the spring of 2019 with a degree in English. She moved into Toad Lane in December of 2017, and has been living at Vesta since August 2018. She served as office laborer for Vesta, as well as education officer, until she was elected Vice President of Education in spring 2020. She loves reading, writing, and spending time with her housemates. After her term as VPE, she plans to attend the University of Chicago to pursue graduate work in English. During her term, she intends to maintain a rad and regular Pine Press, as well as increase engagement of education officers with their houses and engagement of members with the SHC overall.

education@spartan.coop



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Vice President of Membership – Leah Rogers

Hey, I’m Leah! I am a recent MSU graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. I was introduced to the co-ops by my friend Matthew, and moved into Vesta during my junior year. I love being outdoors, reading, and learning to cook new things. I am super excited to be your Vice President of Membership and to get to know you and our co-op better!

vpmembership@spartan.coop



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Vice President of Facilities – Nikki Phan

Nikki moved into Rivendell in Fall of 2017 and has lived there ever since, A passion for sustainable and accessible living situations inspired her to get involved in both co-op and local city governance. She served on the Board of Directors for a year and a half, before being appointed to the Executive Committee as VP of Facilities. She served as President of the SHC from 2019 to 2020, and has now returned to her former position as Vice President of Facilities.

facilities@spartan.coop



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Corporate Treasurer – Shyla Crump

Shyla is the new corporate treasurer who enjoys long walks to nowhere and building random spreadsheets. During her term, she will be focused on member education of their finances at a house and SHC level.

treasurer@spartan.coop



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Corporate Secretary – Matthew Mandryk

Matthew is a seasoned queen in the co-ops. They are living in their third year in Miles Davis House. In their position they will work to take accurate notes at Board and EC meetings, as well as standardize note taking procedures within the coop. Matthew values the capacity of the co-op to hold space for intentional community. They find peace in the safety and solidarity of its members. In the world they play as a student. They study civil engineering and play to turn towards and art based education in the upcoming year. If you wish to reach out to Matthew you can find them in Miles Davis house or frolicking in a field somewhere.

corporatesecretary@spartan.coop


Meet your Staff!


Executive Director – Holly Jo Sparks

holly jo has 20+ years experience in cooperatives, planning, and nonprofit leadership. She previously held the position of Executive Director for North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) and the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative (SBSHC). She has served on many boards & advisory committees, including the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), Shared Capital Co-op, the Kagawa Fund Trustees, National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC), and Oryana Community Co-op. As a research associate for the The Democracy Collaborative, she contributed substantially to the report “Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission,” published in March 2013.

Prior to this, holly jo studied housing, community, and economic development at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and at MIT, from which I hold a Master in City Planning. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, holly jo was a member of the Inter-Cooperative Council, Ann Arbor.

Specialties: Housing and community economic development, shared-equity homeownership, cooperatives, leadership, nonprofit management, planning, communications strategy, democracy and action research.

exdir@spartan.coop


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Member Services Coordinator – Nola Warner

Nola has an easy claim to fame here at the Co-op: All members interact with her in some way, at some point. She frequently answer the phone, reviews your applications, is a friendly face of our Office, and emails all prospective members. She has Co-Directed an activist-based collective called the Kalamazoo Peace Center, have worked in Alaska and Louisiana doing Environmental Education, lived in 3 different intentional communities, is on the Board for the North American Students of Cooperation as well as a local non-profit, the Peace Education Center. As Member Services Coordinator, she : manage accounts receivable, supports the Membership and Education Committees with their goals and needs, considers herself the office and communications director, facilitates trainings, manages and oversees all member contracts, and assist in conflict management. Since July of 2015 she has put her heart into working towards a more cooperative Greater Lansing Area through her work at MSU SHC.

memberservices@spartan.coop


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Maintenance Coordinator – Mike McCurdy

Mike McCurdy has worked with the MSU SHC for over 10 years. Before then, he lived at Rivendell Cooperative House in Lansing. He also, in his youth, lived at Howland House. Mike McCurdy is a jack-of-all-trades, and knows how to do most things maintenance! He is a licensed builder. He’s left a legacy at every single one of our Cooperative Houses, whether through routine maintenance or his master carpentry skills. He responsibly logs wood destroyed by emerald ash borers to utilize as window frames and other countertops throughout our cooperative system. He creates unique and stunning structures for pots and pans holders, cabinet stabilizers, and even makes trash bin drawers look good. He, apart from being a life-long cooperator, organizes for social justice and has done peace work in Palestine. He is is a proud father of 3 and grandfather of 1, and spends most of his free time with his family.

maintenancecoordinator@spartan.coop


Financial Cooperator – MC Rothhorn

MC Rothhorn was born and raised in Ann Arbor and graduated in 1995 from MSU with a BA in International Relations and German. In class, MC met his partner, Tamiko, who took him to Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina as a volunteer with the Brethren Volunteer Service for several years. After the birth of their first daughter, Kata, they returned home to Lansing to help build Genesee Garden Cohousing, start a small rental business, and allow MC to pursue his passions in small business and organizational development. MC has worked at NorthWest Initiative as their business manager, has taught accounting online at Lansing Community College, has been an early-childhood-parent consultant with Ingham Great Start Collaborative, and has been employed with the MSU Student Housing Cooperative as their Financial Cooperator since April 2016. He serves and has served on several non-profit and neighborhood boards and enjoys playing with his partner, their two daughters, all their grandparents, and his neighbors and friends in Downtown Lansing.

financemanager@spartan.coop


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AmeriCorps VISTA – Connor Meston

Hello everyone! My name is Connor Meston and I am serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the MSU Student Housing Cooperative. The focus of my assignment is Governance & Member Empowerment. In this role, I will be especially focused on training, democratic process/procedure, and recordkeeping for the Board of Directors. I will also be advising on agenda planning, facilitation, and recording meeting minutes for the operational committees (Membership, Education, Finance, & Facilities) so you can expect to see me around for committee meetings on occasion.  

Additionally, I can advise on house meeting process and house norms upon request. If you’d like to submit a request or have any questions on best practices regarding anything co-op related, my email is meston@spartan.coop. As a former member of Bower House and SHC President for the 2016-17 term, you could say I’ve lived a slice of the co-op experience. I am an open book; at your service as a resource for a variety of information, including SHC history, and where you can find more resources from the SHC, NASCO, and beyond! When I’m not in the SHC Office, you might find me living my daily existence at Rivendell or elsewhere around town. 

Fun facts about me include:

  • I am a musician on viola, keys, and backup vocals

  • I enjoy movies, documentaries, theater, hiking, and dancing

  • I have an interest in history, public policy, ecology, energy, health, and all forms of co-ops


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AmeriCorps VISTA – Casey Paskus

Howdy folks! I’m Casey, the new Climate Resilience and Development Coordinator VISTA! I’ll be working with the membership and staff of the SHC on sustainability and green design for existing houses and new properties.

I am so lucky to be returning to the co-op community! I lived in Vesta for two years (Fall 2016 to Spring 2018) while studying at MSU, where I majored in International Relations. After graduation I moved to DC to work at a nonprofit called KABOOM! where I helped groups from across the country apply for playground grants.

DC was fun, but Michigan was calling me home! Also, I missed going grocery shopping at Meijer. I’m so excited to work with you all on climate resilience and sustainability within the SHC, to learn from practices your houses have already put in place, and to be a proud member of the SHC once again!

paskusca@spartan.coop


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