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 she holds 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.

Member Services Coordinator –

Nola Warner

Nola has an easy claim to fame here at the Co-op: All members interact with at some point.  She has Co-Directed an activist-based collective called the Kalamazoo Peace Center, worked in Alaska and Louisiana doing Environmental Education, lived in 3 different intentional communities, and was 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 : manages accounts receivable, supports the Membership and Education Committees with their goals, considers herself the office and communications director, facilitates trainings, manages and oversees all member contracts, and assists 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.

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 2, and spends most of his free time with his family.

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.