Staff Listing

Kristi Juntunen

Staff Assistant, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

About me:

  • I was born and raised in the U.P., I have been happily married since 2000 and have 2 beautiful daughters that are my world. I am a certified Firefighter and have been a member of my local Volunteer Fire Department since 1999. I enjoy exploring new hobbies, reading and spending time outdoors with my family. The best part of my job here at tech is the awesome students that visit CDI.

Kellie Raffaelli

Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

About me:

  • I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. After studying cultural anthropology and education, I’ve found the perfect home at CDI. I love to travel and be outdoors. My family and I love camping, hiking, and kayaking. I am dedicated and deeply invested in seeing students succeed, not only academically and professionally but also as human beings.

Zack Rubinstein

Program Coordinator, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

About me:

  • Hey everyone! I am very excited to be working with all these amazing students and staff members that are dedicated to social justice programming and awareness around the Michigan Tech Campus. I was born and raised outside of Boston... “Gimme some laabstahh ked.” I grew up as a 90’s kid so feel free to discuss plot points to the Sabrina series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Family Matters, and the like. I am the last office on the 2nd floor in CDI and my door is always open. Stop by to chat about a program, if you want to work out an issue, or if you just want to relax and chat (I have a really comfy sofa)!

Christa Spielman

Assistant Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

About me:

  • Hello! I am the Assistant Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion! I was born and raised in Minnesota, but am an avid Green Bay Packers fan. I am also an animal lover and have a rescue dog named Seela. I am here to form meaningful relationships with students so please come on in and see me!

Karen Wade

Administrative Aide, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

About me:

  • I am the administrative aide in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). Born and raised in the “big” City of Hancock, I graduated from Hancock High School and worked in banking for 25 years before coming to Michigan Tech in 2008. I married the love of my life, Ron Wade, on June 21, 1986. I am a caregiver for my family, and I enjoy doing volunteer work. My husband and I love to travel and hope to someday be “snow birds” (wintering in sunny Florida). I love working with students and enjoy taking on a “mothering” role. If you need someone to talk to, you can count on me.