Staff Listing

John Lehman

John Lehman

Associate Vice President

Administration Building, Room 134


  • Leads a thriving team of seven areas with over eighty staff members in the departments of Admissions, Career Services, Financial Aid, International Programs and Services, the Center for Pre-College Outreach, University Marketing and Communications, as well as the Student Affairs Information Systems
  • Pilots the vision, development, initiation, and realization of the University’s comprehensive enrollment plan
  • Works to develop a student-centered, culture of care ethic among student service personnel
  • Assists Student Affairs in realizing its mission and vision
Lynda Heinonen

Lynda Heinonen

Administrative Aide

Administration Building, Room 135


  • Provides administrative support to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications and the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Allison Carter

Director of Admissions

Administration Building, Room G29C


  • Has 15 years of admissions and recruitment experience
  • Enjoys helping academic departments meet their recruitment goals by developing and implementing individualized communication plans for target audiences
  • Challenges her team to develop creative recruitment initiatives focusing on the distinctive value-added reasons to attend Michigan Tech
  • Is an alumna of the School of Business and Economics
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Stephen Patchin

Director, Center for Pre-college Outreach

Administration Building, Room 217


  • Former middle and high school teacher with Master in Educational Leadership from University of Cincinnati, currently pursuing doctorate at University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Leads a talented team whose mission is to work with academic and corporate partners to create innovative non-traditional educational experiences for K-12 students
  • Co-creator of Mind Trekkers STEM Road Shows
  • Greatest professional gratification comes from seeing students discover their interests and aptitudes, then passionately engaging in their own education with this new found knowledge

Jim Turnquist

Director, Career Services

Administration Building, Room 220E


  • 30 years of progressive Higher Education experience
  • 13 years as Director of Career Services at Michigan Tech
  • Associate Director of Admissions at Michigan Tech
  • 16 years of Fundraising, Budgetary and Corporate Relations experience

William Roberts

Director, Financial Aid

Administration Building, Room 162


  • Leads efforts on campus to strategically leverage donor funded scholarships to assist with recruiting and retaining students
  • Member of several committees on campus that includes Student Success, Professional Development, Academic and Satisfactory Progress, and Tuition/Financial Aid Planning
  • Creates an innovative and student centric atmosphere in financial aid that is service oriented while maintaining strict adherence to federal, state and university policy
  • Earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. Currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University. Research focus on student success and educational attainment in relationship to financial aid

Thy Yang

Director, International Programs and Services

Administration Building, Room 235A


  • Served as a Director for international programs offices at several colleges and universities throughout the Midwest
  • Specializes in managing comprehensive units which oversee international student recruitment, admissions, compliance, and study abroad
  • Areas of expertise include developing overseas branch campuses, implementing 2+2 programs and managing rapid international enrollment growth
  • Certified Lead Trainer for the National Association of International Student Advisers (NAFSA) and has made conference presentations at the regional, national, and international levels

Karen Giddings

Director, Student Affairs Information Systems

Administration Building, Room 206A


  • 15 years of experience with the Banner Student system
  • 13 years of experience writing queries using a variety of reporting tools
  • Leads a group of business systems analysts whose main goal is to have a comprehensive understanding of departmental business processes and recommend changes to improve efficiencies
  • Holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Office Information Systems from Northern Michigan University and a Masters of Business administration from Michigan Tech