CDI Staff

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

Assistant Director, 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)!

Bre Tucker

Student Engagement Coordinator

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Hamar House


  • Student Leadership Development

About Me

  • Hey y'all! As a Michigan native and Tech alumna, I'm very excited to be back working with all of you. I was born in Kalamazoo, MI and spent the latter half of middle school and up in Clinton Township, MI. I came to Tech in 2010 and graduated 2013 with a BA in Communications, Culture, and Media Studies. I spend most of my time thinking about and planning my future Tiny House, watching movies, and crafting. I enjoy attempting to bake and I'm a huge fan of dogs! If you ever need anything, you can find me by the hot chocolate or in my second floor office. Follow the smell of my hot chocolate/coffee mix up the stairs and you'll find me at the first door on the left!

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.