Barbara Roberts, M.Sc. OT, Ph.D.
Dr. Barbara Roberts is Executive Director of the WorkLife Office and Senior Advisor to the Provost at MSU, where she also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the College of Education. Dr. Roberts brings to the WorkLife Office her expertise in how individuals participate successfully in university work environments, facilitating a climate where all individuals are respected and supported in their work and personal lives.
Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Roberts was the Human Rights Officer at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, advising the President on issues of human rights and positive environments in post-secondary education.
Dr. Roberts has been a licensed occupational therapist and disability advisor for over 20 years, in employment and educational accommodation, and adult mental health.She has a B.A.Hons. (Queen’s University at Kingston), and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (Boston University). Her PhD in Education (Queen's University) used the Canadian legal test questions of discrimination to identify bona fide academic requirements (BFARs) in clinical education. Dr. Roberts ran the Ontario-wide PACT Project (Post-secondary Accessibility Consulting Team), a mediation service for students and institutions struggling with accommodation issues.
Dr. Roberts is a co-investigator on a grant from the Canadian Institute for Health Research exploring participation by students with disabilities in allied health professions.
Phone: (517) 355-1528
Jaimie Hutchison: Deputy Director/Lifespan & Family Services Coordinator
Biography: Jaimie Hutchison has worked in organizations that have served individuals and families for over 20 years. Jaimie's diverse work experiences have prepared her for focusing on the wide array of needs that faculty, staff, and families have. As a military spouse, Jaimie worked for several educational, government, and non-profit organizations in California, Montana, Colorado, and Michigan. Jaimie chose to return to Michigan to put her skills to use in her home state. Jaimie is an active volunteer in her community, and has volunteered thousands of hours in the Greater Lansing area. Jaimie received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, her Masters degree in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, and a post-Masters certificate in School Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Jaimie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan. Jaimie and her family are proud Spartans and enjoy all of the diverse events and activities that MSU and the Greater Lansing area have to offer.
Jaimie Hutchison will serve a three-year term for the College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUFWA) Board of Directors. Jaimie will also be co-chairing the Membership Engagement Committee beginning in September, with the Well-Being Manager at Northwestern University. Jaimie’s participation in this leadership role will allow the MSU WorkLife Office to help guide national conversations about work-life, as well as provide MSU an opportunity to share and learn from other best practices in these areas from around the country and Canada. This new relationship will directly impact the great work being done at MSU.
Jaimie’s interests in her role on the CUFWA Board include membership engagement, leading initiatives to promote personal and workplace well-being, and being part of a vibrant, knowledgeable team in efforts to move our institutions forward by being leaders and innovators in the work-life industry.
Phone: (517) 353-1635
John Girdwood, MSA, PhD: Research & Educational Program Coordinator
Biography: Dr. John Girdwood started with the WorkLife Office in 2019. Before that, he worked in public health and was involved in the Maternal and Infant Oral Health project that integrated dental hygienists within OBGYN offices in Michigan. His favorite part of the WorkLife Education Program involves meeting new Spartans.
Maranda Holtsclaw, Director for the Michigan Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
Maranda Holtsclaw is the newly appointed Director for the Michigan Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) . Prior to joining HERC, Maranda worked for the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Department at Michigan State University, where she coordinated preventive maintenance work for skilled trades crews. Maranda holds a bachelor's degree in Global and Area Studies and a master's degree in Public Health from Michigan State University.
Holtsclaw’s duties as the regional director include: building and maintaining a network of regional institutions and individual members; providing training opportunities and support within MSU and across other HERC member institutions; and assisting colleges within the university with diverse and/or dual-career hiring.
Holtsclaw was born and raised in Michigan's Greater Lansing Area where she lives with her husband and two young children. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Feel free to contact Maranda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiana Carter, CHRS: Office Manager
Biography: Tiana Carter began her career with Michigan State University at Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. Her diverse experience ranges from supporting the development of the Multicultural Center and helping develop the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan to supporting more than 60 full time engineers and architects on various construction projects. She was responsible for overseeing the Facility Coordinators Workgroup for campus and played an integral role with the Faculty Readiness Program ensuring laboratories were up and running for newly hired research faculty. Over the past eight years, Tiana has worked hard to achieve a healthy work-life balance at MSU as she works full time and attends classes to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. Tiana is a proud Spartan who is passionate about supporting others and illustrates the importance of always being your authentic self, both professionally and personally.
Phone: (517) 353-1635
Megan Lee: Student Intern
Biography: Megan is currently a student at MSU in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations (HRLR) undergraduate program of Human Capital and Society. She is also a member of the Human Capital and Society Scholars Program for the top students in her major, with only 14 students gaining admission last year. Megan plans to obtain her master’s degree in HRLR, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, or a related field. She is passionate about helping people be their whole selves at work—being able to bring both their personal and professional sides to work. Megan is excited to be a part of the WorkLife team and be more involved in the WorkLife field.
Phone: (517) 353-1635
Adriana Prieto: Student Intern
Biography: Adriana is currently a senior at MSU, studying Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Leadership of Organizations through the College of Social Science. Originally from New Jersey, she comes from a Cuban background and has grown to value diversity both in education and in the workplace. Adriana is a recurring dean’s list student and has also had the opportunity of assisting Lansing residents in obtaining health insurance, applying for jobs, and connecting them with community resources. Her passion of improving the mental and professional needs of others has led her to want to pursue a Master’s Degree in Human Resources or Industrial/Organizational Psychology following her graduation this upcoming May. Adriana is thrilled to work alongside the Worklife community and aspires to develop the skills to better understand the integration of home life with work-life.
Phone: (908) 872-5491
Julia Shine: Student Intern
Biography: Julia is currently a student in the school of Social Work undergraduate program at MSU. She also has minors in Leadership of Organizations and Human Behavior and Social Science. Julia spent this past summer interning in the HR department of American Red Cross recruiting and interviewing potential volunteers. She is passionate about people and helping them be the most successful they can in their workplace while balancing their homelife. Julia is planning on attending graduate school to acquire her master's degree in Human Resources or a related field after she graduates. She is looking forward to learning more about the work-life balance at MSU and to be a part of a cohesive team.
Phone: (517) 353-1635