Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts, M.Sc. OT, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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

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Audrey Smith: Office Manager

Biography: Audrey Smith has worked at MSU for 35 years, most recently in the former Women's Resource Center. Audrey is a recipient of the Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award and holds a Bachelor of Social Science from MSU. If anyone can find her way around MSU, it's Audrey, and she brings that wealth of knowledge and experience to everyone who contacts the WorkLife Office.

Phone: (517) 353-1635

Jaimie Hutchison PhotoJaimie Hutchison: 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. 

Phone: (517) 353-1635

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Lydia Weiss: Educational Program Coordinator

Biography: Lydia is the Educational Program Coordinator at the WorkLife Office. She is responsible for creating educational initiatives and seminars, workshops and conferences related to work-life concerns. Lydia is dedicated to creating equal access to resources, services and educational opportunities for all. She is the co-founder and co-coordinator of several initiatives at Michigan State, including the Women's Networking Association, Academic Women's Forum, and the Reflect & Connect series. She also serves on the leadership team as the Content Chair of the empowHER Leadership Retreat for 4th-9th grade girls. Lydia earned her Masters in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati and received her Bachelors in Sociology from Michigan State University.

Phone: (517) 884-7316