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

Jaimie Hutchison PhotoJaimie 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. 

Phone: (517) 353-1635


John Girdwood
John Girdwood, MSA, PhD: Research & Educational Program Coordinator

Biography: Dr. John Girdwood has worked in the public sector and with non-profit organizations since he was a freshman at Michigan State University in 1997.  His entire professional journey has revolved around connecting community members with resources.  He has conducted statewide healthcare delivery research toward improving implementation of services for all Michiganders.  His first grad school project (Central Michigan University, MS Administration) examined the reasons why senior citizens do not access food assistance.  His dissertation (Michigan State University, PhD Sociology) provides more understanding about the homeless experience in Michigan.  Dr. Girdwood has taught sociology at seven colleges and universities throughout Michigan.  He volunteers as Executive Director of the Holt Community Foundation.  He lives in Flint with his dog Bo and partner Jaime.  When not in his office, you can find Dr. Girdwood strolling the Beal Botanical Garden looking for ideas and inspiration.

Phone: (517)  353-1635
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Maranda Holtsclaw, Director for the Michigan Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
Maranda Holtsclaw

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



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 LeeMegan 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