Staff

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.

Email: blr@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 355-1528

Jaimie Hutchison: Deputy Director/Lifespan & Family Services CoordinatorJaimie Hutchison Photo

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.

Email: hutchj@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 353-1635
 

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 mholtscl@msu.edu.

Megan Lee: Employee Relations & Project LeadMegan Lee

Biography: Megan is currently a graduate student at MSU in the Human Resources & Labor Relations Master’s program, graduating in May 2023. She graduated with a B.A. in Human Capital and Society and a minor in Leadership of Organizations in May 2021. Working in the WorkLife Office has helped Megan realize where her passions lie within human resources: the niche area of work-life and the retention strategies and employee empowerment it brings to an organization. She values her contributions to the Well-being at Work guide, which encompasses mental health and work, why breaks are important, different aspects of the work environment, how to support caregivers in the workplace and more, as her light-bulb moment that has allowed her to learn more about all she wants to bring into her career.

Megan is excited to become a double Spartan and continue working in the WorkLife Office throughout her graduate studies. Personally, Megan enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, and dog, as well as reading, working out, and baking and creating recipes.

Email: leemega5@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 353-1635

Reed Howell: Research & Project Intern

Biography: Reed is currently a senior studying Psychology with a minor in Youth & Society at MSU's College of Social Science. They volunteer as a crisis counselor supporting LGBTQ+ youth with The Trevor Project and are passionate about aiding young people in navigating the challenges of growing up. They plan to pursue a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and work with adolescents, with particular interest in LGBTQ+ identities and trauma. Reed is excited for the opportunity to explore resources available for work-life synergy as part of the WorkLife Office team and learn more about supporting staff and faculty across contexts.

Email: howell66@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 353-1635

Ian McDonald: Research & Project Intern

Biography: Ian is currently a senior in the College of Arts and Letters at MSU, majoring in Philosophy with a cognate in Psychology. He grew up in Rochester Hills and still resides in Metro Detroit today, when not attending classes at MSU. Ian is passionate not only about learning how our reality works, but also finding ways to change our society for the better. Ian has been volunteering with his family since he was a child, such as at a local church or community food bank. This has instilled Ian with the values of empathy, compassion, and equity for all, which he still has a passion for today. He plans to attend Graduate school in pursuit of a Doctoral degree in Philosophy, hoping to become a professor. Ian is excited to be part of the WorkLife Office team and further explore and research ways to improve people’s lives.

Email: mcdon500@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 353-1635

Martin Lee: Social Work/Family Services Intern

Biography: Martin is currently a junior at MSU, studying Psychology with a minor in History. Originally from Hong Kong, he is one of the international students on campus. As one of the top students, Martin is a recurring Dean’s List student and a member of the MSU Honors College. Recently, he is also awarded the Cole Excellence Awards in recognition of his academic excellence. Interested in exploring more of the Psychology field, Martin is planning on pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He is also looking forward to learning more about the valued work-life balance and the workplace culture at MSU.

Email: leewang@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 353-1635

Olivia Walters: Employee Relations/Communications Intern

Biography: Olivia is currently a senior at MSU, studying Psychology with minors in Youth in Society and Dance through the College of Social Science. She is originally from Ann Arbor, Mi, and serves on the executive board of a Panhellenic sorority as Public Relations Vice President. Olivia has a passion for helping and understanding others, which is why she is excited to pursue a career in the field of Psychology. She is planning on attending graduate school for an Industrial/Organizational Psychology degree after she graduates. Olivia is looking forward to strengthening the community through the amazing work that the WorkLife Office team does. 

Email: walte351@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 353-1635