Jaimie Hutchison: Director
Biography: Jaimie Hutchison is the Director of the WorkLife Office at Michigan State University, supporting MSU’s recruitment and retention of a high performing workforce and the wellbeing of a diverse community of staff and scholars. Jaimie and her team contribute to the development of MSU’s policies and special initiatives, and the office oversees MSU’s University-wide work-life strategies. The office administers a range of programs for faculty, staff, academic staff, and postdocs, including those focused on mental health, workplace flexibility, dependent care, family support, workplace culture, career development, leadership, and workplace-based well-being. Jaimie has worked for 24 years as a leader, therapist, consultant, director, supervisor, trainer, mentor, and administrator. In addition to her work-life role, she is also a therapist at Insight Counseling working primarily with tweens, teens, and families. Jaimie is highly engaged with the local community and has volunteered over 10,000 hours.
Jaimie received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University, her master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, and a post-master’s 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 the diverse events and activities that MSU and the Greater Lansing area have to offer. Jaimie is the mother of one teen and has been married to her spouse, Wayne (also a Spartan), for 24 years.
Jaimie is currently serving a three-year term for the College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUFWA) Board of Directors. Jaimie also co-chairs the Membership Engagement Committee with Lourdes Rodrigues, Manager of Childcare and Family Resources, Life & Work Connections at the University of Arizona. 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) 884-7315
Ebony Lucas: WorkLife Consultant
Biography: Ebony Lucas is a Social Worker with over fifteen years of experience providing person-centered services to diverse hard-to-reach populations. Ebony received her bachelor’s degree in Africana studies and a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University.
Ebony has worked with Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières-MSF), an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization (NGO) of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases. In June 2020, the organization became active in the United States to address the pandemic.
Most recently, Ebony served as a Wellness Support Officer providing supportive services to the ‘hardest hit’ nursing homes in Michigan. Prior to that she served as the Project Coordinator for the AmeriCorps Domestic Violence program at Wayne State University. The AmeriCorps Domestic Violence Program provided necessary services to victims of intimate partner violence.
She has experiences studying abroad in several African countries including West and South Africa. Where she studied the religious and secular influences on everyday culture.
Ebony is a married mother of one who enjoys traveling and reading. Ebony and her family are proud Michiganders who enjoy the diverse activities of the University. Ebony is passionate about promoting work-life principles to improve everyday life and the overall employee experience.
Phone: (517) 884-7316
Rachel Perez: WorkLife Consultant
Biography: Rachel Perez is a WorkLife Consultant for the WorkLife Office at Michigan State University (MSU). She brings nine years of Human Resources experience as well as a bachelor’s degree from MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business. Rachel has served as an HR Coordinator and an Assistant Health & Safety Coordinator for the Student Life & Engagement division. In these positions, her teams benefited greatly from her project management and program coordination experience. As an HR Generalist for the MSU HR Solutions Center, she was able to advocate for faculty and staff members throughout the processes of hiring, benefits enrollment, and training, while considering their emotional and cultural needs as they begin a transition in their career.
Rachel has a passion for working with MSU’s diverse faculty, staff, and students. Serving as a resource to our diverse communities has given her great pride in her work at MSU as well as when she began her career as an Enrollment Counselor at the University of Phoenix. In this position, she guided students through the process of enrollment, major designation, financial planning, and all major changes in their educational paths. Fostering MSU’s values of inclusiveness and equity, Rachel has proudly served as a Project Manager for MSU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee as well as a member of the DEI Advisory Board for Student Life & Engagement. She is a certified CPR/AED trainer and is trained in workplace violence prevention through the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Furthering her education, Rachel is currently enrolled into the Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations through MSU’s College of Social Science. She looks forward to utilizing her education and experience to support our faculty and staff towards their wellbeing at work and in their personal lives. Rachel also has a limited working proficiency in Spanish speaking skills that she brings to the team.
Rachel is a mother of 3 children and is married to an MSU Spartan as well, go green! In her free time, she stays active as a Zumba Instructor through MSU’s Recreational Sports and Fitness Services department. She also enjoys playing volleyball, running, and outdoor activities including hiking, camping, and spending time at the beach.
Phone: (517) 355-1528
Danielle DuBay (Dani): Operations Coordinator
Biography: Dani DuBay is the Operations Coordinator for the WorkLife Office! Dani graduated from MSU in 2017 with a dual bachelor degrees in Political Science and Arts & Humanities (RCAH), with a minor in Spanish. Dani provides a limited working proficiency of speaking in Spanish, and a professional working proficiency in reading and writing in Spanish.
Through her studies at MSU, Dani was also a member of the RCAHppella singing group. As a self-identified people person and “connector,” Dani has worked in the nonprofit sector for five years and specializes in community engagement, operations management, and data analysis. Dani manages political campaigns focused on increasing black female representation locally and enjoys spending time with family. Dani was an ATHENA nominee for "ATHENA Young Professional" in 2021, recognizing her impact on the Grand Rapids landscape through advocacy, community engagement and successful holistic programming, addressing the needs of marginalized women and communities in Kent County.
Dani's top five strengths include input, strategic, achiever, restorative, and intellect.
Philanthropic endeavors: mentoring elementary students through Affinity Mentoring in Grand Rapids; and female empowerment through Woman’s Life Insurance Society.
Phone: (517) 353-1635
Megan Lee: Employee Relations & Project Lead
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. She is in her first year in the Human Resources & Labor Relations (HRLR) Master’s program at MSU. One of the top programs in the country for HRLR, MSU’s HRLR program is two years long and focuses on the practical application of human resources principles to prepare its students for highly competitive careers in the field. Megan is excited to dive deeper into human resources and especially learn more about organizational behavior and employee engagement. She hopes to have a career applying work-life principles to workplaces to improve their culture and employee experience.
Personally, Megan enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, and dogs, as well as reading, working out, and baking and creating recipes.
Phone: (517) 353-1635
Emerson Stehlik: Student Clerical Assistant III
Biography: Emerson is a second year student at Michigan State University studying General Business, and hoping to change to marketing in the Fall of 2022. Emerson will be applying to the Eli Broad School of Business in the Fall as well, to further her learning within the Business School. Emerson was involved in several community service organizations throughout High School, such as the National Honors Society and Haslett Community Church Youth Group. There, she aided communities with various projects, one being a mission trip to Rockford, Illinois in summer of 2019. Emerson has had experience in retail and customer service, as well as administrative experience with a small plastic recycling business, Michigan Polymer Reclaim, located in St. Johns, Michigan. Emerson also grew up as a competitive dancer at a local dance studio, Greater Lansing Academy of Dance / Premier Dance Company, where she now coaches competitive and recreational dancers. Emerson can be described as a huge people person, very outgoing, and extremely organized.