Operations teams

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rushika Patel, Chief Inclusion OfficerRushika Patel, Chief Inclusion Officer 

How to reach us:

Email: rushika@umich.edu

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Office provides organizational leadership in a continuous process of weaving diversity, equity and inclusion priorities throughout the academic, co-curricular and administrative functions of the UMSN. It also works to engage students, faculty, staff and alumni in DEI initiatives which, by design, strengthen our efforts to recruit and support groups underrepresented in nursing and higher education, while bolstering and harnessing the generative potential of diversity throughout our programs. The DEI Office also serves as a resource to individual students, faculty and staff and support their efforts to meet their academic, professional and personal goals.

Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Colleen Zimmerman, Executive Director of Development & Alumni RelationsColleen Zimmerman, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations 

How to reach us:

Office phone 734-763-9710
Email: nursingalum@umich.edu

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is responsible for relationships and communications with all UMSN graduates, friends and donors, as well as garnering financial resources to help advance School initiatives and secure the School’s future financial stability through private philanthropy.

Additional responsibilities include annual giving fundraising campaigns, endowment fund reporting, donor stewardship, maintenance of alumni demographic and biographic information, coordination and execution of alumni and donor events, class reunion and giving activities as well as general and special communications.

Project Management Office

Carleen Champagne, Director of Project ManagementCarleen Champagne, Director of Project Management

How to reach us:

Email: carleen@umich.edu

The Project Management Office (PMO) provides project management and business analysis services for school-wide projects and key initiatives.

Some of these projects and initiatives include the development of data dashboards, systems and tools for tracking data and managing processes, and providing financial analysis to support the leadership’s operational and strategic decision making.

This office’s scope further includes special projects that fulfill routine provost and other internal and external requirements, such as the annual budget, U.S. News and World Report rankings, and preparation for accreditation. The PMO will work with subject matter experts within UMSN to develop project scope, define needs, and manage project tasks through completion of deliverables, and will interact with information technology, as necessary, to complete a variety of software development projects.

Grants and Research Office

Karen Kirchner, Research Program Manager

How to reach us:


The Grants and Research Office (GRO) provides faculty and students with timely and quality support for the preparation, organization, submission and management of internally and externally funded sponsored research, research training grants, and educational grants and contracts.

The support provided by GRO extends to providing assistance with seeking funding opportunities, writing and editing grant text, compliance, regulatory environments, policy issues, budget development, the submission process of grants and contracts, and the post award management of your funds when awarded.

Office of Admissions and Records

Bernadette Lis, Director of Admissions and Records 

How to reach us:

BSN program: UMSN-UndergradAdmissions@med.umich.edu
Graduate programs: UMSN-GradAdmissions@med.umich.edu 

Academic requests, including classroom requests: UMSN-RecordsTeam@med.umich.edu

The Office of Admissions and Records provides a comprehensive set of services to support prospective and incoming students, as well as faculty and staff. The admissions team engages prospective students during the recruitment process and provides assistance to applicants throughout the admissions process. Every year, this team recruits and yields a class of academically talented, diverse, and dynamic students to UMSN’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The records team ensures the accuracy and integrity of the academic records for UMSN. Working collaboratively across the school, this team provides a multitude of services, including course and classroom scheduling, enrollment management and fulfilling data requests for a myriad of purposes.

Office of Marketing and Communications

Mike Brinich, Director of Communications and Marketing

Mike Brinich, Director of Marketing and Communications.

How to reach us:

Email: sn-comm@umich.edu

The U-M School of Nursing’s office of marketing and communications works to advance the mission of the school by sharing and promoting its core values through strategic marketing channels. Together with its students, faculty, alumni and staff, the marketing and communications team creates content for distribution across multiple mediums, including digital, print and physical spaces.