“OAMI has meant a sense of family for me. Like a home away from home.” – OAMI Student

We have an open door policy. Each of us is here because we have an individual passion and commitment to developing students. We look forward to seeing you soon!


  • Sharon R. Burch, M.A.

    Program Manager

    Sharon focuses on student development and success through her role as program manager for SuccessConnects. She brings a wealth of higher education experience including pre-college outreach, admissions, and program development. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from Michigan.

  • Gloria Derr Taylor, M.Ed.


    Gloria directs the organization vision, and designs, develops and implements strategic plans to meet the mission goals of the office. Gloria brings experiences in student recruiting, student and program development, and fiscal management to execute the role of director.

  • Rima Fadlallah, B.A.

    GEAR UP Program Coordinator, Success Coach

    After graduating from UofM in 2014, Rima taught English at University Prep High School in Detroit. GEAR UP Program Coordinator, Rima works with high school seniors in Ypsilanti and Southfield to promote college readiness and ensure their successful transition to and through college. ​​ ​

  • Hector Galvan, B.A.

    Program Coordinator

    Hector coordinates Arab Celebration, La Celebración, Native Student Celebration, Dance for Mother Earth Powwow, and advises our sponsored student organizations. He is a recent graduate of U-M and is working on his Masters Degree in higher education specializing in student services.

  • Lumas J. Helaire, Ph.D.

    Associate Director

    Lumas oversees OAMI operations, directs GEAR UP and coordinates the annual MLK Symposium. Lumas has been employed at U-M for over 15 years and brings positive youth program design, development, and fiscal management to execute the role of associate director.

  • Adan Hussain, M.A.

    First Generation Project Manager

    Adan researches and coordinates efforts to promote first-generation student success at the University of Michigan. Adan's focus and interests are in diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. He received his MA in Higher Education at The Ohio State University.

  • Tenisha Jones, M.Ed.

    GEAR UP Program Coordinator

    Tenisha promotes college readiness for students at Southfield A & T and University High School. Her background in youth participatory research and community building along with her education (University of Michigan- BA' 14 & M.ED' 15) provides her with the necessary skills to get the job done!

  • Carole Lapidos, MSW

    Program Coordinator

    Carole serves as the Parent Coordinator for GEAR UP, is Program Director for It's Great to be a Girl and WAKE UP (undergraduate wellness program) and mentoring coordinator for M-POD. Carole has over twenty-five years of program development experience.

  • Terra Molengraff, M.A.

    Success Coach

    Terra has experiences working with first generation college students in their transition and access to resources at U-M. She attended U-M for her undergraduate degree and her Masters in higher education in 2016 with a concentration in diversity and social justice.

  • Mary K. Taylor, B.A.

    Program Coordinator

    Mary coordinates ICPS (Intercultural Communication Program Suite) and manages OAMI's social media strategy and content. Mary is working on her Masters in higher education with a specialization in diversity and social justice.

  • Khari Thorpe, B.A.

    Success Coach

    Khari is a recent 2016 graduate of U-M. Khari brings experience in working with transfer students in their matriculation to the University and access to resources through working with other key offices on campus.

  • Courtney Vanderbilt, MSW

    Assistant Director, GEAR UP

    Courtney began her work at OAMI with pre-college programs in 2004. She specializes in program curriculum and development, evaluation tools and student development. She also serves as the Black Celebratory Coordinator.

  • Christine Wylie, M.A.

    Assistant Director

    Christine has been with the University since 1978 and brings over 25 years of higher education experience to OAMI. She serves as the Michigan-Pursuing Our Dreams (M-POD) transfer Program Manager and Chair of the Student Academic Multicultural Initiatives (SAMI) committee.