“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.

    Associate Director

    Sharon manages administrative and operational functions to maximize outcomes of staff and programs that serve OAMI's mission. Her experience in higher education includes pre-college outreach, admissions, and program development. As a U-M graduate, she values student success as a paramount goal!

  • 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.

  • Angela Espinosa-Gould

    Administrative Assistant

    Angela has 15+ years of experience in the realm of administrative assistance. Additionally, as a Southern California transplant, she brings with her the experiences of growing up in the diverse cultures of Los Angeles. Outside of the office, Angela enjoys being a foster mother.

  • Hector Galvan, M.A.

    Program Manager, Success Coach

    Hector leads Undocumented Student Initiatives, chairs the SAMI grant, is a DEI lead for the Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion. He is also a success coach, coordinates the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow and various graduation celebrations. Hector was raised in Detroit and is a U-M graduate.

  • Alan Hernandez, B.A.

    Success Coach

    Alan is a Success Coach and coordinates the SuccessConnects Tutoring Initiatives, and works with the Michigan Hispanic Collaborative cohort. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2019 with a B.A. in International Studies.

  • Adan Hussain, M.A.


    Adan coordinates First-Generation Gateway programming to promote first-generation student success at the University of Michigan. His interests are in student development and diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. He received his MA in Higher Education at The Ohio State University.

  • Erika Johnson, M.A.

    M-Connect Program Director

    As the director of M-Connect for community college transfer students, and a Success Coach, Erika strives to help each student realize that they belong here. She has worked with transfer students for over 25 years through roles in admissions and new student programs, and holds a BA and MA from U-M.

  • Janice Jones, Ph.D.

    SuccessConnects Program Director

    Janice’s intent is student development and success through her role as program director for Success Connects. She is the Chair for the MLK Planning Committee and Co-Chair for the MLK Symposium. Bringing a wide range of experience in higher education, her interests is in resilience research.

  • James Logan B.A.

    Program Coordinator, Success Coach

    James is a Success Coach and supports M-Connect, the Student Cohort Liaisons, and the Detroit Promise Cohort. After graduating with his BA in Sociology from Michigan in 2008, he's held roles in admissions, recruitment, and program coordination at the Ross School of Business and as an entrepreneur.

  • John Rodriguez, Jr., B.A.

    Marketing and Communications Lead

    John joined OAMI in 2021 serving as the marketing and communications lead. John is passionate about student development and multicultural initiatives and will help to tell the stories of progress and impact.

  • Gregory O. Thomas, M.A.

    Program Manager, Success Coach

    Greg is the Program Director of the Men of Color Leading in the Classroom (M-CLIC) program, Co-Chair of the annual U-M MLK Symposium, Coordinator of the Black Celebratory and a Success Coach with SuccessConnects. He holds a Masters Degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs.

  • Chandani Wiersba, B.A.

    Program Coordinator, Success Coach

    Chandani is a Success Coach and coordinator of the Asian/Pacific Islander celebration. She is passionate about coaching, celebrating, and empowering students to help them feel that they belong at the U of M and that they can be successful in college and beyond.

  • Tianxiao Zhang, M.A.

    Research Associate

    Tianxiao works on research and evaluation projects at OAMI. She collects and analyzes institutional data and provides evaluation support to OAMI programs. Her research interests are diversity, social justice, and policy in higher education.