Slate of Candidates for 2022 Annual Meeting

Each year, the Nominations Committee, in conjunction with leadership from the Board of Directors, propose nominees for each vacant board position to be presented for a vote at the Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be in Frankenmuth at the Bavarian Inn Lodge on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Here are the nominees to be voted on at the upcoming Annual Meeting in November:


2023 Nominations Committee

Member-At Large, Two-Year Institutions

Carrie Bearss

Registrar, St. Clair County Community College


Carrie has worked at SC4 for 21 years. She started in 2001 as an admissions representative, and since that time, has held various positions with responsibilities in international student admissions, orientation programming, student activities, Veterans services, enrollment services, and records. Carrie has served as Registrar since 2010


Throughout her higher education career, Carrie has been active in MACRAO. She has presented many conference sessions, and has served on multiple committees, including the Professional Development, Registrars’ Practices, Conference Planning, and Nominations Committees. Carrie credits the MACRAO organization for assisting her in growing professionally, and for providing her the opportunity to make many friends.


Carrie earned two associate degrees from SC4, a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management from Michigan State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Walsh College.


Carrie lives in northwestern St. Clair County with her husband Brian, her teenage sons Brett and Leo, and their dog, Dewey. Carrie’s hobbies include gardening, camping, hiking, and reading, though she spends most of her free time grocery shopping and keeping her boys fed. She also enjoys attending her boys’ athletic contests and is a huge Yale High School Bulldogs fan.


2023 Nominations Committee

Member-At Large, Four-Year Public Institutions

Joe Vainner

Director of Admissions, University of Michigan - Flint


Joe Vainner is Director of Admissions at the University of Michigan - Flint, a position he has held since 2021. From 2017 to 2021, he served as Associate Director of Admissions - Transfer & International, at Eastern Michigan University, and previously held positions at Cleveland State University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Concordia College - New York. He has more than 10 years of experience in admissions and enrollment management and has worked in higher education since 2007.


Joe served on the MACRAO Legislative Issues Committee from 2019-2021 and previously served on the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling Summer Institute Committee and Articulation Committee. He has presented at the NAFSA Annual Conference, the NACAC Annual Conference, and the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students Annual Conference. He holds a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University and Sarah Lawrence College and a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University.


2023 Nominations Committee

Member-At-Large, Four-Year Private/Independent Institutions


Elizabeth Flores

Registrar and Director of Academic Advising, Aquinas College


Elizabeth has worked in higher education for 22 years.  She served as the teacher certification officer and education advisor at Aquinas before moving to the Registrar's Office as Assistant Registrar.  She became Registrar in 2019.  Since 2013, she has also facilitated the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Consortium for Teacher Preparation in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education. 


Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in International Business and Spanish from Aquinas College and her Master of Science in Organization Development from Saint Joseph's University.


Elizabeth lives in East Grand Rapids with her husband and their two sons.


Treasurer- Elect

Mary Wesolek

Assistant Director for RN to BSN and MSN Programs, Siena Heights University


Mary has been working in higher education for almost 4 years now and that entire time has been with Siena Heights University.  She is a graduate of Mott Community College with an associates in general studies and Central Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Communication.  She is a current master’s student and will complete her degree in Organizational Leadership from Siena Heights University in December of 2023. 


Mary was hired by Siena Heights as an Enrollment Advisor in October of 2018 and her role included serving online students in every state of the United States except Michigan.  At Siena, that means all recruitment aspects, transcript evaluations, academic advising, and graduation audits.  Siena has a unique cradle to grave approach for their online students.  She is passionate about her students and in January of 2022 was promoted to Assistant Director and the following April took over the RN to BSN and MSN programs so that will be her sole focus moving forward.  Mary is a current VP of the Legislative Issues committee with MACRAO and HIGHLY recommends joining it and jumping in with both feet.  Look for her at the annual conference playing the devil’s advocate to everyone’s point of view during the Legislative Issues session.


When she isn’t working, Mary is a wife and mother to 4 boys, (Cooper 10, Drew 9, Seth 6, and Tucker 5), so that is pretty time consuming.  She enjoys dancing of any variety, but was once a classically trained ballerina.  She is known for her very coordinated accessories, the color pink, and being loud and outspoken.



Lisa Emery

Senior Associate University Registrar, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


Lisa Emery is a Senior Associate Registrar at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She has worked in higher education for twenty-three years, starting as a consultant in Accenture’s Higher Education division for three years, before transitioning to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2002.  Lisa served as the Product Manager for student administrative systems, where she partnered with the Admissions and Registrar’s offices to prioritize and implement IT projects.  In 2014 she moved to her current role at the Registrar’s Office, where she manages several areas supporting students and faculty, including reporting, degree audit, curriculum, examinations, and teaching evaluations. She represents the Registrar’s Office on many cross-campus initiatives such as preferred pronouns, academic calendar changes, and course evaluation policies.  She also mentors several first-generation undergraduate students.  Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in information policy, both from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  She recently earned a PhD in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University.  Her dissertation examined factors impacting job satisfaction and retention of Chief Enrollment Management Officers. 


Lisa has been involved with MACRAO since 2014 and has chaired the Enrollment Management committee for the past two years.  She is also a member of AACRAO’s Technology committee and has presented several times at AACRAO’s Annual Meetings and Technology & Transfer conferences.  She completed AACRAO’s SEM Endorsement Program in 2021 and has published in AACRAO’s SEM Quarterly journal.


She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Michael, her teenage son Alex, their dog Lucy, and cat Lucky.  She enjoys running 5K races with her family and visiting national parks.

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Remembering Old Friends

MACRAO was informed of the passing of three long-time volunteers who gave many years of service to the association:

  • Susan Cushnier died on March 21, 2022. Susan retired from the University of Michigan - Dearborn in 2017, finishing her career as Director of the SOAR (Support, Opportunities, Advocacy, and Resources for Nontraditional Students) Program.
  • Dugald “Scotty” McMillan died on December 13, 2021, at the age of 78. He was the registrar at Michigan State University in the 1970s through the 1990s, and was president of MACRAO in 1988-89.
  • Vickie Scavone died on January 10, 2022, at the age of 63. She worked at Walsh College for many years and was involved with MACRAO on the Executive Board, on several committees, and as a presenter at conferences.

We remember them fondly and thank them one last time for their devotion to MACRAO. Please keep their friends and family in your thoughts.

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Open Board Position: Communications Coordinator

The Communications Coordinator serves the communication needs of the Association through electronic newsletters and other media (including this newsletter and other periodic emails to members). The CC works with the Web Editor, other board members, and committee chairs and co-chairs to keep the membership up-to-date with events and opportunities to get involved with MACRAO.

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Tom Kephart is currently serving as the Interim Communications Coordinator, but is no longer working in higher education, so this position needs to be filled by an active MACRAO member. Thanks to Tom for helping out during this transition.

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Open Board Position: Transfer Liaison for Statewide Initiatives

MACRAO is looking for a member to be the first Transfer Liaison for Statewide Initiatives. This new position will work with the Chair and Co-Chair of the College Articulation Committee on statewide projects related to transfer issues. Some background in articulation and transfer is desired, but even more important is dedication and energy for these types of issues that are so critical to post-secondary students.

If you're the person to take charge of this opportunity, complete this online application today!

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Who is eligible to be on a MACRAO committee? Any current member... institutional, affiliate, individual, or honorary. If your institution is a MACRAO member and you work in the areas of registration, records, admissions, recruitment, or related fields, you're eligible! (If you're not already listed as an institutional member, ask your school's key contact to request that you get added to the membership list.)

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