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Danny McQuarters Jr. is the Director of the Presentations Skills Center. The Kansas City, Missouri native started debate in high school, and received a scholarship to debate for Cameron University. There, he studied Communication, Cello and Piano performance, and Political Science, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, with a minor in Music Performance. While at Cameron University, Danny competed in Lincoln-Douglas Policy debate, and a variety of competitive public speaking events. Danny moved to Mount Pleasant to attend CMU and earn a Master's in Communication. Danny specializes in public speaking, community organizing, non-profit initiatives, and strategic planning.

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Lauren Ouellette is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Communication at Central Michigan University. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication with Minors in Event Management, Leadership and Cultural and Global Studies with a concentration in East Asian Studies. Lauren has taught multiple sections of COM 101 as well as currently acting as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with Dr. Alysa Lucas in COM 523. She is passionate about teaching and learning in all settings and looking forward to the experience in the Presentation Skills Center.


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Lorenzo Aleman is a senior majoring in Communication and double minoring in Family Studies and Leadership at Central Michigan University. They have roots in the islands of Hawaii; however, they now reside in Chicago, IL. As far as public speaking goes, Lorenzo actually found their footing from working in haunted houses in high school and continued that same experience here at Central Michigan University through the haunted campus tour "Legends of The Dark." They are also a Resident Assistant, programming intern in the Office of LGBTQ and Gender & Equity Services as well as a proud member of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated.

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Michael Bartold is an undergraduate at Central Michigan University, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charity organization, in his hometown community. At CMU, he studies Communication as his major and has found it as a personal passion. He stays in touch with his peers as a member of the CMU fencing club.

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Blake Borkowski is a senior at CMU majoring in Communication with a minor in Marketing. His hometown is Waterford, Michigan. Blake has had experience in public speaking and presentations as he has delivered group presentations as a part of his internships at Quicken Loans on how to make the transition from student athletics to full-time employee easier for college athletes. He also participated in college athletics for four years at Saginaw Valley and CMU where he ran cross country and track and field. Blake has also had experience in final role plays for personal selling and elevator speeches. Blake is looking forward to meeting new people and trying to help people to be more confident and better presenters and communicators.

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Sarah Buttiglieri is a Senior at CMU majoring in Communication and minoring in Leadership. She is an Anime Aficionado and last spring as part of her Leadership minor she completed an internship with ACOG at Alma college and was responsible for designing, stocking, recruiting, performing, and running the Character Cafe for Almacon. In addition to her studies at CMU Sarah has attended the Michigan Actors Studio Workshop for Voice Overs in Ferndale, MI. She has served as a summer service leader at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church giving a sermon last summer on Science and Religion. Sarah has served in the past as the Secretary of the CMU Anime club and is a member of the Game Club as well. Sarah graduated from Grosse Pointe South High school where she participated in debate, band, and theater.

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Britani Carriveau is senior at CMU majoring in Communication as well as French Language and Culture. Her hometown is Bad Axe, Michigan. She has spent time studying abroad in Quebec and France, and one of her primary interests is in the field of intercultural communication. Britani enjoys reading, learning languages, and meeting new people. She is excited for the opportunity to use her own communication skills while helping you better yours!

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Caitlin Crutcher is a senior at CMU majoring in Communication with a minor in Spanish Language. Her hometown is Farmington, Michigan. She is an active member of the Central Michigan community with several involvements with student organizations. She loves meeting new people and building connections with others. She is looking forward to helping clients become better communicators and speakers.

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Carly Densmore is a second-year graduate student in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Communication. As well as being a graduate student, she teaches and has taught multiple sections of COM 101. During her years as an undergraduate student at CMU, Carly worked in the PSC and has continued her interest and research endeavors with the PSC into her time as a graduate student. She is looking forward to working in the center and with you!

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CMU has become home, Quinn is originally from Naperville, Illinois. He enjoys the outdoors, spending time with close friends, and great food. Quinn is an Eagle Scout with lots of experience working with others and moving towards group goals. A passion of Quinn’s is getting to know people and building quality relationships. He thoroughly looks forward to meeting everyone who comes in, along with helping people grow and develop their communication skills.

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Megan Henderson is a senior at CMU majoring in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts and minoring in Communication. During her free time, she enjoys writing her own standup material and performing at comedy venues. She loves meeting new people, and helping others master their communication skills.

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Justin Harris is a junior currently pursuing a Communication degree. He obtained an Associates in Arts degree from Delta College which lead to his transfer to CMU. Coming from the small town Mayville, he hopes to further enhance his communication skills and public speaking skills while assisting clients in any way he can.

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Molly Hisey is a junior at CMU, majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Marketing and Leadership. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where her passion for public speaking began as she got the chance to emcee for multiple student-led events. She has always loved to dance and perform and is a member of the CMU dance team while also working for a dance studio. Molly is excited for the experience to meet new people and help her peers reach their communication goals in the Presentation Skills Center.

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Marna Jonassen is a junior majoring in Communication with a minor in Event Management. Her hometown is located just one mile from Silver Lake’s famous sand dunes where she spends summers on Lake Michigan’s beaches. She studied intercultural communication at Florence University of the Arts while enjoying life abroad. She is passionate about all aspects of presentation and has a background in theater and public speaking that she hopes to employ to guide clients to success.

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Jo Kelingos is a fourth-year student pursuing her bachelor’s in Communication paired with an English minor and a concentration in Creative Writing. Artistic in nature, she hopes to shape her professional career with her personal passions such as singing, acting, painting, drawing, and writing. This and her love for public speaking has led her to two terms as Vice President for Central’s Word Hammer Slam Poetry RSO where she’s hosted numerous events and won two consecutive slam competitions. With this love for performance, she hopes to help others find their passion in presentation and consequentially their voice that will go on to do the same.

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Sara Kellner is a senior double-majoring in journalism and communication. The Albany, Minnesota native serves as an associate editor for Central Michigan Life, where she has worked since sophomore year. She has been involved in public speaking since eighth grade when she joined the speech team at her high school. She served as captain of the team for junior and senior year, assisting the coach at practices. Now, she frequently gives presentations for Society of Professional Journalists events, an RSO she is president of. Sara loves teaching and is excited to help CMU students improve their skills at every stage of the process, from writing the speech to delivering it successfully.

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Chloe Knop is a junior at CMU with a major in Communication and with minors in American Sign Language and Leadership. She’s from Holt, Michigan. Some of Chloe’s hobbies include volunteering, running, and being outdoors. She’s passionate about communication and helping others improve their skills while also developing her own.

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Marni Lorenz is a senior pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Advertising with a minor in Communication here at Central. Marni has developed communication skills through her numerous years working in the service industry as well as completing a communication and advertising internship for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Marni is a member of a social sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and has served as sisterhood chairman as well as the Vice President of Public Relations and Recruitment. Marni's favorite things are exploring northern Michigan and spending time with her loved ones.

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Brad is currently pursuing his Master’s in Communication with the intention of one day becoming a Communication Professor. With a firm background in public speaking, including performing, judging, and moderating high school Forensics competitions, he is excited to put his expertise to use in helping students become better presenters!

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Amber Rozek is a nontraditional senior at CMU completing a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Communication. Amber has a background in working with individuals that have developmental and mental health disorders. She has had a variety of employment experience in the medical field and has a passion for helping others. Amber also has public speaking experience as a tour guide at the Walt Disney World Company. As a military spouse, Amber has lived in Italy as well as in a variety of locations across the U.S.

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Shante Singleton is a senior studying Communication with a minor in Leadership. She is one of four siblings and is originally from the Metro Detroit area where she went to high school at University High in Ferndale, Michigan. Shante aspires to attend law school and hopes to become a judge one day.

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Tyler Sluck is an undergraduate Communication student at Central Michigan University with plans to apply for the Master of Arts in Communication program for the Fall 2020 semester. Growing up in the small town of Prudenville, Michigan inspired him to create a life separate from what he had been familiar with, as he moved to Detroit after high school and attended Schoolcraft College where he earned his Associate’s degree in Arts. When he moved to Mt. Pleasant, he quickly developed an interest in research and writing and has since continued to strengthen and develop skills in those areas. His current focus, however, involves helping his fellow students develop and maintain invaluable professional presentation skills during his time at the Presentation Skills Center.

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Monty Whitson is a dedicated student at Central Michigan University studying Communication and Professional Sales. He is from Owosso, Michigan, where he attended Owosso High School and found his love for learning. Monty is passionate about building strong and lasting relationships while being concerned with effective communication, the success and failure of communication, and persuasion. He is also a hard-working sales student who works daily to perfect his craft. Monty has experience in leadership, customer service, document analysis, and working in teams. He is a passionate advocate of self-improvement and growth in both ability and mindset and is excited to have the opportunity to help students from all backgrounds enhance their presentation abilities!

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Kelsee Zabawski is a junior at Central Michigan University. She is studying Communication with a minor in marketing. As PR chairman for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), she controls all social media platforms and makes updates as well as plans and executes recruitment events. She is also a member of the Communication Association. She enjoys doing arts and crafts in her free time. She is from Sterling Heights, MI. She enjoys helping people in general, and looks forward to not only enhancing communication amongst others, but also herself.