Dr. Lesley Withers is the Director of CMU's Presentation Skills Center and
a professor in CMU's Communication department. In addition to training and supervising staff, she specializes in working with clients experiencing communication apprehension/speech anxiety. Contact Dr. Withers to arrange tours of the Presentation Skills Center, customized classroom visits, or presentation workshops tailored to meet specific individual/group needs.
Brandan Bilski is the Assistant Director of CMU’s Presentation Skills Center. He is also a second year Graduate Assistant in pursuit of a Master's in Communication. He hails from Grand Valley State University (located in his home town Grand Rapids) where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. While at GVSU, Brandan spent three years with the Speech Lab as Student Director consulting with students, training new speech consultants, and giving workshops on effective public speaking. He has had a passion for speaking and communication since he was a young national policy debater in high school and has coached policy debate for more than five years. His scholarly focus surrounds the philosophy of education, dialogic communication, and rhetoric.
Meet Brendan Barrow! He is a senior here at Central Michigan University and is double majoring in Communication and Political Science, and minoring in Leadership. Brendan excels in public speaking, specifically with speeches of commencement or speeches designed to inform. Brendan in involved with intramural and club sports, leadership safari, and Greek life at CMU. In his free time, Brendan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing sports and being active, weightlifting, and watching movies. He is easy to talk to, and would love to help anyone who feels they may need assistance with presentations this semester.
Kendall Freeman is a senior at pursuing a degree in Communication with a minor in Studio Art. His experiences as a Resident Assistant and past communication classes help sharpen his skills as a public speaker. He plans to attend law school in the future.
Roberto Herrera is a senior at Central Michigan University who is currently studying Psychology with a minor in Communication. He has a strong background in communication skills, including two years of Youth in Government in high school, taking electives that focus on clinical interviewing and classroom communication.
Zachery Johnson is a Central Michigan University senior, majoring in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts with a minor in Communication. As a well-rounded person, Zach cares about his relationships along with carrying a stellar work ethic. He has a passion for public speaking and an amazing skillset for presenting. He has worked as an anchor on NewsCentral34 and he recently arrived back at CMU after studying Broadcasting and Communications abroad in Singapore for a semester. Zach is excited and ready to effectively take on any task that comes his way!
Andrew King is a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in Communication and Psychology. He is proficient in public speaking and understands the behaviors that come along with it. He has gained experience through observation and feedback as he worked in management and training positions. Andrew also likes to travel, play sports, and volunteer. He looks forward to graduating in December!
Kendall Reid is a junior double majoring in Communication and Integrative Public Relations. She has taken many communication classes and can’t wait to help other students. Her favorite communication class was COM 251. She has participated in the Disney College Program and just had a communication internship at the Detroit Zoo. She is also involved in Greek Life on campus.
Abby Schmidt is a senior at Central Michigan University. Her major is Communication and her minors are Sales and Leadership. Abby is involved in Greek life and volunteers in the Mary Ellen Brandell center as a Lunch Buddy.
Julia Smail is a junior at Central Michigan University. Her hometown is Clarkston, Michigan. Her major is Communication and her minors are Sales and Leadership. Julia enjoys the outdoors and visiting Walt Disney World. Julia is in Greek life on campus and is the Vice President of Communications. She has been on an Alternative Break and had a summer internship at International Automotive Components.
Jamie Smet is a senior Broadcast and Cinematic Arts major and a Communication minor. She has experience with both on air performance and public speaking. Her background in theater gave her a unique set of public speaking skills. Jamie is excited to have the opportunity to share her skills at the Presentation Skills Center.
Laykin Stone is a senior at Central Michigan University, majoring in Communication while minoring in both Political Science and Business Administration. Laykin loves public speaking and cannot wait to help others improve. She is a part of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society. In her free time, she loves to travel. She went on a study abroad trip to Bulgaria to further her knowledge of communication in different cultures. Being in her second semester in the PSC, she is excited to help more clients excel in their speeches.
Brighton Unaegbu is a senior at Central Michigan University. He majors in Political Science with a minor in Communication. Brighton is involved in intramural sports and mock trial at on campus. He enjoys meeting new people, hanging with family and friends, staying active, and traveling. He has taken many communication courses which will surely help in his sharing of knowledge and materials with fellow students. Brighton is excited about his role in the Presentation Skills Center this semester.
Justin Varcie is a senior at Central Michigan University; in May, he will walk with a major in Communication and a minor in Leadership. He hopes to be a Director of Communications at a corporation. When not in class or at the Presentation Skills Center, you can find him with friends, doing something at the SAC, or just walking around campus taking in the beautiful views! He hopes to assist you with all your presentation needs.
Kevin Wilson is a senior student majoring in Communication at CMU. In his time here, he has taken every major communication course required to graduate, including COM 101, COM 301WI, and COM 401. After graduation, he plans to enroll in a graduate program to earn a Master’s degree in Communication.