Meet Our Staff


You've always heard about our family, yet never really knew who we were? Meet the MASS family.

Professional Staff
Mr. James Span, Jr. - Director
Mr. Wade Tomson - Interim Assistant Director
Mrs. Bree D. Ring - Executive Assistant

Graduate Assistant
Mr. Julio Velasco - Scholarships, Programming, Retention, Outreach, Mentoring

Student Staff Assistants and Peer Advisors
Ms. Lejla Kevric - Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program
Mr. Alejandro Salais - Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program
Mr. Christion Calloway - Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program
Ms. Mary Famutimi - Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program


About our Family

Mr. James Span, Jr.
Director

Born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, James Span, Jr. enjoys serving as a point of contact and resource for college and university students. With sixteen years of student affairs experience, he remains committed to assisting in their growth and development while role modeling empathetic leadership, integrity and compassion. Since 2005, Mr. Span has held positions at CMU in the Offices of Residence Life and Academic Advising and Assistance. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member, Diversity Advocate and advisor for several Registered Student Organizations. Mr. Span holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), a Master of Divinity degree in the Sociology of Religion from the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA) and a Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Leadership from CMU. His hobbies include listening to music, watching movies, taking long road trips and helping people tap into their full potential.

Mr. Wade Tomson
Interim Assistant Director

Wade is making his return to the MASS office as the interim Assistant Director of Cultural Programs. Before this position, Wade worked in several different offices throughout the university including Admissions, Student Activity Center, and the dean’s office for the College of Science and Engineering. All of these experiences have broadened Wade’s view of the universities operations as well as how students interact within the university. Being a part of the MASS office is truly where Wade feels most passionate and best feels he is able to accomplish his mission of being a support for students. Wade completed both his bachelor’s (Business, ’15) and master’s degrees (Higher Education Administration, ’19) from CMU. He lives in Mt. Pleasant with his partner, 2 kids and dog. Outside of work Wade enjoys reading, binge watching T.V. shows on Netflix and Hulu, and dreaming about his next Disney vacation.

Bree D. Ring
Executive Assistant

Bree grew up in Greenville, Michigan and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University in Film and Video with a focus in Computer Animation and a minor in Computer Science. Bree's career roles include freelance design as well as graphic design positions with Dow Corning, FACE, and Michigan Epic. Bree has been married for 16 years, has a 10-year-old daughter, and co-owns Motorless Motion bike shop in Mt. Pleasant with her husband. She's an avid reader and enjoys scary movies and travel. Bree began her career at CMU in 2012 as a Parking Services Specialist and is enthusiastic about her transition within the University.

Julio Velasco
Graduate Assistant

Julio Velasco is from Chicago Illinois and is a recent graduate of Central Michigan University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, completed a Philosophy minor, and completed a certificate in Cultural Competency. During his undergraduate career, Julio served as a Peer Advisor for the Multicultural Advancement and Cofer Scholarship program and was involved in other programs such as Men About Change, Hermanos Para Unidad, Latinx Conexíon, Student Union for Racial Solidarity, and On-Belay. Julio has a strong passion for assisting underrepresented students on campus and is excited to be a part of the team.

Lejla Kevric
MAC Scholars Peer Advisor

Lejla is from Glendale, Arizona. She is a current junior, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Law and Economics and minors in Philosophy and English. She is also an active member of Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law Fraternity).

Alejandro Salais
MAC Scholars Peer Advisor

Alejandro is an undergraduate from Lansing, MI. He is pursuing a degree in Spanish and Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, with a minor in Leadership and a Certificate in Translation. Alejandro is a member of two academic cohorts including the Leader Advancement Scholarship (LAS) and the Multicultural Award of Distinction (MAC). During his college career, Alejandro has been involved in the Chippewa Marching Band, Empowered Latino Union and the IMPACT program. Alejandro serves his community as the president of the historically Latino-based fraternity with multicultural membership Sigma Lambda Beta, as a CMU World Language Ambassador and as volunteer for the Lunch Buddies Program. Alejandro’s greatest passion is in advocating for underrepresented groups in American society and endeavors to create a more peaceful world.

Christion Calloway
MAC Scholars Peer Advisor

Christion is from Detroit, Michigan. He is majoring in communication with a minor in marketing. Christion is a MAC scholar, an impact mentor coordinator, and a CMU career ambassador.

Mary Famutimi
MAC Scholars Peer Advisor

Mary is a Mount Pleasant native and junior pursuing a Bachelor's of Science with a major in Bio-medical Sciences and a minor in psychology. She plans on going to medical school and is the secretary of the Minority Association of Pre-Med Students (MAPS). Mary is also involved in the African Student Association (ASA), A Mile in Our Shoes (AMOS) and D.R.E.A.M Central.