Meet our Staff

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

Professional Staff
Dr. Traci L. Guinn Buckley     Exec. Dir. Center for Inclusion and Diversity, MASS
Mr. James Span, Jr.                 Associate Director
Ms. Bree D. Ring                    Executive Secretary

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

Student Staff Assistants and Peer Advisors

Ms. Kiera Hollins                    Student Staff Assistant
Mr. Johnnie Johnson III           Student Staff Assistant
Ms. Lejla Kevric                       Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program
Mr. Jamarrio Rule                   Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program
Ms. Angel Stallings                Lead Peer Advisor, MAC Scholars Program

About our Family

Dr. Traci L. Guinn Buckley
Executive Director, Center for Inclusion & Diversity
Multicultural Academic Student Services
Dr. Traci L. Guinn Buckley has been employed at Central Michigan University since 1998. As the child of a retired Air Force officer and career mother, Dr. Guinn Buckley has lived many places during her life. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana; she then went to high school in Honolulu, Hawaii and college in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Community Leadership from CMU, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Memphis. Dr. Guinn Buckley recently served as the Interim Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity for 2.5 years before returning to the CID and MASS offices, where she has been for over 15 years.  When she first arrived to CMU, Dr. Guinn Buckley  worked in the Admissions office as associate director of admissions for minority enrollment.  Dr. Guinn Buckley enjoys working with students from recruitment to graduation and all the way to graduate school. She welcomes all students to stop by and visit the MASS family.

James Span, Jr.
Associate 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.

Bree D. Ring
Executive Secretary

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 15 years, has a 9-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.

MAC Scholars Peer Advisors
Angel Stallings
Angel Stallings is a senior from Sterling Heights, MI. She is pursuing her BSBA in Accounting with a minor in Information Systems holding a 3.96 GPA. Angel is heavily involved on campus as the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Co-Founder & Student Advisor, InterVarsity's Collegiate, Black, & Christian Facilitator, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Campus Ambassador, and mentor to many. She is an aspiring Certified Public Accountant passionate about pursuing purpose, encouraging others to discover theirs, and leaving an impact.

Lejla Kevric
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).

Jamarrio Rule
Jamarrio is in third year at CMU. His Major is Political Science and he double minors on Legal Studies and Philosophy. Currently, he is a MAC Distinction scholar, a member of Christ Central Choir and Men About Change on campus.

Student Staff Assistants
Kiera Hollins

Kiera Hollins is a Senior studying Integrative Public Relations and English Literature and Writing. She is the Central Michigan University Black Caucus president and social media and marketing Coordinator for the IMPACT Program.

Johnnie Johnson III
Johnnie is a Senior from Saginaw, Mi. with an intended major in Criminal Justice with a legal studies minor. Johnnies work in the office of Multicultural Academic Student Services as a Student Staff Assistant and also as an Inclusion Assistant in Calkins Hall. He is  also a part of the male mentoring group, Men About Change.