Our Team

We are a positive, creative and forward-thinking team eager to help every CMU student transform their hopes and dreams into reality during the successful completion of their degree.

Success Coaching Team

2015-0487-002  Darcy Beavan -Success Coach.jpgDarcy Beavan, Success Coach

A graduate of Michigan State University, Darcy now calls CMU home. Through professional moves and changes in her career, Darcy is living proof that education opens doors to new opportunity. Whether she was working at Ford Motor Company or Davenport University, she was always promoting the value of education.

Away from work, Darcy enjoys biking, skiing and walking. A huge fan of color, she loves art, design and decorating.

Darcy's advice about learning:  Realize that learning requires a willingness to be bad at something for a while.

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are usually right.  – Henry Ford

2015-0185-001  Amanda Buzard -OSS.jpgAmanda Buzard, Success Coach - CEHS Initiatives

As an alum and coach, Amanda bleeds maroon and gold! She has a deep passion for helping others and enjoys learning the strengths of each person she meets. When you meet her, you can expect encouragement and challenges that help create positive momentum.

When she's away from the office, you can find Amanda and her husband, Blake, at a CMU sporting event or playing with their dog, Bailey.

Amanda's advice for exploring: Don't be afraid to explore; sometimes life will open doors for you that you never knew existed. Go through those doors with passion, enthusiasm and an open mind and you will surely find success!

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

2015-0214-002  Alexander Chouinard -OSS.jpgAlex Chouinard, Success Coach

From Milford, Michigan, Alex is a CMU graduate and now calls Mount Pleasant home. When you talk with Alex, you will quickly sense that he wants you to pursue passion and never let obstacles discourage progress.

Outside of coaching, Alex enjoys traveling, eating at new restaurants, watching movies and exploring nature. He loves to spend time with his family – especially his three nephews.

Alex's advice for creating priority: Getting your degree should be your number one priority in college. There is certainly room for other passions, but if you focus on completing your degree and doing well, nothing can stop you!

The only thing that is going to stop you from succeeding is yourself.

2015-0582-002  Liz Daum -Student Success Center.JPGElizabeth Daum, Success Coach

Elizabeth (you can call her Liz) is a CMU graduate with a Bachelors of Social Work. Her path to a degree was full of unexpected twists, turns, stops and starts. Drawing on these experiences, Liz helps students realize their gifts and talents in order to succeed no matter what life throws their way.

When she's not working with students, Liz enjoys adventures with her husband and daughters. They enjoy being outside, trying new foods, practicing yoga and entertaining friends and family.

Liz's advice for stepping up: Take control of your CMU experience. Ask questions. Search out resources. Join organizations. Volunteer. Ask for help. There are infinite resources available. Just ask.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama

2014-878-001  Sydney Davis -OSS.jpgSydney Davis, Success Coach - CHP Initiatives

Prior to her work at CMU, Sydney studied Positive Psychology at Olivet College where she envisioned a future career as a life coach. She knows what it feels like to change your mind several times during college and she experienced firsthand how life can unfold along an unexpected path.

After graduating, she worked for a non-profit while continuing to pursue ways to positively help others achieve their goals.

Talk to Sydney today about her work as a coach and she'll tell you she loves the privilege of helping CMU students discover what's possible. To her, college is one giant learning experience filled with opportunities to explore, make mistakes, learn, and find something that makes your heart catch fire with passion.

Sydney's advice for living with purpose: We spend much of our lives being asked, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Sometimes the pressures of knowing where your life is going to lead can feel insurmountable. I challenge you to be patient, to stay curious, and to find something that makes you live for the day – not for the weekend. If you pursue something you love, it makes the journey so much better.

I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?', and whenever the answer has been 'no' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. – Steve Jobs


Lori Driessnack, Success Coach

Born and raised near CMU, Lori completed college at Michigan State University and then, moved to Columbia, South Carolina where she worked in Public Relations.

Lori jokes that her family planted a giant magnet in Mount Pleasant to draw her back home for the adventure of a lifetime. When Lori and her husband, Tim, returned, they worked with CMU students to open the city's first coffee house. For nearly 20 years, Lori and Tim ran the University Cup (U-Cup) coffee house with the help of more than 100 student employees.

Lori's advice for healthy risk taking:  Take and learn from all aspects of your life, the successes and the failures.  Now is the time to take risks and go for it!!

Sometimes good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. – Charles Martin

2015-0584-001  Jeff Keson -Student Success Center.jpgJeff Keson, Success Coach

An alum of CMU, Jeff spent his time as an undergraduate involved with academic clubs, volunteering as a lab assistant in the photo dark room and working with the Leadership Safari Program. Jeff completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at CMU and then, moved to Grand Valley State University where he finished a  Master of Arts in Education.

When he's not in his office, Jeff enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring nature, reading and juggling multiple hobbies.

Jeff’s advice for enjoying college: Use this time to explore what life has to offer and dare greatly! No where else will you be surrounded by 20,000 people your same age, going through the same experience and figuring out their future.

 If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way. – Jane Goodall

2012-511- 002 Joe Marr -Res Life.jpgJoe Marr, Success Coach - CBA Initiatives

Joe transferred to Central Michigan University from Washtenaw Community College. At CMU he served as a resident assistant (RA) where he met his wife. He graduated with a degree in Economics and went on to work for Target and as a business consultant in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

When Joe's not in the office, you will find him on the golf course, exploring the back roads on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, enjoying a new restaurant with his wife, Jenna, or spending time with his two chocolate labs, Parker and Bella.

Joe's advice for a good college life: "Your life will never be as free and easy as it is right now. Enjoy your time in college, but don't forget that you are here to earn your degree."

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

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Patrick Theisen, Success Coach

Originally from Mount Pleasant, Pat ventured just down the road to attend Alma College where he studied History before returning to CMU. Coaching others to reach their peak performance is in his blood. In fact, when Pat isn't in the office, you will find him in the gym working with the boys varsity basketball team at Sacred Heart Academy.

On the weekends, Pat enjoys spending time with his family and friends, attending Notre Dame football games and walking dogs at the local animal shelter.

Patrick's advice for college success: "Study hard but make time to get out and explore."

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score? – Vince Lombardi

Administrative Team

2013-690-001  Chelsea Belote -Stdt Success RB.jpgChelsea Belote, Assistant Director - Success Coaching & Educational Initiatives

2014-269-001  Gina Fogelsonger -OSS.jpgGina Fogelsonger, Manager of Enrollment Information Services

jeffhyames.jpegJeff Hyames, Assistant Director - Peer Coaching & eCampaigns

2013-697-001  Katie Krueger -Stdt Success RB.jpgKate Krueger, Communications Coordinator

2014-925-002  Jason Bentley -Student Success  director.jpgJason Bentley, Director

Contact Us

Office of Student Success

230 Ronan Hall | (989) 774-3401 |oss@cmich.edu