Meet the Success Coaches​


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Darcy Beavan
Schedule a meeting / Email Darcy
Works primarily with students majoring in or exploring majors from:
  • College of Liberal Arts and the Media
  • College of the Arts and Media
  • College of Education and Human Services

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Elizabeth (Betty) Chelli
Schedule a meeting / Email Betty
Works primarily with students majoring in or exploring majors from:
  • College of Liberal Arts and the Media
  • College of the Arts and Media
  • College of Education and Human Services


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Lori Driessnack
Schedule a meeting / Email Lori
Works primarily with students majoring in or exploring majors from:
  • College of Business Administration
  • The Hebert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions 
  • College of Science and Engineering


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Ben Shaw
Schedule a meeting / Email Ben
Works primarily with students majoring in or exploring majors from:
  • College of Business Administration
  • The Hebert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions 
  • College of Science and Engineering

Programs Supporting Student Success

Coaches can assist with developing success strategies for courses, assisting with setting and meeting personal goals along with helping navigate CMU resources and the collegiate process.

Schedule a meeting with a success coach
Our mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education. This is done by promoting academic excellence through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services.

Learn more about MI Gear Up
Our mission is to assist first generation, Pell grant eligible, and multicultural students in achieving their academic and professional goals. By participating in Pathways, scholars have a community of faculty, staff, and students that are dedicated to walking alongside each scholar in their journey to graduation. 

Learn more about the Pathways program
Our goal is to have scholars carry on in the footsteps of Dr. McNair by achieving their Ph.D. and then giving back. Giving back to society through their work, yes, but also giving back to the community and by mentoring students and helping others to find their way. The Ph.D. opens doors to do some really cool things in life! 

Learn more about the McNair Program
This, federally funded, college academic preparation program assists eligible students in developing their potential for college success. Students remain in the program until graduation from high school.

Learn more about TRIO Upward Bound