Executive Board

Accepting Nominations for Open Executive Board Positions

Michigan CUPA-HR is currently accepting nominations for the following roles that are effective July 1, 2019:

At Large Board Member

A general description of the roles and responsibilities for these open positions can be found below. Please contact chapter President Heidi Skrzypek () if you have additional questions about these opportunities.

Nomination Submission Process

Please submit a resume and a letter of intent – outlining your desire to serve on the board – to chapter Secretary Deborah McCrory () no later than Friday, May 3, 2019. Chapter Executive Board members will review submissions, finalize selections, and notify all candidates of decisions by Friday, May 17, 2019.

IMPORTANT – please indicate in your letter of intent which position you are submitting for President-Elect (3-year commitment), Treasurer (2-year commitment), At Large Board Member (2-year commitment).

Terms of Office and Tenure

Terms of office of the President, President-Elect, and Past-President shall begin on July 1 following the date of election and shall continue until the following June 30. The Chapter President automatically succeeds to the office of Past-President in the year following tenure as President. The President-Elect shall succeed to the office of President in the year following tenure as President-Elect.

The Treasurer shall serve two-year terms beginning on July 1 and ending June 30.

The At Large Member shall serve two-year terms beginning on July 1 and ending June 30.

Position Descriptions & Qualification Criteria


The President-elect shall serve as the special aide to the President and shall assume all presidential duties in the absence of the President. The President-elect serves as Chair of the Program Planning Committee charged with planning and implementing the annual conferences and meetings of the chapter.


The Treasurer shall ensure that the Chapter operates on sound fiscal principles. The Treasurer shall present to the Board of Directors the Chapter’s annual budget and periodically report on the Chapter’s fiscal status. The Treasurer shall recommend to the Board of Directors all fiscal policies and operating procedures.

At Large Board Member

Work in conjunction with the Board of Directors to effectively establish and bring to fruition the strategic priorities of the board.  This position also serves on various board sub-committees and may lead and/or assist with projects and special assignments.

Chapter Executive Board Selection Criteria

* Commitment to the Chapter and its activities.

* All individuals holding a designated officer position must be listed as a representative of a higher education institution that is a member of the CUPA-HR national organization.

* A higher education human resource professional who is currently employed in the field with no less than 50% of her/his job devoted to human resources activities.

* Provide leadership that is consistent with CUPA-HR’s commitment to providing equal opportunity for participation in all aspects of the organization without regard to race, gender, national/ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, veteran, religion or disabled status.

Executive Board Members

Heidi Skrzypek, President
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, School of Information
University of Michigan


Heidi Skrzypek is the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information. She has been employed at the School of Information in a variety of capacities since 2003, including Assistant Director of Human Resources and Business Operations, Academic Secretary, Senior Secretary, and Human Resources Assistant. She joined the university staff in 2001 as a Payroll Specialist.

In 2014, she was recognized by the University of Michigan Association of Administrative Office Professionals with the Award of Excellence, the first staff member outside of the U-M Health System to earn this award. Also in 2014, she received the Peer to Peer Staff Award of the U-M School of Information.

David Turner, President Elect
Vice President of University Human Resources
Eastern Michigan University

(734) 487-9733

David is the Vice President of University Human Resources at Eastern Michigan University, he is responsible for the human resource services across Eastern’s large and diverse campus, along with the development and implementation of the comprehensive plans for enhancing service to Eastern’s 2,500+ regular and part-time employees and more than 23,000 students.

Additionally, David has responsibility for the oversight of negotiation and administration of the various collective bargaining agreements along with the development of programs for enhancing Eastern employees’ talent, recognition and rewards, promoting employee wellness, and ensuring a diverse workforce.

David has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Human Resources from Eastern Michigan University, a Master of Science in Administration, Human Resources from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D., in Human Capital Management.

As an avid life-long learner, David has received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designations.

With over 24 years of human resources and leadership experience, David still has a passion for volunteer service and is currently serving as the President of D-SHRM (Detroit Chapter) and the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education.

Joe White, Past-President
Associate Director for Academic Administration and Chief of Staff
College of Education

Wayne State University

(313) 577-8285

Joe is the Associate Director for Academic Administration and Chief of Staff for the College of Education at Wayne State University, and he is responsible for all aspects of Academic Personnel. This includes responding to the concerns of the three bargaining units that represent the academic employees, addressing OEO complaints and responding to FOIA requests received by the University that relate to the College of Education.  Additionally, Joe is responsible for facilities, technology,  and the investigation and response on behalf of the dean to student complaints and grade appeals.

With more than thirty years of HR experience, Joe has also served in the past as part-time faculty and as Vice President of UAW Local 1979.

Carolyn Gregurich, Treasurer
HR Generalist, School of Information
University of Michigan


Carolyn is a Human Resources Generalist for the School of Information at the University of Michigan.   She’s been at the University since 2012, in various roles, including Benefits Specialist, and Human Resources Assistant.

Carolyn has her Bachelors of Applied Arts through Central Michigan University, and received her SHRM-CP certification in 2015.  Currently, her responsibilities include guiding the hiring and selection process for staff, temporary, and graduate student assistant positions.   In addition, she is the main point of contact for immigration and visa sponsorship matters, medical and FMLA administration, and assistance with employee relations.

Deborah McCrory, Secretary
Human Resources Consultant, Client Services
Wayne State University

(313) 577-5019

Deborah is a Human Resources Consultant at Wayne State University supporting Public Safety, Athletics, Government and Community Affairs, Marketing and Communications, the Office of Economic Development, and WDET.  She provides consultative services in several areas including employment, employee relations and labor relations, organizational development and training, compensation and benefits administration.

Deborah has a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations degree from Michigan State University, and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  She has held SPHR certification since 2008 and has over 15 years of experience working in Human Resources, with 9 years being in higher education.

Jake Lathrop, At Large Board Member
Consultant to the Executive Vice President
Michigan State University

(517) 884-0614

Jake is currently serving as a Consultant to the Executive Vice President in the Office of Administration at Michigan State University. He provides guidance and expertise on HR-related matters and leads various campus-wide initiatives to increase collaboration, efficiency, and effectiveness of operations. He also has a strategic focus on organizational structures and cultural advancement.

Prior to joining Administration, Jake held positions in the College of Education and the Central Human Resources Office at the University. His worked has focused on staffing, recruitment, classification, compensation, performance management, and organizational structures, among other areas.

Previous to his work at Michigan State University, Jake spent over 5 years in Operations Management at United Parcel Service. He has a B.S. in Human Resources from Michigan State University and is a proud and lifelong Spartan.